Little moments.

There are a lot of reasons that I write this blog. Most of them center around remembering moments in time. From a trip to an outing to the random, ordinary life events. I enjoy having this blog as a collection of those memories. In the spirit of remembering the little moments I’d like to share some little moments about Sydney that I hope I never forget.

I want to remember…

…the way she calls bath time bubbles

…that she loves taking bubble baths

dress up

dress up

…that she loves to play dress up

…that she calls her dress up shoes “glass slippers” and it is adorable

glass slippers

glass slippers

…that she can walk better in her tiny heels than I feel like I can in my adult heels

…that she takes great joy in picking out “necks” (necklaces) for all of us

…that sometimes she calls herself “Syd” but she can say “Sydney” too

…that she loves her cowgirl dress even though Daddy bought her a Minnie dress that we thought for sure would be her favorite

…that when I ask her if she is the princess she says yes

…that sometimes she will twirl for you because that’s what a princess would do

…that she thinks playing with me is fun & she will say so (mommy fun!)

My girl

My girl

…that I love that she thinks I’m fun because sometimes I have to be mean mommy because that’s what a parent does

…that she says “lilly max” as if they’re one dog & she says they are her friend

…that she is so very cute with her baby dolls

Sydney loves her babies

Sydney loves her babies

…that she is exceptional with her baby cousin Hadley & she loves her so very much

…that I already know she’ll be a good mom one day

…that she’ll tell you all day “no night night” even if you haven’t mentioned “night night” once

…that she calls Pete Papa Dude and he loves it

…that even though she loves going to Grammie’s during the day she doesn’t want me to leave (Mommy no work; Mommy no leave… it’s kind of heartbreaking to hear every morning but it does make me feel good)

…that she loves Minnie Mouse

…how she will say sorry and will kiss your booboo even if she is the reason you have a booboo

…that she is curious and interested and simply amazing

…that I am so lucky to be her Mama

I'm the lucky one.

I’m the lucky one.

 

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Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 3.

Whew! Week three. I feel amazing. And also I can’t believe that next week is the last week of this program. This week wasn’t nearly as hard as last week was but don’t mistake that for me thinking this week was easy on me. Because it wasn’t. This week was hard, but it wasn’t killing me like last week did.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 13:40

Cardio kicked my butt this week but I got so much further than last week. From 12:16 to 13:40 and I feel awesome about that increase. It feels so great to really see so much progress in such short periods of time.

Max Out Power.

Max Out: 12:32

I’m really struggling with this one. I cannot get past this 12:32 mark. I’m not sure what is making this particular workout hard for me to progress but something about it is kicking my ass for real. I just couldn’t get past last weeks max out time but I’m hoping that next week I can get through those dreaded plyo push ups!

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 12:58

Intense and sweaty are two of my favorite words to describe this one. I love how sweaty I get with this workout which sounds really gross but there’s just something about feeling really awesome and extra sweaty after a really good workout.

Max Out Strength. 

Max Out: 12:15

Surprisingly I was able to rock the push ups today. And they even seemed easier. Which is like a kick in the face because on Tuesday I was having such a hard time with those push ups. I’m happy that last week I maxed out at 9:05 but this week – a full 3 minutes and 10 seconds later – I was maxing out at 12:15. That’s a great increase & I’m super proud of that.

Friday Night Fight: Round 2.

Max Out: 12:30

And just like that this week is over. My legs were pretty sore by the end of the week but I managed to push through and increase by 2 minutes over last week. I found I was loving the ab exercises this week for some reason.

Overall thoughts.

I feel like I’m getting so much better as the week progresses. I’m also taking less breaks which really tells me that overall I’m getting stronger and that I’m getting in to amazing shape. I can’t wait to take my picture at the end of the next week and actually see how far I’ve come.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

I couldn’t live without.

I’m here for another link up with Lindsay over at the Pursuit of Pink talking all about things I couldn’t live without.

This week, and basically every day, I couldn’t live without water. & my water bottle. & my water flavor drops.

My favorite water bottle.

My favorite water bottle.

I am constantly armed with this water bottle. I have had it for almost 10 years and that is no exaggeration. I remember buying it after Steve and I moved out in to our first home together and that was after I graduated college and that was in 2005. So yeah…. maybe it’s time for a new one, but I love this one so much that it’s hard to part with.

Mio drops.

Mio drops.

Another obsession, to go with my water, is Mio. From the regular, to the energy, to the fit. I have a collection of flavors at the house. I don’t always drink water with flavor, because I only put plain water in my water bottle, but sometimes it is nice to drink have a little flavor with my water.

other water flavoring

other water flavoring

I also keep some other, non-Mio, flavors on hand. My favorites are these lemonade flavors – pink lemonade is a real favorite of mine but I also like this Crystal Light black raspberry lemonade too.

