Saturday, April 13, 2013

With Spring Comes Changes

Right when we think things can't get any busier, they do. For the most part, it's the usual business that comes along with Spring, but this year is topped off with Mike working more than full time most weeks. We're finally getting into the new groove of things, which means my house is back to the level of clean we like it at, and we're not feeling like we're going out of our minds anymore. Thank goodness. I will, however, be glad when we have two cars again!
 Photographed Sugar's DYW (formerly known as Jr. Miss) March 22-23.
 Two of my favorite images from the program
The winner. I actually used to babysit her! Is she really this old already?
 I also did my cousin's engagements a few days before I left for Idaho.

I can't wait to do their wedding in June!
 

In the midst of all our craziness, there are a few fun things we have going on. First of all, I finished the Insanity workout program! By far the best program I have ever done. Usually my body adjusts to my workouts in a week or so, and unless the intensity at least doubles, I don't really get a whole lot out of them. However, this program was radically different. By time I am done, without fail, I am on the ground a sweaty mess feeling like I am about ready to die. Call me crazy, but I love it. I am performing at a level I have never reached before, and it's great! It's hard to believe that just 6 months ago I had a hip injury so severe (I damaged most of the important muscles) I could barely sit, let alone walk, without pain. Thank goodness for therapy! Just to give you an idea, here's my fit test results, the first number is from day one, the second number is from day 65.

Switch kicks (reps): 50, 63
Power Jacks: 48, 65
Power knees: 77, 120
Power jumps: 29, 38
Globe jumps: 9, 11
Suicide jumps: 17, 24
Push-up jacks: 20, 34
Low plank oblique (reps): 25, 31 (I had gotten 36 two weeks before on this particular one, but I got lower the last time because about 20 seconds into the move, my hip popped out and I didn't have time to resolve it before time ran out - ugh!)

I'm not too sad about those numbers! Especially considering I could barely do a good push-up before this program, which is no problem now. Oh, and did I mention I was doing the last fit test on a sprained ankle? Mike is always commenting on how muscular my back and legs have become, which neither of us are too sad about (you can see individual muscle groups when I flex!). When I pulled out my spring wardrobe I went to put on my white jeans, and they didn't fit! Not because they were too big, but because they were too small...around my thighs! Haha. (They were too small around my waist though.)
 Here I go really putting myself out there...left is day 1, right is day 65 (not flexing by the way). I was in pretty good shape before I started, but there were still some areas I needed work (lower abs, back, arms). The pictures aren't the greatest, but we're working on Mike's picture-taking skills!

Being in shape is something that has always been a priority for me (and Mike). Even when I am SUPER busy I always try to block out 40-50 minutes during my day to get a good workout in. Even if that means I'm doing it at 10:00 at night or early in the morning. People have tried to tell me that will change when we have kids, but I highly doubt it. We have our own home equipment (sans a treadmill until we move), and I have made staying fit a priority for 8 years. That's not something that's going to change with kiddos. I want them to grow up seeing how important it is to their parents. I am determined to be the kind of parent that is out playing ball with our kids without getting worn out in 5 minutes. I have no doubt Mike will willingly watch the kids while I take the time to workout, and vice-versa. It really is a huge part of our lives. We're also eating healthier around here too. I have absolutely ZERO refined sugar in my kitchen and pantry. I haven't had candy or sweets since October, and I do not miss it. I am SO glad I decided it was time to step it up and really start focusing on becoming healthier.

Ok, enough about that stuff. In other news, I will officially be out of my glasses (and contacts) Monday at 2:00! I am getting LASIK done! I can't tell you how excited I am about that. My eyes have gotten so bad it's gotten to the point it's interfering with not only my job, but day to day activities. To say I need it done is an understatement! It would not surprise me if I start to cry when it dawns on me I am seeing clearly WITHOUT contacts or glasses, because I can't remember what that's like! Although I was blessed with pretty good althleticism from my parents, I was also blessed with their *fantastic* eyesight.
Hope you're all enjoying the gorgeous spring weather, because I know I sure have been! This spring is bringing along a lot of new, but exciting changes. Can't wait to see how it all plays out.