Fitness in the Fall

As much as I want to hold on to summer…. I think it’s time I admit that fall is officially here. September is my transition month, but there’s no denying it once October hits. The air is crisp and cooler, but the sky is still bright blue. The leaves are turning yellow and orange, but the sky is still bright blue. The days are feeling shorter, but the sky is still bright blue. And a bright blue sky is too inviting to stay indoors all day! And because of all of that, fall is the perfect time to keep up a fitness routine outside. The bright blue sky is deceiving though. Sometimes it’s colder than it looks, and sometimes it’s warmer than it looks. Time to bust out the fun fall fitness layers!  Continue reading

Prenatal Yoga

One of the biggest differences in my two pregnancies is my activity level. With my first pregnancy, I was still working in an office full time, so my time for workouts was limited. I walked and hiked a lot, training for my 60-mile breast cancer walk that I did when I was 7 months pregnant, and a little bit of zumba here and there, but not much else more than that. With this second pregnancy, I am doing Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre and Fit4Baby classes (which all include strength training), walking, hiking, chasing after my toddler, and up until a few weeks ago, running. I have also incorporated prenatal yoga into this pregnancy and I LOVE it. I’ve practiced yoga since college and took dance classes since I was a child, so to this day I still love doing barre work, stretching and holding poses.

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Soaking Up the Sun… And Daughter :)

A little over a week ago, I got some really great advice about this little bundle of joy who is due in two weeks now (but could arrive any day). The advice though is actually about my firstborn, my daughter Zara. I was told that while the newborn is going to need me full-time, with holding, nursing, rocking, burping, cuddling, loving, etc… that my 18-month-old is going to all of a sudden seem big and old enough to do things on her own and not need me as much anymore. But it is important for me to remember that she is still a baby, she is still dependent on me, and she is going to need me even more. While this is really great advice and a good reminder for me to hear, it made me sad. It made me realize that I am really going to miss this alone time I have right now with my daughter. I don’t want her to feel left out or neglected or forgotten at all. So since receiving that great advice, I have been making it a point to focus heavily on her and go on a lot of fun adventures together. Last week was a hot week weather-wise, so I was soaking up a lot of sun… and time with my daughter.  Continue reading

Hike It Baby 30 June Challenge

Happy National Running Day! Unfortunately, I won’t be running today 😦 I didn’t know when/if it would happen, but now that I am in my final month of pregnancy, I have to start cooling down on the running. So it was perfect timing to hear from my Hike It Baby Seattle group about their June Challenge – logging at least 30 miles of walking/hiking with your baby/toddler in the month of June. I love me a good challenge, and with my due date at the end of June and my desire to spend as much quality time with Zara outdoors before then, this sounds like the perfect challenge for me!

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Stroller Strides on the waterfront

This week, our Redmond/Kirkland FIT4MOM group started offering classes back on the Kirkland waterfront! On Tuesdays and Thursdays from now and throughout the summer, we will have morning Stroller Strides classes at Marina Park in Kirkland. There will still be Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes in Redmond, as well as Fit4Baby and Body Back in the studio. And even though I’ve had to take a step back from Running Club (cue the tear rolling down my cheek), they are meeting at a new spot on the trail in Woodinville as well. What all of these location options mean is variety and changes of scenery, which I LOVE!! We are on day four this week, and I’ve already done five workouts! Two Stroller Strides on the waterfront, a Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre at Redmond Town Center and the trail, and a Fit4Baby class in the studio. What an awesome week, and I’ve still got another class tomorrow and then a Color Run 5K on Saturday! But let’s get to those fun Kirkland waterfront pictures…  Continue reading

Easter Fun Week!

Wow, what a week! We were so busy with fun Easter activities with family and friends all week long, I barely had any time to sit down at my blog. So I’m combining all of our adventures in one big Easter post so I can catch up, because today is the start of a new blogging challenge that I’ve signed up for – more on that in the next post! 😉

This is the first holiday that Zara is old enough and mobile enough to really participate and play a role in the fun activities. And oh my goodness, what fun she (and we!) had! It is so much fun to be a parent and watch a small child experience holidays. Our Easter celebrations started last weekend and went strong all the way through yesterday, Easter Sunday…  Continue reading

My First “Hike It, Baby” Group Hike

Today Zara and I did our first group hike from the “Hike It, Baby – Seattle” group. I’ve been a member of this group for awhile now, but timing/location/etc just hasn’t worked out for me yet, until today.

The hike was the Preston/Snoqualmie Falls Trail just outside of Fall City. It was a fully paved trail and fairly flat, which means stroller-friendly. I always love seeing Snoqualmie Falls, but I’ve only seen it from the regular viewpoint from Salish Lodge (and the hike down to the bottom from there), and this trail promised a different and less-known viewpoint. The drive was only 20 minutes from our house, but meant we had to miss Stroller Strides this morning.  Continue reading

Will run for chocolate!

When I found out I was pregnant right after Halloween, I was in the middle of training to run a 10k that was scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving. I continued my training and ran the 10k with no issues. By then, I was 13 weeks pregnant and through the first trimester. So I decided I wanted to keep running throughout this pregnancy. I wouldn’t push myself and train hard for long races, but I wanted to keep up a light running schedule (8-10 miles a week), and run a few 5k races for as long as I could.

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I am now 23 weeks pregnant and ran my first 5k race since then yesterday. And boy oh boy, was this event amazing! Continue reading