Category: Random Thoughts

Slightly New Hair Color

It’s Thursday already!? I don’t know why I always have the need to start my posts by telling you what day it is. I am guessing you probably already know this. Anyways, I am linking up with Amanda again for some Thinking out Loud on this beautiful rainy Thursday.

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1. I dyed my hair with a boxed dye a couple of weeks ago. This was a pretty big deal for me. I don’t think I have ever used a boxed dye in my hair before, and I usually only dye my hair every 2 or 3 years. I usually get it coloured in a way that it can grow out naturally without looking too obvious. I was so nervous to use the boxed dye but really wanted something different ASAP. Here are my results:

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    Before                                                    After

You can’t hardly tell right? I used Natural Instincts dye – the colour was called medium cool blonde. I was going for a warm blonde, but despite the name, the photo on the box looked very warm. Since the above picture I have washed my hair a few times and I think the colour has faded even more. This is kind of what I wanted. Something to brighten up my hair a little bit, but also something that would fade back to my natural colour.

I really like the new colour of my hair, but I don’t think I would do it again. My hair feels so dry and brittle. I didn’t think this would happen since I used a semi-permanent colour with no ammonia. The next time I get the urge to colour my hair, I will be back at my hair dresser.

2. Today is my first day back at work after injuring my knee. I typically work 1-2 days a week, but i haven’t worked since before my half marathon on May 17th. I am really nervous about being on my feet for song. I have worked so hard to get my knee better, I hope that it doesn’t ‘make it worse! I am hoping I find the time to buy some better shoes today. I am just having a really hard time deciding what to get. I want something that will be super comfortable to wear in the summer and that will be really versatile and go with all my clothes. I wear a lot of dresses in the summer, so this is making my decision extra difficult.

3. Josh’s mom is coming to visit this weekend. She lives in Brandon, MB, which is something like a 12 hour drive from us. She is flying out for the weekend. I know that she is coming just to visit Lochlyn, but it will still be nice to see her. now that we had a baby, we get so many more visits from both sets of grandparents!

grandma grandpa and baby

4. Lochlyn had her first swimming lesson on Tuesday. We have been waiting for her swimming lessons to start forever! The first time I registered her, her lessons were cancelled because not enough kids registered in her class. The next time I registered her, the pool ended up being closed due to some structural issues with the building, so we had to wait for it to reopen. The pool reopened on Tuesday, and we had a lot of fun at her lesson. She loves playing in the water and interacting with other kids. She even jumped off the side of the pool into my arms!

Unfortunately, I just found out that the pool has been closed again. They found some more structural issues with the roof. I am really glad that the pool is closed since the building isn’t safe, but I am disappointed that lessons are cancelled again! I guess we will have to swim at the lake for now.

lochlyn playing in sand

5. Salted dark chocolate – you know, the Lindt kind. So good. Why haven’t I ever tried this before? Tara over at Sweat Like a Pig mentioned it in one of her posts, and when I passed it at the grocery store I decided to give it a go. This may replace my chocolate-covered almond obsession. The bar I bought last weekend is most definitely gone!

lindt salted dark chocolate

 

Source – Seeing as how I ate the bar before I thought of taking a picture

6. Okay, so there have been a few other things that have been on my mind lately that I don’t really want to get into here, mostly because I think they deserve their own post. The biggest one being my baby girl’s weight. I never thought this would be an issue at such an early age, and it really shouldn’t be. It isn’t something I want to deal with at any age, but my little girl is 15 months old. Expect a post on this subject coming soon. I just have to get my thoughts organized.

7. On a lighter note … CAMPING CAMPING CAMPING! I can’t even wait! One more month until our first week of summer holidays!

backpacking 2012

That’s a wrap. I always feel like I could ramble on forever when writing these posts, but I am going to cut myself off here. I hope you have an amazing rest of your day!

 

Do you like camping? Have you, or would you ever try backpacking?

Same question for boxed hair dyes… do you like them, or would you ever try them if you haven’t? 

Life in Limbo

I am writing this post on Sunday morning before most of the world is awake. Normally on Sunday mornings I go for a long run. My favourite run of the week. After the run I come home, and rush to get Lochlyn and I ready, and then meet Josh at church. Now that I can’t run, my Sundays are a little bit different.

blurry run

Actually life in general has been a bit different lately. I kind of feel like my family and I are in this limbo stage just waiting for life to actually happen. There are a lot of things contributing to this, and I know not being able to run, or exercise a whole lot at the moment is only one of them. I love being active, but with my sore knee my activity has been limited to the recumbent bike (not so fun), the exercises my physio has given me (also not the funnest), and the few upper body strengthening exercises I have found I can do without hurting my knee or putting any pressure on it.

Josh and I almost went to look at a new house yesterday. I guess it was a very old house that would be new to us. We currently live in a townhouse, and we would love to move to a detached home someday. Now isn’t the right time, as our mortgage is still higher than what we could sell our house for. It is something that we have been thinking a lot about, and we want to start fixing up our current home so that when we find the perfect place, we are ready to move.

We have been pretty short on funds since my mat leave ended and I have been thinking about creative ways I could make an income from home. Last week a copywriting job came up at a really awesome company that I would love to work for and I was really tempted to apply. It was a full-time office job, which would be a huge change for us. After a lot of thought I didn’t end up applying. I am pretty set on working part-time hours or working from home. Still, that job did get me thinking about some other opportunities.

