Spontaneity

August 22, 2016

Having young children tends to take some of the spontaneity out of things. We are constantly thinking about feeding schedules, bed times, and the overall mood of the kids. While a schedule is absolutely amazing for kids (I’m a HUGE advocate of this), doing things for the heck of it and just for fun is extremely needed as well. We took a little lesson from our own playbook this past Sunday and did just that – had a spontaneous trip to the beach!

Beach day August 2016

We were on our way home around 5pm on Sunday from the grocery, and from the backseat came a request to go to the beach. Grant loves the beach and we hadn’t been since the week before Davis was born – 3 whole months! Marcus looked at me and said how funny it would be if we actually went. I looked back at him and said hey, why not?! Let’s do it! Grant beach August 2016

We went home, unloaded all the groceries, and  then reloaded the car with our bare essentials for the beach – swimsuits, towels and snacks. We took the 30 minute drive over and set up shop for an hour! We didn’t plan dinner or what we would do when we actually got there. We just went!

Pass a grille Davis beach

As funny as it may sound, this was a huge breakthrough for us! It’s so easy to get caught up in the reasons you shouldn’t do something, no matter what you may be referring to. For us, a simple impromptu trip to the beach was extremely exhilarating and was just what we needed. Kids are absolutely amazing but being tied to a schedule isn’t always the best. Having just a few hours to just simply go and not be worried about bed time, when the baby needed to eat next or why we shouldn’t go was amazing. It was also Davis’ first beach day, which made it that much more special!

Davis beach August 2016

Our little trip was an awesome reminder that not everything has to be planned to a T to be fun. Throwing a schedule out the window can be good for the soul every now and then!

Grant Marcus beach

Do you tend to tie yourself to a schedule or do you live life spontaneously?

Activities to do With a Toddler While on Maternity Leave

August 19, 2016

Today is my last Friday before heading back to work after 12 glorious weeks off of work for maternity leave. While there was a decent amount of downtime, I also was pretty busy taking care of both a toddler and a newborn. It is completely different the second time around, as Grant is super busy and keeping him entertained is not always an easy feat! Here are a few things we did this summer to keep an active toddler happy!

The Splash Park

We have a few great splash parks close to us and were sure to visit them a few times during the week this past summer. We would always get there before the sun was too intense in the morning, or as it started to go down in the late afternoon. Grant LOVES water, so this was always so much fun for him. Water Park Splash Pad

The Children’s Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum here in town was hands down our favorite place to go. There is so much to do there and one huge perk – it’s inside!! It’s also very affordable – just $100 for an annual pass for the whole family. I plan to do a post on all of the amazing things the museum has, so be on the look out there! I’ll link it up here once it is up and live :)

Grant Children's Museum

The Mall

We have a great play area at the mall, and would go and walk a loop around the mall for a little exercise before diving in. We only went in the morning when it was a bit less crowded so there were less germs and kids around. The days it was raining and nasty out were always a little tough at the play area because it was so busy! It only took us one rainy day to figure that one out!

Out to Lunch

This seems like a simple one, but you would be surprised what a treat it is for a toddler (and his mama!) to go to lunch and get out of the house. Grant loves “chee-burgers” and “chick-nuggets” so anytime he gets treated, he is all smiles!

Construction Sites

Grant is obsessed with construction. He absolutely loves anything having to do with demolition or building something new! We have stopped on the side of the road countless times to see the dump trucks, diggers, and cranes in action.

Grant Construction

Watched movies

Yea, I know – watching movies isn’t the best use of our time. However, sometimes popping in a movie was the only option if I had to feed Davis and Grant was being particularly clingy. We did our best not to rely on it too often, but hey – sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!

The Zoo

We didn’t  frequent the zoo as much as I would have liked due to one reason and once reason alone – the heat. The zoo is super toasty so we went 2x throughout the summer. This would be a great option if you had some time off of work during some cooler months. There are fun rides and a splash park at our zoo as well, so after looking at the animals, we always head over for some more fun.

Zoo car

What places did you frequent while on maternity leave with more than one child at home?

