Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello weight training, it's nice to see you

I had previously mentioned dragging a pair of 5 pound dumbbells up to our playroom in an attempt to get some weight training in. I managed to do three sets of shoulder exercises on Sunday while watching football but haven't touched them since.

Then my upper body got a jolt yesterday during a barre class and I realized how weak I've been getting.

So at the gym today I took it back to the free weights after running a couple of miles around the indoor track.

It was super easy and super fast to knock out a couple of bicep and tricep exercises using some 5 pound weights.
- 2 sets of 15 reps of bicep curls
- 2 sets of 15 reps of hammerhead curls
- 2 sets of 15 reps tricep kickbacks
- 2 sets of 15 reps tricep press

No excuses anymore!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 21

another week, fortunately nothing new to report.

I mostly do these weekly updates as an excuse to wear non work out clothes.  Mason saw what I was wearing and asked if I was going to a meeting ... that's usually where I say I'm going if I have to leave in the evening.  No son, I just wanted to wear something other than gym clothes, but thanks for noticing.

now that he's finally napping (little bugger kept fighting it today) I can sit down and get to the real important stuff of my week ... Baby Brother's weekly updates.

 Gap Body Maternity tank, size extra small, Forever 21 skirt, size medium

according to, baby is the size of a pomegranate at 10.5 inches, and 12.7 ounces.

Baby Brother has been super active lately ... lots of kicking and moving around.  I've been pretty active myself since taking some time off due to the fall earlier this month and my recent cold.  I've managed to get some miles in and even took a barre class this morning at Xtend Barre.

I like rounding up and telling people I'm almost 6 months pregnant because I feel like I've gotten so big.  I am still wearing 99% regular clothing, with the occasional wear of this tank and my new maternity work out pants I broke in today.  I did buy some maternity jeans and a few tops while shopping at the Gap but have yet to wear them.  I looked back at my previous pregnancy posts from Mason and saw that I was wearing "normal" jeans at week 28.  Not that there is anything wrong with wearing maternity clothes ... comfort is comfort.  And I'm truly fortunate that my stay at home mom uniform consists of work out gear.

I did buy some non-alcoholic beer recently but have yet to try it.  Guess I've been waiting for the right sporting event and pan of spicy wings to try one.  

Baby Brother will be attending his first wedding this weekend, so that should be fun squeezing into a fancy dress and trying to stay awake past 8pm.  So excited for my friend Katie and her husband-to-be Brandon!

Week 22 should have an update from the doctor since my appointment is next Friday.  Other than that see ya next week for another Baby Brother update!

Back to barre and a scare along the Greenway

Yesterday I signed myself up for a 9:45 barre class at Xtend Barre for this morning. After dropping Mason off at school I headed to the Greenway by the studio to knock out 2 miles before the class.

My run was interrupted when I spotted a young woman laying on the ground and a bystander urgently asking me if I could call 911.

I obliged and after spending some time on the phone with the emergency medic I began to feel sick from the situation. I was queasy seeing this poor incoherent 20's something girl laying on the ground, one shoe off, bleeding, and asking "what happened" over and over. Blame it on the pregnancy hormones or the fact that seeing someone truly injured from a fall hits way too close to home.

Fortunately a cyclist stopped when he saw the accident and was more "hands on" with the victim while I stayed on the phone. Once the fire truck arrived with help I was free to leave ...

I was pretty shaken up but managed to finish 1.5 miles before heading to my class.

Now onto the positive part of my morning ... I love taking classes at Xtend. The owners are so actively involved in your practice, making sure all questions are answered before and afterwards. They truly want to make sure your experience was a positive one. I definitely took advantage and asked a bunch of questions about pregnancy modifications.

The class was a tough 60 minutes but I feel so much better. I'm looking towards incorporating more core work into my current work out routine and think this may be the way to do it.

We already pay A LOT for our family gym membership at the YMCA, so it's hard to justify additional exercise expenditures. We'll see if I can find any more deals on classes before committing to a package. In the meantime I look forward to scheduling my next class that I scored 1/2 off with a promotion.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Falling into the GAP

First let me start off by saying this post is not sponsored (sad face) but is truly me shouting from the rooftop about my great buys today.

