I’ve never been one to make a seasonal bucket list, until this year. I like the idea of having a list to look at when we’re sitting around on the weekends, bored, trying to think of something to do. So B and I came up with a list of things we want to do this summer – especially a few things that would keep a rambunctious toddler entertained.
We’ve already crossed off a few (slip n slide, new beer and s’mores), so we’re excited to get on to the next one! Do you have anything you absolutely must do this summer?
To the dad who always insists on ice cream.
To the dad who encourages hugs and kisses.
To the dad who gives the best baths ever.
To the dad who will always hold hands in the car.
To the dad who gets his baby to try honey mustard.
To the dad who loves when his baby will sit and give cuddles during a movie.
To the dad who throws his baby up in the air and splashes in the pool.
To the dad who’s teaching his baby how to treat a woman, and how to be polite.
To my husband who is the best dad a baby Sheffield could ever ask for. Nothing beats seeing you with him. You are the rational one, the patient one and the fun one. We love you more than anything.
Your wife and baby boogs.
I know that there are a lot of people that go on and on about the workouts that they’re a part of: Crossfit, Iron Tribe, Barre, Yoga, Spin, but you guys, I LOOOVE Orange Theory.
I started last October with my free introductory class. I took my first class at 630 AM on a Saturday with Coach Brad, who still is and probably will always be my favorite coach. They sat down with me, went over some about the workout and then asked me what my goals were. After all that, Brad took me into the studio, showed me around the equipment, and then class started.
It is an hour studio class, boasting to be the best one hour workout in the country. For 30 minutes of the class, you are working on cardio, doing treadmill work, and then the other 30 will be spent in the weight room, with free weights, TRX straps, ab dolly’s, Bosu Balls and rowers. Each workout will focus on endurance, strength or power – sometimes a combination of all three or just two. Every workout is different.
Orange Theory works on heart-rate based interval training, so your heart rate is monitored throughout the class. There are five different zones, and you are trying to be in the green and above (orange and red) for the majority of the class. For every minute spent in the orange and red, you get what is called a SPLAT point. If you get 12 or more in a class, you create what they call the “afterburn” – and you can keep burning calories up to 36 hours after the class.
I usually burn between 500-650 calories in a class, and I love all the coaches. They each have their own style, but every one I’ve been around (and that includes when I visited the one in KC over Thanksgiving last year) has been super motivating.
Here’s an example of the summaries that I’ve gotten:
I can’t say enough good thing about it. I haven’t lost a significant amount of weight, but I have lost inches and have gotten stronger, and I feel so good about myself. I even (gasp!) wore a bikini for one of our pool days in the backyard. I say definitely give it a shot. Your intro class is free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.
(that picture up at the top was from a 630pm class where we had all done our personal best on our all-out pace on a power day – I’m on the bottom row all the way to the left, squatting – in case you didn’t recognize me in workout clothes. Brad (my fave!) is the dude directly behind me to the left)
I, of course, wasn’t paid for any of this, I just had to spit out my praises.
Could I have posted this on Monday, you know, right after the weekend? Probably. But I didn’t, because I’m lazy and tired and have been doing a million things. So you get my past weekend update on a Wednesday. Some fun things happened this weekend that must be documented on the internet to remember forever and ever.
I woke up bright and early to head to Orange Theory for the 0630 class — and I love the early classes. Everyone in there is a bad ass and takes their work outs seriously, so it’s completely motivating. The lady next to me ran at a 10mph for most of the class, and I want to be her when I grow up.
When I got home, Sheffield and I played outside until lunch and nap times. We went to Taco Mama in Homewood for chips and queso/quac/salsa and watermelon margaritas. I know for sure Sheffield is my kid when he gets a plate of chips and dip in front of him. That kid digs in. It makes my heart so happy.
That morning, I had taken Sheffield to Target to get the fixins for s’mores. Boogs got to have his first taste this weekend! He seemed to be a fan of plain marshmallows and the chocolate, but not everything together. We’ll work on it.
We started out the day pretty awesomely by heading to Heavenly Donuts. Sheffield got the maple doughnut and was then promptly a mess. We ran a few errands and then headed back to the house just in time for a little pool time and lunch al fresco. B and boogs make quite the team in the pool.
After naps, we went to Beer Hog in Pelham, which is kind of like a Hop City, but with a bigger patio and less people. It was hot, but boogs was in a good mood, so we just let him run around the patio while B and I enjoyed a beer.
We ended the day with some Cars and snuggles and then we all fell asleep pretty early.
Another great weekend! We can’t wait to spoil B for Father’s Day this upcoming weekend! What are y’all doing for Father’s Day – anything fun?