Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Motivation

5 weeks out until baby boy is here....and this is really my mantra lately!  I have not hid the fact that this pregnancy has challenged me physically making it hard to move at the pace I really want to be moving, but I'm in the stage where it is all about continuing to move!  Really that is all we need to do...find what gets us moving and keep doing it!  Get creative...find what excites you...and just MOVE!!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Motivation

I've always been a goal setter....a race time, a nutrition goal, organization goal...but lately I have gotten away from my usual goal setting focus and I've been missing it honestly!  Setting a goal doesn't always have to be hardcore...however I would love some hardcore goals right about now...but it is something that keeps you focused/motivated day after day!  With 6 weeks left, I decided to keep my goals week by week.  This week's goal is to get to the gym 4 days this week.  I have my workouts planned already and the first day is already done and conquered!  3 to go!

What goal do you have for this week?  How are you going to kick it in the face?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's Friday and I've been proctoring standardized tests all times here in Massachusetts...and so I thought some dishing about some of my favs lately would be about the right speed! 

THE FRIGGIN SUN!  Spring in New England...especially on Cape Cod...can be described in three words, gray, raw, and rainy!  Seriously it is crazy!  We go from Summer!  That is why I was so excited to step out my door this morning and to see the SUN!  It's's's warm....and it will be gone this afternoon so I am trying to get as much quality time with the big ball of gas before it hides behind a cloud again!!  Everyone has a little pep in their step this morning!  Amazing what a little sunshine will do!  What's Spring like in your neck of the woods?

Boston in Massachusetts and Patriots Day is more commonly known as Marathon Monday!!! 

I LOVE going to the race and cheering everyone on...looking for my friends each year...and cheering on the elites with my family!  This year is no different!  There are going to be so many amazing elites running it this year and so many of my friends towing the line that I am just giddy!  Next week expect lots of flashback posts to Boston!!!  Are you running Boston this year?  Let me know so I can keep an eye out!  I'll be the super pregnant lady cheering her head off!!

SmartyPants...So many women struggle to find just the right prenatal vitamin that is going to give them all the nutrients they need but doesn't upset their stomach or isn't giant sized.  I was so excited to find SmartyPants gummy vitamins!!
I had tried SmartyPants a while back before I was pregnant and honestly had to fight my children off since they thought I was eating candy every morning.  I thought of them when I needed to find a prenatal vitamin since they were so easy to take and tasted great.  The prenatals did not disappoint!  I can order them easily on Amazon and they are at my door in a day!  They aren't expensive and are so easy to take...even in the first trimester when my belly was not happy!  They have vitamins for everyone in the family!

Boy Shirts...Please don't get me wrong I love me all things glitter and pink, but I have been having so much fun finding boy shirts!  Seriously whoever said dressing a boy is not as fun didn't know about etsy or anything like that!  Here's the latest that I got the man on esty....
The biggest debate in our house is what style to put him in...on my side I love me some madras and preppy all the way while my husband loves superheroes and trucks!  We've been meeting in the middle...or rather just buying our own thing so he'll be styling no matter the day! 

Shop For Me...The latest trend in cooking is food meal kit services that send you everything you will need to make a meal from scratch.  You can really get anything that you could want from vegan to gluten free.  Even our favorite guy Tom Brady is in on it with his new meal kit on Purple can dress like TB12...sleep like him...and now eat like him!  This week my Mom, because she loves me and know the love/hate relationship I have with meal planning, gifted us a free box from Blue Apron.  I went online to order and it couldn't be easier! 
Saturday a box will be delivered to our door!  I am so wicked excited to not have to plan 3 meals next week!  I order meals for 2 since we have some picky little eaters in our house.  I will let you know how it is!  Have you done a meal kit delivery service before?

What are you loving lately??  Anything fun planned for this weekend?  I am so excited to head to RI tomorrow for a sprinkle for our little man!!!  My sister and mom are hosting and I am so excited!!!  It means so much!!! 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Workout Wednesday

Once I hit the point in this pregnancy where running was causing me more stress and pain than any benefits, I turned to finding ways to use HIIT workouts and weights to stay active and burn all the crazy off! 
I began using a training plan that was having me lift a lot of heavy weights, which at the time was helping me feel awesome!  I was able to maintain the muscle that I had and I was leaving the gym sweaty and with that spent feeling I loved after a long run or speed work.  However, not being a trainer, I got to a point where I was doing/lifting too much (hello weight Russian Twists at 20+ weeks probably not smart) and I had to scale back.

