Baby Runner

Now that baby A is a bit older and a bit more stable in the holding up his own head department it is officially okay (ie: safe) to go at a full blown running pace with him in the stroller. I wont lie and pretend I am anywhere near a full out running pace right now. However, I am jogging and about to work in run/walk intervals so this timing is really perfect for our little adventures on the trail together.

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Truthfully, I just love that the little now stays awake for our walks/runs. I love how interested he is in the trees, ducks, and sounds of the water.

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I also love the company. When it comes to working out I am pretty much a one woman show most of the time. I don’t like waiting around on a partner who may or may not flake out or be late. I don’t like adjusting my time for someone’s schedule. I don’t like having to think or be social during my mental break/sweat session for the day. For a long time I felt bad about this but with a little personal development I can admit that it is ok. It is what it is. However, having my little miniature workout pal with me is great! Sometimes we chat, sometimes we pray, and sometimes we just enjoy the silence.

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It is also nice to get some practice pushing the stroller while dodging other runners and cyclists and such. We have a 10k (hopefully) coming up in October and I would hate to accidentally take someone out with that thing, you know? 😉 Seriously though, it adds a little something to the workout which I love. Taking a massive hill with a stroller? Heck yes!

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Even though I am still, very much, a work in progress I am happy with the direction things are going. And in throwing back to the #MyWhy blog from earlier this week, I thought it might be worth trying to always note a “why” at the end of my daily blog for exactly what is on my mind and heart that day for keeping up the fight. The truth is there are a million reasons to keep after it. And those are what should keep me going during moments of weakness. So today’s #MyWhy – To run a fun 10k with my kiddo and be able to hit the beach afterward.

Until Next Time!!

My Why

As the years have gone by I have tried dozens upon dozens of times to get back to a weight where I am 100% comfortable in my own skin. And also dozens upon dozens of times, I have failed. Last night I was chatting with the hubs and asked him, “If my fairy Godmother came down and told me *spoiler alert- you will never lose the weight* would you be ok with that?” He replied, “Of course, would you?” And I didn’t even hesitate a split second before saying “absolutely not”. He went on to say that what he would not be okay with is a lifetime of me being “down” about my weight.

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As someone who gained weight later in their 20s I can remember exactly what a healthy weight feels and looks like.  He always makes the point that I am “so much more than a size or a number”. But, for me, I just don’t think I can be the best version of myself- the most confident or fearless- without getting my health and body in check. So that is WHY I keep trying. Being healthy to see my son into adulthood it WHY I keep trying. Being able to confidently wear leggings and some crazy boots or a beautiful sleeveless dress is WHY I keep trying. Being able to run a 1/2 marathon without crippling pain is WHY I keep trying. Being the me on the outside that I feel is trapped on the inside is WHY I keep trying.

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So, for the last few days I have been quietly getting back on plan, back in line, and back on my feet. The pounds I regained post baby weight loss are falling away and I am preparing for a fight. I am preparing to fight physically and fight mentally. I can no longer take this on passively and let another failure pile on the failures before it. So I will fight. I will not quit on my life. That is MY WHY.

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Insta-Check-In

I am not sure if a picture is really worth a thousand words but I do know I owe y’all a little catch up post. I am REALLY working on getting in a more regular blogging groove because 1. I hate leaving you hanging and 2. It is such a great form of therapy and accountability for me. BUT since it has been a minute or two here is an Instagram update of my #NoFilter life lately….

Made it out to restaurant week with one of my girlfriends for some cocktails and delicious eats.

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Road tripping to WV to see the fam and visit the farm.

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Getting back in the work out groove after being captain of the lazy ship for a few weeks. Lord.

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Sold the #Wonderbug after a decade of VW bliss (ie: super awesome gass mileage) and bought an official mama bear ride aka #WhiteRabbit

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Took off for Charlotte with one of my best girls to see The Dixie Chicks and tear up Ikea!

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Still loving being a mama to this cute little creature.

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Ready to take these weight loss goals by force if necessary. What have YOU been up to lately?

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Happy Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!