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Yesterday marked the last day of the Skinny Ms. 7 Day Ab Challenge I decided to complete. I did every single day listed and every single move as describe, shown, and instructed. I included some of the info for the moves below. However I did not include everything. They have a full set of instructions along with videos to describe all of the moves. Please visit there for complete details on the actual challege.

My thoughts?

Overall I thought it was fun to challenge myself in some way. I do focus a lot on my core and abs in general but this was very structured.

SUNDAY– Complete 1 Circuit = 200 reps…move from one exercise to the next with little to no rest.
Bicycle Crunch – 50 reps (25 each side)
Reverse Crunch – 50 reps
Mason Twist – 50 reps (25 each side)
Leg Lifts – 25 reps
Push Through – 25 reps

Last Sunday was exciting, the first day. I was familiar with all of those moves so it seemed like a breeze.I also ran 3.2 miles prior to completing this day’s moves and I was able to get through it pretty easily.

MONDAY – 8 Minute ABS, Level One

Foot to Foot Crunch – 30 reps
Alternating Curls – 30 reps

Recovery – 30 seconds
Push Through – 30 reps
4 Time Abs – 30 reps

Recovery – 30 seconds
Arm Reaching Crunch – 30 reps
Leg Up Touch Crunch – 30 reps

Recovery – 30 seconds
Cross On Crunch – 30 reps
Double Crunch – 30 reps

Monday was slightly more challenging. I had to watch the video first to make sure I knew how to do all of the moves. My abs were sore at the end but they were not sore on Tuesday.

As a matter of fact the soreness did not carry over into any of the following days.

TUESDAY

Routine #1
Mountain Climbers – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds
Sissors – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds
Knees In and Out – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds
V-Ups – 20 seconds
Rest – 1 minute

Routine #2
Toe Touch – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds
Air Bike – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds
4 Time Abs – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds
Prone Plank – 20 seconds
Rest – 10 seconds

Tuesday was also fairly easy for me. I do most of those moves regularly. My v-ups were a little uncoordinated but I did them. I was tired by the end, but I wasn’t dead. I still worked out and did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

WEDNESDAY – Rest/Recovery Day

Wednesday I did rest my abs. I still did a workout I just did not do any specific core work.

THURSDAY…Complete 3 circuits – move from one exercise to the next with little to no rest.
Flutter Kicks – 30 reps (15 each side)
Side V-ups – 20 reps (10 each side)
Push Through – 30 reps

Thursday was very boring for me. By the 3rd push through I was so bored and wanting it to be over. A different set of moves for these 3 circuits would have better suited me. I don’t like push-throughs at all. I am not sure why, I just don’t.

FRIDAY
Foot to Foot Crunch – 30 reps
Alternating Curls – 30 reps

Recovery – 30 seconds
Push Through – 30 reps
4 Time Abs – 30 reps

Recovery – 30 seconds
Arm Reaching Crunch – 30 reps
Leg Up Touch Crunch – 30 reps

Recovery – 30 seconds
Cross On Crunch – 30 reps
Double Crunch – 30 reps

Friday was Monday all over again, 8 Minute Abs. It kept my attention a little better because I was following the video they provided.

SATURDAY
Side Plank – 20 (10 each side)
Rest – 10 seconds
Side Burpees – 10 reps (5 each side)
Rest – 30 seconds
Plank – Hold 1 minute
No rest
Mason Twist – 50 reps (25 each side)

Saturday was also rather easy. I thought for sure that my abs would be on fire by Saturday. They were not. I think that Saturday could have been more than one set of those. Perhaps 3 circuits again? With the Mason Twist I did use an 8lb weight for added challenge.

I have to attribute the lack of sore tired abs to the fact that I do so much core work regularly. This must have not been a challenge for them in general. I mean my abs do look nice. I was trying on some outfits yesterday and stopped to think that while standing in my bra and jeans. So I am not complaining. I don’t know if it is just how they look or if this made some difference. It was fun to challenge myself to follow through on completing each day, regardless of any boredom I felt. Sure there were times in this challenge that I was tired while doing the moves. 8 minute abs in particular. I was burning. The burn just did not follow me around once I was done working. This challenge may have been better suited for someone who doesn’t regularly do Pilates and other core work. I do, several times a week, almost daily.

