on overexercising and when it’s time to rest

August 19, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Goals, Over-Exercise by lindsaymwright

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I’ll be the first to admit:  I need to be more gentle with my body.

This thing that takes me from place to place, child to child, morning to night without very many complaints.  I might have the occasional cold or sore muscle, but for the most part I’ve been very blessed with health and vitality.  I know that a lot of that has to do with the (mostly) healthy foods I put in and my consistency with exercise.

I’ve told you before – I have a tendency towards overtraining.  While I’ve gotten SO much better in this area, I still feel that desire to go run, jump and burpee my way through life, even when I probably shouldn’t.  Ask me to workout with you and I’ll say yes – 100% of the time.  It’s something I love doing.  Sweating is my antidepressant, my quick fix, my drug of choice.  In a society that’s tending towards INactivity, I usually don’t see this passion as a bad thing.  It’s a good habit.  It’s healthy.

…Until it isn’t.

We’re not to that place yet, thankfully.  I honestly don’t have time to overexercise these days but three (even two) years ago, I was in a place where I was exercising 2-3 hours a day.  That’s too much.  Or maybe that was too much for my body – I know that some professional athletes train that long and it probably works for them.  It was too much for me and I’d venture to guess too much for the average person.  I’ve read enough professionally to know that overtraining can be just as detrimental as undertraining.

These days I have time for about one hour and then I’m done.  Yesterday my body ached for a rest day, even though I’d taken one the day before.  I know it’s because I overtrained a bit last week.  I could have pushed through and tried to workout, but I’m getting a little wiser (I know!!!!) so I rested.  We stayed in our pjs all day long, I took a nap…I sat on my butt for most of the day.  My body needed that time to repair itself.

All this to say, I’m patting myself on the back for listening.  For being still.  For putting words into action.  REST.  REST.  REST!!

And that I’ll be on the track this morning, sprinting and jumping, if anyone wants to join.  I’ll be the one looking all refreshed and stuff.

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For more on overexercising:

What IS Overexercising?

Dear Overexercising

So You Need A Rest Day

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QUESTION:  Do you overtrain?  Love exercise?  Hate it?  When was your last true rest day?

splendid…lindsay

weekend scenes (plus #15minutesforyou WINNERS!)

August 18, 2014 in #15minutesforyou, Blog, Family, Happy Birthday, Kids, weekend by lindsaymwright

I kinda feel like I need another weekend to rest from the weekend.

Ever feel that way??

Sometimes Henry will wake up for the day and come and say to me –“This is a BIG day today, Mom.  A big, BIG day.”  The day might not hold anything spectacular but he craves those “BIG” days of excitement.  I’m afraid I disappoint him 95% of the time.  Smile  Anyway, we had a BIG weekend – Clara turned 4!  Saturday we had her party and another birthday party to attend, we went to a special breakfast, had birthday pedicures, and made everything Clara-themed.  The weekend slipped by in an instant and now I’m wondering how on earth it’s already Monday!?!

Here’s everything I caught on my phone from Friday through Sunday – not a lot – I tried to stay present as much as possible!  Enjoy!

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^^Muscle Ropes sent me these battle ropes to review.  We used them Friday & Saturday during Track Stars – a great training tool!^^

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^^I talked Travis into something.  Stay tuned….^^

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^^Mom watched the kids while we had a date at the track (we’re training for an upcoming mud run!).  We did this workout and again, it whooped my butt.^^

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^^Our best “Arnold”…except it’s all wrong and we have no idea what we’re doing.  Birds of a feather.^^

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^^I order this pretty much every Saturday morning: eggs, bacon and tomatoes.  Salt goes on everything.  Coffee on the side.^^

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^^Part of her “birsday” present:  a trip to the salon.  She’s all girl and loves getting her nails painted.  After much debate (probably 7 minutes worth), she chose silver glitter.^^

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^^For almost 6 years now, we’ve had a cupcake bar at our parties.  I can’t take any credit – Katy does all the baking.  She makes bottoms and icing and then we just let the kids go to town, decorating their own cupcake.  Always a hit!  Katy also made Clara her very own heart-shaped cake you saw above!!^^

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^^I’ve been eating ice cream like it’s going out of style.  But that’s impossible – ice cream will always be stylish.^^

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^^A friend sold us this table seat for Porter and he LOVES it!  We just don’t have room in our kitchen for a high chair plus the Bumbo was just way too small for his thighs.  Here’s the one we got.^^

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^^I think I had more fun playing with Clara’s presents than she did.^^

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^^Planning out September and we’ve already got a few too many activities for my liking.^^

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^^Nursing and snoozing.  Our favorite.^^

QUESTION:  What’d you do this weekend???

splendid…lindsay

P.S.  The #15minutesforyou Challenge winners are K. Daniels (Arctic Zero prize bundle) and Sarah (Onnit gift card)!  Congrats ladies!!

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loving lately with blue diamond

August 15, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Blue Diamond, Lists, Loving Lately, Review by lindsaymwright

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  All opinions are my own.

