Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Colfax Marathon

I'm doing a Wordless Wednesday today.  Snapshots from my husband's Colfax Marathon this past weekend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A New Beauty Bar In Town

This past Friday, I decided to treat myself to a little pampering.  It's not often that I go out for beauty treatments besides my regular haircut every 8-10 weeks, but I do like to sit down and get a pedicure every once in a while.  When I lived in San Diego (where it is summer about 10 months out of the year) I used to get a pedicure practically every 3-4 weeks.  These days, I'm lucky if I remember to get a pedicure at least twice during the summer (summer only lasts about 4-5 months now that I live in Denver).

Today I'm linking up with Becky from Olives n Wine and her weekly Treat Yourself Tuesday.

A new beauty "bar" opened up in my neighborhood at the start of this year.  I live about 15 miles from downtown and I don't think there are any other beauty bars in my neighborhood.  I can't believe it's taken me this long to get myself over to Ella Bliss to check it out.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Potty Training

I've neglected a key topic on my blog.


If you're going to name your blog 'SuperSmartMama', people are going to expect that you're going to write about being a mother!

I've been so fixated this spring on working my fitness and nutrition, that I haven't spent much time blogging about THE most important job I have these days.  So I am going to start spending a little more time talking about motherhood.

And the topic this fine Monday is potty training.

My son will be three in a mere six weeks.  His Montessori school started his potty training back in March, but we've been terribly inconsistent with the training at home.  I could give you the excuses, but I won't.

The short story is that my husband and I are now SERIOUS about this training.  And it started this weekend.  We've had two potty stations in our house since March (one for the upstairs, and one for the downstairs), and we've been using pull ups, but we've been spotty about how consistently we have our son use the potties at home because we're rarely home on the weekends.  And we've been on three different trips out of town since the potty training started.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Race After Four Years

Start wave for the 4.8 mile field
The last race I ran was in August 2010.  The Chicago Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon.  So you can bet I was super excited when I finally pulled the trigger and signed up for my first race in almost four years.

Race: Mother's Day Race
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Distance: 4.8 miles

Back in February, I declared that I had given up running.  After several attempts to get back into running after having my son back in 2011, I finally threw in the towel and decided running was just not in the cards for me.

What changed?  Well, I kept with the walking and eventually built up some mileage.  The weather started to get better.  And, I discovered that eating the Paleo way helped me lose enough weight that I was encouraged to try running again.

So, in mid-April I signed up for this Mother's Day race.  There were three distances: 5K, 5 miles, and half marathon.  I had no trouble choosing the 5 mile race.  It was a great race: well organized, very small, and a relaxed start time (8am!).  There were only 27 people in the field for the 4.8 miles, so there were no issues with getting off the start line.  I found it pretty refreshing, actually.


After writing about my first race in four years this past Wednesday, I had to go look for photos from that last race, the Chicago Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon back in 2010.  After a little searching, I realized, I don't have any actual race photos.  By that point, I had run seven half marathons in the previous two years and I probably opted out from buying any official race photos.  They're not cheap, and how many race photos does one need anyway?

Instead, I found photos from all the fun touristy things we did in Chicago before and after the race.  Looking through them made me think about the way we were before we had our son.  I am very happy as a mother, but I'm so glad that my husband and I had so many great adventures together before we became parents.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Week in Review: California!

Happy Monday!  For all you mothers out there, I hope you got the royal treatment yesterday!  And for the rest of you, I hope you took at least a moment to get in touch with your mom!

This Monday, I'm linking up with Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets and her Week in Review.  It's a linkup for all who like to celebrate all things accomplished, no matter how small.  My week in review is not so much a celebration of things accomplished but all the fun things I did while on vacation.  Because, let's face it, vacations are work!  They take planning, coordination, adjustment, and execution.  A well planned trip is something to celebrate!
Warning: this post is a little photo-heavy.  Get your scrolling finger ready!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Nutritional Reset - Week 2 Recap

Three weeks without processed food, sugar, or wheat.  No meat or cow's milk for the first week.  How hard could it be?

I originally signed up with Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! and her three week Spring Challenge: a nutritional "reset" whose rules reflected the end of winter and the start of a new year with the arrival of spring.  When I saw that the rules weren't too different from my modified Paleo lifestyle (I've been following Paleo since February of this year), I figured it couldn't be too hard.

The other reason I decided to do Laura's Spring Challenge was that I needed a program to help me kick my sugar habit.  Even with my Paleo lifestyle, I started allowing an occasional piece of dark chocolate every other night.  Then the occasional piece of chocolate became an every-night-kind-of-habit.  Next I started adding in Starbucks here and there, and before I knew it, I was having a Starbucks mocha or hot chocolate 3-4 times a week, which is alot of sugar when you're supposed to be eating Paleo.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WIAW #10: Travel Food & More

Now that we're safely settled in California after a tumultuous weekend of travel, I can share an (abbreviated) What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW).  Maybe I should call it WIAWT (What I Ate While Travelling) instead of WIAW this week.  I've decided not to share all the eats from Friday through Monday, just a few meals.  This weekend marked the end of week 2 of my 3 week nutritional reset, and I have to say I made the conscientious choice to relax the rules over this weekend.  There was a wedding to attend.  And there were two flights at very odd hours.  If you're wondering, I'm not feeling whatsoever guilty about my decision to break the rules of my reset, but more about that in tomorrow's post.

Whatever the case, I am linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for her weekly food extravanganza What I Ate Wednesday linkup.  If you haven't been there and are a food voyeur (as many of us at the linkup are), I encourage you to check it out!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sleep Interrupted

I've been on the road the last couple of days and have been unable to get to a computer.

Here's where we've been the last few days:
Friday - Denver to Baltimore to Portland, Maine.  11pm drive from Portland to Kennebunkport.
Saturday - exploring Kennebunkport and neighboring towns in the AM.  Wedding festivities in the PM.
Sunday - a full day in Kennebunkport.  5pm departure: Portland to Chicago to Sacramento, California.  In bed around 12am PST (that's 3am Portland, ME!!!).
Monday - attempts to "sleep in" sabotaged by toddler who decided 6am PST was a fine time to wake up and start the day.  A full, lazy day in Sacramento.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nutritional Reset - Week 1 Recap

Happy Friday, all!  As you may or may not know, I'm participating in a Spring Reset Challenge hosted by Laura from Mommy Run Fast!.  I'm thinking of it as a nutritional reset - a chance to give our bodies some time to get cleaned out after much abuse from things like processed food, sugar, gluten, and other things that might cause inflammation.

Prior to starting the Spring Rest Challenge the Monday after Easter, I was already eight weeks into the Paleo lifestyle.  If you're not familiar with the Paleo way of eating, the rules are simple: no grains, no legumes, no cow's milk, no processed sugar.  I settled into a pattern of eating the Paleo way 90% of the time, so with some of my meals I would allow a little grain (brown rice now and again), cow's milk (love my lattes!), and sugar (a little dark chocolate here and there at the end of the day).

I told myself that with the Spring Reset Challenge, I would hold fast to all the rules, to see if I could feel a difference in myself, particularly with sticking to no sugar and no cow's milk -- the two rules I was "breaking" with the Paleo way of eating.
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