It’s very rare for us to take a vacation…. Our minions are at the age where they have such busy lives. Between School, Swim Team, Basketball, Therapies its rare to find a period of time to just run away. But we found a weekend we could escape from town. Its interesting the things you learn while on vacation, especially when you don’t take one often…..
- Sleeping Arrangements *~* The boys are getting older and bigger our family of 5 and Logan don’t fit comfortably in 2 double beds…. So what do ya do? pay extra for a roll away bed? Nah you just get creative in your sleeping situation.. C & H get one bed then J & I sleep in the other while D lays at the foot of the bed like a golden retriever… and Logan is on the floor beside the bed. It will work for a few nights but next time we either A) need bigger beds B) remember an air mattress C)
leave the kids at home Okay Okay there’s only 2….
- Hotel Requirements *~* Because of our family needs it takes forever to find a hotel to stay at. We are kinda sorta picky about our places not because we are snoddy but because we have certain needs…. It’s really quite easy.
Here are our needs:
- Indoor Pool *Hot Tub Optional* ~ I have fish not children…. It’s in our best interest to have a pool to be able to throw the kids in to swim. That way at the end of the day to unwind
- Comforting Area ~ I need a place that I can feel safe to take our service dog out either Early in the AM or late at night
- Clean ~ There is nothing worse than checking in after a long drive and finding a icky hotel room….
- Fridge and Microwave ~ I don’t have to have a full kitchen if I am just staying a weekend. But I do at least need a Dorm Fridge and Microwave due to our food allergies and our personal preferences.
- Service Dog Friendly ~ This is so not the same as Pet Friendly. We travel with Logan our Autism Service Dog. A lot of hotels are NOT Pet Friendly and I TOTALLY respect that. But Logan isn’t a pet he works with us. So yes we can stay there with him regardless of the policy. But educating your staff on Service Dogs takes so much stress and drama off of our trip. Examples: No he doesn’t have to wear his vest 100% of the time, There are lots of types of service dogs NOT just seeing eye dogs, Yes I always clean up after him and trust me there is NO CHANCE of him messing up or having an accident in the room.
See it’s not a lot just a few necessities to keep our family functioning on a near normal for us level. We have a few requests depending on where we are staying like if we are at the beach Oceanfront is great and if we can have a little balcony all the better. I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg either. I am not buying the room just borrowing it for a few nights.
- Planning ~ When we plan a trip we don’t make a schedule. That would make us all crazy. But we do plan “Places to See Things to Do List” that has input from all family members of what they’d like out of the trip. Things like Build a Sandcastle on the beach, Aquarium, Lighthouse Viewing, Hiking, Swim in the pool that way we know what we want to do and we can in a controlled but relaxed way get some things accomplished. The downfall to scheduling everything out is things beyond our control and who wants a disappointed child or a huge meltdown because a huge storm hit and we cant get out on the beach.
- Meals and Snacks ~ You can not bring too much of this because trust me it will go one of two ways… Either the kids will want to snack CONSTANTLY or they will barely want to eat anything at all. But everything is going to be more expensive on vacation and if you have allergies or special diets nothing is worse than searching to find a store that carries things safe to eat.
- Turn off the electronics and put down the phone ~ This is a hard one for most anyone these days including kids. But you really need to be in the moment because this is a short time and its time you wont get back. Make memories, spend the time with the family in the moment. Use it sparingly we used it in the cars while driving or at night when we were winding down for the night or first thing in the morning while waiting.
- RELAX and HAVE FUN ~ Things aren’t always going to go as planned, things will be left at home but just roll with it the best you can. Its just a short period of time and you take a trip to unwind and recharge as a family. It won’t be perfect it never is… But its life, its family….
We had a blast on our little weekend adventure. We accomplished most of our list. We made memories, had a few bumps in the road, like a horrid dinner and a kid with an attitude but you know what…… over all the most important thing was we had fun and made a list of things we’d like to do differently next trip and other things we’d like to see….
