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Looking Forward...A Picture Blog

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Growing up I was not an outside kid. I was always more cerebral and loved reading books. Being obese since the 2nd grade also added to my dislike of the outdoors.

When I was a pre-teen and MTV came out, that sealed the deal. I was indoors, all summer long, with a bowl of Cheetos on my lap and the remote in hand, pillow behind my back. My mom tried to get me to go outside…pleaded with me even. But I wasn’t budging. And my Mom, God bless her and I love her, she is also not an outdoors person and had gained weight after having her kids. So I kind of learned by example…and thus that is why it is one of my main goals to be a healthy mom and to instill exercise in my kids at an early age.

But, I digress.

What I want to show you is what I am going to do THIS summer.

Summer music festivals. I used to hide from them and let my husband go alone. Not this year! I already have my Pitchfork ticket and plan on bringing the girls, too!

Training for 10 and 15k.

Running my first 10K along Montrose Harbor

Playing on the beach in Michigan with my daughters and my new bathing suit on.

Getting silly at the cottage.

Going on long walks and runs and noticing the beauty that surrounds me. I went for a walk last night to the library and never, ever, noticed before the beautiful trees in front of the building.

Hiking at Starved Rock.

Flying a kite.

Going to the Taste of Westmont and riding the rides with my girls.

Smelling fresh cut grass. Running through that grass with bare feet.

Water parks.

Sun dresses.

Campfires and marshmallows and that smell of smoke in your clothes.

The birth of my twin nieces and having the energy to help my sister with them...and to hold them.

Trying my hand at gardening for the first time.

Running lakeside in Michigan with the sun shining down.


Relaxing in the back yard.

Planning mini vacations in my own city, where I can get lots of walking in and spend time with the family.

Playing with my nephews.

Working out in Millennium Park for free – yoga, zumba, FUN!

Eating sushi outside.

Going to the Splash Park and then swimming in our backyard baby pool with Lucy and Marlo.

Going to the Zoo.

Sailing aboard the Tall Ship Windy again from Navy Pier, a yearly family destination.

Watching fireworks.

Watching the sun go down.

Seeing a Cubs game on a roof top.

Renting a bike and riding on the lakefront.

Reading and writing outside.

Walking to the coffee shop next door at lunch and getting a workout in.

The birth of another baby girl niece will finish off my summer!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUDITH316 5/25/2011 8:15AM

    awesome blog, love the photo's, congrats on the birth of your nieces and another one later this summer, sounds like you have planned out an awesome summer, I love the route you will be using for your running, lots of awesome scenery..You are doing great, keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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AUBRAZILLA 5/14/2011 10:51AM

    I bet you subscribe to Runner's World!! My motivational poster also has the red-headed goddess in sneakers, but I added the caption: BUILD A BETTER BUTT!!

Your motivational poster is beautiful and I was almost distracted, until I began to read your blog. Good God, LotusFlower! You are fantastic :)

Chicago is such a beautiful place, and it cheers me further to know there are so many beautiful people in it. Here's to the summer and tan shoulders!

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Great !!!!!!!!!


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GOGOMAMA 5/13/2011 3:27PM

    Beautiful images! Sounds like heaven!

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LYNN2BTHIN 5/13/2011 3:09PM

    What an emoticon blog!! Your plans sound amazing and I loved all the pictures too. You go girl and have fun!

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KSGROTHE 5/12/2011 9:32PM

    Your plans look emoticon and emoticon !!! You are going to have so much fun!

- Karen

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    Music festivals are the high light of my summers. :) Enjoy!

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ROBYNROSE26 5/11/2011 4:14PM

    Your summer plans are amazing! Enjoy!

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AMBER281 5/11/2011 3:58PM

    Wonderful blog. Sounds like you are going to have a great summer!

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CALLIKIA 5/11/2011 2:56PM

    YES YES YES! I can't wait!! I'm not waiting. Every nice day = me, outside, enjoying it somehow. We've got a basketball, tennis rackets and balls and now a volleyball in the back of our new car and we are SO ready to hit the road! And the beach! I can't wait for the beach and swimming in the lake and rowing and... *breathe, Esther!* *lol* Cannot WAIT!

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ROEANDGO 5/11/2011 12:51PM

    What a wonderful list!! Love the pictures and think I may "steal" your idea! It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful Summer!!

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RONIREDD 5/11/2011 11:23AM

    I love this, thank you! I might have to "steal" it from you and figure out my plans for the summer!

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DZINE4KING 5/11/2011 11:17AM

    What a beautiful blog! I love the pictures...makes me think of things I would like to do this summer! Thanks for sharing!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 5/11/2011 9:54AM

    I love this blog!! The pictures are wonderful!