I would say if you are not core obsessed and are looking for something to help improve your abs then give this a shot. And if you do a lot of core work already like me, what is the harm in doing this challenge too? That is how I feel. There was no harm done. I may not be burning but it did help to keep my abs toned. Bottom line, toning is toning. I could always do this again and up the work load.

I would and most likely will complete another challenge of theirs in the future. It was fun to make an effort to do this. They do have month long challenges. I wonder if I would have the stamina to complete one of those? They seem to be more about eating though. We will see if one ever piques my interests. If it does and I decide to give it a shot I will write about it, success or failure!

I included some of the info for the moves above, as you read. However, I did not include everything. They have a full set of instructions along with videos to describe all of the moves. Please visit there for complete details on the actual challenge.

I have been using the Daily Burn app for about a week now. I am really enjoying it. I have used the mapmyrun app previously. What I like about this app is that it’s focus is not mainly on running. This is the off season for running for me because it is too cold to drag the kid outside. Plus I just find running in weather that is TOO cold and it is miserable. I actually do better in extreme heat. I digress.

The daily burn tracks

  • Nutrition, if you want. They have a nice list of foods for you to choose from. You can also add foods if you would like. They even have brand name foods and you can search by that name. I was able to find my Lucerne Fat Free Cottage Cheese. (When I tried for about 10 hours to track my food. I don’t like tracking food. I find I tend to eat far too little when I do that and when you are nursing and don’t have a weight problem I don’t think that is really good!)
  • Track Exercises. Their list is rather long of different exercises you can track with calorie totals. Right up my alley. I may not focus on recording every calorie I take in but I do like to track the calories I burn! You can also add exercises online. You may submit them for personal use only, for public use, or both!
  • You can track your weight gain/loss. Depending on your goals.
  • You are able to set goals for yourself.
  • You can view your progress.

This is all with the FREE version. There are even a few free “programs” you can follow. Training plans. There are 3

  • Weight-loss training plan
  • Cardio Training Plan
  • Strength Training Plan

Then there are MANY plans you can follow if you upgrade to Pro. It is only a matter of time before I upgrade.

I have recently begun playing around with their website under my account. There is so much on there as well. I have been able to add some moves that I like to use that I didn’t find on the app. I appreciate that since I am always looking for fun new exercises in magazines and online. I like to keep my workouts fresh so that I avoid a plateau at all costs.

Basically I feel this app has a lot of offer, and I have only used the free version. I recommend it if you are looking for a way to track your fitness goals. Or even your nutrition goals.

You can have friends or as they call them motivators. Check out what they are up to and they can do the same for you. Currently just my hubby is one of my motivators. You can create a profile and there are forums. It is a social network for the fitness freak.

You can create or find challenges to set for yourself. This was an important factor for my hubby. He likes goals set for himself. It keeps him motivated for all things. He wanted something where he could set goals or challenges and then meet them. I don’t need that kind of incentive to stay motivated, it is just part of my life and routine at this point, but if you do feel you need that, it is here for you.

I haven’t found anything I dislike so far. Other than wanting to explore a few things that ended up being part of the pro account. I understand that. I am not bothered. They are a company and want to make a profit so they can feed their families. I get it. So I can wait until I decide to upgrade.

I highly recommend this app and site. I am obsessed and loving it.

I am always looking for fun new moves or techniques to incorporate into my routine. Sometimes the same old moves can get boring. And while I never get bored enough with working out to skip it, something new is always refreshing.

I discovered this one through the new app I am using, Daily Burn. I plan to do a review on it when I have used it for over a week. But I also found the move on Women’s Health when I decided to write this post.

The Spiderman Pushup.

Oh my it is fun! Change up the same old pushup with a little spice. As usual I included a photo and the instructions below. You can always click on the link above to check it out directly at the site though.

“Assume the standard pushup position. As you lower your body toward the floor, lift your right foot off the floor, swing your right leg out sideways, and try to touch your knee to your elbow. Reverse the movement, then push your body back to the starting position. Repeat, but on your next repetition, touch your left knee to your left elbow. Continue to alternate back and forth.”

I admit at first I was a little hesitant to try it. Not because I thought it was stupid, but I can be uncoordinated. I pictured a disaster of me falling because my balance didn’t hold up. I found it to be surprisingly easy to manage. Tough on the muscles but I was able to do it without face planting! That is always a plus. It is a move I will be using often in my routines. Fun and challenging. Two great things!