So its been a little over a year since the last Fitcation. Which was an amazing event. So I was very excited with the chance to go and hang out again and learn some new things. Well that and I was extremely anxious for 2 reasons really. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since the last time some of the group has seen me and we opened the group to alot of bloggers who weren’t in Mamavation but were totally awesome girls! So now on to Fitcation.
I arrived at LAX and carpooled with Angela, Pamela, Kristin, Stephanie, Jeanie and April. We met up with Ana and Kia for lunch as we set off on our adventure… trust me with Angela driving it was totally an adventure too bad we didn’t have any SIP Wine in us yet. But we finally arrived at the hotel and checked in with Leah and Mark…. Well attempted I think Leah’s response was Its about time Skinny Bitch! *Which set my fears aside that people could see a difference* Then we loaded up to adventure around in downtown Paso Robles. We started with Wine of course and then off to have the BESTEST Brown Butter Sea Salt cookies Seriously gotta figure out how to recreate these… Then it was off to the studio for dinner and wine.
Up at the crack of dawn, grabbing breakfast then off to the park for a butt kicking workout with Erin…. Let me tell you I’ve never wanted to harm a pregnant woman but boy I could have kicked her butt after that work out she killed it! Then it was off to Castoro Cellars and their Dam Fine Wine I loved the beaver and the play off of that. With their Dam Fine Wine and their number 1888DamFine they had some of my favorite wines of the weekend. After lunch we had a lesson on how to Unlock Wine and we really learned the way to enjoy our Wine… Best lesson “Don’t Sniff the Cork!”
Next we set off for Pasolivo to learn about Olive Oil. They harvest all 45 acres by hand and begin the olive making process within 4 hours of picking. Then we sampled Oils, Salts and Spices…. OMG it was an amazing little area set up the Truffle Salt mmmmmm…. I always thought Olive Oil was Olive Oil… But boy did I learn that I was missing out on so much!
Our adventure for the day concluded with a Tour and Dinner at the beatiful http://www.halterranch.com the sites were beautiful and we hiked up the hill to the Ancient Tree, its one of the oldest trees in Ca. We learned more about SIP Wines and how Halter Ranch were becoming more Sustainable not only for now but for the future.
Summer of 2013 we dove into the world of competitive swimming. Short course (year long swimming) just kicked off practice this past week…. So I figured I would just let you know a few things I have learned while being on Deck.
- When you walk into the pool area of an indoor building and can tell if the pool is regularly chlorinated or not just by the smell in the air. You would be suprised when visiting hotel pools, apartment complex’s and amusment parks that the pools are rarely checked and properly chlorinated.
- When you no longer feel strange when you look at the guys in the brief speedos. I swear in the beginning I felt like it was dirty and people would think I was checking out their “package” but practice suits are really the only way you can express your self.
This is our Swim Coach when he swam for UNC
- When you can spot your swimmer by their graffiti and goggles straps.. Seriously when you have 10kids in the water swimming at one time and the teams wear matching caps and suits, you have to learn how to tell them apart. We should totally have stock in Sharpies.
- When you are washing more towels than underwear. We try to have Swim Towels and Bath towels but each kid uses 2 towels during swim, and 2 towels for bathing after swim. At swim meets we use up to 4 towels per kid. Its CRAZY!!!!
- When you yell for your kid when you know there is NO chance he can here you. OR the fact you sit at a swim meet for 4+ hours to watch your kid swim maybe 5 minutes.
Champs 2013 (Lane 6) (2nd place Heat) We were there from 6:30am to 6:30pm
- Swimmers support Swimmers No Matter the team! This was the first lesson I learned. The boys were at their very first swim meet EVER. They were in the last event 76 which was a 200 Free Relay. ( 4 swimmers each swim a 50 Freestyle) this was also the 15-18 age group so BOTH my boys were swimming up. Charles was scared to death and was in tears. I was being the “mean mom” because this was a moment he needed to suck it up and swim because his team needed him and Coach wouldn’t have placed him there if he didn’t think he could do it. Well a swimmer on the opposing team who was swimming the same leg of the race talked to Charlie the whole time and swam pace with him coaching and cheering him on the whole 50. This momma was in tears. Luckily we got to speak with him afterwards and we have a great relationship with their Swim Brother Matthew.
