Just Checking In…

It’s been a while since I have checked in with everyone on your Get Up and Move progress. How are you all doing? Have you found something that you enjoy doing for 30 minutes a day that gets you moving? Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better?

I have been doing great. I will admit, some days are better than others. Even when I don’t feel like getting in my workouts I still do and feel great after I am done. Lately life has been sort of crazy here, so I do feel a sense of accomplishment because I have not missed a single workout because of life issues.Priorities! Priorities! Priorities!

My week looked liked this:

Sunday: lap swim at a local high school 40 minutes

Monday: HIIT workout on the arc and strength training at the gym 1 1/2 hours total

Tuesday: 30 minutes cycling, stability ball exercises, 3 mile walk

Wednesday: 30 minutes on the arc, strength training all at the gym

Thursday: 30 minutes of cycling, strength training and toddler yoga with my little ones…always a joy to watch them do this

Friday: HIIT workout on the arc, strength training all at the gym 1 1/2 hours total

For today my plan is to get to the gym also. Saturdays are nice, I don’t feel like I have a schedule. Eventually I get there. During the week, it’s much harder, especially after a long day. Sunday I will not get in a workout because I will be shivering the calories away somewhere beautiful. Hopefully, if I can hold the camera steady and I will have some pics to share with you next week. It’s going to be cold but great to get some fresh air in my lungs.

Recently I decided to give the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout a try and I have really found them rewarding. If you are unfamiliar with HIIT workouts here is link for you to take a look at. Arc Trainer HIIT workout. Although, I do set my intensity higher and my strides are a little faster than they recommend, I am still able to recover my heart rate in the time recommended. To each their own, this is just an example of what they recommend. It’s a rewarding workout I can get out in 30 minutes with awesome calorie burn. I try and get in a HIIT workout at least twice a week, and so far so good.

I better get going and start on my “to do” list. I just thought I would check in an see how everyone is doing. Keep Moving:)


A Weekend of Chills

When I woke up on Saturday morning the temperature outside was -4 below zero. There was no way I was going to get up, get dressed and go workout today. The only thing that would have been worse for me would have been to wake up to snow falling.

I then announce to my dear husband it would be a great day to clean the basement. With a lot less complaining than I expected, he agreed there really would not be much else we could do today, at least outside that is.

We cleaned, organized and sorted tons of stuff.We ended up with half of our truck bed full of things to donate to charity, a clean basement and a plan for when we bring our son home from college. He has wanted a man cave of his own for sometime but with my workout equipment which takes up a great deal of our basement, that has not always been an easy thing to create. Well, we did some thinking and decided that since he will be transferring to a campus close to home and now living back at home, this is something that he really does need. We were lucky enough to receive a very nice desk for no cost and needed to create a place to put it. Mission accomplished, I think. Now we just wait until he is home and him and dad will start doing their thing and create his man cave.

After cleaning the basement, we went out to drop off the boxes of charity items we had accumulated, stopped for some chinese and called it a day.

Which brings us to Sunday. Another not so lovely day in Wisconsin. Below zero temps and this time snow was falling when I got up. Again, my workout was happening at home.(I am not a very cheerful cold weather person, as you can probably tell.) I planned to try a new salad recipe for dinner, got some paperwork done, we finished our puzzle we started during Thanksgiving and I had the pleasure of listening to my husband yell at the television while the GB Packer game was on. Always a joy that is!!!

Our first significant snowstorm of the year has arrived today bringing 3-5 inches across the area. And temperatures are never suppose to be above 20 the entire week. Which made me think, it would be the perfect week to share a wonderful easy recipe for a nice hot drink. Watch for this on Wednesday.

Until then….

Another Few Miles Geocaching on the Ahnapee State Trail

The last three Sunday’s we have made our way to a different part of the Ahnapee State Trail to geocache. Today we accomplished 3.27 miles with partly sunny skies.


The terrain on this trail is crushed rock and flat all the way. It always amazes me how peaceful I feel when walking a trail away from the city.


