Thursday, November 29, 2012

Eight Months

It's time to do an update on our little mover and shaker.  
He won't can't stand still.  He's constantly pulling himself up on anything and everything.  It's a bit nerve-wrecking since we have wooden floors and every time he falls it's a major meltdown for Mason and mommy.
Oh and P.S. these photo sessions get way harder each month.  It's impossible to keep him still long enough to get a good picture.  And it doesn't help that Honey insists on photo-bombing each shot.

Blurry or not at least I was able to capture his 8 month birthday.

  • taking things out of the kitchen drawers (don't worry nothing dangerous)
  • playing with Honey's toys
  • pulling himself up on all pieces of furniture
  • hanging out with dad
  • taking all of the toys out of his toy bin
  • still hates diaper changes 
  • getting his face wiped after eating
  • pureed peaches
  • getting too many kisses from Honey (mom dislike)

Other updates ... still 2 teeth.  He loves to bite everything with his sharp little shark teeth.  

Thankfully still sleeping through the night.  Goes to bed around 7pm and wakes up around 6:30pm.  

Having a rough time with naps.  Takes the first one like a champ but is having trouble deciding how to go from 3 naps a day to 2.  On some days it seems like he'll take a morning nap, then a short lunch time nap, and then won't nap again the rest of the day.  This leads to cranky mom and baby since he'll be up for more than 5 hours straight before it's time for bed.  

Today I was able to keep him up longer during midday and got him to nap for 30 minutes late afternoon.  It was a slight improvement from the past few days.  

This past month Mason had a HUGE first in our household ... he attended his first football game!  
It was pretty chilly but he did great!  He even managed to nap while in the Bjorn before the game started.  Unfortunately he got fussy right before half time so we headed home and left Ryan with his brother to watch the rest of the game.  

And that's it!  Looking forward to another month of firsts for Mason. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

basic biceps part 1 and 2

yesterday I started to do some bicep exercises but got sidetracked and stopped halfway through my day 3 work out.  I decided to resume my work out today but instead of just doing the 2nd half of my work out, I started over with my biceps and added 100 sit ups once I was done.
these are the 3 bicep exercises I did using a pair of 5 pound weights.  I did 3 sets of 12 reps each.

Dumbbell Curl
basic curl

Keep your elbows tucked firmly by your sides, hold a dumbbell in each hand and curl them upwards, toward your chest. You must curl until your forearms are straight up and your palms are facing your shoulders. Now, slowly lower the dumbbells and return to the initial position. 
hammer curl
Hammer Curl

Hammer curls are amongst the simple and effective exercises. Stand upright and hold dumbbells in each hand. Your palms must face inward, toward your body. Keep elbows tucked at sides, then curl both dumbbells upward till your shoulders. Extend your arm, in order to lower it to the initial position. You can work alternate arms, one at a time or both of them together.


concentration curl
 Concentration Curl
Sit on a bench and hold a dumbbell with one arm. Keeping your back straight, lean slightly forward so as to lock your elbow into the inside of your thigh. Hold your free hand on to your knees to maintain the balance. Now, start the exercise by slowly curling the weight upward and in towards your chest. Remember that you must stabilize your body during this exercise, so as to ensure that only your upper arm is moving. While you squeeze the biceps during the contraction, slightly twist the hand. Hold this position for 4 seconds, slowly bring the weight back to the original position, so that your arm is completely straight.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A riot almost broke out ...

... In front of the childcare room this morning at the YMCA. On our way to the gym this morning I never stopped to realize how busy and crowded the gym would be the Monday after Thanksgiving.

When Mason and I walked inside the gym and headed to the childcare room, we were greeted with a "room is full, come back in 15 minutes" sign. I considered driving home and skipping my treadmill run but I figured Mason and I could wait.

As we waited, more and more parents and kids showed up to the childcare room and were annoyed at the wait. One dad in particular kept commenting on how inconvenient the wait was and "I guess dad will have to skip another work out."

So dramatic. Finally an extra YMCA employee was sent to help watch the kids and we were allowed to drop our kids off.

I ran 3.25 miles in 24:45 minutes and raced back to my almost crying baby. One day Mason will finally enjoy spending some time in the playroom with the complete strangers.

