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Sweat Like A Mother!

16 Nov

“SLAM,” aka “Sweat Like A Mother,” is the motto for the Stroller Strong Moms group in Savannah. And this class is no joke. Especially after only being 10 weeks post-partum. But it is 100% worth it! I haven’t felt this kind of soar in literally almost an entire year. I got pregnant  in the middle of December of last year, and the crossfit/training routine I had gotten into down at Ft. Benning was abruptly overtaken by squats in front of the toilet and projectile vomit. Not pretty…I know. By the time my second trimester hit, I had already been “out” for 15 weeks and my belly was larger than your average 15-weeker. But I began working out again, going for “trots,” and attending spin and yoga classes on post. By 20 weeks I had ended my leisurely runs as my already swollen pelvis puffed up even larger due to the mix of bouncing and belly weight. *I think it was around this time that  my husband and I adopted the name, “BOB,”-Big Ol’Belly- for my growing stomach.* I was still determined to keep on working out so I stuck with spin and yoga…until I almost passed out during yoga. Note to preggies…the up and down motions of yoga will get you very light headed. Maybe prenatal yoga would have been better? Oh well, next time 😉

So that’s where it ended. Walks around the block were about as active as I got from here until the end of my pregnancy. Needless to say, it has been a hot minute since I have done anything intense. Except for give birth. That was intense. And painful. And I’m still recovering. Physically. Emotionally. I want to find that damn stork and ask him why he didn’t drop off my 8lb 11oz baby with a 15-inch dome piece. Seriously dude, help a sister out! I’m counting on the stork for my next delivery. If he is not there I’m learning how to hunt. True story.

Ok…enough of that bitter rant.

It’s been awhile since I got a good workout in. At exactly 6-weeks post-partum, we went for a family run. Husband, baby, baby jogger, Edel and Paisley, and me-the overly ambitious, cup is half-full, psh…I got this!…kinda person.

Welp…I don’t got it. Or at least I didn’t. I never in my life have struggled so much with running ONE measly mile. It was terrible. Thank goodness I was pushing the baby jogger because at least I had something to hold onto before I started my downward spiral into the cement. Thankfully, this didn’t happen. But I thought it would. It was crazy how much pregnancy changed well, everything. I had taken time off before from working out, but it was always somewhat easy to pick up where I left off. I had to remind myself that my body had in fact changed in order to carry and deliver a child and unfortunately, some things where not in the same place as I left them a year ago.

I have pushed myself and continued running, trying to add miles here and there. I even did a 10k at eight weeks post-partum down in Columbus. Don’t be fooled though, I did not run the whole thing. And I only pushed the BOB for the photo opps 😉

 Mama P. however, did. She gave birth to her little Sweet P. only four weeks before me and she pushed that BOB like a champ. She even continued I to impress my husband, Uncle Kev and I as she walked AND fed her sweet girl during the race while I was struggling to catch my breath! Mad props to Mama P!

Which now leads me to the title of this post (about time, right)? Mama P. told me about Stroller Strong Mom’s, as it was started at Ft. Benning. Alexa, the instructor, PCS’d to Ft. Stewart (yay) and started this group up again out here. I decided to give it a try for the first time this week. I was not disappointed.

I LOVE this group. It incorporates cardio, plyo’s, and strength and resistance training all while working-out with your bebe. The first day I even had to pull-over and feed my hungry little food monster at the beginning of class and I felt completely comfortable. We were all moms. With babies. Even when Jax cries and I’m doing suicides across the tennis courts, Alexa, or another mama is there to help soothe my little guy. It is an amazing atmosphere and an intense work-out! The kind I LOVE and crave! I come home feeling sore EVERYWHERE. And yes, I literally do, “Sweat…like a mother!” This group has given me a whole new motivation and excitement towards getting back in shape. And the best part really is getting to enjoy this whole experience with my handsome, little, stud muffin. And sweating like a mother 😉

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You Were Born in the Wrong Generation

6 Nov

You Were Born in the Wrong Generation

After my senior year of high school, I made the decision that I wanted to graduate from college early and get a jump start on my career. I took a full credit load every semester and attended summer school to do just that. There was even one semester that I took 18 credits, ran track, was a nanny on Mondays, worked as a lifeguard Tuesday and Thursday nights, and picked up shifts as a waitress on the weekends. Needless to say, I worked my butt off and was determined to achieve what I set out to accomplish.

And I did just that. Only God had a completely different path in mind for me.

 I did graduate a semester early.  December 17th, 2009. I then married Bryan three days later on December 20th, 2009. By January 1st, my car was packed and we were on our way to start our life at Ft. Drum, NY. Bryan had already been there since July of ’09 and now that we were married, and I had finished college, I could officially follow in his footsteps.

