Does anyone watch Shark Tank?
Does this look familiar?
It is Surfset!
Mark Cuban invested into this concept.
It isn’t for the faint of heart.
and… I think this should be a class on the Strip
As you know me and my partner in crime Brit are taking fitness to a whole new level in 2014! We are still completely and madly in love with our fitness studio Eleve but we also like to shake things up so we purchase random Groupons here and there.
When Surfset came into my hands I was excited, I couldn’t wait.
So what did I think?
The workout was intense. The pure balance you must have on the surfboard may be enough to frustrate anyone (even I was annoyed that some of the moves made me fall off and I have excellent balance) but it left me sore the next day, which is good most workouts don’t do that.
I will go back for a couple of more classes, however I’m going to choose a different teacher. While she was sweet, she had no motivating qualities we were going through the motions but there was no energy. I also couldn’t believe they were not on the Strip as a novelty class setting like Stripper 101. The location they are in won’t be ideal in my opinion but I want them to succeed because I love anyone who wants to bring a healthier lifestyle to people.
If you are thinking of trying this class – give it a few goes as it can be a little overwhelming.
Can you believe we are already here, here being in full planning mode for Logan’s first birthday. You can never truly understand when someone tells you they grow up so fast or it’s a different kind of love until you have your own. I remember when he was just a couple of weeks old I posted this on my personal Facebook page:
It’s funny how priorities, feelings and thoughts change in the blink of an eye. No one can ever truly tell you how amazing life is when you have your first child. Everyone try’s but no explanation comes close to the pure bliss your child brings into your life. Wes and I feel so complete with Logan.
Anyone who has a little one is probably shaking their heads and maybe tearing up and those who are not at the point in their life for a little one won’t believe me (I was one of those people). But onto the party…It has been set since we named him Logan that his first birthday theme will be Wolverine, he was named after the guy after all. Now, with that said if someone would have told me there wasn’t ANYTHING pre-made for just Wolverine, I may have skipped. I am not a DIY’er yet I find myself making everything. From invitations to water bottles labels this party is being made with love.
More sneak peaks to come but for now – This is his official party invite. I made it with inspiration from comic books and this awesome free graphic from Deviant Art.
Ready for a party – I am…almost (just need to peel the glue off my hands)
I’ve gone broke and he can officially go to college with how many kisses I lined up for.
One of my 2014 goals was to put some work into styled mini shoots and Valentines Day seemed like a perfect one for me. Yes, it is only January but to make sure I get some Valentines made I needed a few extra calendar days. I’ve also opened it up for some cute mini sessions with my side hobby, Meghan B. Photography.
OH and because it IS a Valentines dayish post (in January )…Thought I’d get all emotional over here.
What I love about this guy…
I love his laughs – He sounds like a 90 year old smoker
I love his big blue eyes – They look like mama and melt my heart
I love his grin – Yes, that grin…I’ve been getting it since he was 3 months old
I love the way he practices yoga with me – Already a pro at downward dog
I love when he knows I need to hear him say mama
I love when he snuggles with me at night – He doesn’t do this very often so I take advantage
How do I work out? I schedule it and make it apart of my lifestyle! I pull together workouts that I can do at home, right before bed, when I wake up etc… and then I mix them in with my fitness studio dates with Brit (get a workout partner, it makes it sooo much more fun).
For the week of January 13-19
Monday - A round of five Malibooty Workouts by my favorite California trainers, Karina and Katrina.
Tuesday – F.I.T. Class at Eleve Studios as well as my nighttime AB blast (I usually tweet these, so follow me @violetsageblog). Lately I’ve been doing 50 Crunches, 25 toe taps (crunches with your legs in a small straddle) and a 60 second plank – repeated twice with a 30 second break.
Wednesday - Dance Class at Eleve Fitness Studio. This class is amazing, works every part of your body in a fun “non”workout kind of way.
Thursday - Walking with my buddy…he loves to be pushed in his stroller while I walk…I might add some lunges in here just to challenge myself. Then again once Logan goes to bed and right before I do I’ll blast the booty with 50 bridge lifts, 25 single leg froggy lifts and 10 double leg froggies followed up with 15 squats – repeated twice with a 30 break.
Friday - I’ve been doing Tone It Up girls workouts since 2010…I love them – Here is one of my fans and this Fridays workout.
The Weekend!! - My workout buddy and I bought a Surfset groupon to try something new… See what I am talking about here. Then on Sunday it’s all about playing with my little one and doing as much running around as possible.
Drive Thru – Yes. Please.
I’ve given it up…no more drive thru for me. With my new workout regimen and wanting Logan to eat healthy and grow like a weed I just can’t drive thru anymore (damn). My first thought was how much work it’s going to take – chop, chop, chop…cook cook cook BUT let me say, it is not that bad.