Shh… I totally stole this off his FB page lol
- But above all else I have learned that my eldest son is at peace in the water. He has changed so much in his short time as a swimmer. Watching his dedication and determination is awesome. He comes ALIVE in the water. It totally makes it worth it.
Welcome to his world
I am positive as time goes on I will learn much much more…. Im sure we will have bumps and bruises along the way… But you’ll find us at the pool daily no matter the season…. A few months out of the year you’ll find me in the bleachers at the basketball court but thats a different child and a different post…..
What Sports does your family do? What have you learned from them?
Summer has come to a close for most of us. For me it started ending mid July when the first wave of gremlins went back to school. But Today was the last wave and I have 3 weeks before 2 will be back home. Then when they go back my parents and sister will be here for 3 weeks. So as parents most of us lose our fitness routine when the munchkins are home and we dream and plan that as soon as they are back we can go back full force. But its not as easy as we have it in our heads. Like today I was going to head to the gym before I had to pick the first round of munchkins up. But you know what I left this morning to drop the kids off and I am just now walking into the house and in 15min I have to leave again to start picking them up, teacher conference, trip to sheriffs office to change J’s battery, pick up older gremlin, homework, back to school forms, basketball drills, swim practice, and hopefully I’ll be able to hit the Cardio Split Class while the boys swim. So of course the plan is to try to hit the gym tomorrow mid day because I have a feeling I am going to miss my Aqua Kickboxing in the am and I know I will miss my 2 hour Zumba in the evening because of Basketball Tournament.
As you can tell the term “Stay At Home Mom” drives me nuts because I am rarely at home. I mean between the kids, Carter Realty, Life. Most days I am on the move the whole time in between drop off and pick up time for the boys. I am the last one to bed and the first one to rise. But you know what… They are my children and they are only young once and I am extremely blessed and lucky to be able to attend school functions and practices and games because I know so many parents that would LOVE to but can’t.
I figured I’d take a minute to reflect on how 100lbs changes your life.
I have learned so much about myself in the past few years. Im learning and evolving all the time. But it wasn’t until I was properly using the tools I have been given and change my mindset that anything really stuck with me.
I have to remind myself of this constantly!
When I was at my highest weight 325lbs. Yeah never in a million years would I ever thought I would tell people that number nor that I would post it on the internet but hey you know what its just a number and it never will ever define me! I always thought you know what I might weigh alot but I can still move around and I stay pretty active.
Well 100lbs later….
(Well technically its 113lbs but ya know that number is changing so Im rounding) I have learned the following things….
- The weather is completely different now. I use to live in short sleeves and flipflops. Yeah not so much anymore. I was always so hot natured. Now a small change in weather and I can totally feel it! I am totally buying an electric blanket and lined pants this winter.
- Eat to Live not Live to Eat I have changed my food choices completely and now I am a very picky eater. I can totally taste dyes, processed and preservative foods. YUCK! How did I live off this garbage before??
- Clothing… The smaller your waist the shorter the clothing. I don’t know what is up with that but I am having to get use that that one because I have areas I am not comfortable with my body yet.
- Playtime I can last a heck of a lot longer than I could before. I also have more of a drive to get moving with them. But H will always kick my butt in swimming.
- Second thoughts… I always had second thoughts before doing things like roller coasters, movies, flying etc. I always felt like I was going to be too big and I would hate to try something for fear of the belt not buckling. Fear No More!
- Exercise This is the Biggest change. I use to dread doing it. I mean I was all giggly and sweaty and ugh why do it. Now I’ve found things I LOVE… I was always full of excuses the whole I don’t know anyone, I can’t keep up, etc but you know what. No one is looking at you… They don’t care if you make little mistakes no one is perfect and everyone starts somewhere!
Losing weight is so much more than a number on a scale going down, or the number on the clothing tag going down. It effects your whole life and your family and friends around you. For a visual clue this is how roughly 100lbs difference looks on me. I have to have visual cues because I don’t see it when I look at myself in the mirror.
I am still learning and evolving and changing and I am sure I will learn so much more about myself as my journey continues… I hope you’ve learned something I know I have… Im excited to learn more about myself and this new life too!
