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fit family fun weekend (DIY 11 report!)

Monday, August 08, 2011

emoticon1. At some point this weekend, you will be staring down a workout that you just do not want to do AT ALL.
This happened on Friday. My leg was bothering me and I was making all kinds of excuses. Then I thought about Yoovie's challenge, I read Russelorama's status and comment and got myself ready for the gym. Thank you Spark! I took the kids to Family Zumba and then they went to the daycare and I zumbaed with the adults. so much fun.

On Saturday we played a lot in the backyard. Don't tell me you're too busy to workout! Find ways to fit in fitness.

This may look easy, but when I started running it was tough!

emoticon 2. Go one step further and Surprise yourself
The weather was perfect & my leg felt lots better on Sunday so we hit a 9 mile run outta the park. 87 minutes! holla!!! We walked across the bridge for a cool down and my husband stopped and pointed out how far we had just run. "Let that soak in for a minute," he said. It felt good!

Last night we went to our first Gorilla Yogis event. They are an awesome group in the Twin Cities that picks a non-profit each month to support. Then they go out somewhere in the urban jungle and give a mass yoga class. People donate to the month's cause. Yesterday it was for an organic food truck that provides free, healthy food to people that need it, no questions asked. There are certainly incredible people doing incredible things.

That's my husband and daughter:

emoticon 3. Eat beautifully
After the yoga there was a picnic at the park. You can imagine that there was lots of pretty, good for you eats.

This is my fruit sundae. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese instead of ice cream.

It was an awesome weekend and bonus: I'm finally back to what my ticker says.

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RUNNINGMOM_OF_3 8/14/2011 12:29AM

    What a wonderful weekend!! I am envious of your yoga class! And way to rock out that 9-miler! I'll think of you when I need the motivation to do my 8-miler at some point this week.

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KATV865 8/9/2011 9:35AM

    That yoga class looks like so much fun! It is great your family is so fitness oriented :)

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    i love your urban jungle weekend adventures. sounds like you worked hard yet had a blast. congrats on returning to the weight you ticker declares as well as 9 miles in 87 mins. emoticon

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MONA_MONA 8/8/2011 12:33PM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Love the huge yoga class for a good cause. emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/8/2011 11:46AM

    Oh ya, your weekend sounds like so much fun. You inspired me. After my run this morn, I'm gonna pull the kids around the grass in the wagon. Thanks lady and great on you for so much activity!

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    Your kids are going to grow up knowing that life is full of fun and active things to do. How cool is that?!? I'm glad you had such a great weekend!

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/8/2011 10:12AM

    What a great weekend! I'm totally jealous of that yoga class. It looks like so much fun! And how cool that you have a family zumba class to attend. I hope everyone enjoyed it. Nommy food too!


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MICHSTATE 8/8/2011 9:59AM

    Wow!!! That yoga class looks awesome!!!!

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the plan, what happened, & DIY 11

Friday, August 05, 2011

It'll take a wee bit of work to get to that pose. In the meantime...
Here's what I said I would do on Mon:
M: 6w6p abs workout, 70 min bootcamp
T: 5 mile hilly run, yoga
W: 6w6p abs, maybe bodystep
Th: 4 mile easy run

what really happened:
M: 6w6p abs, 30 min of bootcamp and was called to the gym's childcare to pick up crying babe
T: 2 mile tempo run, 30 min yoga
W: 6 mile hilly run, 40 min walk
Th: bodystep

not too shabby. The bad news is that some muscle in my lower right leg is still bothering me. It's not shin pain and it's not my knee. Somewhere in between there. It's strange and annoying and I'm trying not to panic. Even though I love it, I'm gonna have to quit Jillian's 6w6p workout. boo. I love her dvds and they are the only ST regimen I seem to stick with. but for some reason, I always end up with some sort of pain/injury. I was super careful on Monday and didn't go as fast as she said to at times and really focused on form and all that precautionary crap. but I think it's best to step away from it for now and focus on the HM training. And do more yoga because it feels so good.

DIY 11: Everyday!
1. At some point this weekend, you will be staring down a workout that you just do not want to do AT ALL. Your assignment is to git her done, anyway. This weekend, your excuses are out of town.
understood. If the kids are unhappy, we'll do this:

or this

or maybe even this

2. Go one step further and Surprise yourself by going above and beyond. This does not mean jumping from a 5K to a marathon. Just.... surprise yourself, somehow, and be prepared to share the excitement and pride in your achievement.
oooo, I wonder what I'll do!

3. Eat beautifully.
OK. I will. And I'm actually going to track. All weekend long. And follow this advice:

pics from

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/5/2011 11:46PM

    How sad it is that I already stared down the workout I didn't want to do TODAY? LOL! But I did it anyway. I hope you feel better soon and have an awesome weekend!

