training with the mizuno #waverider18

October 24, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, Review by lindsaymwright

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.  All opinions are my own.

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Last Saturday we hosted another Bootcamp Bash.  I say “we” because it really takes a small village for me to pull these things off.  Travis loads his truck with the tires (with help from his brothers), my niece serves as babysitter for the older two kids, my mama comes and pushes Porter and Charlie Ruth in the double stroller and I…well I stand around and look pretty while blowing my whistle at people.

The face of the company if you will. 

(maybe it’s Maybelline…)

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The kind people at Mizuno recently sent me their newest shoe – the Wave Rider 18 – and I wore them last Saturday.  I’m kinda bummed because they’re now covered in grass and dirt.  I guess you could say they’re now “broken in.”   If you’ve been a Lindsay’s List reader for a while, you know my LOVE/PASSION/OBSESSION with this running shoe.  Over the past three years, I’ve actually been blessed with the chance to review the Wave Rider 16, the 17 and now the 18.  Even if the company weren’t so generous (and I’m happy that they are), I’d spend my money on these shoes any day of the week.  They’re fabulous!  And they’re the only running shoe that I’ve consistently recommended to clients and friends.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is the running shoe for most everyone.  They boast Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology which provides runners with a stable ride and just enough support and responsiveness.  The fit is perfect and true to size (I wear a 9.5).  Best of all, you don’t feel like you’re tied down to heavy shoes (the worst for me!!).  These shoes are light (7.8 ounces) yet provide plenty of support.  They’re very similar to the previous models – the only real difference I see is that the tongue doesn’t seem to come up as high (I like that).  Like I said, I’ve had three pairs now and they’ve proven to be just an all-around great running shoe.  The shoe retails for $119 – go here to read all about them!

Thanks again, Mizuno!

QUESTION:  Ever had a pair of Wave Riders?  Mizunos?  What’s your favorite running shoe?

splendid…lindsay

on stepping out, stepping back and desiring God’s will for our lives

October 22, 2014 in Blog, Faith, Family, Intentional Living, Kids, Marriage by lindsaymwright

You ever get that feeling that you really have no idea what you’re doing?

Like yeah, you’ve got your basic movement patterns down and you can do the day-to-day stuff ok, but sometimes there’s this blaring-obvious-flashing sign that says, “You can’t do this alone.”

That’s me.

(And probably you.)

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I find myself constantly praying this:

“Just show me your will, Lord God.”

Sometimes I’ll even add on…”Just make it REALLY obvious and easy for me to see.  Like take Your big hand and a big yellow marker and mark the path for me.  Can ya do that?!”  I think life would be much easier if it was set up that way – if some of the choice was taken out.  It hurts my brain to make choices.  But it isn’t like that.  We ARE given a choice everyday to either seek His will or to live outside of it.

We have so many choices to make.

What school to send our kids to (or whether or not to homeschool them)?  What’s the best church for us?  What career path should we go down?  Where should we put our energy?  Where should we put our money?  So many questions, so many different paths.  (And I’ve been making A LOT of big ones lately!!)

So how do we know which one to take?!!? 

Well….

We’re told that He has plans to prosper and not to harm (Jeremiah 29:11).  So we know that His plans are for GOOD.

We’re also told that He has a FUTURE and a HOPE for us (Jeremiah 29:11). So we know that those plans are thought through, not by mistake.

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Here’s what I think:  There are many paths to choose from and I don’t think God has that certain perfect path, the only that’s “right.”  I think that He’ll bless any path that you go down WHEN YOU’RE SEEKING HIS WILL.  I believe He’ll shower us with peace and strength when we ask for it, no matter what.  I believe the value comes from our SEEKING and our PRAYING, more so than whether or not we choose the “right” thing.

I think so often we remain stagnant or afraid to take that next step because we’re really not sure if it’s God’s will for us.  Fear of the unknown holds us back. It shouldn’t.   If you’re thinking about taking a big step, make sure you’ve got these four things in mind:

1) PrayerAre you talking with Father and seeking His will?  What does the Bible say?

2) Listening to the Holy Spirit –  You’ve already got a “sense” that this is the right or wrong path.  Listen to that Holy Spirit whisper.

3) Seeking counsel from mentorsAre you seeking wisdom from your husband and/or others in your life who can give you sage advice?

And lastly,

4) Learning from past mistakes (“wrong paths”) Does this new choice look eerily similar to something you later found out was all wrong?  Learn from your past mistakes and steer clear of those things that pull you away from your calling.

Stepping Back

I shared the big Yogurt/Coffee shop news on Monday (go back and read to catch up).  And I also said that if this new venture was too stressful on our family then I’d simply walk away.  THIS IS STEP #4 THAT I JUST DESCRIBED – “learning from past mistakes.”  Been there.  Done that.