I’ve always been a big water drinker, but because sometimes I enjoy having a drink with a little flavor I would turn to juice or soda. Lately though, I’ve tried to lead a healthier life (hence Fit Friday) so I’ve tried to drink less sugary drinks just to get a flavor and I turned to these flavor drops and fell completely in love. Even though I haven’t given up soda (or coffee for that matter) completely it is nice to know that I’m still able to have a flavorful drink while maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Monkey Joes

A couple weekends ago my mom came over for the afternoon and we found ourselves at Monkey Joes to let Sydney run off some energy. I’ve been wanting to take her for some time, but hadn’t gotten around to it before now and I’m really glad we went. She had a blast!

I can't even explain this face.

I can’t even explain this face.

They have an area dedicated for kids 1-3. We didn’t visit that area because it was really small & just had some toys in it so we stuck to the bounce houses. There is also one that is supposed to be just for the little ones, but there were some bigger kids from time to time though they didn’t really stick around because they seemed to realize there were a lot of little ones + parents and not much space to jump around.

I did like the fact that I could go with Sydney into these structures. It took her some time to warm up and I think that if we weren’t allowed to go with her that she would not have enjoyed herself at all.

Big slide!

Big slide!

After spending some time in the bounce house Sydney seemed intrigued by the tunnel system. I couldn’t convince my mom that Sydney wanted Nana to crawl around in there with her so I headed up there with her. She was a little tentative at first because it was weird, I guess, but once she figured out what to do she was all about it.

Fun times in the tunnel

Fun times in the tunnel

I did tell her we were only allowed to go through it once because I don’t think my knees could have gone through more than that. She loved the slide at the end though and really her exclamations of “fun!” and “whee” would have been enough to get me through it again if she really wanted to… thankfully, there was food to distract her so my knees were saved for another day.

Tunnel slide.

Tunnel slide.

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 2.

This was a difficult week for me for some reason. I was overly tired this week so I guess that made it feel harder but I am beginning to see real definition which helped me to overcome all the excuses I wanted to make to convince myself to skip right on over this week and keep pushing forward and pushing myself. I’m glad I did. I’m also glad the week is over.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 12:16

Quite the increase for my lack of energy and desire to do this workout. From last week at 11:11 to this week at 12:16 I’m really impressed at how much longer I lasted. The power moves still really get me but I’m pleased with how well I can hang in there and push through them.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power.

Max Out: 12:32

I don’t know what it is about Shaun T and his need for super hard push ups but they are my nemesis. Plyo push ups are HARD. I’m going to try really hard to make it through this circuit before this month is over. That goal actually feels unrealistic for me. I don’t know why. I don’t know why push ups are just so hard for me but I guess I don’t have much strength in my arms. I know I have far more strength and power in my legs even though the leg exercises here are killer they don’t kill me quite as much as those push ups. I did make it a full minute longer than last week which says a lot considering I secretly think these push up exercises are designed to make my arms completely useless.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 10:40

Another pretty good increase over last week. Not quite a full minute, but close. I was surprised – as usual – at how much farther I’m able to push myself. I always feel like I’m dying but I can somehow convince myself just to go a little farther each day. That is until I fall into a sweaty pile on the floor. This one makes you sweat for sure but that’s because you’re working extra hard. The sweat is worth it.

Max Out Strength.

Max Out Strength.

Max Out Strength.

Max Out: 9:05

Since I goofed last week and did Max Out Power twice this was my first encounter with Max Out Strength. It is not my favorite. I was shocked that I didn’t make it over the 10 minute mark considering last month I finished the last Tabata Strength work out at 17:31. That goes to show you just how different and probably how much harder Month 2 is from Month 1. The leg segment was rough to start with but just like with Power the push-up segment is killer. My arms look so much better than they did before I started but BOY have they never been worked like this before.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Max Out: 10:12

I’ve noticed I’m taking less breaks. The first water break is around the 15 minute mark which is a struggle for me to get to because I’m used to having one about every 5ish minutes on the other days. I do think this one is a faster paced workout since there are less breaks, but it doesn’t make me wish any less for a break just a little earlier than half way!

Overall thoughts.