Another thing that makes me feel kind of in limbo? Thinking about having another baby. As I mentioned on Thursday, our original plans were to start trying for another baby in the fall. I am just not feeling ready yet, but the fact that I am thinking so much about it makes me know that it won’t be too long until I am ready. I have actually been considering how to redecorate the little nursery for the next one, and how to decorate Lochlyn’s “big girl” room. I almost feel like I am nesting, but not actually pregnant yet. Weird.

With all these things lingering just on the horizon, I am finding it so hard to live in the moment and enjoy where life is at right now. I am very goal-oriented, and I love making plans, but I just am having a hard time planning life at the moment. With my half-marathon done (sorta), and no new running goals in sight, I am feeling a bit unmotivated. Life in general feels a little bit blah. I really don’t want this summer to pass by before I take the time to enjoy it.

lochlyn mom swing

I am living my dream life here and now, even if I can’t run or be very active. Even if I don’t have the perfect house, or a lot of money, or a new baby to plan for. I have the most amazing and loving family, and we have everything that we need.

josh and lochlyn at race

 

Tomorrow is Intuitive Tuesday, and I am going to be sharing how being in this “limbo stage” of life has changed my eating habits. Hint … it hasn’t been for the better!

 

Dreary Thursday Thoughts

I haven’t really posted much lately (okay, I realize that was a bit of an understatement), and I feel like I have so many things I want to chat about on this little blog. Linking up with Amanda for a Thinking out Loud post seems like the perfect opportunity to unload a little bit. Here are some of my thoughts on this dreary Thursday morning … I hope it’s a little less dreary where you live!

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1. Lochlyn is walking! I am so excited about this. She took her first steps almost two weeks ago, and every day she is more steady on her feet. I am still surprised to see her come walking around a corner instead of crawling, but I am starting to get used to it. My baby girl is no longer a baby, but a full-fledged toddler. I am a proud mama

2. My injured knee is getting better every day.I am dealing with Patello-femoral pain syndrome along with some bursitis. It is pretty painful and means I can’t run, or bike, or even walk for very long periods of time. I went to the gym yesterday and limped my way through the exercises and stretches that the physio gave me. I also tried hopping on the bike at a super low intensity for ten minutes, but I think that may have made it worse. I can’t wait to run again. I miss it so much!

3. Okay, back to Lochlyn because she is my little favourite. I took her to the Dr. last week since she has had a cough for a long time and it just isn’t getting any better. She doesn’t seem sick at all, so I wasn’t too worried, but I really want her to get better. The Dr. thought that her cough could be caused from her being so chubby. The Dr. said that all the extra fat around her neck may be making it harder to breathe – like how sleep apnea is more common in overweight people. She is at the 98th percentile for weight, and steadily climbing. I am hoping that she will lean out a bit now that she is walking. I don’t actually care how big she is as long as she is healthy, but she is growing out of all her clothes way too fast! The Dr. also thought that her cough could be from allergies. I am kind of hoping it is from her chubbiness – I don’t want her to have to deal with allergies!

lochlyn blowing bubbles

4. I took Lochlyn to the beach for the first time ever on Tuesday. She absolutely loved it. Her favourite was sitting in the shallow water at the lake and playing with the dirt, sand, and rocks. I had to keep a pretty close eye on her so she didn’t eat everything and drink all the lake water. We had such a good time together!

lochlyn playing in sandmom and lochlyn at beach

5. I want to train to run another half marathon. Can you see a pattern with this Thursday thoughts post? I seem to be all about Lochlyn and running lately. I live in a colder climate which means that I can’t run in the winter, so I would have to plan to run in the fall or early spring next year. I would love to run in the fall, but I am not sure that my knee will be up for it. I don’t want to push it too hard. The other thing is that Josh and I originally were planning to start trying for another baby in the fall, which would mean I wouldn’t be able to do that half marathon.

6. Speaking of another baby, I just don’t feel ready. I love my life with Lochlyn and I am not in any rush to get pregnant again. At first I thought that this was because i want to keep running and I don’t know if I will be able to run much at all while pregnant. The thing is, I just don’t have the desire for a baby yet the way I wanted Lochlyn so bad. I think it will come with time, but I’m not in a rush, and I think I want to wait on the whole baby thing until I am ready to be pregnant again! Josh is a different story. He is quite a bit older than me, and ready to have another one anytime now. Unfortunately he isn’t the one that has to carry it around for 9 months, so he is going to need to wait.

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10. I have one more thing to share about Lochlyn and then I am done, I promise. Lochlyn’s favourite toys are her stuffed animals. She plays with them stuffed animals by herself and it is the cutest thing to watch. She makes them wave to each other and clap. She loves cuddling them and kissing them, and making them cuddle and kiss each other. She also loves petting them and brushing their fur. My absolute favourite part of watching her play like this is the voice she uses when she talks to her stuffed animals and makes them talk to each other. Her voice gets very high-pitched and it is so soft and gentle. I especially love her little “hi” that she says while making her stuffed animals wave. So adorable.

lochlyn stuffed animals

11. I am going to cut it off here. I could ramble on forever about my baby girl, but I think that is enough for today.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

 

What is the weather like where you are? It is cloudy and rainy here. The perfect day to get some cleaning done!

