Color Day!!

In MAY The Color Run made an announcement that they would be bringing their race series to the Tampa area in December. I immediately signed up my entire clan and for the past month or so the anticipation was really building in our house!  I run a lot of races, but do 99% of them alone (or with friends.) But once a year, we do a family 5K. This was our 2012 Family 5K and we were EXCITED! And then bird flu hit our house hard Cry  By Thursday it was obvious that at least 2 of the kids weren't going to be able to do the run and since an adult needed to stay with them, and I am the runner in the house, I decided it would be dad that would stay home Wink Thankfully I was able to quickly and painlessly sell our 3 extra registrations (and kudos to the Color Run folks who would have refunded me my $$ if I had not been able to sell them.)

Ella was the one child that was well enough to go with me! I woke her up at 6am, we quickly got dressed and went out for breakfast. We arrived in St. Pete around 7:15am and had plans to meet up with some of the Tampa Bay Bloggers at 8am. Traffic was BAD! So even though we got there early, it took us a long time to park. We decided to consider today our Mommy/Ella date day!

We made it over to the Christmas Tree at Straub Park and found our friends and together we started over towards the start line!

The color was really pretty cool. It was cornstarch though in such large amounts it still did bother the eyes, nose, and throat. I was glad I had brought bandanas for me and Ella, though she didn't really wear hers too much. The 3 miles went FAST! There was only one water station and by the time we got there Ella was very thirsty! Going through the course I noticed more people walking than running, and some of those that were running were pretty aggressive, like they thought it was timed or something Wink

There were 4 color stations: Pink, Blue, Orange and Yellow. Orange was Ella's favorite station!


We had a great time walking the course with my friends and her two son's. It was really neat to see all the costumes, and how much fun everyone was having!

Ella and I both agreed that we would do it again!

We hung around for a little while and watched a "Color Bomb" go off and Ella played on the playground, but then we were hungry so we decided it was time to head home! We stopped at Evos for lunch (YUM!!) and made it home by 1pm! It was a wonderful 7 hours of quality time with my middle child.

I need to think about having a 5K date day with each of my kids in addition to the yearly Family 5K.

Do you have a race that you like to run together with your kids? Which one?

I'd also like to give a huge high 5 to my new race camera, the Panasonic DMC-TS20K. It's waterproof, dust proof, mud proof, and sweat proof, so expect a LOT more race day pics!!



5 Steps to Motivation-Come to Jesus Friday

In this Come To Jesus Vlog I discuss the 5 steps to FINDING your motivation. They are:

1) Ask yourself "why." Why do you want to do whatever it is that you want to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to stop smoking? Why do you need to clean your kitchen? Some of the answers are easier to find than others.

2) Let the anticipation build. Once you decide to do whatever it is you need to do, let yourself get excited about. Don't start right away.

3) Tell your friends and family your goal(s). Tell ANYONE and EVERYONE that will listen. They will help to keep you accountable. Put as many people on your "team" as you can!

4) Start small. Don't bite off more than you can chew. When I started my journey I didn't announce "hey I want to lose 212 pounds." I started S.M.A.L.L. I didn't know how much I wanted to lose, I didn't know how many miles I eventually wanted to run. I just knew that I had to do something, so I started small. 15 minutes on the bike. Exercise first, diet later. Not biting off more than I could chew, so to speak.

5) Think about the benefits, not the challenges. There were some pretty big obstacles in front of me in losing a significant amount of weight but I didn't think about them. I thought about the BENEFITS of losing weight, about the benefits of exercise, about the benefits of eating a more healthy diet, and everything fell into place.

And to quote Jedi Master Yoda "you must unlearn all you have learned." You must retrain you mind and your body.

Happy Friday!

Workout Blues...NOT!

Two of my kids have been sick since Monday. That means that I couldn't go to the gym/cycle studio for my beloved group fitness classes. This would have been the PERFECT opportunity to just say "oh well, there will always be tomorrow." But tomorrow turned into another sick day, and then another sick day, so here we are on Thursday and I haven't been to the gym/studio since SATURDAY!!

Does that mean I didn't workout? NO WAY!

I've just been creative!

Sunday-Early morning run while kids and husband slept. We left for Orlando mid-morning and then we walked all over City Walk, bounced between hotel properties, etc...I kept active.

Monday-Quick 20 minute circuit in the hotel room before breakfast. I always travel with my resistance tube! Doesn't take up any room in the luggage and you can use it for so many activities!


Tuesday-I was home with 2 very sick little kids. But they love to watch me workout, so they snuggled up on the couch while I did 60 minutes of Body Pump, and 30 minutes of CXWORX both by Les Mills, both amazing programs!

Wednesday-I had only one sick baby home and she kept going in and out of bouts of feeling good, feeling bad, feeling good, feeling bad. At one time she was feeling so great she wanted to go for a bike ride so we discussed a 4 mile loop that we could do together. Before I knew it, it was 2:30pm and we hadn't done our ride yet, so I started to get ready and suddenly she was back to feeling bad. I had a little bit of a panic attack. I wanted to get my other two from school by 4pm and still had to go to the store to get all the ingredients I needed to make my Skinny Sloppy Joes. Yikes! What to do, what to do?? Perfect opportunity to just throw in the towel and make an excuse "oh I'll work out when husband gets home", "oh there is always tomorrow." "Oh maybe I just need a rest day." But people, I don't take a rest day. Yes, from strength training I take a rest day, but from Cardio NO NO NO! I don't see any reason why my heart muscle shouldn't be worked every day. I work my mind, my legs, all other parts of my body every single day of the week, why not my most important muscle, too??  In I pop my CXWORX for 30 minutes of core, and then I ran up and down my street (I live on a cul-de-sac, very private) for 20 minutes and got in my workout that way. DONE. EASY! No excuses.

Thursday-Today. Sick kids again. I was supposed to cycle and then had a meeting scheduled at 11am for a possible sponsorship. Ya, not happening. But today I am going to change it up just a bit. I am going to do my CXWORX, and then I found this No Nonsense Circuit Workout from Peanut Butter Fingers that I'm going to do too. I will likely have to split my workout in to two different sessions b/c of Pedi appts and such, but THAT'S OKAY!! Who says it all has to be done at once?? Not me!


Fingers crossed that the kiddos will be better tomorrow! We have The Color Run that we are supposed to do on Saturday!! They've been SO EXCITED to do it, and we've been signed up since MAY so the anticipation has been building and building!! Come on kids get better, please!!

What do you do when you can't do your normal workout routine? Do you skip working out all-together or do you find another way to get in your exercise??