pinterest – what a nice time suck

I just spent almost an hour pinning ideas for repainting some old dressers and shelves I have for our new house. Here is the fruit of my labor – I thought I pinned like 20 pictures, but there are only 8 right now. Geesh. I can see how people spend hours doing this stuff. I gave up Facebook last year when the whole Chic-Fil-A thing erupted and I’ve not done much social media since.

I think I’m going to paint one dresser solid green like the one below and put it in my son’s room. That’s his favorite (and really only) color to say at this point…”GEEN!”

Isn't it pretty?

Isn’t it pretty?

Anyhoo, it’s time for bed. And, I’m gonna beat me a dog if it doesn’t lie down and go to sleep! (Not really, but I have stuck my head out the door and chased him off the porch a few times). 🙂



halloween “boo”tcamp class

Today’s 6:15 class inspiration came from Bootcamp Ideas. I was supposed to use pumpkins, but I failed to get any, so we used medicine balls instead. I’d never had this class partner up before, but it worked very well. We had an odd number of participants, so I had to workout too! Here’s what we did.

Warm Up – walked 4 laps around gym, stopping at the end of each lap to do one set of 20 exercises (lunges, squats, jumping jacks)

30 second splits – one partner does 30 seconds of each exercise while the other walks/jogs to the end of the gym and back

  • push ups
  • squat with overhead press (med. ball)
  • crunches holding ball
  • mountain climbers
  • Rest 1 minute, then repeat twice

Circuit – complete as many rounds as possible in 8 minutes. One partner works while the other rests.

  • alternating lunges with med. ball overhead press (20 reps)
  • calf raises with overhead press (20 reps)
  • triceps extensions (20 reps)

Walk 2 laps to cool down and stretch. Complete workout took about 45 minutes and the ladies really seemed to enjoy themselves. We burned off our Halloween treat calories before consuming them!

dreamin’ of home ownership

So, we’re on our way to owning a home a bit more quickly than what I had expected. We were thinking spring, but looks like we might be in by the first of the year! It’s exciting to think about something “new” and a bit intimidating to think of all the little expenses that will add up. I’m sure we’ll do just fine. Thankfully, we’re going to be able to live in the house across the road at no charge while our old house is being moved away and the new one is being set up.

You don’t realize how cluttered your living space is until you take pictures of it. We’re trading our single wide mobile home for a double wide (on a foundation) and I had to take pictures to send to the mobile home folks. I was looking at the pictures and thinking “we have a lot of junk!” I have some weeding out to do.

It’s been a good Monday off from work. I took my son to the indoor pool first thing this morning – we hadn’t been in weeks. We swam, then we had to go get his flu shot. I was going to get mine, but I’ve been sick since last week and still don’t feel 100%, so I will wait til later this week. Then, we had a breakfast treat at Hardee’s and got groceries. He had a good nap and I wanted to nap as well, but the neighbor decided to shoot his big, loud gun. That’s what we get for living in a rural area during hunting season.

I’m going to make one last batch of apple butter so I should have several jars to give away as gifts this year. I also have to figure out how to make a Shrek and Fiona costume for Halloween. My son is going as a donkey, so my husband thought it would be cool if we were his counter parts. Let’s see if I can whip something up between now and then…

An inspiration...

An inspiration…

beating the boredom swim workout

My new suit is something like this minus the ruffles.

My new suit is something like this minus the ruffles.    Too bad that ain’t me wearin’ it! 🙂

I get tired of swimming just laps, so this morning I mixed it up. I wore my new pink bathing suit (got lots of compliments on it) and did the following workout:

  • Swam 4 laps (200 yards) freestyle at moderate pace
  • 2 laps tombstone kick (hold the kick board vertical in the water adding more resistance)
  • Swam 4 laps back stroke at moderate pace
  • 1 minute washboard followed by 1 lap water taxi
  • Swam 2 laps freestyle (faster), then 25 yards butterfly, 25 yards freestyle (repeat once)
  • 20 deck dips (10 each leg) followed by 90 seconds vertical breast stroke
  • Swam 2 laps breast stroke followed by 2 laps freestyle
  • Stretched

By the way, I contracted my son’s cold so yesterday I felt pretty crummy. Today I’m feeling better with just a nagging sore throat and snotty nose. Gotta love fall and winter, eh?

