Talk about a great way to get motivated to work out—> my sister invited me to go to the gym with her. She couldn’t go until later on in the day but I was all over this idea of meeting there. Also, I am so beyond happy to have my workout buddy back… I am so grateful her back is feeling great again after YEARS of pain. You can read about what happened to her back HERE along with her tips for recovery! Something she said from that post that I loved: “This has been a really hard one for me. The strength and endurance I have now are nothing compared to what I used to have. My body looks and feels different. Most of the muscle lines are gone. But comparing myself to my former self only brings sadness and depression. My body now has been through things that my previous body had not. So it’s not fair to compare the two. This is my new body and I am so grateful to have one that can move again.”
She is amazing and I’m so beyond grateful for my sister.
Fun Fact: When my mom was pregnant with me my sister prayed every night that I would be a girl and even though my parents had a boy name picked out for me (Doug) and a girl name just in case, my sister was pretty happy that I was a girl (she already had three brothers and she was ready for a sister).
Remember that one time she ran in jeans and flip flops for over 5 miles to help get me to the finish line of my marathon?
My sister usually does cardio and strength training at the gym and she always starts out with strength training. I never do on my own which usually results in me being too tired from my run to do much strength training. It was nice to focus on strength and then run. We did shoulders and arms and I’ll have her share the workout in her next post. My arms were pretty dead during my run (5 miles).
Please note the burn on my arm from a curling iron FOUR months ago.
Whenever the kids hear the garage they run and hide somewhere. Beretta always helps me to find them and this time they were in the shower pretty excited to scare me… they get that from Andrew:)
Okay rewind to much earlier on in the day. Knox took a picture of us which was fun.
We started things off with waffles (with blueberries cooked in them) and maple syrup from Costco. They were amazing. We went with Bisquick instead of our usual yesterday and they tasted pretty delicious.
So my mom had a great idea… I’ve been looking for great chores for four year olds and Beretta sheds all day long, every day = get a mini vac for the kids to vacuum around the house. It has been excellent and so far they love doing it (we will see how long that lasts:) and I love the clean floors. I swear my mom is a genius.
Maybe Beretta sheds like crazy partly because she is often tucked in with blankets even though she is probably hot.
They take good care of her.
When I look out to the backyard it makes me happy because those are all Beretta’s running tracks back there. Snow is her happy place. Until she is cold, then the house is her happy place.
Post gym snuggles from Brooke.
And Knox is always trying to find a Monopoly buddy. He is all about ‘cash’ these days.
We played Up for grabs and it took me about 5 rounds to finally warm up to how to do well in this game. My brain doesn’t think super fast.
Andrew’s brother-in-law (they are in town visiting) was craving Brick Oven Pizza so we ordered that for dinner. This veggie one was delicious once the olives were ripped off from my slice.
And like usual:
I ate cherries and they played Settlers.
If you weight train and run on the same day—> WHAT COMES FIRST?! The weights or the cardio?
Have a favorite board game or card game? We are always looking for something new!!! Do you like playing games?
Any parents reading that waited to find out the gender of your baby until it was born?
Have a goto pancake/waffle mix or recipe? What do you use?