Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dear Mom Friends, Please Stop

Dear Mom friends,

Please stop apologizing when you brag about your kids. 
You are raising them. If you don't think they're awesome, who will?

Please stop calling yourself "mean" when you are disciplining them or teaching them to be responsible. 
That's just good parenting. 

Please remove the word "just" from your vocabulary. As in, "I'm JUST a Mom." 
You should wear your own awesomeness proudly. 
This is how you show your kids how to wear their own confidence.

And in case nobody told you today- you're doing a great job. 
You have a nice smile, and a cute butt.    

May the force be with us all.      


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Forget Skinny, Let's Get Strong!

Hey there loves!

I thought I'd let you in on what I've been doing fitness-wise this summer.  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably already know.

It's a weight-lifting program that she is sharing with anyone who wants it.  And here's the cool part- she's doing the program right along with us and posting about it on her social media channels!

She's giving us the program 2 weeks at a time.  We are in week 9  of 12 right now.  She's also posting videos like this one for each workout...


This is a muscle building program and it is no joke!  This is the longest I have worked at building muscle in my life.  I am really enjoying the progress that is pretty easy to feel when weight lifting is involved. (When one needs to pick up heavier weights it's hard to deny that something is happening)

I even bought a weight bench from an ad on Craigslist...

I was so excited.  It was $40 and this thing is like new.  The bench can incline and decline which has been helpful.  (Last week was the first time I've done a Decline DB Chest Press.  My chest & arms were crying!)

Jamie has decided that she is going to build muscle for all 12 weeks of the program and then do Phase 3 of her Live Fit Trainer.  When I did the LiveFit trainer, I quit in phase 3.  I was training for a half marathon at the time and just could not do both without risking injury.  This time, I'm following the plan just as Jamie lays it out.  I am not doing any distance running this year.  I am focusing on sprints & I'm racing nothing longer than a 5K.

I'm not saying I'll never run the 13.1 again, I do love that distance, but right now it's not in line with my goals.

What fitness goals are you working towards?
How do you stay focused on your goals?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Live in Prana #7daystretch Coming Up!

I’m joining prAna and Sweat Pink for a super fun, #7daystretch #liveinprana challenge – it starts today (Monday, August 24th) and ends at the end of the week (Sunday, August 30th). Join in on the fun – answering daily prompts (see below) – or if you’d prefer to lurk, you can follow along on FitApproach or through the hashtags: #liveinprana #7daystretch #sweatpink!

We’ll be talking about how we (the community) embrace a prAna lifestyle (#liveinprana) and are challenging ourselves to stretch a little deeper, farther and more mindfully for 7 whole days (the #7daystretch). And we’re not just stretching our bodies so you don’t have to be pretzel to join in, we’re also stretching our minds and souls!

I’d love for you , my dear readers, and my awesome friends and my family to join me for this fun challenge. Complete the fun mad-lib below and let’s get this PARTY started!

We’re nearing the end of August and even though the summer is coming to an end, I’m super excited about the Fall because I'll be able to start wearing my favorite boots.  In fact, my very favorite thing about Fall is the weather here in Pennsylvania. I can imagine myself wearing this Ginger Top from prAna while I drive my kids around to their fall activities because it looks comfy, yet fashionable.  

If I had one goal for the Fall, it would be to embrace this new season because life is short. To achieve it, I know I will need to practice an attitude of abundance. And of course I want to look great doing it so have the Jada Jean from prAna on my wish-list…..

What are you most excited about for Fall?


Monday, August 24: It’s Monday, make sure you get up and stretch ‘dem legs! Show us your favorite quad and / or hamstring stretch(es)! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Tuesday, August 25: Backbends. Any backbends. All backbends. #benditlikebackbend Show us how you get bendy! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #transformationtuesday y’all, whether you’re bendier than you used to be, more adventurous, or even faster, we want to see! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Wednesday, August 26: It’s our mid-week stretch it out, show us what’s getting you through your hump day? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #workoutitwednesday. Show us how you worked it today! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Thursday, August 27: Show us a #tbt to a time when you stretched outside of your comfort zone. #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us your favorite stretchy pants (shorts work too)  #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Friday, August 28: Happy #freefriday y’all! We want to see what  makes you feel the most FREE?  7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us how you are celebrating #forearmfriday! Forearm planks, dolphin pose, forearm stands or maybe just forearms on the table? ;) #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Saturday, August 29: Saturday side stretch! Show us your fave side stretch(es!) #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: #sunsalutesaturday. Show us how you are saluting the sun today! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Sunday, August 30: What are your favorite ways to restore your mind, body, & soul? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us your favorite zen space. Where do you find peace & tranquility? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna #sundayzenday
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Five Things on a Friday

1.  After almost 3 years of being alive, Ruger has finally decided it is safe to go to the basement.  He runs up & down the stairs from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor like it's no big deal, but up until now he has been terrified to go to the basement.

Last week he suddenly decided to pop in on my workout and now regularly comes down and tries to hog my yoga mat.

