April 27, 2013

Insanity- Week 5 and 6 Recap!

(I think I should start calling this the bi-monthly recap instead of the weekly recap...I'll try to get better.)

This might be a long recap. The last two weeks have been long and so much has changed with Insanity. At the beginning of week 5, I read a post by Michelle Myers were she explained that she uses exercise as a way to worship. Hello, what a beautiful thing to think about. Every workout I have done since, I am trying to glorify God. He gave me this body, he gave me health, and I am going to praise him by using it. (If you haven't read her blog, do it. She is awesome!)

Week 5 was the Recovery week and you do the same workout everyday-Core Cardio & Balance. It was everything I dreamed it would be. It wasn't easy, but it was a welcome change from the same DVDs from the previous month. Monday was tough, but by Friday I could already see a definite improvement in my balance.
Week 6 is when things got real! These "max" workouts are no joke! They are longer, much more difficult and Shaun T is not quite as nice as he used to seem. =) (I worked out everyday with 2 tiny drill sergeants as well as Shaun T. The boys were very quick to let me know I didn't look like the people on TV. Thanks fellas!)

Monday- (I was supposed to do the Fit Test but I didn't...oops) Max Interval Circuit-I was excited to see a new warm-up. The first month, you do the same warm-up every day so I was loving the change....it's the little things that get me excited. Once you get past the warm-up and stretch, the workout is consists of squats, punches, punches with squats, and lots of floor work (planks, push-up, planks with punches...). It was a good wake-up call that things were a'changin in happy Insanity Land.
Tuesday- Max Interval Plyo- Lots of jumps. Lots of squats. Lots of jump squats. My quads are on fire just thinking about it!
Wednesday-Max Cardio Conditioning- I think it is the shortest DVD this month (clocking in at 45 minutes) but it seems to me the hardest. Shaun T beat me to a pulp!
Thursday- Max Recovery- I'm not sure why this workout is called "recovery". It was hard! There was some stretching but there was also 4 minutes of plie work and 4 minutes of plank work. Yikes!
Friday- Max Interval Circuit (see above)
Saturday-Max Interval Plyo (see above)

I really like this month of workouts. They are hard...but I can see how they will get results. Let's see if I still feel this way next week.

Food- After being out of town and eating lots of junk, we really got our diet back on track. It is amazing how much better we felt this week by just eating better. The boys requested pasta one night for dinner. We tried spaghetti squash instead.
Jackson loves to help cook, so he made the "noodles" out of the squash. We topped it with a little ground turkey and organic pasta sauce and it was amazing! The boys got seconds and asked for thirds. This will definitely be in the rotation for dinner!

We also have a new favorite snack around here....Peanut Butter Protein Balls. They are the perfect little "pick me up" when you need just a little something to munch on.
Here's what you'll need:
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 scoop protein powder (We use chocolate Pure Protein Natural Whey Protein because that's what we like...but use whatever)
1 Tsp. flax seed
2/3 cup of old-fashioned oats (more or less depending on the consistency you like)
a handful (or more) of Ghiradelli 60% cacao baking chips (trust me, these are amazing!)

Mix the peanut butter and honey first. Next add the protein powder. Finally add the oats, flax seed, and chocolate. Form into balls and store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Makes about 20 balls.

Weight- I am finally down 10 lbs. (10.4 to be exact) I'm happy with that number but what I am most excited about is how strong I feel. I am actually able to do push-ups...that would be multiple push-ups!

So there you have it. We are more than half-way done with Insanity. I am really enjoying seeing what the human body is capable of. Looking forward to a cheat meal tonight (a Haynes favorite...hot wings!) and a rest day tomorrow. It's back at it again on Monday. Wish me luck!

April 18, 2013

Girls Trip to Fayetteville

This weekend, my Mom, my sister, the two monsters, and I went on a girl's (+ the boys) weekend and it was just what I needed. Shawn was running a marathon in Fayetteville and we decided to tag along. My friend Alana wrote a couple posts on her blog about "what to eat" and "what to do" while in Fayetteville and we took her up on most everything she suggested.
First stop on Saturday afternoon was Hugo's. I am drooling just re-posting that picture. Seriously, the best burger I have EVER eaten!!!
After we ate, we went to the marathon expo to pick up Shawn's bib and then we shopped on the square. They have some of the cutest shops. Riffraff, Mustache...Oh, to have an endless bank account. I could have done some major damage in those stores! That night, we met up with my sister's friend and ate at Damgoode Pizza Pies. If you are ever in Fayetteville, do yourself a favor...get the Stuffy pizza with chicken and feta and the pink sauce. You will thank me later!
Before bed, we did a little "hot-tubbing". There is nothing I love more that a good hot tub!
The next morning, we got up SUPER early to drop Shawn off at her race. While she was running 26.2 grueling miles, we were eating breakfast and swimming. Sounds like a fair trade, right?
We made it back to the finish line just in time to see her come in. She did great and ended up getting second in her age group.

