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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Redecorating

So I realize that redecorating is a far cry from describing my path to 26.2 miles, however…I’m not just a runner. I am a homemaker too and one of my very favorite things to do is redecorate. I especially love it when I can come up with DIY options that work out in the end. Here is what we have been working on this past week. Here are the before picture of Mia’s room. It’s a nice little space, but lacking character. I wanted more of a wow factor, something to catch your eye that would be a focal point. I got her butterfly mobile at Pottery Barn Kids and though I’d love to say I found it on clearance and got an amazing deal, I didn’t. I paid full price for that thing and a price that reflected PBK, so yes, YIKES. However, I do love her butterflies and it is often the one thing people comment on when they enter her room.

So, back to the DIY stuff… I had this great idea of an accent wall in her room with a shelf and crown molding. I took my idea to hubs and asked if he could build what was tucked away in my brain. So here is the before…

 

And now the after…

My photography skills are lacking, will need to bump that skill up a bit if I’m ever going to be a good blogger. But, I think the pics at least show the transformation. We painted her walls a light gray, with a darker shade of gray above the new shelf. We traded out the ceiling fan for a new light fixture (which I didn’t get a picture of). I used new and old frames to create her picture wall and had the boys help to make 2 canvas prints for beside her closet. They got to choose what picture/words they wanted. My 7yo came up with the ‘trust’ and crosses. He’s a powerful little dude!

With her room complete, I’m now moving on to the home office…

Happy Friday!

 

 

 

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Being a stranger is a priority

Wednesdays are my day off and very close to being my favorite day of the week. I think most working moms have to cram in laundry, grocery shopping, meal planning, quality time with family and a load of other to-do’s on the weekends because it’s the only time they have off duty (from a paid position). I work from home and have since before my kids arrived, so I don’t know what it’s like to make that balance of being outside the home. I have the convenience of being an RN case manager for an insurance company, so I have a home office in our 4th bedroom. My drive to work is instead a walk of about 10 ft from my bedroom. My packed lunch is whatever I have in the fridge any given day. During my ‘coffee breaks’ (or to some people smoke breaks..PS. STOP SMOKING NOW), I can chat with my husband, kids, do a little laundry, take a walk around my neighborhood, vacuum, dust, etc..

I am blessed to have this work at home position as it has allowed my husband to explore different career paths without the pressure of being the sole provider. He’s furthered his education, been a staff nurse, and worked various nursing management positions. He started his toughest job almost 2 years ago, stay at home dad. Our situation is unique with him being home and me also being home (though working during the day). Until our neighbors get to know us, I’m pretty sure they are baffled at how/why we are both home during the day and yet don’t have a foreclosure sign on our home. Hubs left a well paying job because it didn’t offer a good balance of work/life. I frequently find myself thanking him for giving up that well paying job. It’s so odd to look at our bank account and imagine what it could be and be thankful instead for what it is. Most families have to adapt to a career, hubs instead said we could not conform to that job. He has seen our daughter take her first steps, learn her first word and bust her lip for the first time. These are all milestones that he missed with our boys as he was working. He loves that he knows their schedule, he knows what snacks/drinks are the favorites and who their friends are. We live a strange life by American standards and boy am I thankful! We (followers of Christ) are called strangers in this world. In 1 Peter 2:11-12 Peter says, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”  We are set apart, sanctified, and due to that there should be a notable difference in how my life compares to that of a non believer. If my lifestyle matches all those around me, then what has set me apart? What was His sacrifice for?