Sunday’s and Wednesdays are my cooking days. I cook my more intense meals on Sunday and then fillers on Wednesday. My typical Sunday consists of starting Chicken or a Roast in the crockpot. I use McCormick seasoning packets that are to die for…you need nothing else. While that is cooking I start chopping.
- Red Peppers
- Green Peppers
Once I’ve chopped these up I portion enough for my cooking today and then I put the rest in bags for Wednesday. Some of my go to meals only take 5 minutes once I have the chopping done (seriously). I may have to invest in a food processor (this chops for you right?).
Go To Meals
- Ramen Noodles with Fresh Veggies (Ditch the flavor packet and use Balsamic Vinaigrette, butter or tomato sauce)
- Stir Fry (I cook brown or white rice in the microwave then poor it into the pan I’ve been cooking veggies in, top with soy sauce and scrambled eggs.)
- Hawaiian Rolls with shredded chicken or shredded roast beef (with chicken put cucumbers on it and red peppers for roast beef)
- Chicken Noodle Soup (Homemade..yum)
- Potato Soup from Bear Creek (omg you’ll die, its amazing)
- Santa Fe Chicken Salad (Must add tortilla strips)
- Boiled Eggs and Ham
How about you… What is your go to, what is your process? How do you make it work?
It is here…2014!
Logan and I celebrated “Noon” Years Eve since I knew he wouldn’t make it past 7:30pm. We put our PJ’s on, took some pictures, shook our booties and clapped for the Noon Year and Logan made a New Years Resolution to walk.
One of the first resolutions I remember making was to not break a New Year Resolution. Worked like a charm there hasn’t been one that I’ve broken to date. I always ask myself if my goal is maintainable, why make a resolution you can’t keep it will only make you feel like a failure. So without further ado my New Years Resolutions:
1. Consistent Health Goals
It’s almost impossible to break bad habits overnight so I’m approaching the common health goal a little differently. For example this month my goal is to drink more water. So I put reminders on my phone and I try to drink a bottle (the 16oz kind) before SIRI reminds me to drink water.
2. Home is Home, Work is Work
All to often you think taking a call here or checking your email there will be no big deal, but it is…your taking home life away from your loved ones. So when I’m off duty I am off duty and when I am working I work my butt off.
3. Don’t think just Do
I find myself thinking of doing something and then never completing it. Then I start to regret that I never did what I wanted to and in most cases it is too late. So this year – I will just do it.
Ok I shared…let’s hear yours.
As a part of my 101 in 1001, number 7 was “Make heartfelt Christmas gifts”. With this being Logan’s first Christmas I wanted to make sure I took advantage of the extra special time of year for my family. So after a lot of thought, a chipped nail and bruised pointer finger I came out with a very special ornament.
This was one of the hardest things Wes and I have experienced together. Logan’s name tag and bracelet were just sitting in a box so I took an extra large bulb, rolled up the NICU name tag, the bracelet we used to go see him as well as my bracelet and the initial congratulations paper they put on his bed, carefully rolled it up and added some snow.
The significance of being able to showcase this is almost overwhelming. It means my little guy fought through and made it home where he belongs.
Wes loved it.
It was magical.
Let’s talk traditions. Growing up you have multiple things you do in your family whether it be caroling, making sugar cookies, seeing Christmas lights or volunteering. So when you get married what happens…you try to mash them together, write some pro and con lists for each, toss out the excess and add a few of your own.
My favorite tradition from my family is stockings. I can’t even begin to tell you how we all actually bought the lie that Elf’s dropped off stockings early to help Santa and since we were SO good all year-long our parents would let us have them early. They would have some fun and practical gifts as well as Christmas Eve Pants. I wanted to pass this down to my family so luckily it made it past the cutting block when Wes and I hammered out what traditions we wanted for our family.
So Logan opened (okay I opened and he sampled everything) his stocking which included some snack bowls, superhero socks, a toothbrush, a couple of beanies and a sign of the song I sing him (I make variations to the words). It was a success, and hopefully next year he will start to know what is going on.
Enter… Christmas Morning – Time elapsed from initial jingle bell wake up at 6:30am… 4 hours. This included unwrapping, eating, unwrapping, diaper change, eating and then finishing with a cat nap before unwrapping the rest. Day was a success!!
Santa brought Logan an elephant that shoots up little plastic balls, he LOVES it!!
Game on Mommy… Let’s un wrap.
Are these mine Grandpa? It’s bigger than I am, but I’ll take it!
This was his haul…a little bit spoiled but loved none the less.
Christmas has come and gone – it is bittersweet.
Logan is now only 5 weeks away from his first birthday
No more “Christmas Spirit”, people seem to forget about being kind to each other once the calendar turns to the 26th
The twinkling lights and glitter ornaments are being packed away until next year
We played in the snow and it stayed in the mountains where it belongs, clear roads ahead
No more stressing over the perfect gift
Getting my living room back
Planning my sweet bugs first birthday