Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekly Recap: November 17-23

Lucy got her first cold a week ago and it finally made it's way to me & Todd by mid-week.  I lost my voice and I'm sure everyone in my class on Tues & Thurs morning could hardly hear me teach even with using the mic.  I actually thought I was avoiding the sickness and just losing my voice because I felt totally fine other than that but nope, I started to feel bad by Friday evening and despite attempting a Spinning class on Saturday morning, I spent most of the afternoon on the couch.  Luckily, I'm feeling back to almost 100% this morning.

Monday: walked 3 mi on treadmill; core workout

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Control class @ System of Strength
15 min stepmill & 30 min elliptical

Saturday: 1 hr Spinning

Sunday:  walked 4 mi on treadmill

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrating Todd's Birthday


This year has flown by incredibly fast and I cannot believe we just celebrated Todd's birthday.  Once his birthday hits, the rest of the year is over in a flash and I'm not quite ready for the holidays (and stress of the holidays) to be here yet!
 
Todd turned 34 on Saturday so we started his birthday celebration a little early with cake and presents on Friday night with my parents.  
 
Hard to believe just a year ago Lucy was still a little peanut and now she's a toddler

Helping daddy blow out his candles...

and helping him read this card...

and helping him open presents

She loved playing on Todd's new suitcase (his broke a couple months back so my parents got him a new one for his upcoming trip to California for my brother's bachelor party)

The rest of his presents from me included a bottle of bourbon, a movie, and a sweater
 
Part of Todd's birthday celebration was last weekend when we went to Cincinnati for the day so on Saturday, his actual birthday, we stayed local.  Our first plan for the day was breakfast at Der Dutchman in Plain City.  We'd been for dinner before and had donuts from there but never been for a sit down breakfast.  It was tasty and a good start to Todd's birthday.
 
Der Dutchman
 
On our way out with full bellies and a couple donuts for breakfast the next morning

The Ohio State football game was a noon game so we went over to Todd's friend's house to watch the game and have pizza.  They have a 6 month old and then another couple of Todd's friends were there with their 4 year old and 6 month old. It was kind of weird that Lucy was one of the "older" kids but she had a blast playing with the babies and trying to keep up with the 4 year old.  I should mention though that she had a great time playing with the dog toys too!  While the kids were playing (or napping in the case of the little ones), everyone else was able to watch the game for the most part.  Todd hadn't seen these friends in a few months so I know he was happy to spend some time with him especially on his birthday.

The only picture I got there was when Todd was reading with Lucy

The last part of Todd's birthday celebration didn't go quite as planned but I guess that's how it goes when you have kids, right?  We had dinner reservations at The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek, the newest Cameron Mitchell restaurant, so we dropped Lucy off at her grandparents' for the night with the intention of picking her up the next morning.  We were almost at the restaurant when my mom texted that Lucy had a 100.2 fever.  She had been totally fine the entire day except that her eye kept watering a lot all day (which is what happened the only other time she had a cold).  We were able to enjoy our dinner but picked Lucy up on our way home so we could take care of her and make sure she got a good night sleep at home.

Me and the birthday boy before dinner

The Barn...which used to be the old Hoggy's in Gahanna

Todd and his full rack of ribs
 
Todd's meal: Ribs & a loaded baked potato
 
My meal: Beef brisket on Texas Toast & a side of mac & cheese

Dessert: Apple pie with vanilla ice cream

The food was really good and the cuisine focused on meats since they have a smoker.  I will say though that the barbecue sauce was almost a bit too spicy for us but we're wimps when it comes to spicy food.  I didn't get a drink but Todd loved his bourbon which was a blended at Woodford Reserve specifically for the restaurant.

So glad we were able to get out on a date for Todd's birthday

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekly Recap: November 10-16

I made it to the Y twice last week to work out, taught my normal Tues/Thurs Spin/TRX classes, went to System of Strength once, and worked out at home twice....solid week of workouts!

Monday: 30 min Stepmill (which was hard!) & 20 min Strength/Core circuit

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Control class @ System of Strength
45 min Spinning

Saturday: walked 4 mi on treadmill

Sunday: walked 1 mi on treadmill (warm up) & did 30 min cardio/strength/core circuit

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day Trip to Cincinnati

A couple weeks ago, we decided to plan a day trip to Cincinnati.  Todd & I both have friends that live down there and since we weren't going to do a bigger trip for Todd's birthday this year, I wanted to at least go somewhere relatively close that we could bring Lucy....and what better place than visiting a brewery in Cincinnati!  
 
Of course, no trip to Cincinnati is complete without a stop at Ikea, which was our first destination once we arrived in the late morning on Saturday.  We didn't really have anything in mind that we were going for, except some picture frames, so we spent a little bit of time just wandering around and checking out all the displays.  We're hoping to redo my closet soon (Todd's suggestion, not mine!) so we were looking at options there. It was pretty crowded, which isn't surprising for a Saturday, and I think we made it in and out of there in just over an hour.
 
Welcome to Ikea!
 
