Happy 14th Birthday Jordan!

Today my baby boy celebrates his 14th birthday. He is my little firecracker! I had complications throughout my pregnancy and am happy to have him. His delivery was one of the scariest moments in my life. I’m so lucky and blessed to have him.
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His birthday week started on June 28th with a bowling party with friends followed by the beach, fishing and then a water park. Since his birthday is so close to the holiday, his friends are usually away. I wanted to make it special for him because he deserves it.

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Happy 14th Birthday Jordan, I love you!

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Growing my Roots

Lately, I have growing my roots and they are beginning to take hold and grow. I have made changes and I love the results that are happening because of these changes.  I have grown physically and mentally. I have been doing things outside of my comfort zone, facing my fears and it feels amazing!
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My fitness has become part of my daily routine. It used to be a struggle. I would force myself to go to the gym, to be consistent, to eat clean and go outside of my comfort zone.  Now, it is second nature.  I feel bad when I cannot go.  I see results that the excuses were not allowing me to get. I am pushing myself daily.

With summer here, I have  decided to get my boys more active.  We are going to run a 5k together.  They have downloaded the Couch25k app and training has started.  In 8 weeks, they will run their first race.  We will run our first family race. Since I have been running they have wanted to run a race with me.  I have planted the roots for running. 

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I love the changes that I am seeing and it is causing me to be more committed and consistent.  I workout 4-5 days a week, run on the weekends. I have grown my fitness roots.  My running roots have grown in my children.  I will continue to grow roots for myself as well as my boys. 

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Have you taken a look at your roots?  How are they growing?  Are they getting stronger?

Mother’s Day Volunteering

My boys and I volunteered at the Delaware Marathon and Running Festival with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We were at the final water stop watching the Marathoners and Half Marathoners finish and get their medals. It was an amazing experience!

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We poured water and Gatorade as well a handed out ice packs to cool down the runners. My boys were working hard. They were filling cups, getting ice, making ice packets and fielding questions about the race.

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They were announcing the names, ages and times of the runners. My boys were impressed. The marathon winner finished in 2 hours. They were in shock. It lit a fire under them. Not only do they want to participate in a race, they also want to volunteer more! That’s the best gift ever!

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It was a great day spent with my boys doing something for others. The runners were very appreciative and that just made it even better. I’m so glad I was able to include my boys in my volunteerism to show them it is not always about receiving. We are planning on volunteering again really soon add well as a family 5k! It does not get any better than this!

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Mother & Son – Scoot & Run!

It was a beautiful day and I planned on going on a morning run.  Things did not go as planned. My son had a morning basketball game and I wanted to be there.  It was a playoff game.  Although he played well (proud mama moment) they lost.  It was bittersweet for him.  He was upset that they lost but happy that he would not have to play next week on his 16th birthday. I wanted to watch him play so I postponed my run for later.

I ran a few errands and kept telling myself, after this or that I will run.  I finally put those things on hold and put on my running gear.  It was time to run.  It was time to free my mind of worries and become one with the run.  I asked if anyone wanted to come with me. I am trying to get my boys to become more active.  K was playing basketball and J decided to go.  He brought along his scooter.

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It was a beautiful trail.  I like to have one-on-one time with my boys as well as time together.  Today was the day spent with J. It was amazing!  The sites and sounds were gorgeous!  The babbling streams, the rushing water of the creek, the birds and the conversation was insightful and encouraging.

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 I was cheered on while running.  “You’re doing a great job mom!” It made me smile and felt good to hear him say that.  He said, “Mom, I can really tell you love running.  You make it look easy and fun.  Next time, I want to run with you.” I am planning on running a 5k with my boys in June.  I’ll be sure to blog about it.

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J loves riding his scooter and trying new tricks on it at the various skate/scooter parks in the area.  He wanted to try this trail.  I told him it was smooth and had a few hills.  He could not wait to get on the trail.  I saw him doing tail whips, bar spins and 360’s.  I am impressed with how well he performs those tricks. He is getting better and better.  There is one rule he has to abide by, the helmet is a MUST.  No helmet, no riding!  Safety is a priority.

