Request for Guest Bloggers + Random Thoughts

A few random thoughts for the day:

  1. Hearing your toddler laugh uncontrolable is the best thing ever (especially when you know her father is involved)
  2. Wearing 1/2 your work outfit (nice maternity top) and soccer shorts in the morning will get some funny looks from your husband. Don’t worry, I put my work pants on before I left the house.
  3. Getting a full night’s sleep (minus a few bathroom runs) is wonderful, especially after getting only 3 the night before.
  4. Making your lunch in the morning at 20 weeks pregnant makes you hungry.
  5. There is only 3 days until the Olympics! Holy moly, I am excited.

Guess Post anyone?

I am looking for 3-4 bloggers to guest post during the week of July 30th – August 3rd.  You can keep with the topics that I write about: Fitness/Running/Working Out, Toddlers/Families, Cloth Diapering, Vegan/Healthy Foods. OR you can share something else.

If you are interested please email me before Sunday July 29th at …… that’s  p i p e r s r u n b l o g {at} g m a i l {dot} c o m

Stay tuned for Pregnancy Resources post coming later today.


Motivation Monday

A little Motivation Monday #28 !!!

After a great workout on Saturday (and getting that “buzz” you can read about here)

I felt this was fitting for today’s Motivation Monday!

Does working out put YOU in a good mood? 

Leave a comment and tell me how 🙂

Still to come – my pregnancy workout resources.

Image from Google.

Getting that “buzz” from your workout

You know that feeling after you workout ? That “buzz”, “high”, feeling so great nothing can get in your way?

Well, I haven’t managed to get that over the last few weeks and realized that I need that in my life.

At almost 20 weeks pregnant and I am struggling to find the “buzz” but haven’t given up trying.

Thursday morning, I woke up at 5:30 am wide awake and couldn’t get back to sleep. My husband was up getting ready for work. I decided to get out of bed and go for a walk. It was a cool 18 degrees outside. I laced up my runners and went for a 20 minute pregnant power walk.

It was THE perfect time to be outside, as I went on my walk, I saw no one (it was 5:50am). The sky was a clear blue with a little orange and red in the horizon, a slight breeze as a walked the streets in my subdivision. I returned to the house with a little “buzz” that I was desperately searching for.

Later that day, I had a meeting at 11am across the street from our office, so at 10:50, I left the office and walked in the complete opposite direction and around the block to get to my meeting. Another 10 minute walk in (30 minutes in total Thursday).

That “buzz” lasted until 2pm – then I started to crash at work. Literally, I had to shut my eyes for a few minutes. The rest of the day/evening was a right off. Finished work, picked up Lilly and managed something for dinner.

Then we had our first successful “pee in the potty”. Apparently, that’s all I needed to “wake up”. Lots of high-five’s and cheering for Lilly’s first pee in the potty (little things can make us happy).

Fast forward to today, Saturday and everyone is down of a nap: Lilly, my husband as he works the night shift tonight and our dog is out cold on the floor.

Off I went to get in a workout and hopefully find that “buzz” I am missing.

Mission Accomplished!

I’m feeling pretty good right now, got my cardio up, a little stretching, push-ups, side planks and a few other things thanks to my Fit Mom DVD. I actually bought this when I was pregnant with Lilly over two years ago and used it a lot.

The Fit Mom Prenatal Fitness was just what I needed. You should check out her website here for more information.

Tomorrow, I am going to blog about the pregnancy resources that I am currently using and how I came across them.

Off to hydrate and get a little protein in (greek yogurt coming my way).

Did you workout today? (And get that “buzz”)

If you are pregnant (or were), what workout’s are you missing or loving ?

Do share … I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers, Anna of Piper’s Run.

What I Ate Wednesday

As I put this post together today, my husband looked at the pictures and noted that my “plate of food” looked kinda sad. I’ll let you be the judge of that – and I’m okay if it does – we have massive plates.

Afternoon snack: coconut greek yogurt, granola and blueberries (yum)

Okay, so this is where it looks like I eat nothing.

To be fair – the fish in this picture is the size of almost nothing.

When I cooked it on the BBQ in tin foil, I was highly disappointed in the outcome.

Note to self – cook more fish next time.

Lilly and I bought the yellow “beans” at a local farmers market.

She picked them all out but never ate any, hum!



My mother came down last week to help out with Lilly, as my husband was on rotation and I had to work a few days.

We each managed to be home a day or two but couldn’t cover the whole week.

You know, Mom’s make the best meals!

Since my husband is a vegan, and I have a picky toddler – we don’t eat meat that often.

This was the BEST pork dinner I’ve had in months – thanks Mom!

Last but not least – today’s lunch:

Good ol’ Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich on flax bread.


Now, I know I didn’t have amazing meals or pictures of great baked items.

And, I’m okay with that because I simply cannot do it all – all the time.

This is where I am struggle with fitness.

I’ve set my goals to run, dvd workouts, yoga, walking etc in this WIAW post on July 4th.

Well, my schedule has not permitted me to keep to these goals.

My pregnancy (19 weeks now) has given me a little set back  – I can’t run without having pain after.

And, with the heat/humidity we are having, I can’t manage to get in an evening workout.

Not to mention, our darling little girl does not like to go to bed early anymore (8:30/9pm).

So, I’m left to re-evaluate my goals once again.

On my last post, I posted a quote that you can read here: Motivation Monday.

Now, I know I can’t push myself too much as I have a little growing baby to care for, for another 21 weeks (or so).

But, I still need to be active, for me AND for the baby – so I set new goals (yet again).

Fitness as of 19 weeks pregnant:

1. Try to walk in the morning for 20-30 minutes

(before Lilly get’s up and on those days when my husband is home)

2. When I run errands – walk for an extra 10 – 15 minutes around the store, town or sidewalk before getting back into my car.

3. If able to run again – do so at night when it’s cooled off – limited it to 20 minutes.

Then I can hopefully sleep off any pain that may happen.

4. Go back to setting weekly goals – written down on paper,

this would include what day’s I will work out and days I simply cannot.

5. Prenatal Yoga – Buy a DVD as there are no classes until the Fall 😦

Other WIAW posts:

June 20th

May 30th

What did you eat this week?

Any Prenatal Yoga DVD’s you can suggest???