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Don’t get me wrong – I’ve prayed A LOT about this new venture and for all the aspects that surround it and I don’t think I’m doing this on accident.  But I’m really not certain yet if this is what God has planned for us long-term.  I just don’t know.  Sometimes you don’t.  What I DO KNOW is that I’m called to be a wife/mother/ homemaker first.  I know for certain that I’ve made that “right” decision.  I also know that when things pull me away from that role and cause too much tension and stress then they probably aren’t right for us.  I’m confident enough in my most important job to know that all the other jobs I might have don’t really matter.

Right now I’m just taking everything one day at a time.  And praying a lot.  And running to Travis.  (and drinking obscene amounts of coffee)

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I write all this to encourage you if you’re facing a big life decision.  You’re not going into it alone and you’re not going to screw up something so bad that you can’t ever be redeemed (unless you murder someone or embezzle a million dollars, then you’re probably going to jail…but even then, there’s grace…I digress. Winking smile).  I also write this all out because it’s really important for me to continually live an intentional, purposeful life.  Writing it out and sharing with you helps me with that.  Cheap therapy.

splendid…lindsay

#yolosofroyo

October 20, 2014 in Blog, MSCY by lindsaymwright

Monday, monday, monday.

I’ve got a busy one ahead.  Two business meetings, one Trackstars training group, two MoveMore Fitness training groups and all the other stuff that’s just part of the plan (homeschool, chores, making meals, etc).  Coffee (or Spark) helps.

I’m ready to tell you guys about what I’ve been working on behind the scenes over here.  For the last several months, I’ve been BUSY.  Through odd, weird and honestly, God-ordained circumstances, I am now the co-owner of Main Street Coffee & Yogurt! 

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(Travis designed the logo!!  Don’t you love it!?)

Whoa.

Yeah.

What?!?!

I won’t go in to the events that led up to this new endeavor (a fun, LONG story).  Basically, an established coffee shop on Main Street is now going to be serving FRO-YO!  Just like a Sweet Frogs or Yogurtland, we’ll have 9 different flavors and 24 toppings and you pay by the weight!  Franklin hasn’t had anything like this EVER so I’m excited to see this business flourish and grow.  While I can’t go in to specifics about the acquisition, what I will say is that I now have yet ANOTHER hat to wear.  Moving forward, I’m the bookkeeper/marketing guru/manager (along with the old owner’s help!) for Main Street Coffee & Yogurt.  I’ve been training on how to make coffee (it’s FUN!).  I’m brushing up on my Quickbooks knowledge (something I used to know well and now that I’m old I need a refresher).  I’m elbow deep in W9’s and invoices and supply ordering and all sorts of other businessy type things.

And ya’ll, I have so much peace.

Everything I need to do can be done FROM HOME (during naps, early mornings, after bedtime) with the occasional drop-in.  When I signed on, the one stipulation was that I couldn’t work shifts – I already have a full-time job being a mama.  I’m sure this next month will be a little intense as we learn a whole new point-of-sale system and introduce the new yogurt dimension – I’ve already got a little place where the kids can do their schoolwork and play for those times I MUST be there.  I’m now in a place in my life where if this does ever get out of hand and require too much of my time and attention, I’ll just step away<-more on this tomorrow!

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We’ve closed the business from now until Wednesday and we re-open with a new look on Thursday!  Our largest main street festival (Pumpkinfest) is this Saturday so I knew we had to push to be open by then!  (We’re featuring PUMPKIN SPICE froyo!!!  And Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!!)  This upcoming week is going to be crazy.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on over here.  I’m excited, anxious, scared – all those things.  But I’m blessed and I’m taking it one day at a time.  God just keeps pouring out these blessings upon our family and again, I’m just along for the ride!

Oh, and #yolosofroyo is our hashtag!  You’ll be seeing it more and more.  Say it out loud.  It’s super fun.

QUESTION:  When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone??  What’s the last blessing you received?  If you’re local, come by on Thursday (7:30am-7:30pm) and check out the new shop!  26 East Main Street!

splendid…lindsay

a day in the life

October 17, 2014 in Blog by lindsaymwright

Happy Friday!!  Congrats, you made it!

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these “Day In The Life” posts.  (just looked – it was August)  I saw that Tina posted one yesterday so her post sparked my interest.  It’s fun peeking in on what people do all day.  Nosey McNosersons.  (…And I am one of them and so are you so let’s just praise the Lord, right arm…)

Here’s what went down yesterday:

4:21am – Porter wakes up hungry so I pull him into bed and nurse him.  I’m wide awake at this point – not good.