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I love my boys and spending time with them.  They are my pride and joy.  Getting them active is a priority.  Sports, running, walking, riding anything but electronics.  This summer will be filled with a lot of activity. This run and scooter ride is just the beginning!

What are you doing to get and keep your family fit?

WEEKEND RECAP: Recovery, Closets and Mail

Hello! Since I am recovering from tonsillitis and bronchitis, I decided to take it easy this weekend. My body is telling me to rest and I am listening to it.

I was invited to go to the Y since my regularly scheduled 8 am run was cancelled due to the trail being covered with snow and ice.  I ran a mile on the treadmill and started to cough and feel pressure on my chest. I walked the remaining miles and did light strength training. I did not want to push it too much. I am hoping I’ll be 100% by weeks end.

This weekend I decided to stay in get more organized around the house.  I started with the closets.  I organized and cleaned mine and the boys organized and cleaned theirs. It took longer than I thought because we tried the clothes on and everything that was too small or not worn within the last few months will be donated to the Purple Heart Foundation. We have 5 boxes to donate to the organization.  I am trying to focus on need and not want.  I am teaching my boys that lesson as well. The boys are excited about giving to others to help put a smile on other children’s faces. I am proud of them for wanting to give and they also want to volunteer.  I am looking into opportunities in the area.

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Organized with more to donate.

I received 2 great packages in the mail.  I won a Starbucks Alice + Olivia mug from one of my favorite blogs Pretty Tall Style. Thanks Tanasha, I love it!  My 2nd package was a rope from Muscle Ropes. I LOVE IT!  I won it from a FitFluential chat. The rope is called Lightening and it is amazing!  (full review coming soon).  I have trouble getting my boys to participate in workouts in the house but there was no fight with this. They immediately wanted to try it and have been doing so daily.  Thank you Muscle Ropes for helping my boys become fit!  

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My new favorite tumbler!

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Fit Family Fun!

 

BESTEST EVER

I was feeling some self doubt this week and needed a pick me up.  I started counting my blessings and realizing things are pretty good for me and I needed to stop wallowing. Yes, I have obstacles and stumbling blocks, don’t we all?  I am learning to pick myself up when I fall and keep my head up when I stumble.  I am keeping positive and removing the negativity from my life.

With counting my blessings and my clearance to run, things have been looking up. I can now integrate running as part of my therapy when I am feeling stressed and down.  A run is just what I need when I feel down or stressed.

This weekend, I had an even bigger pick me up.  My son went to the outlets with a friend and picked up something for me that has kept me smiling since Saturday afternoon.

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Love this Shirt!

My youngest told me that I am the Bestest Ever!  How can you not smile about that?  He said “mom, as soon I saw this shirt, I had to get it for you.  You are the best mom that anyone could ask for.  You take care of me when I am sick, you make me laugh when I’m sad, you  keep me safe and you sacrifice a lot for me.  I appreciate you and all you do for me every day.” I am not only flattered by what he said, I am also honored to have such a wonderful and caring son. He is truly one of my many blessings.

Modeling my new shirt.

Modeling my new shirt.

I am going to start this week on a positive note and not let anyone or anything get me down.  I will remain happy and stress free.  I will keep a smile on my face and remember on the eyes of my son I am the Bestest Ever!!

I hope you all had a weekend that was a special as mine.

Weekend Recap: Concussion Update, Shopping, Trader Joe’s and Meal Prep

This has been a rough week for me.  My son has a concussion and is on the mend.  Thanks to everyone for the concern and well wishes. He appreciates them as well.  This incident has shown me just how quickly things can change and how precious my sons are to me. It put things into perspective.