I have been wanting to share some of my favorite moves. I have just been so busy with the holiday season already. We are hosting every holiday this year. We did Thanksgiving, we are doing both Christmas Eve and day! While I am being strict with my workouts I have been lax in blogging about them. I guess you only have so much time for things in life and if I have to choose, workouts will always win haha

I am currently obsessed with this core work move! It actually tones the shoulders, triceps, and core. I even squeeze my buttocks a bit in an effort to get some toning in for that.

I found this on Women’s Health.

The instructions can be found at that link. I also pasted them below!

Lie facedown on a fitness ball, with both hands on the floor. Walk your hands out, allowing the ball to roll beneath your body until it is under your shins. Your hands should be directly below your shoulders, so it looks like you’re ready to do a pushup. Keeping your torso straight and your abs contracted, bend your elbows and lower your chest toward the floor. Stop when your upper arms are parallel to the floor. (A) Return to start, and immediately contract your glutes as you lift your right leg off the ball. (B) Lower your right leg to the ball, then lift the left leg. That’s one rep. 8 to 12 reps

Make the move harder by placing the ball under the tops of your feet. Make it easier by keeping the ball under your knees.

 

I have gotten to the point where the knees feel way too easy. The shins are still difficult enough though. I am looking forward to when I can move the ball to the tops of my feet.

There are a few other moves in that article that are also great. I just found this one particularly challenging and I have really been pushing myself lately. I have been focusing on toning a lot more than I was immediately after I had him. I try to do toning and cardio at least 6 days a week. It has been closer to every day though, I must admit. I have lost a bit more weight. Not even pregnancy weight at this point. I weighed in today at 122.8lbs.

I have also noticed a huge change in my muscle tone. Um, it is back! Finally. Even my quads. I am loving how my legs look like their old selves. My arms are looking nice and toned again. Hello biceps, I missed you lovely lady guns. I am also beginning to feel happy with my abs.

This is from today. Jack will be 10 months in a week. So post baby 9 months 3 weeks! I was reflecting today about how hard losing the baby weight was. I even browsed the last few photos taken of me preggo! YIKES! Nothing like a little refresher to remind you of how far you have come. I am enjoying feeling like my old strong self again. That is the most important part. That I feel toned and strong. I missed lifting weights. I was told I couldn’t. Advice I don’t believe I will adhere to as strictly if I were to ever get pregnant again. Now having gone through this one time, if we ever for some reason decide to have another I will already know what I am capable of. Although, I have no plans to have another. A big reason is because it took so much work to get back to where I was. I don’t feel like doing it all over again. It is exhausting. I enjoy being here, focusing on toning and maintaining.

 

This is my favorite time of year to run. Well, as long as the weather is fall weather and not an Indian Summer. We have fall weather right now. I went for a run yesterday. A little over 2 miles only. We had Gymboree at 11:15 and I wanted to make sure Jack had some nap time before then. I still cannot run the entire route along our lake because of construction.

Yesterday during my run I started thinking. I saw another mom running with her jogger. She had headphones on. I used to always run listening to music. There was no way I could run without listening to tunes. I spent a good deal of time with playlists or skipping past songs I felt interfered with my focus.

Then I had Jackson. I started trying to listen to music while on my elliptical. Usually not on my headphones. Just playing it from my phone so I could still hear other things in the house. But then he would be napping and I would be listening for him or trying to not cause a wake up. This was early on where he would not sleep very well. Now he is an excellent sleeper. Our cats fighting outside his room won’t even cause him to stir.

Slowly that music phased out. I would just work out hoping he wouldn’t wake up from his nap before I had time to finish and shower.

I started running again when he was around 4 months old. I was going by myself, headphones in ear, iPhone in hand. Tunes narrating my run. I did not really think about it. It was just what I do, that is how I run, that helps keep me motivated.

We got the jogger when he was over 5 months old. I never even considered using my headphones when I started running with him. I never even had an internal debate, to listen or not to listen. I didn’t even think to use them. I wanted to hear my surroundings, I wanted to be able to hear him if he needed something or dropped something. He will be 8 months in a week and a half. I did not even notice that I don’t run with music until I saw the other mom yesterday.

