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Lately

I've been enjoying running friends lately | happyfitmama.comI caught you up on training (or whatever you want to call it) lately. Let’s talk life lately. Of course, there’s more running talk too.

Lately…I’ve been enjoying company on long runs. For many years, I only ran solo. It was my time for my own thoughts but I also didn’t think I belonged with other runners. I didn’t want to hold anyone back with not being able to keep up. Or run faster than the group and end up running solo because our paces weren’t a match. But after running most of my long runs with Sarah during Boston training, I looked forward to the company. It’s not an ideal situation for race day planning but it sure helps a lot when you are dealing with motivation or weather issues. Misery loves company when you are running 20 miles in single digit temps!

Lately…Remember when I said I haven’t been running in the super early morning hours because of the dark and my fear of creepers? I put a plea out on Facebook to local friends searching for someone to run with. I now have lots of options and even found a Facebook group of super early crazy people just like me. If you are looking for a running buddy, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to meet up with new people. It pays off!

Lately…I’ve been on a seltzer kick (like everyone else in the nation). There was a time I thought seltzer was the most disgusting thing ever. But then I tried the new LaCroix flavors and it opened up the possibilities. My current favs are LaCroix Curate Cherry Lime, Poland Springs Cherry Lemon and Polar Orange Vanilla. I crave the fizz!

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Lately…I’m super excited to reunite with new and old friends at Rise.Run.Retreat in Vermont. And this year I can participate in all things running. I can’t believe it’s next week!

Lately…I’m shocked at how much the leaves are changing in color right now. It’s so early. Last week when I did a Sunset Yoga Hike, it looked like mid October on sections of the trail. We had a super dry summer which is making the leaves look rather dull already. Kind of a bummer.

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Lately…Speaking of weather, I have a feeling we are in for a hard winter. It’s hard to think of winter when I’m sweating my arse off on every single run lately. But my yard is overflowing with acorns and the squirrels are squirrel-ier than ever. Someone told me the Old Wives Tale that more acorns and crazy squirrels means a hard winter. Two years ago, we had the same conditions. And we all remember that winter, right?  Or at least you do in the Northeast. That was the winter from hell.

Lately…I’ve been feeling very adult with our new bed and OSO mattress.

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Lately…I got a new Stitch Fix! (FYI referral link) I try to get a new Fix with the changing of the seasons since I don’t do a ton of “regular” clothes shopping. This Fix was a good one. I almost kept everything just for the buy 5 discount but decided to keep two pairs of Kut from the Kloth jeans (I requested jeans since it’s been awhile since I bought any new ones) and the sweater from RetroD. I can’t resist elbow patches! The shirt was an almost but I didn’t think it was worth $58. And the jacket? That’s a big no. It reminded me of something from a horrible 80’s movie. I just can’t do the 80’s.

Thanks for letting me do some Thinking Out Loud.

What’s new in your life lately?

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Mattress Confessions with OSO

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of OSO Mattress.

I’ve got a confession to make.

Ron and I have been sleeping on a mattress that is as old as me.

That’s right. It’s 38 years old. Born in 1978.

Now before you exclaim – WHAT?!?! –  let me explain. I have a really good reason!

When I got my first place after graduating from college, I needed furniture. My dad’s cousin had recently passed away and they were trying to get rid of her furniture. I needed a bed. She had a queen size bed from her guest bedroom that had been rarely used.

So I got a bed. And I’ve had that bed for 15 years. It’s moved from Michigan to Virginia to New Hampshire. It’s been a good bed but yeah, it’s old, sunken in the middle and really wasn’t the best for our bodies. There’s been more than one night when one of us has woken up with a stiff back. It needed to be replaced.

We’ve been promising ourselves that we would get a new bed for at least the past 5 years. But you know how life is. Things come up that take precedent. I love my sleep and I know that slacking on sound sleep night after night is going to hurt both Ron and I in the long run. Pun intended.

That’s why I got quite excited when OSO reached out about trying out their mattress.

In researching, OSO, I found out that they ship the mattress to you in a box. What? I couldn’t fathom how a King size, let alone any size, mattress could fit in a box.

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As born and raised Michiganders, Ron and I were a little excited to learn that OSO is a Michigan based company. Ron even wore his Red Wings hat as a special shout out to unveil the mattress. Not really, he wears a Red Wings hat all the time.

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You receive the mattress in vacuum sealed tight plastic wrap. When you cut the wrapping off, the mattress then unrolls and magically puffs out into a regular size mattress. They even provide you with a handy dandy tool to cut the wrap! Within a few minutes our mattress was it’s regular, puffy self although we let it set overnight just to make sure it was at it’s puff peakness.