I can’t believe I’m 6 weeks in to an 8 week program. I thought the end would never get here when I started and I have pushed and fought my way through 6 weeks of Shaun T’s Insanity and I am loving every second of it. I’m really excited to get through these next 2 weeks though but not quite to finish but more to see my final results. It’s like Shaun T has a secret waiting for me in 2 weeks and I am so not good with knowing there is a secret waiting for me. Overall I’m feeling really amazing and in such better shape – which I think I’ve said before and I’m sure I will keep saying for the next 2 weeks. I’m really glad I found this program. It has taught me so much about my personal fitness level and my personal abilities.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

I couldn’t live without

Here we are for another round of I couldn’t live without link up with Lindsay at the Pursuit of Pink. I am really enjoying this link up because it is helping me to really focus on being grateful for the little things in life. Not to say that I’m only grateful for one thing each week because that is far from the truth but it is nice to talk about something a little random with a lot of purpose each week. I have also really enjoyed the new blogs to read and discovering new things loved by the other girls participating in the link up.

Last week I was raving about coffee. Because duh. And the week before I was bemoaning about a snow day and how I can’t live without wine to get me through that.

This week it’s all about my love of chapstick.

My favorite.

My favorite.

You will rarely find me going anywhere to far from my chapstick. There is chapstick on my desk at work, in my purse, next to the bed, and if I don’t have my purse it’s in my pocket. My lips get so chapped especially in the winter. Maybe it’s from the chapstick, some people say that it really makes your lips more chapped, but I don’t believe it. I just like to have really soft lips so that’s why I use so much of it.

Hello childhood.

Hello childhood.

Sydney is also really fond of chapstick. I’m sure it’s because she sees me use it all the time but she loves it. Recently I found her some Lip Smacker chapstick, in bubble gum, and as soon as I opened it I was transported back to my childhood with my kit-n-caboodle filled with all my “makeup” and especially my bubble gum Lip Smacker.

A word of advice though… if you value your chapstick don’t give it to Sydney because she’ll will definitely ruin it.

What can’t you live without? What’s your favorite item this week?

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 2, Week 1.

MONTH 2. MONTH 2. MONTH 2.

I can’t believe I survived Month 1 and really made it to Month 2. WITH ENTHUSIASM. I was so stoked to begin this week because I was so happy with how Month 1 went that I was eager to get even more results with Month 2.

I honestly thought I would quit after Month 1. Because committing to a single program for two months seemed like a lot. And I was afraid I would get bored and want something else. Nope. I definitely didn’t get bored and I didn’t want anything else. I wanted Shaun T to keep kicking my butt in to high gear and pushing me beyond my limits.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out Cardio.

Max Out: 11:11

Cardio is hard. Not for me, per say, because I love running and I’ve always loved running and a good cardio workout. But this cardio? It is a killer. This full on kicked my behind. Shaun T decided that he would add some “power moves” right after the 3rd circuit of the exercise – right before the break. It helps to keep in mind that you get a nice 30 second break after these power moves but they are killer.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power. Day 1.

Max Out Power. Day 1.

Max Out: 11:31

Dun. Dun. Dun. There are plyo push ups in this one. Which I totally saw coming… but I did not expect Shaun T to be able to make them harder. He sure fooled me. I don’t know why I didn’t see that coming, but I didn’t. I’m going to struggle to get through the push up circuit in this one I know that for sure.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out Sweat.

Max Out: 9:54

I look completely zoned in this photo. I was. I maxed out earlier than I expected because this was harder than I was expecting. Again… not sure why, but it was. I struggled to make it through and was completely wiped when it was over. Some days I really don’t know where I find the energy to push play, and I’m always glad I do, but I feel like I struggle the whole way through.

Max Out Power.

Max Out Power. Day 2.

Max Out Power. Day 2.

Max Out: 12:21

Ok…so this day was definitely supposed to be Max Out Strength but I, like a dummy, assumed that it was the same set up as Month 1 and we would do Power twice a week for 2 weeks and then Strength twice a week for the last 2 weeks. Wrong-o. I was quite angry with myself because I really did not want to do power twice this week because it was so hard the other day that I knew after Max Out Sweat completely wiping me out on Wednesday that Power was going to be so hard to get through. I was right. But I made it and I didn’t die and that was a success in my book. Plus I had great improvement so that’s also a positive.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Friday Night Fight. Round 2.

Max Out: 8:35

Why hello there new hardest workout. And super early max out time compared to the rest of the week. I maxed out at a similar, early time during the first week of Month 1 so I’m not discouraged or anything. Quite the opposite. I’m really encouraged to make it through the first break which is at the 15 minute mark. Maybe that’ll be next week (or maybe it’ll be the last week… either way, goal set.)

Overall thoughts.

I think I assumed that since I was feeling so much stronger and so much more “fit” than I was when I started that Month 2 would some how be easier than Month 1. Not because it was easier, but because I was better. I was so wrong. I do feel like I am better… but Month 2 is definitely harder than Month 1. Shaun T does not play. He gets results. But he does not play. I’m happy he’s not taking it easy on us because I know I’m really pushing myself to a whole new level but boy is it hard to get to that level.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.