Lucy enjoyed people watching

Our random bag of stuff we bought

After Ikea, we made our way over to Hyde Park to have lunch at Cock & Bull Public House.  The food was pretty good, especially our pretzel sticks that we had as an appetizer, and Lucy seemed to enjoy her grilled cheese.  

I really liked the look of the restaurant from the outside

Todd couldn't resist a taster tray of local beers
 
Once we finished lunch, we drove about 10 minutes away and arrived at MadTree Brewing, which was our real reason for the trip.  We met up with several of our friends there, who ironically, all already happened to know each other.  Todd, Lucy, and I were the last ones to arrive and I guess when my friends showed up, they started talking to Todd's friend (because they already knew each other) and said they were both meeting some friends from Columbus.  Turns out, they were both meeting us!  It was really weird and it just goes to show what a small world it really is!  We got there just in time to grab a beer and then catch the start of the 3:00 PM brewery tour.  I felt so bad for Lucy since she had been cooped up all day in her car seat, shopping cart, and highchair.  She was really antsy and the tour was really laid back so we were able to let her run around for a bit.  
 
MadTree Brewing
 
Inside the cooler

Lucy was fascinated by all the beer cans
Typical brewery pic

Family photo while on the brewery tour...and I hate giving Lucy her pacifier other than when she's sleeping but it's a good way to control her noise level/volume especially when we're on a tour!

The tour was pretty short, a little less than a half hour, so we spent about another hour to hour & a half trying some beers and catching up with friends we hadn't seen since before Lucy was born.  Despite the relatively short visit, it was really great afternoon and we left around 5:00 PM to head back to Columbus so Todd could watch the Ohio State football game.  Like Columbus, Cincinnati seems to have a lot of smaller craft breweries popping up so we will definitely be back soon to see our friends and drink more beers!

Hanging out with Colleen, one of my former UD cross country teammates, and Kelly, one of my former roommates at UD

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: November 3-9

I just realized I never did a recap for October 27-November 2 but it was probably for the better since I had a few extra rest days that week and didn't have any real exciting workouts to note.

I was officially released and cleared by my orthopedic surgeon almost 2 weeks ago to pretty much do whatever in terms of exercise which includes running.  I'm extremely hesitant and cautious to start running because he did tell me if I happened to herniate the same disc again, I'd probably be looking at a fusion since there isn't much disc left to cut out.  I wanted a second opinion on the situation so I went to my family doctor last week, who is a sports med doctor, and he recommended waiting a few more months before I start running (which is what my orthopedic surgeon originally told me immediately after my surgery but then changed his mind and said I should be healed by now).  I also have some SI joint dysfunction and will be starting PT this week. 

With all that being said, Lucy & I joined the local YMCA last week too.  I needed more options of exercise that I could do (elliptical, swimming, stepmill, etc.) since all I have at home is a treadmill and I'm getting really sick of walking.  Since I'm an instructor at PAI, I can take classes for free there but I'm really limited on the classes I can actually get to since there's no child care for Lucy and the classes have been pretty full lately too.  With all that being said, I went to the Y last Friday on my day off and took Lucy to the child care area and she did great!  It was actually the first time she'd been watched by anyone other than family and I don't even think she realized I was gone.  Hoping that'll be the trend so I don't feel bad leaving her in there while I work out.

I also made it to yoga yesterday for the first time in a year!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: walked 3 mi on treadmill; 20 min Strength/Core circuit at home

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 45 min Spinning

Saturday: 15 min Stepmill, 30 min elliptical

Sunday: 75 min Hot Power Flow Yoga

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Peak into My Day...

I wish I had done these every few months from the time Lucy was born so I could have something to look back on and remember our daily routine as she grew up. 

This is what a typical Thursday looks for me....

4:58 AM--Alarm goes off & jump out of bed (seriously, I'm not a snooze button pusher and Todd always jokes that as soon as my alarm goes off, I wake up and yell,  "Hello world, I'm ready to go!")

5:18 AM--I have my timing down to an exact science so after getting dressed, laying out my work stuff, and grabbing my gym bag, I'm in the car and driving to the fitness studio to teach Spin/TRX

5:28 AM--Arrive at the studio, turn on lights, turn off alarm, print class sign-in sheet, get music started, set up my bike, and wait for clients to show up

5:45-6:45 AM--Teach 30 minutes of Spinning followed by 30 minutes of TRX; I've been teaching this class at this time slot for 3.5 years now and absolutely love it!  There's room for 18 in the class but I average about 10 or 11.

Spinning room before class

After teaching once everyone has left


6:50-7:00 AM--Drive home, hoping I hit every green light.  I swear, if I hit one red light, I hit them all and it can set be back almost 5 minutes which trust me, on these mornings, I need those 5 minutes!

7:00-7:16 AM--Like I said, after 3.5 years, I have my timing down to a science.  I literally have 16 minutes to get in the door, say good morning to Lucy (Todd gets her up on these mornings and takes her to my parents' place for my mom to watch her), shower, get dressed & do my make up, and leave. One benefit of curly hair is that I just let it air dry so I don't have to waste time styling or drying it.  I'm actually pretty proud of myself that I can get ready in such a short time and still look good for work.

