I really didn’t want to workout tonight #sweatpink #happymama

Tonight I really didn’t want to workout. So much so, that I did everything else I could around the house to *almost* avoid working out since it was getting so late.

I tried to put Hilary down for the night…. 50 minutes later she was singing in her bed and that lead to crying in her bed. My husband went in and managed to get her asleep – after another 40 minutes of crying in his arms. (Hilary – you can get over this not-wanna-be-in-anyone-else’s-arms-but-mom’s phase any day now). During that time I thought about working out while I did the following:

  • dishes from dinner
  • dishes from baking earlier today
  • cleaned up Lilly’s toys
  • Facebook – three times
  • Email – two different email accounts
  • Drank some Soy chocolate milk (not a good idea before you workout)

When my husband emerged from Hilary’s bedroom I said I might go workout. I actually said might twice to him. So I went to our bedroom, got my workout gear on and dreaded the walk downstairs to workout.

I really didn’t want to work out.

I sat in front of the TV and decided not to do the 30 Day Shred but start the “Ripped in 30” DVD by Jillian Michael’s which I’ve only ever done the first level.

Again, I was dreading this workout.

It started and I got warmed up.

I somehow found myself loving this workout …. that I was dreading only a few minutes prior.

It was hard, it was a challenge….it was JUST what I needed.

A good kick in the ass.

And now I feel great.

Operation “Get Fit … Lose Pounds” is now in effect. Yesterday I ran for 20 minutes with Hilary and then raked our front lawn for 40 minutes.  I was a little sore today.

Running with Hilary

Running with Hilary

I’ll be blogging more about “Get Fit…Lose Pounds” soon.

It’s 10:10 PM …. I must go shower and hopefully have a good night’s sleep *fingers crossed*.

Does working out get you motivated to keep going?

What’s your favourite at-home workout?

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First Hair Cut!

We had a big day last Friday! Lilly, who will be three in June had her first hair cut! Everyone thought I would be upset but I have to admit I was quite excited for her. We talked about it all week and explained that she’d sit in a big chair and wear a cape! She was sold.

Before hair cut ... must have my wellies out from underneath the cape.

Before hair cut … must have my wellies out from underneath the cape.

And then…….

Snip snip snip...happy girl

Snip snip snip…happy girl

Ta daaaaaaaa !!!!!

Ta daaaaaaaa !!!!!

More importantly Mom, I get to eat my sucker now!

More importantly Mom, I get to eat my sucker now!

So much fun!

Do you remember your child’s first hair cut?

Did you cry / get upset ?

Did you save their hair ?

So…I worked out the other day…

And now I hurt! ha!

I’ve been doing my best to be active again, even got back into running AND now running with a jogging stroller. Sweet!

Monday I had planned on taking baby H out for a run in her new stroller but I just didn’t have that oomph – kinda lazy but not really. So we laced up anyway and off we went. We walked for 15 minutes and I noticed she was quiet and had fallen asleep, so I did another lap to make it a good 30 minute power walk. We stopped to take our moment of silence for Boston and then kept on going. Even though we didn’t run I still felt like I had a good workout.

No pain no gain

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Que in Tuesday morning….

After nursing Hilary and getting her down for a nap I decided I needed to do a good, intense workout. So, I went back to my old faithful Jillian Micheal’s 30 Day Shred DVD and turned on Level 2. I’m really bored with Level 1 the last little while so I figured it was time to move on. It was a great workout – just what I needed.

However, Hilary decided that nap time was over half way through my workout – Daddy to the rescue … until she saw me. Then all hell broke loose! I grabbed a quick shower and then nursed her again. Everyone was happy.

All day long I would climb up and down our stairs; with and without Hilary in my arms (all 14 pounds of her) and I felt like I was as light as a feather. My legs were strong and everything seemed easy. Ever get that awesome feeling after you workout, it’s like you’ve just accomplish something great and your body is reacting to it. Yeah, that’s how I felt. Really great.

Happy Anna after working out

Happy Anna after working out

Que in Wednesday morning after a night of “Operation – sleep in your own crib/bedroom” failed with Hilary (very little sleep).

My arms hurt.

My legs hurt.

My ass hurt.

My abs hurt.

My back hurt.

my hurting face :(

my hurting face 😦

Ahhhhhh…. All signs of a great workout.

AND, I will do it over and over and over again.

Wednesday was my rest day, a.k.a. 2nd recovery day – oh dear!

Do you love or hate that feeling, 24 hours after you work out?

What’s your favourite way to help your muscles heal after a workout?

