Three Things Thursday {includes my favorite Margarita recipe!}

Thank you all so much for your nice comments and commiseration on not running again until after the baby . Yes, I was being a bit dramatic – but it does surprise me how much it bothers me. I guess that means I really love it!

Instead of dwelling, now it’s time for another Three Things Thursday. Let’s get down to business.

1. Just because I’m not running doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate my compression socks.

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I actually forgot I bought these and busted them out this week. Some timing right? They are definitely helping me with with my silly varicose veins and helping me avoid middle of the leg cramps <–those are the WORST.

I know a lot of people run in these things. I’m not 100% convinced that they would help me. I guess I’ll find out sometime this summer!

2. Tonight is the series finale of 30 Rock. *sniff*

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I remember the first time I watched this show, I HATED it. Then I forced myself to keep watching and now it’s seriously one of my top 10 shows ever. It’s ridiculous and over the top and it makes me love Alec Baldwin.

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I am surprised it’s lasted for as long as it has and I’m so happy it will live on in syndication. If you’ve never watched or just caught an episode and thought “WTH is going on with this show?” give it a chance because it silly, but so incredibly smart. Plus: Tina Fey.

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3. Tomorrow we are having a chili cook off at work! I teamed up with a few of my coworkers to form “Veg on the Edge.” Yes, our chili is vegetarian. We’re also serving margaritas, because what’s chili without a few margs? Of COURSE, I will not be drinking them (Boo!), but we are using the margarita recipe I discovered last summer. I promised to share it and despite the odd timing – here it is!

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Simple Lime Margaritas

Ingredients (makes 1 large margarita – I usually make it in batches of 4)

  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 3 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces of quality tequila (I prefer silver over gold)
  • 1 teaspoons of orange liquor (I use either Cointreau or Triple Sec)
  • Ice
  • Salt for rim (optional)

Directions:

Salt the rim of your glass. Combine ingredients into a shaker. Shake. Pour over ice. Drink. Keeping drinking. Drink one for me.

3 Random Questions:

1. Compression socks – yay or nay?

2. All time favorite TV show? (I’ll go with Friends, but my top 5 are in a tight race)

3. Favorite cocktail?

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

As much as I try to cherish a moment, I try not to live in the past. I can’t question every decision I make. I can’t over think and over analyze every bit of my life. But, there’s always little things that pop out at me every day. And I wonder “what if?” Or I think “maybe I shouldn’t have?”

Well, today’s biggest “maybe I shouldn’t have done that” is running. It pains me to say this, especially because I actually felt good running this morning (as brief as my 1.5 mile “run” on the treadmill was), but as the day has progressed I have regretted it more and more. The combination of Braxton Hicks contractions (which are pretty much second nature to me at this point, but are increasingly prevalent today) and round ligament pain is making me think that my running days are (temporarily) over. It seems wrong that I could run this morning, but I have a hard time walking down the hallway to the bathroom this afternoon. That’s not right, is it? I haven’t been wearing a support band – but I wonder how much that will really help. No, I’m thinking that this is the end of the road.

A big part of me is worried. I’m worried that postpartum Michelle won’t want to run again. That I won’t remember the highs and the joys associated with this form of torture I’ve grown to love. I’m worried about rebuilding my base and my endurance. I’m worried that I will get frustrated because I won’t have as much time to run, that I will give in and give up too easily. Basically, I worry too much.

At the same time, I’m feeling ready to stop. I’m not going to lie, running at this stage is hard. It’s hard on my joints. It’s hard feeling like an 80 year old with a hip replacement. It’s hard having to pee every 2 minutes. But it’s also hard not pushing myself. It’s hard to take it easy. I see people running fast and I want to keep up with them.

But how do you breaking up with something you love? How do you say goodbye (even for a short time) to something you’ve been consumed with for 3 years?  How do you say – I’ll be back and really mean it? I know, I have all of these race plans, but how do I pick up where I left off? Will I still be a runner? Am I going to have to start over completely? You don’t really think about the progress you’ve made until you have to do it all over again.

It’s also hard to write a running blog when you’re not talking about running. There’s always dreams and goals to consume my posts (and do I have some lofty goals!), and I know I’ve said that this blog is so much more than just about running, but it’s still why I started it in the first place.

