All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!


Another Get-Away

A great blog friend of mine commented on this post, “and then you’ll think WHEN CAN WE GO AGAIN?”

She was right!

From the moment we had dinner that first night in Telluride last month, Hottie and I knew we wanted to get away again… and soon!  We had a back-up sitter lined up for our Colorado trip who asked us to find a weekend soon that she could come and stay with the boys.  With Hottie’s work schedule involving so much travel lately (3-5 nights a week, every other week), I’ve been losing my mind a bit each time he travels.  I needed a break!

I texted our friend just over a week ago asking if she could stay with the boys soon and she asked, “next weekend?”. OK!

It was only one night and the boys loved it. And we loved it! We ate great food, shopped together, grabbed cocktails in between stops, had REAL conversations, and held hands. Just what the doctor ordered for this tired mom and her Hottie!

We’re going to try to do this every-other month!


Fitness Stat-urday – Week 5 (Mid-way!)

Starting Statistics on 08/30/2014

  • Weight:  155 Pounds (took 0.6 pounds off during my stabilizing week)
  • Body Fat %:  25.1% (took 0.7% off during my stabilizing week)
  • BMI:  24.3
  • Predicted Weight from  140 Pounds (targeting 1.5 pounds per week)

5-Week Statistics on 10/11/2014

  • Weight:  148 Pounds
  • Pounds Lost in 5+1 Weeks:  7 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  24.0%
  • Body Fat % Lost in 5 Weeks:  1.1% (note that measuring in “normal” mode and holding the monitor the old (wrong) way, as I did in week 1, registers 23.5% showing a 1.6% loss)
  • BMI: 23.2
  • BMI Points Lost in 5 Weeks:  1.1
  • Predicted Weight Based on 5-Week Stats:  142.2 Pounds (based on a 1.166 pound loss per week which is my average loss in 5+1 weeks)

5 week stats


Week Ending 10/11/2014

  • Week 5 Statistics
    • Weight:  148 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  1 Pound lost
    • Body Fat %:  24.0%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.4% lost
    • BMI: 23.2
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  7 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  8 Hours 53 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  16,271 Steps
  • Food:  It’s another week of travel for Hottie, so we’ll be doing mostly leftovers for dinners this week.  After two nights/days in a row of eating pretty freely over the weekend, it will be good to dial it back!
    • Sunday – French onion soup
    • Monday – Chicken non-tortilla soup (out of the freezer from my last batch and it was as good as when it’s made fresh!)
    • Tuesday – Oatmeal
    • Wednesday – Smoked chicken and brisket, green beans
    • Thursday – Chicken non-tortilla soup
    • Friday – Smoke chicken and brisket, green beans
    • Saturday – Date Night
  • Exercise/Activity: I really want to hit 7 hours of activity this week.  I was 40-ish minutes shy last week.  Working out with Hottie out of town may prove difficult but I’m committed to doing it every day.
    • Sunday – Mowed the lawn (42 minutes)- 12,000 Steps
    • Monday – Evening run (39 minutes), leisurely walk (30 minutes) – 18,800 Steps
    • Tuesday – Morning walk (68 minutes), INSANITY (41 minutes), track walking (18 minutes)- 20,400 Steps
    • Wednesday – Cardio/strength class (40 minutes), track walking (30 minutes) – 15,200 Steps
    • Thursday – INSANI.TY and kickboxing (57 minutes), after-lunch walk (30 minutes)- 15,500 Steps
    • Friday – INS.ANITY (48 minutes), track walk (30 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
    • Saturday – Walking (60 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I ran without Bryson on Monday night and ran 4 miles at a 9:30 pace, which is really good for me (I’m a slow runner).  I want to try to run solo at least once a week, if possible, just to keep that speed going
    • I need to scale back the Diet Pe.psi (just writing that made my mouth water – I am THAT addicted to it)
    • This week is the half-way mark of my 10 weeks.  I’m going to try to do measurements, but will skip pushups, sit-ups, and the mile run because Hottie and I are going out of town sans kids on Saturday night and we’ll be rushed to get on the road.  Those stats are more of a 10-week thing, so I feel OK skipping them.  My ankle is so weak right now that my mile run will be longer than it was 6 weeks ago.
    • I tried a new class at the Y tonight (Wednesday) and although it was good, it wasn’t terribly exciting.  I was a little disappointed and wish I’d done INSA.NITY in my garage this afternoon instead.  Taking the kids to the Y for a 6:30 class seemed cruel, but they had a great time!
    • The Wednesday class got all muscle groups strengthened with weights – yay!
    • When I hold the body fat monitor the old (wrong) way, set to “normal” mode (not athlete), the body fat reading is 23.6% which actually should be compared to my starting value because that’s how I was holding it and it was set to “normal” mode.  But this is a minor detail and since I measure daily in “athlete” mode while holding it correctly, I’m keeping the 24.0% for tracking purposes.  But I want to note for myself that based on how I measured on day 1, I’ve lost 1.5% body fat in the 5 weeks so far
    • It’s Thursday and I’m calling it right now – I’m going to end the week where I started on weight.  This is feeling like a plateau/stabilizing week to me.
    • Finally a dip in body fat!  I couldn’t be happier with this week.  There was no weight loss, but gain in muscle mass is way more important to me at this rate.
    • Holy smokes – I lost a pound right there at the end of the week. Hooray!
    • I will be modifying my 10-week goals to match what has happened in the last 5 weeks – want to keep things realistic!

