First Day of Camp!!!

I must have the first day of camp jitters because last night I had a terrible nightmare about camp. I’m not going to share it because it was that scary. But, I’ve shaken off the night terrors and I have started the morning with a good swim with a fellow camp wife! So things will be better! It was so nice to be able to get in some fun exercise this morning. And the weather was perfect. I’ve recently been setting my alarm to say *sweat everyday* to help keep my mantra alive, and so far it’s been working!

I’m really looking forward to this summer for our camp staff. I have really enjoyed the time that I have been around them. They are very warm and welcoming young people. This group seems really united and I think they are going to do great things. I totally hijacked this picture from the internet..don’t tell 🙂 (hence the iPhone outline around it, hehe!)

Wild & Crazy Kids!!!

Here is what Sam’s staff picture turned out to look like..

Family foto!

Katie and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the new female staffers after a worship last Sunday. I had Sam tell them to all hang around and we introduced ourselves. They had a sigh of relief when we got up there because they said they thought they were in trouble for something! Nope, not in trouble, just wanted to meet them 🙂 We let them know that we are so excited that they are at camp and that if they needed anything we were here for them. Camp is a lonely place year round so having the camp staff here really makes us happy!

We decided to show our appreciation for all the good works they will be doing this summer with some chocolate love!

Unfortunately I burned some, so they didn't get this many

I made sure there wasn't really any hair

More goodies will definitely come their way!

Not only does summer time mean camp is starting but it also means more time on my bicycle!! This weekend I was able to go put some miles on it 🙂 Unfortunately I didn’t prepare myself and ended up running out of water along the way. I started my ride only thinking I’d do about 15 miles or so. This is an old route that I have done in the past. I really like it because within the first five miles I feel like I’ve already gotten such a tough workout; it’s much harder than the normal cruising route I take. This was also the perfect time to test my new heart rate monitor and gps!

Forerunner 110

Since I didn’t pack well enough I stopped about 12 miles in at a local gas station, went in with my bike get-up on, all a schweaty mess, and got some Gatorade. I bribed myself with Gatorade and orange sport beans in an effort to get some more miles out of my ride and it was really hot, so I need to refuel.

Ahh! A break

After the short break I added about eight more miles then came back to the gas station and filled up with some water and completed my route. At the end I stopped by a local bike shop to see if they could put another water bottle carrier on my frame, but something had broken off and it wasn’t fixable, next time the camelback is coming!

The route ended up being a bit of an adventure itself. I feel like I could write a whole blog on just rural riding. This will be the last time I ride that route because at one point the road turned into pot holed gravel. It was scary!  I ended up riding a little over 26 miles and it was 94 degrees out when I was finished – hot hot hot!

The rest of the weekend has included meetings out of town, puppy play dates, and movie watching. Yesterday I had to leave early in the morning to get to a board meeting and I was running a little behind when I ran into this….

GRRR!!!

There’s nothing worse than living with an automatic gate when it stops working. It’s just not something you plan for when you’re running behind.

Yesterday we got a sprinkler and the dogs got to run around in it. We thought they would love it, but they didn’t get too close. They didn’t like the pool much either, so I think we had our hopes up a little to high! Oh well, it’ll be another hot day today, so maybe we’ll try it again!

"I'm hot so maybe I'll get close to it..."

"eh, we'll stay back here"

I’m looking forward to all the little kiddos getting here today. But in the meantime I will be cleaning and doing laundry woo wee! And if I’m lucky, getting some homework in there! Hooray for first day of camp!!!!

Overindulgence

Last night ended quite well! Reese and I got to go on a doggy date to the lake with a fellow camp wife. The water here is still on the rise and we wanted to check out the damage. Reese thought I wasn’t moving fast enough so she decided to pull me the entire way. Nothing stops that ferocious beast! Once we got to the lake we noticed the entire gravel circle at the bottom was gone and it had started to climb up the road.

We let the poochies free and they played in the water and on each other awhile before we headed back up the hill.

