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Girl Scout Cookie 5k

March 23, 2018

Got my Brooks on….here we go!

Did you know March was national nutrition month? I found out a few weeks into March so we unknowingly kicked off National Nutrition Month with a family 5k. Way to go Team Sinthusy! J

Kailee, 8, Kobe, 6, and myself started off our 5k on a cool March morning eager to run the course. I tried to convince Kailee to leave her jacket at the start line but she wasn’t interested in listening to me. L Who can blame her, really, I have made this same mistake on many runs and a few races too.

They announced the start of the race and the kids took off, flying down the course. I had already decided to let them run their race today, whatever happens…happens. About ¼ mile into the race both kids started to slow down and I could see the panic in their faces. I understand how scary it can be when you have a difficult start to a race and all you can think about is you still have the entire race in front of you. I just kept telling them; “they were ok”; “You got this” and “You can do this”.

Kobe slowed down for a minute, regrouped and then he started to pick up his pace again and he was off with the crowd. I said to him, “you got this” and “I will see you at the finish line”.

 

I decided to hang back with Kailee. At this point her breathing was out of control and her stomach was cramping. I walked with her while she got her breathing under control and I assured her she was fine! I flashbacked to my first marathon, when around mile 15 my legs were cramping so bad I could barely walk and my head was pounding, I thought there was no way I would finish. But, I did finish, in part, because of the support of the other runners that kept encouraging me.

 

Kailee finally took her jacket off  and we started out at slow pace and kept going from there. About the 1.5 mile marker we saw Kobe going around the curve, a good distance ahead of us, we yelled and screamed his name and we saw a little hand pop up in the air waving at us. J At that moment I felt so much joy and excitement for him. He was able to keep going, run at a good steady pace and finish strong. WOW!  What an accomplishment for such a little guy, he is only 6! He finished in 30:35 which landed him a 3rd   place in the 10 and younger (male) age group. Kailee also finished 3rd in the 10 and younger (female) age group. She was able to overcome a difficult start, keep going and finish strong. She finished in 34:20 not bad for an 8 year oldJ. After the 5k all three kiddos including KASH, 3, participated in the kids run. It was such a fun morning.

 

Every race is different, each with new challenges and obstacles. I always tell my kiddos to run your best race today. One thing that is always true is how accomplished each child feels after completing their race. As their mom, it’s an amazing feeling to see your children glowing with accomplishment. J

I encourage you to get out and try running with your kids and as a family. Part of the reason we participate in 5k’s is so we have something to look forward to, to keep us motivated. We love running and biking in the neighborhood and on the trails; but races are so much fun and I love that my kids love them so much! And you can support a good cause!

We have another one coming up the end of April at Bass Pro – The City of Independence holds the race every year to help encourage healthy active lifestyles. The best part is it’s FREE! J

Come on out and join us!

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A New 4th of July Tradition

July 12, 2017

A New 4th of July Tradition

I got my Brooks on…

 

Every run every race is different, its own. Sometimes I feel great and I have great runs…and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t run as well.  I have been lucky so far with most of my races that I have been able to meet new people and chat for awhile. Not only do I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, but when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles if helps to pass the time. J

Well last week I ran the Stars the Stripes 4th of July 5k with my 5 year old son.

 

(Here we are before the race, before the rain 🙂 )

 

I was truly blessed to watch him run, meet new people and enjoy his race and all the training and he did in preparation. Now I say training because he did train. When he came to me and asked to run a 5k with me I told him if he wanted to run he would have to train, so he would be prepared.  I see people signing up for races all the time. And while I think it’s a great thing to be active, for me, the race is much more about the training and preparation. Setting a goal and then working towards that goal.

Kobe’s goal was to run a 5K with his mom. While he has run several races with me and the rest of our family, this was his race.  He trained for about 10 weeks. His training focused much more on keeping a steady pace than finishing.  I knew Kobe was fast, he has always been fast. Kobe is a sprinter, he is fast and he likes to run fast.  J  I knew we would have fun and he would finish without any problems. After all, I have been running with this kid since he was 18 months old.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact the race would have on me. I can’t even begin to explain the pure joy it brought me to be part of Kobe’s 4th of July 5k experience, his first (solo-ish) 5k. From watching him pass the starting line with excitement, meeting people along the route, having people cheer him on and sprinting to the finish line, all with a smile of his face ; pure joy! I was so proud of him and hos accomplishment. And so was Kobe! Right before he crossed the finished line he looked back at me, smiled, and then ran right in front of me. He had to make sure he beat mom! And he did. Kobe finished in 34:20!

 

(Sprinting to the finish line)

Even though it was raining most of the race, we both had a great time. So much so, I think we started a new 4th of July tradition. Mother and son 4th of July 5k! J The other kids got in on the fun too. All three of my kiddos ran in the post 5k kids race and did a great job. But the time the kids race started it was pouring!

