Category Archives: Fitness

Family Pictures

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While we were out riding our bikes, I wanted to stop and get some family pictures at a couple of places.  Hubby obliged and we stopped, and we self timer-ed our own family photos.

Other than the fact that we’re in our workout clothes, we’re hot and sweaty and my face is all red because I’m tired.  I quite like how these photos turned out.  Ok, I think they are great locations.  I could really work more on how I look.

I like this shot because you get a good view of the whole city behind you, some of the lake, but you can still be close up to us.  C1 was super cute, he put his hands on my shoulder all by himself, we didn’t prompt that.

Navy Pier

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On Saturday we decided to go for a bike ride up to Navy Pier.  It took a while to get there on our bikes, but we were more about being out and together than getting to our destination quickly.  It’s about 10 miles from our door, to Navy Pier and it took us about 45 minutes.

Once we got there we decided to go on the farris wheel.  So we paid our money and got on the farris wheel and when up and around.  It was Hubby and C1’s first time on this farris wheel.

We then decided to get ourselves a Jamba Juice while we walked around for a bit, then biked back home.  It was a lovely way to spend our Saturday morning.

I’ve been really enjoying riding our bikes and wonder how we didn’t buy me a bike sooner.  I think our Phil & Ted stroller misses us though.

Bike for mama

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A year or two back I made it a goal that if I was running errands in Hyde Park, then I would walk. I have been doing awesome at this and feared winter would make me start driving again. With such a warm winter, I kept on walking everywhere, and have loved it. I drive the car a couple times a week at most to go downtown for Costco. We started going to the beach a bunch this summer and I love being there, but it’s a 1.25 miles and that was a bit much walking, especially on the way home, when the sun has warn me out.

After we found this bike trailer in the trash, we decided it was time was finally got me a bike as well. I knew I liked the beach cruiser bikes best, since I’m not going for distance. They also have a nice wide seat for my bum.

I got this beauty and have LOVED riding it everywhere. Having a bike has broadened where we go. Now, we ride our bikes to downtown, or navy pier (7-10 miles each way). The first few weeks we went 3-4 times a week. It has slowed down some, but we still ride our bike everywhere. Our poor stroller misses us.

Bike for the little man

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Every time we are near a bike c1 has to touch it and spin the pedals. With such interest in bikes I decided that we should get him one of his own. I searched Craigslist, asked around to friends and searched the web.

We went with the strider bike in orange from amazon. For some reason, orange was the cheapest color.

I was quite excited when it came in the mail, but not as excited as C1. I stared pulling everything out of the box and he was squealing. There was some assembly required, but I couldn’t get it put together. Not because it was hard, but because C1 was trying to ride it without a seat or wheels. I had to fight him off to get the thing ready for him to ride.

Once assembled he rode up the hallway; as slow as can be. I decided to take him and his new bike outside where he had more space, but he was screaming and crying at me, just trying to get it out the door.

I’m surprised he knows how the thing works. He has never ridden a bike, and he hops on like hes an old pro. I don’t think he is even sitting on the seat, but just walking with the bike between his legs. He goes super slow, because, well it’s hare to walk with a bike between your legs. He is so happy walking around with this thing and is in love.

I like this bike because it fits him at 18 months old, and will teach him balance for when he is ready for a bigger bike. I think these bikes are for 18 month to 4 years, so it should last him a while.

The Color Run 5K

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I did it!  I can hardly believe that I did it.

It’s been the the back of my mind to someday participate in a 5K, but only someday.  Then I saw on Pintrest about the Color Run.  It looked like so much fun,  that I signed up me and hubby.  The Chicago location was sold out, so we went to the next closest location; Racine, WI.

From the time I signed up to the race was only a little over a month.  I could barely jog a full mile, let alone 3  miles.  I would walk/jog every morning with a friend, pushing C1 in the stroller.  However I wasn’t making much progress.  I got close to two miles, when I went on a two week vacation to the in-laws, where I only went jogging once.  When I got home (a week and a half before the race), I could barely go the one mile I had already concurred.

