Fitness Friday

Friday, March 29, 2013

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Happy Friday!
The family and I had a great week, though not looking forward to this weekend.  I have long hours to work and would rather be spending time with those I love.  The upside, I get off early on Sunday.
Anywho, this week was much much better when it came to my fitness.  I'm on the road to getting back on track... feels good!


The run down...
○ Monday: 3 mile run on the treadmill, abs workout 
○ Tuesday:  2 mile run in the morning.  Thought I was going to boot camp in the evening but plans were made.
○ Wednesday: Boot camp- Lots of legs
○ Thursday: Boot Camp- ALL cardio!


Me (in the hot pink fleece!)  You obviously can't miss me.


Suicides.






Jump rope.  One of my favorites!






High Knees.








Body shapers.







I love how my boot camp instructor has started taking action photos of us during our workouts.
I think it really helps!


What is your favorite fitness class?












The Ultimate Blog Party is Coming!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

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5MinutesforMom.com hosts the Ultimate Blog Party once a year.
This is one of the first ever link ups that I've ever been apart of.
I have been checking their site periodically for weeks now trying to see when they would advertise for the Blog party... and it's finally almost here!

What To Do?
○Write up an *About Me* post about you and your blog.
○Go link up!  There are plenty of lists that you can choose from that best fit your blog needs.
There will also be giveaway prizes.

SO excited!
Looking forward to finding new blogs to follow.
Go get your posts ready. ☺








Wordless(ish) Wednesday

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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The last two days my daughter has been playing dress up.
I know, sounds like a normal girly Toddler.
But really, she's never done it on her own without me bringing it up or me throwing her and one of her little lady friends in them on play dates. So, it's been a super cute last couple of days. ☺











On Tuesday we were at my mother-in-laws salon and I finally gave in to whacking off Briana's hair!
It was definitely tough, but her long beautiful hair has just been so unmanageable lately... and she screams bloody murder... especially on early mornings when I need to drop her off at school.  It's just been miserable.

:::Drum Roll:::






Her new Nickname:  Dora.  (I know you're thinking the same thing.)
Short hair styles may not be my cup of tea, but it looks so damn cute on her!
And look at those polka dot finger nails.  Makes ME want to go get polka dots.
GAA SPOILED.
















Mommy & Me Monday

Monday, March 25, 2013

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Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Hosted by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious?






Happy Monday! (My lazy day ☺)
It's supposed to be Spring and we have snow on the ground...
AND the park that was holding a Egg Hunt tomorrow morning has cancelled due to our crappy, Northern Virginia weather!

Enough of the whining...








So last week I wanted to surprise my babe by taking her to Rita's after school.  They were giving out free Italian ice's for the *First Day of Spring*
Unfortunately, the location to our house shut down so I treated her to Sweet Frog instead.  LOVE Sweet Frog!  Briana always has very little frozen yogurt with gummy bears overloaded on top.






Well, it's safe to say that I was her favorite that day!








Fitness Friday: WHAT Fitness?

Friday, March 22, 2013

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WAHOO!  I'm so pumped because I've been invited by the DC Metro Area Running Bloggers to join their group. ☺
But when it's come to my fitness lately... I haven't been so, *WAHOO!* about it...
Let's see.  
○Three weeks ago, my little lady was sick.  The only downfall of preschool is the sharing of viruses!  Let's just say, mommy was very busy doctoring up baby. 
○Two weeks ago, I was sick that whole week.  (Thanks, darling.)
○Last week, was the start of allergy season for me.  All week I felt like hell!  I was in the mood to go on a run last Wednesday and it was terrible.  I couldn't breathe, my legs felt like they had extra weight attached to them... AWFUL, AWFUL run.
○I went back to my boot camp class this past week on Tuesday.  Beforehand I was energized and before we were halfway through I wanted to go home.  My body is.  SO.  WEAK.
I have been working out on a consistent basis for over a year and a half now and this is the worst I have felt since the beginning of my fitness journey.  
So, so mad at my body right now!
Normally I would tell someone with all that reasoning, "STOP with the excuses!"  But I hadn't been so *under the weather* like this in years... so I wont put myself down.
Time to move forward.  Time to get my fitness routine back up at the top of my list.
Have you ever felt something similar?  Please do share with me your tips on getting back in it.







