Monthly Archives: April 2013

Take Time Tuesday {#5}

Thanks to Katie for another Take Time Tuesday! 🙂

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This week I’m thankful for my awesome, sweet, caring, and always inspiring and motivating hubby. ❤

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Not only is he a caring, loving and genuinely sweet person, he’s a fantastic daddy and super sweet husband! I especially adore the fact that he gets ME and all the things I’m completely and entirely passionate about. I especially love that he always motivates me and always allows me to take the time I need for myself.

20130430-222916.jpgLast night, I was exhausted and decided to skip out on my evening cardio. I had literally just decided to take it easy and slack off, even though I knew  I would feel better if I ran. I simply had no desire and no motivation whatsoever. Then my husband says, “hey babe, go for a run, I’ll keep an eye on A”  Instantly, those few words did it. It was nothing big, no glorious speech or motivational spiel, just a simple: “do what you gotta do for YOU” kind of thing.

I went from ZERO motivation to a TON with just that little boost and best part of all? I had an AWESOME  one of my BEST cardio workouts yet! Talk about a win-win in everybodys book! 🙂 And I would not have done it without *MY LOVE*.

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So thank you babe, for always loving me despite all of my imperfections. Thanks for always acknowledging and accepting all of the quirky fitness and health related ideas, trends and foods that I’m ever so passionate about and for always inspiring me to BEST that I can be! ❤ Most importantly, thanks for being *YOU* and loving ME. ❤

❤  Alicia

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At home workouts

As much as I’d like to count chasing my little handsome toddler around the casa as a workout….I can’t therefore, in trying to tone up and maintain a regular workout schedule I’ve started some new things that enable me to get my sweat on while at home with my little sweetheart.

Ideally, I’d love to go to the gym and get in a nice, sweaty workout in using machines and free weights..but when you become a mom, priorities change and having enough time for everything is something you are forever seeking.  The thing I love most about them is how convienent they are-if he wakes up, I just tend to him in an instant, and pick up right where I left off, it’s a win win for everybody! 😉 I usually do them when the little one in napping or in bed for the night (weights and circuits during the day and interval & distance runs in the evening). {Never in my life did I think I’d ever be doing two-a-days again…haha!}

Here are some of the workouts I’ve done this lately (& LOVE):

1. Arms & Core Workout

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2. 5 minute Plank via Purely Twins

3. Interval Running

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4. Arm Slimming Exercises by Sarah Fit

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6. Quick 20 minute workout via Tales of a Domestic Mama workit2

7. The Butt Bible Lower Level 2 via Renee @ Fit for Motherhood

{did this one today and WHOA! I can feel it!}

For more awesome workout ideas check out my lovely friend Renee’s blog post here.

So tell me, what are some of your favorite at home workouts!?!

❤ Alicia

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NYC trip + MiMM #4

Lately I’ve realized how precious life is. Obviously with the two tragedies from last week and other personal instances that have occured recently, I can’t help but feel grounded in the notion that in life every second counts and nothing should be taken for granted.

So after this past week, I’ve realized that I need to embrace, acknowledge and enjoy every moment including all the chaos and the imperfections of life. ❤

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Last weekend we went to NYC! While I was totally stressing out about traveling with a toddler, I have to say it was 100% BETTER than I anticpated, in fact it was pretty stinkin’ AWESOME. A did absolutely wonderful and was a complete traveling champ. 🙂 It made us realize we need to get out MORE!

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A Elmo{Elmo kept him happy during the early mornings in our hotel room}

One of my favorite parts of our trip was the bus tours we took, lots to see in a short amount of time! l would definitely recommend them to everyone, especially those with little ones!

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All A wanted to do was walk around like a big boy and say hi to everyone. He definitely got tons of attention from others visitors as well, but can you blame them?…who wouldn’t smile at this sweet little face!?!

Despite all my worries about the trip, we had tons of fun with our little man and some great friends. ❤ Lots of exploring, sight-seeing, getting lost, and tons & tons of walking with a baby in the Boba carrier (mommy definitely got a full body workout!) but it was SO SO worth it!