I finally decided to start buying maternity clothes (I had gotten rid of all my previous stuff since I was convinced I was one and done).

I started my search at the GAP and was pleasantly surprised to find all sale items were an extra 50% off.

For under $40 I got:
A pair of work out capris ($2.98)
A white racer back tank ($0.98)
A red ballet neck tee ($2.98)
A blue v neck tee ($7.49)
And gray skinny jeans ($20.99)

I am such the bargain shopper aren't I?

And I couldn't leave baby brother without some new clothes to add to all of his hand-me-downs:

2 pairs of zip up footless pajamas that are by far my favorite when he's around 12-18 months
4 onesies
1 pair of lounge pants
1 pair of boat shoes
1 hat
All for under $40

Not sure how long this sale is going for but y'all should definitely check it out. Lots of great finds!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

An inspiring conversation

I snuck away today while Mason should've been napping for some much needed me time. After making a quick return at the mall I headed to the greenway for a walk/run.

That's right ... I didn't get my nails done, my hair done, a massage, or any other types of pampering for my alone time ... I just wanted to be outside and enjoy the outdoors.

I walked for 2.5 minutes then slowly picked up the pace. I had only wanted to do 2 miles and head home but a runner started chatting with me and kept me going a little further.

He was an older man, probably late 40's or early 50's, who was a marathoner. He was currently working on his 20 miler today in anticipation of 2 marathons coming up, only 6 days apart. He's already ran 21 marathons.

Wow. I was so impressed. He seemed so dedicated, but cool and collected while running. His dad had started running at age 55 and ran a 3:18 Boston marathon when he was 66. And has already run over 30 marathons. What??!!

I hope I can instill the love of running in Mason. It's a beautiful, tranquil sport that I treasure so dearly.

Happy Saturday.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 20

sorry this update comes two days late ... it's been a rough week.

yay for week 20, aka, we've reached the 1/2 way mark.

 Gap Body Maternity, size extra small, Lucky Brand Jeans size 24 (00) Riley slouch boyfriend jeans

It's crazy what putting on a little make up and attempting to do my hair will do for the quality of these pictures.  I had a Junior League event yesterday (when I took the photos) and actually made an attempt at fixing my appearance (yay to no gym clothes).  

Nothing really new to announce pregnancy wise.  I've been suffering through the same cold as last week.  Plus Mason has had the same cold (he started it) and now has an ear infection.  Saddest thing ever is seeing your little boy so sick.  Hopefully his meds start working ... wish I could pop a pill and make my illness go away.

Anyways.  Not sure about current weight gain.  Next appointment is in 2 weeks I think.  I'm still eating everything and anything.  No real aversions, nor current cravings.

According to, Baby C is the size of a banana, coming in at 10 ounces and 6.5 inches.  

And that's all.  Still trying to run and lift the occasional weight.  Hoping to add some yoga in the next coming weeks.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I didn't want to work out

Oh Mason sometimes your enthusiasm to go to the gym is unnerving. I finally gave in since we had run out of things to do at home and you clearly had energy to burn.

I took it easy and did 2 miles around the indoor track. 1/3 was walking, 2/3 jogging. Then I walked on the treadmill for 0.22 miles to "fix" yesterday's 2.53 miles.

I definitely got some looks for my awesome bacon shirt. Or people are wondering why I'm dragging myself through the gym.

Splitting up 5

After 4 days off from running due to a pesky cold, it felt great to get some running done yesterday.

I headed to the Dowd YMCA after dropping Mason off at school. I completed 2.5 miles on the treadmill, mixing lots of walking with jogging.

Then I ran a few errands before heading back to Mason's school to park the car for the second part of my run.

I did another slow 2.5 miles, this time along the sidewalks of Queens Rd. I was super careful/cautious the whole time since I definitely did not want another fall.

I'm happy I completed a total of 5 miles and liked having a break in between.

