Calories, Tapping Trees and Farm Shares

Although this month has been basically a repeat of January, with flus, colds and not much running.  It has given me some time to reflect on things while I lay trapped under sleeping babies ❤

First off, I have decided to ditch calorie counting.  Why you may ask.  Well because basically it is a pointless time consuming task that stresses me out.  I have calorie counted for years and years and what seems like, well, years.  I really don’t know anything else.  Well at least I thought I didn’t.  Turns out I eat pretty good.  My biggest set back is treats and finding moderation.  This is generally how calorie counting goes for me.  I meticulously measure and count everything for days and sometimes weeks until I hit a calorie counting wall and go in the complete opposite direction and eat basically whatever I can get my hands on.  Well, ok maybe not just anything but I usually get my fill before going back to counting calories again.

I have struggled for years to find a balance and it was like a light went off the other day.  Why don’t I just try listening to my body.  Hmmm, crazy idea right?!  Maybe not.  So this year, I am ditching the scales, ditching my fitness pal, ditching my little colour coded containers and just eating when my body says so.  Maybe I won’t lose the last 10lbs.  Who set that goal anyway?  Me.  And what scale is that based on?  I feel great right now.  This is the weight I was before I had my first baby and I fit into the clothes I wore when I was 10lbs lighter than this.  Muscle counts for a lot.  Maybe I will gain.  What if I do?  Than I know I need to make adjustments.  And who knows, maybe just maybe I will get to know myself and this body a little better 🙂

Worth a whirl anyway I think.  It’s got to be a more sane idea than calculating everything I put in my mouth.  At least my husband will be more sane hahaha.

Last weekend we went out to eat at a local spot that offers Maple Brunch this time of year in celebration of the season for maple farming.  It reminded us that we bought taps about 4 years ago and never got around to tapping the trees on our property.  So, that is exactly what we did that afternoon.  We invited the neighbours/friends kids over and tapped our maples trees.  We got about 7 taps in and all of them are producing but one.  I intend to move it, I just haven’t got to it yet.

Did you know it takes about 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup.  That’s a lot of sap right.  I figure we can get our money back for the taps and the buckets in about 4 years.  lol.  It is super fun for the kids though, they loved being able to help drill and set the taps as well as the hot chocolate and marshmallows afterwards.  It was a fun afternoon whether we get much maple syrup or not.

I recently invested in my very first farm share 🙂  I am so excited about this.  I did a small veggie share and am hoping to be able to get in on the egg share.  Just waiting to hear back.  I love the idea of locally grown food and supporting small local businesses and our farming community.  This is the trial run for us.  If we enjoy it and use it all we will upgrade next year and look at getting a meat share and possibly a fruit share as well.  My first box of produce comes in April.  I will definitely be blogging about it when I get it!

This month I think I clocked a total of 20k.  Blah.  I had to move to indoor cardio until the girls get well enough to either take them with me or take them to my friends place so we can switch off and get our running in.  I am trying to keep up with my cardio as much as possible but have definitely been doing more weight training this month.  Which is fine for now, I don’t have another race until late April and it’s only 10k.  I will have my running back in check by then.

Here’s a few pics of the girls tapping the trees and pretending to drive daddies bike.

Oh and this is the link to the farm share we purchased if there is anyone in my area that is interested http://taprootfarms.ca

 

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Here, there and everywhere

It has been a crazy week!  Busy, busy, busy.  We have had birthday parties, classes, date nights, appointments and still battling this cold/flu thing.  Our calendar has been jam packed.  Which I normally love, however my cold turned  into a sinus infection and I was haunted by an old neck injury for the last two weeks.  Finally coming around today thank goodness.  The girls however seem to still be down with this cold and now both have pink eye as well.  It just keeps coming at us.  Oh well what do you do, right?!  Keep on keeping on 🙂

Emma turned two on February 8th but we waited for Daddy to get home to have her party on the 13th.  We had a fun day at home on her birthday, painting and crafting and making healthy birthday treats.  All she wanted on her birthday was homemade bath paints and a bubble bath.  Done.  This girl cracks me up.  Party hat and all in the bath tub.

