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Mayhem Monday: Admitting to my UnPinteresty Life

This week marks the busiest week of my year: Birthday week. I both look forward to it and dread it all at the same time. My boys’ birthdays are two days apart. That lends to a lot of celebrating. Two family get togethers, their actual birthdays and a feable and completely non-pinterest inspired birthday party with some of their friends. I may die.

Logic would say that I should just do everything at once and truthfully, it would probably be a bit easier to jump in with both feet and deal with the aftermath. The problem is that I can’t handle that many people in my house at once. The chaos of kids running around, trying to make sure everyone is comfortable, there’s enough food, drink, coffee, wine (for me, don’t judge). I would hate every second of it. I get way too worked up making sure everyone is having fun, especially where family is involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love having people in my house. I crave it. But there’s only so much I can do and admittedly, family doesn’t always bring out my sunny side. So basically, what I’m saying is…I do this to myself. But don’t worry…I’ll survive and hopefully, the boys will have an awesome week.

Speaking of my boys…when did they decide to turn 5 and 3??? Whaaaaaaaaa….

I got not one, but three valentines from this little sweetie. It must be love.
I got not one, but three valentines from this little sweetie. It must be love.

Ok. Enough lamenting about how old I’m they’re getting.

Last week, it felt like we were fighting off something. We all went through a day where the exhaustion was overwhelming. For me, it hit on Wednesday. I woke up feeling like I hadn’t gone to bed. Even coffee didn’t revive me. I took the hint and didn’t go for my planned run. Beyond that, I didn’t get sick so who knows. The kids had days like that too. Made for some cranky, impatience on my part. I did do my 70 minute run on Sunday and it felt awesome. Finally did a solid mile of running under a 15 min/mile. That was nice. I’m finding that I hit my max heart rate and can maintain it for some time now. I’ve also noticed that my rate recovers a lot faster than I did a few weeks ago. I still have to stop to walk a lot but those walk segments are getting shorter and shorter. I long for when I don’t have to stop to walk and can just run.

I also dusted off my Yoga for Runners DVD. It’s been awhile. My hips and hamstrings are like dry rubber bands…

Yoga time! Marvel at my bony feet.
Yoga time! Marvel at my bony feet.

This week I’m hoping to run another two days and maybe increasing my long run to 80 minutes. We’ll see. It’s a lot of time to ask my hubby to mind the kids while I hunker down in the basement.

Quite possibly the greatest socks in the world.
Quite possibly the greatest socks in the world.

I’ve also been doing a home workout on Thursdays since I can’t go to the gym that day and do my class. I’m trying to do stuff that’s in line with the focus of our training phase. I really like it. It’s not as good or as much fun as being at the gym with other people but it does the trick in a pinch. My goal is to continue this every Thursday.

Had a helper cheering me on. She was screaming in her crib before that. Apparently the squat holds were hard for her too.
Had a helper cheering me on. She was screaming in her crib before that. Apparently the squat holds were hard for her too.

Meal planning went well again. I tried a new recipe from my Thrive Energy cookbook for Falafel patties. Super good but like the black bean ones I make from the same book, super crumbly. I need to find a way to get them to stick together better. They’re still awesome though. Otherwise, the main focus was doubling up on anything that I could freeze. It took longer to prep but at least there’s stuff in the freezer.

That’s all for now. Have a great week everyone. And for those who get to enjoy a long weekend, enjoy the extra day at home!

 

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37 weeks Pregnant and Exhausted

Just a quick pop-in to say…still here! I’m at the stage now where any amount of silence/non-communication results in the “maybe she’s having the baby” and I can assure by looking down at my non-existent feet, that is not the case. Baby 3.0 is still cooking away, though I will happily admit that I’m ready… Continue Reading