One of my personal training clients just came to my office to tell me she’s super sore from our workout yesterday. Yippee! Mission accomplished.

Well, let’s get ready for a busy day. I have 3 personal training appointments coming up and life guarding the 4th graders again. Keeps me busy!

front yard workout

I’m at home with a sick kid today. Thankfully, it’s just a sneeze and runny nose with low fever. We went to a birthday party Friday night and my son kidnapped another kid’s sippy cup. Before I noticed what was going on, he was drinking out of the kid’s cup. Said kid had an awful runny nose, so I’m thinking that’s where it came from. And I was just bragging on how healthy my son has been all year. He had RSV back in January but has been feeling fine since. I should have known better, huh?!

And my phone isn’t working today for some stupid reason. I am on the Straight Talk plan and it normally works fine, but this morning, I’ve only been able to text my husband. He ended up calling my work for me to tell them I wasn’t coming in today. Doesn’t that sound like a cop out?

Yesterday was a good day off (my normal day off during the week). I took my son and had lunch with a friend. She gave him lots of Halloween treats (books and toys) and even bought me a pretty new bowl for my kitchen. She knows we’re getting ready to dive into the house thing and she wanted me to have something new. It was very sweet. The bowl is glass, but it’s painted with something in teal and gold. Very pretty.

I did a quick workout in my yard yesterday evening since my other friend couldn’t go for a bike ride. This is what I did in maybe 20 minutes….

  • Walked to mailbox to warm up (I had letters to mail)
  • Ran from the swing set to the gate and back twice (I estimate 50-75 yards)
  • 20 squats
  • Repeated the run
  • 10 jumping squats followed by 20 alternating lunges
  • Repeated run
  • 20 bench dips
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 modified push ups (I can only do the girly ones well)
  • Repeated run
  • 20 crunches followed by 10 reach crunches on each side (at this point, the dogs were all over me trying to get some love!)
  • ran around house 5 times
  • one minute plank
  • Walked to in-laws house to pick up son and stretched

My left hamstring is sore this morning, but it’s probably because I was a lazy bum most of the weekend. Plus, my shoes are worn out and the ground was uneven. I normally workout on the wooden floor. I have ordered new shoes that will be here soon. My favorite Sauconys are years old, so I have a new pair coming. I hope they are just as comfy!


My new shoes are on their way!

women’s shapes, dha, and intellegence (and a leaf collection)

Someone left a copy of “Psychology Today” magazine at the gym where I work and I read about 75% of it (most of the time, I look at the images and skim the content). The entire magazine was very interesting, especially this one article about the shape of a woman (figure, not health).  Some of the interesting information I gathered from this article included:

  • Most of the DHA in a mother’s breast milk comes what she has stored over the years in her lower body fat (hips, thighs, etc.)
  • The first child gets the most DHA from the mother which is why first born children tend to be more intelligent than their siblings.
  • Curvier women have more DHA  stored in their body fat which tends to lead to the women and her children being smarter
  • American women generally have less DHA in their bodies than other countries because of our increased consumption of Omega-6 fat instead of omega-3 fats.
    • Get this: “feeding farm animals corn instead of allowing them to graze on their natural diet of grass also increases omega-6 while reducing omega-3 in meat, milk products, and eggs.” Yet another reason to eat NATURAL or ORGANIC meats and dairy products. (I am getting 3 more chickens and a turkey from the local farm soon so I’m really trying hard!)

I never had put that much thought into DHA before. I saw it on the organic milk carton, but didn’t really think it mattered that much. The article also mentioned how important it is for children to have a lot of DHA in their first two years of life due to rapid growth of their brains.

Some other neat info I picked up from the magazine:

  • More folks worked together to complete a puzzle when they were only given chairs rather than a table (the folks with a table didn’t work together at all!)
  • To be more creative, stand and don’t sit.
  • There’s a syndrome that affects kids called PANS (Pediatric acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) where kids wake up one morning with anxiety, emotional meltdowns and more. There can also be an onset of OCD following a case of strep throat. Isn’t that crazy?!

On another note, I took a nature walk today. My son is spending the night with his great aunt and my husband was piddling around the house, so I took off with one of my dogs and my cat. We had a nice little stroll and I took some pictures. The photos don’t do justice for the beautiful scenery, but I thought you might enjoy some of my “leaf collection” (remember those projects from elementary school?).