Thursday, August 27, 2015

Adding Resistance - Aurorae Resistance Bands

Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

With school just around the corner, I've been working on my family schedule, workout schedule, and work schedule.

I'm trying to fit everything in without using all of Lil Man's preschool time as workout time at the gym. I don't have it all figured out yet, and I'm sure that I'll have to tweak it. But I do have a tentative plan.

And part of that plan is 'band day' - I'm talking about resistance bands. When I was working with a trainer, there were some sessions where the majority of the time that day was band work. I have to tell you that it was a great workout.

I've recently just so happened to come across Aurorae Resistance bands. What's different about these bands?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Looking For Perfection

As best as I can remember, I've never been one to have a lot of self confidence in a lot of areas of my life. Body image is certainly one of them.

This weekend was a beach weekend with the girls. (My first weekend away since Lil Man has been born).

It was absolutely beautiful.

And it was just what I needed.

But with the beach comes swimsuits which is definitely not something that I feel comfortable in. It's a sad feeling not to feel comfortable in your own skin.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wading In Clarks Creek - Our #Snackation

This post has been sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company. All opinions are completely my own. #Snackation

In case you missed it, Lil Man and I went to Walmart to prepare for our #Snackation. You can read about it here.

As I was out running on the Appalachian Trail, I came across a great spot to take Lil Man wading. I thought it would make for a super fun outing since our summer is winding down. Can you believe that it's almost over? It feels like this Summer just flew by. So like so many others that I know, I'm trying to pack as much as possible in these next few weeks.

MyFitnessPal, Kombucha And Weight Loss

I've been experiencing achiness, redness and swollen joints (mainly my fingers). However, the pain started creeping into my ankles and toes along with muscle pain. I knew that I needed to see a DR to get tested for Lyme's. But also with going to the dr's office meant 'stepping on the scale'.  The last time I weighed this much, I was pregnant with my son.

That's where I've Come Back to MyFitnessPal came into reality. I wanted needed to starting focusing on what I am eating - not so much as calories but the food.

I went to the DR a week later and weighed in .... 118lbs. I asked the nurse to please make a note for the DR not to mention it. (FYI I'm 4'10" so that weight is above my 'normal' weight range). First of all, my son was with me and I didn't want a 'weight' talk in front of my impressionable 4 year old. And second, well second, I just wasn't in the mood to deal with someone bugging me about my weight. I'm smart enough to know that I need to drop some pounds for my health.

Thankfully, nothing about my weight was mentioned. My test results came back negative, but on the flip side, nothing was 'resolved' which is frustrating.

I'm probably looking at an elimination diet, and I was looking for a probiotic that wasn't from dairy. I found Kombucha. I've never had it before but was intrigued.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Some Runs Are Just Humbling

So there I was, meeting some friends for an early morning run. I was happy to meet and run with some other runners. Except that I knew within the first mile that I was 'in trouble'. Everything felt hard - too hard. My legs were way too heavy. My breathing was so so and the pace was not fast. It was simply 'me'.  I was having an off day.

My road runs lately have been less than stellar. But I really didn't think I'd tank this bad on a run. I called it. "I gotta walk. Ya'll go ahead". Even if you are running with friends that you know well - I personally still don't want to be the one that brings everyone to a screeching halt. I was told they didn't mind, but I couldn't get the nagging voice out of my head that maybe they did mind a little but was just walking with me to be nice.

6 solid miles were done.

But as the day went on