Getting Back to Fit

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Did you have a good weekend?  We had an awesome weekend!


I started things off on a healthy note with a Barre class at FlyWheel.  BFF Nicole had convinced me to sign-up for a free class.  Barre struck me as a lovely, sweaty combination of ballet and torture… I kept shooting death glares to her across the room.  It was HARD!




Isn’t it weird (and disappointing) how fitness does not translate? I’ve always hated that!  Like, I can run 4 miles, but I can’t do two minutes of micropulsing bicep curls with 1 pound weights (seriously).  I had a lot of fun at Barre because the instructor and music were great, but I also left feeling kind of blaaaaah because it was SO FREAKING HARD.  I try to have an attitude of “It’s great to start from the bottom because then you feel yourself making progress!” but Friday’s class mostly just left me feeling like a weakling.  I know that’s not the best attitude to take (and I’m starting “over” for a really good reason), but I couldn’t help it!  Just keeping it real. 


Speaking of weight lifting…


My friend Brandi and I took our kids on a hike on Saturday.  The trails to the forest were closed due to construction (boo!) so the kiddos ended up playing in the dirt.  They carried huge 5-pound rocks 30 feet to a nearby puddle and throwing them in.  Henry was seriously doing sumo squats to pick up these rocks!  I kept calling it Preschool Crossfit.

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He got so dirty that I stripped him down to a diaper in the parking lot.  He was NOT getting into my car looking like that.  Hah!  I swore that he’d pass out for nap time because he had also played soccer that morning but – nope! 


Where do children get all their energy?! Can we somehow bottle it and spread it amongst the adult population?  I need it to keep up with this zoo…


Other highlights of the weekend:


I got through 60% of our taxes (a true nightmare between two small businesses).

We met the Octonauts (except Henry refused to go near them).

We had friends over on Saturday night and drank delicious margaritas.

Henry dropped a pacifier into the toilet immediately after he pooped in said toilet.  Pacifiers sink.  So I had to try to fish it out, which was the most disgusting thing I’ve done as a parent (and I’ve done a lot of disgusting things).  Eventually, I gave up and flushed it…

The Affair is getting SO GOOD.  What a great show!

It was 60+ degrees all weekend.  I love living in the South.

Ferguson discovered the bassinet.

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Did you have a nice weekend, too?  And how do you fight the “getting back to fitness” blahs?



  • kira February 9, 2015, 11:52 am

    crazy I have the same pic of my son fist pumping when he was around 1 1/2 months. so adorable!!

  • Julie February 9, 2015, 11:53 am
    • Caitlin February 9, 2015, 11:54 am


      “My fiancee keeps looking at me and smiling. Borderline laughing. Can’t wait till she’s pushing out our child between her legs. I will be standing over her with a shit eating grin on my face.”

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul February 9, 2015, 12:16 pm

    I love barre! I need to get back into it now that my tailbone is recovered!

  • lisa February 9, 2015, 12:18 pm

    is henry potty trained already? and is he still using a paci?

    • Caitlin February 9, 2015, 12:30 pm

      god, i wish! he’s getting close though – he’ll do it occasionally. he still has a paci for bedtime… its going to be a huge battle one day!!!!

  • Nicole @ Broken Road Creative February 9, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I’m like the laziest person ever when I’m pregnant so I’m getting back to fitness too, since having my second baby in September. I just remind myself that slow and steady wins the race. Also I remind myself why I want to be fit, a big reason is so I can be around for my kids and a healthy role model, so that’s motivating!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H February 9, 2015, 12:54 pm

    ferguson is an incredible cat name.

  • Katie @ Live Half Full February 9, 2015, 1:18 pm

    I recovered from surgery this year and had a major case of the fitness blahs. I don’t have any advice, only to say it’s a test of patience so stay positive and keep at it! 🙂

  • Jen February 9, 2015, 1:21 pm

    We are potty training, and the poop is the worst. On the undies is no fun, but he’s doing good so I don’t complain (too much). I other day I had to scoop poop out of the tub….ugh- it was gross, but I didn’t want to clog the tub drain. Being a parents leads you to do crazy things!

  • Pam S @ Nuts for Nutrition February 9, 2015, 1:33 pm

    cutest baby fist bump picture ever!!!!

  • Rachel February 9, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Weight training is something you have to do regularly – otherwise, you lose it.

    Running (particularly running/walking) isn’t really the same, in that you can saunter along at a variety of paces and still make it 4.0 miles. You don’t have to be as committed to be a runner as you do to be physically “strong”, which is why I think it’s the default activity for a lot of people for whom physical fitness is a distant priority to other things.

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 9, 2015, 2:36 pm

    The first time I did pure barre I couldn’t believe how difficult it was! But I loved it. Eventually I bought 4 of the pure barre dvd’s and I do the routine from home easily 5 days a week. It’s a total burn every time but I have gotten so much better at it, totally see the changes, feel the strength and my legs don’t shake like they did the first few classes lol. It’s a great workout and a wonderful compliment to running. I can’t imagine back to when I didn’t do it on a regular basis.

  • Sarah F February 9, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Aww- that fist pump is adorable!

