Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Five: Five Things I Was Doing Ten Years Ago

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the lack of posts.  I think y'all understand, though.  I'm trying to soak in all the time I can with this little girl before I go back to work before long!

When I saw today's Friday Five topic, I just HAD to participate!
We're taking a walk down memory lane by sharing "Five Things I was Doing 10 Years Ago!"  This time of year 10 years ago was a pretty awesome one in my life.  Let's take a look at why:

(Thanks Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for the link-up!)

1. Acting in the school musical.
My senior year of high school, I was in the musical Big River.  It's basically the story of Huckleberry Finn, which explains our old-timey costumes.  I loved my drama classes in high school, as well as being in all the plays.

2. Meeting Fall Out Boy
Ahhhh yes, 10 years ago my obsession with Fall Out Boy was just beginning.  They played at the local rock station's birthday bash, and I was able to meet them just before they became really popular.  Right after I took this picture of them, I turned the corner and sobbed my eyes out because I was just so excited.  #embarrassing

3. Graduating from High School
I can't believe that it's been 10 years since I graduated high school!  It does NOT seem like it's been that long.  This picture is from the graduate reception at church.  I grew up with just about all of these people from infancy and still keep in touch with many of them today!

4. Working as a camp counselor

From 2002-2007, I spent every summer as a camp counselor at Westview on the James.  That place holds such a special place in my heart!  This is me and one of my best camp friend, Daphne, leaving the Friday night program when the campers left.

5. Getting ready for college!
I started college in August 2005.  Here's the way my side of the dorm room was set up.  Ohhhhh, the memories!  Just looking at this picture takes me back to the days of working on homework at that desk,  climbing up to that bed (which was pretty comfy), and the fire alarms that constantly went off.

I was pretty busy 10 years ago!  That was so fun to go through all my old pictures.  I can't wait to see what all the other bloggers were doing 10 years ago, too :)

Question for you: What were you doing 10 years ago?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Father's Day Weekend + Training Log 6/22

Joe worked half a day in Tifton, where his grandparents live, so Baby Fish and I went up there and visited in the morning.  We had a great time, then headed to lunch when Joe got off work.
After lunch, Joe and I actually had our first baby-less date!  His grandparents watched Baby Fish while we went to see Jurassic World in the theater.  We both enjoyed the movie (the end was pretty awesome!), and Baby Fish did great.  Good signs for when I have to go back to work in just over a month!

When we got home, we grabbed Tequila and went for a walk in the park.  It was warm, but it was fun getting outside for some fresh air and exercise.

Our evening was really low-key, just cooking dinner and watching Mrs. Doubtfire from the DVR.  Joe and I both had never seen that movie and were really impressed with Robin Williams's performance!  So afterward, we pulled up some of his stand-up on YouTube and wound up watching a bunch of that for the rest of the night.  Fun times!

We got to sleep in a little on Saturday morning (9 am...woo hoo!!) before we got ready and went to the pool!
One of Joe's co-workers invited us over for an afternoon of swimming and sun, which we took her up on immediately.  We had a great time hanging out, and Baby Fish didn't scream when we dipped her feet in the water!
She also enjoyed the baby bouncer they had there and hung out on the porch and napped for some of the time.
We were all pretty exhausted after a day in the sun!
(Note the double-chin status there!  Hah!)  We went back home for some grilled steaks for dinner and another movie.  Fun times!

Sunday was all about Joe--it was his first Father's Day!
We had another relaxed morning before getting ready and heading back to Tifton for church and lunch with Joe's grandparents.  Joe picked out a cute little outfit for Baby Fish
My father-in-law also came in to town, so it was great to get to visit with him.  Baby Fish loves him so much that she was talking to him all through the church service!  Too cute.
We left there mid-afternoon and went to the park when we got home.  Joe and Baby Fish got some good daddy-daughter time as he ran her around the track, while Tequila and I just walked (she overheats easily now).

Dinner was at Joe's favorite restaurant around here, which just happens to be a Mexican restaurant.  We all enjoyed the meal (Baby Fish got hungry, so she ate as well), then came home to open his present.  We got him some American flag swim trunks, as well as Jimmy Fallon's children's book "Your Baby's First Words Will Be Dada."  Joe read that book to Baby Fish before she went to bed :)  He and I watched another movie before an early bedtime.  What a fun weekend!

