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Weekend Recap

Jumping right into our weekend 🙂

Friday

I was not feeling so hot after work so we got Subway for supper and had a quiet night!

Saturday

Started with morning swimming lessons – which was still going great (I am shocked lol), errands then lunch. After lunch we headed to The Jungle Farm with my Mom. It has more than enough to do and there was barely anyone there – so good for someone like me that is not a fan of crowds!

I made up with photos for the lack of all week!

The girls loved playing in this, there was tunnels in the stack of barrels:

Our best photo attempt (fail!):

They had a barn done up where you could take photos:

Avery’s favourite part was the maze:

By the time we got home it was time to make supper. Once the girls were in bed Chad and I watched the Baywatch movie, it was really corny but we expected that.

Sunday

I debated not running with whatever I have (sore/swollen throat) but it was too nice not to so we did 8.5km. It was so sunny out!

Chloe picked out her attire for the run. She refuses to wear a toque right now.

We spent a few hours at home, doing chores, and reading our new book order books (the best!) before heading to check out a new dream home and visit some friends.

Miss.C – I want her outfits!

And she still lets me dress her so that makes it even more fun! Avery was more opinionated about what she wore starting around 1.

We had a good visit with our friends and got to see their new baby – Avery was so excited she got her hold her.

The rest of our evening was uneventful, we had tired girls which meant cranky girls and early bedtimes!

Lindsey

 

What’s Next?

Coming off the heels off three half marathons in a year I knew my body (and mind) needed a change. I had tossed around “whats next” ideas all summer knowing myself all too well that I needed a plan. At the same time that plan had to have way less running involved.

Here is the thing as much as I love running and could run 7 days a week I know that is not good for me one bit and only leads to exhaustion on all fronts. It also has never helped me PR any race. Fact – my current half marathon PR came after the plan with the least amount of running!

So with no big races after Sea Wheeze it was time for a new focus and adventure for this girl! First thing I had to figure out was my goals in the “off” season.

My goals:

  • Gain strength – everywhere!
  • Improve my cardio
  • Give my legs a rest from pounding the pavement or treadmill

For a couple years now I have been going to a local spin studio, My Revolution, one day a week on and off and truly LOVE it. I mean cycling my heart out in a dark room with a disco ball to loud music?! Sign me up – yeah, I am a cardio junkie at heart. Knowing that I had to keep cardio in my routine, I like weight lifting and yoga too but they do not give me the same outlet as cardio.

And how beautiful is this place?!

Looking at my goal to improve cardio I knew up’ing my spin classes should help me in that area. If you have ever attended a spin class you will know why I say that – your heart is a pumping!

Lucky for me I have made my lunch hours work for me and have been able to get to spin classes twice a week for a six weeks now. And despite only running once a week for the past month my cardio has not decreased and I am able to run my faster 5km like I was back in half marathon training.

Another reason I have backed off running has been a tight glute/hip issue that has been nagging for months. Luckily it does not bother me when I run but I know it is not helping and flares up afterwards. Cycling is a lower impact workout so I have ha way less problem in the last few weeks – score!

Increasing my strength is another injury prevention method as often I seem to fin my weak areas are where I get injuries or annoyances. I know this year especially I have neglected strength training and have now committed to doing it two days a week through Beachbody or Fitness Blender  workouts – both are awesome (and often fast!) at home workouts.

I am going to continue on this plan for the remainder of the year and come 2018 I will be working on a plan & races for the year so that we can hopefully get closer to that 1:40 half!

Lindsey

Foodie Friday

So this week we saw snow – too soon! But luckily it melted fast. It was a blur of a week and I am not sure how it is Thanksgiving weekend already! I told myself I would take more photos this week an failed miserably – I took two.

Miss.C working hard on her laptop Monday after work:

And the girls chilling on the couch while I made supper Tuesday – I hate using the TV but it makes cooking supper etc so much easier!

Other than that I was once again thankful for lunch hour workouts since it seems to be the only time I have to workout now, I am working hard on refinishing our bedroom furniture ( two nightstands and our dresser) for a mini bedroom makeover and Wednesday I worked a 12+ hour day – OY.

