Sep 122016
 

It’s only been like 13 months!

The last time I was on my bike was at the beginning of August last year. I think I was like two months pregnant by that time and even though I wasn’t really showing yet, it was definitely getting harder to bike to work like I had been doing. Morning sickness sucked. Then on the ride home my heart rate was getting too high and I just had to take too many breaks. Then my back went out…so biking was pretty much over for the season.

I thought about getting on the bike this summer but I never did. Honestly I don’t know that my core/back was strong enough postpartum until now. I’ve been doing a lot of PT exercises and core exercises to strengthen my back and things have gotten a lot better.

Anyways, Sunday instead of swimming I went for a bike ride. We had plans to go to Michael’s mom’s house for brunch and I (thankfully) got a chance to sleep in a little bit so I didn’t have time to swim.

I got my bike down in the garage and dusted off the cobwebs (seriously, a lot of them) and both tires were flat. I pumped them up and let it sit for a bit while I got dressed and ready to go to make sure that they held air ok before I went out.

Another plus side to wearing a cycling bib instead of shorts? They fit even if you are 20 pounds over your ideal weight!

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It was a little chilly but once I got moving and out of the shade it was the perfect temperature. I biked the route I take into work.

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I got stopped by the train for a few minutes but other than that I didn’t need to make many stops. I was surprised at how easy it felt being back on the bike (other than the saddle, of course). Perhaps the walking/jogging I’ve been doing lately has gotten me back into shape for cycling.

I didn’t go as far as I had wanted to go before I had to turn around. It was getting late and I still needed to go home and clean up and get Logan ready for brunch. So I turned around and went back the same way. And I was surprised, again, at how easy it was going up the killer hill home.

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It doesn’t look like it but this hill is really long, slow and at a constant incline. It’s not incredibly steep but it’s steep enough to get your heart pounding and it’s a constant uphill climb so you never get to coast or really take a break. But this time it was incredibly easy for me to do.

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It was a fantastic little ride. I went pretty hard for my first ride back because I was so short on time. I wanted to get my calorie bang for my buck.

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I was glad I got in a good workout in the nice summer weather. We aren’t going to have many more of these kinds of days!

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After that we went to brunch. There was a lot of tasty food for brunch. Michael’s mom made a cheesy potato casserole, an egg and meat breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, deviled eggs and blueberry scones.

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And I had my first Bloody Mary in like a year and a half. 🙂 Yay for brunch!

Logan did great for his first brunch outing. And we got to show him off to some friends and family that haven’t met him yet.

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It was a really good day and a good distraction for me. Monday is the first day of daycare for my little man! So the bike ride and brunch were good distractions … at least until the afternoon.

I’m hoping I can go for a few more bike rides before the weather turns poor. I don’t see myself biking to work this year, though. There’s just too much stuff I have to take to work in order to pump. But by spring next year maybe I can get back into it!

Sep 062016
 

We’re living the life over here! The long weekend came and we didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Michael had plans Friday night so Logan and I kicked back on the couch to watch season 2 of Outlander. Pretty pretty exciting. 😉

Saturday I went to the gym and got in a pretty good workout. I did burpees for the first time in a year (I forgot how hard those were) and a bunch of other body weight exercises. I was feeling pretty good afterward:

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I wanted to get some beer for the long weekend so Logan and I walked to the grocery store and back (1.55 miles). It was nice out, despite the black rain clouds off in the distance. We lucked out and it was warm and sunny and we didn’t get rained on (it had been raining off and on for a few days).

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When we got home I fed him and then ate lunch and then I just crashed. I was so so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. I tried to lay down for a little bit but Logan didn’t let me sleep for too long. I had an awful feeling I was fighting off a sickness.

I got really lucky and haven’t been sick in a year and a half. Pretty amazing, especially considering I was pregnant at the height of cold and flu season last year. I was SO glad I never caught anything. But I suppose we’re getting into that time again and I’ve just been feeling run down lately–more than just normal sleep-deprivation-due-to-baby run down.

Anyways. I drank a probiotic drink with lunch. I’ve been drinking EmergenC. I’m crossing my fingers it turns out to be nothing. I know once Logan starts daycare in a few weeks my immune system is going to be fair game. I am NOT looking forward to that!

Sunday

Sunday was a low-key day. I went swimming. Michael worked on some house projects and our evening wrapped up with homemade pizza and beer:

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We used to make homemade pizza a lot and Michael got pretty good at it. But honestly it’s a lot of work. Ever since we discovered Trader Joe’s pizza dough, it’s a million times easier and we’ve been doing homemade pizzas again.

Monday

Monday Michael went for a run and so did Logan and I!  I say “run” but it was a walk/jog. I’ve been doing that a few times a week for the last month with Logan, trying to get my “running legs” back.

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Michael passed us on the end of his run when Logan and I were about half way through ours. 🙂

After that it was off to a friend’s house for a BBQ!IMG_3164

The BBQ was at my friend Erika’s house and my other friend Robyn (Robyn and Erika were both bridesmaids in my wedding) and her hubby came so it was the 6 (7 if you count little L) of us. It was nice to hang out! I hate to admit it but I’ve slacked on seeing friends the last month or so. I’ve just been so busy and it was nice we could all hang out.

And we were having so much fun talking and catching up and sitting outside with some beers that we didn’t even realize that it was almost 7pm!

It was a nice way to end the holiday weekend!