Fall = Fitness, Foliage, Fun and Phlegm?!?

Greetings from quarantine!

It’s that time of year, first Anthony got sick, then Jack. They both had a pretty mild virus. Being the generous children they are, they shared it with me! Unfortunately, instead of a cold, I ended up with bronchitis and pharyngitis. AKA everything hurts, I keep hacking and I can’t talk. NOT AWESOME!

But, it gave me time to post here! YAY!

Before getting sick, things were totally crazy. Let’s go back a bit… so the last post was after the run-iversary, and right as the hurricane was coming! We fared well with the storm and didn’t need the 532 gallons of water that I pre-bottled. Go figure.

After that we had AJ’s fall party at school (I will write on that another time, we had some fun and cute crafts and treats… Pics to follow!), his end of the season baseball party and then our neighborhood fitness day.

We live in a great, family friendly neighborhood, and have the capability to propose and run events which, if approved, can be sponsored by our HOA. The problem is finding ideas that will appeal to a large population of the neighbors. We do a movie night under the stars once a month during the summer, which is great fun, with one of the giant inflatable movie screens and popcorn, always a treat and the kids enjoy it. But I wanted to do something different, so I came up with the idea of a “Fall into Fitness” event. Thanks to the lucky break of having excellent certified trainers and class instructors who live in the neighborhood, we were able to have several classes: Zumba, Boot Camp, Pilates Floor, and Boot Camp for Kids. We also had a Chiropractor give a talk about health and wellness, and even got a giant inflatable obstacle course.

I was a nervous wreck that no one would show up… but they did! Was the place packed to the rafters? Well, no. BUT we did have a solid turn out and got great reviews from the participants AND class instructors.

What made this so appealing to the neighbors who joined in? It was a chance to do something different and fun and still get a great workout in!

There are a million ways to exercise out there. You don’t have to run the same 30 min on the treadmill every day, or repeat your same Jane Fonda workout tape for the 325th day in row.

This is the same reason I sign up for 5Ks and my little triathlons, or why I gave myself the 31 pound challenge. Which, if you recall was to lose 31 pounds by the end of the year. I know I haven’t said anything about that in a while… which normally might mean I was hiding the fact that I was not hitting my goals. HOWEVER, this time, I am ahead of plan! I only have 6 pounds left to lose to hit this goal! I haven’t really said anything about this, but it’s a little scary… But as of this am, this is the lowest number I remember seeing on the scale, since high school. And while I am REALLY excited about this, I am a little nervous as well. I don’t want to get complacent and backslide again.

So, I am going to keep working towards this goal, but will keep focusing on the big picture, which is not this 31 pound challenge, or the next 5K. It’s to get to a level of health and fitness that I really want. I want to be able to dance, and run and hike and play with my boys, with no second thoughts. I don’t want to have to constantly think about what I am eating or NOT eating. I want exercise, healthy food and being active to be second nature to me AND to my boys. To do this, I will keep setting my smaller goals, because they are what keep me going. 🙂

What do you mean healthy eating? Where are my Cheese-itz?!?

And now, for some pics of my funny boys…


Hmmmm, maybe they aren’t eating enough… they look so bony! bwah ha ha

Sweet boys!


Tara is a stay at home mom to two sons. She is a lover of family, friends, food and laughter. Her life is a roller coaster ride full of hilarity, diapers, exercise and fun.

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