Hello There, Colorado.

Kinsey and I are headed to the beautiful state of Colorado tomorrow. It has been a ridiculous week, full of baby fevers (like for real, super high, scary ones), pediatrician visits, and even a trip to the ER. You know how they tell you not to go to the ER for high fevers unless there are other symptoms that are alarming? That is really hard advice to follow when your kid wakes up at 4am screaming, and her fever is 104.8. You are all sleep deprived, and crazy eyed, and of course it seems like the symptoms are alarming–its 4am! She’s got a 104.8 fever! She’s crying! She’s tired! I had just seen the pedatrician the day before, and they told me she would be getting better, but 104.8 didn’t seem better to me, and I freaked out basically, so we piled in the car and when the emergency room. In my defense, I paged our doctor, and the nurse said “it will probably be 30 minutes before they call you back, and I don’t want anything bad to happen between now and then…but I can’t tell you what to do, legally.” She said enough. Long story short, they couldn’t do anything for us. The tylenol kicked in and worked its magic; they confirmed that she wasn’t dying, and again said that it was just a virus. Lame-o. So, we’ve been hunkered down in the house all week, and I had to make a decision as to whether or not our Colorado trip would happen or not, and I’m thinking it will. She’s perking up today, and the fever is almost completely gone. It was some whackadoo thing, because she was fine other than the uncomfortably high body temperature. 

Mommyhood is tough sometimes. 

My best friend is having a baby in June, and her lovely parents work for United, and offered to let me use one of their passes to fly in for the baby shower. It was so incredibly generous and lovely of them, and I can’t wait to get ‘home’ and celebrate the soon-ish arrival of her baby girl. There is something incredibly touching when your best friends (the ones you’ve known forever), start having kids alongside you. We have friends that have kids, yes, but she is the first of my  real close, for real long time, friends to have a baby. It is a short hour and a half flight, and I am going alone with Kinsey girl, so it should be really exciting. I bought suckers and stickers, and I’m ready to entertain her curious little self for the whole flight…alone…with her quarantined to my lap. 

I’ve got my new Vera Bradley duffle, and we are ready to go (Except, I haven’t packed yet. Womp! Womp!)

Additionally, next week is my last week of classes for the semester, so I can’t guarantee that I’ll be posting much until I am done with my final exam/papers etc. Graduate school unfortunately is not flexible with toddler-virus’ so, I’ll be busy. 

Until then, happy week-end-next. 

 

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{Wordless} Wednesday

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{My New Tattoo. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19. A mark of hope, for my little Miss Kinsey Hope.}

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{We spent Sunday morning at Liberty Park}

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{Impromptu park picnics are the best}

What’s Your Fitness Type?

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In the midst of my emotional mess a couple weeks ago, I committed to being more intentional about making time to run. I enjoy it, and notice that I am a more well-rounded happy person when I participate in a physical activity of some kind. Though, I’ve noticed that I like to jump in 125%, and then I do that for a couple weeks, then at some point, I get really tired of it all, and I take a day off, which then becomes 3 days off, then, I just stop all together. (Did my previous P90X endeavors just come to mind? Yes. I’m talking about that.) So, this time, I decided not to do that, and instead just make time to run, for the enjoyment of it, and let myself feel good about it, and not decide on some unrealistic goal like “I will run EVERY SINGLE DAY for 5 miles.” Let’s get real. I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom, and there is a very large part of me that would rather sit in peace when free time presents itself. So, on my run yesterday, I started thinking about what kind of fitness person I am, exactly.

Am I self-motivated? A “let’s do this!” type? Nay. I am not. I can be this type of person for about 3 weeks, then something in me starts to get really stabby at the thought of doing it for the rest of my life, and so instead of finding a nice medium, I’m like, “f* this s*, I’m going to drink wine instead.” Which I think is why I need to out loud say “I think I’m going to run” so that my husband can tell me that I should go. I know that if I say it out loud, he’ll make me do it. If I don’t say it, it probably won’t happen. I am twisty.

Am I more goal based? Do I work out until I achieve whatever goal I had in mind? I think if I am honest, I’d say I am not this either, but I’d really like to be. The summer before I got married, I did what I called “Operation Hot Body” with my best friend, and we seriously kicked ass. We’d wake up crazy early and go hiking every single day, and then hiking turned into trail running, and then we added workouts at the gym in the afternoon…we killed it. The goal was to be in great shape on my wedding day. Achieved. Post-baby, I thought I’d be able to get my pre-baby body back. I lost all of the baby weight, but when I realized that my body was never truly going to be the “same” and time was harder to find than I had originally anticipated, I gave up. New goal: get in the best shape I can before I get pregnant again. Though, I’m fighting the voice that says “You are just going to get fat again.”

Am I stagnant? A non-activity person, until it becomes imperative that I do something or I’ll die? I hope not. I think I have to find a balance between motivating myself enough to do good things for myself, and remembering that I have a whole life left to live, and I want to be able to healthfully participate in that.

I’m trying to learn more about the kind of person I am, so that I can have a realistic fitness regiman that I actually enjoy. I’ve been reading about different types of workouts, and ultimately, I think I really just like to run. But, at the end of the day, there are probably other things that I should be doing too. What is your take on fitness? What parts of it do you struggle with?

Some Resources:

The Best Workouts for Your Body Type

27 Simple Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

PopSugar’s Fitness Motivation