Category Archives: Fitness

Back To Life..Back to Reality

I am kind of back to reality.

By reality.. I  mean home. Because summer is not really reality for a teacher I suppose.

 

By reality.. I mean cooking my own breakfast…

Oh yes.  You see that properly. I did not have oats this morning. I had oats every morning on vacation.. and was not feeling a hot bowl of oats today.  Instead, I had some egg whites, spinach, broccoli, and salsa.  This delicious egg connection was accompanied by Kiwi and Ezekiel Bread with Cranberry Apple Butter.

 

By reality .. I mean getting back to the gym.

After hanging around waiting for a phone call until about noon, I was finally off to the gym. I was so excited to have all of the equipment that I desired at my fingertips.

Todays cardio workout looked like this:

In 32 minutes, I covered 4.12 miles. I pushed it really hard at the end and felt amazing.

Then, it was time to hit the weights.  I did 2 sets of each of these exercises

  • Around the world lunges (with curls, presses and tris)
  • Sumo Squats with curls
  • Over the Head Russian Twists (Standing)
  • Firemen Squats
  • Side Bends/Windmills
  • Flys on Bench
  • Chest Press
  • 25’s (ab crunches with weights on stomach)
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Plank (60 seconds)
What a great burn! I was feeling more then great when I walked out of the gym. Felt great to be back!

By reality, I mean no more sunny skies.. humidity free 70 degree days.

California weather was amazing.

Connecticut weather.. is not.

It has been raining all day. At times.. torrential down pours.  It began pouring while I was at the gym. I was wearing a white tank top.

After sprinting to the car, my tank top was no longer white.. but rather see-through. Good thing I was wearing a bright yellow sports bra.

 

By reality, I mean a trip to the grocery store in said pouring rain.

When you return from vacation… well.. there is no food in the house (Not much worth eating, anyway).  All of our perishable items that had the possibility of stinking up the fridge while we were gone were tossed.

No fresh fruits. No fresh veggies. Nothing for lunch.

Despite my state of wetness, I sat in the parking lot at the gym for a good 10 minutes debating in my head whether I should go home and put a dry (not white) shirt on.  I eventually decided to go to the store. (Who wants to go back home.. then back out.. when they are already out. Sorry. I am too lazy for that).

I went to my favorite store:

And came home with some bananas, carrots, apples, egg white salad, more ezekiel bread, peanut butter, apple sauce.. and my favorite snack bar.. PURE BARS!

 

These bars are really one of my FAVORITE snacks.  Trader Joes sells the chocolate brownie and the cherry cashew.. and these are so tasty. I could probably eat them every day if I wanted!

 

By reality, I mean eating my all time favorite lunch..prepared by me..not by someone else!

 

As you know, I’ve been eating out quite often. But being home, means making my own breakfast, lunch and dinner again!  This makes a happy Cait!

Today’s lunch was a usual lunch consumed at home:

Turkey, Apples, Mozzerlla, Mustard on Ezekial, 1/2 Banana with PB, Other 1/2 of apple, and some carrots (with extra PB).

HIT THE SPOT!  I missed this lunch while I was away.

 

 By reality, I mean massive loads of laundry.. washing, folding, the whole 9 yards.

This.. is just my laundry from the trip. I washed everything. Even if it wasn’t worn. (Especially since it was all soaked at some point).

I am not ignoring Justin – but he was a trooper and actually went to WORK today – and didn’t do anything with his suitcase. Some of his shirts go to the cleaners.. so I will let him tell me what needs to be washed.

I decided to throw ALL of the unfolded laundry on the bed – so I have to fold it before going to bed.

When Justin came home from work.. exhausted and feeling sick.. he moved the clothes to my dresser to take a nap.  I asked if it could occupy a small corner of the bed .. so I could follower through with my plan.

He let me because he is such a great guy! Woke up, I folded. And MADE myself put it away too – or else it would have just sat there.. perhaps for the next month.

By reality.. I mean lots of mail.. with lots of goodies!

Justin and I forgot to put a stop on our mail. WOOPS.

But thats okay.. because we were able to see everything that came while we were gone at 3AM instead of having to go to the post office to pick it up!!

In the mail – was this beautiful necklace from LISA @ Fishyface Design.

This is the necklace that was up for grabs during the Baking for Boobies sale.. that Justin donated to win!

 

I also received these yummy probiotic bars from Annelies at Attune Foods.  I am going to eat one every day for 2 weeks – in hopes of helping out some digestive issues that I have been battling for quite some time now!