As if running 3.25 miles in the morning wasn't enough, Mason and I took a 2 mile walk in the afternoon. Mason had finally fallen asleep in the BOB stroller so I kept walking around our neighborhood after stopping by the post office.

Looking forward to day 3 of working out tomorrow.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

at home workouts

Dear Jess -

there is no reason why you should not be able to work out a couple of times a week. 

the end.

I am tired of excuses ... I am tired of "I'll start working out on Monday."  I am tired of not doing any strength training and only fitting in 1 or 2 days of running a week.

So ....

Today while watching the Tampa Bay Bucs game I busted out my pair of 5 pound weights.  When Ryan starts working out again after a long hiatus he always starts with chest ... me, I start with shoulders.  I have no idea why but it is always my go-to muscle group.

I completed 3 sets of 12 reps each of:
  1. overhead shoulder press (military press)
  2. front lateral raises
  3. side lateral raises
I also found a few minutes to do 100 sit ups.  There.  Done.  First day of strength training and it took almost no time at all.

Time to figure out a tentative exercise schedule for this week.  Since I haven't run since Wednesday, I would like to get at least 3 runs in this week.  I would also like to do biceps, triceps, legs, and more abdominal work. 

It'll be interesting to find exercises that do not cause my wrist discomfort ... like for triceps I will try to do push-ups but will have to do wall push-ups instead of normal on the floor push-ups.

Standing wall push-up from the Real Simple website

Fingers crossed that I actually accomplish this small goal to remain active all week long.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon

Wish I could say I ran 26.2 miles today during Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon, but I didn't.  Instead I ran 2.5 miles of it and helped my friend Christie finish strong!

The course takes runners all over Charlotte ... even right down the street I live on.  So after Christie hit mile 23, she cruised onto my street and I jumped in to help motivate her towards the finish.  She was lucky to have our friend Nicole jump in at mile 10 and casually do a 16 mile run today (training towards her first marathon in January) with her.  
I was helping her stay competitive ... as competitive as you could be after running for over 4 hours and feeling nauseous.  She managed to keep her pace around 10 minute/miles and finished strong in around 4:40 hours (might be less results aren't posted yet).  She even passed a few people during the last 0.2 miles!

After running 2.5 miles with Christie and Nicole it was time to head home.  Glad I knocked out 5 miles today and am so lucky to have seen a friend accomplish such a big goal.  Being around all of those marathoners kind of made me want to run a marathon one day ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

cupcake obsession

I have a confession to make ... I'm obsessed with these pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.  I made them last week for a play date Mason had with his buddy Carson and made them again today for another play date with his friend Linus.  

Instead of making a dozen I halved the recipe to only have 6 on hand since last time I ate 7 out of the 12 cupcakes in a 2 day period.  I'm not ashamed to admit it.

adapted from: Ina Garten's Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
ingredients for cupcakes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground pumpkin spice
1 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup apple sauce
ingredients for frosting
2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with 6 paper liners.
2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and apple sauce. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
3. Divide the batter among the prepared tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.
4. Spread the cupcakes with the Maple cream cheese frosting.

Deliciousness.  I used vegetable oil the last time I made these and the only difference I noticed with using apple sauce instead was that the cupcake sticks to the paper liner more and it's slightly more difficult to peel off to eat.  Sacrifices are worth it to be healthier!

I'd like to think that I worked some of those cupcake calories off (I've already had 2) during my walk with Honey and Mason.  Since it was only 48 degrees outside, everyone had to get bundled up.

And yes that is a picture of Honey taking a poop. 

During our 1 mile walk around our neighborhood we saw the last tree with any leaves left on it.

Fall in Charlotte is so pretty ... too bad today felt like a winter day with lows in the 30's.  Brrr!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My version of the burrito bowl

Today's post run fuel was my version of the Chipotle burrito bowl, but before I get to the specifics of my tasty lunch here's a rundown on my treadmill run ...

Props go out to Mason for being a good boy while in child care. Of course there were tears while I was gone but the caretaker said he did pretty well.

I cranked out 3.11 miles in 24 mins.
Mile 1 - 8:15
Mile 2 - 15:35 (7:20 min/mile)
Mile 3 - 23:00 (7:25 min/mile)

I was really hoping for negative splits but I went too fast too soon during miles 1 and 2.

