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I loved this post by Mel over at The Clothes Make the Girl — because she calls it like she sees it. I am trying to be realistic and realize it’s ok to indulge once in a while — it doesn’t make you a failure or a bad person. You let yourself indulge – nothing more, nothing less. You get back on track the next day — nothing to panic about. Getting on track may mean your journey has more uphill than originally mapped out — but eventually you are back on even ground and you had fun getting there!
So dear readers, if you indulge in your favorite holiday treats, enjoy every bite and remember that there might be some consequences to be paid… but just like Scrooge, you can be redeemed by lessons learned, good behavior, and the love of the season.
So – for those of you enjoying the spirit of Christmas today — Relax & Enjoy. I for one am going to sleep in, let my body recover after all those brutal workouts this week — and enjoy the time with my husband and kids.
I hope you are enjoying the love of your family, friends and life! Life is so short and has lots of unexpected twists and turns — so take today to appreciate all you have!
Yesterday was a crazy busy day — Scotty and I headed out to finish our last minute holiday shopping and then we spent a few hours wrapping the gifts. This is pretty good for us as we usually wait until the night before so we are already ahead of last year’s schedule.
Then I headed out to another practice WOD from Crossfit Impavidus*. Now if you are keeping count – Weds eve I did a WOD, Thurs AM I did boot camp and Thurs eve I did another Crossfit Impavidus WOD and this one was a doozy!
60 jump ropes
PVC Shoulder stretch
KB Swings 18lbs
6 RFT (rounds for time)
25 push ups
50ft broad jump
20 35lb KB swings
I have a feeling I am forgetting an exercise but we had to yell round after each round bc after the 1st one – you seriously are so delirious you can’t count. After my run outside yesterday morning — my lungs were hating this workout and I was still coughing and catching my breath for an hour post workout.
Then I rushed home – got dressed to head out to a friend’s holiday party. I am glad I went because I ran into some old friends and met some new ones! Kids were invited and that was definitely a plus! Both my kids made some new friends and when it was time to go – they both weren’t ready. That’s a sign of a successful party for us! I had not eaten dinner either so while there I stocked up on turkey, sausage and veggies and salad they had out. I was starving after that workout — and had 2nd helpings of protein and ended with a gourmet german chocolate cupcake! Yum!
We got home late — got to bed late — and yes, I still planned on getting up for boot camp at 5A.
*Crossfit Impavidus has contracted me to do some social marketing on their behalf — Although I have always been a fan of HIIT and Crossfit so my opinions are my own!
Thanksgiving, as its name attests, is a time for us to be grateful for the things we have—whether it’s a loving family and friends, health, material wealth, a decent job or good child care to make our juggles go more smoothly.But giving thanks isn’t just a custom that we should do once a year as our families gather around a turkey. In today’s Health Journal column, Melinda Beck explains how giving thanks actually improves our mental and physical health—and that of our kids—and should be incorporated regularly into our lives.Recent studies have shown that adults who often feel grateful are more energetic, optimistic, happier and have more social connections than those who do not. What’s more, grateful people earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections, Beck writes. Meanwhile, kids who regularly give thanks tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches and feel more satisfied with their friends, families and schools than those who don’t, Beck adds.
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The family is headed to my old stomping grounds of North Jersey for the labor day weekend. The kids love going into NYC and I really want to hit up the jersey shore. It’s so funny how you don’t appreciate how close you live to all these great things when you are young. I lived 30 mins from NYC, 1 hr from Philly, 1 hr from the shore. I mean – come on – how great is that and I couldn’t wait to move out of Jersey when I graduated High School.
I want to make sure we have a general plan for this weekend — so Thursday it’s the shore, Friday – NYC. I want to find something out of the norm for the family in NYC though. We have been many times and always do the same thing — 5th Avenue walking, central park, Times Square, and once or twice — the Natural History Museum. I am going to do some research on things to do with Kids in NYC. I was thinking about heading to the Bronx or Staten Island Zoo. I haven’t been since I was a kid and I have a lot of memories of those trips. We could also go to South Street Seaport with the kids — I just have to figure out timing…
A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own. ~Lisa Rogers
I wanted to reflect for a min about father’s day and how that day has become more meaningful to me. A few years ago I was not sure what the heck was going to become of my family’s future. We were just starting to realize what we were dealing with: colon cancer. Although I certainly didn’t dwell on the what could happen scenarios, I can look back now and realize how lucky my family is.
Scott is a wonderful, caring person who sees the world at times with such wonderful childlike eyes. It is a quality that I lack so finding a ying to my yang was perfect. He is a wonderful father who is sharing in the raising the 2 amazing kids we created. They have so many great qualities that without question come from him. Having watched end of school year transitions with both Nate and Hannah this past week, I see those qualities coming out loud and clear. Scott is a great father. He shows sensitivity, strength, courage, humor and seriousness – all qualities that shine through when needed. He would give up anything for those kids – he knows it and more importantly, they know it.
I didn’t grow up living with my dad. My parent’s divorced when I was around 3 and my dad lived in another state for as long as I can remember. It is something that really did affect me long term. I remember moments where I wished I could do something with my dad – but he wasn’t around. We talked every Sunday and when he lived close, we saw each other regularly. Once he moved to California though, it was more like once or twice a year. That really isn’t much time to forge a meaningful father/daughter relationship. I am not blaming – it is what it is and I am who I am now because of all my past experiences. I am just happy that my kids don’t have to adjust to that sort of life, like I did.
Father’s teach their kids so many things. Things that are just not in my nature to even think about and for that, I am thankful. Here’s to many many many more Father’s Days!
The “Memorial” in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:
- by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- by visiting memorials.
- by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
- by flying the ‘POW/MIA Flag’ as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
- by participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance“: at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
- by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
This is a pic of my mom and I at my brother’s wedding last August in Carmel, CA. My mom is an amazing lady and I am lucky to have her in my life.
Right now Scott is making me pumpkin pancakes! Life for me is good – Enjoy your day – do something that makes you happy!