I’m trying to get my kids to not focus on what they want to do when they grow up, but who they want to be. A big mistake in our culture is to be defined by your paid position. I am a nurse, that is what I do to earn money to have food for our family, a home to live in, and clothes to wear. I try not confuse what I do for my job with who I am or what I am to my family. So many parents think they are working for their families, to be able to provide, take that next trip, buy that next big wish list item. Or, they are working for themselves, they need the satisfaction that is obtained in their career, climbing the ladder, more money, accolades and all. Whatever the reason, I wish people would just remember that they are replaceable in their career. There have been many amazing, talented people that have great success in their career, but when they left that position or left this earth, they were replaced. That company moved on without them. That’s this life. I would challenge people to focus on the areas where they aren’t replaceable. I am the only daughter my parents have, I am the only mom to my 3 kids, I am the best friend and partner to my husband. Their worlds would be shaken if I wasn’t here, my job wouldn’t.

I want my kids to know they take priority over my career. I want my spouse to know he takes priority over my kids. I want God to know He takes priority over it all. I pray my priorities and yours align with God’s.  Happy Wednesday!

Week 10 and 11…bored yet?

Well, I’ve discovered something about myself on this journey to my first marathon. I get bored easily. I’ve just started week 12 of my 18 week training program and I’m kinda done with it. I’m just ready to start the taper and do the big race. Now, do I mean I’m physically ready to run 26.2 miles, as in I don’t need to continue to train my legs that they can withstand that distance, um, no. I mean 18 weeks feels like a long time to reach just one goal. I think I’m more of an 8-10 week training program kinda girl. I did have 2 standout runs and they both occurred last week.  I’ve swayed off the official schedule a couple times, added an extra rest day and skipped the cross training day. As I’ve said, I’ve gotten bored and a little tired and just didn’t want to go to the gym. On the upside, I spent that time with my family so it was still productive. My 2 standout runs came after I had back to back rest days, coincidence…I think not. I did a 5 mile run last Tuesday (after resting Sun/Mon) and pulled an 8:35 average, with (here’s the awesome part, are you ready?!?) my last mile was a 7:58! I broke 8 minutes, YEAH, and I broke it in the 5th mile, DOUBLE YEAH.

The other decent run was the 18 miles I did on Saturday. My long runs have been all over the place in terms of pace and how I feel (both mentally and physically). I was able to run a 9:21 average pace for 18 miles and my slowest mile was 9:40 (which also happened to be the mile I ate my power gel, I tend to slow a bit on my nutrition miles).  I didn’t stop (except for traffic) and felt good for most of the run. My knees held up, my gut stayed steady and my head stayed focused and determined. I felt like I earned the right to look like a fool sporting my bright pink recovery socks. I’ve also been spending my long runs listening to Andy Stanley Podcasts. I’ve found that music alone doesn’t get me through 2+ hours of running, so I switched to podcasts and wow, what a difference.

Over a month ago, I also started a new bible study called The Hello Mornings (Fall) Challenge. It’s a 13 week bible study that meets via Twitter and was introduced to me by a new friend I had met while on the Discipleship Walk this past spring with my church. Of note, she is also the same friend that ran a marathon in June and inspired me to start my own training (shout out to my friend Aubs, www.thebarelafamily.com). The goal of the study is to wake up before your kids (instead of to your kids), dig into the word (we’re studying 1 Peter), and exercise. I had started waking up early (6am ish) and having my quiet time to read the bible and pray before I joined this group. It is my devotional, quiet time and it is priceless to me. My kids don’t wake up until around 7am, so I can get 1-2 hours alone (depending on how early I want to rise). Starting my day alone has been something I was missing and didn’t even know it until I started it. If you wake up to those little darling fingers tapping you, I challenge you to wake up earlier. I’m a better mom now as I don’t have to wake up and immediately start serving them. Instead, I get some alone time with God, alone time with myself and then when they come downstairs, I have a smile to greet them and tender words to speak. The group has been great as it’s a community of women that are also up early, encouraging each other with the word, praying over each other. It’s been a great way to dig into the word, hear insight from other women about the same words being read and meet new friends.