 

(Kailee, my 8 year old, finishing)

 

 

(Here I am with Kash as he is crossing the finish line at the kids race)

 

Whatever activity you enjoy I encourage you to involve your kids. It is a great way to spend time together. And I love being able to share something I love doing with my kids.

 

Happy Running!!!

Power balls!

April 27, 2017

 

We just made these last night so I had to share! One of the great things about this recipe is that you can change it up and they are still so yummy!

 

We have recently gone gluten and dairy free (GF DF) (more on that to come later) so these make a great snack. I left out the pumpkin and added in a cup of GF DF Koala Crisps and they were so good.

 

  • 2 Cups GF Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Pepita
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Koala Crisp
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter

 

Stir, roll into balls, freeze and ENJOY!

 

***These make a great pre/post run snack!

 

 

 

November, 24, 2015

Pumpkin Power Balls

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Just in time for Thanksgiving!

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin, pumpkin, everything pumpkin. So when I saw a recipe for pumpkin power balls I knew we had to try it. We got a few pie pumpkins from our CSA so I was excited to try our favorite pumpkin recipes this year with real, natural pumpkin. While you can buy canned pumpkin; the extra step of scooping out the pumpkin seeds (or guts as my kids call them) and roasting the pumpkin makes it feel so much more like fall. And the kids love scooping out the guts!

Our family loves power balls, as we call them and we are always willing and ready to try different variations.

I modified this recipe from @cleanfoodcrush  on Instagram – she has a TON of great recipes. I

  • 3 C uncooked oatmeal (old fashion oats)
  • 1 C sunflower seeds
  • 1 C all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • ⅔ c raw honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice (I used all-spice, because that’s what I had) 🙂
  • ½ TBSP vanilla extract
  • Combine all ingredients – Mix well.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Place on parchment paper and freeze 30-60 mins.
  • Serve or freeze. I freeze any extras in an airtight container.

Survey says = A SUCCESS. The kids loved the pumpkin power balls!

The original recipe uses chocolate chips and while you certainly could add them in – I find my kids love them so much without the chocolate, why add it? They are able to enjoy a healthy, whole food snack that is full of nutrition!

My 1st grader loves taking them in her lunch and I enjoy them as a pre or post run snack! 
Everyone is happy!

A New Christmas Tradition

December 20, 2016

A New Christmas Tradition

Christmas is almost here! Even with the ever-changing temperatures, I absolutely LOVE this time of year. October- December is my most favorite time of the year! The weather so far this December has been warm, cold, colder…and possibly back to warm for a few days, predicting 60 degrees for Christmas Day!

 

Christmas Traditions

Most of us all have our special holiday traditions; baking cookies and Christmas candy, exchanging gifts, ugly sweater parties etc. Our family usually spends Christmas Eve baking Christmas cookies for Santa and decorating gingerbread houses. I would love to add a family kickball game to that list! Last year the weather was warm enough we went out and played kickball on Christmas, kids and adults. With the heat wave moving in Christmas weekend (anything above 32 degrees feels like a heat wave these days) I plan on taking advantage of the warmer temps to keep the Christmas Kickball Tradition going! Last year we had a blast! I think the adults might have had more fun than the kids. J

Pajama Kickball J

 

The adults have no mercy! 

 

Being active doesn’t have to mean being in a boring, smelly gym all day. (I’m not a fan of gyms J) More importantly we are showing our children how to live an active lifestyle. And kickball is a great game for all skill levels and all ages.

 

If you already get out and get active over the Christmas Holiday please feel free to share. And if not, I encourage you to get out and discover a fun active Christmas Tradition. Our health is the best gift we can give ourselves! J

 

Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

May 10, 2016

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

 

Sometimes the BEST gifts are wrapped in laughter and silliness…it’s only when these moments have passed that we recognize them as wonderfully fabulous! 

 

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This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful weekend full of love, laughter and family! My weekend started with an evening jog, family pizza making and a movie. Saturday we had a family picnic at the lake followed by a  4 mile bike ride (for the kids and the hubby, I ran) after which I dropped everyone off at home and finished my long run, 10 miles!

Sunday started with church and a relaxing afternoon and ended with us on our front porch watching the storm…the kiddos even ran down and played in the rain for a few minutes.
playing rain

While none of these activities are particularly exciting (to anyone but probably my family) to have them all in ONE weekend…for my family was WONDERFULLY FABULOUS! We are so busy and life happens…so this past weekend was the BEST Mother’s Day gift.  

 

While material gifts are nice, I am typically one that prefers the gift of time and thoughtfulness. If you were spoiled with gifts this Mother’s Day and loved it, that’s GREAT! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. 🙂 In past years I have asked for things too…last year I asked for and received my Garmin Watch, which I LOVE! But this year this mama needed a long weekend full of family, relaxation, laughter and memories and that’s exactly what I got!

