Moods and Tantrums!!!!

An hour of extra daylight every day was the bright spot of my work week, there is no doubt about that. Wow, how can children be so thrown off by one hour I will never know but they clearly are? This week has been a roller coaster ride of moods and tantrums!!!!

Which made exercising as a stress reliever almost impossible since no one was completely on schedule. Which then means my poor husband and son had to put up with a cranky wife and mother most evenings. Poor guys.So without making more out of it then it really is, here is what I did squeeze in this week for my health and well being.

Sunday: rest

Monday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike, total body weights, and a two mile mall lap walk since we had to go anyhow for a wedding gift.

Tuesday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, leg weights, and stretching

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike, full body weight workout, stretching and foam rolling

evening: 3 mile trail walk to watch the sunset


Friday: home: full body weights workout

Saturday: 1.5 mile evening walk….since we left home at 5a.m. for a day of fun I just could not find it in my heart to get up any earlier and go to the gym before we left.


An Awesome Week And An Even Better Weekend To Come

What an AWESOME week!!!!!!!!!

I finally made it to the gym one night after work which is a miracle in itself. For some reason I just can’t find the energy to keep me going after a long day but I finally think I may be getting some of it back. I am not going to lie and say I was not completely exhausted after getting up at 4a.m., working 10.5 hours chasing kids outside all day, then making dinner, and everything else in between, before making a trip to the gym Tuesday night. Truthfully, I was pretty thankful we live so close to our gym  because driving home a good distance would have been a chore. However, I made it, I had a great workout, and I was proud.

So here is a glance of what my workouts for the week ended up looking like:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing

home: 1 mile evening walk outside

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing and legs, and 12 ab crunches!!!!

****A week go I attempted a crunch and had immediate pain. Today I did 12 before I had pain. This, to me, is quite depressing since before surgery I used to do 200 a day. My husband on the other hand, says I should be happy with 12 since a week ago I could not even do one. I guess he’s right, but for anyone who exercises to the extent I do, this is still depressing.

Monday: recumbent bike 30 minutes, 20 ab crunches, 1.5 mile morning walk, 3 mile evening walk

Tuesday: home:50 ab crunches…..YEHHHHH!, 2.5 mile morning walk

gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing, and lower body

Wednesday: 100 crunches…wow I am really making progress on these baby!

1.5 mile evening walk

Thursday: arms and ab routine, 2.5 mile morning walk, 3 mile evening walk

Friday: rest

As for our weekend………OMG where do I start. It is finally going to be gorgeous here in WI and I plan to take full advantage of it. I could wash vehicles, hang bedding outside, clean up our outdoor play toys, go hiking, maybe……..just maybe consider a small paddle in our kayaks, disc golf, geocache or simply just sit on the porch and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. So many choices that I have no idea how I will choose.

Have you ever had open abdominal surgery? If so, how long did it take you to get back to doing abdominal workouts?

How do you choose what fun activity to do first when the weather warms up in Spring?

My Journey Back To Exercising: Workouts Of The Week

I started working out again this week since I have been released from my surgeon to do what I feel is comfortable to do. However, I am not to do any abdominal exercises for another month. As I start this journey back to my normal workout schedule, I will share with you how this goes and the results.

This weeks workouts consisted of this:

Monday: walked numerous times in the airport during our 5 hour layover

Tuesday: arm weights, 2 mile mall walk(morning), 3 mile street walk(evening)

Wednesday: 30 minute recumbent bike, arm/back workout with weights, 1.5 mile morning walk

Thursday: Home:30 minute recumbent bike. arm/back workout with weights, leg workout, 1.5 mile morning walk

Gym: 20 minute elliptical

****Today was my first day back to the gym and let me just say… felt amazing! What a great feeling! Even though I cannot do much, I am able to spend some time on the elliptical and it gave me a high that only someone who workouts will understand.

Friday: arm and back and leg workout, 2 mile walk outside

After spending a week eating in restaurants while on vacation and 7 weeks prior to that sitting,sleeping, and recovering, I am so happy to get back some of what makes me feel good……exercise. I am sad at how much I lost in regards to stamina in the few weeks I have been fairly immobile although, I am excited to finally feel alive and somewhat normal.I know in time I will be back up to where I was prior to all this and can only hope it will be easier to achieve more since I always wanted to in the past but my body would not allow it.

Next week I return to work full time and expect that to suck much of my energy up during the day which means my daily nightly workouts could be effected. For now I will just have to listen to my body and rest if needed and workout if I have the energy after all my children are picked up. I am going to attempt to squeeze in half or all my afternoon workout into the wee morning hours before they all arrive to hopefully have a bit of rest time when they all nap in the afternoon. Which in turn, may help me achieve a nightly workout after work. That is the plan….whether it will work or not we shall see.

Have a great weekend…..if it’s nice in your area, get outside and enjoy some fresh air. We are planning to check out a favorite trail in our area and hope it’s not too wet and soggy to hike a few miles.

Oh, I almost forgot………Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend……more daylight is a wonderful thing.

Workouts During The Holiday Week

Some people use the holidays as a time to forgo their workouts and get everything else done. I, for one, am just the opposite.

I love that our gym is open on holidays (limited hours but open). Nothing gives me more satisfaction knowing that if I get up and workout first thing before anything else comes up, that I have achieved something good for myself before tending to anything and everyone else on the holidays. Which is exactly what I tried to do all week….even on Thanksgiving.

