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To Race or Not to Race?

Hello Hello!

It just hit me this morning that Halloween is next week. OMG! Our weather has been cooling down at night, but we still get up to the 80’s in the afternoons…so ya, I don’t believe that it is actually the middle/end of October!  We are gearing up for our first year Trick or Treating around our neighborhood. We even got our dog a costume, just so she wouldn’t feel left out. Haha!

So along with the weather cooling down, I’ve been able to get in more running lately.  And it has been feeling so good. I got back from a run last night and was telling my husband how much better I feel mentally and physically after getting in a run. There’s something about it that just clears my mind!

So I’m thinking I need to get back on the race train. Sometimes I need that extra motivator that will keep me honest with my training schedule and push myself. But then I don’t want to overcommit myself with something right now, because well, life is so busy. So that’s where I’m at. Maybe getting some pretty new running shoes will help make my decision? Haha! There is a half marathon coming up in February and I’m strongly considering it.

Ahhhh, look how pretty these are!! I found these beauties while perusing the Nordstrom site!

Now that I am upping my milage, I am beginning to crave sports drinks after those long runs. I go back in forth with sports drinks, since so many of them are typically so high in sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. So, it was really good timing that I was able to try out a new brand called LyteZone!   I was more intrigued after reading more about the product on their website and this from one of the founders below:

Being very active (surfing, basketball, hiking) and enjoying the occasional adult beverage, I always wanted to add electrolytes to Drinkwel. I constantly experimented with hydration and electrolytes. Think coconut water, ‘ade’ products, salt capsules, and even pickle juice! Nothing really fit as there wasn’t anything that would reasonably fit in our Drinkwel pills.
The more I dove into hydration and electrolytes, the more I realized the existing products on the market weren’t great (and often contained lots of negative fillers, sweeteners, and coloring). It’s still crazy to me how low quality the average sports drink is. If these products are for athletes, why are so many corners being cut?
After a lot of research and testing, we created LyteShow and a personal obsession with electrolytes and hydration was born.
At LyteLine, we’re all about BETTER hydration. We always use/drink/take the products we make ourselves. We’re not selling sugar water and our products do not taste like your typical sports drinks. They’re intense because our commitment to hydration is intense.”
Yours,
Mike, Co-Founder

 

I have tried my fair share of sports drinks and electrolyte replacements, especially in my marathon training days. Honestly, a lot of them tasted the same as their competitor product. So I was expecting this to taste like many of the other drinks out there. I wanted my husband to try one as well, just to hear his unbiased opinion. Well, we both drank one after running separately and basically said the same thing, “I like it, it tastes like carbonated water.” And I must say, I’m a big fan of them not being too sweet!  We have one left in our fridge, which is supposed to be for me after a long run this weekend. Ha, maybe that’s some extra motivation I need right there!

You can follow LyteLine on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

*I was given a complimentary box of LyteZone in exchange for an honest review of the product*

What do you drink after a long run? Please share in the comments below! 

 

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It’s Feeling Like Fall

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

       The weather is finally cooling down here in Dallas that I can say “It’s Fall.” And by that I mean, its been in the 60’s in the mornings, and we need to wear jackets. I made a Pumpkin Chili Recipe a couple weeks ago, even though it was still 90 degrees. It was good, but I think I’ll enjoy it even more so when I’m cozied up with a warm sweater. Ahhhh, that sounds so lovely!

        Now that the kiddos are getting a little order, it’s been so fun to start some family traditions and see them get excited about doing all these new activities. This is the first year we are going to attempt trick or treating in our neighborhood, it may not last longer than 20 minutes but I’m still looking forward to it!

         Maybe soon I will actually get a sibling picture of them BOTH looking at the camera??

We’ve been enjoying more afternoon park days as well, which is so good for all of us mentally and physically to get out after naptimes. The swing and slides have been big hits lately!