Training Log 6/22
I "fell off" a little bit on the run training this week, but I still managed to get in at least a little exercise almost every day this week.
Monday-Total Body Cardio Fix DVD
Tuesday-2 mile run
Wednesday-Upper Body Fix DVD
Thursday-Pilates Fix DVD
Friday-less than a mile walk at the park
Saturday-nothing (unless you count floating in the pool exercise!)
Sunday-1 mile walk at the park

With the Peachtree Roadrace less than 2 weeks away, I really need to focus on my running this week!  My plan is to run 4 miles this evening, at least 2 2-3 mile runs during the week, then do a 5 mile run on Sunday.  That way, I'll build up my mileage some before running 6.2 miles on July 4th!

Question for you: How did you celebrate Father's Day this week?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Five: Things That are Making Me Happy This Week

This week has been a little busy when it comes to computer time.  I've been working on a "freelance" project where I am creating online tutorials for a website.  It's pretty cool to be chosen for it (only a few teachers in the whole state where chosen!), but it sure is time consuming.

That being said, I'll be done with this project by Monday and will have the time to dedicate to the blog and some more thought-out posts.  Until then, I'm linking up today with Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for a Friday Five post!
This week's theme is "Things that Make You Happy."  So, I thought I'd share some things specific to this week that have been making me happy :)

1. Sore Muscles
Seriously, I have been LOVING the feeling of sore muscles after my 21 Day Fix workouts each day!  It feels so good to be strength training again (as well as running!), and the sore muscle feeling is definitely making me happy :)

2. Baby Smiles
This should come as no surprise, but I cannot even explain the feeling I get when I look at Baby Fish and she gets so happy and smiles back.  It just melts my heart, and we then keep going back and forth smiling at each other.

3. How I Met Your Mother Reruns
I've discovered that FX is replaying 4-6 episodes of How I Met Your Mother each day.  I've already seen the whole series, but I'm enjoying taping these reruns and watching them while feeding Baby Fish.  Such a funny show!

4. Mid-week Dinner Dates
Last night, Joe and I went to a winery for dinner!  He was working out of town yesterday, so we met at the winery (with Baby Fish, of course) and enjoyed a nice dinner!  It made me happy to have such an enjoyable meal in the middle of the week.  Normally, that's a weekend type thing!

5. My Running Pace
I didn't expect when I came back to running to easily return my normal pace.  I even face a new challenge running in our new neighborhood--hills!--and have been running at my normal pace, if not a little bit faster.  I, of course, want to work to increase my speed, but I just didn't expect my pace to return to normal so soon!

Question for you:  What's been making you happy this week?

I hope you have a great weekend!  I'm looking forward to a weekend of relaxing at home, finishing up this tutorial project, and celebrating Joe's first Father's Day!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby Fish: 2 Month Update

As of last Sunday, we have a 2-month old in the house!
This past month has been another good one for Baby Fish (and the rest of us).  She experienced her first road trip to Daytona Beach,
her first boat ride,
her first plane flight,
and spent lots of time with both sides of the family!

Between my parents visiting, a trip to Gainesville, Joe's grandmother's 90th birthday, and a baby shower in Richmond, I think she saw just about all of her direct (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) extended family!

Height: 24 inches (90th percentile)
Weight: 12 lbs, 13 ozs (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16 inches

Baby Fish is still a great little eater!  She is still breast feeding exclusively, which seems to be working quite well considering how much she's growing.

She's still spitting up, but I think we've gotten better at burping.  I'm not too concerned about it because she's growing and she has the right number of wet and dirty diapers each day.  I just hope she's not uncomfortable!!

We have just started trying to introduce bottles for when I go back to work in early August.  She actually drank about an ounce before crying this time, so I'm optimistic that she will take a bottle by that time.  She's going to have to if she's going to eat while I'm working!

I think I can officially say she's sleeping through the night!  She sleeps 8-10 straight hours, wakes up to eat, then usually sleeps for another 2-3 hours.  She's a sleeping champ!

She is now in her own room sleeping in a Pack 'n Play.  We put the bassinet addition in until she gets more mobile.
We put her in a swaddle wrap so that she sleeps better.  She doesn't need it to sleep, but she sleeps better with it.  She wakes herself up with her arms otherwise!
We call her the little burrito when she's all swaddled up.  So cute!

She's been going to bed some time between 8 and 9:30, so she's normally awake for good around 8 in the morning.  She'll take a 3-hour nap starting between 11am and 12, and then usually takes an hour nap in the late afternoon.

Baby Fish has gotten so alert, expressive, and fun this month!
She smiles when she sees faces she recognizes.  This is her reacting to me while waiting at the pediatrician:
Just warms my heart every time!

We still play on the play mat with her, including this Nemo one we've been taking while traveling.
She's starting to hit at things purposefully, as well as attempting to grab them!  She's still not a fan of tummy time, though.
I know we need to do it with her more, but she just cries when I flip her over.