Another cool feature is that OSO mattresses offer both a soft and firm option in the same bed. It’s like two beds in one. Pressure points are concentrated in between your shoulders and hips, so support is centered on those areas. If you prefer a firm mattress, simply rotate the bed 180 degrees so the firm side is where your head lays. Or if you want soft, rotate it another 180 degrees. Your preference can change –  an injury, pregnancy, or a new partner. I’m hoping none of those are in my future by the way.

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It works great with a platform bed base or you can leave it on the floor. That’s where ours is currently while we wait for our new bed to arrive.  No box spring is needed although if you wanted a higher bed, you could easily get one, just make sure it’s a wood slats instead of wire inside. The OSO mattress is designed to be cool, not just with cool features, but temperature wise. The fabric is breathable to keep you from getting too warm. And it’s naturally hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant, and free of harmful chemical emissions.

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I loved the convenience of having a mattress delivered right to our door. Not having to go to a furniture store to test out ALL the mattresses was a huge plus. And if you have ever had to try to squeeze a mattress up a small staircase or around a sharp corner, you can appreciate a mattress that comes in a box.

If you would like to experience your own OSO mattress, you can get $50 off any size (Twin to California King) with code FitMama50 at checkout from ososleep.com.

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Meal Planning Tips and Tidbits

Get on the meal planning train with these 4 tips and tidbits for finding recipe inspiration for healthy dinners all week.  happyfitmama.com

Hey there!

I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend. I know we sure did! How can you not, right?

I took a little blog holiday over the weekend so I didn’t share my weekly meal planning post. As I was putting it together, I thought I’d share some tips and tidbits that I’ve picked up over the years of planning.

Prior to kids, I rarely ever meal planned. I’d find recipes from cook books or magazines and make them whenever I felt like it. I rarely planned out the meals before I grocery shopped for the week. Don’t have the ingredients for a certain dish? It was no big deal to run to the grocery store to pick it up on a whim.

After the kids’ were born, I still didn’t meal plan. Winging it was all the time I felt I had for food. If I wasn’t trying to feed myself, I was trying to feed two other mouths. And then clean up those two mouths. Which rarely got said food only in mouth.

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But then around their one year birthday, I realized that winging it wasn’t going to work anymore. My free time was spent feverishly cleaning the house or doing whatever else I could cram into nap time. And with the magical witching hour always landing around dinner time, I couldn’t afford to be spending more than 20-30 minutes preparing food.

 

That’s also about the time I started reading food blogs. I began to find new easy, healthy recipes. I can’t remember exactly what blog it was, but the concept of meal planning was mentioned and I knew I needed to try it.

Since then, I’ve been on the meal planning train. It definitely helps a ton in grocery shopping and not living on eggs, toast and avocado every single night. Although I do really enjoy those types of dinners too.

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I let my meal planning slide a bit during the summer but I committing to it once again with the new school year. With kid’s sports and other evening activities going on each week, it’s essential to have a plan.

Here are 4 meal planning tips and tidbits that I use each week.

Pinterest

By far, my biggest source of meal planning inspiration is from Pinterest. Consulting my Crock Pot Recipe, Easy Dinners, Healthy Snacks, or Clean Eating Recipe Boards always gives me ideas. The genius behind the alogorithm of Pinterest knows what I like. I can go on there anytime and find recipes that I like.

Blogs

If Pinterest is my first stop, it’s because I pin a TON of recipes off of blogs every week. When you are a blogger who loves reading blogs, you find recipes everywhere. Here’s some of my favorite food blogs to follow for delicious recipes.

Family Favorites

I don’t always feel like following a recipe. Sometimes I want to wing it. Maybe it’s making a simple stir fry, Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls, Crockpot Veggie Chili or Brinner, family favorites that are quick and easy always happen at least once a week even if I did have something planned.

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Magazines

I laughed when my mom sent me a subscription to Good Housekeeping Magazine. Isn’t that an old lady magazine? I was pleasantly surprised to find really good recipes (and home tips!). It’s not as old lady-ish as I remembered. Or it’s just because I have become an old lady who enjoys Good Housekeeping.

Runner’s World and Women’s Running are two of my other favorite magazines for recipes. They know what runner’s want!

When I find a recipe that looks good, I’ll rip it out and stick it in a binder I have full of recipes. I was looking at my recipe binder for this week’s meal plan and laughed at one recipe in there – Cooking Light circa 2006. There’s mention of margarine. Does anyone use margarine anymore? If so, please don’t!

 

Here’s what’s for dinner this week at my house:

Sunday: Make your own pizza night

Monday: Cook out

Tuesday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Wednesday: Crockpot Black Bean Quinoa Soup

Thursday: Homemade Pizza Bowls

Friday: Take out

Saturday: Grilled Honey Chiptole Salmon + veggies

Where do you get your meal planning inspiration?