Yesterday kicked off bright and early with a pre-prepared breakfast (hooray for food prep!) that included a slice of a kale and sausage frittata with a square of baked steel cut oatmeal served with coffee and a hefty pour of Fairlife whole milk.
Lunges For Days Leg Workout
I ate breakfast with Chase and my dad and we chatted for a bit before Chase and I took off for boot camp. It was leg day at Burn Boot Camp which I love to hate and yesterday’s workout was jam-packed with walking lunges which are the WORST. Ugh.
The workout looked like this:
In between rounds, we completed a plyometric burst of 45 seconds of tuck jumps. Phew! As someone who detests walking lunges (especially weighted walking lunges), I can’t say I loved this workout, but I did love the feeling I had when it was over. You simply can’t beat those endorphins, baby!
After chatting with some of my BBC buddies after my workout, Chase and I headed home and he was more than ready for his first nap of the day. After I got him settled, I grabbed a quick shower before meeting my dad back downstairs and joining him for a late morning snack that included an egg white oatmeal protein pancake paired with a second cup of coffee with whole milk and scoop of collagen.
We chatted in the kitchen for a while before I headed into my home office to get some work done while he read on the swing in the backyard with Sadie.
You guys something amazing happened yesterday – Chase napped for three hours in the morning! Since he was basically on a nap strike and didn’t nap for much more than 45 minutes at a time last week, I was practically running around the house high-fiving everyone. Of course this long nap threw off our usual afternoon and made for a rather cranky baby after his afternoon swim lesson since no second nap occurred, but it was still an awesome phenomenon that I know will likely not happen again anytime soon.
Once Chase woke up, my dad and I spent some time playing with our little ball of energy before we could tell he needed to get out of the house. (I joke that Chase has a 20-30 minute tolerance of our family room these days before he needs outside stimulation.)
We went for a 45-minute walk at a local park before heading home for lunch.
I reheated some Thai takeout from Sunday night’s dinner and Chase ate chicken sausage, apple and some avocado… And by “ate” I mean he threw 99 percent of the food on the ground where Sadie carefully picked out the chicken sausage and left the apple and avocado for me to clean up. (She’s a picky little princess.)
After a late lunch, it was time to change and get ready for Chase’s swim lesson. I knew I was probably pushing my luck by taking him to swimming without an afternoon nap under our belt but he seemed happy and wide awake, so I decided to go for it.
He was relatively smiley the whole time but the car ride home was another story. Yeesh.
We got caught in a lot of traffic and didn’t make it home until close to 5 p.m. Once we walked through the door, I did my best to soothe a crying baby and settle him down before putting him to bed early. Though a three-hour morning nap was awesome, I think I can safely say it’s probably not best for Chase’s usual schedule to nap long in the morning and skip an afternoon nap. He was exhausted!
Once Chase was in bed, dinner came together quickly thanks to some prep work I did yesterday and within 15 minutes, my dad, Ryan and I were digging into chicken cabbage bowls with sesame ginger broth.
After dinner, I had to say goodbye to my dad which was such a bummer. I am so glad he was able to stay for as long as he did and it meant so much to me to see his relationship with Chase grow so much in the short time we had with him!
After the guys left for the airport, I sat down at the computer and ate my bodyweight in granola and mixed nuts while I worked for a few hours before hanging out with Ryan for a bit before bed.
And that catches us up!
I hope you guys have a fantastic Wednesday!
Its so awesome that your dad was able to stay and get to spend some quality time with Chase!!
On the eating front, have you tried putting Sadie in another room while feeding Chase solids? My nephew always had the greatest time “playing” with the dog when he should have been eating his food. Just a suggestion if you havent tried it before!
I haven’t but that might be a good thing to try! Chase loves watching her (ALL the time) but she can definitely distract him from eating at times, too.
Ohmigosh my daughter is exactly one week younger than Chase, and her naps are terrible this week. She is also super cranky. Darn wonder week 46?
I actually ended up taking Chase to the pediatrician last week because it was SO horrendous. He wasn’t napping well, started waking up multiple times a night again and his nursing was WAY off. It was a beast but apparently “just a growth spurt.” I feel for you!! xo
Patricia @Sweet And Strong says
Uh walking lunges, love to hate them! Put I definitely feel the burn after doing lots of them.
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food says
I actually really like walking lunges! Actually, anything in the squat/lunge family is a big favorite of mine!
Melissa @ melissakolbeck.com says
You’re lucky that Chase usually takes two naps still, around his age Ellie went down to one nap! The transition was kind of rough for both of us, but in the end it was better for her. She just wasn’t wanting the morning nap so early and then by the time she did take it, it was later and she didn’t want the afternoon one. It took some time, but now she falls asleep between 1 and 1:30 and will sleep for 2 hours on average, sometimes longer.
I don’t mind walking lunges. I find it’s easier to push myself out of the lunge position if I’m walking.