Building Gradually for a 15k Race

August 17, 2016

I’ve been working out for about 5 weeks since I received my clearance to exercise from my OB. When The Fit Foodie Race reached out with the opportunity to run either the 5k or the 15k race, I wasn’t sure which one would be feasible. I had my eye set on the 15k, but didn’t want to commit to the distance without getting in a couple of longer runs first. I am happy to say I’ve been able to get in some middle distance runs that should help me complete the 15k! Wahoo! Don’t forget to use the code FOODFUNRUN if you want a discount on your race entry too!!

15k gradual build

So what have I done to get to this point, of not running at all for 6 weeks and then being ready to complete a 15k in a few more weeks? A gradual build at a slow pace is how. Here is what the last few weeks have looked like in the exercise department, and what I am hoping the next few will look like until race day.

Postpartum weeks 1-5

  • Lots and lots of walking
  • Ranged from 1-3 miles
  • Walked everyday

Postpartum week 6

  • Exercise clearance received
  • Started run/walking
  • 1/2 mile intervals of running and walking for 3 miles total
  • 4 days of run/walking
  • 3 days of only walking

Postpartum week 7

  • Pushed longer distance at a slower pace
  • Completed 2-3 miles running, 4 days that week
  • 3 days of walking only
  • Long run = 3 miles running

Postpartum week 8

  • Continued to build to a comfortable 3 miles running, 3 days that week
  • Increased long run to 4 miles – took 2 walk breaks
  • 3 days of walking only
  • 2 days of HIIT

Postpartum week 9

  • Ran 3 miles, 2 days that week
  • Ran 4 miles, 1 day that week
  • Increased long run to 5 miles at a nice easy pace
  • 3 days of walking only
  • 2 days of HIIT

Postpartum week 10

  • Ran 4 miles, 2 days that week
  • Ran 3 miles, 1 day that week
  • Increased long run to 6 miles at a nice easy pace
  • 3 days of walking only
  • 2 days of HIIT

Postpartum week 11 (current)

  • Ran 4 miles, 2 days this week
  • Planning to run another 4 mile run on Friday morning
  • **Hoping** to increase long run to 7 miles at a nice easy pace
  • 3 days of walking only
  • 2 days of HIIT

Postpartum weeks 12-14

  • Run 4 miles, 2 days a week
  • Run 5 miles, 1 day a week
  • Long run = 7 miles on week 12
  • Long run = 8 miles on week 13
  • Long run = 9 miles on week 14
  • 3 days a week of walking only
  • 2 days of HIIT

Postpartum week 15

  • Run 5 miles, 3 days a week
  • Run 15k race Saturday of this week
    • easy pace for completion – not race pace!
  • 2 days of HIIT

So there ya have it! What I have been doing and what I plan to do in the next few weeks to toe the start line of a 15k just 4 months after having a little one.

What kind of gradual build do you use to get back to running?

 

10 Minute Playground Workout (Video)

August 15, 2016

Playgrounds are an amazing place for both kids and adults to get exercise. Of course, we all how know the kiddos run around and have an amazing time, but as adults, we can get moving too! I was at the park with my kids late last week and shot this quick video to show a few super simple exercises you can do on playground equipment while your kids are playing, without skipping a beat. These are pretty basic moves to keep things super simple!

Do you ever do workouts at the park? What are your favorite exercise to do?

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Smoothie

August 12, 2016

Oohhh do I have a crazy yummy smoothie for you today! For the most part, all of the recipes I post boast healthy ingredients and tend to be very nutritious. This smoothie is a little bit more indulgent, in that it has a (not-so) secret ingredient to give it that cheesecake flavor – cream cheese. It is absolutely delicious though, so be sure to give it a try.

cherry chocolate cheesecake smoothie

1/3 cup whole milk plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup almond milk

2 TBSP cream cheese

10 cherries, pits removed

1 Tbsp raspberry jam

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 cup of ice

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more milk. If you are looking for a smoothie on the thicker side, reduce the milk a bit. Feel free to replace the cherries with another fruit that is in season. I’ve had it with both blueberries and strawberries (but with vanilla protein powder) and its been awesome!