Happy Monday, friends! I’m a disorganized mess of thoughts this morning, so I figured I’d just dump it all right here. And I haven’t done a weekly wrap-up for workouts in weeks, so how about that too?
I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop directly around the corner from our first condo here in Seattle. It seems like a lifetime ago that we lived there, and yet the coffee shop feels exactly the same. Weird to think we moved out of this neighborhood when Cullen was just six months old! It felt like he was part of our time there for so much longer.
I gloated and smugly told everyone I knew how Seattle was having an endless summer, and how even in mid-October we hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet. And now it is November, and the rain has been relentless for what has felt like an eternity (but what has actually been like, a week). And it hasn’t been the typical Seattle misty rain where we all pretend like we don’t even notice it and go about business as usual. Nope, this has been pelting, big fat raindrops that make me want to drink tea and never leave my house again. And it looks like there is no end in sight for a while.
Laaaaaaaaaame. Because the weather has been so gross, I’ve been doing lots and lots of classes instead of running (because I’m a wimp and don’t want to run in the rain). Although I WILL run in the rain this coming week, since I took a week off – I am committed! Here’s what I was up to last week:
Monday – 6am barre3 class – I am not a morning person, so I have to reaaaaaally motivate myself to do an early class. Thank goodness ClassPass has a 12-hour cancellation window, otherwise I’d cancel every single one of my morning classes at 5am. I saw two friends in class and it was a great start to my week!
Tuesday – evening FlyBarre Sport with my friend Jen. This is the hardest class I do, and I always approach class with a mixture of fear and excitement. I was completely spent afterward, and fell asleep as soon as I hit the couch back at home.
Wednesday – was signed up for Pilates at 7pm, and woke up at 630 am and promptly cancelled that before I missed the cancellation window. I was so sore from two strength classes in a row, and decided a long walk with the dogs was a better option.
Thursday – rest day because we had a date night planned in the evening. Within one hour of our dinner out, we had to turn around and go home because Graham was screaming about ear pain. Poor guy!
Friday – 6am power vinyasa at Shefayoga with my friend Lacey. It was a great class and the perfect mix of strength and stretching. And as much as I hate waking up early for classes, I’m always so much more refreshed and ready to start my day when I do.
Also, saw this amazing yoga tank at two different studios this weekend, and can’t stop thinking about wanting it. Hoping for a Black Friday sale!
Especially since I already have the coffee version from Brandy Melville. Which I am actually wearing as we speak.
Speaking of fun shirts – did I show you the one I grabbed in San Francisco a few weeks ago? I saw it on the shelf and it had to come home with me. I needed a souvenir, right?
And just in case you were wondering, yes I am 34 years old and cannot resist buying silly pun tees that are meant for 22 year olds. No shame.
Okay where was I?
Saturday – morning yoga sculpt class at CorePower Yoga with my friend Christin. This is one of my favorite classes, and it’s almost never on the schedule anymore, so I was really excited to find a weekend option. I was dripping buckets of sweat and had totally exhausted my muscles by the end. Christin and I went to Healeo for acai bowls afterward (while Casey took the boys to the Science Center), and it was such a fun weekend treat.
Sunday – pouring rain all day long. Extreme laziness. Said I was going to run and then never did it. I did, however, make us this incredible curried butternut squash and kale soup. I know I’ve posted a million soup recipes here already, but I’m going to remake this one and share it too. It was SO good.
The other Sunday highlight was our first official family movie night – we pulled out the couch and all snuggled in to watch Inside Out. Holy cow – what an incredible movie! I did lots of crying and laughing, and both boys loved it. Not sure Graham actually followed the plot, but he sat there for almost two hours and never made a peep other than occasionally bursting out laughing. It was adorable and I can’t wait to do it again. Great way to end the weekend.
And that brings us to today! Despite staying up too late last night and then waking up to torrential rain, I was out the door at 530am to make it to my Flybarre 45 class. I tried a new teacher and really liked her, and now I feel great that my week is already off to a good start.
I wrote recently about being at a higher weight than I am used to (and that I would necessarily prefer). And I will say it again – your comments BLEW ME AWAY! I’d encourage anyone else feeling the same way to read the many long, touching comments from other people in the same boat – it’s so nice to know you (we!) are not alone!
To add to that just a little bit, I’ve been doing a mix of classes and running very consistently now for over a year, and my weight has not budged. So for now, my focus has shifted to getting stronger.
While the scale has perhaps not reflected my hard work, in many ways the mirror actually has – I am much stronger and more muscular than I’ve been in years. I love growing stronger and being able to push myself harder and perform better in classes. And so as this rainy season seems to be here to stay, my plan is to continue to work hard in classes and squeeze in a run or two each week too. I’m hoping this will translate to faster running when I ramp it up again in the spring – we’ll see! With the holidays ahead, I plan to celebrate and indulge and enjoy them – knowing I’m also staying active and finding a good balance.
With that said, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! I’m still adjusting to the idea that is is November, but it seems like it’s happening whether I like it or not. We are going home to the Midwest for Thanksgiving this year, and I’m really excited. It feels like we haven’t been home in forever! And the kids are finally at an age where I’m not totally freaked out about travel (although I do fear the airplane germs!).
Alright that’s it from me today – off to pick up Cullen at school and go see what Graham has been up to this morning (babysitter reports he peed in the potty – success!). Happy Monday, guys! I hope wherever you are it is much drier than it is in Seattle this morning. :)