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Oh, How Pinteresting!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Happy Wednesnight everyone!
A little late but I really wanted to share some of my pins from this last week.
So, my child turns four in July but I have already decided on The Little Mermaid theme.  It is her absolute favorite movie right now... like seriously, we (Yes.  We.) sing the songs together and she is memorizing the whole thing.  It's so funny to listen to her while I'm in the kitchen cooking or cleaning.


And the Pinsperation begins...


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So as long as I don't start buying stuff the day before and not procrastinate, this should be an AMAZING party!







Rotel Greek Yogurt Dip

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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I am a dip fiend.
Actually, I'm in love with most condiments.
When it comes to food, I can't have it plain.. it's always gotta be spiced up somehow!
I can't dip my fries into just ketchup.  It's whatever I can find; honey mustard, ranch, some sort of spicy hot something or another.  I can get a little crazy.  I didn't notice until my Hubs started pointing it out.  I tell him he's just plain ordinary ☺


Anywho, there's this dip I wanted to share with you all.  My sister gave me the easiest recipe ever for a RO*TEL dip.  This is all you need:








What To Do:


○ Use two cups fat free plain greek yogurt.

○ Do not drain the can of RO*TEL.  Dump into the yogurt as is.

○ Mix together!


And done!  Easiest dip making skills ever.  You don't want to drain the tomatoes because the liquid helps take some of the thickness away from the greek yogurt.  Oh and just to warn you, the *Mild* actually has quite a kick to it so if you don't want that then buy the Original.








YUM!













Goodbye Google Reader, Bloglovin' is Taking Over!

Friday, March 15, 2013

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The Google Reader shut down has me freaking out.  Just a tad! 
Why?  Because:  change at first, doesn't go well with me.  BUT thankfully they gave us until July 1st so we can figure out what to do.  
I started skimming through my reader this afternoon and I see I'm not the only one going banana's over the situation. GOOD!







If you use GR and would like to continue following me, follow me on Bloglovin'!  All the cool kids are doing it.  It's another way to follow your favorite blogs.  It has a feed that you can keep track of easily and you get updated each time a blog puts out a new post.  You can also import all the blogs you follow from Google Reader to Bloglovin' easily:  
-Click on your name at the top right corner
-Go down to Settings
-Click on Import Blogs and select Google Reader
...and then very shortly everything will be transferred over.  Easy as pie.

Another site that got my attention is Feedly.  I just found out about it today so I don't know much about it.  What I do know is that you can import what you read from Google Reader as well.  You can also get the app for the tablet, Android and Kindle.  AWESOME!  So now I have to figure out which one I'm going to like more or I may use both Feedly & Bloglovin'.  I bet the founding teams of both sites are super pumped that they've got all of us using them now right?!

Also, I'm still on:
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Preschool Playtime at the nZone

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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nZone is the gym we belong to in Chantilly.  The Hubs and I (mostly the hubs since I still go to my outdoor boot camp classes) have been going there for a few months now and we love it.  They offer tons of free fitness classes like Zumba, body pump, boot camp and free child care during certain hours.  









nZone just started up a *Preschool Playtime* on Tuesday's & Thursday's from 10:00AM-12:00PM.  Ages can range from walkers to 6 years old.  They set it up in one of the indoor soccer fields which gives the kids lots of space to run free.  A moon bounce is set up along with tunnels, ride along toys, hoops, balls, etc!  There are a few staff employees there to monitor and play with the children.  This is perfect for my little lady since she only goes to school Wednesday's & Friday's.  It gets her out of the house during the Winter especially.












Need to catch up on errands, want some time to yourself?  No problem.  They put a wrist band on your child with a number for you to rip off so you can claim them when you go back to pick them up.
There is only a small fee:  $2.00 for members and $5.00 for non members.  Totally doable!
Go check it out












Wordless{ish} Wednesday: We got SNOW!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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DAMN.
No snow all winter (in the last two years for that matter.)
Everyone's getting ready for Spring and
BOOM!
The weather throws us for a loop and gives us a couple snow days.
Enough to make a snowman!