Happy Thanksgiving/ Recap Of November

I can’t believe November is almost over. However, I can only hope that the rest of the winter goes as fast as this month did.

So much has happened this month. First, I  joined my first aqua zumba class and was amazed at the easiness of the class. I often think I could be in better shape, workout more, and so on(who doesn’t, right), but after taking this class I feel I am doing pretty well for myself.

Then, about mid month my husband and I started our training plan to prepare for our hiking/rock scrambling vacation coming up. This is actually something I find motivating and often gives me the extra push I need when I am just not feeling “it”!!! I really like to exercise, it gives me such a great feeling. But when we are specifically training with a goal in mind, that extra bit that I push myself is just so rewarding. It’s almost become a passion to always have a goal to reach when it comes to my physical performance.

Ohhhh, I can’t forget the shopping trip that I more or less begged my husband to accompany me on just so I would not have to lug my own packages all day long. I have done this trip before alone and it is miserable. He surprised me and proved me wrong by actually really enjoying this trip. (Or at least he said he enjoyed it) I did not carry a package all day, we shopped for 7 hours and really had a great time. We’ll see how much he really enjoyed it next year, when I ask again if he will offer his package carrying services:-)

While we were in the Chicago area we made plans to stop in and eat at Whole Foods. I wish we had one in Green Bay but if we did I would probably never eat at home then. I have been wanting to try sushi for awhile now and finally made it happen. Oh man, I am so addicted that I have even started adding it to our weekly menu plan here at home. It is so delicious that I regret waiting so long to try it.

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In the job area of my life, we have officially transitioned over to all indoor play. Art projects are a daily activity, indoor toddler tumbling/yoga and gymnastics on our homemade balance beam are being enjoyed.

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Even our son has been contributing to the fun (and the mess) with some science experimenting.

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Another exciting thing that I was asked to do this month was give a major haircut to one of our son’s friends. I have been cutting both my husband and son’s hair for 20 years along with a few friends thrown in here and there. So being asked to do this for him was quite the honor. First, I couldn’t believe he was actually going to cut it all off. Although, when he arrived as planned he seemed pretty sure of this major event.

Here he is with a full head of hair.

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And here he is after.

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It was pretty amazing!!!!

I would have to say it’s been an amazing month but the best thing that has happened this month for me is that my husband has decided for the first time in our 21 years of marriage not to deer hunt. I am not anti hunting in any way but this is one part of our marriage I wish I could just skip over every year. When he announced that he was debating giving it up I was so happy. Hunting, guns and other individuals with guns scare me. Knowing he will not be sitting in the woods with a firearm will make me rest easy.

On that note, I plan to enjoy some family time tomorrow and hope you all do the same with your families:)

 

Training Plan For Desert Hiking/RockScrambling

We have come up with a training plan for our winter warm weather getaway we have planned. We will be desert hiking and rock scrambling in the fabulous Mojave Desert. I truly believe this is exactly what the doctor would have prescribed for my health and well being if I would have asked for there advice on how to survive another WI winter.

A little over a year ago I surprised my husband with an anniversary trip to Zion National Park for three days of intense hiking with significant elevation. We had only three weeks of training for this trip since I am such a wonderful wife and decide to do these types of vacations on a whim:-) We were sent the training recommendations and were religious about getting it accomplished before we left. I will admit, it was not easy, we busted our butts every night and every weekend but we did it. We arrived in gorgeous Utah and never regretted the work we did to make our vacation something we will never forget. Which brings us to this vacation training plan and a much longer time frame to prepare for this adventure.

Here is what our plan looks like:

Monday: 60 minutes of cardio (machine of choice) and upper/lower body weights

Tuesday: 30 minutes cardio (machine of choice) and 3-4 mile walk

Wednesday: 60 minutes cardio (machine of choice) and upper/lower body weights

Thursday: 30 minutes cardio (machine of choice) and 3-4 mile walk

Friday: 60 minutes yoga

Saturday: Aqua Zumba class in the morning and 30 minutes cardio (machine of choice) in afternoon

Sunday:off

Keep in mind this is only a plan and we could and may change it up depending on life. However, we were very dedicated last time and stuck to it very well and plan to also be dedicated this time and stick as close as possible to this one.

Some people call us crazy that we(I) plan these vacations where we need to prepare this drastically for weeks before leaving. I just call it instant happiness. Leaving home with many inches of snow on the ground for sunshine and warmth plus arriving in great shape to do something beyond my comfort zone is exactly how I wish I could live life every single day.

