Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mommy Needs Coffee Tuesdays: Friends!

Workout: 25-min Super Lunge yoga flow + 25 min swim

It seems there is a conspiracy out there to keep me from swimming at the gym, or at least try to. Last week, I forgot my ID (again, shocker!) and ended up being two hours late to work WITHOUT a swim in the pool. I don't even want to get into that one!

This week, a note on the gym shower that read, "Sorry for the incovenience... blah, blah, hot water...blah, blah, blah..."

After some serious thought, I went through with the cold shower after my swim. Good choice, but they'll hopefully have this situation resolved before Thursday. After realizing that (in my hurry of getting the heck out of the shower), I had failed to get all the shampoo out of my hair, I was scarred. I'm not sure I could knowingly do it all over again. Do you fancy cold showers?

Now, for some of this:

and The Challenge of Making Friends as an Adult. I'm really not sure if I've already posted this article, but I remembered it after catching this video:

Mine should be like, "why I can't make mom friends on my side of town, that have kids my BB's age, and share the same nap schedules, and don't give me the side-eye cause I don't do everything the blonde mom in this video does, and have the same work schedule as I do so that we can go to the gym together." Is it too much to ask for, I mean really?

I mean, I know it's hard to make friends, it's hard to make couple friends too, but trying to coordinate friends that have kids is even tougher.

At my BB's birthday party, I got to see some of my friends come together and we got to see the kiddos have fun. At the same time, it made me realize how long it had been since I'd seen them and then feel a bit bad because I couldn't spend more than 5 minutes talking to them. Time just goes by too fast.

One of my goals this Fall is to set up some play-dates with the friends I already do have, even if it means driving across town to see them. I also tried to join a meetup group, but haven't heard back from them.

If you're older, how do you handle making/maintaining friends?

ADios :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Salad Case: A Real One!

Workout: 20 min yoga + 30 min weights + 20ish min walking

Ok, to say that the last couple of weeks has been a descent into sugarland is an understatement. It's been accompanied by my lack of focus and disregard for needed sleep. Seriously, one week of no-sugar threw me into the wasteland and I need to pull myself out!

I have been working out at the gym, but kind of back to my pre-gym goals level since I haven't been taking advantage of the 6AM hour. That seriously changes this week, take a look at my goals:

I had the weirdest upper back pain this weekend and "google-learned" that it could be a pinched nerve due to the baby pushing up my rib cage. I will talk to my chiropractor about it this week, but doing some yoga stretches and icing it really helped me.

It made me realize how much I need yoga in my life and I'm really going to make it a priority during that 6AM hour, even if it's only for 20 minutes! I had originally planned to get some more walking cardio in, but I figure with the swimming and the long walks on the weekends I'm covered. I just need to keep up with my walking breaks during work.

Another thing I'll be working on is the NO-SUGAR ADDED days. I really need to focus on this. Sugar is a slippery slope for me and I need to watch it. I'll take it one day at a time and hopefully that will help :)

Plus, guess what - it looks like I've turned a "corner" and can add these babies back in.

I'm not doing the warm salad cases just yet, but I figure this is something :)

In the mix today:
  • romaine lettuce mix
  • cucumbers
  • baby carrots
  • olives
  • hummus
  • dressing I luv:
    • 2 parts canola oil
    • 1 part rice vinegar
    • dash of flaxseed
I paired it with half a pita bread, I need my carbs. I have NO idea how some friends can go without any carbs for their lunch salads!

How are you making this week healthier?

ADios :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Taco Thursday: Unofficial?

Workout: 20 min yoga + 30 min swim

A couple of days late, but oh well :)

I know the title, but officially - this morning - "ay-ay-ay." You can quote me on that too!

After a fun night...

comes a not so fun wake-up time. I was able to get in a 20 min prenatal yoga session and truly, I'm amazed at how connected to your body yoga makes you feel, but I digress.

Afterwards, I got ready for my scheduled swim this AM, with my bathing suit outfit and my pre-conditioned hair in all it's glory I headed out the door - straight into TRAFFIC.

NoteToSelf: check traffic before heading out the door.