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    I really hope your leg stops acting up on you and that your kids cooperate.

I hope that tracking your food this weekend is helpful for you. I still track everything, and think I still need to, but look forward to the day that I truly just listen to my body the way you usually do.

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I blame YOU Sparkers

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

so... yesterday I kinda committed to a marathon in June. whoa. I still need to let this sink in.

This is YOUR fault. I read your blogs, joined your challenges, peeked at your page, learned what the heck fitspo was, and gained inspiration, motivation, and confidence from it all. I wanted to do all that cool stuff you were doing. So I did.

All those little goodies, wheel spins, emoticons and sweet words of encouragement add up. I believe what you write. I am in awe of progress pics. My wonderful sparkfriends that have said they see a tri in my future make my whole body smile. I do too, thanks to you. But first there is that marathon.

Here's the deal. It's in Duluth, MN June 16, 2012.

That's Lake Superior, one of my favorite places in the world. I know the route. It's beautiful and mostly flat, ideal for a first marathon. I know lots of people that have done this race and it's a favorite because of the timing which makes training in MN bearable. The one issue is finding a place to stay. Apparently the town books up fast. My plan was to run the 10 mile in Oct and see how that went. Well, yesterday my dad sent an email out saying that he would reserve this great log cabin place we've stayed at before if 2 or more people would run with him. And that's how I "kinda" committed to a marathon.

Commitment to races make me push myself. And so do each of you. Thank you spark world.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/3/2011 4:03PM

    oh wow...this is going to be fun! A marathon?! Well, I cannot wait to hear how training goes. To have your dad be the motivating factor is wonderful...what a great dad. Thanks for the comments on my blog-I love hearing from you. Chowder...


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MICHSTATE 8/3/2011 3:34PM

    Yay!!! Good 4 U!!!!!:-)

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    I'm so excited for you!! I love that, for you, running is also a way to make some amazing memories with your family.

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CNEBLETT 8/3/2011 1:23PM

    So cool! Excited for you, that is an awesome goal that I have no doubt you will accomplish! Go get em' girl!
The North Shore is gorgeous- going up next week, can't wait.

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ELLENT124 8/3/2011 1:13PM

    Great commitment! emoticon

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 8/3/2011 12:48PM

    Awesome! I'm still at the half marathon stage but if I ever get myself to do a marathon, I'll blame you for it! emoticon emoticon

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MISSYSTAR1980 8/3/2011 12:36PM

    How exciting! This sounds like an amazing experience and you have plenty of time to prepare. Good for you!

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Sharks don't live in lakes

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

It's Shark Week! The real one. Discovery Channel style. I love the water, hear waves in my dreams and have always been mesmorized by sharks. Watching some shows last night got me thinking about swimming and my love of water. I think the ocean is what made me go to college in CA. And it was definitely a factor in my decision to stay longer than a year while teaching in Costa Rica. I could hear the ocean (along with monkeys and cows!) from my bedroom window. There are times when I feel landlocked now. Even living in the land of 10,000 Lakes. (fun fact of the day: there are 11,842 lakes in MN.)
I've swam more this summer than I have in years and it makes me happy.

I was a competitive swimmer from 3rd-9th grade. It gets to a point where they want you to swim everyday, sometimes twice a day and that just wasn't for me. I was 15 and had very important people to talk to on the phone. remember party lines?!

Anyway, it may be time for me to start swimming again. I'm thinking I could swim laps while my daughter takes swimming lessons and the baby could go to the gym's daycare. The problem is that right now he hates that place! I'm hoping it's a phase.

Pics from make me want to figure out a way to get my swim on:

Michael Phelps is incredible and Greek God-ish.

Dara Torres is even more incredible.
Want proof?

I have to go buy a swim cap and goggles now.

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HOLLY404040 8/3/2011 4:43PM

    My daughter would not get suit for years that would show her belly. She said the sharks would bite it. emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/3/2011 1:12PM

    I wasn't a competitive swimmer, but I love the pool. I can imagine it must be hard for you not to be in it all the time! Don't worry about the baby, he'll be just fine. :)

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RUNNINGMOM_OF_3 8/3/2011 12:38AM

    I think I see a tri in your future... I so enjoy your blogs. Thank you. emoticon

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JOYCERN12 8/2/2011 6:01PM

    Sounds fun, I am thinking of swimming this winter at the local spa's forever pool thing, I have to try it out anyway....followed by the soak in the hot tub! emoticon

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    I hope you find ways to work it in. You can do that even when your shin hurts!