And so began my career as…an Army Wife.

Upon moving to Ft. Drum, Bryan and I decided that there really wasn’t any point in me trying to find a job. He was going to deploy in March of that year and I was going to go back to Colorado for the year that he was away. For those of you who read my blog during those first few months of marriage/living in Dexter, NY, you will agree that moving back to Colorado during the deployment was a good decision at the time.

When I returned to Colorado, I got a job right away. As a matter of fact, I was offered an interview the very day that Bryan deployed. I was lucky. I knew that this job was not going to be one that I would eventually retire from; it was one to fill the time during the year that Bryan was away. And it did just that.

In February  of 2010, I left Colorado and headed BACK to Ft. Drum where I anxiously waited for my husband to redeploy. Again, we didn’t know how long we would be at Ft. Drum, and honestly, the job market in Watertown, NY isn’t that big. Thus, I became a stay-at-home wife.

 And I loved it.

I was able to become the FRG leader for C Co. I joined Camaraderie of Courage and really jumped into learning about life as an Army Wife.

By October of 2010, we were already moving again to Ft. Benning, GA. I had ambitions to get a temporary job there, something to fill the time while Bryan was attending Career Course. Again, God had other plans. By December I was pregnant and by January I couldn’t make it much further than the bathroom door. My first trimester was rough and I was thankful to be able to stay at home and puke in peace.

It is here that I realized that maybe I was born in the wrong generation. I have since upgraded from stay-at-home wife, to stay-at-home mom. Again, I love it. If you had asked me in December of ’09 if I would be ok with  A.) Not having a career (not just a job) and B.) Being a stay-at-home mom, I would have told you, “No!” But that’s the funny thing about life. Once you learn to let go and stop fighting God over what you selfishly think you should do and allow Him to take control over what you were meant to do, you find peace with the path you are meant to be on.

I constantly have people (outside of the Army world) asking me if it ever gets boring staying at home. Or people flat out telling me, “I don’t know how you do it; I can’t stand just sitting at home all day.”

At first, out of habit, I would chime in and AGREE with what they were saying, even though I had come to peace with the complete opposite.

And for those who ever questioned this lifestyle, I just want to set the record straight. This is 2012, going on 2013. And just because I am a “stay-at-home mom,” it doesn’t in fact mean that I literally do nothing but STAY…at home. If that were the case, my dear friends and family should probably be contacting authorities for spousal abuse. Just sayin’….

So no, I do not just stay at my house all day long twiddling my thumbs in boredom. And when I was a stay-at-home wife, I also had plenty of things to do to fill my time. And I feel soo lucky that I am able to live the life that I do live. I have been able to attend “coffees,” and meet up with friends for lunch. I am able to attend promotions and graduations and family organization days. I have learned how to cook and thoroughly enjoy trying out new recipes. I LOVE that I am home when my husband comes home. And even though I loathe laundry…I do in fact, enjoy having a clean house.

So maybe I was born in the wrong generation. Maybe I should be wearing me heels and pearls as I vacuum my house. But at the end of the day, yes, I DO enjoy being able to be a stay-at-home wife/mom. And I DO feel lucky that we can afford to do just that.

So the next time someone asks me, or any other Army Wife or stay-at-home mom if they are bored just “staying at home,” I hope they have the courage to say, “no.” I really do feel fortunate. I actually enjoy my days “at home.”

And just for the record…I am far less bored being a stay-at-home mom than I was when I had a “real” job. And I know I am not the only one who feels that way about work 😉 So please, keep that in mind if you ever feel compelled to question a stay-at-home mom…you might be preaching to your own choir 😉

PS…8 weeks post-partum…maybe I should try vacuuming in heels and pearls 😉 Hey hey hey!

Crazy, Beautiful Life

8 Mar

I am OBSESSED with our growing family. I feel so blessed and couldn’t be happier with our cast of characters…and believe me…they are ALL characters.

Mama and Papa Cerc

Baby Cerc ❤

Edel-Lou

Paisley Poo

 

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Eh…let’s be serious…this is who we REALLY are…

Obviously #1

 

 Bryan’s favorite past-time is going to the ER

I love my life!!!!!!

Our girls have no shame…

We like to keep it classy

Don’t ask, and I won’t tell

 

Our German Shepard LOVES to snuggle

We love booty!

And, Ay! What can I say?! We love to smooch!!

 

 

Ft. Benning Adventures

29 Feb

A lot has happened since we first arrived at Ft. Benning in mid October. On the way down from Ft. Drum, we ran the Army 10-Miler with my father-in-law and Uncle Chris. We all wore our Run to Remember shirts in honor of our military.

