Baby Bella


My Birthday was last weekend and I had a great time with our new little family :)


Baby girl is getting spoiled with all the snow days.


She likes to nap on the couch and sleep around my neck :)


We got to play in the snow today.  Poor girl was cold and look at all the snow beside her!



We’ve been working on “sit” and “lay down” … look at that little butt sitting on the cold ground!  I warmed it up by wrapping her up in blankets and sitting by the fire after we took pictures!


We love her so much!  More pictures and videos on my Instagram!

Fitness Friday!

Friday Workout: Rest day!! Only foam rolling and stretching for this lady!
After tough Tuesday-Thursday workouts, I kept my word and I am taking a rest day! I would really love to do a longer run tomorrow, so I have to take it easy today. My muscles need a break!

Ran some errands with Mommy today… picked up a pair of tan dressier shorts and a few shirts at Target.


Found a new Target nut butter to try! I’m not usually a cashew fan, but I thought I would try this mix out. Nutritional Facts: 2 Tbsp. 185 calories, 3g fiber, 7g protein.

I also picked up some chapstick. I have a slight obsession with chapstick and it has to be this brand in strawberry or cherry flavor. I have them stashed everywhere: at school, home, desks, purses, car, computer bag, gym bag, SPIbelt for running,  next to the bed… I loose them constantly, but I can always find another because I have them everywhere.

Mom and I went to Panera for lunch… Half a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich on Tomato Basil bread, half a Greek salad and an apple. Seriously good and lots of feta cheese!

My Sunny Seeds came in the mail today! I asked if I could write a Sunny Seed Runner story for their blog and I got them in the mail today! Rocky tried to steal them, but I told him we can’t open them up until we use them for our running story!

Fitness Friday!

Trying something new! I’ve gotten a few compliments on workouts I’ve posted (so nice!) and I decided to create an entire Workouts! tab at the top of my blog. I am hoping to post a different type of workout each Friday and keep all of them together in this page.  Workouts may include: treadmill intervals, running playlists, half and full marathon training plans, strength training and yoga sessions. It’s a work in progress! I also want to know what workouts you did today!

Today is a “Glute Strength” workout from the March 2011 issue of Runner’s World!

This article says that glutes are an important muscle group for runners and are often neglected.

The glutes keep a runner’s legs, pelvis and torso aligned.  Weak glutes can cause Achilles tendinitis, shinsplints, runner’s knee and IT band issues.

Most strength-training routines don’t isolate the glutes, so it is important to work them out on their own!

This article recommends doing two or three sets of these glute exercises – 12 to 15 reps two times a week.

What was your Friday workout???

My Day Suddenly Got Better!

Today was a LONG and frustrating day at work today. I’ll leave it at that and not go into work-details :)

I woke up this morning at 5:30 when the BF was going to go workout and swim and I had planned to run a nice 4 miler. That did not happen because I couldn’t open my eyes and set my alarm for 7.  When it went off at 7 I hit snooze for 45 minutes. 45 minutes!! I basically rolled out of bed, threw my greasy hair in a ponytail and coffee with my eggs and waffles.

I finished around 4:00 today and thought maybe I would go to the ab class that was a half an hour before the spin class I was supposed to go to at 5:30 tonight.  I came home and sat down for 15 minutes and when I tried to get up to change for the gym I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I NEED to start taking recovery drinks when I kill my muscles at BodyPump! My legs still feel trashed from all the extra weight on the squats and lunges Monday night.

When training for the Pittsburgh Marathon… I always made a smoothie with my recovery powders:

Lesson learned… when I work out hard – I should probably make a recovery smoothie.

When I got home, my day got better when I saw this face:

and got this in the mail:

and even though I was bummed about not working out and being tired I was pretty ecstatic when I saw that…


I seriously ADORE Janae @ The Hungry Runner Girl and I NEVER win anything!! I am SO excited to try out the Anonya running capris !!!!

I’m okay with my “off” day on my workout log because I know I have BodyPump tomorrow night and will hopefully run too :)

Summer :)

Now it is officially summer! Today was my last “teacher” day at school (even though I will be in my classroom a lot this summer).  I am exhausted after getting home at 8:30 tonight. After school, I went to a end of the year party with Colby and then had a marching band practice 6-8.  I help teach high school marching band with my friend Kim and we were happy to plan a sleepover for next week.  I am trying to talk Kim into joining my gym to go to classes with me. I know she would love spinning and BodyPump!

Really unflattering picture of me from this morning before school.  It was the only take, so I guess I have to post it!

My “newer” big room I moved into this week :) Not very exciting because everything is put away for summer cleaning, but I’m so happy!

Ignore my junk laying on the counter. Look at all that storage space I have now!

I actually have three classrooms because I teach at different schools so I was at different places cleaning today.  I will be teaching lessons next Tuesday/Thursday but will probably need to go in to this new room on Wednesday to file music.  I have lots of piles right now…yuck.

Reasons I’m happy it is now my summer:

More running!

More swimming!

More foam rolling and pushing Rocky out of the way!

More sushi!

More Rocky in the sun!!