Taking It Up A Notch

For some reason, I am unlike the norm and actually like to work my ass off throughout the fall and winter season. Don’t get me wrong, I of course like to keep in shape for bikini season, but I feel like workout-wise, I am much better about it during the colder months. Must be due to the fact we don’t actually do a lot during this time of year in terms of traveling and social things so I don’t have a lot standing in my way? We have holiday parties and such, but really nothing too hectic.

I am training for my half marathon coming up in January, so that is definitely one way I’m kicking my own ass this winter. But I’ve decided I also want to take on Insanity again.

There are a few reasons why.

1. The obvious – to have a hot body. Yeah.

2. Anytime I’ve been doing Insanity, my running has benefited. I can run further, faster…it definitely increases my endurance.

3. Completing a 60-day round of it is on my Thirty Before 30 bucket list and as of today, I’ve got 5 months to go. Subtract 60 days from that and I really have to start within the next 3 months. I figure now is as good a time as any. {You will also see I then have completing a round of Insanity: The Asylum on that bucket list, which is a 30-day program, so really I have within the next 2 months to get going…so again, starting sooner than later is best!}

Have you ever taken on the Insanity challenge? You can purchase it here if you are interested in trying it. If you already have the workout, I encourage you to do it with me! I am starting today.

Here is the schedule if you need it:

And for the sake of it…here’s what I’ll call my “before” pictures {ever-wonderful and overexposing they are – but it’s necessary for motivation and progress tracking}:

Forgive my hair, I had just run. And here are my stats for right now – will take measurements later this week:

Height: 5’8″
Weight: 135 lbs

Wish me luck!

Weekend Life

So glad I got a weekend after returning from my trip and only having to work Thursday and Friday. Made getting back into the grind a lot easier. Well, I guess I can’t say I got a weekend – I got a Saturday. I had to work on Sunday. Psh. {But in all fairness, I needed it to help make up for my unpaid vacation days.}

Anyway, not a lot went on this weekend…I started Insanity again on Thursday – woot woot! I am feeling great about it though. My brother, Jared and I made a pact to do it together {long distance} to help each other stay motivated. This will definitely help my endurance for the half marathon in October.

I decided to start things fresh with my grocery shopping this week {since our fridge was empty due to vacation.} I wanted to make a real effort at menu planning and hit up my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I planned meals for every night for a week. Friday night we had shredded chicken tacos – super healthy and easy to make.

 6 Thawed Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Jar Salsa
1 Packet Taco Seasoning
Throw together in the Crockpot and heat on Low for 8-10 hours. Chicken will shred easily with a fork. Scoop into tortillas and top with your favorite toppings! I used avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and shredded Mex.
The next night was super-easy too. I took the leftover shredded chicken and followed this recipe.
{Please excuse the torn up wall in the background – we just installed granite and still need to put up our backsplash!}
It tasted soooo good. Not tooting my own horn here or anything…but I always get sort of giddy when I cook something that turns out da bomb. My hubby is a major food critic. Nice thing was that it was another easy meal to throw together in the Crockpot. My Crockpot and I are becoming good friends…totally great for a working mom. 
After we slurped down the deliciousness of my Tortilla Soup, we had a little impromptu family party to celebrate Breckin’s 2nd birthday. We flew back from Idaho the day of his birthday, so he hadn’t had anything official.
I can’t believe my baby is two…I just can’t.
Then we had him open some presents. I got him this one today at Target…I love the wooden, non-battery toys and this was just soooo cute. Plus, he’s very musical. It looks great in the playroom.

Again, I worked on Sunday, so not much to say about that. I also did an Insanity workout, as well as a good training run to prep for my half marathon in October, so I’m totally proud of myself. Maybe I should have some more of Breckin’s birthday cake? Nah. I’ll be good.
Hope y’all had a great weekend…xoxo.
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