           Friday night dinners out have also been a new thing as of late….which is largely due to the fact that once Friday hits,  I don’t want to cook anymore! Thankfully we live in a very family friendly town as the meals don’t last longer than an hour and usually involve one or two fussy children at some point.          Sweet little Charlie is also going through a “I love Mommy” and a “I want to test all my boundaries with Mommy” phase. Literally yesterday morning she picked up her box of hair bows looked at me and threw it on the ground. Then 30 minutes later was crying for me at preschool drop off. These little toddlers sure have a lot of emotions and opinions. So we are working on how to successfully cope with this stage. It is tough!

A friend of mine recommended this book below. Of course I’m only on like page 10, but it seems like it will have some good information!

On the workout front, I’m still doing a combination of running, Pop Pilates, and Tone it Up routines. At home workouts are my jam and what work with our family schedule.

Since the weather is cooling down, I want to up my running mileage and potentially look into a 10K in the next few months. I miss having something to train for, and signing up for a race always holds me accountable to push for that extra mile.

                                             That’s all for now! Thank you for stopping by!

                                          What is Your Favorite Fall Activity? Please Share Below! 

A Napping Baby Workout

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a workout, so this post is long overdue!! I know my blog has kind of been all over the place lately with the addition of my kiddos, me being a new mom, and staying at home. But the real heart of it has always been exercise: what people are doing, how to fit it in, what I like doing, what I want to try etc. With that said, I’m planning on sharing more workouts! Yay!

I’ve always been a fan of short efficient workouts. And these days, they are my go-to. Squeezing in a workout during naptime really is the best….it gives me a good mental break as well as the physical benefits. And honestly, I’ve noticed the biggest change in my body when I added in some HIIT type workouts. SO here ya go, get that sweat on!

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds each & repeat 3x through. Form tips and exercise explanations are below! {I used 5 pound weights, use something that feels tough the last 5 seconds of each exercise}

Below are some links to exercise demonstrations….maybe I will get fancy soon enough and do my own videos!!!

Down dog Push-ups

Curtsey Lunge with Chest Press  (perform chest press instead of a front raise)

Cross Over Jacks

Plank Up Downs

Back Lunge with Hop & Press (Add a hop with your front leg as you bring your legs parallel)

Twisting Mountain Climbers

Bridge with a Chest Press

Squat Jumps

Thanks for stopping by, I’m hoping to share some easy at home workouts more often & film some videos too! If you complete the workout, use the hashtag #fitgirlpwworkout, I’d love to see your check-ins!

~M

 

 

Attempting To Be a Runner……..Again

I have no more excuses: I’m not pregnant (that has been quite the trend the last two years), I’m not breastfeeding anymore, and both kids are sleeping through the night (well, generally)….

It is time to get back to Running.

It’s always been “my thing” and oh boy I have missed it. And my body has too. I kept myself active during both pregnancies with walking and barre classes, but I’ve been seriously missing out on my runners high.

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So I should be able to just jump right back in, right? Eh not.

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My body has changed, priorities have changed, and my schedule has changed. Gone are the care free weekends with endless time to do whatever I want.  And gone are the days of sleeping 9+ hours a night. My pace is slower, my body is heavier, but it feels good to get my sweat on.

 I do want to complete another half marathon at some point, but for now I want to get back in the rhythm of consistently running.

The last two weeks I have been able to get in 3 runs each week.  I’m shooting for two short runs (2-3 miles) and one long run (5+ miles) This was after writing it down in my planner, putting my running clothes on, and laying my running shoes by the door. No excuses right?

Did you take a break from running or exercise? How did you get back into your routine?

Please share in the comments below!

28 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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The belly is growing! I have definitely noticed a difference the past 2 weeks, crazy!!

Baby’s Size: The baby’s weigh 2 1/4 pounds and are the size of large eggplants. The babies can now blink their eyes, have eye lashes, and might be able to see light that filters through the womb. (weird!!)