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday post that I thought it was time to share what we have been eating. Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is the mastermind behind “What I Ate Wednesday”.

We try to make only one meal … for my vegan husband, my kinda picky toddler and me – nursing mama who eats meat. Sometimes it can be a challenge but at the same time it’s nice to know we are eating pretty much healthy meals. And there are some days when I am lucky enough to make a meal that me and Lilly will eat and my poor husband has to figure something out for himself. You know the British can make up some pretty crazy strange meals 😉

This is what I have been eating – not solely on a Wednesday but randomly throughout the week.

Lots of good food!

Lots of good food!

Top left – Curried cauliflower with chickpeas (recipe coming soon)

Top right – Chicken with pesto on nann bread; massive salad with mixed greens, red pepper, snow peas, mushrooms, carrots, sunflower seeds (saltless), cran-raisins.

Middle – pretty normal and quick breakfast – Raisin Brain, Bran Buds (apparently I like Bran) and a Banana.

Bottom left – Massive sandwich for lunch one day, it was so hard to eat. Olive bread, avocado, fried egg, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. Grapes.

Bottom right – Boring breakfast … or was this lunch??? Toast with vegan butter, two boiled eggs and a little cranberry juice.

It’s been fun making new “meals” for Lilly.

Our not so little girl.

Our not so little girl.

Left – Peanut butter and banana sushi wraps, a.k.a. “special sandwich”.

Right – Pink Lady Apple, Cheddar Cheese and Crackers – she split her snack with Mommy one day. xo

I try hard to eat healthy but there are days when all I want is bad food and you know what, I’m okay with that.  I’ve talked about my food philosophy before but since I am nursing Hilary still, I try … really hard to eat well for her. I avoid onions, cauliflower, broccoli, and garlic on occasion since they seem to give her lots of gas but I love those foods minus onions.

I would have shared a picture of what Hilary is eating these days but I’m pretty sure no one wants to see a picture of my boobs.  I can’t wait to start making baby food again! I did it with Lilly since it was so easy. Don’t worry, I’ll share my baby food tips come June/July when Hilary starts eating solids.

What have you been eating lately?

Did you avoid any foods when you were breastfeeding?

What’s your favourite food?  Lately, I’ve been loving asparagus!

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Cheers!

Tips on Stroller Running

Since I am now joining the world of stroller running/jogging I thought I would re-post this from Sarah at  Run, Mommy, Run . Sarah was a guest blogger for me back in November when I was patiently awaiting baby H’s arrival. I figure since the weather is getting better, at least in Nova Scotia, that this would be good to share again.

Maybe someday I will be brave and have a double stroller for my girls like Sarah.

Hilary and I will be heading out this afternoon after we have a observe a moment in silence for the victim’s at the Boston Marathon last Monday.

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By Sarah from Run, Mommy, Run.

Are we There Yet? Running with Passengers

I’ve considered the last six of my 12 years of being a runner to be my “mommy runner” years, meaning I’ve had company with me.  And no, not your typical running buddy.  My company required snacks, toys, and frequent potty breaks.

It all began in 2006.  No longer trying to perfect the art of running with a baby bump, I now had to face the challenge of running with an actual baby.  With a husband that works a crazy schedule and no immediate family in my area to help out, leaving the baby at home wasn’t an option.  And with running being my go-to stress reliever, means of losing baby weight, and pretty much favorite activity in the world, I wasn’t about to give it up or trade that time in for workout DVDs in my living room while baby napped.  And so, a mommy runner was born.

Six years, thousands of miles, and an additional kid later, I’m still running strong.  We’ve moved from a single stroller to a double and my 4 year old and 6 year old have not only become Mommy’s running buddies, but my race buddies as well.  I’m constantly having other mothers stop and ask, “How do you do that?  How can you run so much with them?”  The journey to mommy runner hasn’t always been easy and I’ve definitely faced my challenges.  But over time we’ve found a nice groove and you can too.

Start young.  This is particularly important for new mothers.  Start running with your babies while they are young.  The earlier you start and make it a routine, the easier it is for your child to adapt and grow to expect it.  Running with mommy will just be another part in their day, and if they are used to it they will like it more.  That being said, don’t start too young.  You want to make sure you’ve gotten the good-to-go from your doctor before you start running for the first time if you have just recently given birth.  You also don’t want to plop a newborn baby down in a jogger.  It is recommended that you wait until the baby is around 6 months of age and able to sit up and support themselves before running with a stroller.  I used the treadmill lot during the first six months.  To be on the safe side, be sure to speak with your pediatrician before you begin running with your baby if he or she is under six months of age.