I got to thinking after that. I do not miss it. I really enjoy just being in the nature. The only sounds narrating my runs are ones I encounter naturally. It is kind of freeing not trying to find the perfect jam to keep you motivated. My thoughts motivate me, my time with Jack motivates me, the little baby weight I have left (I lost more weight, I am 125lbs now!) motivates me, staying fit motivates me. I don’t need the music.

I am not knocking music. We listen to it all day long. It is a huge part of our day. I sing and dance for and with him. I am a huge music person. But on my runs with my favorite running buddy, it is just him, me, and the world around us. It feels good. It is refreshing. I will have to thank him one day for opening my ears to all that is around me for that 30-40 minutes of the day.

I talk about the SHAPE with Summer Sanders Dvd a lot.  It has occurred to me that I have never written a detailed post just about this Dvd! How strange, since I use it so often and I really love it. I have used it a lot and lately I have been doing at least one of the sessions a couple times a week. I have been switching it up between going on 3.6 mile runs and then this Dvd. Today will be a Dvd day because it is supposed to be a high of 85 and I feel that is too hot to make Jackson sit in the stroller for that long, even in the morning.

There are three workouts:

  • Jumpstart Cardio
  • Calorie-Burning Inferno
  • Core Power Boost

There is an option to mix and match these as well, to make your program longer if you would like. They also offer a link to a free Quick Ab Flatteners Digital Workout. You just have to give them your email address and you get a 10 minute ab focused tough workout.

What I like:

  • That there are three workouts. I often switch them up. This way I don’t get stuck in a rut and a weight loss plateau for too long.
  • Each workout is not too long. Now, let me explain, because in a way this is a con too. But currently for me this is a good thing. Jackson does not mind going on runs that can last almost 40 minutes. He will happily sit in the stroller, taking in nature, and just relaxing. Jackson will not sit in the living room and watch me exercise for 40 minutes while he is sitting on the floor or in his saucer. He is a 6 1/2 month old if he sees me looking silly he thinks it is play time! So for me, indoor workouts need to be tough, efficient, and quick. This is exactly that!
  • They make you sweat. All three of them. This is not some leisurely video. No way! Even the core power boost makes you drip with sweat, and it is not cardio focused like the other two.
  • They are funny and silly instructors. But they know what they are talking about. You are repeatedly told to not worry if you have to take a rest or you can’t quite keep up. That this is designed for you and it is ok to take it at your own pace. I appreciate that. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but there are times I have a hard time keeping up. I am not quite an Olympic Athlete or a professional trainer! So it is nice to hear encouragement that yes, it is ok to feel tired!
  • The weight loss and size loss that have come along with doing this Dvd! Yesterday I was at Loft trying on clothing. The size 2 jeans were too loose in the waist. So were a pair of size 2 cargo capris. I also put on an xs dress and I felt it was a bit too baggy in my upper body. So I did not get either. Jackson was running out of mall patience so I did not bother looking for anything smaller. He is a boy after all, and really does not like the mall, even at this age. 6 months ago I was in dressing rooms near tears because I couldn’t even squeeze into a size 6. I was thinking, “I will never be skinny again. I will never get back to what I was before this baby.” I have been dedicated to losing this weight. I truly believe this Dvd has had a huge part in helping me lose the weight and drop sizes. I do run and whatnot, but I do use this Dvd too.

What I think about each workout:

  • I feel the Calorie Burning Inferno is the toughest workout. For me at least. It has gotten easier the more I do it. Man my chubby post baby self really struggled with that one at first. Now that I am nearly back to my old self, two pounds, I have a much easier time. But I still get out of breath. I still feel the burn, although, the next day I don’t burn quite like I used to. I have to admit that with this one, sometimes I am wondering how much longer I have left. Probably because I do struggle with this one a bit more than the others. So it is a mental thing at this point. I just need to dig and get through it. I keep telling myself I am losing inches!
  • My favorite one to do is the Jumpstart Cardio. I feel it is a good mix between cardio and strength training. I don’t find myself wondering how much is left. The workouts are fun and even different, like the frog hop at the end!
  • The Core Power Boost will make you sweat! A lot of balance and weight work with this one. I was shaky at first with the balance. Again, I had just had a baby and everything with me was “off” but after time I have gotten better. Not perfect, but better. I have noticed an improvement in my balance when doing this routine, which means my core is getting stronger.
  • Ab Flatteners Digital Workout is amazing! AMAZING! It burns oh so bad, but you know it is oh so good! Ten straight minutes without a break of ab work is just fantastic. It is not just crunches either. Sure, we do a some crunching, but there are other ab moves that work other muscles in there. I particularly like that they do one back move at the end. It really feels good to strengthen your lower back after all of that ab work. They talk about how we are just balancing things out, and I couldn’t agree more.