Last week I went shopping for my oldest son and he got everything he needed, this week was for my youngest. He needs sneakers, however he is extremely picky.  There was nothing that he liked after traveling to 3 malls and looking online.  He said, “I appreciate you taking me to the mall and I am sorry I didn’t find anything that I liked. The thing is if you are going to spend your money on sneakers, I want to make sure I really like them.” I am so proud of him for not just selecting any pair of sneakers. Here’s my shopping attire. 😉

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I made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s. I only went in to grab Pumpkin Body Butter.  Well…. I grabbed a few more things and I am going to use them in my meal planning as well as the snacks that I bought for work and school that I cannot wait to try.  Since I cannot exercise like I want to eat clean is my mission.  I told my physical therapist, as soon as I can kick it up a notch, do it.  I even went to PT on Saturday, that’s how serious I am about getting healed. I want to run again, I want to lift again, and I want to feel like ME again.  I AM ON A MISSION!!

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Meal prep this week is going to quick and easy this week.  I have class on Monday and Tuesday night and I want to spend extra time with my boys this week. I have asked them to select meals that we can make together on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.   Monday is bar-b-Q beef sandwiches, Tuesday is grilled cheese and tomato soup, Wednesday Chicken Quesadilla, Thursday build your own turkey burgers and Friday create your own whole wheat pizza.  A quick and easy week!  I am going to need a bigger fridge to hold all of my goodies. No pictures of the prep, but I promise, I did prep.

Are you prepping meals this week?  If so, what?  I am always looking for ideas.

Weekend Recap: A Scooter, A Walk and Time with my Boys

This weekend I travelled to New Jersey to buy my son a scooter at the Scooter Zone.   There are no scooter stores in Delaware and he finally chose one that he loved.  It had been a long time coming.  His birthday was in July and it took him all this time to find one he really liked that was in my budget.  We drove the 2 hours to the store and picked up the scooter.

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The long awaited scooter.

We were hungry on the way back, so Kyle suggested Quaker Steak and Lube for lunch.  It was seen on Man vs. Food and known for their wings.   It sounded delicious.  It was awesome.  The theme was cars of course and the boys loved it.  The wings were very good. I split me order of 10 into 2 sauce flavors: traditional barbeque and Parmesan peppercorn.  The order came and the wings were huge. I scarfed   ahem, I mean ate them before I could take a picture!  I could not finish them, but ate them later without a picture.  I had wings on the mind and forgot.

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Can you guess my favorite sign? (LOL)

I went for a very much-needed walk.  I told myself that I would walk 3 miles and then with encouragement from @tori7870 (Tori A) I decided to go for 6.  I didn’t think I had it in me but I started feeling good and kept walking.  I not only walked the 6 miles, I also walked the hill several times.  I know I am going to pay for it with my back, but it was so beautiful and the pain was bearable so I continued on.  I am starting to get tight but I will be fine.  Ice, tens unit and relaxing will help.

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Changed my hair to 100% natural. (it’s windblown and sweaty here)

With the purchase of the new scooter came the onslaught of the question “Mom, can we go to the skate park?”  I gave them an emphatic YES! This was activity and I was not going to prevent them from being active.  While I was walking they were at the park.  They had plenty of water and were enjoying themselves.  They had friends there and were learning new tricks.  This day was all about them.  I put my chores aside to spend a beautiful day walking and watching my boys on their scooters. I didn’t take pictures of them doing tricks because I wanted to enjoy watching them.

I did not do meal prep this week because I over prepped last week, unintentionally but it has made this week so much easier for me.  One less to-do for my weekend! I’ll take it with a smile.  Now I only have to prep the side dishes for the week. Have a great week, I plan to make it a positive one.

13 in 2013 – Not Happening

My plan was to run 13 races in 2013. It started off great. I ran a 1/2 marathon, 2 10k’s, 10 miler, and a few 5k’s. I was on a tear. I placed 3 in my age group in a 10k race. I was making it happen.  I knew I was going to do it, I could feel it.  I even signed up for Run or Dye.  Just to have a fun run, a race that was not timed. With each new race, I was on course to accomplishing my goal. Running felt good, it was my therapy. When I was sad, I ran. When I was stressed, I ran. When I was happy, I ran. I started feeling stronger, faster, happier.