Back to lunch ...

It doesn't look that appetizing but it definitely hit the spot. Black beans and rice, mixed with corn, with a fried egg, topped with cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce. A few blue corn tortilla chips added some crunch on the side.

Time to unwind while Mason naps!
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Return of the greenway

Yesterday I packed up the BOB stroller and headed to the greenway with Mason for a late morning jog.

We covered almost 3.5 miles! Mason and I haven't done 3 miles together in over 3 months. I'm glad I pushed myself (and the stroller) to hit the longer distance.

It was really windy out during our run, and I think the combination of the wind and some rain last night brought colder weather to Charlotte. The highs this week will linger in the low 50s so I'll probably do some running at the YMCA.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Perfect running temps

Around 3pm I strapped Mason into the BOB for a jog around our neighborhood. The sun was shining and the temperature had hit 63 degrees making it the perfect time to go for a run.

We finished just over 2 miles in 18 minutes and decreased our pace from 8:52 min/mile to 8:45 min/mile from Monday's jog.

Hopefully we can get a couple more runs outside before it becomes winter!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

possible race and new shoe desire

ok ok so I said I was going to hold off on any races until 2013 ... but I really want to do one.  I did at least one race a month (in June I did 2) from June-September and fell short last month of running a race.  

This time last year I had just finished running the Rock n Roll half marathon in Savannah while 5 months pregnant, and managed a new sub 2 hour PR.

The only drawbacks of signing up for a November race are: possibility of frigid weather and the cost.

I have yet to do a Turkey Trot while living in Charlotte ... maybe I can convince Ryan to make it a family affair?
Charlotte Running Co. is hosting the Turkey Trot 8k on November 22nd and jogging strollers are allowed!  Racing fees go up on the 16th so I have to start convincing Ryan now about the benefits of doing this race.  Plus it starts at 9am so there will be no need for rushing in the morning.

onto more musings ...
I've been a diehard Brooks fan for many years and only recently tried a different brand of running shoe, the Gel-Noosa Tri by Asics.  I honestly don't love them and have been looking forward to replacing them for something new and improved.

Lately I've been reading a lot about the Mizuno Wave Rider 16s that were recently released.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 16 
They look pretty awesome and I'm loving the pink color.  from the website:

The Wave Rider delivers a harmonious balance of lightweight feel, sculpted fit and exquisitely smooth ride. By maximizing the responsive action of Mizuno's innovative Wave plate technology, the Wave Rider continues to define and create the brilliant run experience.

New running shoes are definitely not in the budget any time soon ... but a girl can dream ... about some new awesome pink running shoes.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Festive fall front door

How's that for alliteration?

Today Mason joined me for a chilly jog around our neighborhood. We covered 2 miles and then stopped since I didn't want to keep him outside too much longer.

I try to bundle him up as much as I can but he always manages to free his hands.

Check out our awesome wreath that my mom made for us while she was in town.

I think our front porch is ready for the fall ... Bout time since fall started months ago :)

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Outdoor running

As I ran outside today I realized I wouldn't be running outside many more times in 2012. I used to be made fun of by friends in Florida for having such a short window of running time. It was always too hot, too rainy, or even too cold in Florida. I may have had only 6 weeks of optimal running outside time while I lived there.

When I saw it was only 50 degrees outside I didn't stop to change my running shorts. I was confident in the fact that the sun would beat down enough to warm me up. I only ran 2 miles but like every other run, it was better than nothing.

Having this scenery while running helps.

Hopefully I'll have a few more outdoor runs before the weather gets too cold!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Naptime 5k

Today I snuck away at noon during Mason's nap to hit up the YMCA. I was super lucky that Ryan didn't mind monitoring the monitor (haha that sounds funny) while I was gone.

Once on the treadmill I tried to realistically run as fast as I could to make it home before Mason woke up.

I don't remember what mile 2 was but I finished mile 1 in 8:30 and mile 3 in 23:45 minutes. Not a bad time for totally slacking off from running lately.

After the gym I picked up sandwiches from Common Market. Can't beat a roast beef sandwich for post running fuel.

By the time I got home Mason was awake but didn't seem to mind my absence.

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