Superhero Hustle Workout

Happy Wednesday everyone. I feel like this week is definitely flying by, which seems to be the theme for October. Since we are already half way through the week, let’s get in a body week workout to really push us forward! Check out this SuperHero Hustle Workout! It is all body weight exercises so you can do it in your living room, your driveway, or anywhere you have a pair of sneakers!

Body weight workout

 

Here is a quick rundown of a few of the exercise you may not be familiar with. Take a peek at the videos below:

Jumping Squats

Mountain Climbers

Starfish Jumps

Inchworms

Let me know if you have any questions!

Our Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend was one we have been waiting all summer for. We had amazing weather and spent a good portion of the weekend outside. First up, my long run! I approach every run the same way – as long as I get in the distance, I don’t care how fast or slow I go. On Saturday, I felt like going fast. The weather was perfect and my legs were feeling it. I started out in the 8:50/mile range or so, and towards the end, I looked down to see some 8:10 splits on my watch. I’ll take it!

Garmin

I am pretty sure fall is Grant’s favorite season – not that he has much to compare it to so far ;) The little guy just loves watching leaves blow back and forth on the patio. I think he had a goal of touching every single one. He was quite determined!

Grant leaves

It looks like Winnie has finally chosen her Halloween costume. After much debate, it looks like she is switching sides – meow!

Winnie cat

Ha, just kidding. We visited the pumpkin patch down the street over the weekend, and found this little cut out. Winnie was too funny. Speaking of pumpkin patch, we were able to get some amazing pictures of Grant Sunday morning. Marcus was on camera duty while I was making every noise imaginable to get the little guy’s attention. I think we were both successful!

Grant pumpkin patch

Grant pumpkin patch

Grant pumpkin patch

How was your fall weekend? Do anything festive?

Grant: 6 Month Photo Shoot

One of my biggest pieces of advice with pictures for your little one is to buy a package for the different milestones during the first year. You save a lot of money and it is one less thing you have to worry about when adjusting to being a parent for the first (second or third!) time. We had our 6 month photo session a few weeks ago when Grant was about 6.5 months old and recently received the pictures back. We really enjoy our photographer, Nicole Gellar. The newborn photos she took were amazing and these are nothing less than amazing as well. Be sure to check her out if you are in the Tampa area and looking for an experiences children and dog photographer!

Baum 6mths Grant-12 5x7 L

Baum 6mths Grant-89 5x7 L

Baum 6mths Grant-21 8x10 L

Baum 6mths Grant-33 5x7 L

Baum 6mths Grant-71 5x7 L

Baum 6mths Grant-47 5x7 L

 

Marathon Training is Different

In the past, I have documented nearly every workout in my training schedule when training for a marathon. I was very focused on each workout I needed to complete, and made sure my schedule worked perfectly to handle each one. This time around, after having Grant, I’ve been approaching this whole marathon training thing much differently.

I’m not concerned about my time

I am walking to the start line without a goal in mind. This is the first time I have ever done this, without a doubt. I thrive off of hitting paces and reaching goals. For this marathon, crossing the finish line 9 months after giving birth is my goal, and a pretty good one in my opinion. A couple of months ago, I did put some speed workouts on my training plan. After a few weeks, I realized I wasn’t having any fun and felt too pressure to hit paces I just wasn’t ready to hit. After backing off of speed, I enjoyed my runs again. I even became faster after throwing my pace goals out the window. Funny how that happens!

Garmin long run

I’ve skipped some long runs

For the first time ever (I feel like I’ll be saying that a lot in this post), I’ve intentionally skipped some long runs. If Grant woke up in the middle of the night a few too many times, I would end up turning off my alarm. I wouldn’t have ever done this in the past, but I know the sleep is far more important these days than a run.

My mileage is a lot lower

I usually tend to peak around 55-60 miles for marathon training. High mileage is where I felt strong and ready to tackle a serious race. Right now, I am very comfortably running 35 miles or so a week, which includes my long run. I don’t expect to get over 42-45 miles at all before the race. I don’t run anything longer than 5-6 miles during the week, as I know time with Grant will be cut short if I do. I am waking up at 5am to get in those 5 miles, and I am just not willing to wake up any earlier for a few extra miles. See again: sleep reigns supreme!

