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What’s New Wednesday #22

24 Oct

So yesterday after work I left early to go pick up my kiddos and head back to the gym at work – for ZUMBA!

I made it for Zumba – Score #1

My friend Tonya came and stood in the back with my pregnant self – Score #2

My kids ran and danced and smiled the whole time I got to dance and smile – Score #3

I got an hour of cardio in minus jumping – Score #4

I put this as a What’s New post because I have struggled with finding the motivation to work out since it is freezing here (13 degrees at 10 o’clock this mornig), it is dark even after I get to work at 8:00 am, and I still fight some being tired.

So What’s New? I beat all things that defeated me!

Have you had anything that has defeated you lately? How did you end up overcoming it?

 

What’s New Wednesday #21

17 Oct

Boy it has been a while since one of these!

Let’s See – What’s New….nothing really but why not make it seem like it is new and exciting!

First and foremost – the winner of my Giveaway is: Krista Flores – yes girl – you did it! Send me your address and I will get it to you! So excited!

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I am now 13 weeks and 5 days.  My energy has hit another low and I think that it is part depression and part baby. The winter is setting in here with snow flurries about every other day and it is so stinking dark in the mornings now I can’t stand it. I was warned about this happening by the doctor and I can really feel it here lately. My husband says I am such a downer – but when you are used to summer 10 months of the year and you really got 2 days this year – You would be a downer as well. I will be buying this thing they call a “Happy Light” in the near future.

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I had my first Parent Teacher Conference yesterday. I am going to admit I was a little scared but I now good to go. My daughter is the exact child I thought she was and I am glad that I know her as well as the person who spends most of the day with her. She is only in Kindergarten, but I take her learning very serious. I also take her self-esteem very serious so I was shocked when I was informed about a couple of mean girls in the class. Abby is not part of it, but seems to occasionally get sucked in – more to protect herself from it.  I had a feeling this was happening, but I was also glad when it seems that her teacher shared with me that my thoughts were valid. Being a parent to a young child is kind of like being a mind reader!

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I am going through some major de-cluttering. My husband irritates me because it doesn’t matter how much stuff he has – but if I have stuff it can’t be seen. UGH! I am so irritated by it that I just want the stuff gone! I am obviously going to keep stuff – but I am going to get rid of the stuff that most seems to bug him and them go through what I do have get rid of the stuff I have been thinking about doing something with. I need to do something or get rid of it. Anyone want crafty stuff?

So that is what I got going on along with class that starts next week. I am excited about that actually. It is 2 hours a night that I can get with no interruption at all. It is exciting to me. How sad, right?

I am still entertaining the idea of a gym membership just so that I can get out of the house and have some me time as every time I sit down to Yoga kids get involved and not in a productive manner!

 

 

 

 

What’s New Wednesday #20 – Virtual Races All Around!

12 Sep

Just wanted to stop in with a quick update to my blues of running. I am not really able to run right now due to being pregnant. I was told to take it easy on the running (like don’t push it – lots of alternating) as I am not a great runner by any means. I still struggle and have since this move up to the frozen tundra of Alaska. I just can’t get it together up here! I am resorting to treadmill walking and switching it up a bit to keep me attentive and actually working something.

To keep my boredom at bay – I am utilizing all the virtual races that are going on to keep me at this! I have already completed the virtual The Great Cupcake Race that was put on by Find Your Happy Place and Running In Sanity to help benefit TNT.  It was both 5K and 10K, but I of course opted to walk the 5K. I am now signed up for their Pumpkin themed race and have my kids also joining me on the  1 Mile portion. They will as well get a medal for doing it!!

Run With Jess has her cupcake race up and going and there is one more I am taking part in. My husband did tell me to find a hobby – so I did!

I hope you all will join me in these races (which I will post links to later), and let me know if you find some more!!

If I were to host one for a charity – who is in???

What’s New Wednesday #19

29 Aug

Holy Late Balls!

I am so behind this week – mainly becuase I started school and my kids are in week two and I actually have to get my butt in gear!  I think next week it will be even more of a wake up when Nick goes back to work from being on vacation! AHH!

So what is new you might ask….SCHOOL & MORE!

I am jumping back into school and today I start Intro To Psych and I am so excited! I have been looking into a couple new paths I want to take and am going to take a look at these paths until I either realize it isn’t what I want to do or it is what I want to do! i figure I will never know until I really dive in!

#1 – Yoga is starting to really come back into my mind all the time…

#2 – CrossFit is continually coming into my brain as I am a competitive person and I think being only able to do modified will help me be ready for when the time comes that I can dive right in! Form is everything and I believe that these modifications will allow this!

#3 – Military Youth – I really want to dive into helping youth in the military that are dealing with deployments and moves. I know my family really had to deal with this moving from North Carolina to Alaska.  I want to make sure that these kids have an outlet and a positive one at that. With the psych classes and even fitness I want to show them they can see positive in it all.

#4 – Personal Trainers Certification – Must Get

#5 – Yoga Certification – Think I want to get!

Wow – that is today.

Please don’t forget that there is a giveaway going on still – jsut check it out HERE

What’s New Wednesday #18

22 Aug

 

You like? I am having fun creating these things! I hope you will decide to join along and share the fun! What’s New Wednesday is all about the newness of things around you! I love to share things our family is doing and what I am doing and items, etc. As you can tell I have done it a lot with it being #18!

So today for the new part – it is going to be for you to do this as well! I hope you fee free to snag this photo and use it on Wednesdays to share what is going on! I hope that you all will push yourself to find something new each week to try or do! What good is life if you don’t enjoy it?  Hop to it folks! I hope you all will come back and share what is new – or leave a comment with your link so we can check it out!

