We Went “Camping”!

August 3rd, 2014 4 comments

Wow, it’s been forever and a day since I last blogged!

We went on a short 4 day “vacation” and it was so nice to un-plug that I just decided to keep it up for the entire week. It was nice!

The boys and I (and C’s friend) headed to Hocking Hills for a fun filled “camping” weekend. I say “camping” in quotes because we stayed in a cabin and, according to some friends (mostly boys), camping isn’t staying in a cabin. I beg to differ. ;)

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It still requires tons of planning and packing.

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Outdoor games.

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Fun adventures.

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Swimming.

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Campfires.

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And family time.

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Definitely camping. :)

What about you? What do you consider “camping”? Do you have to stay in a tent? A camper? Or is a cabin OK?

Scenes From The Weekend, 34

July 21st, 2014 6 comments

This past weekend was pretty quiet.

Saturday was full of rain so we just kind of went with it:

A morning wod:

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and then lots of relaxing (in my new shorts)!

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We spent Sunday morning getting all our errands done so we could spend the afternoon at a new brewery/winery in Mentor with friends, and then dinner and swimming at my parents.

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We definitely made up for our lazy Saturday!

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(they were making a whirlpool – ha)

How was your weekend? Was it busy, productive, lazy??

Peak and Pit

July 15th, 2014 6 comments

Every week we try to sit down and eat as a family at least 3 to 4 times a week (more, if possible).

And, in an effort to get the boy to tell us more than his day was “good”, we now have a tradition of telling each other our “peak and pit” from the day.

Here are the rules:

  1. Only one peak and one pit is allowed.
  2. It has to be from that day – not a prior day.

That’s it – pretty easy!

(and, in full disclosure, I got this idea from watching an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians a year or so ago – judge all you want but 1, I love that show! and 2, we all love this dinner time tradition!)

Today my peak was my night at the gym. I’m awful at burpees, like completely awful. But I’ve really been pushing myself with them lately and today they were actually (dare I say) good! Still not great, but good!

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Not from tonight, but this is exactly what I looked like after tonight’s wod. :)

My pit was that I spent all day working on ONE thing at work today. I know I made progress but, man, it felt like I was stuck on the same thing ALL DAY. I think I’ll be able to wrap it up tomorrow, though, so there’s that at least. Ha.

Do you have any dinner traditions? What was your peak and pit from today??

Scenes From The Weekend, 33

July 14th, 2014 5 comments

I’m so sad how fast summer is passing us by. I feel like I’m always recapping my weekends!

Once again, last Thursday we headed down to Edgewater Live.

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But this time C brought his 2 closest buddies.

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And we came prepared with blankets, chairs, and drinks – it was awesome!

The rest of the weekend was spent like usual.

Good food:

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(paleo pizza!)

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Impromptu date night!

Great workouts:

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And lots of relaxing like this guy:

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I’m pretty much in love with the weekends right now. Only 4 more days til the next one!!

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? For me, it’s sleeping in. I live for it!! :)

Adidas micoach Review

July 10th, 2014 2 comments

I was lucky enough to receive the new Adidas micoach heart rate monitor (HRM) to try out and review.

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I used to be an avid HRM user. I never worked out without it! But then the battery went dead and I guess I was just too lazy to get it replaced. :)

But this HRM is different. There’s no watch, just a FREE app you download onto your phone and that’s it. From their website:

When combined with the miCoach Mobile App it turns your smartphone into your own personal trainer, with real-time voice coaching and tracking features.

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They aren’t kidding! Besides tracking your heart rate and calories, there is someone coaching you along. Like, your phone is actually talking to you! I used it once for a short run to test out this feature and it’s really really cool. And when I wore it for Crossfit (results above are from a hard Crossfit day!) it just worked like a normal heart rate monitor.

I think this is the way to go with a HRM – it works for every type of exercise!

How about you? Do you wear a heart rate monitor when you workout?

A HUGE thanks to Verizon Wireless for offering to let me try out the Adidas micoach heart rate monitor! I’m not keeping the device and all thoughts are 100% my own.

Scenes From The Weekend, 32

July 8th, 2014 2 comments

Man, what a nice long weekend we had. I didn’t want it to end!

Since C was at camp last week, Jay and I spent a day biking our way to lunch and around the city. I love living in a bike friendly city/neighborhood!

The three of us rode our bikes down to Edgewater Live:

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Every Thursday evening in the summer there are food trucks, live music, and tons of people down at Edgewater – the atmosphere is great!