Sticking with my goal of staying active and maintaining as much strength/core strength, I started then using kettlebells more in each workout.  I started using kettlebells after I had our second daughter and loved the way I felt stronger and tighter through my core. 
The past few weeks I have been part of a 30 Day Challenge with Fit Mom Strong Mom.  I love the way that Jen started us by taking us back to basics...lunges, squats, nothing fancy but boy is it working!  Even though I'm pregnant doesn't mean I don't crave the feeling of an awesome workout or sore muscles! 

This is the third week and not only am I excited to be back exercising after a nasty cold but I'm just loving that I am still active now in my 8th month! 
My goal is to take each week as it comes....and really would love to be sweating it up at the gym the day before I go in! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Motivation

Last week I was blessed with the cold straight from hades!  I'm still nursing a cough that won't quit leaving my ribs screaming in pain, but it's Monday and I cannot take another day to brain needs some healing...the kind of healing that can only come with sweat!  I could dwell on the fact that I wasn't well enough to work out or I could use today to get out and give my all!  No matter what mistakes happened last week, today is a new day!  Let's own this week!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Motivation

Last week I struggled to get up and out the door for my morning gym time...and it showed in my mood and feeling about this pregnancy in general.  We all can lose sight as life starts to ramp up how amazing a workout can make us feel...a feeling that lasts all day!!  This morning my bed was so alarm so easily went under my pillow...but I pulled myself up and out the door!  Boy can I feel the difference!!!  Get out and move will thank yourself later!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Flashback Friday

I was looking over old posts in preparation to talk about a new post I have been thinking of, and I came upon a post I wrote about an event that I went to with Jill with Saucony before the Boston Marathon.  It was certainly an event I will never forget but as I looked at the pictures I found one of Dani, Samantha, Amy Veronica, and I.  Why is this picture significant?  Well it was awesome to see where life has taken us after...they are some of my great friends and women I know have my well as women I know will encourage me through anything!  Blogging is a funny thing are really talking to a computer most times...but if you get really lucky you make amazing friends along the way!!!  Here's the post from the Saucony event!

#FindYourStrong Saucony Event (LOTS of pictures!)

The amazing FFA Dorothy Beal gave us all the heads up about an amazing event in Boston on Friday.  It is hard to put into words what this event meant to me and I probably will spend the rest of the week trying to do just that.  It came at a perfect time for me in my life!  A HUGE thanks to Dorothy for the information and Saucony for hosting such an awesome event!!
I brought along my BRF Jill since I knew she would love it as much as me!  We took the T from Malden and got to Cyclorama WAY early so we headed to a cute restaurant next door called Sibling Rivalry for drinks (Jill not me) and a bite to eat.

Inside the event Saucony had lined the walls with people's "strong".  Seriously...I was chocked up just roaming the pictures and tweets.  As the years go by I realize just how much running is a part of me.  This was just the beginning of an inspiring night!

The speakers were no less than inspiring as well!!  First up was:
Luis Escobar
He was there to talk about memories of Micah True and to share his message of Running Free.  It was a moving time since Micah was such a huge part of the Saucony and running family.  
Mark Herzlich
Former BC football player who was diagnosed with bone cancer in his Junior year at BC.  He talked about "never accepting defeat" and how he ran out on the field at BC his senior year after beating cancer in his leg.  He went on to play for a certain NFL team that we New Englanders don't think too highly of (NY Giants).  The message that stuck with me from him was doing all it takes to get back to who you know you are.  He is a football player and he wasn't going to let cancer take that away from him.
Karen Smyers
A world champion triathlete from Lincoln, Massachusetts who persevered through numerous injuries and thyroid cancer.  Her message of persevering and positive thinking was an inspiration to dig down during those tough miles...tough days and be the champion you know you are.
"Boston" Bill Rodgers
I learned so much about this local running legend.  Like how many times he DID NOT finish Boston.  It made my DNF from this Winter not seem so bad.  His quirky stories had you laughing and connecting with him!  His big message...You can ALWAYS have a comeback!  I'm banking on that one Bill...after baby comeback!