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The theme for her party was Minnie Mouse.  She loves Minnie.  My friend and neighbour Brittany offered to make the cake for her birthday, she makes beautiful cakes.  It turned out so awesome!  I also made these Minnie Mouse cookies for the kiddos.  There were probably about 18 kids at the party and Emma had the time of her life ❤

My mother and her husband stayed the night with the kiddos so hubby and I could have a date night, which we never get.  It was so much fun ❤  It was also the first time that me, my brother and my sister were out together in a very, very long time.  The first picture is me and my sister and the second is all three of us together at the pub.  Such a fun night!

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I didn’t leave the girls until almost suppertime and was back at the house by 7am to pick them up and bring them to the hotel for the day.  I have a really hard time leaving them at all.  It’s late check out on Sundays so we decided to bring them down and take them swimming, order room service and snuggle in bed until we had to leave.  It was so nice to just hang out and enjoy my family.  I didn’t feel like I had to do anything else.  I could just relax ❤

Because of my neck injury and being sick I had to take an entire week off from working out and wasn’t able to run for two weeks.  It sucked.  Bad.  Today was my first day back at running and 5k took me 30 minutes.  Blah.  I did some sprint drills at the end just to work on getting my speed back.  Slow or not though, man it felt good to run!  I have been back to the workouts for two days and decided to start back into the program when I started getting sick because I wasn’t able to give it my all and wanted to give this round all I had.  So instead of being on week 7, I am back at week 5.  No big deal.  I will get there 🙂

Tomorrow I have my first aid and CPR course that is mandatory for my bootcamps.  It is going to be so weird to leave my babies with hubby for the day.  I have never had to leave them all day yet.  I will miss them.  My FIS course is coming up quick and my bootcamps are only 3 months away!  Time flies!

I can’t wait to get all of my energy back after all this sickness and kick it back into high gear.  I have so much to do and so much I want to do!  Come on spring, fresh air, lots of daylight and NO GERMS!  lol.  Six weeks to spring and counting!

These girls light up my life ❤

 

Running on ‘E’

This last week has basically been a write off for me.  I haven’t been able to run in a week, my flu turned into a cold that turned into a sinus infection.  Blah! This time of year is not as fun as I remember.  I love the snow and cool crisp runs but I haven’t been able to enjoy either one lately.  I fear that by the time I can run again I will have to completely rebuild my base 😢 It’s a very frustrating feeling.  My body is telling me something though and I need to listen.  I let myself get run down.  I was doing too much and I am paying for it.

Before having babies I could juggle a million things like a pro.  However, with little to no sleep some nights, that is not the case anymore.  It has caught up with me 😞

But, because I don’t know how to quit, I have still managed to get my Hammer and Chisel workouts in everyday.  It’s the one thing I do to keep my sanity. Well, ok, that and mini eggs 😳 Shhhhh, that’s our secret.  I have a thing for them.  So crunchy and chocolatey.   I can’t resist.

Actually, maybe it’s just me but I tend to eat worse when I can’t workout or run as much. I think I am eating my feelings.  They taste delicious by the way, but my waistline hates me for it.  I better be back up and running soon (pun intended) or I am going to turn into a mini egg!

Its so difficult to take time off when you are just really starting to see progress.  It sucks actually.  Everytime I have driven by another runner this week I get all amped up to run and then reality sets back in.  Nope, not yet.  Your head might explode from all that sinus pressure.  And I feel a wee bit jealous.

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This week I joked that my journey to fitness is paved with spit up and cranky babies, lol.  My poor babies were so irritable this week while recovering from the flu.  They wouldn’t nap which meant they had to workout with me.  My baby girl has reflux really bad so my yoga mat has seen better days 😂  I am pretty sure I don’t own a piece of clothing without a stain on it anymore.  It’s just a part of my outfits now.  I will be happy when she outgrows this stage.