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I was hoping to PR a few races. I wanted to RUN a half marathon without walking, my second 10 miler under 1:25, and a 5k less than 27 minutes.  Goals that are reasonable, achievable, realistic.  I planned on training to get the results I wanted. I knew it would be hard work and I planned on putting in the effort and time to get it. I was determined.

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I was involved in 2 car accidents in the span of 2 months. One I was sideswiped and the other rear-ended. They have wreaked havoc on my back. I have bulging discs.  I am seeing a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a masseuse, and personal trainer that specializes in strengthening the injured areas along with my doctor, neurologist, pain management specialist and it feels like I’m forgetting a person or 20!

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I went and saw the doctor yesterday and I told him I had a few races to run in October and November and his response was “You will not be running any time soon.”  In all honesty, I was deflated.  I didn’t expect to run but I didn’t expect to hear those either.  I knew I was not able to run, but the doctor made it sound so permanent. It took a moment for those words to sink in…YOU WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR A WHILE. I was starting to feel depressed and I immediately stopped. It was not permanent, it was “for a while”. I need to heal which means I have to practice patience.

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I will run, just not right now.  It will give my time to focus on my last 2 classes, my boys and my job.  Plus he didn’t say that I couldn’t be on the sidelines cheering my fellow runners on.  I can cheer and encourage, I can walk for exercise and I can volunteer at races.  I WILL RUN again, I just know it.

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So close then…BOOM!

I was full of excitement. I was getting back on the horse and going to start running again. Run or Dye Dover was the perfect race because it was more of a fun run, it wasn’t timed. I could walk if/when I needed to.  I was going ease back into a routine with this race. This was the start of me running again! I was both mentally and physically ready, at least mentally.  🙂

I was looking forward to my kids being at the race and dousing me with dye at the finish as well as posting all of the fun pictures and a lovely race recap. Again, I was VERY excited. We drove down on Friday night to pick up my race packet. A nice bag, a t-shirt, tattoos, jelly bracelet and a packet of dye. (Mine was blue) I made plans to get up early Saturday morning and drive down with the family.  Alarm was set and I was ready.

Run or Dye Swag Bag

Run or Dye Swag Bag

I told myself “it’s not timed, this is a test for your back to see how much progress you’ve made and to have fun!” We set out early, around 7:30 am because the race started at 9 and it was about an hour away. The last wave was at 10:30 so I had plenty of time. We were on the road talking about what we were going to do afterwards. Hit the beach, grab lunch and then the Outlets. Perfect plan. We were 10 minutes away from Dover International Speedway where the run was held and the chaos ensued. BOOM! We were rear-ended which pushed us into the vehicle in front of us. (Luckily no one in that vehicle was hurt and they had minimal damage to their van).

The car is only 3 months old, and can be fixed.

The car is only 3 months old, and can be fixed.

My boys were frightened, and then a car trying to avoid us when screeching by. She was going 65-70 miles per hour. She was sliding sideways, she then jerked the wheel and went through the median into oncoming traffic and hit a van almost head on. My boys were screaming out of fear in the back seat. They told me later in the ER that they thought she (the speeding driver) was going to die. They didn’t want to see that. My heart went out to them. The speeding driver suffered minor injuries. It could have been worse. The police officer said she will be getting “several citations” and the woman who hit us also received a citation.

We were banged up but we are fine. My oldest suffered back and rib pain, my youngest hit his head on the head rest and had a headache for a few hours. I had back pain with numbness and pain through my legs. I could believe how lucky we were given the circumstances. I have counted my blessings several times this weekend. I am grateful that my boys are safe and grateful for the quick response of the Dover Police Department and the wonderful staff at Kent General Hospital.

 

Our lovely blue bracelets

Our lovely blue bracelets