5 months already. Time really flies! We don’t have teeth yet, but the gallons of daily drool and chewing on everything in sight is a sure sign that they are soon on their way. We are starting to say a few words like “Mum”, “Maaaaa” and “Bum”…and also “NO”, even an “oww” in there too. She rolled over for the first time last week, but no repeats. She is growing so fast, and is super interested in whatever Mommy has in her hands like a phone, or food and desperately wants to enjoy it as well.
It blows my mind that 5 months ago today I was sitting here at the desk, listening to my body and realizing that I could quite possibly be holding my baby that night. Her journey to this world was a bumpy one, but I fully believe that it made her strong and stubborn…just like her Mama and her Nana.
Happy 5 months Hadley Bear!!
I know this was only 5 months ago but…omg my baby is 5 months old tomorrow! Holy crap! How did that happen??
She looks so tiny there! I mean she was so tiny, but I see her as she is now…a bouncing 14 pounds and I cannot believe that she was ever that small. But she was, and she is so beautiful! Then and now.
Happy Friday Eve!
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How you vex me.
I’ve had to make yet another adjustment to my race calendar. I had “joined” a Ragnar team for the Great River in August; but didn’t officially have my race funds to sign up. And sadly I missed their cutoff for when they wanted people to have the moolah in for the team. So no Ragnar for me this year. I was cringing about spending that much…over $100 on a race. Well it’s actually like 3 races but you only get one medal…
And I have decided that I am not going to try for the Get in Gear Half next month. With MIT starting in April I want to be there for as many trainings as possible. Plus, I know that I probably won’t be as ready as I want to be.
I still have all of my MDRA races and I registered for my first virtual 10K! The We Stand With Boston virtual 5k/10k/half/full with Will Run For Bling. I am pretty excited about the Virtual run. Now I will have to make my medal and bib holder for real now! I have an idea and it involves my Mizunos…I love those shoes and I am not ready to part with them yet!! I got them 2 years ago, and I know that they are ready to be retired…but I just love them so much!
I have been trying to decide if I want to find a race, probably a 5k or 10k to do in Florida while on vacation. So here are my options:
You’ll notice there aren’t any…There are no races close to Panama City/Beach in June…
REALLY?!? It’s the beach…in June and there are no races. Bummer. Maybe I will find another virtual race and do my run while on Vacation and pretend that I ran in an actual race.
How is your race calendar looking? Have you registered for any big races?
I am a big fan of breakfast on the go, or at least breakfast that is already prepared for me! These are amazing. I think I ate like 5 in one sitting.
And these babies are great for Breakfast, Brunch or Brinner! Paired with pancakes or oats this is a great quick breakfast or snack.
- Preheat your oven to 350
- Assemble your stuffed omelets. I started with the tots, then meat, veggies and then poured in the eggs.
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Top with shredded cheese when you take them out of the oven
- Let cool and enjoy. Or freeze for later!
My Dietbet ends this week. It’s my first, and I think it’s a really cool way to motivate people to lose weight…I am not sure it’s for me. I love short terms goals, and 6ish pounds over 4 weeks is a great short term goal…but I never really felt the fire under my butt. Luckily, with the help of Isagenix I have been able to lose my 4% just focusing on my diet alone; because it’s been way too cold to pack up the Babe on a regular basis and get to the gym.
So I need to find another way to keep my momentum going, and that is to focus on my training. And work out at home when it’s too cold to go out. But now that it’s March…I really, really, reeeeeaaaallly…hope that this swirling polar vortex of death will leave for good and we can have spring soon.
But what kind of stuff can I do at home?
Well lots of of things! First off I have a few workout DVDs, even a Mom and Baby Yoga DVD. And now that the Babe is nearly 15 pounds…she’s big enough to build some muscle just from holding her! We also have a few dumbbells, a kettle bell and then there’s all the body weight exercises that I can handle!
Which brings me to some of my goals for this year, and that was to do the Ab & Squat challenges again each quarter this year. And It’s March so I’ve only got a few weeks left of the first quarter of 2014!
So I am rolling out the new and improved Ab and squat challenges! These are much more intense than the originals. I will be starting this on Sunday to follow my calendar for training and I will post before and after photos to show my progress. So be sure to check back everyday for the next workout! This week I will be focusing on getting my at-home gym set up!
Today is day 28 of the 28 day No spending Challenge
Today is a day of reflection, and to look back at the last 28 days of no/minimal spending to see how our hard work has paid off.
I am also combining the last two days of Ruth’s challenge into this one as a wrap up.
Now that the challenge is complete…reassess your budget. Were you able to cut unnecessary things from your budget? Minimizing the wants and focusing on the needs can help you determine areas where you can cut your budget and live a little more lean. Take a good look at where you were able to save the most and set up your new budget for those areas at what you spent this month. This is something that The Hubs and I do every few months. For example, if we have our budget for entertainment set at $50 a month (Renting movies, going to the theater and getting concessions, concerts etc…) and for 3 months we only spend $30 then we will adjust our budget to the $30 and reassess again in 3 months to see where we are at.
And the other important thing…now that you’ve saved all of that money…do not go blow it! Put it in a savings account, and let it sit! Hold it for a rainy day, stow it for a family vacation…or keep it as a cushion. Car repairs, household repairs and well…even babies happen unexpectedly sometimes and having a bit of a cushion can make those unexpected events a little easier to deal with.
I gotta say…I am so glad that this challenge is over. It was a struggle, and even though we were able to pay a huge amount on our credit card…and are now months closer to house hunting…I am not sure that could tackle this challenge again. But it did get us to look at our spending a little differently.
How did your challenge go?
Once upon a time…
I was in dance. And I sucked.
But at least I looked cute in the costume!
Happy Friday Eveeeeeeeee!!!
Day 27 of out 28 Day No spending challenge!
Today we are talking free family activities! Ruth has a great list over on her day 27. Most of them are great for families with older kids…but the ones we could do sound fun, like a funny photo shoot, or going to the library. Lots of her activities are outdoor activities…but again…we live in the tundra apparently so outdoors is out…
Tomorrow is the last day of our challenge…it’s been an eye opening experience but I am sooooo glad it’s almost over!
So we are 2 months into 2014 and I thought it was time for a progress report on my goals and rewards that I laid out in this post.
I am not quite to the 20 lbs mark…but it’s so close that I am putting it up there anyway! Because I know that I will hit it by the end of the month!
So far I’v earned:
- A fitbit…check!
- New shoes!
- A spa day!
I so cannot wait to cash in my my rewards and keep going on this motivation train I’m on!
I know that I should post pictures…but I am waiting until after my Dietbet is done to do that…just another week or so on that!