 

 

 

Cardio or Strength?

Good morning/afternoon/evening/middle of the night/whatever! It is time for Thinking out Loud, which is awesome because I feel like rambling a little bit today, and a lot of my rambles will be about exercise.

thinking out loud

As you may know, I love being active, and getting to the gym is one of the highlights of my day, so I guess it makes sense that I want to chat about it. I specifically want to ramble about a little dilemma that has been on my mind lately …

1. Cardio vs. Strength.

A little while ago Josh and I were debating about whether we would give up cardio, or strength training if we had to choose one. I am talking give up forever. If you could only do cardio or strength training for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

This question was easy for Josh. He chose cardio – which surprised me a little bit. A few years ago he would have responded strength for sure. He use to be in and out of the gym in 25 minutes, and spent the whole time lifting weights. Currently he has been doing a lot of circuit-style bodyweight exercises with some plyometric moves mixed in. He now prefers to work out in our basement and actually cancelled his gym membership! Josh does incorporate lighter dumbbells into his workouts, but he said he would be willing to let that go if he had to choose one.

To me, his bodyweight exercises are still kind of classified as strength training. I think there is a little bit of overlapping, but to him, it is mostly cardio so that is what we are going to go with.

I didn’t answer the cardio vs. strength question as easily as Josh. When I first started exercising regularly I would have chosen cardio for sure. I have always loved the feeling I get from aerobic exercise, and I know that it enables me to do other things I love like hiking and mountain biking. Growing up I played soccer, so I spent most of my time doing cardio.

If you would have asked me the cardio vs. strength question six months ago, I would have answered strength! The past couple of years, I have been loving strength training and I feel like I can still get a cardiovascular workout while lifting weights if I need to with supersets or circuit training.

gym shoes

Now, I am more undecided. I have been loving running. Like, loving it. I would totally give up strength training for a season to focus on running. It has been so cool to watch my body go from barely being able to run a slow 3 miles, to rocking 8 miles and not feeling like I was going to die after. I love the endorphins, the rush, the way my body feels empowered by working towards a goal and conquering it – you get the picture.

I know that strength training makes me a better runner. I also know that I have loved strength training so much in the past I wouldn’t be able to let that go forever. I also feel like strength training changes and benefits my body more than cardio does. Lifting weights and building muscle doesn’t come as easy to me as endurance exercises and I feel like challenging yourself is always a good thing. It is interesting that Josh said that he notices more positive change in his body with cardio. Josh is naturally muscular and broad, whereas I am smaller and not so muscular. Maybe you see more changes when you do the thing that doesn’t come as natural to you?

I am way too indecisive to give up strength or cardio forever, and I can’t answer the question. I prefer to focus on one and use the other to complement my training. I do feel that both benefit the other, and that a balanced workout routine is a good thing. I am no fun and am not giving an answer, but I would love to hear yours!

 

2, Fitness goals.

I am always looking ahead with my workout goals. I like having some sort of plan in place to keep me motivated and challenged. Obviously right now it’s the half marathon in May, but after that I am not entirely sure what I would like to do.

I really want to enjoy the summer with Lochlyn. I am thinking I will focus on running outside with the stroller to maintain my endurance, and also go for bike rides with the bike trailer as a family because that sounds fun. I need to take advantage of Josh’s newfound love for cardio while it lasts!

warm winter walk

I want to get stronger – but I don’t want to spend as much time in the gym this summer. We only get 2-3 months of nice weather here, so I want to enjoy it. I am thinking this summer I may make my fitness goal about fun and spending time with my family. In the fall I will reevaluate my goals and possibly focus more on strength training.

Wow, there has been a lot of goal talk around here lately. I told you I love planning. I guess I am still in a planning kind of mood.

 

3. Totally unrelated to all the fitness talk, but Lochlyn’s little tummy is sick, and she is teething, and I feel so bad for her. She was up in the middle of the night last night which never happens. I hope she is feeling better soon because …

lochlyn and baa

4. We are going to Canmore this weekend! Josh and I are dropping Lochlyn off at my parents’ house and spending the weekend together. It is our first time ever leaving Lochlyn so it is kind of a big deal. I am mostly excited, but I know I will miss Lochlyn like crazy.

This trip was my Christmas present to Josh, so he gets to call all the shots about what we do. My only request is that I have time to go for a long run either Saturday or Sunday. Running in the mountains sounds amazing – I hope it stops snowing so I am not stuck on the treadmill.

 

5. My last and final thought is …

I love coffee.

I really missed it while I was pregnant and breastfeeding and didn’t drink it. Now i am drinking it again and it is so, so good.

 coffee loveSource

Have a great Thursday!

 

Strength or cardio? If you had to choose only one for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

Do you notice more positive changes from strength or cardio? Which are you naturally better at?

Cat Wars!

I have been missing sharing my thoughts with you guys, but lately life hasn’t been cooperating. Lochlyn seems to be sleeping in this morning though, so I am going to get some Thinking out Loud done while I can. Thanks Amanda for hosting!