Here’s a look at my workouts for this holiday week:

Saturday: trail hike 3 miles…with extra calories burned by shivering in 20 degree temps. IMG_2901

Sunday: gym:30 minute elliptical, total body weights, stretching

Monday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike, upper body weights and stability ball routine

Tuesday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, lower body weights and stretching

Wednesday:home: weight lifting and stability ball routine, 3 mile walk in the evening

Thursday(Thanksgiving): gym: 30 minute elliptical, weight lifting and stretching

Today was a special day since I finally convinced a friend of mine to give the gym a try.  Ironically, we both received “Free Guest” passes in the mail the day before which we both took as a sign of something good. We arrived first thing Thanksgiving morning and got right to it. I believe she even surprised herself with what she accomplished.


Friday: OPT Outside….along with almost a million others who have followed REI’s suggestion of heading outside on this date, I also chose to do what I love and hit the trails. I was not able to go far or for as long as I would have liked but anything was better than spending it in the stores shopping or working. As a family we hiked 3 miles today. IMG_2930

Do you exercise during the holidays?

How do you keep your exercise regime in check during the busy holiday celebrations?

Get Up and Move Challenge Update- June

Hey everyone how’s it going? Are you still moving? Did you decide to participate in the get up and move challenge?

We are so in summer mode here at our house that 30 minutes of active movement is never an issue. Even though my gym time has been cut way back from what I do in the winter months, I know I am burning more calories now. My days are packed with outside play with all my daycare children and my nights are packed with anything and everything you can think of. I really try and make it to the gym at least twice a week and the remaining nights we walk, play disc golf, or hike.

Our weekends are spent mainly paddling either our kayaks or my SUP. Two totally different animals but both are great workouts. My SUP offers me a full body (especially a core) workout where kayaking for me is mostly upper body. Once in a great while I will squeeze in some time at the gym on a Sunday if the sun is not shining or the weather is unfavorable for anything else outside.

Regardless, I still have my home gym workout happening every single day Monday-Friday. I can’t go far during the day when the kids are napping so having a home gym is perfect, all I have to do is go downstairs and it’s right there.

As for my husband, he is also still going to the gym on a much more regular basis than I am. His job is much less physical than mine on most days. He works more with his brain than his body and gets done much earlier than I do. So sometimes he will stop on his way home, workout and still make it home for dinner and then go for a walk or hike with me at night.

Ultimately, we are moving, moving, moving right along.

Tell me what you are finding for active fun in these wonderful summer months.

Have you tried anything new?


Random Rambling

I can’t believe it’s May already. April just flew by. Maybe it’s because this year just seems to be so far behind. Spring has been here for some time already and I can barely see my perennials peaking through the ground. I have a feeling summer is going to be gone before it has a chance to even get a good start. This makes me even more eager to pack it full of fun adventures.

Let’s see, May has a few things on the calendar that I am looking forward to. First, there is Mother’s Day, which I never really know what is happening on that particular day. Sometimes I get to choose and sometimes my boys surprise me with something. I just kinda hang out and wait to see what happens. Both my husband and son know it is best to plan an outdoor activity, so honestly no matter what they plan I am happy as long as it’s outside.

In one more week our son will have completed his first year of college. Gosh, that is just amazing to me. It seems as if it just flew by. Even though it was not the first year we all had imagined, we got through it and he is a much happier person now than he was the first semester.

This week has been a long rainy week here in Green Bay. As much as I wanted to get outside all week, I am grateful for the rain. My lawn is looking greener every day, which means I will get to use my new lawn mower real soon.

This year for Memorial Day weekend we are not quite sure what to prepare for. Typically, we plan our first big kayaking trip with as many participants as we can find to brave the chilly waters. With many areas less than an hour away still covered with ice, I just don’t know if I will be willing to brave the cold water much less ask others to join us. This is quite sad, we really look forward to this big weekend as our opening to the paddling season. Maybe we will get lucky, time will tell.

In regards to our workouts, we have been going strong. Except for a two week stretch of wicked stomach flu that flew threw our home in April, we have been working out or walking religiously. We both missed two days each when we were sick and got back to normal slowly, but the fact that were back is all that matters. I must admit, my husband has stuck with the gym much longer than I thought he would and he is loving the outcome. I think he is in the best shape he has been in since being in basic training. I am pretty proud of him.

My plan for May is to share some advice with you all about river kayaking. The season is right around the corner and there are so many things we have learned over the years that I think would help anyone thinking about trying this activity. I will also be sharing a few new recipes, some hikes, and of course our weekend adventures.

Until then, have a great weekend everyone 🙂





Hiking vs. Walking

I have to get this off my chest and apologize to anyone who does not want to hear me gripe. If that’s the case, STOP reading now!

As you all know we are an active family. We often ask others to join us in our outdoor activities. The individuals that are asked are people we see often, enjoy each others company and typically have a good time together. When we ask them to stop over and share dinner, watch a movie or just to chat, they are all in. When we suggest a walk they start getting somewhat nervous, although at times, have joined us. But ask them to step out of their comfort zones and take a hike with us and excuse after excuse start to pour out of them.

Why I ask? I need some insight on this…please help me understand what is so scary about the word “hike” compared to the word “walk”. It is literally the same activity!!!!

I have thought about this many times. What dictates the difference between the two? Mileage, shoe of choice, elevation(if any), surroundings, terrain, duration, etc.?

I am well aware that we live in Wisconsin, the home of brats, beer and cheese. This should get me some dandy comments butttt ….are people in Wisconsin that lazy?

We all wonder why our kids are getting larger with every generation that passes. We wonder why health care costs what it cost. I’ll tell you why.  It’s because as parents, we are not good role models if all we do is sit on our rumps! It’s because our bodies were designed to move, not sit still.

The weather is finally getting nice. After two weeks of trying to make plans for a fun activity with some friends that would take place somewhere other than a couch, I have just given up.

I’ve decided to toss out an offer and let active people come to us instead. So,if you happen to be in the Wisconsin area and are ACTIVE, let us know. Many of my followers are hikers and we would not hesitate to get together for a hike, paddle, walk, or anything else for that matter.