Between the fall and my cold during the month of October I'll be surprised if I hit 50 miles. Luckily I still have over a week to get some miles in.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pregnancy #2 - week 19

Another week another update.

On Friday we had an ultrasound and found out baby C is a BOY!  I was right ... I knew it all along.  He's happy and healthy and that's all that matters at this point.

my weight - 116 pounds

Next appointment is 3 weeks from Friday which is a relief since I feel I've been to that doctor's office way too often lately.  

I liked the exposure of this picture ... wish I knew what I was doing photography-wise

 Still rocking the Gap Body Maternity shirt in size extra small.  Shorts are size 1 by Mossimo Supply Co.

It's crazy to me that all of my previous pregnancy maternity pictures are wearing jeans and winter clothes for the most part (aside from some running shorts).  It's been relatively mild out which garners shorts wearing for sure.  My size 0 shorts no longer fit (damn hips) so I've had to bust out the last 2 "bigger" shorts I own.  Just an excuse to wear leggings every day.

according to, baby is the size of a mango, 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces in weight.

I'm still waking up at all hours of the night to pee ... really wish that would stop.  I've been trying to eat better since I've been using the "pregnancy excuse" to eat a bunch of fried foods and desserts all the time.  I've been suffering from some killer headaches the past few days which sucks since I don't want to take a bunch of Tylenol.  Dealing with Mason while having a headache is not fun.

Since the major fall last Tuesday while running my wounds have slowly been healing.  I've begun to run again but only on paved surfaces and shudder at the thought of running on sidewalks.  Especially with all of the rain we've had ... sheesh can you imagine me running on a slick surface?  That's just asking for a disaster.

I've also started to do some light weight training with a pair of 5 pound dumbbells.  They have now found a home in our playroom's shelf so I can knock out some bicep curls while watching tv.  

Finally getting our baby moon planned which is super exciting.  Ryan and I are almost set to fly to Puerto Rico in December for 4 days.  I.  CAN.  NOT.  WAIT.  

My latest parenting tricks

Life with a 2.5 year old is crazy. It's fun at times but there are definitely moments when I need Mason to do or go somewhere and he just won't comply.

These are two things that I have recently used to make our lives a little more tolerable. And no, these definitely do not get me an award for parent of the year ...

1) watching the movie Frozen. Yes we are a little late to the party but my son is absolutely in love with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff.

This movie can be used when I need a moment to shower, make breakfast or dinner, or need him to go pee or poop before an outing.

2) gummy snacks. These little packets of gold have saved my life at soccer practice. Mason is given one gummy every time he listens to the coach. Our teachers at school have also said they are effective at getting the kids to clean up or do helpful tasks around the class.

Thankfully Costco sold me a box of 5,000 packets the other day.

And that's it. Those two tips have basically made my life a million times more tolerable while parenting Mason. It could be worse right?

Any other tips experienced parents have for wrangling their toddlers?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easing back into it

On Friday I walked around our neighborhood and added some sporadic jogging. Each day since then I've added a little more jogging and less walking to the mix.

Today I took my work out to a Greenway to avoid sidewalks and run along smooth surfaces.

I ran a total of 31 minutes and walked 3 minutes finishing 3.25 miles.

After my time outside I stopped by Which Wich to pick up sandwiches for Ryan and I. I've never had the black bean patty but decided to try something new.

Black bean patty on wheat, toasted, with provolone, spinach, olive salad mix, red onions, pickles, light mayo, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper.

The verdict ... Delicious! I really hope it curbs my hunger longer than my usual cheese and veggies sandwich.

Now to wrap this post up and head over to Mason's school for carpool.

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Comfort food cravings

The past couple of days I've been craving comfort foods.  For example the other night I wanted a complete turkey dinner ... you know with mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce.  Maybe with pumpkin pie for dessert?  I was very close to driving to Boston Market but somehow restrained myself.

This morning I was killing time before a doctor's appointment and stopped into an IHOP.  I cannot remember the last time I ate at the pancake house but figured a small stack of buttermilk pancakes would do well for the soul.  