Buy the expensive stroller.  Normally I’m all for saving money, but this is one time in your life you are going to want to splurge, especially if you plan on putting a lot of miles on your stroller or plan to race with your stroller.  For starters, make sure you get a jogging stroller, which is made for running.  Try not to faint at that three digit price tag.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  Most have only three wheels with the front wheel locked.  There are several excellent strollers on the market, and every mama is going to have a different opinion on them.  Take the time to try them out and see which one you like best and which one your child likes best.  I spent a good hour pushing my daughter around REI in joggers before buying my double.  You’ll get some funny looks, but it will be worth it to get the one that best fits your needs.

Don’t be afraid to overpack. There’s nothing more discouraging than getting you and baby all ready for a running, heading out the door, and realizing you forgot something.  Pack heavy.  Take a water bottle for both you and your kiddo and a few snacks as well.  If it’s even slightly chilly pack hats, mittens, jackets, blankets.  Whatever you don’t bundle up the munchkin in you can shove in the compartment underneath.  In the summer, pack plenty of sunscreen for the both of you.  Pack toys and try not to get too upset when the toys are dropped…a lot.  And I do mean a lot.  You’re going to stop and pick them up at least 10 times.  Just try to keep in mind a happy, playing child is better than a screaming, crying child.

Make it fun.  The main reason most young children don’t like to ride in the stroller for a long period of time is because it’s boring.  My longest run to date was nearly 14 miles and with both kids.  That’s a long ways in a small child’s mind.  They have to sit still, they can’t get out, and they are there a long time.  Try and make the run as fun as you can.  Rather than use your iPod headphones, use the speakers and have a sing-a-long while you run.  If your child is old enough, make a list of things you might see while on a run and have him or her check them off as you do.  Make up games.  A favorite game of my daughter is to figure out how many miles we are running total, then figure out how many miles we have left.  She counts off each mile and practices a little math without even realizing it.  And run in interesting places.  This won’t only make the time go by faster for them, it will help you too.  Make a habit of literally running errands.  Run with your children to the post office grocery store, etc.  You’ll make more use out of your time and they will think it’s fun and silly to run to such random places rather than drive the car.  It’s also a great way to explore your city.  You’ll be amazed at how much small children take in while being a passenger and you may just find some new places to visit.

Reward a long run. And not just for you.  If you are having your kiddos sit in the stroller for an hour or more, take a few minutes to let them play at the park when you are done.  They can run around and play while you rehydrate and stretch.  Almost every one of my weekend long runs that I do with my children finishes at the park for about 30 minutes of play time.  They know that and have learned over the years that’s what happens at the end of the run.  So gone are the days of “Are we there yet?” They sit patiently (for the most part) knowing that when I’m done they get their turn.

Bribery does not make you a bad mom.  In a perfect world, our children would ride in our strollers, happily cheering mommy on as she runs.  But in the real world, especially when our children grow older and more vocal, sometimes the only sounds coming from them are whining.  There will come a day when you desperately want to run and your child, for whatever reason, feels the need to annoy you.  By all means, bribe the kid.  It will not make you a bad mom, it will make you a less tense mom who is loving her runner’s high.  Your bribe doesn’t have to be big, just something that’s good enough to make the little guy want to sit still just a little bit longer.  A personal favorite of mine is ice cream…partially because I like ice cream after I run on a hot day.  But even simple things like promising to play a game when we get home tend to get the job done.  The thing to remember with a little bit of bribery is that you have to keep your word. Nothing’s going to make your child hate running with mommy more than thinking a ride in the stroller equals disappointment.

Technology does not make you a bad mom either.  Sure when we were kids we were forced to sit through hours of boring events without a smart phone to entertain us, but that doesn’t mean our kiddos have to suffer the same fate.  They are blessed with a world of technology, and whipping out the iPhone is a surefire way to finish your run.  Don’t feel too guilty.  I’m sure, if given the chance, our parents would have done the same.  I prefer to save technology for only dire circumstances where I feel I have to do something.  For example, mile eight of a 12 mile run and a brother and sister that are about to battle to the death.  I certainly don’t give them my phone on every run, but at the same time I don’t hesitate when I need to pull out the big guns.  If you are still feeling guilty about too much screen time for your little one, find some educational shows or apps so they can learn a little while they play.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Yes, we’d all love it if every run went perfectly and we ran our best.  More than likely that won’t happen with a stroller.  The sooner you accept it, the happier you’ll be.  I’m not saying you won’t PR with a stroller.  One of my fastest two mile runs was with the double jogger as well as one of my fastest 10K races.  But unfortunately, more often that not, something goes off plan when you are a mommy runner.  Something falls out of the stroller, someone has to potty, a baby spits up or needs to nurse, juice gets spilled, diapers need changed, someone wants to run only to discover 10 feet later that they no longer want to run with mommy…the list is endless, really.  These things are fine and a normal part of motherhood.  Don’t let them discourage you from running with your little one.  Remember that one day that little one won’t be so little, and you’ll have lots of time to run solo then.  For now, clean up that spilled juice with a smile on your face and keep in mind that pushing a heavy stroller may just make you faster when race day comes.   I trained for my first half marathon doing over half of my training runs with my double jogger.  I was extremely happy with how well I raced on race day.  Although I’ll admit there were several times along the 13.1 mile course that I had to control the need to talk out loud and point out all of the interesting sights.