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1. Last night was the first night that I haven’t breastfed Lochlyn before bed. I was nervous we would have a hard time getting her to go to sleep, but she fell asleep right away without crying. I am happy to say that she slept through the whole entire night and is still asleep at 7:45 AM as I type up this post! I have been so blessed with this little one. She is such a good sleeper.

happy baby in crib

I guess this means that I am done breastfeeding. I am proud and happy to say that I made it for a full year. Breastfeeding is a lot of work and it’s super time consuming. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to share this bonding time with my baby, but I am excited that it is done and we can move on to the next stage in her little life.

napping with mommy

Quitting breastfeeding wasn’t the easiest decision to make. I knew that I wanted to stop at the 1 year mark, but it took me quite a while to feel ready. We quit gradually and I think this really helped prepare me. By the time Lochlyn was finished, I didn’t feel sad about it at all. I am excited to have more time with her for doing other things. It will also be nice to have Josh put her down at night sometimes. I am planning to have lots of bubble baths while he tucks her in. I haven’t had a bath since before I was pregnant (except for while I was in labor, and the occasional bath I have had with Lochlyn, but those don’t count!).

2. I am getting bored of Stronglifts. For those of you that have been reading for awhile, you know that I have been training for my first half marathon, which is in May. Along with all the running I’ve been doing, I decided to follow the Stronglifts program in order to maintain (and maybe even gain) some muscle. Stronglifts has been great, and I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel yet, but I am getting there. This week I haven’t been loving my workouts, and I have just been feeling tired. The workouts are repetitive, and I think I may enjoy changing up the strength routine a bit. I will let you know!

3. We have had some major “cat wars” going on in our backyard. Guys, this is probably the most exciting thing that will happen to me this week (besides giving up breastfeeding) so I have to tell you about it. For the past few days, we have had multiple cats visit our yard. Eeyore HATES all other cats, so she hasn’t been too happy about it.

dominio and eeyore fight

We have this one cat that frequents our yard often that I have affectionately nicknamed “Nemesis”. This is because Eeyore hates this cat the most. She gets so mad, hisses and spits and grunts, and puffs right up whenever this cat is in our yard. Nemesis is black and has long fur and yellow eyes. It is totally creepy when the two fight. Eeyore is an indoor cat so the fighting happens on either side of our kitchen window, but it is still scary!

The other day we had two other cats visit our yard too. They looked like they were in-between the kitten and cat stage, and they were so sweet and so cute. Of course Eeyore hated them too. Then Nemesis showed up and one of the big kittens and Nemesis stared at each other for a good hour before one of them backed down. The big kitten won! I am pretty sure if Eeyore was allowed outside she would have killed all of them, or at least chased them all out of our yard!

cat wars

Yes, we seriously need a new fence!

4. I bought my first “mom” swimsuit you guys! I have always been a two-piece swimsuit kind of girl, but I wanted something a little more modest because I plan to put Lochlyn in swimming lessons. The swimsuit I chose is an Esther Williams one piece that I bought off Amazon, and I love it. I think that it looks really retro, and the fit is pretty flattering and really fun. It also is pretty full coverage and holds everything in if you know what I mean. I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you have little ones that you have to chase after in the pool!

mom swimsuit

 

Whenever I take seflies I seem to have embarrassing objects showing up in the background. Ignore the bra hanging from my closet door!

5. I have had such an unproductive week as far as cleaning goes and my house is really showing it. Today I plan to get as much cleaning done as I can. I got my run in super early this morning, so the rest of my day is free. Hopefully I can get a lot done. Cleaning with a baby takes twice as long as cleaning alone!

On that note, I am going to end this while Lochlyn is still sleeping so I can start when she wakes up! I have so much more to tell you, but I guess that will have to wait until next Thursday!

Happy almost Friday to all the lucky peeps that get the weekend off!

 

One-piece swimsuits, or two-piece? Tankinis or bikinis? I like one-piece or bikinis, depending on where I am wearing it!

How do you feel about cats? I won’t be offended if you say no!

Everything but the Kitchen Sink…

Happy Thursday, and happy almost Friday! It’s time for another post dedicated to Thinking out Loud! Thank you Amanda for hosting!

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1. I am starting to understand why runners are always talking about how much they eat. Admittedly I used to find fit and thin people going on about how they eat everything a bit annoying. I didn’t really believe that they were eating a ridiculous amount of food, and thought it was an exaggeration. Now I am starting to get it. Since I started upping my mileage, I have been so hungry! I can eat until I am completely full, and a couple hours later, I am starving again. I also have been eating more carbs than I think I ever have in my life. My body just can’t get enough of them. I can’t even imagine what full marathon training would be like, if this is how I feel training for a half!

I was actually feeling a little bit guilty about the amount of food that I was eating, and then I started thinking about how hard I have been working out lately, not to mention the fact that I am still breastfeeding, which burns lots of extra calories. As you may know, I have suffered from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea in the past (absence of menses) from exercising too hard and not eating enough. This was really hard for me and I never want to go through it again, so I need to make sure I am eating more than enough to fuel my workouts. Bring on all the food! That being said, I want to make sure I don’t overdo it on less nutritional food, as I have noticed that it affects my energy levels and performance.

I know I talk about intuitive eating all the time, but sometimes I still need to remind myself that eating isn’t bad, or something that I should feel guilty about. I need to eat lots to keep my body healthy!

mom and baby omelet

2. Speaking of health – Lochlyn is sick again! I feel like I am always telling you guys my baby girl is not feeling well. We went to the doctor yesterday since she has been coughing up a storm. Turns out she has a mild case of pneumonia. The doctor reassured me that it sounds a lot worse then it is. Lochlyn has still been eating well and is very active, so my doctor wasn’t overly concerned. My baby girl is on antibiotics right now, and I am hoping she recovers soon!

dr's office

 

Patiently waiting to see the Dr.

