Monday, May 25, 2015

Life Lately

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to all of the service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, as well as all active military and veterans for putting yourself in harm's way for us!

Well, goodness!  I did NOT mean to take a week and a half long hiatus.  There are various reasons for that, so let's just catch up by looking at what life has been like lately!

-My parents came to visit!  Last weekend, my parents flew down from Virginia to see our new house and tour our new city!  Oh, and to see the grandchild, of course.
We spent lots of quality time together, showed them around (including where both of us work/will work), ate lots of good food, and overall had a great visit.  Plus, on that Monday before they left, my parents helped me clean the whole house.  How nice of them!

-Baby Fish and I took a road trip! 
From Tuesday through Thursday, we were in Daytona taking care of some things to finish out our move.  I went to both schools so that everyone could meet the baby girl, as well as attended the coaching meeting so that the other math coaches could do the same.  We also went by the youth group meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday night so that the kids could meet her, too. It was pretty exhausting with so much running around, but Baby Fish was a champ!

-I got cleared by the doctor to resume all normal activity.
The whole point of going to Daytona was to go to my 6 week post-partum appointment.  I wanted to keep this with my OB/GYN that did the C-section since she knew what the incision looked like and everything.  She said everything looked great and that my scar should actually look good cosmetically, as well, because of how flat it is healing.  Woo hoo!

(By the way, Baby Fish's birth story is coming this week!  It'll be two parts, so keep an eye out)

-We went to the springs for Memorial Day
Baby Fish took her first boat ride!
So did Tequila!
It was fun to go hang out for a day and to get some sun!  I did actually wear a bikini for the first time since having the baby, so I'm making progress :)

-Baby Fish is becoming so much more alert and active!
We've had so much fun with her over the last few weeks!  Tequila has also gotten more in to being around her, too!
She's so cute and growing up so fast!  Crazy!!

And that's what we've been up to lately!  Today, we will probably head to the pool to get some sun and do some grilling this evening.  I hope y'all have a great Memorial Day!

Question for you: What's been going on with your life lately?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIAW #52: Two Days of Meals

It's funny how I read Annette's about motherhood and fitness being rewarding because of the times of struggle.  Baby Fish had a bit of a rough day yesterday between spitting up a lot, having an accident or two, not napping for more than an hour or so, and falling still going to bed around 11.
Yesterday wasn't all bad--we had a great walk at the park, where she started getting fussy but soothed herself to sleep.  She also slept until 11 am, so I was able to get some organizing done in our bedroom!
I love her very much, and I'm definitely hoping today will be one of the great-all-around days :)  Mainly because I have a lot I need to get done around the house today in preparation for my parents coming to visit this weekend!  I'm looking forward to having them and showing them around our new town.  Plus, it'll be the first time my dad meets Baby Fish.  I can't wait!

Ok, enough about that...let's get on to a favorite blogging tradition!
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For this week's WIAW, I wanted to show you two full days' worth of meals.  However, I forgot to take pictures of dinners both days, as well as some of my snacks.  So, I will share what I ate on Monday and Tuesday, posting the pictures that I do have! 

As always, thanks to Jenn for starting the WIAW fun and for the link-up!

Monday's Breakfast
I made some oatmeal and added a spoonful of peanut butter for some extra staying power.

Monday's Lunch

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, grapes, some Blackberry Chobani, and baby carrots.  Pretty well-balanced lunch!

Monday's Afternoon Snack #1
I had a bowl of Cookies 'n Cream ice cream.  Yummy!!

Monday's Afternoon Snack #2

Nature Box Raspberry Figgy Bar.  Pretty much a Fig Newton, but they are whole wheat!

Monday's Dinner
We ate a Chicken Helper Cheddar Broccoli meal.  I added another bag of frozen broccoli to up the veggies!

Monday's Evening Snack
I had another bowl of ice cream.  When that stuff is in the house, I just can't resist it!

Tuesday's Breakfast
I had a bowl of Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch (I restocked at the store on Monday).

Tuesday's Mid-Morning Snack

Nature Valley Greek Protein Bar.  These are a new flavor of the protein bars we normally have on hand, so I decided to try them out.  I really liked it!

Tuesday's Lunch

Back to salads at lunch!  Spinach, tomato, onion, cucumber, and an avocado.  I had a Chobani Pineapple yogurt on the side.

Tuesday's Afternoon Snack
Another bowl of ice cream.  Good news is I finished off the carton!

Tuesday's Dinner
I made jambalaya in the Crock Pot.  This recipe is so good and makes so much!  We had another couple over for dinner and still have enough for two more meals.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What to Consider When Joining a Gym

As I've mentioned multiple times recently, I'm so excited to get back to working out!  Before I can do that, I need to find a gym to go, though!  We moved to a new area recently, and it's just another one of the things that I need to find to replace my old gym.

Well, I wanted to share with you the things I'm considering while shopping around for a gym to join.  Everyone has different priorities for their gym, so I'll share what I'm looking for in many of the major considerations.

Child Care
Since I'm planning to work out after school, child care is a MUST for me!  Joe's office doesn't close until 6, so I'll have to make sure Baby Fish is taken care of at the gym while I work out.  That, or I'll have to make sure that she is able to stay at her child care until after I work out.

