High Five Friday

High Five Friday July 28 2017 happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram and Instagram Stories.  Are you following me? Please do!

1 ) Over the river and through the woods makes my heart happy. Deer flies do not.

2 ) Life is definitely too short not to have donuts.

3 ) Cooper may look like he’s smiling but he’s probably thinking “Why me?!?!”

4 ) A bed of pine needles and moss along my run. Heavenly.

5 ) Pro tip: When you want someone to take a pic of you, ask the person with the biggest camera to do it.  They know how to get a good picture!

5 Good Reads

1 ) My Choice to Share – It infuriates me that so many people feel the need to spew their nasty thoughts to try to tear others down for being themselves. Why does social media have to be the land of picture perfect and fakeness?

2 ) Prepare to Be Delighted by This Badass Squad of 80 Year Old Ballers – Warning: you’ll probably shed a tear watching this video.  These ladies are so freakin’ cute and so completely badass.  I love this quote on why one woman starting playing basketball in her 70s – “You only have one life. What the hell?” Yasssss.

3 ) Why I Choose to Tackle Really Long Rides by Myself – The author of this article is a cyclist but you could easily sub in runner, hiker, etc and have the same story.  A woman alone and all the horror stories of what could happen. “I am starting to think that seeing a woman riding alone can ignite a sense of fear in others. When they are telling me I can’t do something, they’re actually projecting their own fears onto me. If they feel that they can’t do something, then surely I can’t do it either—because I’m a woman and I’m small and I’m alone.”  What do you think?

4 ) Why Being Last is Awesome – I love this post from Jes.  I know that I have felt that fear of – Will I be able to keep up? – when meeting a new running group.  Because, God forbid I’m last! But she makes a very valid point – “Being at the back of the pack isn’t about being slow. It’s about being someone who takes on challenging things and doesn’t give up when they get hard”.

5 ) Ode to the 13 Minute Mile – It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the comparison trap.  At 39 years, I’m better than I was 10 years ago but I still have my moments when I see someone running x:xx pace and thinking why can’t I do that? But you know what?  “They” are not me. And I am not “they”. So I’m just going to keep doing my own thing and you do yours.

What would you like to High 5 today?


10 comments on “High Five Friday

  1. Great reads, as always! The piece from Bicycling was really thought-provoking and I think the author has a good point – people project a lot of fear onto us female athletes who train solo. Sometimes I get so frustrated when the common advice for safety is to not train alone! Also, Cooper is adorable! Have a great weekend!

  2. I can’t wait till it cools off and the flies stop following me around! It’s so annoying when you’re running trails and you’ve got a swarm of pesky flies dive-bombing you in the face!
    These are some great reads, thanks for sharing!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. Happy Friday! I love this list of reads, and thanks so much for including one of my posts among them. Judging ourselves based on where we are and where we want to be is such a battle. Thinking about you and hope you are doing well! Happy weekend. xoxo

  4. Hi H.F.M! 🙂

    I am a Mom of 3 boys under 10 and I am eager to get my body back to a shape that I can at least look at in the mirror and not cringe.
    I’ve been checking out workouts online (which is how I found you blog), and noticed there are a LOT of girls with their names on a workout routine, some charging over $100!
    I was wondering if you have heard of Christmas Abbot, and if her workouts are worth the price tag? Seem’s like i might need to be really fit to start her stuff straight up, and don;t want to waste money.
    I found a good review of her stuff here http://bestbootyworkouts.com/christmas-abbott-badass-body-review/
    and the Tammy girl that wrote it has recommended a cheaper option that is a total workout. I just would love to get a few opinions and a bit more feedback on this or any of the “Popular” workouts for Mom’s etc if I can.
    Any feedback at all will be greatly appreciated 🙂

    Kind Regards


    1. Christmas Abbot – I think she is a crossfit girl? I’ve never looked at her workouts so I can’t really give any feedback on it. Sorry!

  5. No Problems at all Angela 🙂

    Thank You so much for getting back to me anyway.

    Cross fit is not my style I dont think.

    Im going to give the Bikini Body Workouts a go instead that the reviewer recommends, it’s only $30 so if I fail, Im not out of pocket as much lol.

    Thanks Again 🙂

    PS: Keep up the great work! I have bookmarked you blog so I can keep visiting for tips etc.

    Jenna xx

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