Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekly Wrap... November 11

Since Lacey is preparing to run Rock n Roll Las Vegas later today, I'm going to be taking over the Weekly Wrap this week.

It appears we are coming to the end of our warm Fall in my neck of the woods.

After a 5 mile run 

Up until this weekend, my fall runs have been fabulous and warm! I could kick myself  for not getting out after work this week to enjoy what was left of that great weather but some work obligations and other errands took over my daylight hours so I traded in my runs for biking on the Nordic Track.

So yea, my runs turned into biking this week. Which actually wasn't all that bad because I was able to watch TV! I biked twice this week for a total of 10 miles. It's not much but at least it's something.

This fall Baylee and I have developed a new routine. Old girl needs a little more time doing her business these days so now we have to go for walks. Yup, I am up early walking her in the neighborhood in the morning before work and then I feel like a stalker as I walk her before bed at night while carrying a flashlight!  I have been thankful that my Baylee walking weather has not been too cold in the mornings and in the late evenings, but after this weekend I think that may change.   That's okay though because I am ready for leggings and fleece everything!

I think the weather today may dictate that I make my home cozy for the upcoming holidays! I have some holiday throws and pillows I want to put out and I actually have some holiday gifts I may wrap, but then you know what that means? I'll have to put my Christmas tree up soon!  Last year we put one of our trees up on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so I'm hoping to make that a tradition!

When do you start decorating for the holidays? -M

Thank you to Holly and Wendy for letting us share our week with them.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Racecation at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Everyone knows that the best part of a "Racecation" is where you stay!  When we do Disney races, we of course have our favorite resorts, but we try to stay somewhere new every once in a while.  On our quest to stay at all the Disney Resorts we have 15 down and 6 more to go!   I never thought of this as being a challenge, but now that I see it in writing, it has now become a new  

Monday, November 5, 2018

Healthy Harvest Stuffed Peppers

Today we are linking up with Deborah for her Meatless Monday link up.  As we transition our blog (as mentioned in Friday's post), we hope to offer more food posts so please be sure to check back from time to time if you enjoy this one!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Weekly Wrap...Nov 2

This week was another busy week. After launching the new Body Pump release 107 at our gym in the beginning of the week it was back to work.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Healthy Living with Fairytales and Fitness

Did you know that I use to be a Nutrition Teacher?  I share this fun fact because when we first started this blog many years ago, my intention was to talk about healthy living, recipes, nutrition facts ( and of course Disney races).

Combining our love of healthy cooking and Disney while cooking with Chef Mickey

Pretty soon the Disney races and running in general kind of took over this space.

For the last 5 years, we've talked about running techniques, running recovery, running fuel, running clothes and accessories, and just training in general. It's safe to say as far as running is concerned we pretty much covered it! 

For this reason, we feel it is time for us to branch out a bit and become more of that Healthy Living/Lifestyle blog.  For so long we tried to keep our blog strictly focused on Fitness/Running but we'd really like to write more about other aspects of our life, because aren't you tired of hearing us talk about running? 

We are keeping our name Fairytales and Fitness but over the next couple weeks we hope to update our blog. We are still going to write about running and racing (because you know I love writing a good race recap) but we hope to possibly add more posts about food, travel, fashion, and home.

Our new Friday Link up is part of our change. Please be patient with us as this is the first link up we've done where we had to create an HTML code. As of right now it is only set up to drop a link       ( no picture) but please do not let that deter you from linking up with us. 

 This link up is open to all Healthy Lifestyle bloggers. Please only drop one link per blog and be sure to comment on this blog and as many others as you can. 

Please be sure to link back to this blog and grab our badge. 

We are always looking for other bloggers to connect with. Please give us suggestions on other Healthy Living  bloggers or link ups we might be interested in.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Body "Pump"kin Launch

Last night was my gym's Body Pump Launch. A few months ago our gym changed names to the YMCA. Since then, we have had new members from other local YMCA's coming to our facility and our class sizes have increased, so we added an additional express class prior to the main class in the evening.
All  decked out for our spooky themed launch!

 Since it is a shorter class we follow the Body Pump Express 45 minute format.I think they make it more intense, because it is a shorter class where they combine two tracks into one. There is a Tricep/Bicep track and there is a lunge/shoulder track. Rather than a doing a Tricep only track and so on. We continue to move between bar, plates, pushups, so transitions are really quick which keeps us moving and the calories burning.

I do not usually teach the Express class so I decided to learn the Tricep/Bicep Track and the Lunge/Shoulder Track along with the Core and Cool Down. I felt this release was extra challenging, especially the Back Track. 10 clean and presses anyone?

If you have been following me you know that I have been making the most during my layover these past couple weeks. In addition to having fun I was trying to study the choreography and music for this Launch. I would practice it in hotel rooms and even onthe plane between flights. Hey what ever I had to do right?  

We ended up having a great turn our for the Launch and even had a raffle at the end for a door prize. My friend made these mummy clementines for our members for after class.

Have you ever taken the 45 minute Body Pump Class? If so, what do you think of it? -L

     We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Weekly Wrap...October 28

This week was another busy week! I actually had a  similar trip that I had last week, but I had different experiences.

 I had a layover in Ontario, California again, but rather than going for a run. my crew and I took an Uber to North Etiwanda Preserve and hiked up the mountain to see some waterfalls. That evening I went to the mall again to do some shopping and and got another In -N -Out Burger.

The following day we were in Orlando so I went to Disney Springs and did some more shopping and ate at Bongos. It is the Gloria Estefan Cuban restaurant. We ordered empanadas and plantains and they were awful! We actually sent them back. 

                                       The only thing that was good was my avocado salad.

 Since our dinner was a disappointment we though we would splurge on dessert and treat ourselves to a Ghirardelli brownie sundae!

The next evening I visited another Haunted House in the Philly area. It was the Bates Motel. I actually think I liked this one better than the Penitentiary. There were several attractions there including a Haunted house, hayride, and corn maze. The next evening I finally went and saw the new Halloween movie. It was pretty good.

The next morning it was back to work again. I only had to do a day trip so it wasn't too bad. When I returned home I went for a short run and almost got attacked by a dog. He looked like a small miniature pinscher mix. He ran up to me in the park and continued to bark and snap at me. Why is it the little dogs seem to be the most vicious? If that was a golden retriever he would have just came up and licked you to death. 

The next day at work we had a layover in Denver so we decided to hike up in Boulder again.This time we hike the Flatirons.

                         Then we splurged at Snooze for their pancake flight. 

 Peanut butter, blueberry cobbler, and pineapple upside down cake ones. They were delicious!

We had a long next day at work with a short layover in Austin so we didn't do too much except relax in the hot tub that evening.     -L

Thank you to Holly and Wendy for letting us share our week with them.