Total Weight Gain: Not sure, I go in next week for my glucose test (bleh) and a routine ultrasound so I’ll know where I’m at then!

Stretch Marks: None, thankfully. Still religiously using my belly cream morning and night!

Sleep: On and off. I move around a little more at night to get comfy and the last two nights had to get up and eat a snack…those babies sure are hungry! I’m becoming a good napper though, I guess I’m subconsciously training my body to sleep in shifts already!

Best Moment of the Week: Feeling more movement is fun, even if it is at 4am!

Miss Anything: Bending over comfortably….painting my toe nails is getting a little rough.  And of course wine, but I’m actually getting used to it and don’t miss it as much as a month ago!

Movement: Yep!

Cravings: Sugary cereals……captain crunch with berries has been my go-to. Yum!

Looking Forward To: Getting through the gluclose test next week and getting more organized with the nursery. I’ve ordered some cute pictures and a dresser and can’t wait to get the room set up!!

Workouts: I’ve been taking Paisley on some longer walks (about 30-35 minutes) since it’s been warmer out. The dog is definitely forcing me to keep my legs in shape which I like! I also did one of my Bar Method DVD’s at home and went to a Fit 4 Baby class. It’s nice to be in a class and not be the ONLY pregnant one! I do notice my energy can go up and down depending on the day, so I’m trying to listen to my body and rest when I need to.

I’m so thankful my pregnancy has been pretty great so far especially going into the third trimester. Hubby and I are taking a little “baby preparation” class at our hospital in a couple weeks, which I’m excited about….we both have NO idea how to swaddle a baby! Ha!

Hope everyone has a great Friday! Hooray for the weekend!!

When you were pregnant did you take any childbirth classes? What did you think?

Where did you look for inspiration to decorate your nursery?

Thanks for stopping by~ Marielle

 

3 Must-Do Exercises for the Pregnant Woman

Good morning everyone!

How’s the week been so far? Hopefully not too painful getting back into the grind after the Holidays. This week is actually going by pretty quick in our household. It has been SO cold (especially compared to Los Angeles) this week and all I want to do is bundle up and stay inside. This morning it was 25 degrees, brrr!! Paisley is not impressed.

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Today I wanted to share my favorite exercises for the pregnant lady! Of course there are many more exercises that are beneficial to do, but these are the three I feel like should be incorporated into every program!

Pregnancy Exercises

LUNGES

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Why? Lots of picking up, reaching, and setting down the baby. And don’t forget about groceries and all those other household chores forcing you to bend forward! We don’t want to cause a back issue, so keeping those legs and glutes strong is important. Lunges can be performed stationary, stepping, walking, or even lateral and posterior.

ROWS

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Why? Holding, feeding, and reaching into your babies crib is inevitably going to force you into a more “kyphotic” (rounded/forward) posture position, which lengthens and weakens your posture muscles. (Lame!) Any type of rowing exercise (or scapular strengthening) fights against this. Rows can be performed in sitting, standing or in the bent over position. When you are rowing, really focus on pinching your shoulder blades- not hunching your shoulders up towards your ears. For more exercise ideas to improve your posture, visit this article. 

ABDOMINAL DRAWS

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For the pregnant woman you may modify this exercise by performing it sitting or elevated with a bolster behind your head and torso so that you are not completely supine.

Why? The bellies are stretching, thus lengthening and weakening your abdominal muscles. Plus the added weight gain and new posture position your body is adjusting to can make it tough to activate your core muscles correctly.

For more detail about how to perform this exercise (it can be a little tricky), check out a past Fit Girl article for a greater explanation.

Once you have this movement down, add in supine marching (alternate lifting your legs) while maintaining that abdominal draw/brace. Your back should not arch and you should feel a subtle awareness in your lower abdominals below your belly button.

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Well there you have it folks! I hope that was a little informative for your Thursday 🙂

What is everyone up to this weekend?

Do you perform any of these exercises on a regular basis? 

Later! ~Marielle