Happy Happy Monday!! It’s Spring Break here this week which is totally weird and not hitting me yet. With all the snow and ice it just seems too early for SB. Days off can get dicey because Lila’s 2 and Jake is almost 9. Finding things that everyone enjoys is hard. But, I’m determined to make this week fun!!
We had a great weekend. Friday Lila and I met my sis in law and her kiddo’s at the most adorable little play place called The Coop. It’s for littles and has a bounce house, ball pit with slides…and latte’s for the mommas. Hello. I was hooked. The kids played and we talked and just enjoyed getting to do something fun with kiddo’s Lilas age.
Saturday morning was pancakes and gym time..
Not sure why this is the cool place to be. Right in front of the stove. One day I’ll break a bone falling over these two….
Bosu ball and white legs for the win. Seriously people. The need for a tan is real. Bosu ball workout coming your way on Friday favorites this week. Get excited…and I’ll go grab some Jergens tanner.
Anyway, it’s also getting closer to our trip to SPAIN!!! Yes. 8 weeks. We have booked everything so now all that’s left to do is…SHOP. I spent Saturday afternoon and evening shopping with my friend Meredith…and eating tons of queso.
I found some SUPER cute Spain…ish looking outfits. Pics to come this week on Friday Favorites. Again, try to hold back your excitement.
It was so fun to have some girl time with no kids or dirty diapers or “mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” coming from the back seat of the car. We did some serious damage in a short amount of time.
However, I have a beef with the stores. Either I’m just squatting and lunging too much or jeans are getting smaller. I’m going with the latter. I’ve never been one to get discouraged when I try on clothes. Not that I never have things I want to work on, I’m just not someone who thinks of my body that much. Never have been.
I eat good clean food, then I’ll eat queso sometimes but I don’t feel guilty. I work really hard in the gym. Really hard. But, it’s not necessarily to look a certain way or get super skinny. I do what I love and am happy with the results I’ve had. However, I walked away from Nordstrom a little ticked off that every stinking pair of jeans I tried on was made for someone with zero quads or hamstrings….. or baby hips.
Everything was tight. The sizes “fit” but all the styles were tight. You feel me? Am I the only one who just wants a pair of jeans that go on without having to do jump squats to get them into place? Nice comfy jeans. Is that too much to ask? Before you say it, I have leggings, skinny jeans, and boyfriend cut. I just want a cute bootcut old school pair of jeans. Like we wore in 2005. So, in one night I tried on tight jeans and a bathing suit….during the first week in March. Pale much? I found it only fitting to drown my sorrows in a giant bowl of queso. It’s hard being a woman.
Even though I’m placing all the blame on the stores and manufacturers, I’m realizing how much I’ve cut back on my cardio lately. I’ve ramped up my lifting but it’s time to hit both. Not because I want a perfect body or want to lose 30 lbs. Nope. It’s because I know my body responds really well to high intensity cardio combined with strength training.
Between the weather, my ongoing sinus infection and sick kids, my consistency just hasn’t been there. So, I’m using Spain as my motivator to ramp my cardio back up and get back into a great routine. Spring is coming and it’s time to bust out of this winter hole.
So, with that said, I’ve come up with a killer treadmill workout for you runner’s out there wanting to change things up a bit. It’s good to change up your runs. Walking on an incline is great for your legs, glutes and cardiorespiratory training. It makes a boring treadmill run interesting and forces you to use different muscles mid run.
Please note, if you aren’t a runner, it’s ok, you can still tackle this workout. Just replace the 2 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down with a brisk walk. Here we go..do it for the jeans girls.
*Disclaimer. I am a certified personal trainer, however, before you proceed into any exercise routine you should have clearance from your doctor. The workouts I post may not be suitable for everyone so please use caution and common sense. If it’s not something you can do, please please feel free to comment below or shoot me an email and I would be happy to adjust a workout to suit your needs and fitness level. Thanks my friends!!
What’s your favorite Spring Break activity??
How do you find things to do that all kids will enjoy?
What’s your fave way to ramp up your cardio?