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I Got Over My Mom Guilt and We Joined a Gym

31 Jul

So yeah. Our family totally joined a gym. Here we are on our first day…

{Look close and you can see Jack in the reflection taking the photo!}

Day 1 at our new gym! #fitmom #joulesgetsfit

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My husband and I haven’t been members of a gym since before we had Jack. We had lots of excuses. A gym is too expensive. We don’t have time. I can workout at home. We like being lazy.

You know. All the normal stuff.

But my #1 reason for not joining a gym was Mom Guilt.

After having someone else care for my kid all day while I work (preschool, school, before/aftercare, etc), I didn’t want to dump my kid for someone else to care for him at night while I work out.

It sounded awfully selfish to me.

So… for 7+ years, we didn’t belong to a gym.

And then about a month ago I realized that now is the perfect time to give it a try.

Reason 1: Jack is old enough that he actually LOVES the chance to play with other kids. Especially on weekends, when we typically just do family stuff. For him to have an hour of kid play time in the Kid’s Zone at the gym is FUN and not a bummer.

Reason 2: Travis needed a change of pace. He has been doing a ‘100 pushup a day’ challenge for a couple months and enjoying it (as much as you can enjoy doing 100 pushups).  He’s also been eating healthier and was ready to take it up a notch.

Reason 3: I needed a change of pace too. I have my elliptical at home, some DVDs and I occasionally run. But it gets rather boring and repetitive.

Reason 4: It’s kind of a date night/togetherness thing for us both to go and support each other in our workouts.

Reason 5: The gym has a pool.

Reason 6: We want to show Jack that we put an importance on exercise and health.

We decided that we would join the gym and commit to going 3 – 4 days a week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays will basically never work for me because my commute to work is about 1 ½ hours each way. But, on Mondays and Friday’s I work from home. So we decided that we would go to the gym as a family on Monday’s, Friday’s and at least one weekend day.

And we have!

And it’s been pretty great!

Jack’s been enjoying the Kid’s Zone. Travis and I have been breaking a sweat. And we ALL love hanging out at the pool afterwards. It’s kind of become our ‘family thing’ that we do and going to the pool on a weeknight feels like a total vacation.

So yeah, we joined a gym. Yay us.

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Running & Winning the Crab 5k

25 Jun

Okay, first of all. You all know I’m a slow runner. I didn’t win the 5k.


I did win the costume contest.

This was my third year running the Crab 5k and enjoying the beer and crab festival afterwards. This year, I ran it with my brother, Jason, and his fiancé, Jaclyn. Unlike previous years, it wasn’t in the high 90’s… which was pretty great. However, it was still pretty humid. Yay Maryland.

Anyways, after our 3.1 mile run, we ate one of the best crab cake sandwiches in the land and then drank a bunch of beer/hard cider/moonshine/rum. Then, we waited and waited and waited for the costume contest.

I won it last year and they gave me $100 as my prize. So, I upped the game with a crab headband and a bunch of orange this year. They called me up on stage and… I was the only competitor in the ‘individual class’. Whatever. I’ll take the win!

However, the guy then handed me an oversize bottle of wine instead of those dollar bills… {sad trombone}

So yeah, I’m a winner. And I had a great time with my family! I probably won’t bother dressing up again next year though. For $100… heck yeah. But for a bottle of wine? I’ll pass.

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Inspiration Fit Mystery Bag Reveal and a Giveaway!

7 Jun

Over Memorial Day weekend I was clicking around Facebook and an advertisement for Inspiration Fit “Mystery Bags” kept coming up in my feed. After a few times of seeing it, I clicked though and saw that they were offering a grab bag of 3 – 5 items for $25. Each grab bag was said to contain “a combination of either tanks, shirts, sweatshirts, bags, headbands, etc and have a $100 value. You can find their website here.

I decided to take a chance on a Mystery Bag. The description suggested ordering up a size for a less fitted look, so I ordered a bag in an XL and checked the box for “I am a mom”.

Want to see what I got?

