If The Bears Are Ready, I Should Be Too

Did you hear the bears in Yellowstone National Park are starting to come out of hibernation already? The officials feel it’s because of the recent warm weather in the area. I suppose that means I need to start thinking about crawling out of my den too.

Last week was the first time we took a walk outdoors in months and actually enjoyed it. It was about 32 degrees and the sun was still shining after work so we went with it and gave it a try. I did need my big winter jacket, hat and gloves yet, but I did not shiver one shake.

I’m also on a mission to seek out a double stroller to purchase. As soon as it hits a comfortable temperature we will get back to our daily walks and I can’t wait. With two infants in tow, I will need to make an investment in one of these two seaters real soon. However, my luck of finding one so far has not been good. The search continues…..

We have also started stocking up on some of our favorite snack foods for our trail and river journey’s. We have a box we keep fully stocked for our active months. This way I can avoid running to the store every time we get the urge to just pick up and go. I plan to do a post on all our favorites, especially since the epic Pop-Tart fail of 2015. You can watch for this post in the upcoming week or so.

As for the upcoming weekend, we have a few options on the list to take advantage of. It’s my birthday and I am hoping to spend a portion of it outside. We may attempt snowshoeing for the first time this winter if the temperatures cooperate. We could also give ice skating a try since our son just purchased new skates last weekend. Although, I am not an ice skater, I don’t mind watching. I also have a new restaurant picked out for us to visit for lunch on Saturday. All this should be fun and something to look forward to. I  overheard my husband mention that the end of ice fishing season is getting near, so he is hoping to spend Sunday on the ice. This is something he is on his own for. I am not a fan of ice fishing…..way to cold, and neither is our son. Again, we’ll see if all this actually happens. We are really good at over planning and for some reason we run out of hours on the weekends.

With all this and many plans already made for the upcoming months, I feel that it may be time to start poking my head out and getting a little glimpse of life again. What about you?

What is the one thing you can’t wait to do when Spring arrives?

 

 

 

 

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Monday Motivation

Sunday 11/16: GYM: 30 minute elliptical, 10 minute bike, upper body and lower body weights

Monday 11/17: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights, 10 minute bike.

MALL: 5 mile walk

Tuesday 11/18: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights, 30 minute bike

GYM: 30 minute elliptical, half my normal weight machines and stretching

Wednesday 11/19: HOME: off

GYM: 35 minute elliptical and stretching

Thursday 11/20: HOME:200 crunches, upper and lower body weights, balance ball exercises, 30 minute bike

MALL: 2 mile walk

Friday 11/21: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights

Saturday 11/22: GYM: 40 minute elliptical, upper and lower body weights

This past week brought freezing temperatures to our area. Monday when I woke up it was -9 with the windchill. Tuesday it was even colder. Apparently, everyone that said they heard this winter was going to be as bad, if not worse than last winter, was correct. No worries though, my tickets are reserved, paid for, and I am counting down the days until I see sunshine, green grass and mountains to climb:-) I just have to make it through the holidays first.

This past week we were also blessed with our first case of a stomach virus on Tuesday. This made my day! OK, not really!!!! You have to understand, when we get a bug like this it turns me into a germaphobe. Which makes it hard while caring for children whom touch EVERYTHING!!!! I cannot clean and disinfect enough when this happens. So after sending my sick one home with his parents, nap time came at our home and I cleaned like a crazy person. Hoping all the while that my family, my other two daycare children, and their parents don’t all catch this nasty bug. When an illness like this happens at our home it can go on for weeks as everyone whom gets it then starts the incubation period over again for the next round. So, now I wait and pray I got it all out of here. As you can tell by looking above at Tuesday’s gym workout, I at least attempted a full workout but I was exhausted and eventually came home to relax. A little is still better than none.

Thursday we were planning to have our weekly yoga session until…..my husband called home to tell me he had a work accident. I mentioned to him that if he was not interested in yoga that night he could have just said something. HAHA! Either way, we ended up walking the mall again since yoga was not able to happen that night due to his injury.

Then Saturday morning I woke up, both my boys had to work and I was just not looking forward to zumba. It was rainy/misty, dark and pretty blah outside. So I blew off zumba for something I knew would brighten my outlook for the day. I went to the gym and had a wonderful morning workout.

All in all, I won’t lie, this week was a challenge in the workout category. I can’t quite pinpoint why since everything really was not all that bad. Yes, I could have done without the stomach flu in our home, the work accident, and the extreme cold temperatures. We did have some very good things happen along with all the bad. However, nothing really gave me that big warm fuzzy feeling this week. We’ll just blame it on hormones and go with it. Isn’t that what all women over 40 do???