I clearly did NOT hate my meal ... 2 buttermilk pancakes, hashbrowns, 2 scrambled eggs, and 2 slices of bacon, washed down with 1/2 decaf 1/2 regular coffee.  Oh and I finished it all in 10 minutes.  

Doctor's appointment went well (more details to  come on next wednesday's pregnancy post).

Once I arrived home I craved a walk.  I hadn't done any physical activity since tuesday's fall and finally felt well enough to move around.  Since I'm incapable of merely walking around my neighborhood, I alternated walking for 2 minutes and jogging for 1 minute.  20 minutes later my head was clear and I felt much better.  Although it was only 1.65 miles, I know the mileage will slowly increase as I start to feel better and my scrapes and scratches heal.  

Anyone else having silly cravings (pregnant or not)?


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 18

Another week that fly by!  I'm getting closer and closer to the midway point with this pregnancy.  Looking forward to finding out baby's gender in the upcoming week so be excited about week 19's post!

 This week I managed to run a couple of times ... still taking it slow and steady with lower mileage.  As you can see from the pictures I have a few "ouchies" that I discussed in my previous post "The Scariest Fall."  

Current weight: 115

Still eating lots of carbs ... have managed to eat some salads and vegetables without hating life too much.  

Current cravings: Lucky Charm's and Cheese puffs (don't judge)

from Baby is the size of a sweet potato.  5.6 inches long and 6.7 ounces

On Monday night Ryan felt the baby kick for the first time so that was pretty exciting.  He/she was pretty active and I'm super scared/paranoid that something is wrong with baby since the fall because I haven't felt the kicking. 

The scariest fall

We all know that I'm super clumsy. We also know that I have a history of falling while running. Yet I was still shocked when I found myself sprawled on the sidewalk 1 mile into my 2 mile run.

Yesterday afternoon I set out for a short 20 minute jog while Mason napped and Ryan worked.  I was checking my phone for my mileage so I could turn around at the 1/2 way mark and then I fell. Tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and slid along the ground. I quickly assessed my injuries and checked my right arm for any breaks and dragged myself up. I was bleeding, a lot, but managed to walk the mile back home.

Before I went inside the house I called my ob/Gyn to speak to a nurse about any possible trauma to baby.

After going inside and showing Ryan my battle wounds, we did the best at cleaning myself up and waking Mason up from his nap. We headed to the doctors office to get checked out.

Fortunately we heard baby's heart beat which made me feel a lot better. The doctor said there wasn't any reason to believe baby was affected so I was able to go home.

Boy am I sore today. Mason was not a fan of all of the ouchies and even offered to lend me some Elmo bandaids.

I'm not sure where I stand with running right now. Definitely taking a break to heal and rest but we all know I'll be running again soon. Probably on the indoor track and super smooth paved surfaces for awhile.

The following pictures were all taken today ... no bandaids at the moment ... trying to dry them out if that makes any sense.

right hip

right elbow

both knees

right hand

Thursday, October 2, 2014

pregnancy #2 - week 17

If my baby bump looks extra big in these pictures it is because they were taken at week 17 + 1 day (making it that much closer to 18 weeks).

Nothing really new to announce ... still peeing a lot at night (hence interrupted sleep), lots of eating (mostly bread products), and trying my best to stay active.

 Gap Body Maternity size extra small, Lucky Brand jeans size 0 (25)

What a difference a little make up does for these pictures ... really.  Guess I got all dolled up for Publix this morning.  

I still can't tell if I'm really feeling baby C kick or if it's just gas ... hopefully kicks though cause that's always an exciting part of this.

According to, baby is the size of an onion at 5.1 inches and 5.9 ounces.  Typical symptoms are itchy boobs and bump (check), rapid weight gain (check), weird dreams (double check), and bodily discharge (I'll save you the details).

I bought baby C his first gift this week ... just a little Curious George book and baby shirt.  Maybe he'll love that little monkey as much as Mason does.    

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 months

Although it has only been a couple of months since the last Mason update, I thought 2.5 years would be good for documentation purposes (especially since I'll probably look back at these when baby #2 is this age).