What I don’t like…this is a stretch…

  • I do wish the workouts could be longer, or at least that there was a longer option to choose from. Ha, I know I said that I like that they are short. But sometimes the hubby is home and I do have some more time to workout. I suppose I could just start doing more than one at a time. So like I said, this is a stretch. It is more just me probably being exhausted and wanting to say I would like more! But I probably really don’t.
  • I like this but as a warning to anyone who has bodily issues, knee, back, etc. You do a lot of jumping in this dvd. A lot. I really can’t do it upstairs because it sounds like I am coming through the ceiling to Jason and Jack. I love the jumping, a great workout, but if you have any injuries in which this isn’t a move you should be doing, you may want to consider that. They do offer some alternatives but not all the moves can be totally modified for no jumping. Just a thought!
  • That is it, really. Which are not true dislikes…ha!

What you will need:

  • Weights. I have two sets. A 3lb (bought those for when I was knocked up) and an 8lb set. I switch it up depending on my energy at that moment. Sometimes I start with the 8 and get a bit fatigued so I go down the 3lb set.
  • Gym shoes. You do a lot of jumping, it is just easier on your knees with good shoes on. I use my running shoes.
  • A positive attitude! Ready to work hard and sweat.
  • A computer, dvd player, gaming system that allows you to play dvds. I currently use my laptop.
  • That’s it! Nice and simple!

Overall I highly recommend this Dvd. I have recommended it to a lot of women I know. I can sing it’s praises every day. On a side note, her Prenatal Dvd is also amazing! I recommend that to a lot of preggo women. It is how I became introduced to this amazing pair of women.

 

Ha! Excuse my humor. I just thought this title was too funny. That is what my baby is, a silly little weaner hahaha. Ok…on to my post….

I went to the Baby Bistro Ice Cream Social yesterday at my hospital. Jack had been doing really well with nursing so I just briefly mentioned my issue. It was packed there too. The LC thought it could  have been that I was very sweaty the one day of the “incident.” That he may have not liked the taste because sweat tastes salty. I felt that it was so busy that I didn’t want to try to explain it all. Then last night he had a bad feed, very fussy. He tried eating for about 20 minutes, which is odd for him these days. Unless it is bedtime. Then he sometimes luxuriously nurses. He was still grumpy after. He had a hard time staying latched. Very distracted. I had just made him some apples so I fed a bit to him and he was happy. Sigh….just when I thought things were going better and that I had made a big deal over a small bump in the road. THEN last night before bed, an hour and half or so after that fussy feed and the apples it was bedtime.

He did not have to nurse to fall asleep! WHAT?!?!? I was in shock. I tried to nurse him but I think he wasn’t hungry after his apples. He snacked for a few minutes then pulled off and wanted to try to look around his dark room. So I gave him binky and put him in the crib and he put himself to sleep. He did not wake up at all last night and as a matter of fact he is still asleep.

So he is doing his own things these days and I feel like I am running behind him saying, “wait, slow down, you’re still a baby. Right??? You are still a baby?” I am going to regular Baby Bistro on Monday again to talk with her. I don’t think it will be quite the celebration it was yesterday at a normal meeting.I just want to some tips on how to deal with self-weaning. I want to go 6 more months!

Anyway on to a way more awesome note. I had not been to Bistro since Jackson was over 2 months old. I had a pumping question so I went. I really have not had a hard time with breastfeeding compared to most women. Other than now, that it seems my little man likes my cooking for him as much as his milky. Which it isn’t a constant feeding issue yet either. It is less than once a day that he has a fit about this. So I can breathe a bit easier. He isn’t on a full blown nursing strike! He is just growing up and is becoming more interested in solids sometimes. He does generally still nurse about every two hours during the day. Sometimes it is clearly just a snack, he will nurse for 4 minutes and then be done. I have decided I will be here on demand for him because I do not want him to wean. So if he wants to nurse, he gets to nurse. I truly do not believe it is a bad thing for my son to snuggle with me and nurse even if it is just because he is thirsty, stressed, lonely, or even just bored. There is nothing wrong with bonding time, and keeping my milk production flowing!