 

Life goes by to fast and as I watch my little ones grow at the speed of light I know looking back I will remember this year, watching my kiddos playing in the rain, laughing and having a great time!
I hope you all received your BEST Mother’s Day Gift!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

 

Cross Training

April 3, 2016

Cross Training

Week 4 of 12 week half marathon training

kailee bike

 

Training everyday can become time consuming and really start to feel like a burden…especially with hectic schedules and/or kids or both! One thing I will always to say is, “take the little ones with you”! Not only are you getting to spend time together but you are also modeling a healthy, active lifestyle. Sometimes all three kiddos go running with me, and other times one, two or even none.

Today was an extra special day for me because my daughter – the oldest – went on a bike ride with me. Today was my cross training day and I spent the afternoon with my daughter, laughing, racing, and having a great time!

 

Finding ways to incorporate your workouts into your day and make it part of your lifestyle will make it so much easier and much more enjoyable! Once I stopped looking for reasons why I couldn’t….I started finding ways I could! J

 

I finished my training of with a short yoga routine and some strength training while watching the Royals Home Opener! J GO ROYALS!!!

 

If you still haven’t registered for  Hospital Hill there is still time to join us! Training with a goal is much for motivating!  See ya on the hill!!!

 

How did you train today?

 

Have a Blessed Sunday! J

Got my Brooks on….and It’s 57 degrees in January!

January 14, 2016

Got my Brooks on….and It’s 57 degrees in January!

There are days where my training gets a tad boring – and redundant. (I’m training for my next half marathon –  Hospital Hill Half Marathon) But today was anything but a normal training day!

kash walking

 

What a perfect way to spend an afternoon… running with my youngest. Mr Kash loves getting out and strolling down the trail with mamma. And when he jumps out to run with me – his smile is ear to ear! Afterall, 57 degrees in January…you know I’m out running and Kash couldn’t wait to get outside either. Any opportunity I have to get outside with my kiddos, I’ll take it!

 
The fun didn’t stop there. After picking Kailee up from school we headed to the park to enjoy the last few hours of the gorgeous weather before the cold front moves in tomorrow. We love spending time at Bass Pro. There is so much to do there; a playground, feeding the ducks and/or walking/hiking the trail around the lake passing the waterfall. My kids love it! Today was no exception, the kids had a good time watching the ducks skate around on the ice while they were at the park.

 

ducks bass pro

It didn’t take long before all three kiddos were heading towards the trail for a little family hike – sans the hubby who was working 🙁

“We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship…”  The Little Einsteins theme song apparently seemed like a good fit, even though we weren’t on a rocket ship 🙂 nonetheless, the kids had a blast on our mini hike/adventure/treasure hunt!

 

Too many times I hear stories about kids and their video games. And while I don’t have anything against video games (in moderation of course) there is no better feeling than getting your blood circulating, muscles warm and your body moving!  And not to mention a great family activity! Being active doesn’t have to mean going to a gym everyday. Finding ways to be active as a family can make it fun and so much more enjoyable. My not so normal training day today was just what I needed to mix it up this week.

 

Next time your kids go outside – join them! Go on a walk, hike or mini adventure!  Life is all about balance. Today was a great training day for me and a great family day for all of us! Now that’s a Win-win!

 

How do you train?

Feel free to share your training stories.
Happy Training!

Got my Brooks on I’m ready to go…running with the family!

September 8,  2015

Got my Brooks on I’m ready to go…running with the family!

 

With less than six weeks from my first marathon now is not the time to slack on the training.  With the weather cooling off over the next few weeks I’m excited to have more family training sessions. On hot days I prefer to run in the early mornings while the kiddos are still sleeping. J  But as the weather changes, so do my runs. On several occasions I have even planned my route to swing back by my house and drop off and/or pick up my kids for a 3-4 mile run with them. Sometimes they choose to grab a scooter, bike, 4 wheeler, run with me, or a little of both. I’m lucky enough to have Kash (my 1 yr old) with me on several runs throughout the week too!

all 3 kids on trail

Here I am finishing up a run with all 3 kiddos – Kash is in the stroller! 🙂

3 kids running

Here they all opted to run! Even Kash decided to get out of the stroller and run. He got in a good 1/2 mile too!  🙂

 

It’s important to me, that I continue to include my kids on my runs even if I am training. If someone told me that in order to train for a marathon I would have to run without my kids for 18 weeks, I would have passed. Thankfully that is not the case! They are excited for me, they are excited to go see me run and therefore they are extremely excited to be part of the process. Growing up living a healthy, active lifestyle is not simply a wish I have for my kids it IS our reality. Living any other way just isn’t appealing to us. (Gladly so)

 

It is an amazing thing to watch my kids playing outside, running around. People often comment on my kids’ level of energy and stamina. I believe this is due to (a large part) their (mostly) real food diets and the fact that they are active regularly. It is amazing what are bodies are capable of if they are fueled and maintained properly. We wouldn’t put water in a Jag (‘s gas tank) and leave it sitting in a garage for 20 years and then expect it to drive perfectly, would we?!?!