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First Emergency Stitches

I never needed stitches as a kid. Errr… I should correct that. I never got stitches as a kid. There was one time when I needed them terribly (could see the bone) but my parents told me I was fine and sent me back downstairs to play (I still have a hole in my ankle there, but it’s just fine). I digress…..

Bryson got stitches yesterday morning. He tripped on a stupid rug (one that I’d bought and Hottie had said would kill one of us one day because it was so easy to trip on) and slammed his head into a footstool. Hottie swooped him up, calmly announced that there was blood, brought him to me and I said, “he needs stitches.”. We were loaded up in the car, our family of 4, within a few minutes with clothes and snacks packed for the kids. No one cried, no one yelled, no one got stressed… We all just went.

Bryson stopped crying and was back to smiling the minute we were in the car. He’s such a big kid! The ER got us right in and Bryson was very cooperative. He got some versed for the actual stitching process and was groggy for a couple of hours afterwards.

3 stitches, a big breakfast, and a mall nap later and he was back to thinking that life is grand and that he is invincible!

(I must note that Matthew was such a good boy all day! He was so concerned about his little brother and just rolled with the punches with patience and happiness!)


Fitness Stat-urday – Week 4

Starting Statistics on 08/30/2014

  • Weight:  155 Pounds (took 0.6 pounds off during my stabilizing week)
  • Body Fat %:  25.1% (took 0.7% off during my stabilizing week)
  • BMI:  24.3
  • Predicted Weight from  140 Pounds (targeting 1.5 pounds per week)

Goals for the Next 10 Weeks (Ending 11/08/2014)

  • Weight:  142.6 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  22.1%
  • BMI:  22.3
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

Week Ending 10/04/2014

  • Week 4 Statistics
    • Weight:  149 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  2 Pounds
    • Body Fat %:  24.4%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.0%
    • BMI: 23.3
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  6 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  6 Hours  27 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  13,728
  • Food:  This will be a week of cooking dinners at home.  No travel for Hottie means kitchen time for me!  We’ve got our favorites lined up this week!
    • Sunday – Greek chicken with homemade apple pie as dessert
    • Monday – Curry burgers
    • Tuesday – I’m too ashamed to log what I had for dinner.  We went to the Y for INSAN.ITY fit testing, which I thought would take 10-15 minutes.  The testing itself was quick, but then we were led through another 20 minutes of class, taking us to 6:50.  We then walked the track for 10 minutes and because we’re putting the kids to bed earlier these days, Hottie said, “DQ for dinner?”  And I agreed.  I had a kids cup of vanilla ice cream – and that was my dinner.  I put the frozen soup (homemade leftovers) back in the freezer for another time.
    • WednesdayCurried pumpkin soup – This was excellent!  It needed a bit of something more in the way of spices, and we’re not sure what.  I think we’ll try coriander or nutmeg next time.  I subbed coconut oil for the canola oil and it worked out great.  I used low sodium broth which was a mistake – follow the recipe!
    • Thursday – Pear and Ground Pork Stuffed Winter Squash (we used carnival squash instead of acorn squash this time – and we prefer the acorn squash)
    • FridayChicken non-tortilla soup We took the boys bowling tonight and then out for hot dogs for them.  We ate oatmeal – it was the only healthier option there.  It was good!
    • Saturday – Date night!!!
  • Exercise/Activity: I’ll be hitting it hard this week again – shooting for 7 hours of activity.  My goal is 2 4-mile runs (Mon, Tues, Fri), 3 INSAN,ITY and KB workouts in the garage, and a weights class at the YMCA.  I need to keep working hard at cardio but really like the garage workouts for strength and endurance training.
    • Sunday – Mowed the lawn (47 minutes) – 11,200 Steps
    • Monday – Morning run (45 minutes) – 14,500 Steps
    • Tuesday – INSAN.ITY and kickboxing (52 minutes), more INSAN.ITY (28 minutes), track walking (10 minutes) – 14,800 Steps
    • Wednesday – Rest day!- 9,100 Steps (so not proud of this)
    • Thursday – INSAN.ITY and kickboxing (70 minutes) – 13,000 Steps
    • Friday – Track walking (66 minutes), INSAN.ITY core and balance (15 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
    • Saturday – Afternoon run (48 minutes)- 17,500 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I have a chest cold this week that doesn’t seem to be keeping me down, but it made me want to take a rest day.
    • Working out in the garage is… working out great!  I can’t believe how motivated I am to work out on my own.
    • I tried working out in the basement while the kids played and that proved to be difficult – I’ll keep working out while they nap!
    • We went to the Y on Friday morning to do nothing in particular other than give myself a parenting break.  Matthew was EXCITED to go and Bryson couldn’t get to the toys soon enough.  I walked the track for an hour, watching Matthew play with his friends in the gym just below.  It was fun – and I think I’ll do that every Friday that Bryson doesn’t nap in the morning!
    • I am done getting “egg white” breakfast sandwiches from McDo.nalds.  I figured they weren’t great for me, but they are so tasty and thue “healthiest” option in the morning if I’m choosing to go there (and I go there Mon-Wed after preschool drop-off just for their Die.t – which is just so good!).  I have known that they’d have to go at some point, so when I read all about how it’s made, I decided to ditch them.  I had one last one and that’s it – I’m done.  I’ve been there twice since saying “no more” and I’ve just gotten my and I’m perfectly happy with that.
    • I met my exercise goals with the exception of a weights session.  😦