It took Lochlyn over two hours to fall asleep last night, I felt so bad for her. Usually she goes down in less then five minutes, but last night she was so upset. I tried everything I could do to comfort her, and eventually I ended up bringing her to bed and sending Josh to the couch. She fell asleep pretty quick cuddled up next to me. I have to admit I liked having her close so I could keep an eye on her and soak in all the cuddles.

3. I had an epiphany yesterday! I was eating a huge salad for lunch, and thinking that my salad was missing something. This was crazy since it already included about 500 different ingredients. As i was eating it I came to the conclusion that it needed something salty and crunchy, so I added some salted sunflower seeds. This made my salad perfect! Anyways, what got me thinking was the fact that I like my salads with absolutely everything I can think of added to them. They are so much more interesting this way, and I love all the different textures and tastes. I pretty much added everything but the kitchen sink to my salad.

kitchen sink salad

My salad was much bigger than this. I snapped the photo after picking out and eating all the kale and spinach.

Then I realized that was why massive and random salads like this were called kitchen sink salads! They have everything but the kitchen sink! I have been pondering the name kitchen sink salads for probably a year now. Finally get it.

4. I think my baby girl loves smoothies almost as much as me. I have been cutting down on the nursing sessions, and replacing her late afternoon feeding with a smoothie. She cries when she wakes up and doesn’t get to nurse, but the smoothie distracts her pretty quick. She especially loves when I let her hold the cup herself!

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5. I realize that most of my thoughts today are about Lochlyn, but I do spend 90% of my time with her, so I think the makes it acceptable. My baby has turned into quite the little handful lately. She follows me all over the house and wants to be as close to me as possible. One of the only things that distracts her from following me around is opening all the cupboards and seeing what she can pull out. We have to be extra careful because I haven’t put locks on our cupboard doors yet (need to get on that) and some to them have things she shouldn’t get into. Sometimes I let her play with what she finds as long as I can keep an eye on her. Yesterday she found the best toys ever:

playing with tampons

6. I think that’s a wrap. I need to go and get in the shower to wash off the remnants of my run before Lochlyn wakes up.

Have a great day!

 

Any weird eating habits when it comes to salads? I eat my salads from the bottom up. I eat the greens first, then the veggies, and save all the delicious extra toppings until last.

Mom’s – what is weirdest/funniest thing you have caught your little ones playing with?

 

 

At My House Survey

Good morning! My mind is feeling not so creative today, so I thought I would turn to the help of a fun little survey for today’s post. I have seen this survey floating around on quite a few people’s blogs, but I think I saw it first on Tina’s.

Household Chore I actually enjoy: Folding laundry. Especially folding all of Lochlyn’s cute  little baby outfits. I also like assembling her cloth diapers. I usually bring both our laundry baskets full of clean clothes downstairs and fold away while I watch something on Netflix. I actually get pretty bored watching TV or movies if I’m not doing something else at the same time, so laundry is the perfect answer!

folding laundry

Biggest house disaster: We have a lot of secret hidden house disasters over here. I think I would had to pick our spare bedroom as the winner for this answer. Recently my parents moved into a smaller house and gave us a lot of their old stuff. It seems like the spare bedroom has become the “dumping ground” for everything that doesn’t have a place yet. It currently contains a futon mattress, single bed mattress and box spring, spare crib mattress, a dresser, end table, bookshelf, a couple large mirrors, bins of Lochlyn’s old clothes, an extra playpen, and a ton of other things. This room also doubles as the laundry hanging room. It is not a large room and you can barely get in the door it is so full. I am thankful we have another guest bedroom downstairs!

Before company arrives, I hide: the mess on the stairs. We live in a two story house. Rather than running up and down the stairs to put things away, I make a pile at the bottom and top of our stairs. I have every intention of bringing armfuls of stuff up and putting it away whenever I go up and down the stairs, but it doesn’t always happen, especially when my arms are full with my little girl. We get quite the build up of mess on the stairs, and our stairs are right at the front door, so it is the first thing that company sees. When I find out people are coming over, I usually grab everything at the bottom of the stairs and throw it into our bedroom and close the door!

Most recent music download: I have no idea. I never really download music, it has probably been a year! I usually listen to music on Spotify or Youtube. This is bad. My little brother is a musician, so you would think I would be all about supporting talent and buying music, and I should be. Maybe I will download some new songs for my next run!

The last thing I bought online: I haven’t bought anything online since I did all my Christmas shopping. The last item I bought for Christmas was these salt and pepper shakers for my parents’ stockings.

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I hate to shop for: Jeans. The last time I bought jeans I was pregnant, and these are still the jeans that I am wearing. They aren’t maternity jeans, so the waist is all stretched out, and I feel like they are a little too short. Pretty much they don’t fit very good and they aren’t flattering. I don’t like buying jeans because I haven’t found a brand that fits me well, and since I had a baby, I’m not sure what size I am. I really need to suck it up and go buy some!

too short jeans

This is the picture that made me realize they were too short. Now I only wear them with boots!