After her race, we went to the drive through safari in Gentry. It is a pretty interesting/random place in the middle of nowhere.
Check out this precious lion cub...yea, I'm in the cage with him.
We got to pet the 3 month old cubs. I am glad we did it...but they were some feisty lions. I was afraid a certain 3 year-old was about to lose a finger.
 Hudson loved the big fat pigs...
 ...and Jackson loved feeding the animals in the petting zoo. He fed cows, goats, llamas, sheep and pigs. He said they were all his favorite.
After hitting up the petting zoo, we drove through the "safari". We got up close and personal with a Texas Longhorn. Pretty sure he thought Shawn's car was delicious!
And we ended the day with souvenirs. Of course you have to get some lions to let them always remember the day they almost lost a finger to a 3 month old lion cub. Ha! We ate dinner and were in bed VERY early.
We left early the next morning and this is what the boys did most of the way home! They were exhausted. We had a blast in Fayetteville. I really can't wait to go back and have a little more time to explore more of that charming college town. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, you need to head up to northwest Arkansas and see Fayetteville. You will love it!

April 7, 2013

Insanity- Week 4 Recap

Ok, so here we are...on week 4! (Ok, so to be completely honest, we should be on week 5. Since I was throwing myself a little pity party and being quite the baby last week, I didn't do Insanity. Not once. So this week, we decided to not move on to week 5 but to re-do what we didn't do...are ya following me?) Taking the week off last week really made this one hard. I guess the saying is true "If you don't use it, you lose it!" because I feel like I lost a lot of my "fitness". Monday, I tried to do Insanity and my body was dying. Seven minutes into the warm-up, I turned the DVD off. I sent Jason a text about what a quitter I was. Tuesday, I did not turn the DVD off. I did everything. I think I was ashamed that I had taken a week off and quit the day before. I am now determined to finish what I started. I have had a revival of sorts with Shaun T! =)

Monday- Did 7 minutes of Pure Cardio and wanted to cry
Tuesday- Cardio Power & Resistance...Did the whole DVD and felt like I had my mojo back!
Wednesday- Got home late and was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Oops, no Insanity tonight.
Thursday- Decided to not do Cardio Recovery since I had an unexpected rest day on Wednesday, so I did Plyometric Cario Circuit.
Friday- Pure Cardio. Hard. I cringe every time I see that it's the day's workout!
Saturday- Decided to use it as my "rest day". The boys spent the night with my parents and I wanted to stay in my bed....so I did.
Sunday- Woke up at 5:45 and worked out before church. Plyometric Cardio Circuit again. I think this is my favorite DVD. I like how at the end, when you are dog-tired, he makes you do some jabs, upper-cuts, and attacks. It brings me back to "old-school" Tao-Bo....I feel like I am a senior in high school punching it out with Billy Blanks. =)

I usually work out when we get home from work and school. The boys usually play in their room. It starts out as sweet playing and usually turns into me pushing pause a few times so I can play referee. Thursday, they asked if they could work-out with me. I'll admit at first I wasn't very keen on the idea-I needed some "Shannon time". Then a light bulb went off...2 boys doing Insanity with me will keep them from hurting each other, help them burn off some energy, and they will sleep like rocks.
Check out that form. They were rocking out the Level 1 Drills and Power Squats. =) Thursday and Friday both boys did Insanity with me. It was so fun. During water breaks they would give high-5s or fist bumps. They took off their shirts when Shaun T did. They even asked me to take my shirt off like the girls on the DVD. (Sorry, that is NOT going to happen!) Jackson even asked me to wake him up this morning so we could work out together. It was so fun...just me and Jax.
After we finish a work-out, Jackson needs to flex and see if his muscles grew. Love that boy!
Food- Jason and I have a strong sweet tooth! We made "ice cream" the other night. It was so good and so easy.
Frozen Banana "Ice Cream"
3 or 4 frozen bananas
2 Tbsp of all-natural peanut butter
a little bit of honey
a little bit of cocoa
a splash of skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
(Sorry for not being better with my measurements. I just kinda eyeballed it.) Throw everything in a blender. I have a Ninja and it whipped up very quick. If you feel like it is too thick or is not combining very well, add some more milk. It still tastes "banana-ey" but it was good. The boys really liked it. We will have to experiment with it some this summer.
Weight- Down another 3 lbs...so 7 lbs total! I think I was most excited about buying an Easter dress in a new size! Woot woot!
So that's it for week 4. Week 5 is our Recovery Week. We will do the same DVD every day next week. I am going to enjoy every second of week 5. Week 6 will begin the Max training (just typing that makes me nervous!). Yikes!

