Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Motivation

In honor of back-to-school time, I'm bringing back a quote I always went to with my high school students.  They often times would tell me how frustrating it was that people always assumed things about them and how being the minority population in the school was hard.  I always went back to this quote....encouraging them to show others how to use their lives to change.  I have the unique opportunity throughout my career to work with children who have survived horrific situations around the world...who came to me with very little and loaded with fear.  Again this quote remained...encouraging them to take the steps to make the changes!  The same is for all of us.  It is easy to stand back and voice opinions about one thing or another....but the real challenge is to be that do something to change what we see around us.
BE that change!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Back-to-School...A Teacher's View

All over the social media you see images of moms celebrating their children going back to school.  Whether it is because they are getting back their freedom for a few hours or they are not having to do the child care juggle any more, moms are happy to see their kids return to school.
It looks a little different in my house....more like this...

Don't get me wrong, I love the summer for all things beachy and fun.  Also I honestly do love my job.  I know it is rare to find something you love to do, and teaching is that for me...minus all the paperwork!  However, it is what the school year means for my girls that makes me not want to go back...that is putting a pit in my stomach as the calendar days tick away.

The school year for my girls means they have to remember to share their girls are 100% my loves but during the school year they share me with the 80 other students I have...who I try to find the ways that make them unique...who I try to push and help them reach their potential I can see inside them...who's burdens I take home with me no matter how hard I try!

The school year means that my girls have to share me with other a professional development provider also in my district, I spend Monday nights helping teachers find the unique ways to reach their second language learners inside their classroom.  It also means that I am prepping and planning during the week.  As much as I try to keep this to the school is hard.

I would say for me the fact that my girls need to share me during the school year is where my pit is coming from.  Before having my own kids I would mourn the end of the summer but look forward to pouring myself into my class.  Now I want to pour myself into my kids....but also be a good teacher.  It's a dance that I will continue to try to perfect as the years go by.  Until then I will continue to soak in these last days of summer with these two loves not having to share!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Family Time

This past week we packed our bags and headed north to one of our favorite places, Jackson, New Hampshire.
Hubs and I have been coming here since our first anniversary, and he has been coming even longer with his family.  Last year we brought the whole crew and this year we were back for another family vacation to hit up Storyland and Santa's Village.  With half the house and our Cinderella crowns packed we headed north for 4 days of fun!

First let me do the mom thing and overshare a few of my favorite pics of the time away!

Getting a toddler to look at the camera just as you are taking the picture may be harder than establishing world peace but thanks to a quick shutter I think I got it!

The trip was one that we have been looking forward to all summer and honestly was just what we needed.  Was it all rainbows and we have two girls who get tired of each other...but getting away and having those shared experiences together has given us lasting memories!  We rode all the rides...swam in the pool well past bedtime...explored falls...and said yes far more than no!  We were certainly sad to see the week come to an end!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Training Shift

This year my #1 goal race has been ZOOMA Half Marathon in September here on Cape Cod.  Last year belly issues kept me from claiming my place in the sub 1:50 club and this year was going to be different.  Well this past weekend out on my long run I made a very tough decision...I'm shifting my focus and using the ZOOMA Half as a training run.  There have been many things that have led me to this decision which at first all sounded like lame excuses.  Then I remembered that this is my journey and it is real.  Here is what has brought me here....

  • Belly issues out on the long run that are still plaguing me!  I have a doctor appointment today and will hopefully get more answers.  
  • Going out too hard too fast.  This June when I ran the Newport 10 Miler, I was rocking my training and had an awesome race!  I think though that I started my training for ZOOMA too soon and thus left me a little burnt and needing some down time.
  • Friggin RUNNER'S WORLD!!!  Before getting the email from Runner's World, ZOOMA was my last race of the season....but oh baby now I'm going to be in PA with the greats covering 26.2 miles in 4 days!!!  I know that I could push myself for ZOOMA but I also know me and that would leave me with very little in the tank for PA...and that is just not ok!!  (don't forget to join me in the fun and use the code bloglittlefancynancy)
So as hard as it is to make the decision, I know it is the best one for me.  I WILL get that sub 1:50 half mark my words, but right now it is about being aware of what my mind and body need.  