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Oh my word – I’m so happy it’s Friday.  We’ve got a big weekend planned around here (Clara turns 4!).

I’m back with another edition of “Loving Lately!”  These are some of my favorite posts because I get to share a few of my latest finds.  When I see these on other blogs, I love reading about what everyone suggests.  It’s probably my number one place for getting ideas about where to spend my money/what to watch/what to wear/etc.

Here’s what I’m loving lately:

1.  The mere thought of FALL!

Fall has always been my very favorite season.  The crisp air, the changing of the leaves, the seasonal FOOD (pumpkin spice in everything…candy corn…oh yes!)!  I have big plans for all the fun Fall activities that I want to do.  One that I know of right off hand is a corn maze that our co-op is going to.  I’m probably more excited about that than the kids are…mostly because they haven’t a clue what I’m talking about when I say we’re going to meander through endless corn and find our way to the middle.

2.  This lotion.

Seriously.  If you’re in need of a new body lotion, try the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil.  It’s not too heavy (IMO) and the smell is WONDERFUL!!  (I also love their shampoo and conditioner.  I also hear they make BODY WASH, but haven’t gotten my hands on that yet.)

3.  Running!

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I signed Travis and I up for a mud run in mid-September (more news on that to come) so I figure I need to amp up my running game.  I go in and out of phases where I really, really love it and then I really, really don’t.  Right now, I’m loving the feeling of getting out there first thing (after Porter’s nursed – the boobs need to be scaled down a bit before any running happens) and getting some miles under me.  Travis absolutely HATES running so this will be a fun little adventure for us.

I actually need to buy some new running shoes – any suggestions?

4.  The Ibotta App!

If you’ve read my Couponing 101 post, you’ve heard about how amazing this smartphone app is!  Ibotta is an online couponing app that helps you save money.  In order to earn coupons, you take quizzes (like 1 second quizzes…nothing crazy), share on FB or Twitter, take a poll, etc.  Then you go to the store, buy and pay for the product and then take a picture of your store receipt (proving that you did indeed purchase the item).  All coupon money goes into your main account and you can cash it out at any time – transfering it to your Paypal account or purchasing a gift card (Starbucks, Whole Foods, ITunes, etc).  I’ve been using it for about a year and have $69.25 in my account – not too much but it’s something!  I’m not affiliated with them in any way – just really love this app!

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The best part is that you can layer regular coupons with Ibotta coupons.  I saved a total of $1.55 yesterday on these Laughing Cow wedges, making them 95 cents!

5.  New SNACKS!

As you guys know, I’m part of the Blue Diamond Tastemakers program . We recently received their two new flavors: Honey Roasted Chipotle and Honey Roasted Almond.

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My oh my – these are GOOD.  I haven’t met a Blue Diamond flavor that I didn’t enjoy, but these just take it to another level!  I brought them to the pool as a snack (for myself) and the kids gobbled them up fast.

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According to the company website, they also came out with nut thins and almond milk, all within the “honey” theme!  Read more about it here!  Oooooo…I can’t wait to try the honey almond milk out!

6.  My sister!

Lastly, I flippin’ love my sister.  Not only did she subconsciously make her body go into labor on the same day as me (resulting in two adorable cousins that share a special birthday) but she also just bought me a BOSU for my birthday!!!!

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Perfect for our home gym!!

In all seriousness, I’m going to cry when she goes back to work next Monday (she’s a teacher).   We’ve seen each other almost every single day since April 14th and I’ve been spoiled with her company.  We’ve always been pretty close, but having babies together just took it to a whole different level. I love you, Kate.

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For more Loving Lately posts, go here and here (pregnancy edition) and here.

QUESTION:  What’s one thing you’re LOVING LATELY??

splendid…lindsay

when i’m bored

July 31, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

(Reminder:  Make sure you take the day to tag your #15minutesforyou pictures!  The contest ends TODAY!  I’ll be selecting two winners this weekend – with Arctic Zero and Onnit prizes up for grabs!!)

I’ve got another guest post for you today – an addition to the, “When I’m Bored,”series. Take it away, Amy! 

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When I’m bored I…

1. Plan my dream vacations. Like really plan them. I look up flights, hotels, activities, check out restaurants and reviews of those restaurants (I don’t actually book anything, I just do all of the research).  I come up with how much it’s going to cost according to my “plans” and then sit and stare into space trying to figure out how to save up that much money. During these moments of staring off into space, I often think things like…”well, if we sold our patio furniture and only ate beans and rice for dinner, we’d have a good start…”

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2. Organize my kitchen cabinets. Obsessively. Labels need to be facing a certain way, things are sized smallest to largest, there can’t be “too many” items in one place–being evenly spaced is key. I’m a maniac.

3. Look at fashion blogs and make a list of the items I want to buy to make the cute outfits from them. (Between the dream vacations and outfits, me being bored gets expensive!)

