Train Thoughts 4.24.15

my goal in life is to inspire.  Why?  Likely because I think people are amazing.  I think the world is filled with overwhelming beautiful things and people and we too often let darkness cloud the light.  I’m totally totally guilty of this. But these guys bring me back to the beauty in .3 seconds.  

Media is so incredibly powerful.  I’m so out of tune with it because since having my boys I’m incredibly sensitive to life.  I cry at beauty.  Cry at pain.  I feel so intensely everything around me.  I love being in touch with those feelings but they also terrify me.  Anxiety?  Sure. But it’s making me a better person.  Being emotional is not a bad thing.  It drives me to do push-ups and pull ups when I’d rather be sleeping.  It drives me to smile vs pout.  It drives me to give hugs to Evans tantrums over throwing my hands up and yelling.  

We only get one shot at life. My advice is simple: do what makes you happy, drop people who make you feel anything but awesome, stop and soak up the vitamin D, thank God for everything, love hard, be grateful, listen to good music, and find your happy place… Go there often.  Treat your body like your most prized possession because its yours and it does wonderus things. Bad days happen.  Push past it. Own your life.

I’m still figuring out things everyday but everyday I’m grateful and smile and my boys are healthy and happy and safe. I’m winning. The best things in life really are free. My sister asked Evan “Evan would you save Micheal from a skunk? “

Evan: “uh huh.  And ghosts and monsters and dinosaurs”

My heart.  My soul.  I’m so proud of you.

  

You are my everything.

#rambleonfriends #streamoftrainthoughts 

Oh and do yoga folks #lifechanges #namaste

Morning Rituals

I am a morning person.  I wasn’t always for some reason in college and high school I thought it was cool to be a night owl.  So not cool (for me, I’m so unproductive in the pm). I’ve definitely switched up and enjoy early mornings.  It’s nice to see warmer weather because I’m hoping it will motivate early runs with my favorite bear-Oso. We both can use the stretch. 

My best mornings have the following highlights:

Breakfast in a mason jar usually to go:

   

 

Coffee a plenty.

Warm lemon water.

Stretches on my Mat, some ab work and attempts at pull-ups. Flashback to my skinny self pumping them out NBD right now I’m working my way back. 

Shower.

Folding at least half a basket of laundry.

Snuggles with my littles:

   

(Throwback!)

Putting a preped lunch in my bag with a cooler for my liquid gold. 

Pumping sesh before work. 

More snuggles. 

Frantic panic to find keys, run to my car, get to the train station.

Phone call to my mom.

Train.

  Union.

Workflow.

Ten Things Tuesday

1. I love to read but it’s the first thing that gets cut from my crazy days. #reprioritize 

2. My favorite smoothie is still: spinach, celery, lemon, banana, pineapple, Cheyenne pepper 😍 in my life factory bottle, please:  

3. I’m self diagnosed seasonally depressed.  I get soooo blue after the holidays and wish the weather warm during the coldest time in Chicago.  

4.  I’m a lululemon addict.  I have a problem I check my app 100x a week put things in the cart, take things out, put things in, take things out. That said I’m a workout clothing addict, actually. But LOTS of lulu

5. I walk into the Gap for me, walk out with something for Hector and lots of things for the boys… Nothing for me.  I blame sales.

6. I’m an Amazon prime member, their app is the devil. 😈 I mean I love my fedex angel. 😇

7. I have the biggest crush on Dr Reed. Can I have his brain? He can read a whole 1000 page book in 5 minutes #lovetheNerds

8. I love lifting. And tell myself I love running although the thoughts when I run are too often “why do I tell people I love this?  This sucks. One foot in front of the other.  What an awful song.  Why won’t my earbuds stay in.  Why do I feel so uncoordinated” I get through the run and feel so good… That’s it. That high, that I did good feeling.  That’s why I run.

9. I treat myself when I hit fit peaks. I set small goals and treat myself accordingly (excuse to finally buy something waiting in the lulu cart). 

10. I’m madly in love with my husband.

  

Fitness Friday 041015

Spring is in the air! No joke yesterday was nuts weather wise.  Thunderstorms, tornados and of course rain (and warmth!). The grass is green!!! Unreal.  Literally came to life overnight. (Prayers to the people affected by yesterday’s severe weather).

I may be being overzealous but:  

Just wearing a zip up hoodie!  How free! Yet I’m slightly cold, ha.  But we are so close. This weather gets me excited for race season.