Hubby and I trained a few times together and we went almost 3 miles in 35-40 minutes; our goal was to complete the race in half an hour.  Hubby is more use to jogging than I am, he can go on and on without stopping, so I slowed him down a bit, but he was so kind to stick right by my side pushing me to keep jogging (instead of walk), the entire time.

My cousin drove down from Milwaukee to stand on the sidelines with C1, so we wouldn’t have to  push him during the race; we really didn’t want him and the stroller covered in the color.  On our drive up, I felt sick.  I do tend to get car sick, but this was the worst, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do the race at all.

We showed up around 2p even though the race didn’t start until 5p, and seeing the line to register at 4p I’m so glad we showed up early.  The finish line (as well as the last leg of the race) was right along the lake.  It was such a beautiful view.

Just before 5p we found our spot at the start line.  Since the Color Run isn’t a timed race, they let off a wave of people every 5-8 minutes.  We counted down to the first start, and I was more nervous than excited.  As everyone in front of us started moving, so did we.  I started my RunKeeper on my phone to time how we did.  We slowed and came to a stop.  We were far enough back we didn’t make it out until the third wave of people.  I started my phone again, but later looked down at it, and it wasn’t working.  Darn.

Lots of people were not taking the race seriously, they were walking the whole way, or they would stop on the sides, to take pictures.  One lady near us at the start line was wearing her jean shorts and her sandals.  We started off slow and steady.  I would have been easy to push myself too fast with the rush of people around me, passing me, but not that far into the race I was the one passing people; weaving in and out to keep up my steady pace.  It felt good to pass people.

In all I think we only walked a quarter mile, but I power walked, so we never slowed down to a stroll or anything.  Running through the color sections was a thrill.  We would raise our arms and scream and shout as we went through.  We also had our bandana’s up covering our faces, so we didn’t get the color in our mouths.  It was just baking powder, but it did not taste good at all.  Toward the end of the race, we did find my cousin with C1, and they were able to cheer us on, and take some pictures.  Shortly after that, Hubby had to really cheer me on, I didn’t know if I could make it without stopping.  He kept screaming, “Here’s the finish line, here’s the finish line”.  People around us looked at him funny.  But it was motivating me to keep going, so I would just scream, “YEA!”, soon we wern’t the only one’s screaming for joy.

The flags seemed to be camouflaged, because as we approached them, I kept thinking, that’s it?  That’s the end?  I thought it would be a little more dramatic than it really was.  We started to slow to a walk after we finished, and they had us all gather on the grass to throw our own color packets up in the air for a celebration.  We waited around for that to happen, caught up with my cousin and our boy.  The throwing of the color looked really cool, but then soon, the colors mixed and it didn’t look as pretty.

According to our watches, we left the start line at 5:16p and arrived at the finish line at 5:46p.  We had made our goal of 30 minutes!  I just jogged my first ever 5K in 30 minutes.  I’m so proud of myself for doing it and grateful to my Hubby for supporting me the entire time.  Thanks dear.

Yoga Mat Bag

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I’ve been finishing a lot of projects lately, which is motivating to do more.  So I’ve got the project bug, where I just have to do more and more.  I usually have a list of projects I’d like to get done during each month, but I needed a break; so I started a whole new project that was in my to do in the distant future, but won’t take long list.  I found this free pattern online from Amy Butler; Nigella Yoga Bag (toward the bottom of the page).  I love Amy Butler fabrics and designs, but even more I love FREE.  I had printed off the pattern and put it aside.  I don’t actually do yoga, I’m not flexible enough yet, but I have a mat because we have hard wood floors, and it’s not comfortable to exercise on.  As it sits now, it collects dust, but now that I have a fancy new bag for it, it can stay clean.

The fabric is from IKEA; it’s a heavy weight fabric.  I left off the pocket and didn’t do the lining; which made the project super quick.  A nice orange thread to match the little bits in the fabric.

Sometimes I find things I want, but decide I’d rather make it instead of buy it; and this item is actually not that expensive; but I made one today and will be posting a tutorial soon on how to make your own.  Deluxe Shopping Cart Strap.  Shopping carts often have broken buckles or are just plain gross; a soft padded strap of your own to hold your child safely in the cart.  I need to take mine to the store to try the size on a shopping cart, I fear I may have made mine too short.