After we mingled and were able to connect with some of my AMAZING fellow FFAs and friends!  It was so great to talk with these ladies in person!!  More to come on this awesome event!  They should have these at least once a month!!
DaniSamantha, me, Amy, and Veronica

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Motivation

I have always been honest on here but lately I have been avoiding writing posts...avoiding coming clean with how I have really been feeling lately because I don't want to come across as complaining or being negative.  The truth is that I have been really struggling, especially lately as we inch closer and closer to the little man coming.  I have been struggling with how I feel...that I am too big...and honestly have gotten to the point where I have been avoiding mirrors all together.  At 5'2" there is not much space to put the extra weight that carrying a baby brings and I have never been one of those people who just gains weight in their stomach...I gain everywhere.  Couple that with the fact that most comments directed at me lately on an almost daily basis are things like, "You can't hide anywhere!" and "Wow look how big!" and you have someone who currently just wants to hide.  Please hear that I am so over-the-moon excited to have this baby and know that I am blessed to carry him...but the toll it takes on my body each time has left me very anxious and at times even depressed.  This week I am taking a baby step (pardon the pun!) to accepting my reflection in the see the mom my girls see in front of them (They are always the first to say, "Mom you look beautiful!" see the miracle within me and let it shine to the outside.  We fall into these traps of expecting to see a certain reflection in the mirror that we struggle when it is not there staring back at us.  Maybe what we should be doing is reflecting things that differ...let our light shine out...embrace our unique beauty!  Let your beauty shine today!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Motivation

Extreme fatigue...sore joints...funky balance...weight gain...just some of the fun side effects of pregnancy...side effects that could justify me staying home instead of braving the cold to get to the gym.  They could be my excuse to put fitness on hold for a while and trade it in for some extra sleep...but my goal to have a fit pregnancy is my reason I push myself to stay active NOT my excuse!  We all have things in life that could very easily be an excuse why we can't get active and be healthy...we all have things that could justify why we can't.  My challenge for you is to not use those as excuses but rather your reason why to push through!!  You can tackle this week no matter what it throws at you!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Let's Talk Training

I've been trying to find a good balance between my innate desire to push myself while also being mindful of allowing my body to rest at 7 months let's be honest our 4 year-old keeps me running!  I have really been trying to stick to the early morning routine that I have grown to crave.  There are times where it is really hard to get up and get out the door, but once I do I feel so much better!  Running, while I am able to still do it in small doses, is still really uncomfortable so I have been trying to find other ways to move without hurting myself.  The way I see it, running isn't going anywhere so if I need to take a little time off then so be it!  My goals have been to get in at least 3 days of weight workouts and 2-3 of cardio depending on how I feel.  Here is how last week shook out for me!

Monday: 30 minutes on the treadmill...10 min warm-up, 10 minute intervals, 10 min cool down
                30 minutes kettlebells

Tuesday: Cardio...30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the treadmill walking
Wednesday: Back to the treadmill and kettlebells...I've kept the same routine for both.  The sun finally decided to come out too so I was able to make it outside for a walk at lunch.

Thursday: rest day...I definitely slept in after mini-chickie waking up through the night!
Friday: You guessed it!  Back to the treadmill and kettlebells!
Saturday:  It was frigid out and the wind was whipping but mama needed some time OUTSIDE without children!  I walked around our neighborhood and even threw in intervals to break it up!

Sunday: Rest time!! 

How was your week?  How do you listen to your body when you need the rest?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Motivation

This weekend I was standing in our basement...unloading what felt like the 1000th load of laundry and suddenly I felt like I couldn't breathe!  No it wasn't my ever growing belly making me out of breathe it was pressure...mostly that I put on do it all for everyone.  Before getting pregnant, and even throughout my first trimester, each Saturday morning I would wake up early and head out to meet friends (or solo) and run.  Once running became painful, this stopped.  What I didn't realize was how much that time was doing for me...not just keeping me physically healthy, but mentally as well.  Being a mom who works outside of the house, I often times feel guilty if I also leave Saturday morning to do something for myself...but after talking with my husband that despite the frigid temps I really needed to go out for a walk, I felt so much better.  The freezing wind was filling my lungs and also my soul...filling my tank so that I could go back and be the mom my girls needed me to be.  It's not selfish to do things for's necessary!  Take the time to fill your tank...or you'll be useless to those around you!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017


I apologize for my lack of posting...procrastination at its finest!  I have a lot of great posts circling in my mind but I just need to take the time to write them all out! What better way though to get back to writing than with a little randomness!