I guess what I’m saying is… this is way harder than I thought it would be. You know that feeling when you see someone running and think, “I would give anything to be that person right now!” (even when it’s 95 degrees outside with 120% humidity and you simultaneously think “Why the f*ck is that person running outside??”). That’s how I feel times a million and I never expected it – not about something so temporary. I mean, what’s a few months? Apparently to this runner it’s a lot longer than she expected.

Bear with me. It’s going to be a long 4 (+) months.

Move Monday: Pushups

There are seriously 120(+) ways to do a pushup  and guess what? I am not going to show you how to do any of them. But wait, don’t go anywhere! I may not be modeling any of these moves for you (although, that might be hilarious), I did create this reference for you. Below are 20 push variations — starting with standard, and moving into some of the craziest, wackiest pushups I’ve ever seen! Seriously, watch the videos!

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  1. Standard 
  2. Modified 
  3. Standing Wall
  4. Military
  5. Wide Arm
  6. One Arm
  7. Diamond
  8. Stability Ball
  9. Medicine Ball
  10. Front Clap
  11. Depth Plyo
  12. Hindu
  13. Pyramid
  14. Rotational
  15. Walk Out 
  16. Walk Over with Twist
  17. Plyo Continuous
  18. Push Back
  19. Stability and Abs Pike
  20. Rolling

For the longest time I hated pushups. And then I started running. And I got dinosaur arms.

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 Big legs, tiny arms (big head is questionable).

That is just not sexy people.

Pushups are seriously the BEST way to tone your arms and back without anything BUT your body weight. And since they also work your core they are a serious triple threat. Bottom line: Pushup are a bitch, but pushups are your friend. Basically, they’re that bitchy friend who stands up for you and makes you look great. Nothing wrong with that.

People have started asking me if and how I can still do pushups – and the answer is yes! I am currently doing the modified pushup, although in a few weeks I may have to switch to a standing wall push up, but pushups are part of my 40+ week plan.

What’s your favorite way to do a pushup? Can you do any of the crazy ones? I’d love to be able to do a clapping pushup someday.

Operation Closet Clean Out – Part 1

While I can’t say this has been the most relaxing weekend ever – it was pretty productive and fun.

A few weeks ago I started my Great Organization Project and I am happy to report that it is officially in full swing! I kicked things off and headed to Target and bought a few important items (some shoe racks, curtains, shower rods, and a lifetime supply of storage bins). Almost $300 later (yes, you read that number correctly) I was ready to get crack-a-lackin’. If only someone wanted to do it for me? So yeah, I bought it and then it just kind of sat there. For a week. Or two.

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Last weekend, however, I recruited the hubby and we started cleaning out the guest room (soon to be baby’s room). We emptied out the armoir (which will soon be moving to L’s room) and the closet and then felt depressed because despite throwing away 5 bags of who knows what and at least 3-4 more boxes of crap — it looks like we did nothing to the room. In fact, it looks worse. I swear we did a lot of work.

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Close your eyes, mom.

I’m happy to say that this weekend we finally got somewhere. This time we raided L’s closet.

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Who knew you could hid that much crap in a 3-year’s old closet?? 

We hung up the curtains in lieu of the doors (L picked out the color) and I got to work organizing.

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Iron you say? Who needs to iron?

It was actually wayyyy easier than I imagined and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

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The finished product?

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In the next week or so we will be moving the guest room furniture into her room and the transformation will be complete! She’ll actually have more storage space once we move the furniture – but as it stands now we don’t really need it. If anything we just need to find out if we are having a boy or a girl and we could get rid of gazillion storage bins of clothes (don’t get too excited, that’s still not happening until May).

Up next is B’s closet. He has less shoes and clothes to store (let’s face it – boys are much lower maintenance), but has way more toys with tiny parts. Legos, Beyblades, and Action Figures with small tiny accessories are his life! I’m going to try to take advantage of the storage bins as much as possible. Tiny pieces + baby = dangerous.

Not related to closet organization – but just house stuff in general, we finally bought a new kitchen table a few weeks ago!

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Tables are so exciting!

We’ve lived in our house for 7 years and we haven’t had one (we DO have a dining room table that use during the holidays) – isn’t that sad? The best part is that instead of eating in front of the TV (which is what we were doing) we now sit down and enjoy dinner as a family. What a novel idea!

Oh and that fun part of the weekend? Well, the rest of the weekend was spent working out (I guess that’s fun – if you considering not being able to feel your legs, ass, shoulders, and chest fun!), hanging out with friends playing Just Dance on the Wii, and just spending time together as a family.