With all the leaves fallen from most of the trees now, it is quite easy to find things that we would normally not notice.


Along the way we heard many, many hunters shooting in the distance, saw a gentlemen fishing the river from a kayak (brrrrr, way to cold for me), two hunters with their dog, and one big buck, which obviously I did not have my camera out at the time or I would have had a picture for you all to see.


It was a productive day with us finding eleven goecaches and getting in a nice walk together.


After this we came home and ultimately finished our first puzzle.


This was suppose to last till Spring or at least most of Winter. I guess we both got a little addicted to the hobby and had it together in about 4 days. No worries though, I bought another one yesterday.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Mother’s Day…..

This will be my 18th. Mother’s Day, and I was just thinking back to everything that being a mother means to me.

I have been so very fortunate to succeed in my dreams of being a stay home mom for our son, for his entire childhood. I had always dreamed of being a mother, and really hoped to be able to stay home and see all those first moments. Like that first step, first tooth, first word, and I suppose you have to add that first sleepless night, first bout with stomach flu and so on. I have been self employed in my profession the entire time from home and have been able to be here when school called that our son was ill, that snow day where parents scramble on what do do with their kids so they can get to work, and everything else in between. I pride myself on always having dinner on the table at night, we spent many summers doing all sorts of activities, and I can honestly say, I would not trade it for the world.

Although, there are a few things, as a mom, I could have done without. When our son first started organized sports, we tried pee wee soccer, and baseball. Now, baseball, was not too bad, but soccer, was just torture for me. I am not a big organized sports fan, even when my son was the one with the ball!!! Although, I took my lawn chair, sometimes the umbrella, and the team snack, and two nights a week, we sat and watch with pride.

Thankfully in time, he decided that organized sports were also not for him, and then the fun began. He switched to a Nascar lover. We had every imaginable match box car there was. Literally. We never took him to a Nascar race but Sundays we did go to a local racetrack and watch the rookies race around in circles for hours and sit on very uncomfortable bleachers until way to late at night.

Then when this phase of life was over, he thought, lets try biking and photography. Biking was good, I like to bike on paved paths. We all did this a few times, but then he decided mountain biking would be more fun. Well, needless to say, dad and I still stick to the paved paths. He can do those backwoods trails himself. And photography is still a big passion for him. He has come along way from his point and shoot we first bought him to the camera he purchased himself a few years ago.

Which brings us to today. As a family, we love to kayak. How many parents of teenagers can say they spend almost every weekend together, HAPPILY, doing an activity? Sometimes, we even have had some of his brave teenage friends join in the fun. When we stated this journey, I would have never imagined us upgrading all three of our kayaks from recreational ones, to whitewater in a matter of three years. Although, I cherish these weekends we spend together. Yes, I am sure I still drive my son crazy when he flips his kayak over and I panic, but, I am a mom and its our job to worry about our children. Right???

Through out his high school years, we have always taken a mother/son day. I look forward to this one day a year, because since he started high school and has been able to spread his wings alot more, he has become more and more like his father. I call him my,” BRAIN CHILD.” Dinner times at our house consists of talking about the periodic table, engineering issues for some mechanical something or other he is trying to make at school or anything that can be seen on Nova over and over and over on a weekly basis. And, honestly, none of this interests me at all. So, I feel like slightly an outcast at these moments. Which means when we do go for this mother/son date every summer, we can still have fun together, with no crazy brain conversations, and we play all day very hard. I am so proud to say, I can usually out last my son in any activity we choose. Although, I may have more stamina, it takes me longer to recover than him. Now that he is older, I find myself sometimes talking him into trying something new instead the other way around. This year we are hoping to try an off road segway tour. Now that should be fun!!!!!

I have been there for that first step, the first day of school, the first bike crash, prom, the dreaded driver’s license test, and I can’t think of anywhere else I would have rather been.

I can only imagine what future Mother’s Day’s will be like.

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone

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QUESTION: What does Mother’s Day mean for you?