em Does Stumbling

I’ve been reflecting on my shitty progress last week.

I’d say that my schedule didn’t allow me to work out as much as I’d like, but it would be a half lie. Something was just holding me back last week, and I feel so disappointed in myself.

To try to prevent this, I’ve created a physical workout schedule for the week that I will adhere to. There’s something about putting pen to paper that solidifies my commitment.

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It consists of Running 6 days a week, Yoga every other day, and some recreational classes. Interesting, no?

I plan to rise above this funk and try to get abs by Friday someday.

I hope you all are having a better Monday than I am.

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Til next time!

em Does Yoga.

Today was one of those glorious days. I am a “small things” person, so all of these things together just melted into a perfect, 80 degree, day.

This morning, I ran – to the Yoga studio by me. I set my outdoor running PR of one mile in 12 minutes, 35 seconds. The whole time I was miserable, thinking I was not making time but I actually kept a pace of 13 minutes a mile which isn’t too shabby.

As I walked into the studio, Bamboo Moves Palisades Park, I was greeted by the aroma of incense. The overall atmosphere was wonderfully calming. I elected to take the All Levels course, because I had previously taken yoga religiously and wanted a bit of a challenge…and to my surprise, it went really well. Part of what made it really nice was the class size…there was 4 of us, so it was really intimate. I also liked that the instructor asked us what we wanted to work on, and incorporated our suggestion into the routine. On top of this, she showed me how to start developing the technique to get into inversions. I’ve secretly longed to be able to do this, and I think that’s what really won me over. I am excited to take another class there, and considering I have unlimited classes for the month, I definitely will be back soon.

I was then lucky enough to spend the day with my son at the Zoo. We also went to my favorite restaurant for some food. We took selfies and had all sorts of fun.

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I also tried our local frozen yogurt store, which was amazing, and I surprised my oldest son with a room makeover.

Everything about the day was perfect, and it was a pretty wonderful start to the first week of October.

I hope you all are having a great day too, and of course, happy Sunday!

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em Does Injury.

I am a mother of three amazing boys. All three of these boys – Vinny (7), Leo (3) and Alexander (1) – have different fathers. Don’t judge my poor life decisions, judge where I’ve come from them.

Anyway, there’s something that really gets my goat, and it’s the great opposition everyone has to my oldest son playing football this year. Vinny and Leo’s dads both seem to be really concerned that he will potentially get hurt. Vinny is the smallest guy on his team, and is generally smaller than most kids his age, so on top of this, the coaches and parents on the team baby him and make exceptions so he doesn’t get hit during practice.

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I understand he’s small but what is the point of shielding our kids from pain?? I never understood this approach to life. Let’s avoid anything that potentially hurt us because it’s safer. It doesn’t matter if it teaches us something, if it causes pain, it isn’t worth it.

What are we teaching our kids?! Are we teaching them that they should be fearful of the world? They shouldn’t try new things or dare to be different because there are negative consequences?

On top of that, everyone seems to forget the positives from being involved in this sport. How are we supposed to learn how to deal with pain if we have never been hurt before? What about the team building experience? Or the health benefits from being regularly active?

Maybe it’s just me but I am very proud to say my little runt is a football player! He has learned so much and has come leaps and bounds since his first day. I look forward to the rest of his development this season and I can’t wait to root him on at his next game!

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Parents, how do you feel about letting kids try sports that may have more risk than normal?

Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Thursday Evening!

em Does Weight Lifting.

I’ve been reading a little bit more into weight training ever since I mentioned it a few days ago. Today, I decided to take a weight training class that my gym offers to try to learn a little more about what types of exercise to do and form.

I have taken this class twice in the past, and with all the regular working out I’ve been doing, I’ve been able to notice a difference. I’m able to lift more and make it through the class with ease. My struggle is form…but I guess it comes with practice, right?

Hopefully I can grow a pair and actually use the barbells outside of the studio on my own, especially since I have a specific workout in mind. There’s something intimidating about the gym rats doing their thing…especially since I’m a lifting n00b.

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Other than working out, I was lucky enough to spend my day off with my boyfriend, sans-kids. We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which was amazing. And we got to have burgers at my favorite burger spot…BareBurger! All I have to say about that is…”I am Groot”!

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I hope you all are enjoying your hump day, both literally and figuratively and look out for an extra special opinion piece tomorrow!

em Does Pumpkin

This morning, I decided to finally try the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie that RunningPhierce posted last week. Sorry in advance!

I guess I should have read the part of the recipe where it says this beverage is a smoothie. Boy, this was not my cup of tea. I think it may have been the expectation of a protein shake consistency…that or the poor substitution choice of Java Flavored protein powder. Either way, not for me, but would be good for you smoothie fans.

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However, I did discover this amazeballs pumpkin cookie recipe that uses OATS and PUMPKIN PUREE. This was instant YUM. I subbed out the white sugar for Stevia, added Pumpkin Pie Spice, because, well Pumpkin Pie Spice is amazing in and of itself, and nixed the cranberries. The cookies were surprisingly moist, and deliciously yummy….and only 108 calories per dollop of perfection.

I think my next conquest might be Pumpkin Ravioli, kind of like the Healthy Choice frozen meals, although it sounds like a daunting task.

What are your favorite pumpkin flavored items?

Hope you don’t have a case of the Mondays!

em Does Busy Sundays

Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a social gathering type of person. I am fortunate enough to have few friends, and of those friends, the chances of any of them hosting a wedding is probably just as equal as hitting the lottery. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is the complete opposite.

Today we went to his best friend’s engagement party. I managed to find a nice, last minute outfit at the outlets last night…and Ineed to mention that it was only $45…including shoes.

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Fancy, huh.

Anyway, there was Arbor Mist champagne. (I had no idea what it was, so calorie tracking was damn near impossible) Occasionally, my boyfriend would leave me to go socialize…thank God for booze. The food was surprisingly good and had low calorie options. Good job in that department.

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People watching usually becomes the most entertaining thing at these sort of functions. It was refreshing to see that there was another woman who was equally as antisocial as I, sulking in her misery. We also got to sit next to one of my boyfriend’s childhood friends, who was weird in a normal way.

All in all, it was OK for a social gathering, I guess.

Time to gear up for the Sunday run!
Happy Sunday!

em Does the Comfort Zone

Lately, I’ve been feeling unsatisfied with my workouts. A lot of times I’m left thinking that I can probably do more. Part of me wants to double my run distance and start getting into new forms of exercise, but a very large part of me is scared. I’ve gotten injured from working out improperly in the past, and I feel like previous injuries are plaguing my conscious when it comes to pushing myself further.

One thing I am looking forward to adding into my routine is yoga. I was blessed to have one of the most amazing yoga instructors a few years back when I lived in New York. Once I left, I was forced to leave him behind, and my yoga experience has never been the same. I haven’t been able to keep up with it on my own and I’m weary that another yoga studio will not offer me as much enjoyment as he did.

I am starting to feel the itch to yoga again (please ignore my clear grammatical error). I’ve looked up studios in the area and I’m thinking of giving one a shot. I’m hoping that this is a move in the right direction. Maybe I can finally get back in contact with my inner yoga spirit animal.

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There a few more things on my exercise bucket list I am going to look into doing this month. Among those are TRX Suspension Training, Pilates, Weight Lifting, and Rock Climbing (again!). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I hope you all are enjoying your Saturday shopping and visiting family, because I know I will be soon!

Happy Saturday 🙂