Her new thing this month is "dancing" while "standing".  She likes us to hold her up and bounce her.  She starts moving her head and hips like she's trying to dance.  It's really cute!

Baby Fish Likes:
-seeing people she knows
-rattling sounds
-being rocked
-playing on her play mat
-looking at lights and the TV
-"dancing" on our legs

Baby Fish Doesn't Like:
-being passed around in large groups of people
-tummy time
-waiting to eat
-changing clothes
-bath time (though it's gotten a little better!)

Happy 2 months, Baby Fish!  We love you!!
1 Month Update

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesdays on the Run: Running Solo

Do you run with a group, with a partner, or by yourself?  That is the topic of today's Tuesdays on the Run link-up, so let's get right to it!
Tuesdays on the Run
Thanks to Erika, Patty, and April for the link-up!  Head over to their blogs to see what others are saying about running solo vs. in groups.

I am a solo runner.  As much of a fan of accountability I am, running with others has just never been my thing.  I have run with others before, but here's why i enjoy running solo.

-Running is my "me" time.
I enjoy the alone time while I run.  It helps me shake out any stress and gives me some time with my thoughts.  That time to myself is really helpful to me most days, and I wouldn't have that when running with others!

-I don't know many people that run at my pace.
Everyone I know is faster than me, so I don't run with friends because I don't want to slow them down. They all say it's not a big deal, but I know I would still feel bad knowing that our run wouldn't be what they were used to.  If I knew people who run at my pace, I think I'd be more likely to run with others.

-I like to compete with myself.
Not being the fastest runner on the planet, I like to push myself by trying to beat my own times.  It's easier to set individual goals and work toward them while running solo.

-I've never really put forth the effort to run with a group.
Honestly, one of the reasons I run solo is I've never tried joining a running club or grouop!  I think this will change, though, thanks to joining a few different running-related Facebook groups in my area.  I think it'd be a great way for me to make some friends, so I'm keeping an eye on the events to see what I can join!

Question for you:  Do you run with a group or solo?  Why do you do what you do?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekend Recap + Training Log 6/15

Hey hey!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and have a great start to the week.  We had a pretty lazy weekend around here, so let's just run through it, shall we?

Joe didn't have to work on Friday, so it was nice to have him around the house during the day.  We ran some errands together, and on the way, we drove through some neighborhoods looking for houses for sale!

In one of them, we saw a house for sale by the owner, and when we got out to get the flyer, the owner was outside and asked if we wanted to look around!  We took her up on the offer and wound up loving the house.  It's the first one we've looked at, but I told Joe yesterday that I keep picturing us living we'll see!

Joe wound up going to Gainesville for the night for his mom's birthday, so Baby Fish and I just hung around and watched some movies.  We also watched a recording of Fall Out Boy on the Today show that morning, and she seemed to really enjoy it!
She must remember going to see them live when she was about one month old in the womb!

Baby Fish and I had a lazy Saturday of hanging out in our PJs,
playing on the play mat (she's grabbing at things now!!! see her grabbing the ring here? #proudmama),
taking a walk with Tequila (who was exhausted after our mid-day walk!),
and reading some stories.
Joe got home in the evening, and after we put the little one to bed, we played on the Wii!  I've had a Wii for a long time, but I haven't set it up since before we moved to Florida.  Joe and I hooked it up this week and have played a few times.  Let me tell you, we've enjoyed Wii bowling and golf a lot!  I'm much better at both sports on the Wii than in real life, too ;)

We started off the day with a very fun bath time!  Usually Baby Fish screams the whole time, but she actually seemed to smile and enjoy it!
...and then she had a little accident all in her church outfit right before we left.  #newbornproblems  We went to church with Joe's grandparents, ate the usual buffet lunch, then came back home.  Joe watched the baby while I took a nap (glorious!!), then we went to the park for a little exercise.

I thought that would put this little girl to sleep, but she rebelled against her nap all day.  At least she was snuggly and relatively happy!

We hung around the rest of the day, watching TV and playing Wii.  I went for a run after dinner, too!

And, that was our weekend!  Pretty low-key but very relaxing and enjoyable :)

Training Log 6/15
I'm VERY happy to report this week's training, mainly because I actually did really well with working out!  As I mentioned, I'm doing the 21 Day Fix and started on Monday.  Each of the 21 Day Fix is 30 minutes long but definitely packs some great strength training with good cardio moves to give you a great workout!