    I do barre yoga at home, and after hearing everyone talk about the actual classes, I think I’m glad! At least that way I only have to suffer for 30-40 minutes, and no one’s around to watch. I will say though- I’ve noticed a difference in my fitness since starting these classes 🙂

  • Jill February 9, 2015, 3:52 pm

    Funny related story… my son was being potty trained at 2.5 years old and also still used a paci at bedtime (and his name is also Henry!). He was down to just one paci (those things get gross and I wasn’t going to buy any more for a 2.5 year old) and he dropped it in the toilet. We took that opportunity to explain that we were so sorry but that was his last paci and since it fell in the potty he could no longer use it. He freaked out for a bit right then, but surprisingly went to bed just fine that night, saying to himself “paci fell in potty. No more paci.” We still feel slightly guilty like we made it out to be his fault, but we just went with it when the moment came!

    • Caitlin February 9, 2015, 3:59 pm

      Hahaha!!! Nice. I dread the day I have to get rid of pacifiers. I didn’t bother to do it before Claire got here because I knew he would want hers. I’m not really in a huge rush about it but man… It’s gonna be brutal.

      • Grace February 9, 2015, 4:58 pm

        If it’s at all helpful, our pediatrician and pediatric dentist both said there’s no need to rush weaning our three year old off her pacifier (she uses it just for bedtime/naptime, though, and she doesn’t use it all night). They both said she does have a bit of an overbite from it, but that within a few weeks to a month after she gives it up, it will correct itself. I’ve read that trying to remove comfort item like a pacifier from a toddler (especially cold turkey) can be incredibly traumatic, so I’m glad that we don’t have to force the issue. My sister-in-law used a sticker chart right before their daughter turned four to wean her from her pacifier, and she said it worked like a charm.

        The story about the toilet and the pacifier… oh that is too gross! We’re you worried about your plumbing? I’d be afraid of causing damage by flushing it… but we live in an old house with old pipes. We have a strict “binkies stay in the bedroom” rule and I’m SO glad that we do after hearing your story!

  • Sarah February 9, 2015, 4:09 pm

    Haven’t you figured it out? Kids suck all the energy out of their parents! That’s why they have so much and we are so darn tired all the time. 😉

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey I Like That! February 9, 2015, 4:14 pm

    That’s so crazy that you mention barre class because I went to one for the first time on Friday and had the SAME reaction! I almost left halfway through because I felt so beaten up and beleaguered. I think I’ll stick my running and my Wii Fit for now 😉

  • Joy February 9, 2015, 4:51 pm

    Just wanted to say that that fist bump photo is one of the cutest baby photos I’ve seen in ages.

    I wish fitness translated too! I recently tried some Barre3 classes and was surprised at how hard they were.

  • Ashley February 9, 2015, 4:53 pm

    I rarely comment but had to tell you I literally chuckled out loud at the “most disgusting thing I’ve ever done as a parent!” Not laughing AT you…laughing WITH you! Seriously, so funny!

  • Keelie (Sweat Equals Success) February 9, 2015, 6:55 pm

    You’d better TM ‘pre-school Crossfit’ before someone runs with it… Just sayin’. 🙂

  • Jolene ( February 9, 2015, 7:17 pm

    How cute is that fist bump picture!! I love it 🙂

  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate February 9, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Ah that pacifier story!! I would have flushed it too! Love the fist bump- adorable!

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz February 10, 2015, 1:13 am

    How cute are your kids playing in the mud! I bet that was fun to clean up! I LOVE The Affair! I cannot wait until Season 2 starts! So glad I found someone else that watches it! Enjoy!

  • sarah (SHU) February 10, 2015, 11:55 am

    Hi! I just had to chime in and say you are amazing for even surviving a flybarre class that close to having #2 🙂 Cameron is nearly a year and I’ve been doing flybarre sporadically for the past couple months and those classes are HARD. Only now have I been getting close to making it through (most of) a class without having to modify. So — I am totally impressed and wanted to vindicate your feelings that those classes are hard. THEY ARE!

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete February 10, 2015, 12:54 pm

    I want to try barre !! But I can’t find anywhere within a 45 minute drive.
    And I couldn’t agree more how unfair it is that fitness doesn’t translate. I can run a marathon, but I still get winded going up stairs.

  • Michelle February 10, 2015, 2:12 pm

    Love the fistbump! What a cutie!

  • Emily February 10, 2015, 3:06 pm

    My weekend was great.. I went to a 50s themed bday party.

    I have gotten the fitness ‘blahs’ before, and I just have to remind myself that every new challenge takes time to overcome, and Mount Everest wasn’t climbed in a day, so neither will this fitness challenge/’blah.’

  • Megan February 11, 2015, 12:49 am

    I ran a 5k with my 9 year old (his first time running more than 2 miles). He did awesome and it was the most fun race I’ve ever done!

    We also went fishing as a family, and I went on a solo run. It was a glorious 60-70• weekend in MO.

  • Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious February 13, 2015, 10:48 am

    I fight the preworkout blahs with caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine. Preferably in powder form and fruit punch flavored. (C4 addict here..)

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