As soon as I got on, I knew I made a fatal mistake. There's a little path that other cars were taking to get off the freeway, I never follow, but a screaming toddler made me do it.

Like everyone else, I schemed and plotted and went several different ways. Each time, each.single.time, I was faced with the same traffic. Everywhere.

After 30 minutes of just driving around, I decided to just let BB play at McDonalds and wait it out. Wonderful plan, if I had remembered to bring my wallet (which I left at work because I figured it was safer than taking it to the gym yesterday because I forgot my lock). Then, trying to sneak in to a blocked play gym area, I realized I might as well head back into traffic.

A screaming child and another u-turn later, I got back on the slow freeway only to hear my DJ start talking about the horrors of I-10 and how people have been stuck for over an hour.

Yay me.

It was such a blessing that 10 minutes later I had cleared the accident site and my BB was going to make it in time for her breakfast.

After all that, I figured I was late so might as well take some comp time and get my swim on. 'Twas a good choice.

However, as I was getting ready it was clouded by the realization that I failed to pack my bra and yes - that I am indeed very PREGNANT.

Oh, sure, maybe Albertson's sells bra's? Or maybe Target? Oh wait, didn't I just remember that I forgot my wallet at work.

I wasn't prepared to go home and head back into more traffic, so I embraced my lovely sweater at work, and I was lucky enough to do a lot of sitting. Yet another reason why being a programmer and days with no meetings truly do rock!

After all that, and that was A LOT, we got some unofficial good news and we will unofficially celebrate tonight!

What's your worst stuck-in-traffic study?
Ever forget to bring something to the gym?

ADios :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

WorkIt: Sugar Fueled

Workout: 25 min walk + 25 min weights

After this little proclamation, I was feeling high and mighty. That lasted about a week. Despite feeling great and eating cleanly and in control, sugar found it's way back.

It started with the BB's b-day party planning. A chocolate from the goodie bags, here. A taste of the dinosaur cookies, there. Some of the cool-whip dessert here, and a lot of the birthday cake over there.


After three days of not the most spectacular food choices, my body had enough. It cried out to me and I had a salad for dinner on Sunday. It was glorious. It's funny how greens can sometimes make you feel G'rrreat. Take that Tony the Tiger!

This week has been a lot better, but giving up on those sugar cravings is never any fun. I saw the below this week and thought, yes this could help.

I won't lie, it wasn't much help after the day I had yesterday. The BB was NOT a happy camper (all day) and I needed that Reese's peanut butter cup at the end of the day.

Sometimes, you just gotta give in and move on - or so I tell myself. Today is a new day, right?

How do you handle sugar cravings?

ADios :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mommy Needs Coffee Tuesdays: and a reality check!

Workout: 25 min pre-natal yoga + 20 min swim

Today's workout came courtesy of an awesome gal at our gym, despite her formal escort to the pool locker room. You see, she felt bad for my lack of school ID and the predicament I was in - having to go back home into traffic to get ready.

I guess they're a lot stricter when checking gym IDs now, they can't just look you up in the system. Lesson learned.

I managed to get in a sneaky 20 min swim and some glorious 16 laps (guess what, I'm also a slow swimmer - SHOCKER). I don't care, it was worth every minute of it :)

Now, for some of this:

Believe me,  I need it. I'm still recovering from my 2-year old's BB's party.

It was such a blessed event and we are forever grateful to God.

It was soooo much fun.
It was sooooo much work.
I'm tired.
RC's tired.
BB's tired.
I tried to take all the pics I could cause I'm pretty sure BB will not remember it.
Um, wasn't there a budget?

My favorite part was seeing her light up when her favorite people kept showing up in our home. It was like she couldn't contain herself with happiness.

It was also nice getting to visit with some of my favorite people, but at the same time it just felt like there wasn't enough time with each of them. There were things to do, people to welcome in, a BB to follow around and it felt like we were being pulled in so many different directions.

I'm thinking a large party like this is not in the cards for the near future, I think BB would have been just as happy with a couple of kiddos and real time with her favorite peeps. Of course, I say this now - two days after the party. We'll see what I say next year around the same time.

What are you thoughts on "big" parties for toddlers?

ADios :)