After placing my order, I never received any tracking information… and literally the day I checked in with them on Facebook my package arrived to my mailbox. My Mystery Bag contained four tank tops in four different colors: Hot Mess Mom, Don’t Make Me Use My Mom Voice, Fix Your Messy Bun and Get it Done, and Happier than a Seagull with a French Fry. Both the Hot Mess Mom and Seagull tops are currently on their website on sale for $14.95 and the Mom Voice tank is on sale for $24.95. So, $25 for all for was a pretty good deal.

To be honest, I like the shirts but I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of variety! When they say the bag would contain “a combination” … I was thinking that meant I might get a couple tank tops, a t-shirt and a headband! They must have learned from their Memorial Day sale, because now when you pick Mystery Grab Bag on their website it gives you more options like: form fitting tanks, flowy tanks, true mystery bag and crewneck t-shirts.

Anyways, let’s talk about the sizing. THIS is an XL:

Not much room in there, huh?! It will be fine for lazing around the house, working out and going to the beach. So I’m okay with that. But I did want to give you a heads up that you might want to go up TWO sizes for a comfier fit!

As it is, I don’t really need four tank tops. So, I’m giving two of them away to you!

Here are the two I’m giving away:

Both are size XL, which I think fits more like a fitted large. All you have to do is just leave me a comment and tell me which shirt you want. I’ll randomly pick winners and mail them off to you!

6/11/18 Update: Randomly chosen winners are Stephanie and Krista! I’ll send out an email today to get mailing addresses and pop them in the mail!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

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The Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k

5 Jun

I am so happy to say that I completed my THIRD 10k over the weekend and it was my best one yet!

You may remember that I ran my first 10k last November with the Across the Bay 10k. It was a run over the Bay Bridge and was surprisingly fun for knocking out 6.4 miles of running! My friend Lindsey convinced me to also run the Sole of the City 10k with her in April… and that run didn’t go quite as well. Around mile 2 I felt kind of pukey with acid reflux and just overall felt like I was even slower than normal. I had done basically 0% preparation though… so there was certainly room for improvement!

Which brings us to my third 10k: the Wayfarer’s Annapolis 10k!

This was the first year of the Wayfarer’s 10k and the run looped around downtown Annapolis. When you register for the race, they ask you to set a personal goal and then if you succeed in your goal you earn a “Goal” patch at the end! They also had super awesome premiums – rather than the typical race shirt — that I wear once and then donate because it’s never very comfortable — they gave each runner a Vooray backpack (you can see mine here) and race patch. At the finish line, instead of a medal they gave out a special finisher keepsake of an engraved carabineer.

They had intended to also have a Wayfarer’s half marathon, but the day before the race they had to cancel it due to forecasts of thunderstorms. So, all the half marathon runners were invited to participate in the 10k instead.

As with the Across the Bay 10k, I spent the night at Lindsey’s house so that I wouldn’t have to wake up even earlier on the morning of the race. We ‘prepared’ by having an amazingly delicious dinner, glasses of wine, chocolaty dessert… and about 5 hours of sleep.

The race began at 7am, so we were up at 5:30, got dressed and ate our protein bars, and drove over to the Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium. We look totally awake and ready to run, right?!

While it didn’t end up raining during our run, it was SOOOO HUMID! I have never been so sweaty in my entire life… my entire race outfit was wet and I could have wrung out my braids! The run was great though with some gradual hills and beautiful views.

Unlike the Sole of the City 10k, I felt great the entire time and Lindsey is always fantastic running buddy! Here we are after we survived the race:

My only goal was to feel good the entire race and beat my time from the Sole of the City 10k… and I did it! I ran about 5 minutes faster than our last 10k, so I very happily earned my “Goal” patch. I also earned the beer and Glazy Day Donuts they gave us at the finish!

Maple bacon! YUM!

After years of saying that I’d never do more than a 5k, I’m surprised at how happy I am running 10k’s. I think a lot of it has to do with the company… but I’m already looking forward to our next one!

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