Have you ever had to back down from a goal?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Motivation

I have to be honest here and say that this summer, while I've kept up with my workouts, my nutrition has failed...and thus leaving me in a spot that I am finding I am uncomfortable in my own skin.  For me it is a failure....and I am left with two choices.  I can stay here and continue to feel this way or I can make the changes I need to and get back on track.  Failure does not have to stop us where we are...that is our choice.  I am choosing to make the changes I need to...choosing health over not wanting to change...choosing to be a successful over this instead of staying down.  When failure pushes me down, I am choosing to get up!  Will you?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Motivation

Yesterday I slogged out a very humid and sweaty 9 miles.  The temps were pushing 90 and the humidity had rose to meet it which made even this Cape Cod air thick and at times unbearable.  On the run there were so many times that I wanted to stop and walk...give in to the heat and exhaustion...but I pushed on.  It wasn't record time for me but it was a battle won.  It is easy to settle...stay right where you are...not push any further...but that is not where the passion is found.  The passion is found in pushing yourself to reach what you are truly capable of.
Will you push?  What will you do today?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

3 Healthy Sources of Electrolytes You Can Get Anywhere

I'm joining in with SaltStick for their #30SaltyDays month.  During these summer months when seat is flowing, we need to remember to replace our electrolytes for a healthy balance.
Here's a guest post from SaltStick about creative and healthy ways to replace your electrolytes!

Now that it’s officially July, much of the country is experiencing summer at its hottest. Our workouts have shifted from indoors to outside, and we are enjoying “getting our sweat on” in the sunshine. To stay hydrated, it’s important to stock up on electrolytes, both during a workout and throughout the day. 

Electrolytes are necessary for regulating blood flow, muscle contraction, and many other biological imperatives. For example, calcium helps maintain strong bones and magnesium keeps muscles relaxed (and thus preventing cramping). To ensure you are getting maximum benefit, it’s best to add healthy sources of electrolytes to your meals throughout the day, including plenty of fruits and vegetables and a few servings of legumes. 

But sometimes life happens. What if you are nowhere near a grocery store, and your only options are seemingly a lot less healthy, such as a gas station or concession stand? It’s harder, but it can be done! Use these creative options below to still get your electrolytes: 

  1. Any fruit: Fruit can be found pretty much anywhere these days, including picnics, gas stations and coffee shops. A simple apple or banana contain plenty of potassium. Most fruits also contain small amounts of calcium and magnesium, further adding to your electrolyte supplies. Grab a heaping dose of fruit salad at the neighborhood potluck, pick up some dried cranberries from a gas station, or snag a banana with your coffee on-the-go. 
  2. Sunflower seeds: As we recently blogged about, sunflower seeds are one of the best sources of magnesium. Just ¼ cup of dry-roasted sunflower seeds contain a whopping 128 milligrams of magnesium, nearly 30 percent of your daily needs. They are also pretty ubiquitous to gas stations and convenience stores. Add cranberries and presto! You’ve got some trail mix packed with electrolytes. 
  3. Mustard: Mustard is currently used by many tennis players to keep from cramping. The exact science behind its effectiveness to prevent cramps is unknown, but many believe it’s due to mustard’s high magnesium content. Add mustard to the hotdog you grab from the Little League concession stand or the turkey sandwich you order from the local deli. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Let's Talk Training!!

This past week, as I've mentioned, I was away teaching for the week.  My goal outside of class was to get in ALL the miles so that I could go home at the end of the week and be able to just spend time with my family and not have to go out for a run.  I'll say that by the time Friday rolled around I was ready to be done for a few days!  More on that to come!

Monday: Class started Monday and I drove up to campus that morning so my run had to wait until the afternoon.  One thing I hadn't planned on was that it is FRIGGIN hot off Cape!!!  I had the goal of 10 miles in mind...8 miles later I was thankful I made it without passing out!  Seriously it was a mental and physical battle!  I promptly finished and stuck my head in the freezer!  Needless to say it was a fun night of nausea and a throbbing headache!!

Tuesday: I woke up still not too certain about my body so I kept it easy with pilates in the morning.  By the time the afternoon rolled around I was ready to get my sweat on!  I hit up the fitness center on campus which WOW did I feel old!  But this old lady kicked some ass busting out 5 miles and lifting ALL the weights!  I left spent with a big ole smile on my face!

Wednesday: Up early with the fog....big difference in the morning temps!  I got in 4 miles around campus and some great views too!

In the afternoon I decided I wanted to finally check out some of the trails on campus.  Funny enough in the 4 years I was there as a student I had never really explored that part of campus (except a late night swim in the pond there or our class on the ropes course).  It was beautiful and I had fun remembering funny moments in the woods as a student!  3 more miles added to the day before I met a friend out for dinner

Thursday: I hit up the fitness center again early (far less youngins!) for some weights.  After class I met up with my BRF Jill who is visiting from Colorado.  I just kept looking over while we were running and smiling!!!  I was so excited to see her again!!!
We even capped off our run by checking off something from her bucket list....jumping the wharf!  The water was cold but it was worth the leap!