Just like any other area of motherhood, being a mommy runner is a juggling act and takes a little trial and error.  But with practice and patience, you’ll be pushing your happy kiddos and getting plenty of miles in.  Over time you’ll be amazed at how much they enjoy going for runs with mommy and you may even surprise yourself with how far you can push that stroller.  You’ll smile as other mamas see you out there in all your glory, pushing your little one.  And you’ll be filled with pride when the day comes, and it will come, where you pass a group of male runners with your stroller in tow.  Feel free to flash them a slightly cocky smile.  You earned it.

Don’t forget to check out Run, Mommy, Run – it’s a great blog.

Stroller Running – I finally did it!

It’s been a while since I’ve gone for a run – my own fault – no one else to blame. After thinking a lot about last Monday’s Boston Marathon, I thought I needed to get back to pounding the pavement on a regular basis. But with baby H 4  and a 1/2 months old now I have been struggling to get out. So, Thursday I finally got out with her in the stroller.

Running with a stroller is HARD WORK!

My husband and I both geared up for a run, we got Hilary in her car seat and then left in the same direction for our runs. He would be going in a different direction then us: much further, more hills and way faster than us. However, I would be pushing the stroller: 14 pound baby plus the weight of the stroller which turns out it’s 52.5 pounds (via Sear’s). Yikes!

Stroller Running #bostonstrong

Stroller Running #bostonstrong

I learned the hard way that running with a monster of a stroller is super hard – but you make do with what you have, right. RIGHT! I decided that I wanted to invest in a jogging stroller and found one online: second-hand for $100.

So this is what I got:

My new to me jogging stroller

My new to me jogging stroller

I’m thinking that running with a stroller is going to whip me into shape; hopefully in no time…..these roads won’t run themselves!

Running the roads

Running the roads

I was completely exhausted after this run, minus the fact that I have not run in weeks…okay months, pushing a stroller is hard work.  I am finally on my way and hoping this new stroller will help get me and Hilary back into running.

Post run survival mode ....

Post run survival mode ….

I think it’s time we put those shovels away, eh!

What was your first jogging stroller experience like?

Did you start off with a normal stroller or purchase a jogging one?

Happy Running!

Monkey Update: 4 Months!

Well, it’s been 4.5 months since our beautiful not so little anymore Hilary came into this world. She’s been busy this last month; moving and grovin’! {If you missed “our monkey update 1 & 2 months along with her three month update click on the links to see how far she has come}.

Hey YOU! I'm 4 months already!!!!

Hey YOU! I’m 4 months already!!!!

Loves:

  • Such a Mommy’s girl (we thought we broke the habit but it started all over again)
  • Babbling to everyone
  • Tummy Time
  • Her sister
  • Sounds we make
  • To watch us eat food
  • Going to new places and looking everywhere (Ski hill, indoor soccer facility)

Dislikes:

  • When she’s not in Mommy’s arms. She seemed to get over this and even spent 45 -60 minutes in my Aunt & Uncle’s arms when visiting. No cries or whimpers. Since returning from our little trip she cries when she’s not in my arms). Thank goodness Daddy is okay with the crying and trying every trick in the book to make her happy.
  • When someone sneezes, coughs or makes a loud noise – she get’s really upset!
  • Socks

New:

  • Taking her dummy (soother) out of her mouth and trying to put it back in (just started this)
  • Rolling over (front to back)
  • Rockin’ tummy time and happy to do it
  • Not sure about the Bumbo yet – she will sit in it for a few minutes and then it’s time to get out

Weight: 13 lbs 8 oz

Height: 63 cm

Loves playing with her lion during tummy time.

Loves playing with her lion during tummy time.

Next update – 5 months in 2 weeks (lots of changes since I drafted the above post)