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Welcome to the World

7 Dec

I’m a little (okay, a lot) late in posting but on November 10 at 1659, hubby and I got to meet our son! I have to say, as much of a whirlwind as it’s been with the holidays and still trying to stay on top of school, being a mom is pretty amazing.

   
 
I haven’t officially been cleared to workout yet but I’ve been trying to eat a balanced diet (admittedly a little lenient with desserts until the leftovers were gone…) and stayed as active as possible as I recovered. Little man will be four weeks this week so I’m planning on starting some light exercises until I get the final clearance at 6 weeks. I will do my best to post as I make my way to get back in shape!

Welcome to Gymnastics: We Teach Kids How to Fail

21 Aug

Failure is only final if you give up. I grew up as a gymnast and cheerleader and then coached for years. I love this post.

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Okay, hardly my best tag line ever.

I would not recommend you use this in your future marketing plans.

But it is true.

As the school year kicks off and many new and returning students come into our gymnastics academies, embrace and own one of the things we do best: we teach kids how to fail.

Sure, at gymnastics classes, from our littlest athletes who are just learning to walk to our teens who are about to take off for college, we do many good and wonderful things. And one of the best things we do is teach kids how to fail and fail and fail.

And I love it.

No I am not some sort of sadist who derives great pleasure in watching children struggle and suffer.   But I know that failure is a natural part of life and the learning process and far too many of us are…

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

24 Jul

As part of my attempt to gain some weight I made sure to get my meal prep in this week. I stocked up on yogurt and snack bars and then made some steak, veggies, and a delicious chicken chili. I pretty much combined the Jamie Eason’s Turkey Chili recipe and this Chicken and Sweet Potato recipe based off what I had in the house. It looks like a lot of ingredients but I think I had everything combined and cooking in my slow cooker in about 20-30 minutes. I never cook my chicken for more than 4 hours in the slow cooker but I know most recipes call for 6 hours on low, just make sure it’s cooked all the way through.

You’ll need:

  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (I used 3 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (can sub water)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp brown sugar (I didn’t use it and the chili definitely has a kick!)
  1. Place 1 cup liquid and diced tomatoes in crock pot
  2. Add in chicken, rinsed beans, spices and onions
  3. Cook on low for approx. 3 hours, shred chicken and place back in chili.
  4. Cook on low for another hour.

Optional toppings: Plain yogurt, Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Cilantro

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Lessons From First Trimester

29 Apr

I’ve got one more week in my first trimester and thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far. As I said in my last post, this is how MY body has been. Your pregnancy (or your friends’ or wife’s) will be different than my pregnancy. However, hopefully you can find something useful in this.

1. There will be days you physically can’t workout… and that is okay. This was hardest for me to accept, especially coming off training for the competition. At about week 6 I got hit with an awful sinus infection (okay, and initially I was too stubborn to go to the doctor) that just knocked me out. I was already tired and dizzy and that just made it one hundred times worse. This brings me to number 2.

2. Listen to your body, within reason. I don’t mean take a nap instead of going to the gym every day (if you’re like me, it was tempting). I do mean when you feel like you are going to pass out from doing cardio, stop. I had to basically stop doing cardio for most of my first trimester and am really just now trying again. I have to do way lower intensity than I was before and again, that’s okay. Just don’t completely stop. Find a workout you can tolerate– mine has been Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown

3. When they say feed the nausea, they mean it. You can ask hubby. I have to eat every 2 hours. I will be dizzy and sick by two and a half if I let it get that far. Now, I don’t mean full meals every two hours. For me a big breakfast is key… And then a morning snack, lunch, a couple afternoon snacks, and dinner, plus sometimes a bed time snack. Just keep in mind the extra 300-500 calories you need doesn’t really kick in until around week 11. Spread your calories throughout the day and focus on making sure it’s a balanced diet (babies NEED fats and carbs!). For me, carbs have been my friend to control the nausea– this was also VERY hard to accept coming off the competition training.

4. It’s okay to ask for help. If you’re as lucky as I am your significant other is more than willing to help… they just might not think you need it. You don’t really look different, if it’s your first pregnancy you probably aren’t even showing in the first trimester, and they can’t possibly understand how exhausting doing nothing can be while growing a small human. I still have to remind myself to just explain what I need help with and tell hubby how I’m feeling at any given minute.

5. This is the most important. LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR. I can give you my advice and my experiences but I am not an OB/GYN or Nurse Midwife and I have no clue what is going on with your pregnancy. Your doctor’s office is your best resource, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Did you have any tips or tricks you lived by in your first trimester?

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10 week baby “bump”

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Final Competition Update

26 Apr

For those who have been following my progress, you’ve probably realized that I did not compete yesterday. But, I didn’t just give up! A few weeks ago hubby and I got some very exciting news… we are expecting our first baby! Little one will be joining the world in mid-November.

Glibert Run 1 Starbucks 4While I haven’t been posting much, I have been keeping a list of things I want to write about and I am very excited to share my experience with trying to have a healthy and fit pregnancy! My biggest tip from first trimester… there will be days you literally can’t workout, and that’s okay. I felt so guilty when I first had to miss a couple workouts but missing a few to take care of myself (and the baby) means I can stay as healthy as possible. Plus it made the workouts I have been able to do that much more rewarding.

For those mainly interested in the competition posts, no worries, I fully intend to compete in the future once little one is safely into the world 🙂

Train together, stay together

22 Dec

Happy Monday! More importantly, Merry (almost) Christmas!

Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot of increased back pain so workouts have been fewer and lighter. This is also why I’ve been posting almost nothing. I realized though that while I do need to work within my limits and not make the problem worse (and still be able to do my job as a nurse), I was falling back into using it as an excuse to not workout at all. Enough is enough. So, aside from my physical therapy exercises I’ve been working to get back into workouts.

In the spirit of no excuses, hubby and I have recently made a friendly competition. We made a monthly calendar and are tracking when we workout. Whoever works out more that month gets to choose what we do for a date day. We try to do a little date every week (even if it’s just take out and a movie at home) so this will be an activity or something out of the normal for our “special” date. Do you workout as a family or do things to motivate each other? Or do you have a workout partner/friend who challenges you?

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte Pictured: @Gable_fit and @Anthony_traps, find them on Instagram!

Example of today’s workout:

20-30 min of PT exercises (core and glute strengthening)

20 walk out push-ups

2 sets:

20 deadlifts

20 split lunges/leg

2 sets of 20 hamstring bridges

1 min plank

30 sec side plank/side

10 Pilates roll-ups

3 Sun Salutations

November progress

12 Nov

I have not been in a gym in… let’s just say awhile. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out. I have been doing T25 workouts and Yoga Meltdown and just trying to be active every day. It has taken some time but I’m learning that finding new workouts doesn’t mean I’ve “quit”. I’m just finding options that work better for where my life is right now. I can’t spend an hour and half in the gym 3-4 days a week and maintain my other priorities. I CAN however do 30-45 minute workouts 5 days a week and free up the other hour. I know this is something I’ve written about before but, it’s one of those things I have to keep reminding myself of. Changing your workouts to fit your lifestyle is not a failure, in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s finding a way around your obstacles.

Hopefully, really really hopefully, at some point this winter I won’t have to be going to physical therapy once a week which will free up a lot of my schedule and I’ll be able to get back into strength training. My long term goal is to strength train twice a week and stick with my 30 minute workouts the other 3 days. Don’t get me wrong, these workouts do a lot of body weight training which is great… it’s just not quite the same for us gym rats.

What changes have you had to make to maintain a healthy lifestyle with changing life priorities?

Scott Traczyk  Photography

Scott Traczyk Photography