April 6, 2013


(*This blog may contain TMI and I feel a little vulnerable opening up like this. I wanted to document what is going on with us and be able to glorify the Lord with all he is doing and will do.)

Since this summer, I have been suffering with some pretty serious GI issues. I kept thinking things would get better, but they didn't. Things kept getting worse and worse. I was physically and mentally worn out. Eight months after my first symptoms started, I finally made a Dr. appointment. (What made me make an appointment? My husband telling me that he wasn't sure he could make it by himself if something happened to me...That tells you how serious my problems were!)

One colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and a few biopsies later, we finally have some answers. I have severe ulcerative colitis and I am also very anemic. I have been prescribed some insanely expensive medicine for the colitis and anemia. I am also paying close attention to what I eat. My Mom read some where that oatmeal helps with colitis, so I have been choking down eating oatmeal every morning. Gag...I mean, Yum!

For the last week, I have thrown myself a pity party. I have become a "why me?" girl. I am the girl who likes to have control over everything (which is SO wrong!). I have no control over colitis and I was a little ticked off.  One morning on the way to work I had a "come to Jesus" meeting with the Father and let him know what I was thinking. I quickly repented for my stinky attitude and gave colitis to him. I realized that I can't control it, I will NEVER be able to control it, and I am going to give it to my Creator, my Heavenly Father, the Great Physician. I have relinquished all I was holding onto and I now have a peace about what is to come. No amount of worry on my part will change my future with this disease. The Lord also impressed upon me that my outcome could have been much worse that it was. I am choosing to look at colitis and be thankful (You know as thankful as one can be with a bowel disease...I need to keep some humor in the situation!)

Some of you may wonder why I am telling all of this. I want to be an encouragement. I want to be transparent in my struggles and I want to be able to bring glory to the Lord. So what's next for us? We wait. We pray. We eat oatmeal. And we wait some more. =)

April 3, 2013


We had one of the busiest weekends in a while. It was cram packed with fun.
I was off work on Friday so the boys and I decided to go to the egg hunt on the Collierville Square. We met my Mom there and decided to make it a day full of fun. The egg hunt was...um...different. They were supposed to collect 6 different color empty eggs and then wait in a long line to trade them in for a bag of candy. Empty eggs, y'all (Lame!) As soon as they got their 6 eggs, the bottom fell out and it started raining. We were not about to wait in line. No tiny candy bag is worth getting wet, so no candy for those boys. We went to lunch and did what any little boy loves (sarcasm!)...shopping.
Saturday afternoon, we colored some Easter eggs. (Hudson has started making some crazy faces anytime I get the camera out.) They think coloring Easter eggs is great. I'm pretty sure it is because they get messy and I make them wear next to nothing! What is it with boys and wearing no clothes?
The Easter bunny came to see the boys Saturday night. They both got a shirt, new underwear, a Nerf gun with extra bullets, and Cadbury eggs (they are most def my children.) Hudson gave us another classic "Hudson-ism" Easter morning. He threw all his presents out of his Easter basket and said "Ahhh, look what I got!!!" And pulled out a giant wad of Easter grass. He gets so excited with the simple things.
Sunday morning was glorious. I love Easter Sunday. I love the traditions and family time. But the best thing, the reason we celebrate...the grave could not hold my Savior! Glory!
Sunday afternoon, we went to my parent's house for lunch and the 3rd annual Easter egg hunt!
I love these little monsters!
...and I love my big monster too!
It has rained so much here, we had to wear some very stylish boots to go hunting. We don't let a little mud stand in our way of finding those eggs. 
We take egg hunting very seriously. Forget the candy, we hunt eggs with cash money inside! We have been known to throw some elbows and box each other out to get our eggs.
Why is it the only "normal" ones in this pic are they ones who married into it? They obviously didn't know what they were doing when they married into this nutty family!
This is the reason why we get a little "rough" when we hunt eggs. Out of the $200 in the eggs, I found $97 of it.

It was a wonderful weekend full of my favorite things: family, fun, and worshipping the One, True, Risen King! Now, can I get a nap?