Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Why I Ditched PIYO.

So, I quit PIYO. 
Even though my overall fitness goal for 2017 is to build my core, and my February goal was to decrease back fat. 

I had to quit. 

After a month of frustration with the inability to get the workouts in, I just came to terms with the fact that I just couldn't fully commit to the program. 


It's all about understanding your season of life. If I want to get my workout done, I have to do it first thing in the morning, first thing in the morning when only 1 of my 3 children are awake. 

So, my current morning routine includes:
  • Get woken up by a toddler around 6:30 a.m.
  • Feed the baby
  • Feed the toddler
  • Put on ocean noise, to help the baby drift back into sleep
  • Workout. 
Since PIYO has a lot of workouts that you are either in plank position, or on the floor and I have a 25 pound toddler who uses me as a jungle gym anytime i'm near the floor, I just couldn't do it. 

I was getting frustrated, and I didn't feel that was the appropriate feeling to have towards exercise. So, I ditched PIYO. 

This isn't the season of life for me to be doing PIYO. 

Why not workout before your kids wake up? 

I'm going to let you in on a little secret about having three kids, three years old and younger.

There are only a few hours that all three children are sleeping at the same time. Therefore, it is crucial that you take advantage and also SLEEP. 

According to my Fit Bit, I am sleeping about 3-5 hours a night, with anywhere from 7-15 "restless" periods. 

Notttttt a whole lot of sleep happening. 

So, I'm sorry Chalene Johnson hopefully we can reconnect and workout again in the future. 

Question of the day: What workout program did you have trouble committing to? 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Motherhood Diary: Starting Solids

I've had a lot on my mind lately,  a lot.  When we were praying diligently for the Lord to grant us the gift of a baby, I knew He heard us and I knew He would give us what was best for our family.

I didn't know the Lord had 3 babies and that He would give them to us over the span of 32 months. That's right, in 32 months my husband and I welcomed our three beautiful girls into the world.

This week our baby girl will turn 5 months. My sweet little Belle is growing up faster than I can believe, and I'm struggling to cope.

There, I said it.

At four months my pediatrician gave the green light to start solids. I must have made a face, because he quickly said "if you want".

If I want? 


Although she is ready, I was not. I was not ready to start the journey of independence with my last baby, yet.

But, it's time.

It's time to pull out the food processor and embrace the baby food stage.

It's time to soak in her sweet yummy infant smell and embrace the new smells that come with starting food.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Let's go to the ZOO! - Zoo Miami, Everglades Exhibit

Raise your hand if you LOVE the Zoo? 

It's a little known fact that my husband and I invested in Zoo passes shortly after we got married in 2008, and would go ALL the time to walk around and look at the animals. I have very fond childhood memories of going to the zoo in Tampa with my family, and my husband has a love for the zoo as well. So, why not become members of the Miami Metro Zoo?

Way back when we were first married we would always watch the construction, and read all the information about the Everglades Exhibit that was being built, and we couldn't wait to come back and explore once it was completed. 

Three kids later, we are once again members of Zoo Miami. You may have noticed a name change in there, well that's because on the zoo's 30th birthday, it got a name change! I remember when it was announced there were mixed feelings about the change, but in my personal opinion it's probably okay if you still want to call it "Metro Zoo" or "Miami Metro Zoo". ;-)

Not only are we the proud members of Zoo Miami, but the Everglades Exhibit is officially open, and BEAUTIFUL! Our family has only been pass holders for a few weeks and already we have spent hours exploring the Everglades section. 

Some of our favorites include:
  • Slide through the otters tank
  • Tunnel under the alligator tank
  • bear exhibit 
  • large new playground

This weekend Zoo Miami is welcoming a new member to the Zoo squad, Ellie the Crocodile. Our family went the the event on Saturday morning and were quite impressed with the quality event Zoo Miami put on. There was a table with real bones of animals found in the everglades for the children to play with, face painting, games, gifts, party hats and of course photo opportunities with the Zoo Squad. 

If you are local to Miami, I highly recommend checking out the event on Sunday, February 12th.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

#miamifamous 2017 Recap!

Last January my husband and I ran our hometown race and fell in love with it. We just LOVED everything, the vibe on the course, the pineapple treat before mile 11, the beautiful Miami weather.

2016 was an amazing race!

Read the Recap of 2016 here.

So, the day after we ran the 2016 race, we registered for 2017! We had no idea 2016 had so many big changes for us.
  • 1. Third Baby 
  • 2. New Job
  • 3. Move back to Miami
Um... Yeah... shortly after we registered for the 2017 Miami Famous Half Marathon we found out we were expecting baby number three, and I was going to have to run the race at just a few months postpartum.

Baby girl was born in late September and since I was the new mom of three girls under the age of three, I really took my time to get back into fitness. A decision I do not for one moment regret. I ran a few miles here and there from November until the race, but focused on my core and general fitness during the month of January through the 21 day fix.

When the half marathon weekend came, I was so nervous. I knew I could do it but,... I just wasn't sure how well. My goal was just to finish.  So, how did I do? Well,... I finished.

My finish time was 3:05:43, it wasn't the worst i'd ever done and to be honest, I was quite proud of myself to doing that well under the circumstances. I was undertrained, and miserable in the cold rain, but I stuck to my run / walk intervals and got it done.

I am now a 10 time half marathoner!

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