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ZURDTA- 5/11/2011 9:03AM

    Awesome pictures and great things to do.

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KARVY09 5/11/2011 7:41AM

    What a perfect ode to the amazing summer you have in store!

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MERULE 5/11/2011 1:31AM

  This is beautiful. Simply beautiful. Makes me think of all the summers I let go by just because I thought I wasn't good enough.. Thank you! This blog made my resolution to have the best summer ever and live it to the fullest grows stronger. Thank you thank you thank you! emoticon

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SMALLERMELORIE 5/10/2011 10:42PM

    Wonderful blog. Where in Michigan do you go to the beach? Looks like you have a wonderful Summer planned.

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REENSKI 5/10/2011 10:19PM

    Wonderful blog!

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    I'll be visiting Chicago in June for the first time, looking forward to it!

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MELMEI 5/10/2011 9:25PM

    This blog made me remember how cool of a city Chicago really is! ESPECIALLY in the summer! I'm super excited to be more active this summer too!!!

Question... Where is your cottage in MI? My friends/friends parents have a cottage in MI and yours looks VERY similar to my friends. There's is on this small private lake in the middle of nowhere (can't remember the name of the town).

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JLPEASE 5/10/2011 9:23PM

    This is a great blog!

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SBHPATRICK 5/10/2011 8:11PM

    Wonderful blog! I too am looking forward to a lot of those activities this summer - I can hardly wait!

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    Not going to lie, as a fellow Chicagoan (WOOT!), I share SO MANY of these goals! You'll accomplish them, and you'll enjoy every minute. :) I lived near Starved Rock, and let me tell you, it is such an incredible hiking experience. :) I had no idea Millennium Park has free exercise, though--you best bet I'll be getting some Yoga in this summer!

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KANSASROSE67 5/10/2011 6:52PM

    I LOVE this blog! I have been going through a rough time lately and this is first thing I've seen that's made me feel excited and happy for the upcoming summer. My normal outlook is fact, I wrote a similar blog last summer about the things I wanted to do. Thanks for giving me a little of myself back.

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TEMPEST272002 5/10/2011 6:23PM

    What an incredible summer you are about to have. I love how all the choices you've made around fitness & healthy eating have brought you to a place where you are ABLE to them. It's going to be amazing!

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KITHKINCAID 5/10/2011 6:22PM

    This blog brings tears to my eyes! Not only am I feeling just what you are feeling today (isn't the weather GORGEOUS today?), but all of the activities that you're planning on doing just make me so excited to do them too! I have my first sundress of the season on today, biked to work, smelled the fresh grass and really though "wow - this is the kick-off to summer"! I've been daydreaming all day about going home and sitting out in my yard with a fizzy berry water and enjoying the remains of this day. We are so blessed.

And that before pic of you with Marlo is incredible. You have come SO FAR!!!

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    It sounds like you have an incredible summer planned! Way to go...Love it!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/10/2011 4:48PM

    It's going to be a fabulous summer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 5/10/2011 4:47PM

    I love your blog and most of all outlook on your future.

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JENJESS48 5/10/2011 4:25PM

    Ooooh, can I come with on some of those?

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GRANDMABEAST63 5/10/2011 4:17PM

    Absolutely frigging fantastic summer planned - YOU GO GIRL.
PS: Being a twin myself, loved the picture. All the best to your sister & hubby. Josée

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FIERCEONE4PEACE 5/10/2011 4:15PM

    oh my gosh what beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sooo much fun!

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JMEPAYNE 5/10/2011 4:11PM

    Love this blog!!!

you should def hike starved rock! my in-laws live about 5-10 minutes away and i like to sneak in a hike there every few months. LOVE it!
i love all your plans for the city... it's so amazing in the summer. I live right off montrose and the harbor is about a 15 minute walk for me... i am planning to utilize it as much as possible this summer! emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 5/10/2011 4:10PM

    Love the pictures!! You can do all that and more sweetness!!

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SGTSUNNY 5/10/2011 3:59PM

    Great blog, so inspiring! Loved the pictures. Keep on doing what you are doing, it is working!

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OFFDREA 5/10/2011 3:56PM

    You're summer looks like so much fun!!!!!!
I wanna go to starved rock! That looks breathtaking!

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    Awwww! I love the blog! And I didn't know you were in Chicago! You're a hop, skip and a jump away! Chicago is one of my FAVORITE cities.... SO much fun to do there girl...and it looks like you have your summer all planned out! LOVE IT!

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GRAMPIAN 5/10/2011 3:44PM

  Good pictures. emoticon

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JENNSWIMS 5/10/2011 3:35PM

    I don't know where Starved Rock is, but it is beautiful. It reminds me of the Hocking Hills, here in Ohio.

What a great blog!

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