Hello! Pull up a chair, get some coffee and let’s chat.
There is a lot going on around these parts and I’ve been feeling a little distant. Let me fill you in on the status of now and what’s happening. People always have a million questions and I LOVE questions. I’m a big question asker myself. If the question seem too obvious usually no one has bothered to ask them. So I’m going to answer a few of your questions that aren’t so fitness related today.
People have asked how Miss Bella is liking things. To catch you up in case you missed it back in June we welcomed one beautiful and rambunctious white yellow lab into our family.She’s a great puppy, and we love her to bits. B believes she is his long-lost brother and plays with her like he would a child.
Bella has grown up quickly and now is a towering DOG puppy. She’s almost 5 months old, and has recently discovered that our garbage can is Bella accessable leading her mom to not always be so happy with her with her adorable hide and seek in the garbage can games. She also may or may not have climbed the counter to eat an entire cheese pizza that was cooling for dinner two nights ago.
But look at that face…I can’t be mad at it. 😉
She’s fitting right into this crazy bunch. She loves to walk/run on the nature trail and is digging her new bigger crate. She overcame her fear of stairs and is now a stair skiing master. No joke, she gets a running start down our stairs and leaps from the bottom of the stairs right up onto the couch, tongue wagging out having a great time. When you read this please consider my house is basically one large circus at any given time. We have 3 regular performers R, B and Bella and once in a while the parents join in the fun as well.
You wanted to know more about R and how he is doing. Happily things are really good right now. To catch you up R was born with Rapp Hodgkins Syndrome which you can learn more about here. We are in a lull for surgeries right now which is giving us some time to breathe and enjoy the things that he loves. Right now he’s playing soccer like a champ and just finished up hockey tryouts. He’s looking forward to a great season and really wants to be a goalie. We are working very hard on reading and sight words as I’m sure more families with a first grader are. Math is still his favorite subject and he’s been busy trying to teach B some of those skills as well.
I had the pleasure of helping coach his soccer team this Saturday! For those of you who know me in real life you are currently laughing because you KNOW soccer is a skill I lack completely. It was fun though! I loved the kids and learned a lot in a quick 1 hour session.
What’s B been up too? Ah well my little man has been less than loving his new preschool. I feel horrible since we’ve never had a problem anywhere else with him. He’s always proudly walked into any situation with very little pushing. This time it’s not the case. I’m not sure what is going on but it breaks my heart to leave him crying in full tears at the door everyday. I’m hoping it’s a phase that we pass through quickly. I also feel like he’s becoming more and more of a mammas boy. We don’t spend much time apart anymore and I think that could be part of the issue. Has anyone else experienced this?
On a brighter note he is loving his little soccer team this year and has decided that his Ironman Halloween costume is his prefered outfit for daily wear. I’ve been to the post office with Ironman, the grocery store and I even may have taken him to the gym once. It’s super cute and I love seeing people’s reaction to him in full costume. Just spreading the joy that is my son with the world.
How is teaching going you ask? Ok so this is a LITLLE bit fitness related. It’s going well. I’m still nervous and overly calculated about somethings because I want to really give this my all. I’ve come a long way in my own journey to healthy and want to share with everyone the joy and results that fitness can bring to their lives. Especially as someone who hasn’t always been so healthy, I get SO MAD when I hear the way some instructors talk about people coming to their classes. Everyone starts somewhere and should be welcomed and invited in! Yesterday I actually heard an instructor say “You know Revolutioners the people who decide to workout once for the year in January.” GAHHHHHH my blood was boiling, what a horrible thing to say about someone…. ANYONE who has made the effort to break out and try something new. I think it’s important for everyone to know no one started as the best, we all work to get there and shame on instructors who loose sight of that.
I’m enjoying teaching and I like meeting all the gym members and learning more about them. I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite but I do have a special love for the pool. Kickboxing has been the most challenging for me especially since it’s still pretty new to me. I love the pace and the power of it, but it does sounds very intimidating and I know that from my own experiences with it.But really it’s a great workout.
I was sharing with my husband how much I was liking it and wish there were more classes of it I could take. Mind you he has been begging me for months to put a bag in our garage. He even bought the gloves for it in the secret hopes one day I would give in. I decided to show him some of the sequences and movements in our livingroom. He admitted he was not expecting me to actually be able to throw a punch so at least I can say I’ve impressed one person with my skillz. Yes those are skillz with a Z, it gives me street cred
makes me sound like a stay at home cool mom 😉 Seriously though if you are a local and want to try out the class Friday’s from 10am-11am come join us at the Skaneateles Y.
The indoor cycling is fun. I’ve been taking spin classes since 2005 and enjoy being on the other side of the class now. I’ve always felt that cycling is a great introduction into group classes for people. It was my first experience in a group setting and since the lights are dimmed its less intimidating than some other classes.
How is Whole30 going are you still doing it? I did the entire Whole30 back in May, and honestly I am gearing back up for another dive into it starting October 15th. My eating habits have slipped recently and I would like to correct them ASAP. I ate a donut last weekend and the hubs almost fell out of his chair. I’ll admit it wasn’t my proudest moment but I was starving and it was quick. As the sign says you are what you eat so don’t be Quick, Fast or Cheap. Lesson learned. I will say abs are made in the kitchen and since shying away from the Paleo/Whole 30 eating style my middle is not as tight as it was. And I’m working out MORE now than I was then so my diet really needs to change. The first week will be really hard especially since I am in the middle of P90X. Here’s to the challenge!
Speaking of P90X. Lots of you have asked about this program. I am taking P90X in a group gym setting. It is broken out by A, B, C classes with a weekend Surprise workout. It is structured as you take an A, B and C class each week along with 2 days of cardio and one day of Yoga. It’s a 6 day program with one day of rest. With teaching and the dog I rarely accomplish a true rest day and instead have one short active recovery day. I’ve been shooting for 3 5k’s a week with some weights on top of teaching and the P90X. It’s intense and right now I can’t feel my legs from our Sunday and Monday workouts. Tuesdays have been my “rest” day so I’ll walk the dog this afternoon and foam roll out my crying quads.
I like this setting, I would struggle with keeping the intensity I want with the home DVDs. I like the extra push of a group setting and also the laps we run around the ice rink help me get in some sprint running! We’ve done some partner workouts and other incorporation that wouldn’t be possible with the DVD’s so I’m a fan of this style of P90X. The first session produced some great results for people and even with my crappy eating habits of late I’m down 3 pounds in a month and am showing more arm definition.
In other news, I’m excited that I was asked to speak at this months Social Media Breakfast Syracuse about Blogging. It’s a roundtable style discussion about social media that I am really happy to be taking part in. I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes! If you are in Syracuse and want to attend there is a limited number of seats left for this event on October 17th.
Other than that I’ve been busy with my daytime work and writing. One thing my husband and family will tell you I haven’t been busy with his housework! My house currently looks like a bomb exploded in it. I really need to work on my house/life balance. I haven’t switched from summer to fall clothes yet so there are dressers exploding with clothes. And my kitchen could use one serious scrub down. I keep saying that I’m waiting for a rainy day but those have come and gone it’s time to do some FALL cleaning. My couch is currently home to piles of folded laundry that really need a new home and our living room floor is a maze of lego bombs waiting to be stepped on. The joys of raising boys is knowing no matter how many legos I pick up there will be 5 more to take its place. On a cleaning note I’m now off to Mr. Clean my entire chateau.
Questions of the Day: What is new with you? How are things? Am I the only blogger/mom with a crazy dirty house today?