Here’s to sore muscles, exhaustion and pure happiness;-)

 

 

Monday Motivation

 

I plan to make Monday’s all about motivation for the next few weeks. Research has shown that when you workout with a partner you feel this obligation to show up and get it done whether you feel like it or not due to obligation to that other person. I truly believe this is a fact. I know there are times when I just don’t feel like it and my husband will push me to just give it a try and see what happens (or vice versa for him) and usually the outcome is great. So, I thought by posting what I do for workouts every Monday may give all my readers the little push to just give it a try and see what happens. We can be like virtual partners. We all have busy, crazy lives at some time or another, especially with the holidays right around the corner. If I can motivate one person to get in a workout and feel the benefits, I will have achieved my goal. For the next few Monday’s I will post the workouts I did from the week prior which will keep me accountable and at the same time hopefully show you that you can and do have time to get in a workout.

Sunday 10/26: GYM: 30 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes ARC, free wights(arms) and stretching

Monday 10/27: HOME: 200 crunches, 30 minutes bike, balance ball and weights routine

Tuesday 10/28: HOME: 200 crunches, 30 minutes bike, weights and balance ball routine, 3 mile walk outside

Wednesday10/29: GYM: 30 minutes elliptical, weights(legs and arms), 15 minutes walking-treadmill

Thursday 10/30: HOME: 200 crunches, rake our entire yard, 3 mile walk

Friday 10/31: HOME: 30 minutes bike, weights and balance ball routine

Saturday 11/1: Aqua Zumba 60 minutes

I would call this a fairly typical week for me. Obviously, I don’t rake my lawn every week as I did Thursday but it needed to be done and it was a nice change of pace. As for my first aqua zumba class…..it was fun and also a nice change of pace. Although, I missed breaking a sweat like at the gym, I did feel it was a good workout just not as intense as I would have liked. That being said, I will see how the next few weeks go.

Changing My Routine To Minimize Pain

Have you ever taken aqua zumba? Did you like it?

I finally decided to sign up and am looking forward to the adventure. I have been having a lot of ankle pain in one ankle since kicking a rock this summer in the river during a portage. (Not a smart move, I would not recommend doing this) Although, it’s not quite bad enough for me to go see a doctor yet, I am trying to stay as active as possible through the pain. I figured a water class would help this ailment and I am going to give it a try.

That being said, I do not plan to take it easy until the snow flies for sure. I have to savor these snow free days and get outside as much as possible. My hiking boots offer instant pain relief and ice helps when I sit long enough to ice it. Nothing at the gym hurts unless I walk the treadmill which I dislike with a passion. So, no worries there.

Anyhow, I am looking forward to trying this class. It gives me a set time and place for something to happen for the next 6 weeks, which for me at this time of year is great. Add in two weekends of family fun and a possible toddler hike we are hoping to squeeze in yet and I will be booked until Christmas. Awesome!!!!

Do you like having a full calendar?

What are your likes and dislikes regarding aqua zumba?

Currently….

Life just seems to be passing by so quickly these days that I often find myself wishing I could freeze time. Clearly that is not possible so let’s take a look at my life as it is currently.

Currently I am looking forward to doing a weekend of “glamping” again with my husband and son at one of our favorite parks. We started out the Spring season with this same trip and ironically we are ending with the same trip.

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Currently I am reading my latest issue of Backer Magazine which has way to much winter gear for my liking in it. Although, I still find the articles interesting to read, I have no reason to see the outcome of winter gear that was field tested and the results. I will never be a winter backpacker;-(

Currently I am eating lots of fall veggies. I can’t get enough zucchini and squash. And plans are in the near future for some pumpkin muffins. YUMMMM

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Currently I am watching the new season of Grey’s Anatomy. This is literally the only television program I watch every week. I am not a big fan of the new time slot but so far I am adjusting to it as well as possible.

Currently I am trying to figure out what to do with my professional life. It’s all coming together nicely but I just wish I had a crystal ball to see what the future will tell me. Don’t we all?

Currently making me happy is that my husband has been stopping in to have lunch together everyday this week so far. This is quite the treat since he is usually at work way too far from home on normal days.

Currently I am planning our training schedule for our upcoming vacation. We will be hiking in the Mojave Desert and rock scrambling. We were given what to work on, what skills would be helpful and the mileage we will be hiking from our guides. Now we just need to prepare for this adventure.

Currently I am thinking about our upcoming 21st. anniversary. Should we do something, should we hang out and be lazy, should we buy gifts this year, should we……oh who knows? We will figure it out eventually.

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Currently I am excited about a class I signed up to take in our area. I will be attending aqua zumba for 6 weeks and can’t wait to see how much fun it’s going to be.

Do you have anything on your mind you care to share? Tell me what’s up with you currently.