Running update bumpdate...Last week I decided to try to run again.  I was experiencing a lot of pain as my belly grew and running was super uncomfortable.  After having a major identity crisis....I mean what kind of runner doesn't run...I decided to try and throw in some 1 min intervals while I was walking.  It felt at 27 weeks with baby #3 I am no gazelle but at least I am moving faster than a walk.  I kept going and after 1 min on and 1 min off for 30 minutes I felt awesome!  I've done it a few times again since.  I can't say it is consistently a good experience (one day I felt like everything was going to fall out...sorry tmi) but I am willing to keep going as long as there is no pain. 

Lent...Each year I pick one thing to give up for Lent.  I usually try to pick something that is causing me stress or to feel badly.  This year I chose sugary treats...
I have posted before about it but this pregnancy I have really loved the sweet treats.  I have tried to cut back but I always seem to crave them and then I have something that I try to justify with just being pregnant.  I know that this is not only not healthy but it is a habit that will be even harder to break when little man is here.  So for the next 40 days I am going to give up sugary treats...I'm staring my cravings in the eye and walking away!! 

Dr. Seuss...This week at school we are celebrating Dr. Seuss.  The different grades are doing different things so with my students we have been doing really fun projects and activities centered around his books.

Seriously it has been one of the most fun weeks this year!  I have found it so easy to plan and prep...not to mention how much fun the kids are having.  It has gotten me thinking...we focus so much on achievement and progress in testing that I feel like we need weeks like this to remind us that learning...especially in elementary fun!  What is a fun memory you have from school?

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 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 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 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


It's been a while since I have dropped some randomness on 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 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 much their grandparents have invested purposefully in their going to their houses is like an extension of their own 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. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Motivation

You had to know that today's motivation HAD to include the Patriots!  I mean really!!!  Superbowl bound!! Lately my belief in my abilities...both pregnant and the ability to bounce back once our little man is here have been minimal at best.  The lack of running is playing with my head along with watching my body expand...but TB12 is right...if I can't believe in myself then who will??  Believe that you can reach your goal no matter how lofty it may seem!!!  Believe and you will get there!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

May I Have a Word?

Each year for the past few years I have decided on a word or phrase to use to either motivate myself when I am dragging or to help me focus.  This year it is this...
I'm entering 2017 knowing it is going to be a year of a lot of transitions which if we are being honest is not my strong suit.  I'm good at making a plan...carrying the plan out...sticking to the plan.  My weakness comes when I make a plan and 10 deviations later we still have not carried out A plan let alone THE plan.  Being pregnant...having child #3...and establishing a new normal is not really conducive to plan making!

My desire with choosing this as my phrase for the year, is that during this year of change beyond my control, that I would find joy in each situation.  Some things I need to remind myself....
  • This is the last pregnancy....I want to remind myself to savor each kick...each milestone...each moment I can touch my stomach and know that our little man is growing in there.  I want to find joy in this instead of focusing on my ever expanding waistline and rear!  
  • My body WILL bounce back...I have done it twice before and I can do it again.  Will it be a lot of work...yes but I am ready for the challenge and I WILL get there.  I need to remind myself to find joy in the process of my body creating life and then returning back to itself (or perhaps even better) again.
  • Savor each milestone...This week is week 20 for me and instead of wishing the next 20 away I know I need to savor the moments...the moments when my baby girl is still the baby of the family...the moments when we welcome our little boy into our family...the middle-of-the-night moments when he is staring up at me...the times we have as a family of 4 and then of 5!  Each milestone holds a special place and I need to remember the joy in them!
This year instead of looking at the mud I am choosing to focus on the stars!  I'm choosing to and will continue to remind myself to FIND JOY!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Motivation

Wow that was quite the break from this here blog!  I honestly wish I had more to show for clean closets or an organized basement, but I do have a lot of memories and time spent with my family!  Speaking of which that brings me to today's motivation.  Now I've used this quote for after a long run gone wrong...or a bad day at work...but today it applies to being a parent!  This past weekend here on Cape Cod was not only cold and windy but we got hit with about 20" of snow in 24 hours which left us all a little stir crazy.  Honestly speaking at one point my husband wished we had a dog so we could send it out back with our mini-chickie to try and tire her out!  If Sunday night was a finish line, we limped across the finish!  However today is a new day!  We still love our little chickies and life is good...just a little less time trapped indoors would be key!