I will be giving a full review of the product once I finish them – and will also explain a little more about my ongoing battle with my stomach!

 

I also want to give a special shout out and a HUGE thank you to Lisa @ Healthy Diaries, Lisa @ Healthful Sense, Laura @ Sprint to the Table,  Char @ Char on a Mission, and Vivianne @ Greek Yogurt  for their AWESOME guest posts! I know I sure loved reading them all – and I know that you can all agree with me! Very fortuante to have such lovely blog friends to help me out while I am traveling 🙂

 

SO – How do you snap back to reality after being away?! I guess I do it in a pretty boring way 🙂

** Hope you checked out my recap of Muir Woods/Wine Country ... will be posting more tomorrow afternoon .. after my FOODIE FRIDAY post in the morning…**

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Char’s Mission: Hiking!

First off, I would like to thank Cait for allowing me to do a guest post for her! I know you’re going to all miss her post, so I’ll try my best to keep you occupied for today!

Second, I’m Char and I blog over at ‘char on a mission’ (http://charonamission.wordpress.com/) where you can catch me blogging about life for me (ie: living a happy healthy life, and keeping on those missions)! When Cait had asked me what I wanted to talk about, the first thing that came to mind was, hiking. I’ve done my ‘research’ and gathered my ‘evidence’ so without further hesitation here’s what I have to say about it!

Since we’re in the prime of nice weather, long days, and working on those much needed tans, I thought I would talk about hiking. There are so many fun ways to get outside and be active, and this one especially appeals to me.

I enjoy it so much that I’m going to cover the reasons why I love/enjoy hiking and what I do while hiking. Hope you like it!

1. Very peaceful.



I don’t know about you, but something about being amongst the trees just makes everything so calm and peaceful. You feel so far away from civilization, so you can really enjoy it without thinking about anything else.


2. Finding crazy things.



You can find some pretty interesting stuff while you’re out on the trails. Take this tree for example, it should have fallen down, but thanks to a fellow tree, it is now casually leaning on him.

3. Stay hydrated!


Especially if you’re trying out a new trail. You always want to be prepared, incase you get lost! Plus, water is just amazing and should be consumed at all times anyways!

4. Another valid excuse to wear workout clothes.


I don’t know about you, but I live in lululemon. So if I have another excuse to stay in their workout gear, I will take it!


5. Time to bond/gossip with friends!



You can cover so much gossip in one little hiking trip. The animals in nature don’t judge you for judging others and hey, it’s fun to catch up with friends.

6. You understand and appreciate the little things.


You take the time to stop and look at little things that you may not notice on any other day. Maybe it has to do with #1.

7. You get to appreciate natural beauty and see some great views.




It gives you the opportunity to appreciate where you are. Or, you can call it the ‘wow’ factor as in, ‘wow, I didn’t know we had such great views around here.’ …or maybe that’s just me (I obviously need to venture out more in my home area)!


8. You can come home and enjoy a great healthy lunch + a little dessert 😉



A little post-workout food and dessert…that you earned! It honestly tastes waaay better after hiking.

And this is what keeps me coming back for more!

Q: What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?

Dunkless

Yeah. I didn’t have to do the dunk tank!

The word on the street.. was wrong! It was actually a joke. I take everything pretty seriously though!  Even though I was NOT dunked.. it was a ton of fun!  However.. field days have changed GREATLY since I was in school (and I am sure many of will agree with me…)

I got up nice and early today and did a 3.5 mile run.. first fueling myself with these..

Had a good 30 min run

Felt great.. nice, hot and sweaty!

And refueled with some overnight oats!

Then.. it was time to get ready for the Picnic.  Best part about field days.. is that I get to go to work looking like this!

As for the rest of the day.. well, the pictures tell it all!!

Bouncy House

Face Painting!

How COOL is that?@!

DJ

Relay Races

DUNK TANK!

Please -take a look at that water. EW. It was black. I am so thankful that my coworker went up for our grade. She is heaven sent (and she just got massive donations from my BAKE SALE 🙂 )

A Few Eats for the Kids…)

Cotton Candy & Popcorn..

Definitely a great day. No one ran away. We had a few upset tummys.. but nothing some water and the shade of a tree couldn’t fix!!

I am currently home with the fam – and want to value my time with them. I’ve had a great time with  them so far.. and will recap on that tomorrow!

Have a fabulous night?!

What were your field days like as a kid?! Did you have this sort of craziness?!

I legit just played field games!