Working Hard to Keep Up + Celebrations

Things have been busy!  Finding time to blog has been difficult.  I hate to make excuses, but I feel like an explanation is owed.  First, my daughter is officially out of half day preschool for the summer.  I never realized how much I actually got done during the four hours that she was at school (even with an infant).  Second, I am now subbing ALOT more classes at Flywheel.  Last week and this week, I am actually on the schedule five times per week.  Making playlists is currently the main reason why I pull my laptop out.  I find that my daughter oftentimes likes to give her input on song selections – even if I don’t take her advice.

IMG_5775The middle of the month of June is a big celebration month in our family.  After a brief visit from my husband’s parents, my family rolled into town to celebrate both Father’s Day and my mom’s sixtieth birthday.  Y’all this amazing woman does not look a day over 50.  On top of that, she operates at the same activity level as someone twenty years younger.

FullSizeRender-25My children absolutely adore their grandmother.  I can only hope that I get around as well as she does at her age (and look as young as her too!).  We celebrated over dinner at Nolen Kitchen followed by cake from Tizzerts.  Their location may have changed, but Tizzert’s cakes still taste just as good.

IMG_5746My mom was happy to share her birthday weekend with the dad’s in her children and grandchildren’s lives.  I had to teach two classes at Flywheel Sunday morning, however, the rest of the day I had reserved for letting my husband do what he wanted to do.  It’s funny because each of the past two years, I have taught on Father’s Day.  Each year, the company has handed out gifts to the dad’s that ride.  Also each year, one of my dad riders has generously given me their gift to give to my husband.  So sweet.  2015 – a headband.  2014 – a shirt.  The picture below is 2015.

IMG_5760The next picture is 2014.  Look at how much bigger my daughter has gotten in just one year!

photo 1-71My husband and I discussed how surreal it is for us to now celebrate these holidays that we had dedicated to our parents for so long.  It is still hard to believe that we have two children.  While they can’t tell him Happy Father’s Day, I know he knows how much he means to them.  In my best attempt to ask them what they wanted to get their dad for Father’s Day, we came up with a few good ideas.

IMG_5744We started his Father’s Day celebration by hiring a sitter and going on a date night.  Selfish on my part I know.  I needed a good excuse to do something out of the box.  We hit the town and explored the NoDa neighborhood.  No reservations necessary at Cabo Fish Taco.  We shared the Cabo Roll as an appetizer while indulging in Margaritas.

IMG_5740It’s almost like a quesadilla sushi roll.  The flavor in this dish is literally mouthwatering.  I could have eaten the entire thing as a meal – instead of splitting it with my husband.  On our way home, we stopped at NoDa Brewing Company for a round of drinks.  Y’all I talk about their beers a lot, but I didn’t realize how much cheaper they are if you buy them from the actual brewery.  They bottle everything and sell it there.  It is SO worth the drive.

FullSizeRender-27We were home before nine.  That’s how we roll now.  Getting crazy at this point in my life is staying up past ten o’clock.  To my husband’s surprise, his second gift was waiting for him when he got home.  Drumroll, please…

IMG_0306.JPGLet me introduce you to the best gift idea that I found courtesy of social media – Brewpublik.  Locally owned and very reasonably priced.  Each month you pay a designated amount for a specified amount of beer that is randomly chosen and delivered to your door.  How do they pick the beer?  They have a random beer algorithm. You enter your top two preferences and the computer does the rest.  Y’all they nailed it.  I inputted the following two beers – NoDA Cavu and Allagash White.  The picture above is what we got in our first delivery (on top of that awesome “BrewPublik” case).  My husband tried one of each over the weekend and was very impressed.  Beers in the case are both locally brewed and international/national.

image17-700x325With all these celebrations, exercise has been imperative.  While I haven’t been posting my workouts, I have been doing them!  My typical week looks something like this –

  • Monday – Strength (at home/garage)
  • Tuesday – Run/cardio
  • Wednesday – Strength (at home/garage)
  • Thursday – teach Flywheel Charlotte
  • Friday – FiA high intensity bootcamp (see picture above)
  • Saturday – Run/Flywheel Charlotte
  • Sunday – teach Flywheel Charlotte x2

These week’s FiA workout was one to remember those lost in the church shooting in Charleston, SC.  We recently launched a Charleston, SC workout.  Prior to leaving public accounting, I also spent almost a quarter of the year working in downtown.  The city has a special place in my heart.  We prayed for those lost and celebrated being able to spend our mornings exercising together.

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Exercising anywhere is tough right now.  I am doing everything I can to get up early to sweat it out – before it gets unbearably hot.  I am working to train for the Spartan Super Race in Asheville during August.  I am having trouble just completing some of my longer runs – due to the high humidity and my inability to stay hydrated.

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Just this morning, I left the house around 6:30AM to complete a Spartan Race WOD (workout of the day).  By the time I got home, it was already 77 degrees outside.  I was covered in sweat and the urge to walk had overcome me several times.  I slowed down considerably, but I resisted the urge.

FullSizeRender-26So, what was the workout?  Thank you Reebok for sending it to me.  I get tired of planning them myself all the time!

  • Run 2 miles warm up – I had an average pace at 8:06/mile
  • Complete the following set of exercises –
    • 25 push-ups
    • 25 squats
    • 20 mountain climbers
  • Run 1/2 mile at high intensity – pace yourself, so you don’t walk – again, I was 8:00/mile
  • Complete the following set of exercises –
    • 10 squat jumps
    • 50 yard lunge walk
    • 10 lunge jumps
    • 20 flutter kicks
    • 10 side-to-side jumps
  • Run 1 mile at high intensity – pace yourself, so you don’t walk – I slowed down to 8:30/mile pace.
  • Complete the following set of exercises –
    • 25 push-ups
    • 25 squats
    • 20 mountain climbers
  • Run 1/2 mile at high intensity – again don’t walk – I was running slower here, water loss hit me.
  • Complete the following set of exercises –
    • 10 squat jumps
    • 50 yard lunge walk
    • 10 lunge jumps
    • 20 flutter kicks
    • 10 side-to-side jumps
  • Cool down run

IMG_5779I stopped my watch while I was completing exercises – that way I could track my pace when I resumed running.  The effects of the exercises in between could be felt.  Especially the set with the squat jumps.  I was stopping wherever I was on the road to complete my exercises.  If you saw me, you probably thought I was either crazy or working hard.  I had my hands on knees gasping for breath at times.  I was actually happy about how high the intensity of this workout was.  I think I will continue to do some of the suggested workouts from Reebok.

IMG_5723Tough workouts aside, keeping up with my girls is a workout in itself.  Feel free to share in looking at some of the most recent photos taken of the girls.

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