Mason Mason Mason ... I wish I was happier with you at this very instant, but I'm not.  You had a bad report from one of your teachers today at school.  I do not understand why you hit your friends while you're at school but it needs to stop.  Also you can't say "NO" to your teachers when they ask you to do something, or to stop doing something (I am going to assume hit a fellow classmate).  And then there was a potty accident while you were playing outside.  It has only been a couple of weeks since you began wearing undies to school instead of a pull-up, but you have only had 2 days when you came home in the same shorts you went to school in.  The rest of the days have had an accident occur at some point during the morning.

I just don't know what to do.  Everything I have read says that hitting is a stage some toddlers go through at this age.  But why does my sweet boy have to be one of the statistics?  And it doesn't help that Mason is so much bigger than the other kids ... he's turned into the bully :(  

Parenting isn't easy ... and it's not all about the fun and games that come along with it.  There are definite struggles, and I'm not one to hide from writing about what is really going on with our lives.  

Onto a brighter note ... 

You've been sleeping in your big boy bed and have done well at night.  Last night I did have to scoop you up from the floor around 3:30am and place you back into bed, so falling every once in awhile is still an issue.  We lock you in your room around 7:45pm and open the door for you when you wake up at 6:45am.  

The only recent drawbacks have been with napping.  I think the excitement of having your abuela and abuelo in town caused you to go a bit crazy and skip most of your naps during a 2 week stretch.  We are on day 2 of the return to naps so let's hope it stays this way.  

  •  you have 3 more swim lessons left and I think we are good with waiting until you are a bit older to continue lessons.  your attention span is not there and although the class is only 30 minutes, you find a way to end it early almost weekly.  
  • you started soccer and have gone twice so far.  one week you missed due to a fever and one week you missed due to weather (it was canceled but I told you that you weren't allowed to go because of missing your nap)
  • you are now obsessed with the movie Frozen.  you probably watch 5-10 minutes every other day but that is enough to keep you asking for Anna and Elsa
  • size wise I have no idea ... still growing (obviously) but no clue on height or weight.  

Fingers crossed the hitting stage will go away soon and we'll have our sweet boy back.  

September running in review

With entering my 2nd trimester of my 2nd pregnancy, I clearly have begun to slow down on the running front (pun intended).  I haven't been logging as many miles and my pace is quite slower than it once was.  I'm ok with that and have readjusted my running goals for the rest of the year.  Knowing I won't hit the 1,000 mile mark by the end of 2014, I am now focused on just getting outside and keeping myself active, even if it's just a 2 mile run/walk.

68.87 total miles
total runs - 22
average miles ran each time - 3.13 miles
fastest pace - 9/27 South End Shuffle 5k (3.1 miles) 8:10 min/mi
slowest pace - 9/29 2.05 miles on treadmill at YMCA 11:13 min/mi 
shortest run -  2.05 miles on 9/16 and 9/29
longest run - 6.2 miles on 9/13
# of races - 2
I was fortunate to run in 2 (free) races in September ... Hit the Brixx 10k and South End Shuffle 5k.  I even managed to place 2nd in my age group during the inaugural South End Shuffle!  
As of the end of September, I have run 740.01 total miles.  I would have to run 86 miles in October, November, and December to hit 1,000 miles which clearly will not happen.  I'm looking to run at least 50-60 miles during the next 3 months.  So far no races have been scheduled but I am not one to turn down a free race entry ;) 

It's all about balance

After spending most of my current pregnancy only eating foods that were considered carbs, I finally craved a salad for lunch.

I stopped by Crisp to create my salad ... Spring mix and spinach, cranberries, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and kalamata olives with an apple cider vinaigrette.

I must confess that I did stop by Krispy Kreme earlier today and bought a dozen assorted donuts.

Yes one is clearly already missing.

Life is all about balance ... Eating a donut (or 12) is ok as long as the rest of my meals are healthy. Not to mention I ran 4 miles this morning. So there conscience, ha.

Happy October! Can't believe Halloween is in 30 days!