Wear Blue. Run to Remember  

Once we arrived in Georgia, we lived at the La Quinta for 5 days…which was 5 days to long. Edel didn’t seem to mind the room though.

After 3 days of looking at houses, we FINALLY found one in Phenix City, AL. Lucky number 15…

We enjoyed our first meal in the new home on the living room floor…picnic style! Stouffer’s lasagna never tasted so good!

Once the movers came, we decided it would only be right to audition for “Hoarding, Buried Alive”

We FINALLY spent our first Halloween together…after 6 freakin’ years!!! Edel sported her American pride in a cute cheer outfit

Edel and I hid in the bathtub together during our first tornado. She was really into it…

Bryan started a TP War…

 

…But I finished it 🙂

 

We spent our (first) second anniversary and Christmas together

 

 

We went to Colorado for Christmas

 

And built a snowman with Zoey

 

Bryan broke (insert number here) bones in his face playing Ultimate Football with MCCC

 

 

 

We got another puppy, Ms. Paisely

 

 

And we made a baby 🙂

Ft. Drum in a Nutshell

29 Feb

Mt. Marcy *January 2009*

Our new home came with…. 4 feet of snow 😦  *February 2011*

***MARCH 2011!!!!!***

 

*April 2011*

Tough Mudder!!! Mt. Snow, VT  *May 2011*

Hiking near Ft. Drum *May 2011*

Remington Pond-Ft. Drum *June 2011*

Alexandria Bay

Pirates Weekend in A-Bay!!! (A must if you are at Ft. Drum)! *August 2011*

 

 

Camping at Westcott Beach *August 2011*

Wine Tasting!! *August 2011*

September 2011

The most BEAUTIFUL Fall I have ever seen! *Bolt Castle, October 2009*

Summit Ball *November 2009*

 

Unfortunately I have not experienced Ft. Drum in December…I’m sure it is a lovely, white sheet of snow 🙂

A Picture of Someone/Something that has had the biggest impact on you (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

I’m doing this out of order, but I wanted to save this post for today. On February 28, 2003, the world lost three incredible people and heaven gained just a few more angels. I have encountered a decent amount of death and funerals in my life, but none have made quite the same impact that this one did. The three angels that so tragically lost their lives on that day, Brian Ellsworth, Micheal Heykoop, and Caitlyn Craig, were not ordinary individuals. I know that is said about a lot of people who have passed, but it is true. They were extraordinary. They touched so many lives, and continue to do so today. I know I am not alone when I can honestly say that they have changed my life. Loosing your friends in a terrible car crash at 15 years-old is not an easy thing to go through. Watching the entire class of ’06 become so transformed by this event, bonding in an unbreakable way, and 100% knowing that at the end of the day, any person in our class could call another at any point in their life, and they would be there for them, is something truly spectacular. Brian, Michael, and Caitlyn taught us that life is short. Sometimes way to short. They taught us that above all, love those around you. Be there for them. And don’t take any moment for granted. I will never understand why this had to happen to such GREAT people with such big hearts. But what I do know is that through all of this, many lives were touched and changed. I can only hope that I can continue to live my life to the fullest, in the way they so faithfully did. Even though they went to Heaven at 14 and 15-years old, they LIVED such incredible lives…Impacting SO many people. I can only hope that I can touch as many people in my lifetime.

 

 

 

Brian, Michael, and Caitlyn…know we love you endlessly. We miss you terribly. You will NEVER be forgotten. THANK YOU for showing us what it is like to live everday to the fullest, and leaving us with a lifetime of smiles~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ~Last day of school Senior Year…you were STILL with us~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Alive-at-25~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~We love you guys!~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ALWAYS.Drive.Safe~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Successfully passing the Graduated Driving License Law in 2005~

 

 

 

 

 

 

~I took this from Jess (your doing great things with these ladies)

 

CSH will always remember~ 

Blog Challenge Day 1 (Ft. Drum Archive)

29 Feb

Day 01 – A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

 

 

* I am third…God, Others, Self

* I have been married for just over a year (going strong)!

* I am now officially living the Army Wife Life 😉

* I ran track at CU (Go BUFSS)!

* I LOVE to dance around the house…especially to Spice Girls…in circles around my husband

* I am constantly playing with my hair

* I LOVE NAPS!!!!

 * I hate hot dogs

* I Keep up with the Kardashians…and Kendra

* I LOVE going to the VA Hospital

* My dream job would be coaching. There is an unexplainable feeling I get watching my athlete’s excel

* I am blessed…and so undeserving

* I’m the biggest wuss and won’t watch scary movies

* I’m terrified of moths…I WILL curl up in the fetal position and cry

* I don’t play to win…I play to dominate 😉

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