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

Zoo Miami, Florida: Mission Everglades

Raise your hand if you LOVE the Zoo? 

Our family LOVES the Zoo and has been members of the Zoo Miami off and on since the year 2009, and now we are sharing our love for the Zoo with our three children.
At the Grand Opening! 

In late 2016, Zoo Miami opened their newest exhibit Florida: Mission Everglades and it is stunning! This exhibit brings families as close as you can safely get to the animals and creates some of the most exciting experiences. Where else can you slide through an Otters tank, crawl under a crocodile and feel like you are inside a bear cave all in one exhibit? 

Inside the Everglades Exhibit, there are a few must-do activities:
  • Slide down the otter slide!

The Otters are so playful and fun, we've spent a lot of time going down the slide and playing with the otters. Sometimes they will even follow you back and forth along the glass so be sure to spend some time interacting with the Otters. 
  • Crawl through the Crocodile Tank

  • This is is SO much fun, we've gotten up close with the crocodile a few times with this activity! 
  • Go see the Bears 

Go visit the Bears and crawl inside their habitat! Parents, don't be afraid to crawl inside the little cave with your children, the roof slants up and adults can stand all the way up in the back corner and be with their children as the hunt for bears. 

  • Walk Across an Aligator Tank on a Rope
  • Ride an Airboat! 
    • For $5.00 per person, guests can ride an airboat through the exhibit. 
  • Play on the playground! 
There are so many things to do in the Everglades Exhibit, you will want to budget a lot of time into exploring this Exhibit.  
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In February 20017, Zoo Miami hosted a Grand Opening for the Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit and our family had the best time! At the event, we had a chance to meet the newest member of the Zoo Squad, Ellie the Crocodile.  We vlogged the experience, so be sure to check our Youtube Channel to see the event. 

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!

The Florida Everglades for Kids!

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