Ok back to my awesome point. So I was talking to the LC and she couldn’t quite place me. She asked if I had been there before and I explained I had and when and how long it has been. Before I left we were chatting briefly again and she said “You look SO great. I mean really fit. I think that is why I didn’t recognize you at first! You really look great!” What a compliment! It felt nice to have someone say something about how different I look already.

Jason asked me, “so was she saying you were a fatty the last time she saw you?” I said, “I don’t think so. I had just had a baby two months before that. I still had some of the mushy baby weight on me. It is a GOOD thing that someone whom I have not seen in some time notices the difference in me. If she didn’t, then it would mean all of my hard work was for nothing.” He then agreed that my analysis was true. As a note, Jason never ever once said I looked fat or big or unattractive while pregnant or after! Quite the opposite actually. He always has been unable to keep his mitts to himself when it comes to me. You have to understand his sense of humor, which is dry and sarcastic, and sometimes gets him into trouble. So when he made that comment to me, I knew that he wasn’t saying he ever thought that. He was just being funny. So don’t worry, he doesn’t and hasn’t thought I was “a fatty” because I grew and birthed him his son! I wouldn’t be married to a man who treated me that way.

It just felt nice to hear someone that I do not know say that about me. She had no reason to say this to me. She didn’t know that I work out regularly. She didn’t know that my passion is fitness. She just thought I looked that way.

 

The baby weight journey is getting closer and closer to an end. Yesterday I weighed myself and the result was….drumroll please…..126.2lbs! It is kind of funny though. I have been taking a break from running. Not because I wanted to but because the weather was absolutely uncooperative. I had mentioned I started doing my SHAPE dvd again, along with squeezing in a run whenever temps were mild enough (like yesterday), tubing, wake boarding, and the general activity that comes with having a 6 month old. I also wear him a lot and he is pushing 17lbs. Not to mention that on vacation this past week I went on a hot walk with my family. I ended up carrying two of my cousins, no not at the same time, up and down a few hills for quite some time. Their little legs were tired so I decided I would give them some relief. My aunt was hilarious and said “Ok Jillian” haha One is 7 and one is 5 years old.

I am happy with my progress. I do not feel perfect yet, but I have previously shared that even before I had Jackson I never was 100% satisfied with my body. That is my battle to fight. I am used to it by now. I am incredibly picky and hard on myself.

But I am enjoying the satisfaction that comes with this weightloss. Hitting the 126 mark really feels like some boundary line. It is as if weighing 126 and below is satisfactory in my book. I do not know why this number feels so golden, but it does. I am so close to the platinum number that I feel really relaxed about it now.

I will definitely be back to normal before Jackson’s big Mouseka-bash in February. Oh yes, his party is going to be Mickey themed, since Mickey is his favorite.

What are your weightloss tips? How has your journey been going? Are you already at your golden number? Or maybe you have hit that platinum goal number! Maybe you have been successful at maintaining weightloss (I am looking forward to that day, ah a little less work and anxiety! I can maintain weight easily, I have done it before!) Share your thoughts/tips below!

Today my baby is OVER six months old. Yesterday he turned 6 months. On Wednesday night I was clinging to the fact that it was his last night being 5 months old. I truly feel as if time is just slipping through my fingers like sand. I love him so much it is ridiculous. I am in wonder of him. He is just an amazing person. I find it fascinating how quickly their personalities shine through. I wrote a bit about this on facebook yesterday but I will mention it again. He is so very brave and courageous. I see it in him every day. If he wants something he goes for it. He thinks about the consequences later, like falling over while sitting up. He normally sits supported by his own hands, yet he always wants to play with something while sitting. He just goes for it. Lets go with one or both hands to grab for his toy. I am always there to catch him right now, but he just goes for it and will take the tumble, as long as he gets his toy. I know that I am in trouble very soon as he starts moving. He is going to be in everything. And honestly, that is ok. I want him to explore and develop his curiosity.

Speaking of that, yesterday was his last time at Level 1 Gymboree class. Next Thursday he begins Level 2! Yikes! I think it will be fun though, even during his adjustment period. I think we will learn a lot of fun things to try out at home.

Being a mom is hard and tiring work. No doubt about that. I feel more exhausted now than I did in the beginning. He has been sleeping through the night lately but yet I am always utterly exhausted at the end of the day. Because we do so much more now.

