Sunday, May 24, 2015

Summer Requires Planning

I didn't think the first week with Lil Man out of preschool would be so difficult to get my workouts in. I think it's combined with the fact that Hubby is turkey hunting and it's throwing off my morning schedule.

But I am finding it difficult to find time to get in cardio plus my strength training. And you guessed it, the strength training has suffered a little this week. I didn't dedicate the time that I have in past weeks.

But I did push it hard on Friday at the gym while I was there.

I plan to get back to a set plan instead of going to the gym without a plan where I

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Be Who You Are

Be who you are - it's been my slogan this year with Lil Man. He's really come out of his shell, but at the same time he's picked up some habits from others that I'd rather him not have. And I'm sure he's showed some other children habits their parents would rather them not have. But this year, especially the last couple of months, most days (sometimes several times a day) I have to say be who YOU are. Don't be who someone else is. Be YOU. God made you who YOU are.

Wow I've come a long way with some of this parenting stuff. I remember when he was late to walk and late to talk and late to whatever milestone that I felt was SO life or death important. And I felt the pressure to get him where his peers were. What was I thinking? It took me a little while, but I finally realized that Lil Man would get there when he got there. Sure, if he needs a little encouragement and extra help, I will be happy to do it and get him any extra help he might need should he need it. But the pressure to compare him with his peers is no longer there.

At the beginning of the school year,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NatraCure ThermoActive Hot/Cold & Compression Cuff

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.

If you've been around me, well anywhere near me, ok, if you know anyone who might even know me, then you probably know that I am coming back from a hamstring injury. It started last summer/fall and it has lasted a very long time.

I was finally able to start exercising again when I got a compression sleeve. I used it for recovery. But I needed something while running, and I bought some compression shorts. I also iced the area. Because of the compression, I was able to workout and keep the pain level minimal while allowing myself to heal. I wish I had known about the NatraCare ThermoActive Hot/Cold Compression Cuff last fall!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Trails No Fear and New Gear

See, for a very long time, I let fear stop me. I was terrified of running alone in the dark.  And for a very long time, I didn't. I either skipped my workout or tolerated the treadmill. Then... well one day this happened (Workin' On My Night Moves - Fear Of The Dark).

I've also been afraid to run on the trails by myself. First of all, I'm super directionally challenged. Second, well, the thoughts of just being out there alone was very scary to me.

But, life is short, sometimes way too short. And as I sat around 'waiting' for someone to be my running buddy (although I know in my heart that no one will ever be able to replace Jill. No one - even if in time I do find that local person who will meet me in the insane hours before daybreak, regardless of temperature or lack of sleep, I know in my heart that no one will ever be Jill - and those runs that we shared will forever be a part of the happiest days of my life) I reached a point that I didn't want to sit and wait anymore.

So I went for the first time ever on a solo hike on the Appalachian Trail (I Ran I Walked I Fell I Bled - It Was Awesome)

As I emerged from the woods, limping to the truck

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Say Goodbye To Wet Shoes NuVent Boot & Shoe Dryer

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.

Warmer weather is here... and it seems that Lil Man can't stay away from the water hose. Every time we look around, he seems to be playing in water. Which is fine ... except.... when he's wearing his tennis shoes that I wasn't planning on him getting wet. Because I'm not a fair weather runner and will run in all types of weather, I know first hand that it can take awhile for shoes to dry. I have always just stuffed them with newspaper, and then continuously changed out the paper as the paper got wet. But it would usually take at least a day for my shoes to dry (especially if they were soaking wet). And they always smell.

But I want to tell you about the NuVent Boot and Shoe Dryer.

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