My love affairs for Jillian Michael and Bob Harper are well known. But, I'll admit it-- I'm getting a bit burnt out on Jillian's 30 Day Shred and I haven't been to the library for 2 weeks to get a new Bob DVD (don't worry- I'm going today). And, I love me some good ol' 80's classic 8-Minute Abs/8-Minute Arms. I mean, the outfits alone rock my socks. But, there's only so many times you can hear "like you're hugging a barrel" before you want to find a barrel to chuck at the TV.
I could use that as an excuse and not workout. I can hear myself now: "But, you did Jillian like 3 times last week and 8 Minute Abs/Arms yesterday! Boooooring. Just take a rest day!!" In fact, I was thiiiiiis close to calling it.
But, I didn't. I decided to just make up something and do it on my own. So, I sat down and wrote down a plan:
Here's what I did:
Do each for 1 minute (unless otherwise noted) and then repeat whole circuit:
-Plank (30 sec. on elbows, then 30 sec. on hands)
-Sumo squats holding weights
-Rest (30 seconds)
-Bicycle crunches (30 seconds)
-Deadlift with should press
-Row while holding squat
-Leg lifts (whatever kind you want)
-Bicep curl with single leg extensions
I was sweating buckets and the time FLEW by. It was only 20 minutes, but it was a great workout and left my muscles feeling tired and it was exactly what I needed.
Turns out, being bored isn't really a great excuse to not workout. Glad I didn't let myself fall back on it this time. Will I be bored again (probably tomorrow)? Sure. Will I use that as an excuse and skip the workout? I'm sure I will now and then. But, I'm glad I didn't this time!
Wow. I almost don't even recognize myself. Since when do I get SO EXCITED for a little, short 5-mile run? Oh yeah. Since I had a baby!
Yep! You read right- I ran! This past Sunday morning, I ran FIVE miles! Farthest I've run in.... well, a long time. Yeah, I ran a half a few months ago, but I don't think I ran 5 consecutive miles without walking during that, so I'm calling this better.
Anyway, I ran 5 miles! WAHOO! GO me!!
I woke up Sunday morning at 6:30am, like every morning, to feed Bailey and start our day. We nursed and ate breakfast. She was due to go down for a nap at 8am and when the Hubs woke up at about 7:45am, I knew this was my shot. It was just about as perfect weather for the summer as you can ask-- 70* and overcast. I knew if I didn't get out there for at least a few miles I'd regret it all day.
So, I put Bailey down for her nap, laced up the Brooks, grabbed my Garmin and iPhone, told the Hubs I was going for 3 or 4 miles and took off.
Truth? I hated the first mile. It was hotter than I like (Note: see how quickly "perfect" weather turned into too hot? I'm so whiney.) and HELLA humid. I was running sloooow (for me... well, for old me) and my legs felt heavy. About half a mile in, I had to make the decision to keep going straight where I could turn around at any point or head to a trail that would give me 3.5 mile loop. I decided there was NO WAY I'd do 3.5 unless I kinda had to, so I hit the trail, hating every step.
Mile 1: 11:00ish
Before I knew it, I was through the loop and feeling ok.
Mile 2: 10:30ish Mile 3: 10:00ish
In fact, I was feeling pretty good. My legs felt loose and I felt like I was running effortless. Crazy how just a few short miles can turn things around so fast. I decided to keep going.
Mile 4: 9:50ish Mile 5: 9:30ish (big hill for a fast finish, for the win!)
My Garmin about died, but hung on juuut long enough. I finished the 5 miles in 51:40. Best time ever? Ha. Not even close. Easy run? Nope. I'd love to say each run is feeling easier, but I'm not really there yet either. I will say they all feel better as the run goes on. It's taking me longer to warm up than it used to. But, I am warming up. While the first part of the runs sucks and I spend every step talking myself into continuing and not stopping, the second part of the runs are kinda rocking and reminding me that I love, love, loooove to run.
Like I could ever forget I love to run! But, hey- the reminder is pretty nice.
I'm hoping to get out 1 or 2 more times this week. If I could get a double digit mileage week (Ha! Remember when double digit mile runs were the norm?? We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.), that'd be pretty sweet.
When I finished the run, I was on a pretty sweet runner's high. I finished 5 miles! And felt pretty good! I was a sweaty mess, but I got to come home to the Hubs, Sadie, and this face.
What more could a girl ask for? :)
Wanna know what I didn't ask for, though?
Yep. My first chaffing in MONTHS and MONTHS. In a sick way, I suppose I'm kinda proud of it. However, I definitely could do without it, especially as it's on both boobs and having a nursing baby trying to grab and touch it is NOT FUN. Just trust me on that one.