4. Crave Chik-Fil-A chicken strips. Almost. Every. Time. It’s like a switch for me—boredom sets in, then my craving.

5. Bake something. Usually it’s this banana bread or these muffins.

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6. Foam roll. For some reason, it’s only when I’m bored that I remember to spend a significant time doing this. But I usually spend the most time looking up new foam rolling techniques so by the time I actually get to doing foam rolling, it lasts about 6 minutes.

7. Brush my guinea pig and talk to him in a high-pitched, weird voice. It’s called the “Otis voice” and he sheds a lot of hair so I want to help him out. Don’t judge.

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8. Paint my fingernails. I have to be REALLY bored for this one because I’m probably the world’s worst fingernail painter. About halfway through painting my nails, every time, I realize what a terrible job I’m doing and wipe it all off.

9. Call my husband to talk about how his day is going. And what he wants for dinner. And what he needs from Target. And about what Otis, the guinea pig, is doing. He loves these phone calls…. ;)

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10.  Re-arrange the furniture. Then I realize that I don’t like that much change and move it all back. Pinterest is just too good at sucking me in. I get so inspired!

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Along with being a certified personal trainer and nutritional consultant in Florida, Amy blogs at The Funky Fork.  Go check her out!

best decisions by caroline

July 29, 2014 in Best Decisions, Blog, Blogging, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Another “best decisions” post (for more, just search in the sidebar – there are many!)  One of MY recent best decisions was housing a caramel apple from the Kilwin’s down here in Destin!  Is there anything better?? 

Many thanks to Caroline for filling in for me!  Take it away, friend!

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The Best Decision I Ever Made… was getting my master’s degree in clinical mental health and clinical addictions counseling!  Through my two years in my master’s program, I learned so much great information that, when applied, can lead to a fantastic, healthy life!  I really enjoyed all that I learned in grad school (and my subsequent counseling experience since that time), and I’ve been really thankful for all the changes that resulted in my life because of my decision to go to school. Here are some of the biggest changes in my life that have occurred because of that one decision:

Because I decided to go to grad school, I ended up doing my thesis on wellness (yes- it was more specific than just “wellness”) and behavior change.  In writing those 80ish pages, I realized how much work I had to do on myself.  I made a promise to one of the people on my thesis committee that I would start working out as soon as I graduated; I kept that promise.  It’s all about being proactive in our health, right?

Because I did my thesis on wellness, I realized how much my lack of exercise impacted other areas of my life, so I started to work out more and I started to run! It’s truly hard to imagine my life without exercise, as running half marathons is such a big part of my life. (you can read more about “my journey to running” here).

Because I started running, I started to do pilates, which has become a big staple in my workout schedule. I love the mind-body aspect of it, and it is not only a stretching and strengthening activity, but it’s also great as a stress reliever. Doing pilates also lead to me becoming a pilates and pilates/barre instructor, which I really love ( I also love getting to do barre classes for myself! ) IMG_1968

Going to grad school also taught me all about having healthy boundaries and trying to decrease the use of cognitive distortions (especially great for those dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression!)  Not only have I noticed big changes in my mental health and my worries and thoughts since grad school, but these things also impact the physical health choices that we make as well!

There are obviously far more changes that resulted from grad school as well.  Running led to triathlons and connection to some of my family members in very different ways because of this.  Grad school led me to meet some of my very closest friends, led to a speaking and writing career, and led my to my dream counseling job.  I never thought that one “little” decision like grad school would lead to a snowball of other changes as well.

That’s the thing, though.  So many of our decisions, whether big or little, will lead to a cascade of other things in our life.  As you make your decisions- choose wisely.  Think about how your decisions might fit into your future goals, and if it will take you closer to or farther from health.  And once you’ve made your choice, hang on and enjoy the ride!  It may take you places you could’ve never dreamed of or planned!

Now it’s your turn to share! What’s one of the best decisions that you’ve ever made? What other things did it lead to in your life? DSC_0563_2

 Hey! I’m Caroline, a counselor, half marathoner, and Pilates & Barre Instructor. If you’re interested in running, biking, pilates/barre, traveling, and mental health issues, you can find me at the following places:

Blog: http://www.thelittlethingsblog.com

Twitter: @kalolainastar

Instagram: littlethingscaroline

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/littlethingscar

conversations with clara – episode II

July 25, 2014 in Blogging, Conversations with, Favorites, Kids by lindsaymwright

Well – tonight WE DRIVE!  My feet will be in the white sand tomorrow!  (pray, pray, pray that we make it down to Destin in one piece!)

I leave you today with a conversation with Clara.  Travis has a knack for capturing her that I just do not (in fact, he has a way communicating with her that I haven’t fully mastered).  As I watch, she seems SO grown up to me (here’s the last “conversations” video that I posted!).  I just pray every day that I can be the perfect mother FOR HER (and Henry and Porter) – so far, that equates to listening much more than I’m used to (and doing ALL THINGS GIRLY, which is also a stretch for me).

I have some posts scheduled for next week so please check back in!  I’ll be taking my digital detox but will have some vacation pictures to share when we get back.  Have a wonderful weekend friends!