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What happened to the exercise challenge?

My husband claims that his lack of participation these last 2 weeks (apart from an unfortunate tumble down the basement steps, missing his chair last weekend and landing on his tailbone, AND a wicked callous on his toe) is because I have not been blogging about it. I guess he called me out on that one. Hubs interpreted my lack of blogging on the issue as meaning ‘it isn’t a *thing* we were still doing’. Guess what hubs ♡?….not so!

In fact, I have woken my tired behind up every morning between 5:30 and 6am to get IT done! To hubs credit, he is right in that I have not really blogged about it. When you fall off the stairs wagon, climb right back on!

Here are some revelations about our 123 day Exercise Challenge:

1. Doing a workout video at home is SO much easier than getting up, taking care of the animals, getting myself and my infant daughter dressed and ready, warming up the snowy car and driving 8 miles to the gym.

2. T25 is no joke. I started this workout 3.5 weeks postpartum and made it through week 7. At that point I had lost most of my pregnancy weight and my body was immensely sore in all of my joints so I stopped T25 and headed back to the gym and spin bike. (soreness turned out to be unrelated to the exercise but it got me back to the gym)

3. Pushing through the workouts on my tired days is worth it!

4. Yoga at least once a week helps round out the workout routine.

5. I miss the spin bike….a lot.

While I love getting a workout done in 25 minutes and not having to trudge through the 3 feet of snow we have here ☃; not to mention the single digit temperatures in the mornings, I really miss long cardio sessions with my iPod. And by long, I mean 35-40 minutes – I don’t get much free time without the baby.

Any one have any tips for getting more cardio at home?


Feel good vibes: The Liebster Award

When it strikes you twice, it’s time to accept. 🙂 Back in November (2014 – so last year! 😉 ) theoldfellowgoesrunning nominated me for the Liebster. I had really, really wanted to accept the award but I felt I did not have the time to answer all the questions, pass on the goodness, etc… I have often thought about responding to Carl’s nomination all these months since, but it looks like I have a second chance and this time I am ready. By the way, theoldfellowgoesrunning is a wonderful blog.  Carl’s posts are always thoughtful and thought-provoking. Thank for the original nomination Carl!

The current nomination comes from spanishmossseries!! A BIG THANK YOU to Janet. This blog goddess is a writer and foodie ;-). And by the way, I really enjoy these awards, not because my blog is any big deal, but because it feels like a ray of sunshine when you are nominated by a fellow blogger. It just spreads cheer (and blog love) and we could all use MORE cheer (and Love) in our lives.

The Liebster Award Rules

  • Acknowledge and link back to the person who nominated you (Thank you Janet!)
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post about the Liebster Award.

Random Facts About Myself

  1. I got married at the age of 35
  2. I hold a Master’s degree in Community & Counseling Psychology (and I don’t work as a counselor – go figure)
  3. I have lived in two states (NY and CO)
  4. I have a strong desire to continue to grow emotionally and spiritually through my life
  5. I do not wear or own makeup
  6. I play Tai Chi (Sun Family Style)
  7. I haven’t met a vegetable I didn’t like
  8. I have no desire to ride a horse
  9. I really DISLIKE the taste of milk (in ALL it’s cow forms including chocolate)
  10. I want to learn how to sew
  11. My favorite book is Ethan Frome

Q&A From My Nominator (nominees please answer these same 11 questions)

  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 29, and find line 4. What is the book and does it say? Business, Society & Government, “…firms must abide by when conducting business in the market environment”
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?  Hmmm, definitely somewhere in Europe
  3. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you do? Eliminate greed
  4. Is the glass half empty or half full? Depends on my mood...
  5. When is the last time you ate a homegrown tomato? I don’t grow tomatoes but my CSA does – last tomato from the farm was September
  6. What did you want to be when you grew up? My childhood love was dance (10 years!)- as a teen, Magazine layout editor.
  7. What is your favorite time of the day? Just before the sun comes up…Stillness…
  8. What inspires you? Bravery
  9. What is your favorite childhood memory? Making mud pies and pretending a broken tree stump was the thrown to our ‘kingdom’. 
  10. What three things in nature do you find most beautiful? The stars, waterfalls, mountains
  11. Who are your Nominees?
    1. Accidental Hippies
    2. Angie Does Until She Doesn’t
    3. Aspen & Pine
    4. bunnyciao
    5. DIY Simple Beauty Secrets
    6. Deb Palmer
    7. Domesticated Momster
    8. Erin’s Backyard Farm
    9. Hatches and Rambles
    10. France’s Organic Beauty Secrets
    11. The Journal Writer’s Handbook

Another reason I really enjoy these awards, I like to see what other bloggers are reading. If you have time, check out some of these blogs. They are all interesting in their own write 🙂 And of course, please stop by  spanishmossseries.

Happy Blogging!


Day 118: How much time has drive-thru coffee cost you?

This is a question I have thought about quite a bit these past 118 days. We used to hit the  Starbucks drive through every morning on our way home from the gym, plus weekends and some evenings. Have you ever sat in the Starbucks drive through line on a Saturday afternoon? It would not be an exaggeration to say the average wait time is around 10 mins, and I am being very nice here.  I know that there have been many times we waited longer than 10 minutes.  If on average, we sat in the drive through line for 7 minutes each trip, 7 days a week,  1-2 time per day (for the sake of math we’ll average it out to 10 total Starbucks visits per one week) this would mean we are spending an average of 70 minutes each week sitting in a line waiting to get coffee. That is more than one hour (I won’t bother to add in the gas that is wasted while the engine runs). I don’t know about you, but I can think of many ways I would rather be spending my hour.  Sitting in a line waiting can be stressful, a source of discontent.

One hundred twenty three days is 4 months or approximately 18 weeks. 70 minutes times 18 = 1,260 minutes or 21 hours. 21 HOURS. Let me repeat…21 HOURS. Wow.  This is not how I want to be spending my time. The more I am away from modern “conveniences” the more they appear to be inconveniences and really not saving us time at all.

How much time has the convenience of the drive-thru cost you?


Day 30: By the numbers weigh in

Today is officially the last day of September and that means we have achieved one month of NO takeout under our belt! The first month is a bit easy when you are all fired up about doing it and have figured out how to politely decline dinner out with friends. I am feeling things may get a bit bumpy as the months progress and the holidays are upon us.

So far, my husband and I are pretty proud of ourselves. You do remember that this no takeout challenge also includes Starbucks, right? To say the least, I am really amazed my husband has been able to stay away from that place (I will share more about the Starbucks addiction in a separate post). You can check out our money saved and weight loss here.

How are you doing with your goals? Have you had any successes?

Day 2: Motivation

This experiment isn’t only about saving money and not buying takeout, it’s also about motivation. The motivation for me is to consume less and put more energy into our family so we are not eating fake food. Another personal motivator for me is the fact I gave birth 3 months ago. I am a petite person with a 5”6’ frame weighing 108 lbs at the time of conception. Over the 9 months of my pregnancy I gained within the recommended range of 35-40 lbs based on my pre-pregnancy weight. My weight maxed out at 146 lbs; a 38 lb overall weight gain. I looked great! I felt amazing! I LOVED being pregnant!

Now I am EBF (exclusively breast feeding) so I am literally eating for two. And while taste and food preferences start in utero for babies, your breast milk also takes on flavors of food. The more whole foods I put into my diet, I am hoping to also influence the food preferences of my infant daughter. When I was pregnant I felt that she was influencing my taste and cravings, now I get to introduce my little bean to some of my favorite foods. For some amazing information about the learning and shaping that takes place in utero, check out this Ted Talk by Annie Murphy Paul.