Once we returned home it was time to start preparing dinner. By preparing dinner I mean calling Papa Johns and ordering some pizza! There are a few summer camp staff here this weekend working on that gross pool so we wanted to make sure they were fed in return for their hard work 🙂 Unfortunately the tornadoes that have been ripping through the south came in to my home somehow and caused mass destruction. I had to do a quick clean up before going to get the food and having everyone over.

Pizza always leads to overindulgence with me. I just can help it! I. Love. Pizza. So of course this means more time sweating today, but I’m ok with that. After waking up way too early on a Saturday I spent most of my morning watching The Real Housewives of New York then hit the home gym to get the blood flowing.

Luckily I have a fantastic husband who taught me how to use all this and what types of work outs I need to do to help tone my arms. I also use Tone It Up ‘s blog. They have lots of short work outs that are fairly simple to do on your own. They also feature Dj Lindsay Luv ‘s music which I listen to while working out. The music really helps me take my mind off what I’m doing and there are a lot of fun songs.

The rest of the day will probably entail walks outside with the poochie and lots and lots of homework and research. Then maybe another bike ride… 🙂 We’ll see!

Happy Saturday!

Schweaty Mess!

The other day I was looking through some blogs and I came across one that read “My goal is to sweat at least once every day!” I thought that was kind of intriguing. The last month or so I have been trying to become more active and more conscious of what I am eating. After a bachelorette weekend I learned about a blog called Peanut Butter Fingers. In the blog Julie gives her accounts of staying active and gives healthy eating tips. This motivated me to look closer at what I was eating and how I planned to get into shape.

Last fall I decided I needed to lose some weight. I ended up losing around 37lbs 🙂 Unfortunately losing the weight isn’t the hard part, maintaing the weight loss is much more difficult. I have gained about 10 of those pounds back and am actively trying to get at a healthy weight in a healthy way.

Today I got sweaty by biking. It was only 13 miles but it’s a start!

View from my half way point

Schweaty Mess!

I have also been obessed with documentaries related to food lately too. Food Inc. and Food Matters have both been very much a part of my change in eating habbits. It just makes sense to know what you are eating and what it does to your body.

I have NOT (!) followed this thinking at all times, by any means! I still love some packaged donuts and Papa Johns 🙂 But it’s a process. And for me it’s just beginning.

I think health is so important for women espcially because during pregancy our children are so dependent on what we feed them. This responsiblity cannot be taken lightly. Of course I have no children and won’t for a couple years, but it’s still an important issue to me.

I also am very interested in childhood obesity. This is a passion of mine that I hope to one day pursue. I just don’t think it’s fair that children have their most basic joy – active play, taken away from them. Parents are responsible for what their children eat and when they eat, we have just gotten to a point where fast food is much more attainable for our fast paced lives.
Just some food for thought. Speaking of..! Food Revolution is a new favorite!! If you haven’t seen it, watch it!

Music that Moves Us

This morning started out with Week 2 Day 2 of the Couch to 5k program. If you are thinking about becoming more active this is a great way to start. It also gives your mornings a little something extra! Luckily I have a treadmill at home so I don’t have to run into town to work out at a gym.

The big black box next to my treadmill on the wall is a crank phone. If someone rings it anywhere on camp it rings in our bedroom. It’s lovely when the campers come out and they decide to try it at 2AM. It also kinda freaks me out; it has a tendency to slightly ring on it’s own every once in a while. *Camp ghosts!*

Working out is very much a mental process for me. I tend to get stuck easily when I think too much. Turning on Pandora and listening to some great tunes is an excellent escape. I was wanting something upbeat this morning so I went to a rap station, that was a horrible choice! Too much negativity in the morning, I need some inspiration to get this body moving. Luckily I went to my “go-to” station, Katy Perry. She always has upbeat songs that get me pumped 🙂

After my workout I headed straight for the shower then to went to blend up a Green Monster, which can be found at http://www.pbfingers.com in her smoothie section. Definately worth a look, and a taste!

In other news…The iPhone White came out today, looks pretty awesome, but not awesome enough to trade in right now.

Looking forward to this morning and what adventures await…