In other news on the household front, since the Ironman is over, I have my handyman back (aka the hubs has free time)! I had some ideas (painting the back door, an accent wall with a shelf in Mia’s room, new curtain rod in kids bath, paint the bannister, the list goes on and on….). He is halfway through with Mia’s bedroom make-over and I love it! He built an accent wall that has a shelf running across the entire room, we got a new light fixture to hang, new paint to finish and the boys each did a canvas painting for her room. I can’t wait to put it all together and post some pictures. Jason and I tend to decorate to a certain point and then just wish for our next house to have more character. We finally agreed that we need to just make this house exactly how we want it to be (character and all), instead of wishing for the next bigger, better thing. This means I’ve been spending a little extra time on Pinterest as it is my idea center for redecorating, just love that site!

Training week 10 review

Monday: 4 miles in 35:42

Tuesday: 8 miles in 1:13:16

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 miles in 36:02

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 15 miles 1:05:11 (9:47 pace)

Sunday: Rest

 

Training week 11 review

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles in 42:51

Wednesday: 5 miles 44:30

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 18 miles in 2:48:05 (9:21 pace WOO HOO)

Sunday: Rest

 

Week 8 and 9 Ironman and Post-Ironman

Jason complete Ironman Louisville last Sunday 8/26/12. Last week felt like a blur, I’m not even sure where it went. We took our show on the road last Friday and headed to Louisville. The 3 kids (and dog and cat) were left in the caring hands of their grandma as hubs and I headed south. It was a mini-vacation for us to reconnect as a couple since we were kidless. We ate out, walked hand in hand and got to talk without interruption. It was wonderful, however the real purpose was the Ironman. Hubs has been training for this since January, he put so much time and effort into this and I was excited to cheer him on. The above pic was taken after he finished and got some food. Immediately after he finished I couldnt’ get him to raise his handsome face to look at me. His nutrition didn’t go well on the run, so he was pretty drained. Drained enough that he sat down in the middle of the road just outside the finish chute. It was an area that was blocked to traffic, but I’m not sure traffic would’ve stopped him from sitting at that moment. The man just worked out for 12 hrs and 45 minutes and he was done. He can now say he is an Ironman, 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run = 140.6 miles. Wow right?!?

The group of athletes at an Ironman is amazing. I’ve never been around more healthy, lean, fit people (men and women) in all my life. You are a bit in awe of how healthy everyone looks and then it quickly makes you realize that this is actually what the world should look like. We get so used to seeing the world as it is, that you can miss seeing it as it should be.  It’s dangerous to get accustomed to our surroundings. You’ll lack an incentive to change when you just begin to accept things as they are. Anyway, lets just say I was inspired and I recommend if you get the chance to attend an Ironman race.

I took the above picture of hubs and his group of friends as they were saying a prayer before the race started. We woke up at 3:30am race morning and headed to Einstein Bagels for some breakfast. After breakfast, we went back to the hotel to make sure he had everything ready, got any final bags, changed and headed to the bike transition. He got in line for the swim and we were about a mile deep in the line. It was around 5am and the guys were listening to music, talking, and just trying to manage the race nerves. I was there like an eager assistant, ready and waiting for him to hand me any last items to carry. I looked up at one point in the morning and saw this wonderful view. Hubs leading his friends in prayer. Does it get any better than that?  I didn’t think so, at least until I got caught up on Facebook…

I used Facebook to post pictures and update friends/family as to how he was doing throughout race day. It was fun to be able to update a pic to let everyone know where he was, how well he was doing and how much more he had to go.  What was really touching though was reading everyone’s comments. I had a network of friends and family that watched Ironman Live, tracked him online and prayed for him throughout the day. It was powerful to see the care, support and prayer given to him. I felt the love thy neighbor in a whole new way and realized the blessing I have in the friends placed in my life at this time.

I was able to get my long run in at IM LV, ran 15 miles on Saturday (was joined by 2 friends for most of that). Altered the schedule a bit this week as we didn’t get back in town until Monday. I had some good runs, slow runs, walk runs, fast runs…let’s just say I was all over the place. But the training continues! I’m starting week 10 on Monday, 2 months til race day!!

 

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