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MICHSTATE 8/2/2011 12:53PM

    Good for you!!!
I love to play in the water, but would rather do anything else than swim laps, I find it rather boring.
Are you going to do triathalons?!?!?

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NAILAH09 8/2/2011 11:53AM

    Do I hear a triathlon in your future?

I love swimming too and I'm considering one of the Iron Girl sprint distance events (750m swim/20k bike/5k run).

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REDDIRTRUNNER 8/2/2011 11:46AM

    Are you swimming yet? I'm a water lover too! It's great that our community pool has this HUGE shallow end that my little one can stay in and a lap lane between it and the deep end. I can always get some laps in when we go. I'm a water baby too :-) love love love it! I am so happy to feel okay enough with my body to get in a bathing suit and enjoy the water again!

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BLH507 8/2/2011 9:30AM

    I was also on swim team as a kid. I stopped when I got to high school because at the time there was no girls swim team. I just joined a gym with an indoor pool and started swimming laps last week. It feels SO good. If you are a swimmer, you need to be in the water! Go DO IT!!

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SUPER3800 8/2/2011 9:01AM

  Get going! Swimming is so good for you too, no impact on joints, great heart exercise!

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A-STRONGER-ME 8/2/2011 8:56AM

    Great stuff!

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Everyday DIY 9 and Adios to July

Monday, August 01, 2011

DIY Challenge 7/29-7/31 Assignment 9

emoticon 1. Your assignment this weekend is to End July With A BANG! A real, honest to goodness, sweaty, hard core, balls to the wall, DYNAMIC fitness weekend. Do as much as you can within the constraints of time and physical capability. Be READY to BRAG on MONDAY!

I went B2W Mon-Thurs and needed a rest day on Fri. I went on a 90 min walk with a friend, wearing Pax and pushing Willa in the stroller. Not so much of a rest, but not high intensity.
Sat. I started Jillian's 6 week 6 pack dvd. she cray-cray.
Sunday was supposed to be an 8 mile run. The screaming babes turned it into 3.44. I was disappointed, but that happens. So I went for a hilly 12 mile bike ride during their naps. I am committed to getting a workout in one way or another!

emoticon 2. Get a new favorite workout anthem. Embrace the music. Let it carry you away.
Every time I read this all I could hear was "Carry on my Wayward Sun" by Kansas. woo! I'm so hip and trendy!

emoticon 3. Make a pretty/edgy/hip/funky/bright/motivating/wh
atever PLAN for August!
I adore my DIY calendar. It was sad and exciting to change it to August last night. A big open white space to fill!
Here's the July breakdown from the calendar:
run: days: 11 and mileage: 51-ish
bodystep: 10
yoga: 9
push-ups: 770 (original goal was 50 a day. not even close!)
This is pretty good considering I was on vacation for an entire week.

I am on week 3 of a HM training program so my weekly running distance will go up to 18-21 miles a week. 1 long run, 1 easy, 1 hills or tempo run (80-90 miles total)
bodystep:2 or 3 times a week
yoga: 2 or 3 times
pushups: 1000
JM 6 week 6 pack dvd 3 or 4 times

I go back to work at the end of the moth so I have the time to be a gym rat. I'm a little worried about training in Sept, but I'll deal with that then. I had a great fitness month in July. 2 big goals met: 20 straight real push-ups AND I made it across the monkey bars at the park. wooo weeee! Many of my goals are becoming more about fitness and less about scale numbers. With that said...

Nutrition, oh, nutrition. I acted like I was in maintenance basically the whole month. I lost 2.1 pounds. I know it's better than nothing, but it's not what I wanted. I would like to lose 3-5 in August. Must get eating in check. There is still more to lose.

emoticon 4. GO into the team photo albums and comment on the photos of your teammates that are posting their PROOF everywhere!
I read lots of blogs this weekend. I'm pretty sure that's the best motivation out there. Ya'll are impressive! And you make me want to work harder.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/2/2011 11:11AM

    You are really inspiring! I love all you are accomplishing while being a mama to little ones. I look forward to reading about your progress. Keep on blogging...


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    I can totally identify with the frustration of your 8-mile run getting cut short. Well...partially identify...I've never actually tried an 8-mile run! It amazes me what you manage to do with two little ones, and I think you should be proud.
I love that your journey is now much more about physical accomplishments than it is about just losing weight. I find you very inspiring.
Keep up the great work!
P.S. I got your note earlier today and must say, you won the monkey bar battle! Way to go! emoticon

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MICHSTATE 8/1/2011 1:41PM

    Good job!!!!
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RUSSELLORAMA 8/1/2011 11:04AM

    LOL @ "she cray-cray"

Great job on an awesome month!

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