Favorite family ritual: Playing with Lochlyn together in the evenings before she goes to bed. After dinner Josh and I do some household chores and then have some playtime before we put Lochlyn down for the night. I love watching Lochlyn play with her dad, and I love spending time with her so of course I love this time together.

playing in dark

I sleep in: … underwear. Josh is quite the furnace, so I get too hot if I wear much else. Sometimes I try to wear a tank top but usually it gets too sweaty and I have to take it off (sorry if that’s tmi!). When Josh isn’t home I sleep in a tank top and boy shorts, or pyjama pants.

I have a style crush on: My friend Janelle. She always looks so effortlessly put together. Most of the time her style is pretty casual and just slightly trendy. I need to get her to take me shopping! I don’t have a celebrity style crush because I don’t really follow celebrities. I have lots of celebrity crushes though, I just don’t know what their style is outside of movies and awards shows!

I’m currently reading: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. I have been reading it since I got it for Christmas, and I haven’t gotten into it yet. This is unusual for me, normally I devour a book within a couple of days. It isn’t a bad book, it just hasn’t grabbed my attention enough that I can’t put it down.

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What’s up with the ______ trend? Cell phones. Okay so I don’t think this is a trend, but I wish it was. Also, I am just as guilty of abusing my cell phone as the next person, but seriously, what is up with it. We spend so much time on our cell phones it is ridiculous! I go to the gym and everyone is staring at their phones between sets. At the grocery store, at the mall, even visiting friends, it seems like everyone is glued to them! I don’t want my girl to grow up in a world where people would rather look at their phones, than engage with others, but that is what it feels like it is coming to! I really need to work on this one, and start putting down my phone more often.

How did I ever live without: My driver’s license. I got my license about a year ago, while I was pregnant with Lochlyn. I was 27 years old when I finally decided to get it. Crazy hey! I decided I didn’t want to have to walk everywhere with Lochlyn, or be stuck in the house so I needed to do it. Now I love the freedom that comes with having my license and I can’t imagine not having it!

Now it’s your turn to answer one (or more!) of the above questions.

Also, I would love some jeans recommendations. I have a problem finding jeans because my legs are fairly large compared to my waist. What brands to you love?

 

New Shoes and Sick Baby Blues

Happy Thursday everyone! I have lots of random things to share with you today, so I am linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for some Thinking out Loud action.

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1. I bought new running shoes on Tuesday. It is about time. I have been running in minimalist-style shoes designed for weight-lifting and my knee has been getting really sore. My old running shoes are WAY too small now that I have had a baby. My feet have grown about 1 shoe size, and I think the shoes were a little on the small side to begin with because they are 2 sizes smaller than the shoes that I bought.

I had a pretty hard time finding the right shoes, Lochlyn and I drove into Red Deer together on Tuesday after lunch. I had plans to buy shoes from Sport Chek since I had a $150 gift card to use up, but I was not impressed with their service. It was hard enough finding a salesperson to help me, but the one that eventually did ended up not know a thing about running shoes. To make matters worse, he pretended he knew what he was talking about, and recommended some completely wrong shoes for me. After trying on a couple shoes, and googling his recommendations for more information, I decided Sport Check may not have been the best idea.

I ended up using my gift card to buy a foam roller, and headed to The Running Room in hopes of more knowledgeable staff. I was nervous because it was past Lochlyn’s nap time, and I didn’t know how she would hold up going to another store, but she did great. There were no other customers in the store, and I got great service. One of the employees even held Lochlyn and played with her the whole time while I tried on shoes. (She used to be a childcare worker so she knew what she was doing). Anyway, I ended up getting Saucony Triumph Iso shoes, and so far I really like them. I ran in them for the first time this morning, and at the moment I have no knee pain!

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2. Lochlyn has been feeling under the weather again. She has had a fever and a runny nose on and off for the past week.This is the first time she has had a fever and I felt a little bit nervous about it. I ended up calling a nurse to ask for some advice, and told me not to do anything at all unless Lochlyn gets other symptoms. This made me feel better until she said that it didn’t matter how high Lochlyn’s fever got, it wasn’t a big deal unless other symptoms showed up. I think that if Lochlyn’s fever got high enough I would take her to the hospital. Maybe I am paranoid, but I want my baby to be safe.

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At first I actually thought Lochlyn might be teething, but yesterday my nose started getting really runny too. I feel fine except for a little stuffed up, but it is still frustrating. This year seems to be the most sick I have ever been. I think I keep picking up sicknesses from Lochlyn, so I guess I need to get used to it.

3. This week I am planning to add a longer run in for half marathon training. I have been running three miles three times a week. My longer run is only going up to four miles, but that is long for me, and I don’t want to be sick for that. The past two weeks have felt really good with running. I have incorporated some hill training and progressive runs in and I have finally been feeling like I could run farther than three miles without dying. Today’s three miles was a little bit harder, and I am thinking that it could have been because I have caught Lochlyn’s cold. So frustrating! I actually don’t feel sick at all except for having a stuffed up head, and I don’t want to miss out more of training. Any advice from runners out there? How do you adjust your training when you aren’t feeling great? How sick do you have to be to decide to miss a run?