I did manage to get a pretty cute pic of us for our flex Friday picture in our fitness group though.

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Tomorrow is my daughter Emma’s birthday, she is turning two, which is crazy.  I feel like I was just pregnant with her.  Time goes way too fast!  Her first cousin’s birthday is the day after hers and today was her party.  It’s so nice to spend time with family on the weekend ❤️ Emma loves her uncle Jeremy and talks about him constantly.  She also loves being on the four wheeler.

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Between dance and two birthday parties this weekend we were super busy!  Emma loves her dance class and is a little ham as usual.

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I have my fingers crossed for a better week starting tomorrow and to be clear of all these germs once and for all!  And to get back out there and get running!

 

Slowing to a crawl

Babies have a way of forcing you to slow down and reevaluate your priorities.

Scarlett is a totally different baby than Emma. She needs more snuggles, has to be in my arms most of the day and will not sleep alone. She screams a lot somedays and my head aches. My back hurts from carrying her and my neck is stiff from her sleeping on my chest.

But this is my now and these are my tiny loves. I know this time will be gone before I know it and I will never get it back, so I slow down to a crawl on the days they need me most and move on with other plans on the days that allow.

My goals are always relevant and in the picture but not always in the forefront. And that’s ok. They will come 😊❤️

I have got a grand total of 5kms in this week 😳 Yep, that is all.  I feel like all my gains are slipping away.  But this week it is just not happening.  Taking days off is not something I have ever been good at.  But my babies have forced me to get better at it.  Being the sole caregiver most of the time is not always easy but being able to be home with them while my husband is the bread winner makes it worth it.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Although, I do look forward to having my own thing again and my own paycheck 😁

This morning with my toddler on a step stool and my baby in the ergo carrier we made several different dishes of healthy healing food to help us recoup from all this sickness.  My two favourite recipe sites are Oh She Glows and Detoxinista.  I can honestly say there is not a recipe on either site that I have tried and not liked.  I love them all!

We started the day with Green Monster Smoothies and Blueberry spelt pancakes.  Emma loves both of these ❤️  I usually throw a little extra fruit in hers to sweeten it up a bit more.  The pancakes didn’t stand a chance 😊

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If you like curry, this recipe from Detoxinista is delicious and helps to fight inflammation.  It’s a rainy cold day where we are so this was nice warm meal for lunch.

http://detoxinista.com/2014/08/vegan-lentil-sweet-potato-curry/

I plan to get out on Sunday for at least 7 or 8k.  Our running group is meeting at 9am and I have a sitter for the girls 😃

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

 

Better Luck Next Week

Ahhhh rest day! This mama needs it! Today is my day to rest, reevaluate and kick my butt back into gear. I haven’t had one once of energy leftover this week after taking care of my sick babies. This cold/flu can evacuate any time now. We are ready to be better.  This one just hangs on.  And on.  And on.

I haven’t run since Sunday, which makes me very sad. But my sinuses feel like they may explode just from walking up the stairs, so running is out of the question. Scarlett hasn’t slept well in a week and being up with her has me running on empty. Emma has this cold and an ear infection on top of that.  We all had the stomach flu last week and just haven’t got better yet.  I was hoping to go into February with guns blazing but that clearly didn’t happen. I haven’t missed a workout in my schedule yet, the one day I did take off I made up the following day. But I feel like my heart isn’t in it this week. I just want to snuggle my babies and make them (and me) better.

I got some of my new equipment for my bootcamps starting in May and haven’t even had a chance to try it out yet 😦 I have so much to do and so little energy this week. By the time the girls do fall asleep I am completely wiped out and usually fall asleep reading my text books.

Positive thinking creates positive results. Tomorrow will be better.  Next week will be better. It has to be. I have to much to do to be sick any longer.

I cannot wait to post open registration for the bootcamps 🙂 🙂 🙂

May isn’t that far off, spring is just around the corner. Believe it or not. Tomorrow daylight stays until 6pm here. It’s a start right?!

Send some healthy energy our way so we can get this bug out of the house!