Friday:  Up early with the sun again to get in 6 miles before class.  My legs were spent by this run...and so was the rest of me!  The past few weeks I have really been struggling with being really fatigued both mentally and physically.  Not something that I want to be happening just 7 weeks before ZOOMA Half Marathon.  I'm also battling with a very angry belly....not really sure what is going on there.  I'm hoping this week I can get some more energy for my workouts and that my stomach can stop hating me so much!!

I was certainly happy to cross the bridge and be back with hubs and these two lovely ladies!!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Motivation

This past week I was shoved out of my comfort zone a bit.  I was teaching up at my alma mater and wanted to use the fitness center to work out.  Well let's just say it's been 15 years...2 babies...and far more wrinkles since I have been back there!  I was nervous at first and felt awkward....until I realized I had every right to be there too!  Then it became to prove I still had a place there!  Granted I was sore but it showed me that I need to spend some time pushing...really pushing myself out of this comfort zone.  It's so nice and comfy but yet I'm not comfy with myself in it.  Time to start pushing!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Boy I think this week I'll have trouble limiting this to just three things!!!  Living away from home this week has me noticing so much randomness around me!

Dorm-Life...As I said this week I have been teaching my usual summer course at my alma mater.  Just being an instructor in the place I spent 4 years learning is a trip in itself but this week I added the fabulous trip in time by staying in the dorms!!
That's right my friends!  I am staying in the dorm building that I lived in for 2 years!!  They are small apartments but still!  I keep waiting to see my roommates come through the door! While it's a pain to be without many a way to cook...the price is certainly right and there could be worse places to stay!

Say what?...The people that are in the course I am teaching range in age from early 20s to older than me.  As if visiting the campus fitness center didn't make me feel old enough...seriously I could be their mom...I made a reference to the movie "Can't Buy Me Love" when I saw a kid mowing the quad on a similar mower from the movie.
Yeah....crickets!  The girls had never heard of the movie!!!  They know Patrick Demsey from his McSteamy role but as the awkward guy who cut the pretty girl's lawn and paid her to date him...not so much!  I told them to go home and rent the video further making me look like the crazy old lady!!  Seen it? 

August...the perpetual Sunday...We were discussing at the beach the other day (I have a lot of teacher friends) about how if the summer is the weekend then August is definitely Sunday.  June would be Friday since we are in school for most of it...July is Saturday since it is just all fun...but August is Sunday...that day when you are free but you know what is waiting for you just the next day.
In August I have to start thinking about school...back to school ads are EVERYWHERE...I start to get the urge to buy school supplies...and I feel like every day is a rush to squeeze every bit out of it in order to do ALL THE THINGS on our bucket list!!  I feel like it is the daily quest to push the pit in my stomach down and rock the summer!  Do you dread August?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Someone Pinch Me!

I had one of those moments the other day.  The one where you get an email and even as you are reading it you think either someone is totally messing with you (which is why I texted Dani to check) or they must have meant to send it to another person!  Well no one was messing with me and they really DID mean to send it to of!  On October 15-18th I am heading down to Bethlehem, PA for the Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival
The coolest part is that I am heading down as a RW Influencer!!!  This means I get to go to RW headquarters and meet all the fabulous people there along with amazing fellow bloggers!!!  I can't even right now!!!
And of course running ALL the races!!!  I mean really it's Runner's World...why not?!  There is a 3.8 mile trail run on Friday, a 5k and 10k on Saturday, and then the festival wraps up with a half marathon on Sunday.  You can run one of the races, do a Hat Trick(5k, 10k, and half), or the Five and Dime (5k and 10k). 
Plus you know I brought enough to share with the class!!!  If you are as excited as I am and want to join in on the fun use the code bloglittlefancynancy at checkout and save yourself some dinero!! Use the code  for $3.50 off the 5k, $4 off the 10k, $7.50 off the Five and Dime  (5k and 10k), $9.50 off the Half Marathon, and $17 off the Hat Trick (5k, 10k, and half).  Register here!

What race/races you pick to run?  Are you coming?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Motivation

You hear about it more and more lately.  People well into their 80s that are crossing finish lines and have been for more than half their life!  The other day I was driving home from the gym and passed a woman running.  Her long silver hair was not tied back and what I saw was this image of her running and smiling with her silver hair flying in the wind.  I thought to myself...I want that.  No I'm not ready to just let my hair go (although if I don't get myself to the salon soon people are going to start to talk!)!  I want this crazy running thing to be something I'm still doing years from now.  Shouldn't that be all of our goals?  To be doing whatever it is to get our bodies moving well into the time when others are slowing down?
Find what you love to do and make it something that lasts a lifetime!