Feb 082016
 

I’m so overwhelmed with all the generosity! Our friends were amazing and came out to celebrate this little guy. I just feel really touched at all the love I felt at my shower.

My friend Dawn, my mother-in-law and mom spent a few months planning a baby shower for me. It was a brunch theme. There were fluffy buttermilk pancakes with all the toppings (various syrups, blueberries and raspberries and lemon curd), plus a ton of fruit and two egg casseroles that were a big hit. There were mimosas, tea and coffee and my sister-in-law made these AMAZING lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:

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My mom and Michael spent Friday night finishing up the nursery (hanging the curtains, etc) and I’ll share the nursery pictures soon. Saturday morning came and I had contemplated going to the gym before but decided not to. And I’m glad. It was a really long day.

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There was a diaper raffle for the shower. Anyone that wanted to participate brought a bag of diapers and their name was entered into a raffle for a prize. It was a great idea by my friend Dawn and we got tons of diapers of various sizes! I’m told by other parents we’ll go through that stash pretty quickly LOL, but still, we’re set for diaper for a bit! Plus a friend gave us a TON of clothe diapers of various sizes so I need to figure out how those work for when the baby is a little bigger.

I think there were like 18 or 20 people at the shower. The turn out was wonderful and it was sooo good to see everyone! We ate and socialized and then moved into the living room for presents. Baby boy got so many wonderful, cute and helpful things. I think we are pretty much set.

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Lots of clothes and baby toys, teethers and blankets and towels. So many things! It was overwhelming and chaotic in good way. I feel spoiled. :)

My sister-in-law Julie made us this gift basket with tons of things. It was such a cool idea I had to share what she did. So she got a bunch of clothes, a few baby shoes, bibs, toys, etc, then attached them all with clothespins to a clothesline, folded them up inside this cute basket with the monkey blanket, then as you started to pull the items out they were all connected.

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It kept coming and coming:

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And it stretched all around the entire room. It was such a fun idea!

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My mom made little goodie bags:

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And then the party ended. It was a lovely, lovely day. After everyone left my mom and mother-in-law helped sort through all the gifts and organize the baby clothes by sizes. It was nice to just sit in the glider and relax and let them take over. ūüėČ

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Michael’s favorite baby item:

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Diapers!

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Here are just a few of the cute outfits we got! And we got a LOT of clothes! This kid won’t need clothes for awhile.

 

So many cute things!

I had considered going to the gym after my shower but I was truly exhausted and in kind of a daze! I was so worn out and hit the wall at about 4pm that I decided to skip it. My mom and I went to Target to get some storage bins for the nursery, Michael kindly made us dinner (frozen lasagna and sauteed kale), which hit the spot and I was in bed early early early.

Sunday morning my mom gave Michael and I an infant and child CPR/First Aid lesson. She teaches CPR/First Aid for her job and it was great that she was able to teach us. It was quicker and easier than taking a class and saved us about $300! It was a good refresher for me.

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After my mom left I went to the gym and then met up with a friend for a walk. It was a sunny, very warm day and it was so nice getting outside! Bella was excited to go for a walk, too.

It was such a wonderful weekend. I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a truly special thing for Michael and I and I am just so happy that our friends could share it with us!

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Feb 022016
 

Not all workouts need to be an hour long. Sometimes you just don’t have the time. Sometimes life gets crazy and you don’t have time to drive to the gym, change your clothes, get in the pool and swim…but you want to do SOMETHING. There are definitely ways to get in a workout without having to sacrifice a ton of time.

This post is about a few things you can do when you only have 30 minutes to get your sweat on!

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are by far the #1 option when you need a good work out with a giant calorie burn in a very short period of time. If you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, or won’t have the opportunity to GO to a gym, owning a few kettlebells of various weights can make getting fit at home easy. Trust me! Michael has invested in about 6 different kettlebells and his workouts at home are either running, kettlebells or biking to work. He’s been working really hard the last few months preparing for our little guy’s arrival by getting fit and his kettlebell workouts rarely last longer than 30 minutes. It’s doable.