I’m really enjoying myself

After being off of the running circuit for about a year, getting back to running is a real treat. I am not even close to feeling burnt out, which has definitely happened in the past. Taking a very loose approach to this training has really helped with that. I am getting in what I need to do to comfortably finish the race, but I am not going crazy with mileage. Of course, I am sure I will see the difference in my finishing time, but that doesn’t bother me. I get to run this marathon just 9 months after having a baby– that is something I am very happy and proud of.

Grant and Emily stroller

 

Have you ever approached a race differently after a life changing event or experience?

Dinner Done in Tampa

First off, this post isn’t sponsored in the least bit. I had a great experience and want to share it with you all :)

There is one task I tend to dread each evening – making dinner. After a day at the office, the last thing I want to do is spend a good chunk of my night coming up with something to make for dinner and then actually cooking said meal. We tend to eat the same thing a lot of the time – a protein with a starch and a veggie. While this is good (and good for you), it does get pretty boring and makes me want to go grab takeout far more than we should.

A few months ago, my friend Meg told me about a place where you can prep a bunch of meals ahead of time, take home the food, freeze it, and then cook it at a later date. I have been wanting to go try it for quite some time now, but never got around to it. We had nothing going on over the weekend, so I decided to just sign up and go for it – I was headed to Dinner Done!

I looked online at the menu when I signed up, chose 8 meals, and then went ahead and paid for them to reserve my spot. I was sent some instructions in my confirmation email to make the experience the best it could be, which included getting there a few minutes early for orientation. When I showed up on Saturday, the incredibly nice staff gave me the run down on the process. I was assigned a number so I would have room in the cooler just for my food – this way I didn’t have to worry about how to keep it cool while I was prepping the other entrées.

Dinner Done

I was given an apron, and it was go time. I had 8 meals to make, so I needed to get working! Here are the items I chose to make. I doubled up on salmon since that is a crowd favorite in our house.

 Cider Glazed Chicken with Cranberry Pecan Rice

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Shrimp

Braised Beef Provencal

 Dijon Herb Pork Tenderloin

 Wine Country Atlantic Salmon

 Balsamic Glazed Beef with Parmesan Butter

 Classic Pork with Apple-Walnut Filling

There was a different station for each meal and all the ingredients were there for me. The scoops in the different ingredients were all color coded. So, the black handled scoop was always a cup, and the red handled scoop was always ½ a cup. This way, I always knew what I needed to measure out. (P.S. – those aren’t really the actual scoop measurements – I’m just guessing here). The directions were sitting at each station in a very easy to follow format. It told me what food to put where, including spraying my pan and grabbing a medium container instead of a large one, depending on the meal I was making.

Dinner Done

There is no order, rhyme or reason to the order I made my meals in. As soon as a station opened up that has the meal I was signed up to make, I grabbed it! The recipes told me what to do for a whole order (4-6 servings), or half of that meal (2-3 servings). If you are living alone and don’t want to have the same meal 4 nights in a row because of the large serving size, dividing the meal in two is a great way to not get sick of that entrée.

Dinner Done

Once I finished prepping my meal, I took it over to the wrapping station. Wrapping the different items prolongs the freezer life, as they are a lot less likely to get freezer burn. At the wrapping station, there is a file folder of stickers matching up to everything on the menu in alphabetical order. These stickers have the directions on how to cook each entrée once I get home. I placed the sticker on the lid, wrapped it up, and I was done! Then, I just repeated this process for each meal I signed up for.

Dinner Done

One really amazing plus of this entire experience is there was no cleanup! After I made each meal, a member of the staff was right behind me cleaning up my mess, prepping the station for the next person. This was a dream for me! If there is one thing I dislike more than actually having to cook a meal is the cleanup. This is such a huge perk in my book!

I was at Dinner Done from 12:15 to 1:30 and got everything finished in that timeframe. I brought reusable grocery bags since I only live about 20 minutes away. Plenty of other people there brought large coolers to store their food in on their drive home – these people had a system down, that’s for sure!

Dinner Done

So far, we have had 2 of the meals – the classic pork with apple walnut filling and the spicy peanut noodles with shrimp. We have loved them both and each meal will definitely be serving us 4 times (we eat a lot). For people who don’t eat quite as much at a sitting, I would imagine they would get 6 servings out of each meal for sure. I think the 8 meals will last us 2.5 to 3 weeks for dinner, which averages out to around $3-5 per serving. Well worth it in my book!

Have you ever been to a meal prep place? Did you find value in the time it took you to prepare the items compared to how long it would take you at home?