Along with last weekend being wonderful, this weekend ended nicely as well, making today extra marvelous!

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Marvelous in My Monday, thanks to the lovely Katie! ❤

Yesterday, I entered to win a free photo session with the girl who took our 2012 family Christmas photos &

I *WON*

All credit due to family & friends who voted for me via FB! ❤

So sometime soon I’ll hopefully getting some photos of my little man! ❤ Especially now that he’s rocking his boy haircut! 😉

To top things off last night, I ended it with a much-needed, mind-clearing, sweat-drenching interval run on the treadmill. I hadn’t ran but maybe ONCE all week and felt frustrated that I wasn’t keeping up with my workout schedule. I tend to stress over the smallest things, including the pressure of working out regularly, especially since I read tons of blogs where mommy’s are getting their sweat on a daily basis, typically in the early mornings. I sometimes feel like I’m not as commited to fitness as I should or would like to be when I compare myself to others, but after yesterdays run, which I completed promptly at 10 pm on the dot, I thought to myself “WHO CARES!?”

I realized I’ve got to do what works best for ME and if that means working out at night, so be it. I also realized that the comparision trap in ugly and I’ve got to stopping subjecting myself to it.

& of course after that intense, yet joyful run…I was in a complete state of peace-my mind, body and soul were in complete and pure state of bliss.

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After yesterday’s cleansing run, I’m so ready for this week!

Happy {Marvelous} Monday friends & also

Happy EARTH DAY!

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❤ Alicia

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Take Time Tuesday {#4}

Another Take Time Tuesday, thanks to Katie!!

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Last week’s Take Time Tueday was pretty sweet, in fact I got in *6* different runs during the entire week! 😀

This week I’m thankful for the little things in life like…

1. COFFEE (especially NEW coffee! ❤ Keurig!!)

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Wolf Gang Puck Breakfast in Bed is my absolute FAVORITE

& although it’s a light roast, Green Mountain Island Coconut smells heavenly!!

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2. The smell of Spring in the air

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Yesterday we had the windows open and the breeze was lovely!

3. Warm weather

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84?!!? YESS!!!

4. Sweet convos with my momma/B.F.F.!

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5. A clean refrigerator (yes, crazy, I know…but I LOVE a clean fridge!)

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& of course

6. Reading with these handsome guys<3

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Happy Tuesday!! What are you thankful for!?!

❤ Alicia

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Take Time Tuesday {#3}

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Today I’m thankful for having the ability to run. As simple as that may sound, it’s really true. With this new Spring weather approaching, I’m eager to get outside more, embrace the beauty of nature, and get my RUN ON!

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Naturally, I’m not really a runner. Well what I mean is…I don’t run a billion races, I’ve never completed a “training plan” for an upcoming race, nor have I ran more than 5 miles all at once. Yes, at times my lack of “running proof & experience” gets to me, but in the end I’m just grateful that-

1. I ran, whether it be 1 mile or 5 miles, I’m just thankful I DID IT.

2. When I run, again whether it be 1 mile or 5 miles, my body, mind, and soul are HAPPY.

When I actually think about it, regardless of the fact that I’ve only actually ran two 5K’s in my entire life, I’m most grateful that I have the ability to run, whenever I please. I have no illness, sickness or disability that prevents me from embarking on this mind, body and soul cleanse.

What makes me even more happy about running is the fact that even though I know I’m not a pro, I experience the same feelings and emotions about running as others more seasoned runners do. That anticipation, dislike and anxiety BEFORE a run, ALL runners feel from time to time, along with the glorious cleansing, joyful post-run HIGH that makes you feel like you can achieve anything-I get that & I love it.

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This is why at the end of the day, whether or not I’ve had I a fabulous, easy run (which I had yesterday) or a mediocre, so-so run (like I had today), I’m THANKFUL that I completed it, making me a runner, regardless of anything else.

Here are some inspiring posts from some lovely friends about running!

How to push through a long run

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So tell me…what do you love most about running??

❤ Alicia

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motivational monday!

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