4:35am – I put Porter back down in his bassinet and lie back down.  I toss and turn for what seems like hours (<-there is A LOT going on behind the scenes right now and I’ll be able to tell you all about it come Monday of next week.  Hang tight.)

4:46am – Say eff it and get up, brush my teeth, put my contacts in, and put on my running clothes.  Eat 1/2 a banana.

4:54am – Take 2 Catalyst capsules with some water on my way out the door.

5:00am – I run 5 miles around town.  I listen to a 90’s Dance Floor Filler mix on Amazon Prime (they have music now!!) and get a little spooked running through dark patches.  Where is everybody?!!?  Oh yeah, sleeping.  Like they’re supposed to be.

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5:41am -  Make it back home.  Slip back inside and everyone is still sleeping.  Stretch.  Check Instagram.

6:00am – Shower quickly because I hear Porter stirring.  He goes back to sleep though.

6:18am – Sit down to start writing this post. <-I won’t come back to this post until 8pm.  Long, busy day.

6:25am – Porter is hungry.  I slip back into bed and nurse him.

6:50am – Whoa.  Fell asleep while nursing (the BEST!) and wake up STARVING.  I rearrange Porter so that Travis is now snuggling him and slip out of bed.

7:00am – Henry wakes up so I put on our shoes and drive to McDonalds.  We NEVER do this but I’ve been in a breakfast rut and was craving something different and Henry’s always game for a food adventure.  I get an Egg McMuffin (add spinach & tomato at home) and get the kids an egg and cheese biscuit.

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7:25am – When we get back home, everyone but Porter is awake.  The kids and I sit down to breakfast while Travis gets ready for work.

8:00am – Travis leaves.  I give both kids a bath because we didn’t get one last night and they’re stinky.

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8:30am - We start morning school – mathematical reasoning for Henry and letter dot-to-dot’s for Clara.

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9:00am – Porter starts cooing from the bedroom so I get him up and we nurse.  He’s in such a great mood!  I carry him from room to room and do my morning chores (make beds, laundry, dishes).  I change out of pjs and into normal people clothes.

9:25am – Eat second breakfast – a Chobani 2% Pumpkin Spice yogurt!  Yum!

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9:30am – I corral everyone and we leave for our one-a-week Homeschool Co-op day.  This year we’re studying Astronomy, History and Art and the kids love it.  I’m not a teacher or a helper this week so I get to hang out in the toddler room and chat with other mamas.

12:00pm – Head back home and drop by our local health food store for some essentials.  Dark chocolate almonds and chips.  Essentials.

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12:15pm – We stop by and see Travis at work.  He’s as handsome as ever.  Go home and put Porter down for a nap.

12:45pm – Sit down to eat a big salad for lunch.  Spinach, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, deli turkey, baked snap pea crisps and some leftover spaghetti squash.

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1:38pm – Porter wakes up.  We nurse.

2:00pm – Business meeting.

3:00pm -  The meeting went SO well (more on this to come, promise!).  On the way back home, I scarf down this Detour Smart bar (freebie).  It’s not really my cup of tea but I’m hungry so I eat it.

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3:25pm – Nurse Porter – he’s not really hungry but I need him to be happy while I coach my groups.

3:40pm – I head downstairs to train my afternoon MoveMore groups (3:45pm & 4:30pm).  We do this workout together – it’s a BEAST.

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5:30pm – Run back upstairs all sweaty.  to nurse Porter really quick.  Late for worship team.

5:45pm – Decide I’m too late to go (GREAT set list this week, Travis!).  I get a shower and change into pjs.  Nurse Porter and put him down for a late nap.028

6:15pm – I get started on dinner and type a little bit more of this post while the eggs boil.  I remember why I seldom write them – too much to remember. Winking smile

7:00pm – Dinner.  Egg salad over spinach and the last of the spaghetti squash.  A big red pear for dessert –>SO good right now!

7:30pm – After-dinner chores (unload the dishwasher, sweep kitchen, put away clean laundry).  Porter wakes up as Travis put the big kids to bed.

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8:00pm – Nurse Porter and chat with Travis about our day.  He requests a technology-free night and I happily oblige.

8:21pm – Finish this post.

The End.

QUESTION:  What was the highlight of YOUR day yesterday????

splendid…lindsay

postpartum update: six months

October 15, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Update by lindsaymwright

Porter is half a year old. 

Wait, what?!  It just boggles my mind.