Age: I say it every month and I'll say it again. NO WAY!! It is just not possible that little girl is NINE months. NO WAY. How? How is time moving this fast? She's growing up so fast!! SLOW DOWN!!
Size: We have her 9-month check up tomorrow. I really have no idea where she'll clock in... though I do know girl feels SOLID to me. We'll see! She's still in 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers.
Sleep: I'm calling it! We're officially sleeping through the night! YAAAAY! I think after a month of almost no MOTN wake-ups, we can call it official, right? WAHOO! Bailey goes down for the night at about 7:15pm (we nurse at 7 & she does down right after that), I do a nursing dream feed at about 9:45pm (used to be the Hubs giving her a bottle, but now that we cut the MOTN feed, I do this one), and then she's up for the day at about 6:30am. She's doing really well!! Of course, we have our bad nights, but those are definitely the exception, not the norm. I'm going to work on cutting the dream feed soon, but I'm not in a big rush. I don't think she NEEDS it, as she only nurses for about 3 minutes per side during this feed, but I don't want to F-up the STTN, so I'm going to give it another month-ish, I think.
We're still on a solid 3-ish hour schedule and she also still takes 2 solid naps each day-- 8-9:30am and 2-4pm. The last week she's been napping pretty poorly-- fighting going down and waking early. Ugh. But, before that, it was like clockwork. I think she's ready to move to a 4-hour schedule so she gets more wake-time between feeds and naps. Hopefully switching to this will get her back to good naps. We'll see. Wish me luck!
Nursing & Solids: Life is good here. 9 months and going strong! I have to say-- I'm pretty proud of that! Nursing is hard and time consuming. I'm really happy with how things have gone in this area and am pretty confident we'll make it to a year minimum pretty easily from here.
We're still doing 3 meals of solids a day. She's a pretty good eater. She loves bananas, guacamole (though hates plan avocado... weirdo), puffs, yogurt melts, ground beef, blueberries, cantaloupe, green/red/yellow peppers, broccoli, and more. She'll try just about anything and the only food she pretty much refuses to eat and will just spit back out are eggs and avocado, weirdo. Some days she eats better than others, but overall she does well with meals and eating.
Likes: Sadie. A thousand times over. SADIE, SADIE, SADIE. Girl is OBSESSED with the dog lately. It's the most adorable thing ever. Now that she can pull herself up to standing, poor Sadie isn't even safe on the couch. They're BFFs for life.
This is the a normal scene around these parts... aka, Bailey refusing to let go of a toy (or a sock in this place) and trying to accost Sadie at the same time and then Sadie bolting. Love, love, love.
She's also all about Mommy lately. I am her favorite toy, jungle gym, cuddler, and everything in between. She tries to hang on me anytime I am anywhere near her. I kinda love it, though I'm sure it won't last. I'll be old news any day now.
She also loves her kitchen, blankets and pillows, shoes, throwing her food on the floor, and pulling herself up & crawling (or really anyway she can be moving).
Dislikes:Same. Still. Ugh. The stinking car seat. I do not know what it is. Girl HATES it. She's gotten a bit better with the stroller, so that's good. Progress, perhaps? I just keep hoping and hoping the car seat thing is a phase and we're going to be over it any day now. Fingers crossed.
Weirdly, towards the end of this month, she also started hating dinner. This sounds nutso, I know. It's the same food. Same seat. Same bib. Same pretty much everything (except that the Hubs is there.... which I guess could be it, but whhhhy??), but she gets SO fussy at dinner. I really hope this is a phase because it's a pain in the ass and just plain annoying. We don't get her out of her seat because we know nothing is wrong and we don't want her to learn "scream at dinner and get what you want!". We don't make her eat, but we don't get her out of her seat til we're done with the meal. Makes for some reallllly fun family dinner time. Ugh.
New This Month/Special Moments/Milestones:
-2 teeth! Both bottom and right next to each other. They came in one right after the other, too. That was a fun week in this household. Ugh. Teething BLOWS. But, omg-- the teeth! They are SO cute!! And sharp. OMG. She's accidently bitten me a few times either just playing around or while nursing... omg-- oooooouch. NOT fun. I can't even imagine when the top teeth start coming in.
-Lots and lots of squaks and squeals. Perhaps this isn't new, but the quanity and crazy loud volume is at new levels this month.
-Again, maybe it's not new-- but, girl is on the move and has some serious speed! She's got this crawling and pulling herself up thing DOWN. I'm still calling it-- girl will be walking by 10 months. She's constantly on the move. Constantly.
Looking forward to: Is saying everything too cheesy to stomach? Because OMG-- everything. Don't get me wrong - I'm enjoying each and every moment today and living in the present, but I am so excited for everything coming up. Walking! OMG!! I can't wait. First words! The little clumsy baby run! Hearing her say "Mama"! Just everything. EVERYTHING.