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Shoes Worth the Wait, the Pumpkin Milk, Core Moves of the Week and TBT Pictures

Shoes Worth the Wait, the Pumpkin Milk, Core Moves of the Week and TBT Pictures


Why hello.

This week just may be the longest week of my life. Ha ha. In a very good way, but man, I’m pooped. This new schedule is going to take a bit of getting used to (for all of us).

I’m three for three with the early workouts. I’ll stop talking about it, but I’m still in shock that I made it three days in a row. We’re going for five out of five.


I generally wait until the perfect time to break in new Mizuno shoes when I get them. I’ve anxiously been awaiting the release of the Wave Inspire 11.

I gave in this morning and said, heck with it, I’m putting them on for this morning’s run.

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I’ll share more thoughts on them later, but I’m loving the new look that is similar to the Wave Rider 18 shoes. The laces are shorter just like they are in the Wave Sayonara 2.

They fit really well as usual and I loved my eight miles in them today.

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I do not love that I finished off the last episode of The Mindy Project on my current Netflix DVD. I guess it’s time to whip out the holiday movies.


It’s raining here. It’s also pretty darn cold compared to what we’re used to.

I love cold weather, but my body doesn’t really like it. I had to explain to a student today that my hands weren’t dirty, they were just purple because I have low blood circulation and they were freezing. Lovely.


I never really did get warm all day so I had to make myself a little Silk almond coconut pumpkin milk.

I put 1/2 cup pumpkin and 1 1/2 cups Silk almond coconut milk with a little cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, almond extract and stevia in this glass measuring cup and microwaved it for 4 minutes.

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Then I frothed the heck out of it and burned my mouth.

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It was still delightful though and would be a good after dinner drink by the fire or something. I’ll definitely be doing this again and I need to revisit the whole pumpkin mocha thing too. It’s about that time.


I did a little explaining about what the “core” is when people talk about working their core today. I remembered that I never shared some of my favorite moves from last week.

Obviously you can never go wrong with planks, but it’s always fun to change it up with side planks either on the floor or with a BOSU.

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Generally I have people hold the isometric position for a minute. If you’ve never done it before though it might be best to start with 30 seconds and to put your bottom knee on the ground as a modification.

Another variation I’ve really been liking lately is to hold one arm out in front for a bit and then switch to the other side. It makes you engage more muscles because you get off balance a bit. It’s definitely worth a try on the floor or the BOSU.

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Lastly, we’ve been doing different variations of these alternating push-ups. You can do them on the ground and just moves your hands side to side, or transfer a medicine ball from hand to hand or my favorite of course is on a BOSU.

Here is the traveling BOSU push up.

You know you want to try these.


I haven’t taken many pictures of the boys. Our time we’ve been together this week my phone has been far far away, but we did take a picture before Good Night Gorilla tonight.

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I don’t want my sister-in-laws to stop reading, so here’s some fun throw back pictures of the boys just because. You’ll probably be reading this on Thursday anyway and all the cool people do the whole #tbt thing.




I may be in survival mode to get through the week in one piece so if I’m MIA that’s why. I have a couple of fun giveaways coming up though. Yay!



Hope you’re having a good week!

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  1. 1
    Stephanie says:

    I’m really interested to hear your thoughts on the Inspire 11! I loved the 9, struggled a bit with the 10s (even switched away for a bit) and am cautiously optimistic about the 11s! 🙂

  2. 2
    Erica says:

    OH MY GOSH!!! The boys as babies. I just melted into a puddle on the floor 🙂 Glad you’re rocking this first tough week!

  3. 3
    Marcia says:

    My heart exploded, those CHEEKS!!!!!! Hope you knock 5 out of 5 outta the park, you go this mama!

  4. 4

    That’s an awesome throwback Thursday! The boys are are so cute!

  5. 5
    Annie says:

    I have a hunch you are back to teaching!!! I teach elementary PE, so I am a daily 5am workoutclub member…..and then a 9:00pm bedtime!! Put my 3year old and my 1year old down for bed and I am not far behind!!

  6. 6
    Allison says:

    Love the t-shirt “Kitty did it” with kitty sitting there in the background. I miss kitty on the blog.

  7. 7

    Congrats to you for sticking to the 5AM workout club! Your boys are adorable. It’s amazing how fast they grow up. My little man is coming up on 19 months – I can’t believe how much he’s changed!

  8. 8
    Denise says:

    Love the pictures and their ADORABLE little bald heads 🙂 TOO cute!!

  9. 9
    Michelle Kim says:

    AHHH! Your boys are so adorable!

  10. 10
    Kim says:

    You are doing awesome with the 5:00am workouts – it really does get easier (and it forces you to go to bed earlier!!!).
    I’ve been thinking that you are teaching PE again – the reference to your student makes me think I might be right – can’t wait to find out. I have Raynauds and walk around with my fingers hurting most of the time in the winter even with gloves on. The other day at Target the cashier asked me if I shopped with my gloves on – YEP!!!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      You’re my early morning inspiration Kim. And….. I totally have the same hand thing. it’s awful and my fingers go numb pretty often. I’m going to have to break out my gloves and keep them on. I get so many comments on my hands. ha. See you in Phoenix!

  11. 11
    Kathy says:

    Love the throw back pictures!!! I am getting back to my early workouts too…I am three for three too!! However, I love the early hours….just wish I could nap in the afternoon a bit somedays. 😉

  12. 12

    I am awaiting the reveal of the new job!!! 🙂

    LOVE the exercises but even more the TBT pics – LOVE!!!!!!

  13. 13

    Those are some sweet shoes! But not as sweet as those boys!!!

  14. 14
    Bridget says:

    Knock it off with the TBT pictures, highlight of my night!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 15

    Loving the color on the new Inspires and the boys are so cute. You seem to have an extra, can you send one over here?

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