7:16-7:45 AM--This is the most stressful part of my day as I sit in traffic.  I hate the main road I have to take to get to the interstate.  It takes me almost 20 minutes to get to the interstate (which is probably about 4 miles from our house) and then only 10 minutes to get the rest of the way to work (which is about 10 miles from our house)

7:45 AM-1:00 PM--Work! Well, first I eat breakfast at my desk and then I work. I work as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for a local hospital system and primarily do fitness testing for city and surrounding township firefighters and police officers.  I've been at this job for 7.5 years (I was lucky to start working after grad school) and switched from full-time to part-time once I came back from maternity leave at the end of last year.  I'm scheduled to work 20 hours/week and generally work Monday-Thursday from 8-1 and have Fridays off.  It's honestly such an ideal situation and I truly feel like I have the best of both worlds...still working but also I still get to be at home quite a bit too with Lucy.  During my normal work day, I'm administering VO2 tests on the treadmill, monitoring EKGs, taking blood pressures, measuring body compositions, administering flexibility and muscular strength & endurance tests, filling out paperwork, creating workouts for the firefighters I train at their fire station every other week (this is my off week) or for some of the companies/school districts we do group workouts for, and working on presentations.

My desk

Just your normal office selfie


1:00-1:30 PM--Depending on our patient load at work, I get done anywhere from 12:30-1:00 PM on most days and drive to my parents' to pick up Lucy.  I usually stay for 10-15 minutes to catch up with my mom and see how Lucy was that morning

1:30-3:00 PM--My parents live 1.5 miles from us so it's a quick drive home.  Once we're home, I unpack from work, change into comfy clothes, and play with Lucy. 

Digging around for toys

She loves the music and the air that shoots out the top of the elephant

Attempting to do a puzzle...she moves from toy to toy rather quickly


3:00-4:30 PM--Lucy's naptime which means it's finally lunch time for me! Most days I have a huge to-do list and today was no exception.  I ate lunch and then did a load of laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, and worked on a new Spinning mix for class.  I always attempt to relax during this time but then feel guilty when there's other stuff that could be done. 

Look like Lucy is up from her nap and playing with her socks


4:30-5:30 PM--Once Lucy is up from her nap, I get her a snack and we play until Todd gets home from work.  If it's nice outside, which those days are few & far between now, we might go for a 30 min walk around the neighborhood. 

Snack time!


5:30-6:30 PM--Todd used to get home a lot later but started to go into work earlier and get home earlier after I had my second back surgery since I wasn't allowed to pick up Lucy and he's still kept somewhat of the same schedule (plus, they cut back on his overtime at work...which is good and bad) so he's usually home between 5:30-6:00 PM now.  I know he likes being home earlier to spend more time with Lucy.  I usually start dinner once he calls me to let me know he's on his way home from work (it's a 40 min drive) and we typically eat around 6:15 or 6:30 PM.

6:30-7:30 PM--Play with Lucy some more and try to teach her new "tricks"

7:30-8:00 PM--Bath time for Lucy and then off to bed for her.  Our bedtime routine for her is just a bath and then right into her crib.  We never really got into the habit of rocking her or reading her a story and I think she's totally fine with that.  She never fusses once she's down and she's usually asleep within a few minutes, typically by 8:00 PM at the latest.  Once she's down, we won't hear a peep from her until we wake her up the next morning. 

8:00-9:00 PM--Todd & I hang out on the couch, usually watching TV together or he's watching a show and I'm messing around on my iPad

9:00-9:30 PM--I'm usually starting to fall asleep on the couch around this time and Todd & I  have always gone to bed at the same time so we head upstairs and I'm usually asleep by 9:30 PM.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Recap...Oink Oink!

I was pretty excited for Halloween this year because Lucy was actually able to trick-or-treat and walk to a few houses.  Most of the towns & cities surrounding Columbus had their trick-or-treat night the night before Halloween but our area always likes to have it on October 31.  Unfortunately for us this year, the weather was much worse on our night...cold & rainy!  The only good thing though was that since it was chilly outside, Lucy actually kept the hat part of her costume on her head unlike when we went to the zoo the weekend before.
 
I can't resist the holiday themed shirts
 
All dressed up and ready to go get candy

Hanging out with our cute little piggy

I swear Lucy's in there somewhere!

I love this picture...it looks like she's dancing

Walking to the neighbors' house

She spent most of the night trying to eat the candy wrappers

My dad passed out candy while we took Lucy out....I hope he didn't scare off all the kids!

Lucy sorting out her candy at home


And then she walked around with handfuls of it for the next half hour
 
She must get her sweet tooth from me
 
 
I couldn't get enough of her costume...she was so cute!

And her tail! 

Still trying to get the whoppers out of the package
 
Lucy did manage to get an M&M package open and ate a few...whoops!  She seemed to have a great night, much different than last year when she was only about a month old, and I know each year will get a little bit more fun!