Life Unexpected

Good afternoon! Today has been another one of those crazy, busy, running around days.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

I started my morning out at the gym. I brought my niece with me and luckily, she did good in the kid’s room without her older cousins there. I brought her a couple of times last week with Jacob and Jaden, and she did fine since they were in the with her. But they had school today, so she was by herself. She did cry a little bit when ever someone opened the door, but for the most part she did good.

Jacob and McGymnast practicing last night:

I went to Butts and Guts class this morning. With my brother hurting his back and the holidays, it’s been three weeks since I last went to Butts and Guts, so it was nice to get that cardio in this morning.

My gym got these cool new stationary bikes that I tried out really quick after Butts and Guts.

They’re neat because the screen shows you riding on an actual track, and the handle bars move so that you can move the bike on the television screen. I have never seen an exercise bike like this before so I was pretty intrigued.

Being on a race track motivated me to go faster because I kept trying to pass the other fake bikers on the track. I wasn’t able to stay on it too long because I had to go get my niece from the kid’s room.

Right after the gym, we had a doctor’s appointment to go to. After the doctor, we went to see my brother in the hospital, but first we had to stop for a quick lunch.

We stopped at Whole Foods because it’s 4 seconds away from the doctor’s office, so really there’s no excuse not to go. I had a salad with veggies, feta, and fruit.

I also has a baked apple cranberry dish from the hot bar. It was so good. I have never seen it at Whole Foods before, and it was delicous!

I have been doing really well with tracking my calories lately, but it always throws me off when I go to a place like Whole Foods because I have no idea how to calculate the calories. I had a salad with dressing on the side, a few pieces of fruit, (I didn’t eat the noodles), two bites of mashed potatoes, and three bites of cheese lasagna.

Honestly, how do you even calculate that? I guess you really can’t so I just estimate.

After the doctor and lunch, I took my niece to the hospital to see her dad (my brother). Paul finally had back surgery yesterday and is still in tons of pain today. He’s trying his best at physical therapy but the pain is intense, so they want him to stay at the hospital another day or two.

The physical therapist was there when I was there, and she explained that he can expect to have back pain later in life. His back will never be fully 100%. Yes, he’ll be able to regain normal and physical activity eventually, but his back will never be the same. My brother is 27.

I can’t even imagine what that must be like to go through. And of course, there was nothing that he could do about it. It’s just life. Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon, go to physical therapy, and be back to normal in the near future. As of now, he really can’t do anything at all.

Since he has to stay another night at the hospital, Baby McCutie came back home with me. We made it back home just in time for Jacob to get off the bus.

I’ve been a bit tired and stressed lately, but as long as I can get to the gym, I’m fine. Going to the gym is my alone time as well as a huge stress reliever. I am working hard with Danny to win the Fantasy Fitness challenge because it’s important to me and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.

Right now life is a little bit crazy and up in the air with my brother being in the hospital. I am a person who thrives on schedules and routine, so not knowing what is going on day-to-day is hard for me, but I’m hoping that life will return to normal soon. As I bet my brother and sister-in-law are hoping too.

I threw dinner in the crock pot this morning, so that will make dinner time easier. Sometimes it’s hard to make dinner with three kids tearing the house up and being energetic. I’m making beef stew – beef stew meat, beef broth, a little flour and water, carrots, onions, potatoes, and seasoning. I really should use the crock pot more often.

In case you were wondering, I’ll be having a veggie omelet :)

Have a wonderful day!

Questions of the day:

  • Have you ever used an exercise bike like that before?
  • Favorite piece of exercise equipment?
  • Have you ever had a time in your life when things were out of your control?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

18 Responses to Life Unexpected

  1. The new exercise bikes looks pretty cool! I love to use the arc trainer at my gym. It’s very similar to an elliptical machine, but supposedly offers better alignment and movement for your legs. Whatever–I break a really good sweat on the thing!

  2. lexi

    Hey I have a body media armband too! I loved mine. (i used it for about a month before it got boring). I was surprised to see how I was sleeping and how many calories I burned! It blew my mind! It really helped out a lot. Please let us know what you think of your calculations! It’s very interesting.

  3. Wishing your brother a full (and speedy!) recovery! Has he ever considered chiropractic care?

  4. I always try to find excuses to go to whole foods for lunch :)

  5. I have had a chance to use a stationary bike like that at a gym before and it was much more entertaining then the standard bikes!

  6. Heather, I just want to let you know & remind you that you are an AMAZING mom, sister, daugther, and woman. You honestly have such a warm heart! Please make sure to treat yourself for all you do <3

  7. Julie

    Hope you can get back to your routine soon. I feel the same way when things get too crazy. Wishing your brother a speedy recovery too!

  8. Hey I had a question! So im doing the dietbet with ya, and wondered since you said you have done this one before. Is the pot normally this big?! or do you remember how much it was the last time? it just seems crazy to me! I super excited though!

    • I was actually was wondering the same thing! I checked and last time I did it the pot was $4155. I paid $15 to join. (I think I accidentally mentioned it was $25 in an early post). They were 277 people and I won $38.32. So there’s more players and more $ this time!

  9. JJ

    I love using my crockpot too! Have you tried using the plastic liners? They are super cheap and I live not having to scrub out the crockpot.

  10. JJ

    Love, not live, oops

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