Friday, May 31, 2013

Fit Friday: Running Music Playlist - Dance Edition

While catching up with a high school friend recently at lunch she mentioned that she'd like to start running but found it boring. I suggested finding a local running group to join for a bit of motivation and then we started talking about music and how it can motivate you especially when running alone. I run with music a lot and definitely use it to help push me on long runs or torturous speed days. And I'll admit it, I like booty shaking music to run to as I used to love to go out dancing but now that I'm a mom that just doesn't happen anymore. So, when out on a run, in my mind, I really think I'm doing this...

I know she likes to get down too so I'm hoping some of these songs will help to motivate her and perhaps you too!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A box of cereal can make your day.

It's true, buying a box of cereal can make your day and someone else's too.

With all the bad things that have happened recently (Boston Marathon bombing, the Cleveland kidnappings, etc.) I had been feeling pretty bad about this world and had to stop watching the news for a few days because I literally couldn't stop thinking about all the innocent people that were affected. Soon after, I read an article somewhere about a blogger that had started doing random nice things for strangers as a way to spread some positivity.

So, I decided a few weeks ago that I would start to do some unexpected nice things for total strangers too. Why not? It reminds myself and others that there are good people in this world. And that those people can be total strangers. The first thing I did was pay for someone's Starbucks behind me in the drive thru line and it felt great even though they hadn't even seen my face.

Just today I was at my local grocery store and noticed a young woman (a college student as far as I could tell) in line behind me with only a box of cereal. I remember being a college student and not having a lot of extra cash for food at times. Pay it forward right? So I told the checker to add her cereal to my bill.

The young woman was of course very surprised and kept thanking me and said yes, she was indeed a college student. Even the checker was a bit shocked as he started to pack the cereal into my grocery bags and then realized what he was doing. For only about $3.50, I'm sure both the student and the checker will remember this small act of kindness and hopefully do something nice for someone else as well.

Of course there are so many other ways to show random acts of kindness and they don't have to involve money at all. What will you do this week?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Upgrade

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. I had a fun day and was spoiled with flowers, a gift certificate for a massage and some adorable cards from my girls. I especially love getting the homemade cards that are made at pre-school because you just never know what your kids will say when you aren't around.

This was what my Mother's Day card from last year said about me that was made by my oldest daughter when she was three:

I thought it was the cutest thing and got the biggest laugh from it. I couldn't help but think she might need therapy when she's older because most of the time mommy probably smells like sweat because of all the working out I do. I don't ever wear perfume so I'm not sure exactly what this lovely smell is that she is experiencing- maybe my deodorant? Or perhaps a lingering of sunscreen mixed with sweat? Of course when Father's Day rolled around my husband got a card saying "I love my daddy because he cuddles with me and reads me books at night." So unfair.

Well luckily this year mommy got an upgrade and she finally realized that mommy does many other things than just smells lovely. :)

What funny things have your kids written about you at school?

Never say never.

Racing in the lava fields
I did it, I finally decided to give triathlons another go. I'll never say never again. My husband called it when we first got married telling me he knew I would race again and as much as I hate to admit it, he was right. As some of you know, I raced professionally for a number of years but quit after years of disappointing results and chronic injuries. After having my first daughter and suffering through more debilitating injuries, I was finally correctly diagnosed with FAI in my hips. To make a long story short, I had major hip surgery with a wonderful doctor from Stanford and when I went in for my final check up after having my second daughter he said, "All looks good. Now let's get you back racing again." What?!? Really?!? I wasn't expecting that. At all.

So, after much thought and contemplation I have decided to give it a go. Why not right?! I am happy to be working with Matt Dixon from Purple Patch Fitness as I know even though I coach athletes myself, I need a coach to be held accountable too and I am honored to be a part of such a phenomenal group of athletes. It's time to step it up as I officially start today, gulp.

I know some may think I'm crazy (I probably am) but I think it will be worth it. In the least, I can show my daughters that you pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and never give up on a dream. Here we go!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Roasted Ratatouille

We signed up for a Farm Fresh To You box a few months ago and it's been a wonderful addition to our meals. While you can request what you don't want in the box, you still don't know exactly what you get each time which makes it fun. I'll admit that there have been a few times when my husband and I are looking at a vegetable trying to figure out exactly what it is.

We've had a pretty busy week with dinners out and I didn't want the veggies from our recent box to go bad so the first thing that came to mind was ratatouille! The best thing about ratatouille is you can add just about any vegetable and I did just that - adding the baby bok choy that came in our box which is not something I would normally use. Since I've been into roasting vegetables lately I found this great ratatouille recipe that calls for roasting them and it turned out great.

Ready to roast: Zucchinni, baby bok choy, red bell pepper, red onion & cherry tomatoes. 

I edited the recipe a bit as I didn't have all the ingredients and I wanted to use the veggies we had on hand. It was a big hit with the family and the best part was that it was super easy to make. I can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

A delicious yet easy way to eat your vegetables!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mother's Day Guide for a Fit Mama!

Mother's Day Guide for a Fit Mama!

1. Moving Comfort Flow Burnout Tee - lightweight & cute cinchable side hem
2. Moving Comfort Serena Sports Bra - seamless fabric & very supportive
4. Moving Comfort Serendipity Headband - a no slip headband!
5. Athleta Bob & Weave Active Dress - sporty & sexy
6. Sweaty Bands 'Be A Dahlia' Head Wrap - another no slip headband
7. Nike Flex 2013 Run - lightweight & comfy
8. Athleta Neon Stripe Racerback Tank - stretchy with a built-in support
9. GapFit Gfast Capris - great fit & a fun color
10. Oakley Ideal Sunglasses - sporty & chic in a smaller frame