Gosh, he’s such a great addition to our family.  I feel like I take a lot of pictures of him, maybe more than I did of the other two kids, but he’s my baby during the smartphone age.  Hehe.  With Henry and Clara, I had an old slide phone that took horrible pictures.  There was no Instagram or Snapchat.  The pictures I have of the older two were taken on a old Kodak camera that put the timestamp in the left hand corner.  I think I still have that camera – I’m sure it no longer works.  Just funny to think about – Porter will have TONS of baby pictures to pick from aka I’ll have tons of baby pictures to send to his college girlfriend.  (emphasis on “college” as that’s how old he’ll be when he even thinks about women.  I’m not even going there.)

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There’s normally a “belly and striped underwear”-shot right here but I decided to lay off those for a while, remember?  I’m feeling back to normal in every which way!!  The only anomaly is that I’m nursing so my boobs are slightly bigger.   Winking smile

So we’ll skip right to the BABY!

Six Months Old – Porter

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1 Month/2 Months

3 Months/4 Months

5 Months/6 Months

I always divide Porter’s update into three sections: EAT, AWAKE and SLEEP. We use (and have used for all three kids) the Baby Wise method and it works well for us. If you thrive off of schedules like me, you should look into this book (I also recommend, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.” Both books follow the eat, awake, sleep cycles that work well in my opinion!)

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  • We’re still exclusively nursing over here.  The highlight of our days.
  • Porter nurses around 7-8 times a day and has cut out almost all of his night nursing!  He’s quick and takes about 10 minutes.
  • I plan to introduce solids in a month or so – I’m in no hurry (a post for another day).

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  • New discoveriesalmost army crawling (he still seems to mostly move backwards)
  • A JOY to be around!  Very laid back, chill, happy and content.  <-this makes life so much easier and I’m SO thankful.
  • Still no teeth but he’s drooling ALL OVER the place so I think they’re coming.
  • He goes in for his 6 month checkup on Friday but I’m guessing he’s close to 21 or 22 pounds.
  • Wearing 12-18 month clothes.  Size 3 diapers.

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  • Porter takes 2-3 naps during the day, almost always in his crib.
  • Goes to bed around 9:30pm and is up for the day around 7:30am.  He nurses sometime in the early morning (usually 4:45am).
  • Still sleeping in our closet at night.  Smile

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For more postpartum updates:

One Month

Two Months

Three Months

Four Months

Five Months

splendid…lindsay

sizzlefish and cooking lindsay-ish style

October 14, 2014 in BLEND 2014, Blog, Dinner, Food, Review by lindsaymwright

I gotta tell you about this fish.

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And not only because I’ve met the owner, Rob and fell in love with him and his cedar-plank salmon at Blend 2014.  And not because one of my best friends works as the Social Media Coordinator for the company.  And also not because when you go to price this fish out, you’ll find that each filet comes out to about $5 – much less than if you ordered it at a restaurant – AND that’s including the shipping cost!

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I actually really just LOVE fish.

Good fish.

And having it once a year when we’re down in Destin, Florida just isn’t enough.

Sizzlefish offers perfectly portioned, frozen seafood right to your door!  If you’re like me and live at least 7 hours away from the nearest ocean, you’ll understand the hesitation that comes with ordering fish in the mountains.  My mind just doesn’t go there.  If I saw items like “Coho Salmon” or “Sablefish” on a local eatery’s menu, I’d probably make a “ehhhhh-face” and skip right to the cheeseburger (mmmm…cheeseburger….).

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Honestly, when I received a sampler pack of some of their filets, I panicked a little. I don’t cook fish (read the paragraph above).  My friend Katie told me to do something simple.  Something Lindsay-ish, she said.  Hmmm…Lindsay-ish.

So I plopped down on the couch and googled “Crockpot Salmon.”

Yes.  Yes, I seriously did.

To my great surprise, turns out there are like 600,000+ recipes out there for cooking salmon in a crockpot.  Go figure.  I almost went there but decided not to.  This fish is special and deserves better than a 2 hour soak in that little appliance.  Chili, yes.  Coho Salmon, no.

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All I did was pull out my Calphalon sauté pan, defrost two salmon filets (10 minutes in warm water) and then pan-sear them.  Just to get a little bit fancy (and because I’m 4 and like to dip my food into sauces and stuff), I whipped up a quick dijon topping (equal parts spicy dijon mustard and plain greek yogurt).  I served it all up with a side of my spaghetti squash/hummus/spinach creation and Travis and I sat down to a meal in less than 20 minutes.  We “mmmmm-ed” and “ahhhh-ed” through each flaky bite.

I was at the beach, you guys.  Except in my pjs and at my house.

Thanks, Sizzlefish!

**For the month of October, Sizzlefish is offering $10 off all orders. Use the code “OCTBONUS” at checkout.  Shipping is included in the price!**

QUESTION:  Do you like fish?  What’s your favorite kind?

splendid…lindsay

**Disclaimer: I received this product free for review but was not compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own!**