I am pretty sure he has started posing for photos with me. He does this move in a few lately lol

Our days are filled with adventure. I love it. I feel so accomplished at the end of the day. I spent the day helping my little man grow, explore, develop, and learn. I have always wanted to be a mom. Playing house was my most favorite game as a little girl. I would dream of how great it was. But I never imagined it would be this amazing. Hard, tiring, amazing, wonderful, lovely, messy, worrisome, all of those in one huge bundle of awesome. I wouldn’t change a thing. Like I mentioned in my last post, I am totally satisfied with our life right now. It has been crossing my mind a lot lately, how blessed I am to honestly feel satisfied and content with life!

On a totally different note. Mosquitoes have been cramping my style lately. I am itching, pun intended, to go for a run.  However, where we live, in Lake County, the mosquitoes have been ridiculous. I was outside for about 3 minutes the other day at 2pm. I tried to take Jack swimming in his splash pool. I was swarmed! I counted at least ten brand spanking new bites! I rushed him back inside. I want to go running but the area where I run is very woodsy and there are several yards along the way I know are prone to flooding AND I run around the lake. All a perfect storm for the little bloodsuckers. So I haven’t been getting out there. I have been doing my SHAPE dvd. It is what it is. I miss the runs but I cannot put him at risk with the bites or myself really since I nurse him. It is going to be time very soon for me to look into getting a membership somewhere. First it was the out of control heat and now it is these bugs. Fall will be here soon enough and that should be nice. There are a couple 5ks I plan to do with Jason and Jack. How fun, family runs!

So here is to the next 6 months, which I am sure will fly by even quicker than the first. Sometimes I cannot believe how quick one single day flies by! We are movin and shakin towards his 1st birthday!

I BOUGHT A JOGGER!!!! It will arrive today! I am SO excited and proud of myself for finally taking the plunge.  Tonight we are going to go on a family evening run together. Jason and I used to do that from time to time when we lived downtown. Until our car was broken into during a run. Then Jason had little interest in going. We moved out here a few months later after finding out we were pregnant. Shortly after we moved here I stopped running because Jack man liked to hit my bladder when running. Honestly, I think we got pregnant because our car was broken into. It was an insane month and we were so busy dealing with that and some other things that for once we weren’t thinking about getting pregnant. We had been trying for 8 months!

I went on a 3 mile walk on Friday with him in the big boy stroller and he did amazing. He likes being in the stroller outside. Now, in a mall where momma is shopping for clothing, not so much. I think tonight should go well. I think we will all have a nice time.

If all goes well tomorrow morning the lil man and I can go for a run as soon as he wakes up and eats his breakfast. Instead of hanging out inside watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! HA! Not that I think it is bad that he watches this show from time to time, but a break outside of the house is nice. He enjoys being outside. I am looking forward to getting out and about with him more now that he is older. I have so much fun doing things outside with him. I am seriously so excited.

I decided to go with a BOB Revolution SE Single. I read through reviews on Amazon and I liked a lot of the points people wrote about. I obviously cannot say yet how I feel about it, but I am guessing I will be happy with it. I have never used any other jogger before, so I have nothing to bias myself. I chose the orange one because of safety. I figured we would be easier to spot with a bright orange stroller, so a vehicle would have an easy time seeing us and not hitting us accidentally. I normally have at least one piece of bright colored clothing on when I run outside for this reason as well. The last thing I want is to blend in.

I have never really spent a big chunk of money on something for my sport before. I had a hard time swallowing the price of it. I kept trying to put off the purchase, because they are pricey. Jason finally said it is smarter to buy it sooner rather than later so that you get more use out of it for the amount we are spending. He is/was right. That makes sense. I have been reading about joggers since before I even had him. There are a few conclusions I came to after all of my reading. Which led me to choose this one.

If you don’t like this stroller, please do not bother letting me know that. To each his own. I am not knocking any other strollers, this is just the one I believe is for my family and me.  (I may still be paranoid from the facebook debacle last week ha!)

Tonight will be family fitness night. I think it will be fun for us all to go on runs together more frequently. Soon we will also buy some bikes so we can do bike rides together too. Yes, we are totally going to be that family you see working out together. Don’t worry though, we will never purposely be wearing matching “outfits” Jason would never let that occur. He hates for us all to be matching. Hates it with a passion.

Here’s to staying fit with the two most awesome boys in the entire world!