Friday’s fitness plans are in suspense but my goal is a hot yoga sesh and some heavy lifting at home. My legs are still jelloish from Wednesday’s WOD #embracetheburn. 

Something else on my fitness related friday agenda is cleaning up my playlist.  Running is funny for me.  We fall in and out of love, as a mom sometimes the silence of a run is refreshing.  The sound of my feet hitting the pavement is oddly soothing and relaxing sometimes but nothing beats a killer playlist.  

Currently listening to;

  

And wanting some demin goodies. Britney always gets me going 🙌 hashtag 90s. 

Love and light y’all also can we take a moment to thank the lulu gods for thumb holes:

#fridayfavs

 

Train thoughts PM edition 

Today has been:

 

But warm! 

I hussled to work early, to leave early but you know how that story goes.  The best laid plans, if you will.

My mind is racing over my to do list and as I try to keep calm on this incredibly warm ride (is the HEAT on?) I also have this anxiety that I need to get home to my boys hashtag i always feel guilty being away. 

  

Babies don’t stay babies.  I hope they know that everyday is a struggle being away. 

I hope to write more on depression in upcoming blogs.  Not to be a downer or even realistic which is so me but to bring awareness to the normalcy of it and the huge problem I think it is across women… Especially mothers and mothers to be.  More on that later.  For now I’m going to close this out an be thankful it gave me several minutes of mental focus on the task at hand-typing a blog. Boom. 

Not going for quality or quantity I’m working on habits right now and that habit is utilizing the nice new wordpress app, great for on the go! Thanks guys! Excuse me I’m off to jump in puddles and sing in the rain!

Brain ramblings – Train Thoughts 4/9

Today is the day I told one of my bests she was going to have her baby.  I’m terrible at those things but it’s my prediction.  Sorry Joanna, I’m likely wrong. Lol

I love my boys, all of them.  Hector, Oso, Evan and sweet MAV.  

Thursday’s are the only day I look forward to in the TV space.  So much on Thursdays.

I need to up my photography skills.

My inner thighs kill. #sweetsoreness

Sorta obessed with Pilates lately.  My bff Nicole would be proud. Working on my skills, bringing back old school mat work… I feel like I’m in HS again.

It’s pretty gloomy outside. 

Back with randoms later.

 

  

This Weekend 3.29.15

My mind races at about 1500 miles an hour.  Fast right?  I’ve wondered a lot if I have a slight issue with anxiety.  Ok wondered isn’t the word, I definitely have issues with anxiety.  Probably the reason why everyone in my life likes when I regularly practice yoga.  It really keeps me in check. Weekends are no joke around here.  Per my previous post I spend a great deal of my day cleaning, lots of shopping (Costco! Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods), I meal prep most Sundays (roasted veggies, lots of rice/quinoa, grilled chicken are staples), and I really do try to spend quality time with friends and family.  Yesterday was nuts.  I have no idea what was accomplished but we ended up at dinner with my favorite Uncle, my parents, my bro, his daughter and my boys.  We took the tank, it was great:

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My parents are so awesome.  They love the kiddos to pieces.  My brother, Joey has two girls and I have two boys.  Ages: 9, 2.5, 1.5 and almost 5 months, they keep my parents busy but inject insane amounts of love into our lives.

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I know, I know – Evan needs a haircut.

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Jaylee reminds me of the nonstop cuteness that happens around 1.5, they walk with such determination and really want to get places.  She is also babbling, she knows what she is saying even if I don’t understand her. lol

So last night was great, time with family.

But with those shenanigans there goes my brain again:  I didn’t do laundry, I didn’t go to the gym, the house is a mess, I didn’t do x or y, why are my triceps so sore?, where is Hector?, we gotta get to Lowes/Home Depot/Mendards, I’m supposed to do the Shamrock Shuffle in the am!, shit – the dog., I mean it really never ends. Haha. So I went to bed with a full brain – then sleep basically never happened.  Baby making noises, Oso’s chain ringing every time he moved, I hear him running up and down the steps, I hear Hector snoring, oops there is the baby again!, gotta get up early for the race, then bam, no alarm because my husband thought I should “sleep in”. *sigh*

So may late lazy morning looked like this:

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Blended coffee.

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Lazy parent’s breakfast for toddler.

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You pay for swings, jumpers, rock n play’s, etc. and he wants to chill in his carseat. Ha.

So now it is a cold sunday, I’m missing my 8k that I totally didn’t train for but DID pay for.   SO I’m going to get it together and go to the gym while the hubs is home and my mom is willing to be my date.  Happy Sunday ya’ll.