Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fitness challenge at YMCA

For the past 4 weeks I've been logging my workouts on a YMCA sponsored site through their Stay Healthy Fitness Challenge.

In the beginning of the program they took some measurements, such as body fat, weight, and hydration.

Today I went back for my mid program assessment and found I had gained 2 pounds and slightly increased my body fat percentage. Since my goal for this program was to increase muscle mass, I'm fairly certain the weight increase was partially due to more muscle and possibly the Chikfila I had for lunch an hour earlier.

After completing my assessment I received a free shirt! Love how soft it is. I dropped it off at my car and then ran a speedy 3.25 miles around the outdoor track.

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My very quiet run

I forgot where I put my headphones. At first I was annoyed, and then I embraced the fact that my run this morning would be in silence. Well technically not silence since it was outdoors, but music less.

It was hard for me to run without music because I was left alone with my wacky, and at times, irrational thoughts.

Around mile 3 I took off my shirt because the 60 degree weather had gotten too hot to bear. I was a hot sweaty mess when I was finished.

6 miles done in under 50 minutes. I'll take it. Especially when done without any Pitbull or The Shins blasting in my ears.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

2 parks in 1 day

Happy Easter everyone!

Mason had a fun day full of Easter baskets and parks. Yes that's right multiple parks. We went to the outdoor track at the Harris YMCA this morning to get a couple of miles done.

Unfortunately I didn't realize how windy (18 mph gusts) and chilly it was. Mason and I trudged along for a little over 2 miles then attacked the playground. We didn't last very long and headed home after a short time.

After lunch Mason and I played for a bit and then he announced "nap". So I took it as a cue and put him down for his nap a little earlier than normal.

He took a 2 hour nap but woke up around 3 and I was left with more afternoon in my day than I wanted.

So we headed to Park Rd Park for some more playing.
Hope everyone had a great day with their favorite little buddy!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Random hallway stretching

I'm guilty of never stretching before or after running. Usually the only time I stretch is during a yoga class (which thankfully I had on Tuesday).

Today, after 5 days straight of running a total of 20 miles, my right hip had enough. I had to stretch it out and have spent the past 10 minutes in some random hallway at the gym doing just that. Mason has another 45 minutes left of daycare and I'm lacking the motivation to do any more working out.

Unfortunately the wifi isn't working well today preventing me from watching "West Wing" on amazon prime. Instead I think I'll hide out in this hallway until one more person gives me a strange look.

Damn. There's that look. Ok fine I'll get up and throw some weights around.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baking toddler worthy muffins

I spend (too) much time researching healthy muffin recipes for Mason. He loves eating "muff muffs" so I try to bake 2 dozen mini muffins, every couple of weeks, to keep in the freezer for snacks. I usually do variations of zucchini or carrot based muffins.

Today's muffin recipe was based off "The Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins" recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe blog. Check out her blog for the directions and the original ingredients.

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pureed spinach and pear sauce
  • 1 smashed banana
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2-3 medium carrots)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

Let's just call these "everything but the kitchen sink" muffins.  The original recipe called for applesauce, which I didn't have.  So I improvised ... I pureed 1 chopped pear, a little water, and about 1/2 cup of fresh spinach.  It made a lovely green colored sauce.  That sauce, along with 1 smashed banana, were substitutes for 1 cup of applesauce.  

I also added the raisins (not in original recipe) for some added sweetness since I decreased the honey from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup.  

I've tried a muffin and they're pretty tasty.  I used melted coconut oil and a brush to grease the muffin tin to avoid using paper liners. 

Waiting on my little buddy to wake up from his nap so he can taste one.

In need of a plan

I thrive on schedules. I love plans. I yearn to check off or cross things off long to-do lists.

Running has always been the same way for me. I always have a race in the future that I'm training for. A plan to follow with a certain number of miles to run that week.

So what happens when there is no race on the horizon?

I run with no purpose other than to have something to do and for a reason to leave Mason in childcare at the YMCA for an hour a day.

But that's getting pretty boring. I've made a random goal of running 20 miles a week. Ok cool so I've done that. Now what?

I would like to get faster at running 5k's so logic would tell me to work on speed. Ideally I'll look up how to do speed work and start to incorporate that into my running. Easy enough right? So why haven't I done that? Laziness. Which is a funny term to use to describe me after I just said I run 20 miles a week.

I'm in a weird spot in running and I still love to do it, but have outgrown it I guess.

Sorry for the rambling but I'm sitting in my yoga class waiting for it to begin. Today will be the first time I've left Mason in childcare for 2 hours. It costs $2.50 for that extra hour so I plan on enjoying those extra minutes.


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Twenty four months

I want to say this is the last Mason update for a while ... I want to say that the monthly reviews on how my little man is doing will stop completely.  For now I can honestly say I won't be posting another Mason update in the next month.  I loved chronicling every month of his life for the past 2 years ... but honestly there haven't been many groundbreaking changes lately that are worth mentioning.  I rather save any future Mason posts for the really really exciting stuff ... like potty training (ooooooh) and sleeping in a big boy bed (aaaaaaah).


This past weekend Mason turned TWO!  We celebrated 3 different times for his birthday (probably a little much on my part but what can I say I love that kid).  On Thursday we took cupcakes to Mason's school and celebrated with his class.  On Saturday we went to Discovery Place and explored the museum, followed by some delicious Midwood BBQ lunch.

And the biggest celebration was Sunday at his party at the Little Gym.  Mason must've been so excited about partying with his friends that he skipped napping.  Thankfully he pulled it together and was an absolute blast during his party.  He definitely crashed hard that night and tried to sleep in on Monday morning.  I felt bad about waking him up, but we had his 2 year check up at the doctor's.

  • 35.25 inches tall
  • weighs 32 pounds
  • has switched to drinking unsweetened almond milk instead of cow's milk
  • skips naps every couple of days
  • falls asleep around 8pm - wakes up around 6:45am
  • loves playing outside in the grass
  • lots of new words lately
  • silly toddler tantrums over the most insignificant things
  • can go up and down the stairs with minimal supervision (huge for us since he's so clumsy)
  • blames all of his booboos on Honey (poor dog)
  • still obsessed with Elmo