I have been trying a lot of new recipes lately and had some awesome wins – that chicken pot pie soup from last week – SO good! I love trying new recipes but hate searching for them – meal plan takes me a solid hour these days!

Saturday – Cauliflower Fried Rice – Eat Yourself Skinny

Sunday – Thanksgiving

Monday – Leftovers

Tuesday – Spaghetti & turkey meatballs

Wednesday – Salmon Tacos with mango salsa – Diet Hood

Thursday – Black Bean burgers (Costco) & salad

Friday – Spicy Tuna Avocado Wraps & sweet potato fries – Eat Yourself Skinny

This weekend we have family photos, and we are hosting Thanksgiving – I hope everyone enjoys this weekend with lots of food and family and friends 🙂

Lindsey

Chloe – 18 Months

I don’t know where to begin! But first – how on earth is this girl 18 months?!

Chloe has to be one of the happiest and goofiest kids. All she needs is food and good sleep and all is right in her world.

Her first love is food without a doubt. She eats almost anything she can (still no dairy!) and so far I have only found that she does not like perogies and kidney beans. She eats non-stop, or it feels like she does and there is a 80% chance if she is upset that she is just hungry.

Sleep wise she still naps twice a day on weekends with the naps being 1-2.5 hours each. She sleeps 12+ hours at night – if she can! She will lay in her crib silently until one of us comes to gt her.

I am pretty sure her third favourite is causing trouble, from ripping apart things to bugging Avery it is all fun for Miss.C. She keeps us on our toes every waking minute.

(Pulling A’s hair here…)

I spend a lot of time chasing her down for a variety of reasons while she runs away laughing. A few weeks ago she did this but with her favourite red crayon while hitting everything she could with it. That is Chloe.

She can repeat words really good, but says very few on a daily basis, up, mom, dad, more, yes, no, bye, hi… that is about all. We are working on talking more since she babbles non-stop!

Some of Chloe’s loves:

  • Anything that Avery loves, Chloe loves – which drives Avery nuts usually! I am sure this is something that will only get worse 😉
  • Chloe loves music and will stop and dance at 10 seconds of music no matter where she is.
  • Cuddles might be my favourite thing with Chloe – girl loves cuddles!
  • Climbing, she has started to climb furniture and thinks it is really fun, I do not 😉

Chloe has a shriek like none other and is not afraid to use it – luckily it is usually only at home or in the car she does this! But other than that she is pretty easy going – lets hope this continues into the two’s 😉

This shirt should say “all you need is love & FOOD”…

Happy 18 months Miss.C!

Lindsey

 

Foodie Friday

I am actually off work today – YAY! But with a huge to do list, starting with a pre-school field trip, then a hair appointment and getting our rental house ready for a new tenant. Hopefully we finish early and can enjoy some of this weather before it leaves us!

Our week… All week was so nice out. Monday evening Chad suggested skipping baths that night and going for a walk. So happy we did!

Tuesday I worked late, Wednesday I had book club and last night more rental house stuff 😉 So it was busy.

I am so thankful for lunch hour workouts these days, not sure when I would work out if not!

My favourite new lunch hour hang out, My Revolution – post coming soon on this!

Meal planning!

Saturday – Greek Chicken Wraps & sweet potato fries

Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie Soup & biscuits – Gimme Some Oven

Monday – Shrimp Fried Rice – Averie Cooks

Tuesday – Crockpot Chicken Tacos – Belle of the Kitchen

Wednesday – Leftovers for the family since I work late

Thursday – eanut Chicken with Noodles – Averie Cooks

Friday – Italian Chicken Pasta Salad & Garlic toast – Averie Cooks

Weekend plans! I signed up for a race tomorrow morning only to realize it leaves me 10 minutes to get from swimming lessons to the start line and that will not happen so sadly it is out. I will be on the look for another one since I had hoped to run a 10km race this fall. And then we are just getting the final things done at the rental house and I have a longer to do list at home since Sunday looks rainy.

Enjoy your weekends!

Lindsey