What’s New Wednesday #17

15 Aug

What’s New Wednesday #16

8 Aug

N0t much and here is proof!

What’s New Wednesday #15 – #MonkeyMat Is What!

1 Aug

Monkey Mat – This soft, water repellant blanket/mat/awesomeness folds into its own always attached pouch that easily attaches to anything and everything and looks cute while hanging there! It can go everywhere – bike rides, wrists, purses, strollers, cooler handles, drink handles, ANYWHERE!

5X5′ when opened this can be used for literally all kid uses! Each end is weighted down already and if you need more stability you can anchor the corners down with stakes through the already present loops! I mean how great is this – everything that you can need is already present and attached so you can’t lose it! I always say I would lose my head if it wasn’t attached – so the makers of Monkey Mat really did listen to our problems – Oh Wait, you didn’t know? Christie, the creator, is a mom who totally understands!!!!

Check her out at these three locations: Pinterest, Facebook, and of course Twitter – Go ahead and click on them because I made it easy and linked them  🙂

Oh yeah – please don’t forget – Twitter Chat today at 12:30 EST – Be there or be square – like the Monkey Mat! This week we’ll be trading tips on getting outside with the KIDS— and one lucky chatter will WIN their own Monkey Mat!

  • Wednesday, August 1st at 12:30pm EST/ 11:30am CST
  • 30 minute lunchtime chat
  • Hashtag is #MonkeyMat
  • Make sure to follow @FitFluential and @MonkeyMatMama so you can be contacted if you’re our winner!
  • ONE randomly chosen chat participant will receive a Monkey Mat (US mailing address only). Winner will be contacted via DM after the chat.

Now here is a couple other things that I noticed – it is convenient. You can take it anywhere and you can use it for anything. It is highly visible with the bright orange color – but it isn’t a heinous fluorescent orange. We can be stylish – yet our kids can see us if they walk just a little bit away! Maybe in the future they can expand the colors – but the orange and giraffe style print is still pretty good-looking.

Great for beach people as the material lets the sand stay at the beach and not with you and your car.

This can be used for games – go ahead and use it instead of a bulky tarp!

You can use it to keep groups together – “Go sit on the orange square kids!” so that when you go to the library, baseball games, or have your group in a mass of other kids able to stay together.

You can secure items to the center loops that surround the logo (so nicely placed in the center – good marketing folks!) so they are not lost and worse case they get folded up in the blanket.

Here is a video for some entertainment!

http://www.monkeymat.com

Check it out folks!

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.

What’s New Wednesday #14

25 Jul

So….What’s New? SO MANY THINGS!!!  Some are a bit random today and some are so fun! I am having a great day and am really excited about the opportunities I am involved in and I have been all smiles!

I am reading a book right now and will provide a full review in the next week – it is titled Mission Possible and let me tell you it is an eye opener! It is about schools, the education system, standards, and getting it done. I was surprised by how engrossed in this read I have become. I am needless to say – looking at education so much differently and how I can help my own child!

Abby got accepted into Anchorage Christian School and will be attending kindergarten beginning August 20th! We have to buy her uniform and go to an interview next week! I am excited and scared all at the same time as my first-born is growing up but there is so much that will make her grow into this awesome little person she is already becoming!

Operation Beautiful is something I came across and am having so much fun with this! Their mission is simply this: “The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.”  If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is  — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” With all the negative self-talk in thus world I am doing everything to make sure my kids know they are beautiful and everyone around them as well. It takes no time – just some love!

Team Beach Body Coach – yup that is me! I am getting some ground information right now and will announce my grand start shortly – I am so excited to be a part of a company that puts coaching and motivation as their focus and not just a product or gimmick. They want people to get healthy and be healthy – I LOVE IT!

I am hosting a Scentsy Party to re-start my business (I love to be busy can you tell?) Please check out my website and order from the Jump Start Party – This is going to be a way for me to get some added income to help out the cost of Abby’s school tuition!

Facebook C Diet – I just started this and it already is an eye opener! I wanted to learn some healthier ways to eat and get introduced to new things – and you take a picture of everything you eat….wow do I eat bad…I am more conscious than ever that I eat bad. I thought I just ate okay – but, um, no. I am really bad and I am half embarrassed. Now I know why I can’t ever meet all my goals – I love food way to much! But Stefan is going to help me get it taken care of! Well – I have always really known…

I am learning to laugh and play more with my kids. I think watching my parents enjoy their two days in Alaska with the kids more than I have in the last couple days made me realize I need to cherish this time more than I have lately. I need to love them, laugh with them, play with them, and take them for a walk when they ask, and let them ride bikes when they ask, and such. I have found myself to be in a better mood from this and I really think that it is what I have been needing! 

I have a phone consult with a run coach today – I need to get over my hump of hating running and set some goals! I am excited for this as I think having someone here who can hold me accountable and be waiting on me will be helpful. Something about having a body here to push me helps me. I think it is from being a gymnast for so long and the individual attention I was given at all times…who knows 🙂

Lots of new goodness going on…looking for my any and all August challenges that are going to be hosted!!!!

Also – the next 10 people who leave me a comment after they have emailed me their address(mollyritterbeck@gmail.com) will get a surprise mailed to them – just because I love you guys!

 

What’s New Wednesday #13 – My Parents Are Coming!!!!

18 Jul

I am so excited to tell you all that my parents are coming to Alaska! They get in tonight at 7:15 and I can’t wait to pick them up! There is nothing more exciting than seeing the excitement in my little girls eyes when we talk about it. They even have little calendars that they are checking off the days until the get here!  I never thought I would be as excited as I am! Living in North Carolina I think I took for granted that they were just a days worth of driving away. Now that they are over 4,500 miles away I wish I could just pop over to see them.

Don’t ever take the simple things for granted people…

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