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Girl On/Not On Fire

When I get done with a workout here at home or at the Y, I stretch to “Girl on Fire.”  The first time I heard it during exercise was at the Y and it made me stop and really focus on what I was doing.  I’ve always loved the song, but listening to it as you stretch and stretch and stretch… it’s  empowering.

I don’t always get the chance to stretch here at home because Bryson is usually waking up as I’m wrapping up my workout, but when I do get a chance, I almost feel giddy.  I look forward to my deep, long stretches and I set a timer for 5 minutes.  I have “Girl on Fire” on repeat and I get to it.  Today, I even got to squeak in an extra core workout (12 minutes) before stretching, and I felt really good about getting a full 6 minutes of stretching in before Bryson finally woke up (naps are getting better here).


I feel like I’m on fire right now in many regards.  The fall is here, school has started, and routines are back in play.  I feel good whenever we stick to a (good) routine.  Because school is Mon-Wed, Thursday ends up being a “catch-up day” of all the things that need to get done before the weekend – things like taking the boys bowling, getting groceries for the weekend, running to Target for cat litter, etc.  Friday morning has no routine until speech at 11:30.  We usually get out of the house once Bryson wakes up around 10:30 or so.  And I’ll admit it right here and now – we go out to lunch every day together, the boys and I.  It’s my favorite thing in the world to do.

Things in the house are pretty calm and organized.  Yes, there is a bill that is a touch late (just writing that made me go pay it, and the two other bills due later this month) and the drying rack of kids’ dishes is always full, but the dishes are always clean, laundry is always done, toys are always picked up, and the yard is always mowed.  The house has its weak spots like the mud room, the pantry, the 5th bedroom downstairs where all baby things go to hibernate before they’re needed again (??) – but everything else is pretty under control and that’s nice.  No one ever goes without clean jammies or jeans, and that’s a big accomplishment given that the boys wear fresh jeans and jammies daily (and their jeans are line dried).

My commitment to my own health and fitness is unwavering and strong.  I hated missing a workout yesterday, but I reminded myself that my goal is 6 days a week and rest days are good… necessary.  My workouts have been intense and I just make them harder and harder every day – the slogan printed on the inside soles of my shoes has truly motivated me (“Be Better Than Yesterday”).  I’m very competitive with myself and always push myself to run a little bit faster, a little bit further than the last time.  Getting my butt out for a run or to the garage for a killer workout is not a problem for me.

Hottie and I talked yesterday about will power and we both agreed that I have a tremendous amount of it.  If I tell myself that I don’t want to eat something, then I don’t eat it.  If I tell myself that I’m not going to do something, then I don’t do it.  It’s that simple.  I can stick to most anything I put my mind to like it’s nobody’s business, and I’m a champ at delaying gratification.  This is probably my greatest strength, come to think of it.  My parents pushed this hard with us (“save your favorite part for last, don’t rush to the good stuff, get the hard/not fun stuff out of the way first”) and I am truly grateful to them for that.  That will power is keeping me from eating stupid things.  I haven’t had fried food, aside from a few things while in Colorado, in 16 weeks.  SIXTEEN WEEKS.  That’s huge for me because I love nothing more (NOTHING MORE) than McD.onald’s fries.  That is a fact.  I haven’t had Mexican food in 16 weeks aside from “fresh Mexican” places like Chip.otle and Pan.cheros because the sit-down restaurants keep your chip bowl fully loaded and I do not have will power in that regard – so we just don’t go anymore.  We committed to cooking Paleo at home and aside from the cheese fondue and apple pie earlier this week, we’ve stuck to it!  How and what we eat couldn’t be going better.