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We spent time at the park enjoying perfect weather and wearing out the pups.

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And Jay and I had our first kid-free 4th of July. So instead of watching fireworks with thousands of strangers, we headed to the wine bar instead.

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America. The land of sausage pizza and marshmallow ice cream. Mmmmmm……

The rest of my time was spent either getting my wod on or relaxing on the couch. So much perfectness in my weekend. :)

What did you do for the 4th of July? Anything fun/different?

#PR’sAllDay

July 1st, 2014 4 comments

Can I just talk a minute about how yesterday and today were such great training days??

So yesterday we had to row a 5k. Yay! I heart rowing (I’m probably the only one who was excited about this, btw)! But add 90 degree heat with sweat dripping down your arms that you can barely grip the handles on the rower anymore, then it’s not as fun as you remembered. ;)

However, when you PR your time, it’s all worth it!

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Heck yeah – my time back in April was 20:48. PR’ing on the rower makes me a happy lady!

Then today we had to retest our 1 rep max strict press. My PR has been 97.5# for over 8 months and tonight I finally hit three digits – 100#! Two and a half pounds might not seem like a lot, but it’s HUGE! #soexcitedaboutthis

And after the press we had to do Fran. Ugh, the dreaded Fran. If you know anything about Crossfit, you know this is THE WOD.

And when I did this workout back in April it was the first time I ever completed it RX (as written):

21-15-9
Thrusters at 65#
Pullups

So I was terrified.

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My thrusters desperately need work, but holy crap – I PR’d by almost 2 and a half minutes just from April!

Life is good in Crossfit land at the moment, guys. However, that could change tomorrow. Ha. But for tonight I’m reveling in my #PR’sAllDay!

What’s good in your training world right now?

Scenes From The Weekend, 31

June 30th, 2014 8 comments

I’m loving the summer right now. I think this past weekend was one of my favorites ever!

We had dinner out on Hodge’s patio Friday night with my most favorite people in the entire world:

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Seriously, my most bestest friends EVER.

We set up our new (to us) patio furniture (thanks, Mom & Dad!):

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And then proceeded to grill chicken kebobs to perfection:

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Jay and I each got sweaty in our own ways:

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Hahaha, that cycling gear gets me every time. (love you, Babe!) :)

And ended the weekend with a quick trip to Lululemon and Sunday night family time.

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In love with the new flower prints!

Life is good right now, guys. Life is good.

What’s your favorite thing to grill in the summer? Mine is definitely kebobs. And corn on the cob. :)

What’s Your Passion?

June 26th, 2014 4 comments

There’s this running joke in our house about Jay and his beer obsession. Well, I call it an obsession – he calls it his “passion”. :)

  • Obsession = the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
  • Passion = any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate

Sound pretty similar to me!

But I guess I’d interpret this to mean obsession is a need, something you can’t live without, whereas passion is a want, something you love. Maybe obsession is the negative component of passion even?

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Jay’s two “passions” = Crossfit and beer (the perfect picture of the two – ha).

All this talk made me question what my passions are:

  • Lululemon?
  • Family?
  • Crossfit?
  • Running?
  • Baking/Cooking?
  • Cleveland?

These are all my favorite things, but are they my passion?

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YES to family, Crossfit, and baking. My three favorite things in the whole world. Three things I can’t live without – three things that inevitably make me happy and fulfilled.

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Even when chopping the onions make me cry and my mascara run! lol

And even when a wod crushes my soul.

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I still LOVE those three things with all my heart. And I’m pretty sure I always will.

So, yes, they are definitely my passions, not obsessions (even if I’m a little obsessed with Crossfit since it quite often dominates my thoughts – hehehe).

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What is your passion(s)??

Scenes From The Weekend, 30

June 23rd, 2014 5 comments

When the boy’s are away, mom gets to play!

With Jay at his annual golf outing and C at his dad’s for the weekend, I was a free bird!

So I did all the things I like to do: family time, crossfit time, and friend time. :)

I spent time with my family at the Captain’s game Friday night:

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Luckily we hung in there through the rain because it ended up being a perfect night!

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I spent time at my favorite sweaty place with my favorite sweaty people:

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And spent time with one of my favorite friends:

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We met up for a day of shopping, mimosa’s, and ice cream.

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Can’t beat it!

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A weekend full of favorites!

What would be in your weekend of favorites??