They've got moves like Jagger.

Ok, so there might have been a little frozen yogurt involved.
Fulfilling today's craving.

Suffice to say – we are all pretty exhausted.

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I could use that relaxing weekend right about now…

Friday Randoms

This has simultaneously felt like the longest and the shortest week. I worked on Monday, but most people in my office did not and it’s really thrown me for a loop. At the same time, mom-related things have been challenging me this week (more so than usual) and I’m just ready to slow it down for the weekend. Yeah, because “slowing it down” actually happens.

I was going to do a Five for Friday post – but eh, who needs structure? Here’s a bunch of random stuff going on in my life…

1. A few weeks ago NASM asked me if I was interesting in taking their Weight Loss Specialist course and, of course, I said yes! I started that this week.

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It’s a 15-hour online course that covers the physiology and psychology of weight loss, nutrition, exercise guidelines, and other relevant weight loss assessment tools. It’s designed to help fitness professionals meet their weight loss goals.  I’m excited about this course for three reasons: 1) I really, really want to do the NASM Certified Personal Trainer program this year and it gives me a little insight into their course design and 2) I design online training and I’m kinda a nerd about this kind of stuff. Truthfully, I would love to design health and fitness training some day. 3) I considered going into health and nutrition before I decided on psychology/learning and I really feel passionate about the topic. Obesity – especially childhood obesity – is such a big issue right now that touches me and my family on so many levels. It’s an epidemic that we NEED to do something about.

I’m sure I will sharing what I’ve learned in weeks to come!

2. I love this eye shadow.

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I have been using the cheap stuff forever and I’m pretty sure I can’t go back. (I like the other stuff too – but the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is definitely worth the splurge!)

3. I went to a blogger meetup last night and I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in months.

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I love my local blogging girls.

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Dinner was at Pho Hoang Minh and it was sooooooo good. I love pho.

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Christine organized the event and even brought drinks ! I obviously didn’t partake, but she themed 3 drinks to 3 movies nominated for Oscars: The Lincoln (an apple drink for Lincoln), The Bathtub (Kahlua and Bailey’s were involved for Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Red Wine (for Les Mis – because really, what other drink is appropriate?). These drinks (and the other 6) will be featured on her blog very soon!

4. I don’t necessarily know if I look any bigger this week, but I feel like this baby is so much heavier. It COULD be because my ligaments are recovering from last Saturday. All I know is that rolling over in bed suddenly became a lot tougher.

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Also, I don’t know why it looks like my mirror is so dirty.

5. I am having one of those days where I think my kids are adorable.

We've had a challenging week -- but he always gets me with that smile.

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For what it’s worth, I did not feel this way yesterday.

6. I really tried to read I am Charlotte Simmons because I feel like everyone has read it and loved it — and after 300 pages (out of 700) I’m throwing in the towel.  Maybe I’ll pick it up another time (<-probably not). Instead I’ve switched to Terra. I love that it was written by a fellow blogger!

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I’m all of like 2 chapters into it. Full review to come!

7. We started watching The Following this week and I’m already hooked.

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I hope they keep up the creepy factor – as well as the well-played twists. I love a show that keeps me guessing! I’m also excited about The Americans starting up this week…

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Keri Russell!! She is one of my favorites and I love spy dramas. I REALLY hope it doesn’t suck.

8. Best Body Bootcamp is kicking my legs in the ass this week (umm.. if that’s possible), but in a good way.

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This week’s nemesis? Balance!! I’ve been able to most of the moves without modifying, but the balance aspect of it is hilarious and challenging. It’s as if I have something large pulling me forward for some reason. Hmmm.

I’m still soooo happy with my decision to sign up for this challenge. I don’t know that I would have worked out AT ALL this week after my race last week – and really it just takes one lazy week for me to get stuck in a rut. Are you stuck in a rut?? Sign up for a good challenge. It’s amazing what it can do for you – mentally AND physically.

9. I am really starting to ramp up with the baby gear purchases, but I’m still in denial that I’m going to be a mom of three. I feel like I’m just buying stuff for someone else at this point! The past week I’ve bought diapers, breastfeeding supplies, a nose frida, and car seats. I *think* the only thing I’m lacking is a baby monitor (I’m going to splurge and by a video one this time around and a bouncer (any of my new friends want to lend me one for a few months? :)). I am starting to feel like I am insane for doing this all again. 

10. I think my brain is empty now. Happy Friday!!