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Rise and shine!


My goal for the next few weeks – get into the habit of going to bed early!  The Husband and I have made pinky swear promises to be in bed by 9:30.  I have realized that it takes me a good 30 minutes to get into bed once I decide to go to bed… So part of this promise is closing my book/shutting off the TV at 9:00.  It’s challenging – even though I’m always exhausted by bedtime, I *want* to hang out and get my adult time, you know?


We had a fun day outside yesterday.


On the days that Kristien starts work late, we usually go on a big family walk after breakfast, which is so nice.  We try to do a 2.2 mile loop.  The kids either each go into a stroller and we walk/run it OR I wear Claire in the Boba and Henry goes into a backpack on the Husband’s back and we walk.  That’s what we did yesterday – it was hard.  The kids are getting heavy!


Afterwards, we hung out with friends and played until we were sweaty and tired.  Then we ran through sprinklers to cool off!


And made clover jewelry for everyone.  A perfect way to kick off summer, if you ask me.


And last, but not least, I did this workout but made it 30 minutes instead of 25.  I also did 10 minutes on the rower.


Here are my Pinterest boards of Swim Workouts and Track Workouts, Elliptical Workouts, and Stairclimber Workouts if you are looking for some other workout ideas.


You know how I took last week off triathlon workouts?  I think I’m going to do the same thing this week. I just need another week to reenergize myself mentally and physically. I also need to figure out my training plan – and how to coordinate training for such a long race (it’s a 1500 meter swim, 28 mile bike, and 10K run) with the kiddos’ schedules! 



  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 26, 2015, 8:30 am

    I’m the same way, I always fight sleep but I know I need it!

  • Kristy B. May 26, 2015, 9:12 am

    You should read Better than Before, the new book by Gretchen Rubin, as one of your Books of the Week. It’s all about why/how we form habits, and it’s very interesting.

  • Katie May 26, 2015, 11:03 am

    i just heard a tip on the Gretchen Rubin Postcast for how to get to bed earlier! And I’ve been doing it – and it really helps. Set an alarm! Set a bedtime alarm so that you remind yourself to do it. It also reminds you that it’s important to you. I need to be in bed close to 10ish to be able to get up at 5 and workout. If I don’t workout at 5 – it doesn’t happen. My 2 boys and my job don’t get in the way that early! And I love when the kids are down for the night and I have time to breathe too. So often I let the evening time wander too late into the night. Now I set an alarm and I’m finding that even if I am not in bed at the exact time when the alarm goes off – I do refocus on getting ready for bed and it’s usually not too much later than that. So maybe give it a try!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2015, 11:08 am

      That’s a very good suggestion… I will do this tonight!

    • Emily May 26, 2015, 2:14 pm

      That makes so much sense! I actually set an alarm for getting out the door in the morning (about 5min before I actually HAVE to leave). It’s the same idea, even if I’m not walking out when it goes off, it reminds me to gather all my stuff and get going!

  • Sagan May 26, 2015, 12:50 pm

    Great tips on creating a new habit. So important to set yourself up for success!

    I’m also in awe of people who can sleep on command. I think I would want that as my superpower 😉

  • Amanda K. May 26, 2015, 4:06 pm

    you keep your house at 71!? wow!
    (my husband and i have thermostat battles, i notice these things!!!)

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