2. I've been trying to take daily sweaty selfies throughout the month of August in order to hold myself accountable.  I like to get sweaty every day.  While I've been very consistent with my workouts, I don't always remember the selfie.  Oh well.

3.  Ruger never misses an opportunity to walk and never minds being included in my sweaty selfie.  I wish everyone was as agreeable to exercise as he is.

4. Mandy just finished a week of Jr. Zoo Keeper camp where she spent time walking llamas and goats, (yes, just like you walk a dog) and she got to pet the rhinos! How cool is that?  My little animal -lover was in heaven. 

Should we tell her there's something on her shirt?

5.  I've been doing a lot of weight training this summer.  I'm following Jamie Eason Middleton's program, "From Flat to All That".  You can find it at .

She is so generous with her knowledge! She even posts videos of each move in the plan.
(more on this later)

Quick- tell me one awesome thing about your summer!
(Don't worry if you didn't get to pet a rhino.  We can't all be as cool as Mandy.)

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Color Run 2015 Race Report & Tips for Your First Color Run

Hello friends!  I really hope you're enjoying the remainder of summer.  
We are trying hard to make the most of every minute.

Last weekend we headed out early on Saturday morning for the Color Run right here in my hometown.  I think it's just great that we get to experience a big event without the expense of traveling.

Katie, Mandy, & I picked up Kristina (my sis-in-law/Best Runner Friend).  We were all looking very clean and white but that wouldn't last long.  Mandy actually loves the Color Run, which is fun since she complains a lot and threatens to throw up at every other run.

Katie & Mandy got all crafty and made their own tutus.  
They offered to make one for me but I politely declined.

Here are their before & after photos...

I was a little late and they had already thrown their rainbow tutus in the car before I got to take the "after" photo.

I posted this photo on Instagram and even got a little comment from the Color Run people! We felt really cool.

We ran into so many friends I lost count.  I was super excited to see some friends who don't normally run getting out there and getting sweaty in the name of a good time.

My friend MaryJo (right) headed out with her sister... Aren't they cute?

Kerrie took her gorgeous smile out for a colorful spin...

Laura missed this year's Color Run.  She had the best excuse I've heard... she's training for an IronMan Triathlon and was out on her bike being a badass and riding all over God's green earth.

Here's her cute pic from Color Run 2014...
...I love her pink nose. :)

We went through the Drive-Thru at Tim Horton's after the race instead of going inside looking like this...

We will definitely be back for another Color Run in 2016!

Some tips for your first Color Run:

1. Wear sunglasses to keep the colorful dust out of your eyeballs.  You shouldn't care too much about the sunglasses you wear as you might want to just toss them in a trash can later.

2. Wear something on your head.  We found that getting the color off of your scalp can be tough.

3. Have fun! This is not the race to try and get a PR.  People walk, dance, run & spin through the color stations.  Sometimes they even lie down in the color for a moment.  Go with the flow.

Have you ever done a Color Run?
What tips do you have?
Would you do it again?

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Protein Creamsicle Pops Recipe!

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Hello friends!

I'm excited to share a new recipe with you today.  
This one got 2 thumbs up from both of my picky tasters over here so I'm feeling pretty good about it.

(That's Ruger's butt in the background.  
He likes to stay close in case any popsicles suddenly hit the deck)

Protein Creamsicle Pops
(recipe makes approximately 4 pops)

1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk light
1/2 cup Minute Maid Orange Juice - No Pulp 
(You can have pulp if you want. We don't like it.)
2 TBSP Lite Cool Whip

Mix all ingredients until smooth.  (I used my Nutri Ninja Pro)
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

I used my smaller, star pop molds for these goodies.

They are cute, yummy, and Mandy-approved. Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

July Fun!

Here's what I love about being an American... 364 days of the year it's completely socially acceptable to complain about the state of the union, criticize the current government (or past governments, whatever), and lament the way things used to be.  But, every year on July 4th we all get dressed up like flags and generally look like crazy people in order to celebrate this great nation.

Once we all remember that there's really nowhere else we'd like to live at this moment, we celebrate by watching parades and then setting off enough fireworks to burn up a small village right in our own backyards.  
(I'm just telling you what I know.  I couldn't make this stuff up.)

This year's parade was particularly fun.  I went with Mandy & Grandma Glo and we even took Ruger with us.
He was fairly unimpressed.

Katie was marching with her high school band for the very first time.
She's the second mellophone in from the end. 
(that's the thing that sort of looks like a trumpet with a really big bell on the end.)

Ken did the parade with a small drum corps that he's been working with.  That's him standing on the front of the trailer.  These guys have figured out how to do a parade with minimal effort.

My brother John stopped by on his way down the parade route with his family.  He is running for a local political office and took the morning to meet some voters.  My sweet nephew, Brian was with him.  He said down for just a moment & tried on Mandy's shades.

Isn't he cute?

Since then, we've been going to swim meets and hanging out with friends and generally enjoying the heck out of this summer.  Sometimes at swim meets I leave my phone unattended and then I find this...

She's lucky she's cute.

How has your family been enjoying July?

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