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Month: October 2016

Weekend Antics

Weekend Antics

Wow, Sunday night already?!  Seems like our weekends just fly by so fast lately.  This one was another good mix of house chores, socializing, and family time.  So here comes another photo dump  Our weekend officially started at 5pm on Friday when Nathan got home from work.  We spent last week prepping our basement so we could finish the floors, and the main event was happening Friday night.  We opted against carpet for fear of future flooding (we’ve got lots of…

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Why I ate my placenta

Why I ate my placenta

After going through the postpartum period with Graham I knew I needed to do something different when we had another baby.  My emotions were all over the place, and my energy levels were terrible.  Lack of sleep, anxiety and questioning of every decision we made, confusion over breastfeeding – no wonder I was a bundle of emotions and cried at the drop of a hat!  I never had postpartum depression, but I can’t say that time was particularly easy.  When…

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My Weekly Meal Prep

My Weekly Meal Prep

So I get asked a lot how I keep healthy food on my family’s table week to week, especially considering how busy life can be.  The short answer – it wasn’t always easy!  I have spent A LOT of time coming up with the optimal way to meal plan and prep.  Luckily I pretty much have it down to a science, and the result is healthy food throughout the week and no more “dinner time craziness.” I wanted to invite you…

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Weekend Recap

Weekend Recap

So I really wanted to start recaping my weekends on here.  Selfishly because I love the ability to look back and remember this phase of life.  But also because I am creepy and love reading these on other blogs.  Maybe it’s seeing all the cute pictures and fun things other families do.  Or maybe it’s just nice to see that we aren’t the only crazy family who gets super excited about weekend chores and family movie night   So get ready…

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How weight lifting finally got me my half marathon PR

How weight lifting finally got me my half marathon PR

I’ve been racing the half marathon distance for years.  I love it, and have found it to be my “sweet spot.”  But when I first started running that distance it was purely for fun.  I had no expectations, and was just happy to cross the finish line without walking.  This was fine until I ran a half marathon back in 2009 in 2:05.  Wow, that’s so close to 2 hours!  Could I actually run it in less than 2 hours? …

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Why I Stopped Weighing Myself

Why I Stopped Weighing Myself

Looking back just a few years ago, I was a slave to my scale.  The first thing I did every morning (after making my bed of course ) was weigh myself.  It was the way I kept myself in check.  It allowed me to see when a few pounds crept on after a weekend or week of overindulging.  I could then “diet myself down” to my happy weight.  It worked for me.  I even used it daily during both of…

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First McLean Family Camping Trip

First McLean Family Camping Trip

Before having kids Nathan and I did our fair share of camping.  A lot of it was done out in Colorado, on the side of the road the night before hiking a “14er” – mountain whose peak is over 14,000 feet above sea level.  I’m sure this sounds insane (pulling off the road and setting up “camp,” waking up at 4am and hitting the trails before the sun came up) but I assure you this is perfectly normal behavior out…

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My Fitness – Currently

My Fitness – Currently

Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of a racing junkie.  I get giddy over creating a training plan, love the structure that it gives to my running, and obviously love the endorphin rush of crossing both the start and finish lines.  And who doesn’t love setting a goal, working your butt off for 12 weeks, then seeing all of that hard work come to fruition?!  Now don’t get me wrong, not every race I have done has…

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Birth Stories Compared

Birth Stories Compared

From the moment we found out we were expecting, Nathan and I started discussing the best way for me to stay healthy throughout the pregnancy.  Eating the right foods, staying active, pre-natal vitamins – we researched it all!  Once we got a little further along in the pregnancy we started thinking about labor and delivery.  Would we use a doctor or a midwife?  Would we take a birthing class?  Pain meds or no pain meds?  After much discussion we decided…

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Fitting in fitness when it seems impossible

Fitting in fitness when it seems impossible

I think the theme of “fitting in fitness” is something most moms can relate to.  Whether you work outside of the home or stay home with the kids, life is just BUSY.  Your daily schedule/routine is dictated by the kids (sleep – I am looking at you!)  There are always a million and ones to think about, and most of us feel like we have all these balls in the air and can drop one at any time.  I will…

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