Archive for the ‘Health & Fitness’ Category

A Straw Poll

Monday, April 21st, 2014 by by

One of the things I tend to struggle with is drinking enough water during the day. And when nursing and providing anywhere from 21-28 oz a day for bottles at daycare for Squishy Baby, drinking water is really important.

I found that I would fill up my Nalgene water bottle at the beginning of the day, carry it with me everywhere, and barely drink half a Liter.

Then, I read some anecdotal evidence that drinking out of a cup with a straw increases your daily water intake. So, I took the only cup we had with a straw to school. The problem was that the only cup we had happened to be the freebie I got from the hospital when I had Spark. It had pictures of babies on the side and my 8th graders made fun of me and told me it was creepy.

Babies or not…I drank a TON more with a cup with a straw. I told myself that if it really worked (more…)


A Planking Spanking

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by by

When Normie challenged me to the 30 Day Plank Challenge…I thought it would be easy. B and I religiously planked for about 5 days, then forgot a day, then caught up, then forgot three days, then gave up. Pathetic.

Then, B’s dad, Mr. Smitty, came to town and mentioned that he had also started…and finished…the planking challenge. (more…)

Big Girl Pants: Life is Sweet…and Salty…and Full of Coke

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by by

I have been stuck in this weird twilight zone between maternity leave and going back to work. My sub has been pretty overwhelmed, so I went back for a total of 3 days to teach the Science Fair to my lovely 8th graders.

So, that means grading, lesson planning, and parent emails — without actually going back full time. Trying to juggle all that with a baby and a toddler is quite difficult. Due to some annoying daycare ultimatums, we had to enroll Sprocket in daycare earlier than planned to save his spot. So, even though it sucks to pay full time rates, it is nice to have a few days a week to get some work done.

Part of going back has meant tackling the fact that I have pretty much no pants and few shirts that actually fit. I have been rotating between yoga pants, a pair of 6-year-old Nike workout pants, and a pair of “early maternity” khakis (I wore them between 16 and 30 weeks before they got too tight). I have two pairs of jeans that I can squeeze into, but they are far from comfortable and give me severe muffin top, which I can only disguise with a few loose shirts that I own. None of these items are really appropriate to wear to school.

So, this past Tuesday, I headed to Wal-Mart to buy myself some big girl pants. (more…)

Putting the Run Back in See Teacher Run

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by by

It has been a while. A long while. The problem with having a blog, is that it documents everything — even how long it has been since I ran. The last post I wrote about running was December 8th. DECEMBER 8TH!

I am not quite ready to run yet, but I am ready to begin planning my return to running. But I want to talk about 3 things: The Numbers, The Motivation, The Goal.

The Numbers
I am going to be completely honest with numbers, which is hard. I started Sprocket’s pregnancy at 166 pounds and I was in the middle of the RAGBRAI Royalty Challenge. I started Spark’s pregnancy at 174. Research shows that because I didn’t keep those 8 pounds off between pregnancies, I will have a lot of trouble getting those pounds off. So, my aim is to get down to at least 174, with a long term goal of 165.

At my last preggo appointment (more…)


Small Win: My First Run After Pushing a Bowling Ball Out of My Lady Parts

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by by

Or “I think the hardest part of that workout was putting on my tights”

Thank God for CW-X Stabilyx Tights. I can’t fit into most of my pre-preggo clothes yet, but I managed to wedge myself into my running capri tights and at least felt a little athletic as I prepared for my first postpartum run (click here to see my first tight-wedging post-Sprocket). I mean, I might have felt like a tubed sausage, but wearing running tights again is a total win, and all I needed to get in them was a shoe horn and some Vaseline.

I had just fed Spark, but was worried about how the girls would fare on the run. So, I put on a sports bra and a shelf bra tank top for extra support. I bounded down the stairs to be met with laughter…LAUGHTER from my husband. My self-doubting-shoved-into-tights-with-some-muffin-top self interpreted it as laughing at me — but according to B, he was “laughing at my motivation to get back out there.” Uh-huh. Sure.

I loaded Sprocket into the jogging stroller and headed out. B cheered me on from our bedroom window and apparently documented my first few running steps.



TMB – Weight Loss Journal- Week 1

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by by

Welcome to Week 1 of my weight loss journal! I have been working out for the past two weeks but just joined a weight loss challenge hosted by Lee on Youtube. Go check his channel out, he’s a great guy.

So, not really how how this challenge is gonna work, but this is just a blub with my stats and how I did this week exercise wise!

Starting Weight: 189
Goal Weight: 170
Monday’s Weight: 185.8
Today’s Weight: 183.8

Waist: 41.5
Hips: 48
Arms: 12.5
Legs: 23.5

Exercise routine: I’m doing the Sparkle People 28-day Bootcamp Challenge (M-F) and C25k!

I did the bootcamp workouts every afternoon when Annaleah was taking her nap and c25k in the evening before or after dinner (if it wasn’t too late), but I skipped two days this week! So I’m just going to make up those days this weekend, hopefully!

Here are some clips I took during the week! Be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel to see some weight-loss exercising (maybe) and other vlogs :)

Small Wins: Every Day I’m Jufflin

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by by

You know, sung like this…

Tuesday: B got home from his bike shop job at 8:30 and I had just put Sprocket to bed, fed Spark, and changed into running clothes. Normie had the idea to earn a reward for the small wins, you know, to condition yourself to make good habits. So, to celebrate my first-post-chubby-baby-birthing run, I got these flashy little thangs.

Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes

I put on my new blue bolts (I gotta get fast to be able to pull these off…but it was this or pink) and my dorky reflective vest (more…)


DIY Beauty

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 by by

I rarely buy myself items to pamper myself, so a few weeks ago I was on pinterest and saw some DIY scrubs and I made a few. I gave one to my cousin because I really don’t like the face mask thingy, but the other ones I have used a few times. Not to mention how much money you’d save!

I hope you enjoy them and let me know if you have any recipes that you have tried.

All-Around Scrub

1/2 cup granulated sugar—raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too
2 tablespoons almond oil (you can also substitute apricot, olive, or jojoba oi)
Juice of half a lemon
OPTIONAL: 3 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary
This scrub is great for heels, knees and elbows!

Sunday Runday

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by by

Me and my friends after the race.  Look at all those people!!
Sunday I ran in my third ever 5k race.  The other races I’ve done have been small local, events, but this was a biggie right smack dab in the middle of Chicago.

This one was called the “Hot Chocolate 15k/5k” and there were over 40,000 runners.  Wow.  It was a little overwhelming.

I would never call myself a runner.  In fact, I could name about 400 things I like better than running, but it’s for that reason that I force myself to do a race every now and again.  It’s good to do hard things.

I don’t ever go into these races with a time to beat in my head.  Mostly I just think (more…)

We can silence the sounds of Pertussis

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by by
This post in in honor of my close friend’s cousin Francesca Marie McNally, who died from Pertussis, a preventable illness, at 2 months old and was buried this week .
Fanny McNally February 24, 2012- May 17, 2012

Francesca died of Whooping Cough or Pertussis, an illness that is preventable though a vaccine.  Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.