Sunday afternoons... ah Sunday afternoons. Long long ago (or so it seems), they were my time to get things done, cook myself something yummy, then spend the evening watching a cheesy movie and enjoying a glass of wine or two. . Then along came Curt, Jacob, and Ethan and my Sundays changed. Every other Sunday, while Curt took the two of them to their mom’s, I’d immerse myself in quiet. Despite being outgoing and talking about the things I’m passionate about, I’m an anxious introvert through and through. Without that quiet time, without that distance from the world — physically, mentally, and emotionally — I’m a wreck. Everything else can wait but I needed those hours every Sunday to unplug in every single sense of the word. . But now there’s Alexander and, as every infant parent knows, there’s no such thing as an off day. I knew this was coming and I was so so worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle not getting time to myself. . Sundays aren’t “me time” anymore... not because I don’t need the time (I definitely still do, I just have to make it happen at other times) but because on Sundays, Alexander gets a little extra attached it seems — especially after a busy weekend! — so I spend most of the afternoon holding, nursing, snuggling him. I know this is a season. I know it won’t last forever. I know far too well how lucky I am to be holding this healthy, happy little boy in my arms at all, let alone all afternoon. . I feel ya, mommas. All we want is our Sunday afternoon alone time back. And yet, we wouldn’t trade these moments for anything. It’s ok to feel both — I promise. Sink into it. Feel it. You can be you and your baby’s world. You’ll get those Sundays back eventually because this isn’t forever. . Alright... back to snuggles here. I’ll talk to you tomorrow 😉
Wanted to give you all a heads up!! THIS Saturday 10/26 - my team and I are hosting a “DAY OF DEALS!” What that means is... If you’ve ever wondered exactly HOW I’ve been able to make progress on my health after baby in a real-life kind of way - how to work with me - this is your chance to see how it REALLY works! We will be sharing the details in Day of Deals! Drop a “👍🏼” in the comments and I’ll get you added in! Ps. BONUS! There will also be a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
This is crazy but here we go!! The race starts at 7AM! Wish me luck!!
12 years ago I ran my first marathon. I thought I was prepared (I wasn’t and I’m not sure any first time marathoner is!). I knew I was a little crazy. (Turns out, that’s an understatement!) I fractured my foot in the first mile, finished the race, and spent two weeks on crutches but I’d done it and I wasn’t sure I would ever do it again. . Since then I’ve run 3 more marathons and my goal each time has been just to finish without major injury. I’ve avoided crutches since that first attempt and I’ve always finished. Mission accomplished. This photo is from the last time I took on the 26.2 mile distance — the 2013 Chicago Marathon. 6 years ago, I finished this race and didn’t have an active plan to run it again. . On Sunday, I go back to the race where it all started for me, the @freepmarathon, to run marathon number 5. I’ll be 11 months postpartum (exactly!). I’m not really trained up for it as well as I thought I’d be 4 months ago. But hey, I’ve done it before. I can do it again. . This is where you come in though... . Technology has come a long way since even my most recent marathon and it’s now super easy to track a runner’s progress! If you’d like, I’m happy to send a link to you with how to track me!! I’m keeping track of who’s watching because I’ll dedicate miles to those tuning in as a little extra motivation. So if you can do me that favor... if you can check in on me and let me know you’re watching... I would appreciate it! Lemme know if you want the link. I’m gonna be the tortoise in this one — definitely not the hare — but I can’t do this without you!! 🏃♀️ 💕 🇺🇸 🌉 🇨🇦 🌊🇺🇸
I know you feel me on this.... . The last few weeks have been extra stressful. Lots of wonderful things, a few really difficult things, and all together, just a whooooole lot going on. . As a result, my workout routine has suffered. I haven’t run 🏃♀️ nearly the miles I should have been running in training for my marathon on Sunday. I’m going to have to push HARD to hit my 100 by 1 goal. I’m still determined to do both. Every week there’s multiple some things that need costumes, coordinated outfits, invitations, party prep, baking, a dish to pass, decorations... or some combination of each of those. . But you get it... I’m preaching to the choir, right? . Maybe you’re feeling the same “just let me get through today” or “next week is going to be better” thing I am. Maybe you’re disappointed that you’re late to the whole “90 days left in the year” push. Maybe you’re just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. . So let’s do this. Between now and Monday night, I’m linking arms anyone and everyone — that includes you — ready to say “screw it - I’m starting now”. . Yes, I’m going to push you to commit to yourself. Yes, you’re going to have to put some skin in the game. Yes, you’re going to have to throw those excuses out the window and be prepared to do workouts in the morning, at night, alone, with small human “helpers”, or whatever else it takes. . There will be tough love, support, and community. I’ll share what I’m eating and how I’m sweating and I’ll ask you to do the same. And yes, we’re picking this up now, not in spite of the upcoming holiday seasons but because of them. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need to carve out a little time for themselves during the holidays... know what I mean? . So let’s do it. You in? Comment here with the emojis that best describe your usual foods (mine would be 🥗🌮🍕🍫🍷) and I’ll message you so that we can figure out if this is the group for you!
Inspired by @jenellesummers and with a little extra time on my hands today, I decided to make sweet potato toast! I didn’t have large sweet potatoes so they’re little slices but they turned out great! I topped them with ricotta cheese and some everything seasoning for a tasty part of my breakfast!
My trainer through these 💯 workouts (check out my IG highlights!) has two things she says repeatedly that just make me feel so empowered... . “Are you ready? Can you do this? Say yes!” . “... and rise!” . The first one ☝️ is part of her pep talk before tough moves or sets. The second ✌️ is something I’ve heard her say since my first program with her. She uses it to guide you through a move so instead of saying “down and up” she’ll say “down and rise” which to me is a totally different mindset. . Getting back up is important but RISE to me gives more of a “phoenix from the ashes” 🦅🔥feel to it. We can rise above the stress. We can rise above the doubters. We can rise above the negativity and excuses and reasons not to. . We all can — even when it’s hard. The only question left is will you? . Ready? Rise!
Yes, I put my muffins in little jars to take them to work... I don’t want them smashed!! My email crew is getting the recipe for these healthy banana muffins this week. Are you on the 📧 list?? Comment here so we can get you added!
Meal prep is so so so important. (Too bad I forgot today’s banana muffin... oops) I’m on a mission to feel more confident in my own skin and really embrace all of the amazing-ness my body can and has done for me. What’s the meal you’re most looking forward to this week??