This past week I was given the opportunity to try out a workout program called MyFitU. When I first began working out I was doing workout routines at home created by a few awesome personal trainers I know and had the the privilidge of working with while I was a Mamavation Mom. But when I started going to the gym I went away from that and started hitting up classes instead. But I was really wanting to dive back into personal fitness because sometimes class schedules just don’t work for my schedule. Anyone can just go to the gym and workout but unless you know what you are doing and why you are doing it you just aren’t going to get the results you want. This is where MyFitU fits in PERFECTLY. Its like having a personal trainer at your beck and call. “Daniel Meng, one of the nation’s most successful fitness coaches, has created a unique application which delivers his cutting edge coaching services to your fingertips.”
So how does Daniel set up a individual program for everyone you ask. Well its quite simple with his program. You begin by answering a few simple questions about yourself and your personal goals. You also select if you want Gym or Home workouts and the membership plan that works best for you. Then MyFitU delivers a personalized workout plan that evolves and changes with you. You can also interact with your social media outlets to help keep everyone up to date so they can cheer you on! Here are just a few of the awesome features that the program works with
- Personalized fitness calendar and schedule
- Workout plans by day and goal
- Workout tips to ensure safety and efficiency
- iPhone app so you can My FitU™ wherever you go
- Personalized meal plans and grocery lists
- Access to hundreds of healthy recipes
- Progress tracking
- Daily health tips
- Social sharing of progress
- Design your own page with motivating quotes
- Fitness equipment recommendations
I love the educational tools that Daniel provides in his App and on the site. If I don’t understand a move or need to watch someone demonstrate it I just click. I don’t have to go search up on the internet or youtube or worse just guess at how to do it. Did you know that improper form leads to like 60% of workout injuries??? I enjoy the ability to change the workout items. I despise Burpees. I know I know they are good for me but still they suck! So I can switch them out with just a few little clicks.
I am still learning lots about this workout program and I can’t wait to use it more to help me reach my fitness goals. Want to Try it out too? Guess what Daniel from MyFitU has been awesome and is giving me a 1yr membership to give to one of my awesome readers!!!!
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Disclaimer: I received and 1 year membership in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own!
First let me apologize because it has been way tooo long since I have posted here. The summer and life overwhelmed me and I became a hermit for a while.
But we are now back to our regular programming already in progress…
Working out in a class…. If you would have told me this a year ago I would have thought you were completely nuts. I don’t do group workouts. I am so not going to start going to the
Land of the Skinny Fit People I mean the gym. No way No How aint gonna happen. Well the boys have been doing Swim Team at the local gym so I am there dropping them off or picking them up daily. We ended up getting a membership because it was costing more to carry them and Jakers there on the weekend than it would be to have a membership. Well I was still not thinking about taking classes until I saw an Aqua Kickboxing Class. So I decided to try it out one morning I’m thinking I’ll be in the water no one can see me. Well that was the gateway class apparently because next week I was back up there Tuesday morning. Then I saw that the instructor also did a Zumba class that evening so since I was going to already be there I figure why not try it. I had done Zumba before I am in no way shape or form a dancer but its fun so why not. Well dag nab it the next week I was at Aqua Kickboxing and Zumba that evening, I noticed there was a regular kickboxing class the next night taught by this instructor followed by Zumba led by a girl I have been getting to know because she does a lot of Shannon’s classes as well. Then I notice I am looking at the schedule to see what other classes this instructor does. I went from home workouts hiding in the laundry room so no one would see me to doing 2 classes back to back in the gym in a group and LOVING it!
I knew I was addicted to working out in groups and in general when I am starting to look into other types of classes and because I can really tell a difference in my attitude and personality when I don’t get my work out in or if something comes in the way of my “schedule times”. But also I was never one that would be like OMG You should totally come workout with me. I look back at the Me this time last year and I am like who the heck are you and what were you waiting for. But this is the New Improved working on getting healthier me! Im not at my goal yet but I have a plan and goals set and I will get there…..
No matter where you are on your journey. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone because that my friends is really where you start seeing what you are made.