Side Note: It's weird to have to consider this now!  I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm a mother and responsible for another human!  (Don't get me wrong, I love it though!)

Group Exercise Classes
Again, another MUST for my gym!  Not only do they have to have group exercise offerings (which ruled out the gym that Joe joined when he got here), but I'm looking for certain things in the classes.  First, I really want the gym to have BodyPUMP.  There are other barbell strength classes, but I really love the way the Les Mills puts together the BodyPUMP classes.  Also, the classes I'm interested in need to be offered at times when I can make them.  Anything during the day is a no-go for me once the new school year starts in August.  I need classes I'm interested in to be offered either early in the morning (if I can make myself get up before work!) or in the late afternoon before 6.

Cardio Equipment
I'm looking for a gym with plenty of cardio equipment, particularly treadmills!  I also would like each piece of equipment to have its own TV.  All the gyms I've joined in the past have individual TVs, so I need that to keep up :)

Free Weights/Weight Equipment
I want the gym I join to have plenty of dumbbells to use, as well as plenty of space to complete exercises.  I'm not one that uses the weight machines much, so I want the equipment I'll actually use to be there!

Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff
I value good customer service, so I want the staff at the gym to be friendly and helpful when I need it.  I also think it's important that the staff know proper form and correct people when needed.  I hate seeing personal trainers and other staff just letting someone do an exercise wrong!!  No good!

I also will consider the group exercise instructors.  They need to know what they're doing, be knowledgeable, correct form, and be energetic and friendly.  I've belonged to one gym with awesome instructors and another with mediocre instructors, and it REALLY makes a difference in the group exercise class experience!

The price is definitely important!  My gym membership in Daytona was actually free through my insurance, so having to pay for the gym now is not going to be fun.  I'm looking for a good value for what I'm paying.  If I'm getting lots of stuff out of the membership fee (access to all classes, etc.), I'm ok with paying a little bit higher price.

The gym needs to be clean, have a decent locker room, and be up-to-date/not run down.

After considering all of these things, I've narrowed down my options to 2 places.  I'm planning to go visit these two gyms in about 2 weeks to check them out, since normally they give you a free week to try things out and I want to be able to take advantage.

Question for you: What is the most important thing to you when looking for a gym?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend + Training Log 5/11

Hey hey!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!  Whether you are a mother, a mother-figure, or someone hoping to be a mother some day, I hope you were celebrated yesterday!

Time to recap our weekend and my training from last week.

Joe worked at the office near his grandparents' house, so Baby Fish and I spent time visiting with them.
From their first time meeting her
When Joe got off, we went to lunch (gotta love a good buffet of Southern food!) then headed back home.  We went straight to the park for some exercise.
Our evening consisted of getting our new couch delivered, Joe grilling some steaks and watching some sports on TV.  Nice, relaxing Friday evening!

We started Saturday by sleeping in!!!  Baby Fish did get up and eat from 7-8, but she went back to sleep until 9:45!  Woo hoo!  The rest of the morning and early afternoon were spent lounging around and watching movies!
We did some playing around on the play mat,
went for a short walk,
Not sure what to think about Tequila's excitement
then watched more movies and sports.  Saturdays with a newborn--exciting, I tell ya!

Sunday was my first Mother's Day!  We went up to Joe's grandparents' house again to go to church with them.  My father-in-law and Joe's uncle and cousins were there, so it was great to see all of them!  The sermon was a good one about "motherly virtues", essentially good things about parenting.  Very appropriate for Joe and me at this time in our lives!
Love this even though it's blurry
Afterward, we went to lunch (another yummy buffet!) and visited until mid-afternoon.  It was nice to see some of Joe's family on Mother's Day.  I know his grandmother loved having us there, and everyone loved getting to see the baby (especially Joe's dad--it was so cute seeing him all excited and loving on her!).

We headed home to meet up with Joe's friend from chiropractic school, Carson, who was going to be staying with us Sunday night.  He beat us to the house, and we enjoyed catching up with him the rest of the afternoon.  Then, to celebrate Mother's Day dinner, we headed to our new favorite Mexican place for some good food!

Overall, it was a good Mother's Day.  I wouldn't have spent it any other way than with Joe and Baby Fish, surrounded by family.

Training Log 5/4-5/10
Here's a look at how my exercise went during the last week:
Monday-1.67 mile walk
Tuesday-rest day
Wednesday-2.17 mile walk
Thursday-2.4 mile walk
Friday-1.3ish mile walk at the park with Joe, BF, and Tequila
Saturday-1ish mile walk
Sunday-rest day
Overall, I'm very pleased with getting 5 walks in this week!  According to my training plan for the spring and summer, that's exactly what I wanted to do.  All of my walks included Baby Fish and Tequila, and we normally walk while Joe is at work.  It was a treat on Friday to have Joe join us!  It seems that's a new Friday tradition to go to the park and walk around on the track.  I hope it continues because I really enjoy it!

I'm also itching to get back to the gym for group exercise classes and weight training, as well as getting back to running!  This week, I researched gyms around here and look forward to checking them out when I can.  Also, these new clothes from Fabletics got me ready to get back to more intense exercises!
I'm hoping to get cleared by my doctor at my appointment next Thursday to do so!

Question for you: What did you do this weekend?