Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Motivation

The blogging world has blessed me with many inspiring people that I am able to read about and follow in their journeys.  Sometimes I even get to be real-life friends with them!!!  Dani is one of those people!  The things that inspire me most about Dani and motivate me is that first and foremost she is honest...she is able to see when she needs to reset and is honest about the steps she is taking to get there.  Secondly Dani sets a goal and you better believe she is going to hit it!!!  Yesterday the ladies and I were so excited to be able to cheer Dani, and Paige, on for Dani's 50th half marathon!!!!  Let that sink in....5-0!!!  Take a page from Dani this week...put on your sparkly gear (seriously you can't help but be happy in sparkles) and tackle your goals head first!!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Motivation

Working out for me used to be a punishment...I used to try to "out-run" or "run off" all the things I had eaten.  Over time it became much different!  I began to see what amazing things my body was capable of and working out was more about pushing myself to see just how much I could.  I love the way I feel when I am working out...even now when my workouts have to change sometimes depending on the day/how baby boy is sitting...when I am sweating I feel awesome!  Get out there this week because you love your body...and the amazing things it can do...NOT because you hate it!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Accountability Time

I feel like I'm in this spot in my pregnancy that is very similar to how many feel after the holidays...I just can't use my waistband to measure it!

I don't feel like my eating is out of control, however I am physically feeling much different.  One factor (in addition to my rapidly growing backside....boys only show in the front WRONG) is that my energy levels are SUPER low.  Regardless of what time I wake up, I find myself DRAGGING by mid-morning and falling asleep on the couch by the time the kids need to go to bed.  Aside from this keeping me from getting anything done, I also have no time just to hang out with my husband! 

I know that part of this is pregnancy, but I also know that my diet must be playing a part in that too!  I haven't been eating out of control, but if I'm being completely transparent, I haven't said no much either!  I came to this point yesterday after being completely overwhelmed this weekend, where I know I need to reign it in.  I am healthy, yes, but I want this pregnancy to be healthier than it is right now.  In order to do that I am going to start by tracking my intake again...back to my good friend My Fitness Pal.  I am starting there to get a good read on what I am actually taking in.  From there I will make adjustments...first one being cutting the sugar WAY back!  I know the drill....I've done it before...and reigning in my sugar and fats now will only make things easier once our little man is here. 

Please read this correctly.....I AM NOT DIETING!!!  I am simply choosing to make better choices that are healthier for myself AND the baby!  I will be using Wednesdays to keep updates going so that I am not only accountable to myself but also all of you!! 

Any suggestions on how to reign in the sugar cravings while pregnant?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Motivation


If you went to bed early last night you missed it....the greatest comeback of all time!!!  Tom Brady and the Patriots did one thing out there on that field...they did NOT give up!  It looked like the game was over...they were behind 25 points...but they did NOT give up!  I'm not saying that I am like Tom Brady but things certainly have a knack for piling up against me but I can't give up!  Today and every day I have to remember that it is a new day to reach my goals no matter what happened the day before!  Give it everything today...you may just stage the greatest comeback of all time!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Motivation

This past week I was out of commission from Tuesday on...doctor said stretching ligaments but I probably had overdone it.  This certainly continued to creep into my mind...not to lose myself in having to rest...not to allow myself to panic...seek out different ways to stay active if the pain continued.  We know our weaknesses...our strengths...and how we have defeated ourselves in the past.  Don't let it creep in!  Beat that person!  I'm not going to let the mounting work I am going to need to do to get myself back to running and my old fitness level keep me from staying positive and doing what I can now!  Own the old you!!!  You can do it!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

TTT

It's been a while since I have dropped some randomness on you all....you're welcome!!

Daydreaming...The past few days I have been struggling with pains in my stomach (no worries I am finally listening to my husband and I am calling my doctor).  I think they are probably going to say something along the lines of it being ligament pain which for this non-complaining mama makes me resist calling.  However, I have been ending most days lately doubled over with stomach pain and unable to workout let alone run!  This has been me lately as I go through my friends' Instagram pictures of their training runs...
Yeah through my other two pregnancies I never had this kind of pain and was able to run and workout up until just a few days before the ladies came.  Anyone else have a drastically different pregnancy the third time around???

Ryan Hall...Ryan Hall is currently in the throws of attempting the 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents challenge. 

He felt that he didn't have a proper farewell to running and is using this as his farewell tour.  Now if you haven't seen him lately he looks vastly different from the tall, lanky marathoner that used to glide along the courses of the world's top marathons.  He has put on about 40lbs of muscle and now looks more like this...

However if you have read anything about this challenge it is crazy brutal...and he's owning it!  It's quite the bid farewell to racing!!

Cravings...Since I am not having any cravings...and never really have for any of my pregnancies...I'm polling the audience.  What are some cravings that you have had while pregnant?  Right now I don't crave anything but when people talk about food it all sounds amazing!  So...give me some cravings!!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Refections on Loss

I write this post more to walk through my feelings...give a glimpse into my life beyond the sweat and family.  I have not posted anything about this on social media more because I didn't know how I felt really and I, as always, want to stay respectful.  No I am not posting about the election...you will never see me post here on that, sorry.  I'm reflecting today on loss...

Today we bury my grandfather.  My father's father passed away last week at the age of 95.
Without being disrespectful to my family, I can safely describe my relationship with my grandfather as acquaintance.  We saw him as children when we went to my grandparents house to visit or at Christmas and family functions, but aside from that we didn't really know each other.  We lived in the next town over, and considering we lived on an island that was about 37 miles long total for 3 towns, we didn't see him much.  One of the things that I have noticed about myself is that if I see someone or a situation as one that is going to cause conflict, I stay far away from it.  This could explain why as an adult I have had even less contact with my grandfather.  For a large part of my life I sat back and watched...watched how he interacted with my cousins and even more with my sister.  I heard his words to my sister and, whether consciously or not, I stayed clear.  I said what he wanted to hear and did very little to draw attention to myself.  As an adult, the time that I have seen my grandfather could possibly be counted on one hand.  He has only met our children once or twice and would probably never would have known who they were void of myself.  I don't say any of this to disrespect my grandfather in any way....just being honest.  He was an old-school, hard-working Portuguese man...he raised his sons probably in a very similar way that he himself was raised...and didn't think to break that cycle.

When I heard the news that my grandfather had passed away, it caught me by surprised that my first emotion was sadness.  I had reflected before about how I would feel and never thought it would catch me the way it did.  I think a large part of that was sadness for my own father.  I was sad for him to have lost his father.  The more I thought about it though I think part of me was sad for the relationship we never had...and now never will.  I look at my children and how much they know and love their grandparents...how much their grandparents have invested purposefully in their lives...how going to their houses is like an extension of their own home...how they look forward to seeing them...and just how deep that love goes on both sides.  I also think about my children's great-grandparents...about our youngest asking just about every day to go to Mimi's house...about how our world and their world will be rocked that day she goes to meet Jesus...about how loved I felt by my husband's grandfather and how heartbroken I felt after he passed.  I think about all that love...all that support...all those prayers raised for our children each day...about the relationships there that exists.  And it makes me sad...for me but also for him. 

On this day I may find myself caught again feeling sad...mourning.  But I am comforted to know that our girls bring light to their grandparents faces...that they are blessed by their love!  I am thankful for grandparents who choose to pour their love over their grandchildren.