4. My cleaning schedule has been going awesome this week. I am hoping that I can keep up with it and have a tidier house. I have had more time to clean this week since we haven’t been going to the gym during the day as Lochlyn is sick. I have also found that using the crockpot more really helps. I can make dinner while Lochlyn is napping, so that in the early evening I can clean up a bit before Josh gets home.

5. As you probably know, I started work last weekend, and it actually went pretty good. The shop was slow, which made my day drag on, but besides that I didn’t mind it at all. I thought I would be sad leaving Lochlyn, but I am happy leaving her with Josh and I know they will have a good time together. My main worry is that I am going to be scheduled to work every single weekend. I had asked to work two weekends a month, but my boss has said that with the way that she schedules, that could get too complicated. I am hoping that we can figure something out, because working every weekend is not going to fly. I need some time with my family!

 

josh and lochlyn on old futon

6. Lochlyn slept for 2 hours and 40 minutes yesterday. That is the longest nap she has ever had … ever! I think it must have been because she is sick, and I am sure she needed the rest. I actually started to get worried about her because she never sleeps that long. I was thankful that I had a video monitor so I could check on her and make sure she was okay!

7. Have you guys ever heard of Gina’s Shape up programs? She offers a free program twice a year (winter and summer) that includes a work out program, and lots of inspiration. I followed the Summer Shape-Up plan this year and I really enjoyed it. It isn’t my preferred style of workouts (too much jumping around and not enough heavy lifting) but it was good to shake up my normal routine. The Winter Shape-Up is starting January 26th. If you are looking for a new exercise program, or getting bored with your current one I suggest you check it out! The Shape-Up program lasts four weeks, and each week is different and has different work-outs.

I am mentioning this because one of my favourite parts about participating in the Summer Shape-Up program, was the meal plan. Anne from Fannetastic Food puts together a FREE meal plan to go along with the Shape-Up programs. I followed the meal plan in the summer, and it really changed the way that I eat. It challenged so many of my “food rules” in a good way. Anne is a registered dietician, and her meal plans offer lots of healthy ideas.  It was a great way to get my out of my eating comfort zone and get me to try new things. It also really helped me learn to eat intuitively, by breaking through some of those food and diet rules that I had in place without even realizing it. Anne’s meal plans offer easy and healthy snack ideas, and quick and delicious meal recipes. These meals plans aren’t a diet. They don’t tell you how much to eat, or when to eat. Portion sizes are sometimes recommended, but you can each as much as you need to, whenever you need to – that’s my kind of plan!

edamame salad

I have been in a bit of a breakfast and lunch rut lately. Lochlyn and I tend to eat the same things everyday. For breakfast I have banana egg white oatmeal and lunch tends to be whatever I can find in the fridge, and is never really what I feel like eating. I am thinking about following the meal plan for the Winter Shape-Up program just to get some variety back in my meals. I won’t be following the work-out plan, but I will be saving it in case I want to try it later! I am hoping to do my grocery shopping tomorrow, and I really hope the meal plan comes out in time for me to pick up what I need!

banana oatmeal

8. I am going to leave you all with a picture of Lochlyn because I think she is adorable, and I have a question for you …

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Lochlyn is playing her new favourite game. Can you guess what it is?

Have you ever tried the Shape-up programs and/or the meal plan that goes with it? What did you think?

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking Out Loud: Work, and Workout Motivation

I woke up bright and early this morning… actually it was still dark out, so dark and early …  to get a run in at the gym before Josh left for work. I am not quite sure how I feel about running at 5:30 AM, but it was nice to get it out of the way. Now I have the rest of the day to spend with my little one.

For today’s quick little post, I am going to link up with Amanda over at Running With Spoons for Thinking out Loud. It is Thursday after all. Thanks for hosting Amanda!

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1. Today I have a meeting scheduled at my old job to discuss my new availability now that my maternity leave is over. I am feeling a little down about it. It will be nice to get out of the house and see some old faces, but I am going to miss the time away from my family. It also means that Lochlyn is growing up – and that is hard! Awesome, but so hard. I know I should be grateful that I have such a flexible job to go back to, but it is hard not to be a little down about it. I don’t feel ready to go back to work. I know that I have already talked about this a lot, so I’m not really going to go there except to say that I am sad, and this is hard, and I just want to stay home and spend time with my baby forever and ever.

ride on toy lochlyn

2. You know what else is hard? Keeping your marriage strong with a new little baby. In some ways I feel so much closer to my husband now. I rely on him so much more, and I need his help in so many more ways. Despite this, I find it really difficult keeping the romance alive in our relationship with a baby around always needing us. Lochlyn has quickly become our world, and it is so easy to put her needs first. I keep having to remind myself that our relationship needs to stay strong for her just as much as it needs to stay strong for us. I want to set a good example for her, and I want her to grow up in a loving environment. I also don’t want Josh and I to turn into friends. We are best friends, but I want us to be more than just friends too, ya know?

wedding speech

I have decided to really commit more to keeping our relationship strong, and strengthening it even further. As I have mentioned we have a weekend booked away for the end of March. We had to hold off a little on this so we could be sure that Lochlyn would be done breastfeeding. We also have a marriage course scheduled for the beginning of February. On top of these two things, I also want to start making more time for Josh, and for our relationship. We don’t go on dates all too often. Josh loves getting out of the house and doing things, and I want to make more time for us to do this together. I love staying in and relaxing, so he has offered to set aside time to stay up together and hang out after Lochlyn goes to sleep. We have been blessed with some amazing friends that have offered to babysit for us, and love Lochlyn, so we need to take them up on it!

