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New Year’s Day 2018

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know our annual New Year’s Day tradition was always snowshoeing at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood. We unfortunately skipped it last year because Logan was just too young to go and we didn’t have the right clothes for him. The last time we went was 2 years ago when I was pregnant! I’ve missed our tradition.

This year I was able to find some toddler snow pants and a snow jacket at a consignment shop for super cheap so we were prepared! I was not prepared for my snow pants to be slightly too tight (SIGH) and I was also not prepared for our discovery that Logan is suddenly too big for his hiking carrier. That sucks. ๐Ÿ™ We strapped him in but I don’t think it was very comfortable for him, especially in bulky snow gear. So he was a bit fussy.

Bella, on the other hand, was super stoked! She loves snowshoeing!

It was 30 degrees up on the mountain and sunny. It was surprisingly warm. I didn’t really need as many layers as usual and I didn’t need my gloves. Logan DID need his gloves but he kept taking them off and then getting fussy (probably because his hands got cold). It was a battle to keep the gloves on. I need to find a pair that velcro on or something.

Lesson #1 of 2018: adjust your expectations with a toddler. In general. With everything. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

It was such a nice day out and there were hardly any people out! We did see a few people with new skis. It was pretty funny watching them go down the steep hill (and crash!). It was kinda like watching America’s Funniest Videos or something. Not that I should laugh because that would be me, too. I’ve never skied before. Someday I’d like to try it.

 

We knew it was was going to be a short snow shoe trip since it was the first time with Logan, but it ended up being a little bit shorter than we thought. He just refused to wear his mittens and was getting too cold so we took photos and turned around.

I am not sure how far we ended up going, maybe 2 miles round trip. We did 1 hour total. Got back to the car just as more people were arriving.

 

 

We got home in time for lunch and naps and an excellent New Year’s Day dinner (will post the recipe tomorrow)!

Happy New Year!

Fall Into Fitness

I love Fall! I skip the Pumpkin Spice Lattes (gross) and the Pumpkin Beer (even grosser) but I love Halloween and Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie and cooler weather. I love the fall leaves and crisp air. And I love getting re-focused on my fitness goals.

For me, I tend to gain weight in the summer time and lose weight in the winter time (kind of the opposite for most people). Part of that is summer BBQs and vacations and indulging. And part of that is that in the summer time my fitness switches to the outdoors–hiking, biking, running. So lots of cardio and less weight lifting. Once the weather turns bad, I move my workouts indoors and focus on weight lifting.

Maybe you are the same. Or maybe you are ready to make a change in your life and want to kick start the plan before the mad-rush of January 1st!

So no more excuses! Here are some ideas on how to get started (or restarted) on your path to fitness!

Schedule It

If you are new to fitness or trying to get back on the bandwagon after a break, I think the best way to get into the habit of working out is to schedule it. I’ve done this since the beginning. I schedule my workouts in my Google Calendar like appointments that can’t be missed! It makes it a lot harder to skip the workout!

I know a lot of people say “never miss a Monday” because it sets the mood and motivation for the week. I kind of agree with that. But if it’s not your thing, maybe Mondays are the hardest day of the week for you, make your workout week start on Tuesday. Maybe you aren’t a morning person–schedule your workouts during lunch time, or go after work if you can. Figure out what works for you and what you will stick with, and do it!

Fit It In When You Can

Sometimes you just don’t have time for an hour long sweat session. In the past, I would have tried to make it happen no matter what, but since I had my son and went back to work full time, I am finding it harder to make that happen. Weekends are my long workout times because I do have more time. But during the week I just don’t anymore. I work long hours and when I get home I have about an hour or so to spend with my baby before he goes to bed. So I fit in my week day workouts during my lunch break at work. It’s not the same as before, but it’s better than nothing! And if you are really short on time, try interval/HIIT training or kettle bell training.

I have access to a shower at work, so that makes it easier. I have a bag of toiletries that I keep at work (travel sized) and mini hair dryer. I keep some towels at work, too. All of that makes it easier to workout at lunch. If you don’t have access to a shower, my tip: BABY WIPES! You can clean up and freshen up before going back to the office.

Favorite Lower Body Workouts

I is for Intervals

Too Busy to Exercise

There are actually a lot of weight and body weight exercises you can do without belonging to a gym!

Injuries

I was talking to a friend recently who is dealing with an injury that is lingering. I suggested that she try and findย something she can do, if nothing else, for her mental health. I’ve been through too many injuries to count. I remember the worst, when I couldn’t run at all for months, I still had to find some kind of exercise I could do. That was when I started lifting weights. I needed some activity to maintain my fitness level and to help stave off depression from lack of activity. I focused on upper body weights and core and it made a huge difference!

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W is for Walking

Try Something New

If I lived in a place where the weather was a little more predictable, I would totally sign up for a Turkey Trot type of race. I think it’s a great idea! Signing up for a 5k in the Fall is a great way to give you something to focus on, a goal to work towards.

Couch to 5k

It’s even better if you can get a friend your partner to sign up with you! Doing something like a Halloween costume 5k or Turkey Trot with a buddy makes it more fun. Even better if you can get that person to train with you. Having an accountability partner can do wonders to staying on track.

If running isn’t your thing but you are lacking motivation to do fitness on your own, sign up for a fitness class you’ve been curious about!

Food

Another way to get back on track for Fall is that clean up the diet. This is especially important this time of year before the holiday “eat everything bad” season starts! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for fall:

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Rice Soup with Lime and Cilantro

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Garlicky Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash

West African Cashew Soup

Pecan and Wild Rice-Stuffed Squash

Enjoy!

QUESTION: What are your favorite ways to get fit in the Fall?