Florida in February

Florida in February is awesome. 😄

I woke up early last Friday morning and ran 7 easy miles on the treadmill followed by the 8 minute abs video….followed by a stop for the good stuff.

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After a quick workday, Annabelle and I headed to the airport. A few hours later, we were in the Sunshine State!

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Saturday morning, I went to a boot camp class with my mom, brother, and sister in law. I always go when I’m in town and I LOVE it. We enjoyed breakfast outside afterwards and it was great to soak up some sunshine.

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The rest of the day was spent getting manis and pedis and driving with the top down. 😉

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Sunday was a gorgeous day, so we headed to Cocoa Beach. Sunny and 75 in February…yes please.

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Annabelle absolutely loves the water and insisted on staying by the water and collecting sea shells. 😍

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I LOVE this picture of Annabelle, Poppy, and Uncle Disney.

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We left the beach, had dinner (Annabelle loves to take chips from the basket and take a bite and put it back), and headed home to shower and eat dessert. My mom tested out her new blow dryer…

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Dessert was Blue Bell ice cream. We don’t have this in PA and I must eat large quantities when I visit Florida.

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Monday was a relaxing day…first breakfast at First Watch and then we spent some time at the playground. My dad has tons of pictures from the playground but I don’t have them yet. 😒

The weather turned rainy in the afternoon, so my mom and I headed to the gym. She ellipticalled and I treadmilled. Yup, neither of those are words but I’m using them anyway. I think my treadmill may have been broken because I did the following workout and it felt really good.

2 miles at 8:35 pace
5 miles at 7:30 pace
1/2 mile at 8:35 pace

We finished our workouts with the 8 minute abs video.

John and Emmy were nice enough to make us dinner that night (taco salads) and it was great to just hang out and talk.

Tuesday was another relaxing day, but it carried a dark cloud since we were heading home that evening. 😔 After breakfast, my mom and I walked to her condo gym and completed this workout from Julie.

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It was a great workout and I was sore the next day.

After showering and packing up, we went to a local BBQ joint by my parent’s house. The food is amazing and everything comes with huge pieces of garlic bread. I wish I had taken pictures but I was busy keeping a toddler in her seat. 😜 We arrived at the airport early enough for my parents to come in and for Annabelle to run around a bit. We said goodbye and it keeps getting harder and harder. I always get sympathetic looks from the TSA agents who check my boarding pass and ID while I’m sucking back tears.

It was a great trip and I can’t wait to plan my next visit. The plane trip was pretty uneventful except for having to change AB’s diaper in the bathroom. Those things are not made for 2 year olds.

Do you live near your family?

What’s the last vacation you took?

Family Vacation 2014: Ocean City, MD

Last week we spent 5 glorious days in Ocean City, MD. I love the beach and seafood and ice cream, so I was one happy camper. :-).

Playground fun!

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Breakfast at Dumser’s!

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Beach Fun!

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Food!

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QT with my family. 🙂

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SUP (stand up paddle boarding) – my first time!

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Liz, thank you for the awesome pictures. Here’s two of my favorites. ❤

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Great vacation and I can’t wait to go back. 🙂

Mile repeats and back to eating veggies.

I try to eat pretty healthy and workout while on vacation, but I def eat differently than when I’m doing my normal routine. Since we were away this weekend and I ate lots of good food (and not so many veggies), I tried to get back on track yesterday.

Breakfast

Fruit and a soft Belvita Bar

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Lunch

A big salad with spinach, carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, corn, peas, and grilled chicken.

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Snack

Yogurt with cinnamon granola

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Dinner

Scrambled eggs with shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese with a side of veggies.

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Don’t be fooled…I still ate ice cream for dessert. 🙂
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Yesterday was track day and I’ve learned to love and hate it at the same time. The workout was:

3 x 1600m in 6:51 with 400m rest interval

We did:

1600m in 6:47
1600m in 6:47
1600m in 6:39

I really love the feeling of being so tired at the end of each set but feeling recovered and refreshed at the beginning of the next set. 🙂

My friend Jeanette shared a great quote with me during our workout and I repeated it a few times during our last mile: “Comfort is a great place to be, but nothing grows there.” 🙂

I hope you are having a great Thursday!

What’s your favorite quote? When do you need it most?

I’m still here! Please keep reading :-)

Life has been a little challenging since we got home from vacation…

1. Chris woke up feeling sick on Saturday and he has been very sick ever since. 😦

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2. Chris is Annabelle’s daytime caregiver, so we needed some help this week. Lexie and my parents…you guys are awesome.
3. AB’s sleep schedule is still a little off from being on vacation.

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4. The house is a mess…vacation laundry, baby laundry, just random crap everywhere.

That is my way of saying that being a wife and mom will always be my first priority and I blog when there is extra time. I know you all have been losing sleep over my infrequent posting ;-). But have no fear, I’ve still fit in some workouts and healthy eating.

Monday
Cybex elliptical for 40 minutes

Tuesday
Body pump class

Wednesday
Elliptical for 40 minutes
Abs for 10 minutes

Thursday
Body pump class

A few eats from this week…

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Please send Chris some “get healthy” thoughts!

Ocean City 2013: AB’s first beach trip!

Last week was awesome…fun in the sun, good food, naps, and spending time with my family. Here is a photo recap of our week!

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Annabelle loved being on the beach and she took long naps all week :-). The water was a bit cold for her liking, but she tolerated it for a few minutes. We let her sit in the sand one day and it took about 2 seconds for her hands to go in the sand and then in her mouth.

Have you taken a summer vacation yet? Where did you go?