I definitely miss going to the Warrior Room. It was a cool community and a fantastic workout. I am looking forward to returning after the baby is here! Here are a few posts that included some kettlebell workouts you can try:

Warrior Room Part 2

Two Classes

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I definitely recommend taking a class or two somewhere, or hiring a personal trainer, to teach you the proper form. There’s a bit of a learning curve but once you get the form down, you can do it on your own and you don’t need a class. You can find videos online for different routines and it’s easy to do it at home by yourself.

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Using kettlebells is pretty easy and it’s such a good calorie burn! Trust me when I say you’ll burn those calories in 30 minutes.

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes are FUN and hard. So hard. Your shoulders will burn. You will burn so many calories. You’ll be drenched in sweat and it really doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get to that point! What I love about doing this exercise is that it’s fun and different.

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There’s a podcast I listen to that was pretty eye-opening when it came to fitness. Joe Rogan’s podcast is really diverse–he talks about everything. Psychedelics, politics, feminism, sports, comedy, history…But fitness is a big part of it. I remember one episode where he described something called “functional strength” and he said he preferred that kind of workout to your typical weight lifting routine. Basically, doing something “functional” like flipping giant tires, pulling and pushing heavy loads, and doing things like the Battle Ropes made him stronger in a more functional way. Instead of being a big meat head with no neck, his muscles WORKED for him, instead of being “pretty.”

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An article I read, Getting Outside the Box: The Definition of Functional Strength, says:

Functional strength is the strength that gets us through life and daily survival.¬†Manual labor typically involved walking, running, pushing, pulling, and grasping.”

I really liked the idea of that and then I got the exposure when I was going to the Warrior Room. They had battle ropes and giant tires and it was SO hard and challenging but I noticed immediate differences in my strength levels and core strength after only a few weeks of doing functional exercises like this! I am a big fan! And these types of workouts don’t take a big chunk of your time.

 

Body Weight Exercises

Similar to the above functional exercises you can do. These don’t require equipment. These are simple things that can get your heart pumping, burn a lot of calories and you can do them in your living room if you need to!

Squat Jumps

We did squat jumps a lot at the Warrior Room and they ALWAYS got me. I loved doing them because I saw results, but dang I’d be sore. It didn’t take much to get my heart pounding. This is a great thing to do when you are short on time.

 

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Burpees and Mountain Climbers 

Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with burpees. They are efficient and effective but damn they kind of suck! :) burpee

Mountain Climbers:

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An example:

Sometimes if I had limited time and needed to get in and get out in terms of the gym, I would do something like this:

quick warm up

jumping jacks

push-ups

squat jumps

squats

burpees

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Effective calorie burn without taking a long time.

Running

Running is a really efficient way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Obviously you should have a base of some running before just going outside and doing an epic 5 miles. That would hurt. So if you are already a runner, or a sometimes runner, running is a GREAT way to get in a workout when you only have 3o minutes.

When I used to run at lunch time at work I had 1 hour. That meant I had to change, run, then take a quickie shower, get dressed and be back at my desk within that hour. It was definitely a challenge, but a good one. One of the things I miss most about doing that was having my evenings free. Instead of my work day being really long and not getting home until after 7pm because of gym time, I got off work and had my evening free to do things with friends, go out for happy hour, basically enjoy some downtime! Plus, it got me out of the office, improved my mood and broke up the long day.

Repost: Why I Run the Waterfront

What a Great Workout!

Finding a Workout Buddy

I got pretty good at running during my lunch hour. I got good at changing quickly, then I’d run for about 40-45 minutes, and it would take me 10 minutes to shower and get dressed, grab my food and be back at my desk.

If you only have 30 minutes to workout, go for a run. Sprints and intervals would be your best bet for maximum calorie burn, but just running works too.

I’ve given it a lot of thought and I think once I am back running after the baby is here and after maternity leave is done, I will try and go back to running during my lunch hour. I don’t foresee a ton of extra time in my future to go to the gym after work and some things are going to have to change. I think running during my lunch hour might be the best way to do that!

What are your favorite ways to workout in the shortest amount of time?

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