3. Speaking of Josh, and dates, we went on a coffee date the other day. Well, sort of a coffee date. For some reason, I really wasn’t feeling coffee, so I ordered lunch instead. Josh ordered this massive cinnamon bun that I just had to show you guys. Seriously, it was like the size of 4.25 regular cinnamon buns. Pretty much the size of his head. These pictures don’t even do it justice. This thing was huge. Even Josh couldn’t finish it, and he isn’t one to not finish something as sweet and delicious as a cinnamon bun!

giant cinnamon bun

4. I still haven’t registered for my half marathon or 10K. Registration has been open for almost a month now, I am not quite sure what is holding me back. I am wondering if maybe I am a little nervous to actually do it. I did go buy a new sports bra and fuel belt last weekend so I am getting more committed, but I haven’t taken the final step and registered. 5K feels long enough most days!

Admittedly, I may not be registered yet because I am a bit of a procrastinator. I have been avoiding a few other things too, like cancelling an appointment, doing our online banking, and scheduling a time to take Eeyore to the vet. I am so bad at getting things like that done.

5. Speaking of running, one really awesome thing that I have noticed about training for a half marathon, is that my fitness goals have been focused a lot more on performance. Since having a baby, I have tried to exercise to keep my body healthy and happy, but there was always the buried motivation to lift weights to look better. I think muscle tone looks great, and I had a hidden desire to build more muscle to improve my appearance. After writing yesterday’s post, I realized that my motivation had changed and the main reason why I didn’t want to miss the gym, was because I didn’t want it to affect my overall performance.

First of all, this was a little ridiculous. One day away from training, when your body is tired and run down, is actually probably a good thing. I’m not an expert, but I do believe that you should listen to your body, and if it’s not at it’s best, it probably needs a break. Yesterday my reasoning was a little bit off, but my motives weren’t all bad. I wasn’t concerned about burning calories, or my appearance. I just didn’t want to miss another run and get behind in training. For me this was a pretty cool realization.

6. And that’s a wrap on this week’s thoughts. Lochlyn is going to be awake before I know it. Thanks for stopping by and reading my rambles. Have a great Thursday!

lochlyn drinking smoothie

 

 

What is your #1 workout motivation? I dare you to be honest!

Give me a random thought you are having this Thursday.

One Super Good Year

There has been a serious lack of posts around here lately. As you know we were visiting with my parents in Calgary over the Christmas holidays. My in-laws arrived last night, so now we have house guests. I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday as I spent the majority of the day lying on my bathroom floor. I was really sick. I haven’t been that sick in a long time. I don’t get sick too often, but when I do, I turn into the biggest baby in the world. I feel bad for Josh because I am such a suck and so needy. It was really hard yesterday because I was home by myself with Lochlyn. I think it took me half an hour to change her diaper because I kept having to run to the bathroom. I ended up changing her with a bucket handy just in case. Poor baby. I am feeling a lot better today. My stomach is still a little off, but sooo much better than yesterday!

lochlyn playing bow

I actually didn’t want to spend the last day of 2014 telling you guys tmi about how sick I was yesterday. It doesn’t really seem a fitting way to end the year. I thought about setting some goals for 2015, but to be honest, I’m just not really feeling the goal setting thing at the moment. I am still working on my winter goals, and right now that is enough for me.

I find it interesting that so many people set health goals for the beginning of the year. For some reason, a new year = a new start. It is the one day that we allow ourselves to start over, and press the reset button. I have been thinking about goals lately as being more about the journey, and less about perfection. I still have goals, but I don’t have to be perfect day in, and day out, in order to fulfill them. For me, in the past, a new year meant I was going to stick to my diet and exercise goals perfectly. I was going to spend exactly xx amount of time reading my Bible, and xx amount of time loving my husband. I would keep my house perfectly clean, cook xx amount of meals a week, etc. etc.

This year, I think my goals would lean more towards getting out and doing fun things with my family, running a half marathon, working on intuitive eating, and strengthening my relationship with God. I don’t feel a need to achieve my goals perfectly day in and day out. I want to be able to look back at 2015 and feel like I have grown throughout the year.

2014 has been such a good year for me. To highlight a few of its best moments…

  • The birth of my sweet baby girl Lochlyn of course

newborn lochlyn

  • Attending a local mom and baby group regularly
  • Gong for long walks with Lochlyn while she napped (such a good memory that I will always cherish)

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  • Starting to exercise at the gym again, and challenging myself to lift heavy
  • Learning about intuitive eating
  • Our family vacation to a cabin in British Columbia
  • Starting this blog
  • Visiting my in-laws in Manitoba for Thanksgiving and my father in-laws 60th birthday

grandma grandpa and baby

lochlyn opening piano

Some of my favorite blog posts

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napping with mommy

 

This has seriously been one of the best years of my life. I have been blessed with so many memories that I will cherish forever. I am so thankful for what God has done and so excited for what he is going to do. Seriously, God is so good to me and my little family. I am one blessed little lady.

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose”. Romans 8:28

God has made everything in my life work out for good and I couldn’t be more grateful.

 

What is one of your favorite memories from 2014?