Speaking of eating – I am totally in a groove when it comes to planning meals and cooking during the week.  I don’t even need to prep food anymore when the kids nap because I’ve got the timing down to have dinner on the table at 6:00 every night.  I figured this would happen with time, but I’m really glad that it did end up happening.  We don’t ever struggle on “what’s for dinner” because I have it planned out for the week on Sunday night.  “What do you want for dinner” used to cause probably 70% of our fights before I started cooking dinner here at home.  I’m serious.

Hottie and I had a great trip to Colorado and are planning to leave again next weekend for a night out of town.  We learned while in Colorado that we need to get away together – that we need to hit pause and have a few days and nights of “the old days” without kids.  It’s amazing how quickly we started to not notice each other once we got home from that trip.  There is just so much going on that by the time Hottie gets home from a hard day at work and I finally get to sit down (9:00 PM), we’re both exhausted.  That’s not good, but it is how things tend to be with small kids, so we need to carve out time to not be with those small kids.  And we’re doing great at that!


I’m not so on fire when it comes to parenting.  The age of three is killing me slowly.  I have been losing my patience with Matthew too quickly because he’s become quite demanding and whiny.  I know this is normal, but honestly – I just didn’t think this would happen.  Most kids get this way before they’re three, so I thought maybe he just wasn’t going to be the typical whiny, domineering kid.  I was wrong.  HA HA!  He hits and kicks me when I try to get him dressed in the morning, he’s bossy with Bryson (under the guise of helping Mom), he’s pushy at school, he whines a lot, and he’s gotten sassy.  He tells me, “Mommy, no talk to me that way AGAIN!” while wagging his finger at me.  What???

I would say that 70% of the time, Matthew is delighting me with kisses, hugs, snuggles, jokes, dances, protecting his brother, and just being sweet and loving.  He is hilarious and he loves to make people laugh.  No one is a stranger to him and he asks me to roll the window down so he can say hi to everyone.  I oblige because why not?  That’s sweet and awesome!  He is the most affectionate kid I’ve ever known and this is seconded by his teachers and instructors – he hugs and kisses them like they’re his family and he loves to hug and “tiff” (kiss) his friends.  He is so dang sweet that it makes me feel awful when I lose my temper with him. But I do lose my temper.

I’ve been yelling way too much.  Way too much.  I told myself two days ago that I was done yelling and I did great for almost 48 hours – but then Bryson almost landed on his head from a nudge from Matthew and I raised my voice.  Sigh.  At least I’m not yelling as much.  Much of what Matthew recounts to Hottie about his day is that, “Mommy got mad when I…” and that makes me feel awful.  AWFUL.  So the yelling has to stop, or be majorly reduced.  In the 48 hours of no yelling, Matthew was a better behaved boy who seemed more calm.

I need to stop yelling.


I’m also not “killing it” in regards to being engaging with Hottie.  The poor guy comes home to a wife who is tired and on her last nerve, and I’m usually finishing up dinner as he’s walking in.  Kids need to be put in their chairs, drinks need to be poured, food needs to be cut for the kids, and I just want to sit down and not talk.  Hottie gets the drive home to decompress, and that sometimes isn’t enough for him to “get over” his work day.  I don’t get that drive home.  I don’t get that quiet time to myself to think about whatever I want, uninterrupted (I know that Hottie thinks about work for most of the drive home, but he gets to do it in quiet).  I sometimes just want to sit and eat and not talk, and that does not make a husband feel good.

We moved the kids’ bedtimes earlier and it’s working great for Bryson, but horrible for Matthew.  Since the change, he’s delaying bedtime by asking for a different cup, more kisses (how do you say no?  I can’t.), medicine for his headache (he doesn’t have a headache), etc. each night.  He wasn’t asleep tonight until 9:40, and Hottie and I both sat and watched the monitor until he was asleep.  No conversation took place because we were too focused on Matthew’s movements in bed (“is he just tossing or getting out again?”).  It’s exhausting.  And again, I just want to sit in the quiet and not talk.  Not talk.  Not talk.

Reconnecting is so important – something we need to focus on weekly.  Once the earlier bedtimes settle down, I hope we can get back to our evening chats and laughter.  That was nice.  I miss it.  And that is why we moved the bedtimes earlier – so we could have MORE of the fun stuff together each night.  It’s not working out that way.  It will.  But it’s damn exhausting right now.


I hope to God I get to stretch again tomorrow.