Do you mind if I ask what you take the collagen for? I’m quickly inheriting my mom’s poor knees, and I wonder if taking collagen might be helpful.
Linz @ Itz Linz says
ok i loooooove walking lunges!! i hate that static kind!!! and being stuck in traffic with a baby is the WORST!! i think once they are front facing it will be better, but william is two and still rear facing so that makes it more challenging.
Growth spurts can be a challenge, but then you push through and kids start doing more and growing. If there is one thing that’s constant (especially with kids!) it’s change.
What I would give for a 3 hour nap at any point (or sleeping through the night). My almost 14 month old took a 13 minute nap at daycare yesterday (yes, just one 13 minute nap). Walking zombie today after last night! These babies (and toddlers) always keep us on our toes and those Wonder Weeks are so spot on! Chase is adorable and growing so fast…hope he gives you two good naps for today (sleep deprivation isn’t good for anyone)! Also huge thanks for posting so many great workouts. I keep checking out BBC (I’m in CLT too), but can’t seem to make it work with our schedule…you posting is the next best thing!
I love how close your family is! That’s so awesome. We are terrible in my family. We get together at the holidays and even then I swear it’s a struggle for everyone. We love each other though I swear! Lol
Angela, that is more normal than not.
I am a Life Coach and gave a workshop a few years back on Holiday Stress. EVERY single person said it was in some way a family member. Had almost 30 people in class and they all said the same thing. Me included!
Thank you Karen! That is comforting to know!
i stay away from heavy leg workouts during race training but lately i’ve been actually missing the feeling of sore legs after alllll the lunges and jump squats and the like! such a great rush when it’s done, i agree. and Chase is SO CUTE!
Jackie P says
I know you mentioned collagen in a previous post, but I can’t seem to find it. Can you explain the benefits/uses of it again?
Thanks so much!!
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
I don’t hate walking lunges, but tuck jumps totally kill me. What a great workout, though, even if it feels rough!
Love Lunges!!! Anyone else I train with hates them!
Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl says
I’ve just started doing lunges as part of core/strength training for my first marathon, and I’m not a fan. So tough!
that is a long nap!! I love when family visits but always feel so sad when they leave unless we have another get-together planned soon. Have a wonderful day!
When my daughter (now almost 2) was 7 mo the old, we hired a certified baby sleep Consultant because her sleep and naps were so horrendous. This lady saved my sanity and really turned us around. She bases sleep on “wake times” and it really is so helpful. Here’s a link that I send to all my friends and family who have a tough time with naps; naps evolve so much that first 18 months. Hope this help.
Note: focus on time in between sleeps (wake times) and not the time on the clock, putting baby down 15 minutes prior to when they needs to be asleep.
I just bought collagen this week and it says for hot liquid you are supposed to put it in cold liquid first and then pour the hot liquid over it..how is that possible with coffee? I do not like it in plain water..i feel like i am drinking chunky water..so i am trying to find other ways to use it. do you let it gel first? Thanks!
Oh man! I never do that! I brew my coffee over it and as it comes out, I stir vigorously! Have you tried Great Lakes collagen in the green canister? Apparently it dissolves MUCH easier! My mom just ordered it and said it’s great!
Love that I’m not the only one who can only eat Granola in “body-weight” type servings!
Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth says
Love that you guys had such a great visit – seeing my parents with their grandchildren is one of my favorite things to watch!
Where you hate walking lunges… I DETEST tuck jumps. Ugh – but it’s the things we like that often make us stronger, right?
Hope the little guy slept well last night!
Jessie R says
That looks like an amazing workout!! I like walking lunges, jumping ones, not so much!
Yay for visits from family 🙂 and that Chase and Sadie are getting along!
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
Adeline is the same way! Girlfriend can only stand to be inside or in the same room for so long before we need to change the scenery!
We did so many lunges at the gym too! That’s what nightmares are made of!
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
That lunge workout looks intense!
That leg workout looks brutal… brutally good! Can’t wait to try it out this week! I definitely use the green canister of the Great Lakes gelatin and it is awesome and dissolves instantly. I can even use it in cold drinks or mix into yogurt/kefir!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
I love protein pancakes add fresh peaches the best!
Fiona MacDonald says
Oh man the food/dog /baby eating struggle is real at our house too! Even when we go to my parent’s ..who don’t have a dog, my little guy still ‘shares’ his food with the floor…can be soo frustrating but I’m hoping it gets better!
That leg workout looks unreal! Thanks for sharing!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Wow three hour nap! Thats awesome–you were probably wonder-mom getting things done (in between high fives of course) haha!
Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely says
Love these types of posts! Just chronicling real life… 🙂 Chase is a cutie!
Sarah McC. says
Omg I loved this post! It reminded me of the early PBF “day in the life”-type posts you used to do more frequently. Thanks for sharing!
I loved those too Sarah!!
I jumped on the Julie frittata/bfast casserole wagon! I forgot how much I love them… 🙂 http://mightymiranda.blogspot.com/2016/06/thursday-must-haves.html