Happy Saturday!  I’ve been waiting for this weekend with Veteran’s Day on Monday we have a three day weekend.  This weekend will be full of relaxation, cleaning, and catching up with work.  Last weeks workout schedule was not great.  With tutoring I haven’t been able to get into the groove since I tracked back in.  Plus I acquired a cold late in the week, but I braved through a hot yoga class last night.  I really love my hot yoga on Friday nights so I didn’t want to miss out.  It’s the perfect way to end the week!  Especially after last week.

Here is what I accomplished:


Tuesday Cycling

Friday-Hot Yoga

Saturday-Some kind of strength 🙂

Highlights of my week:

1) Observation one complete at work.

2) My new Birchbox arrived in the mail.  Its like Christmas every month!


3) The turkey is out at Breslin’s school.  She is so excited for the holidays (so am I:).


4) Not having to tutor on Thursday night.  Working from 8:00 to 7:00 makes for a long day!

Just a thought:

After reading this post on the hungry runner girls blog it got me thinking about eating before working out.  I obviously try not to eat a ton of food before working out, but not eating before you workout seemed like a no no.  However it makes sense that your body what work more efficiently in “fight mode”.   What do you think about that?

I have really been trying to drink more water during the day,  I find I drink more when its cold.  I hate to do it, but I may have to buy water bottles to stick into the fridge at work.  When my water gets warm I tend to not drink as much.  I’m not a huge drinker in general so this has been a challenge.  It has been a work in progress.  Trying this app for the iPhone called waterlogged.

I hope you had a great week!  Have any exciting plans this weekend?


Give it to someone who cares

I’m so excited I think I’m going to burst!  Tomorrow is the day I’ve been so desperately waiting for all quarter.  Track out! Three weeks to myself to get caught up on life! I don’t even care that I have conferences all day on Monday.  I’m just happy that I don’t have to plan lesson and grade papers!

No workout today.  With school and tutoring I never get a chance to make it to the gym on Mondays or Thursdays.  I’m going to try to make it down there after work tomorrow so at least I can make it a four day workout week.  I usually try to make it 5 days with 2 days off.  My friend Coryn is teaching cycling on Sunday so I think I’m going to try and make it to a total conditioning class on Saturday which works strength and cardio or go low key and do some yoga.  I’m actually sore from yesterday’s yoga class both quads and abs.  I might just do some running tomorrow.  Next week will be nice because I won’t have to work and I’ll have more time to plan out my workouts.

I have to share my wonderful cooking skills for tonight’s dinner I call them “I’m tired and I don’t want to cook”.   I hope you can sense the sarcasm in my tone.  I actually found this website that has healthy recipes.  I should have had “Brothy Chinese Noodles” instead. Which one what you rather eat? I know you want to say my hot dogs!



Brothy Chinese Noodles

Hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls 🙂


I went to my first overnight camp when I was in 4th grade.  I had participated archery there for the first time ever.  I was actually pretty good at it and had my name read across the announcements as one of the high scorers.  It was a proud moment lol.  Well seems like I have genetically passed on my “gift” to Breslin.  She seems to have my knack for shooting some bows and arrows.


She says “You have to have one of your eyes shut to have good aim”

She also told me today “A kid in my class had his card moved down to orange for pushing a friend.”  He told the teacher “Good I like to be on orange” It’s almost as good as Breslin’s comment last week to her friend as she was handing her a picture “Give it to someone who cares”

Can you believe my kid?

Has there been a sport you were surprisingly good at?

What are you excited for this weekend?


Hump Day

I haven’t blogged in a day.  I know I’m a slacker I need to get on my A game.  Don’t worry I track out next week so there will be a lot of detailed exciting posts with more time on my hands.

Yesterday I was thinking a lot about exercising (Yes I made it to my cycling class).  For those of you how don’t work with children on a daily basis can never truly understand how exhausted you are after a day filled with 22 students needing and wanting you for 7 hours.  It’s not like it was back in the day when kids would sit at their desks and work out of textbooks.  We have evolved and there is more demands on teachers then there ever was before.

Anyway, back to my point.  Many people probably believe I love working out.  That is not the case!  I tried to talk myself several times out of working out yesterday.   I thought about how nice it would be to just sit on the couch and enjoy a good show.  After several attempts to talk myself out of this I got my butt up and went.  I always enjoy it when I get there and find no regrets afterwards.  The only regrets I have is not to go.  I saw a sign once in a gym that said “Working out is like brushing your teeth you just have to do it.”  I still think about this all the time.

That led me to thinking about why I try to talk myself out of workouts.  To be honest they are hard sometimes really hard.  Who wants to go and torture themselves voluntarily?    Then I think about how good it feels when I’m done and how hard I worked.  No matter how hard I work I never give up.  I will push myself because I don’t want to quit, and I don’t want to waste my time.

Then I thought about how that is not true with other tasks that I do.  I often don’t want to attempt things that are too challenging because its hard for me to figure out.  If I don’t see a reward or a positive reinforcement I don’t feel like its worth my time.  I like things simple, to the point, just me what I have to do!  School was always hard for me and I have to work to get things that come naturally to others.   So why is working out the one thing I push myself to do?   Why can’t I apply this to other tasks?

Tonight was yoga!  Yes I needed it.  I’m telling you most people think yoga is a joke I know I did, but it is so good for you.  If you haven’t tried it do it!  After yoga Breslin and I stopped at Panera Bread.

Ahh yes Target the best place ever.

This was Breslin yesterday trying on new shoe for her school pictures. Image

I also found these babies!  Not as good as Swedish Fish but I’ll say they are okay,


Too much

Monday again. Today was a long day. Two conferences and tutoring until 7:00 makes for a long day. Its only going to get worse before the week is over. Three meetings and three more conferences and one more night of tutoring before Friday. I feel like my track out always cones with a bang. I’m looking forward for sometime to myself and time to reflect.

Since arriving home at 7:15 I’m exhausted and wondering if I’m going to have the strength to survive the week. Working two jobs and motherhood is a lot to handle. Especially because I’m with kids every step of the way. Sometimes as I’m driving to one of my multiple obligations I picture turning my car around and going anywhere but here.

My addiction and my “me time” today.


No workouts since my run on Saturday. Tutoring really has been interfering with with my workout schedule. Tuesday is cycling. Watch out Coryn here I come!

With everything on my plate I’m trying to stay positive and think about what matters most.


On a side note wanted to share two of my favorites!

This dip is amazing!


This salad is also delish
Red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper


Standing on the Edge

I’ve been standing on a cliff for awhile teetering at the edge. I’ve almost jumped several times. I’ve even had running starts to get to the end and every time I stop. Life is unpredictable it can have ups and downs. I try not to dwell and be scared of the what ifs. I try and be responsible and not take risks. I don’t want to make mistakes. Dont want to have regrets. But I fear the regret I would have is to not have jumped sooner. Yes, jumping is scary. The unknown scares me. Sometimes you have to jump in order to find what you are looking for even if you are unsure. In today’s post I’m going to share some quotes that I find inspirational in trying to figure out what makes me happy.

1.Mounting, the trail, but you’ve got it in sight.
Sometimes the only way is jumping.
I hope you’re not afraid of heights.
-Gavin McGraw Song “Meaning”

2. “But I have learned that you make your own happiness, that part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater.”
― Emily Giffin, Something borrowed

3. “Life doesn’t care about your vision. you just have to roll with it.”
-Ben’s Dad in “Knocked Up”