Wednesday, January 11, 2017

May I Have a Word?

Each year for the past few years I have decided on a word or phrase to use to either motivate myself when I am dragging or to help me focus.  This year it is this...
I'm entering 2017 knowing it is going to be a year of a lot of transitions which if we are being honest is not my strong suit.  I'm good at making a plan...carrying the plan out...sticking to the plan.  My weakness comes when I make a plan and 10 deviations later we still have not carried out A plan let alone THE plan.  Being pregnant...having child #3...and establishing a new normal is not really conducive to plan making!

My desire with choosing this as my phrase for the year, is that during this year of change beyond my control, that I would find joy in each situation.  Some things I need to remind myself....
  • This is the last pregnancy....I want to remind myself to savor each kick...each milestone...each moment I can touch my stomach and know that our little man is growing in there.  I want to find joy in this instead of focusing on my ever expanding waistline and rear!  
  • My body WILL bounce back...I have done it twice before and I can do it again.  Will it be a lot of work...yes but I am ready for the challenge and I WILL get there.  I need to remind myself to find joy in the process of my body creating life and then returning back to itself (or perhaps even better) again.
  • Savor each milestone...This week is week 20 for me and instead of wishing the next 20 away I know I need to savor the moments...the moments when my baby girl is still the baby of the family...the moments when we welcome our little boy into our family...the middle-of-the-night moments when he is staring up at me...the times we have as a family of 4 and then of 5!  Each milestone holds a special place and I need to remember the joy in them!
This year instead of looking at the mud I am choosing to focus on the stars!  I'm choosing to and will continue to remind myself to FIND JOY!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Motivation

Wow that was quite the break from this here blog!  I honestly wish I had more to show for clean closets or an organized basement, but I do have a lot of memories and time spent with my family!  Speaking of which that brings me to today's motivation.  Now I've used this quote for after a long run gone wrong...or a bad day at work...but today it applies to being a parent!  This past weekend here on Cape Cod was not only cold and windy but we got hit with about 20" of snow in 24 hours which left us all a little stir crazy.  Honestly speaking at one point my husband wished we had a dog so we could send it out back with our mini-chickie to try and tire her out!  If Sunday night was a finish line, we limped across the finish!  However today is a new day!  We still love our little chickies and life is good...just a little less time trapped indoors would be key!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Year in Pictures

As we start the last day of's a look back at this year in pictures!!

What did your 2016 look like?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking to 2017

Why yes I am waiting until one of the last days of 2016 to think about goals for the coming year.  This year's end finds me in a position that I am not familiar with and it is honestly making me uncomfortable.  I don't feel like I can make race goals...mileage goals...or anything like that considering that for the next 5 months of the year I will be pregnant.  This is the first time I have been pregnant going into a new year.  Coupled with the fact that this past year I have struggled physically to get back to where I felt comfortable after breaking my toe, I am at a weird place.  Running this pregnancy is feeling off and I fear that my time logging running miles are coming to a close.  However, new years bring new a freshly sharpened pack of #2 pencils...and my mind craves goals.  Because of that I am laying down some goals...that are really focused more on me as a person as opposed to my usual goals as a runner.

Have a healthy pregnancy and baby boy! 
The holiday season has me having more treats than I should...especially when everyone around me is saying...oh you can get away with it this year!  This year I want to focus on staying healthy throughout this pregnancy and beyond so that not only do my girls have a healthy mom but so does their new baby brother!  And seeing as how there is still 7 months left to the year once the prince comes...see you later baby weight!  I mean really did you not think I would put this in here!?!

Have more fun/relax!
I find this ironic that I type this as I feel ready to pop due to the mess that just seems to be a daily reality post-Christmas, but this year I want to try to loosen the Type A part of my brain and have more fun just being silly and relaxing.  More times like this...
and less times stressing over laundry and schedules...less yelling and more breathing!

Invest more in the healthy relationships in my life!
2016 brought to light some toxic relationships in my life.  It was hard to let them go because I felt like I was quitting but once I did it was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders!  Letting go of that brought more time and energy for me to invest in the healthy my those who love me and are truly there for me.  Letting go of it brought more light in my life and in my family's life!  This coming year I want to continue to invest in those relationships!

Making room for one more means we need to finally tackle those boxes that we have moved from house to house!  I'm making a goal for myself to go through 1-2 boxes a week from now until we have gotten through them all!  This is going to mean lots of trips to the dump...lots of garbage bags...purging girl clothes (we have at least 3 bins per age range)...and letting go of stuff I have been hanging onto for far too long!!!  I'm looking forward to having more room and less clutter!

Project 365!
Because I am always craving a project...and my Cannon is collecting far too much dust...I am going to do project 365.  I am going to post a picture a day for the whole year.  I fully understand that some days may be as exciting as my cluttered desk, but others will be as exciting as a new member of our family.  In a year that we complete our family and navigate our first summer as 5 (this boy is getting his sea legs immediately), I am excited to document it!

What are you planning for 2017?  Any amazing races on the horizon?  Please tell me so that I can vicariously train through you!!! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Motivation

Wow a whole week and no posting!!!  Sorry about that!  This is a new week and new day to get started on the right foot!  I have been battling this week with what I think is round ligament pain which is making for a frustrating time physically.  I'm not good at slowing down but this week I have had to choose walking miles over running since even standing up straight at times has been a challenge.  However today is a new day and I'm sticking with my plan to just keep moving!  I will use the fresh start of each day to keep putting one foot in front of the other!!
What will you do with your new day??

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Just Keep Moving

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's can be a whirlwind of activity that can leave you wondering where the last piece of the year went....and why your clothes are a little snug!  This year obviously my clothes are a little tighter...but not because I haven't been moving!  Each year my goal is to continue to keep moving for my own sanity....the safety of those around me...and just to overall feel better. 

One of my favorite ways to keep myself moving this time of year is to join in as many challenges as I can!  Finding some great challenges with supportive people can really help you know that you are not alone and that it is possible to stay fit through this time.  I have already written about the Runner's World RunStreak that I started on Thanksgiving day but I have also joined up with Fit Mom Strong Mom for their 12 days of "Fit-mas" challenge!!!
I have loved being an ambassador for them and I am really excited for this challenge to start!  First of all the price is right because it is FREE!!  Perfect this time of year when it feels like money is flying out of our wallets!  Also the workouts are quick and emailed right to you so there really is no excuse not to carve out the time and get it done!  There is also a Facebook page to give you the added support and encouragement from others in the challenge!! 

So here's my question to you.....Who's coming with me? 
You do NOT need to be a mom to just have to love a good challenge and want to stay moving this year!  Sign on up and be sure to let them know Fancy Nancy sent you!! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Motivation

This past week was not our run-of-the-mill busy we normally have around here...I'm talking something extra going on every day either with work or the kids.  I try so hard not to wear "busy" like a badge of honor but DAMN I'm happy we made it through last week!  As we were going through the week, I became increasingly aware of the feeling like there was a giant elephant sitting squarely on my chest/neck...worry/anxiety over how am I going to balance it the heck am I going to balance 3?  It bleed out into every interaction I had...I was short with people...I was cranky...I slacked where I should have put in more effort.  It made me realize that I need to make sure when I am feeling like that I need to let it go...there is nothing I can predict about 6 months from now and busy weeks come, but I am NOT alone and I need to just breathe!  This week if I feel my elephant friend trying to get cozy, I'm telling him to get lost!  There is no time to be anxious about anything!!!

How do you keep yourself from getting overwhelmed?