Here's what my workouts looked like:
Monday-Total Body Cardio Fix DVD
Tuesday-Upper Fix DVD
Wednesday-Lower Fix DVD
Thursday-2 mile run
Friday-Cardio Fix DVD
Saturday-2 mile walk + Dirty 30 workout DVD
Sunday-1.3 mile walk + 3.07 mile run

I'm very pleased that I did some sort of workout each day of the week.  I also loved the sore muscles I had all week--I've missed that feeling!  I do wish I'd gotten one more run in, but that's a good goal to set for next week!

Question for you: What was something fun you did this weekend?  What was your favorite workout last week?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WIAW #54: 21 Day Fix

Good morning, everyone!  I can't believe it's Wednesday today--thanks to our long weekend, I'm a little off on my days.  It feels like a Tuesday to me!  

Well, since it's Wednesday, let's jump on in to my favorite blogging tradition...
Today's WIAW post is going to be a little different than others!  On Monday, I started the 21 Day Fix as a part of my Beachbody coach's June Challenge.  The challenge is basically sticking with fitness and healthy eating (with the addition of Shakeology) with the added accountability of other like-minded people.  We have a Facebook group where my coach and other coaches on Team Inspire Joy post daily motivation, ideas, and check-ins.  So far, I'm really enjoying the group!

I chose to complete the 21 Day Fix, which is a fitness program and nutrition plan.  You're given colored containers, with each color representing a different food group (red=protein, yellow=carbs, green=veggies, purple=fruit, blue=dairy, orange=healthy fats).  Throughout the day, you can have a certain number of each color based on the calorie intake you're shooting for.  For today's post, I'll show you what I ate on Tuesday and how it corresponded to the 21 Day Fix plan!

Thank you to Jenn for the link-up!

I started the day with a bowl of oatmeal topped with chopped strawberries and teaspoon of peanut butter mixed in.  I was surprised at how many strawberries I was able to fit in the purple container when prepping this meal! (1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 tsp)

Morning Snack
I had some weird timing with my meals on Tuesday thanks to Baby Fish's pediatrician appointment, so we'll still call this the morning snack!  I had my Shakeology after my workout and blended it with coffee, vanilla extract, and ice.  Pretty tasty!  I also had some baby carrots and almonds.  (1 red, 1 green, 1 orange)

Afternoon Snack #1
While waiting (forever) to see the pediatrician, I ate apple slices.  I didn't take a picture, but here's what Baby Fish looked like while I was snacking:
I had to share because she was just being so cute!  She was happy while we waited, even though last time she was fussy after I had to take off her clothes!  Everything was great this time until she got two shots :-( (1 purple)

I saved my lunch for after the doctor's appointment, but I didn't realize just how late that would be!  I ate this salad topped with orange peppers, cucumbers, and tuna around 3:45.  Late lunch, but it was good nonetheless! (1 red, 2 green)

Afternoon Snack #2
I ate a teaspoon on peanut butter around 5:30.  Dinner wouldn't be until 7 or after, and my stomach was kind of rumbling a bit!  Just the right size :) (1 tsp)

I tried a new-to-me recipe for dinner: Chicken Parmesan Zucchini!  I made zucchini boats topped with chicken, tomato sauce, and mozzarella.  I ate two of these for dinner.  This was a new-to-me recipe (from my Beachbody coach Katie!), and they were great!  Joe was even pleasantly surprised with how much he enjoyed them.  Definitely going to make these again. (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 tsp)

Evening Snack
After logging my dinner, I realized that I was short on certain containers.  This dictated my evening snack, which was a Key Lime Chobani with some rolled oats mixed in.  I only used half of the yellow container of oats, but I counted it as a full yellow.  This was a surprisingly filling and satisfying snack! (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 purple)

I completed the Upper Fix workout from the 21 Day Fix DVD.  I had to use a resistance band for it, which worked but wasn't ideal.  I think I'll get some hand weights when I head to Wal-Mart today!

Keeping Track of the Foods
One of the other Beachbody coaches in the Team Inspire Joy group mentioned using the Emoji hearts on your phone to keep track of your containers.  I made a note on my phone and did just that!  I also kept a running tally of how many containers of each category.

When I started this, I thought that I would not feel full or be satisfied by limiting certain food groups.  However, I was really surprised that I DID feel full AND satisfied throughout the day!  And I didn't even eat all of the containers I was allowed during the day.  Pretty crazy!

This short amount of time on this eating plan has shown me that it's not how much you eat but what you are eating that makes a difference.  I'm hoping that this eating plan will translate into better eating habits after this program is over!

Question for you: What do you use to track your food?