 

Get outside with your little ones, young ones, old ones, parents, grandparents and get active. There is no better feeling that the one you have knowing you are truly treating your body like a temple!

 

kash walking dog 1

The cutest little dog walker and best running partner under 2!!!

 

 

Happy Training!!!

Family Fun Day! The Kansas City Zoo

August 12, 2015

Family Fun Day! The Kansas City Zoo

 

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Here is my family on one of our MANY zoo trips this year with our awesome niece Taryn. 🙂

So many places to go…can’t decide where to go next!  🙂

 

We Sinthusys are always on the look out for fun, family activities we can all do together. And the Zoo is something we ALL enjoy. As many times as our family has been, it never gets boring (not yet anyways!)  I love the Zoo…I mean really what’s not to love… and we get to see the kids figuring out and understanding new things on each visit. And of course anything to get us outdoors and walking all day is just an added bonus. However, this last visit I left…well shocked and a little confused! Maybe I never paid close attention before? I’m not sure why this visit was different….BUT

SODA, SODA and well more SODA?!?! It seemed like almost every stroller had 2, 3, 4 even 5 of those large refillable soda cups hanging from the handles…really?

Have you ever heard someone say, “I can’t afford to eat healthy? HAHA!  Water is free…last time I checked soda is not free!  Why as parents do we think we are punishing are kids by not letting them indulge in sugar that will quite possibly lead to health and/or weight problems in their future? With all the studies out there that say, “Yes, added sugar does in fact act just like cocaine and is addictive and has NO positive benefits”…why do we keep buying it??? Why do we want our children to face the same (or worse) health/weight struggles we have had to struggle with as adults?!??! (This is a subject I’m very passionate about – if you didn’t notice!) 😉

Of course my kids see the big cute drinking cups and want one…if they were a few bucks and came filled with H2O I just might buy them. So why not place water filling stations around the Zoo, so families can fill up on ice water…it’s hot out there. And the Kansas City Zoo, might offer this however in the years my family has been going I have never seen a water filling station….NO I’m not talking about a drinking fountain. I prefer my water free of germs. 🙂

One fabulous option the Kansas City Zoo does offer is you can bring in your own food and drinks. And good thing, because I’m not sure there are many (or any) items on the menus that I would purchase for my kids, plus yes it saves a few bucks. But it would be nice to be able to walk into a cafe and grab a fresh salad, or sandwich that isn’t highly processed. And please don’t tell me they have bananas or apples for sale…wow, yes an apple that’s a great meal option….that would be part of a snack for us. So again, I appreciate being able to bring in our own food.  But, why not start promoting a healthy, active lifestyle? I’m sure most of us would agree that the Zoo is a great fun family activity…what better place to start, right?

My thoughts exactly! I will be sending a letter with a simple request to the Kansas City Zoo. Set-up a few VISIBLE water stations that are staffed…why staffed? Because there are kids at the Zoo…enough said.

Our family still LOVES the Zoo and we hope to help make it an even more enjoyable family fun activity! 🙂

 

Does your local zoo have water filling stations?

 

Let me know what your family is struggling with this week and I’ll tell you how we handle that issue (if we have).

 

 

Drink Water!!! 🙂

 

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

 

Getting back on track! Healthy Active Living

August 6, 2015

Getting back on track!

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We all know how it begins….it starts off so sweet and innocent; just like my 14 month old…and you feel so deserving and entitled….then, just like my 14 month old, it slaps you across the face (giggling the entire time). How can something so sweet and cute leave such a sting?!  Yep, I’ve been dealing with the same thing…only with desserts! 🙂

Yes, I did just compare my 14 month old sweet baby boy to brownies, cookies, ice cream…and so much more! He is even sweeter! 😉

It doesn’t matter that my brownies only take 5 ingredients and are made with all real food ingredients.They are still JUNK FOOD,a better option, but junk food nonetheless. And all it takes is a few “bad” days and suddenly you are off course heading downhill full speed ahead. This is when you start to reason with yourself, saying things like, “well I might as well order pizza tonight after the day I had” (you’re laughing because it’s true)….and there goes your “healthy eating”.  You might as well say “BYE BYE” to all your energy as well. And we ALL know what happens when you’re eating bad and have ZERO energy. YEP! You stop being active and start gaining weight and excuses.

I’ve been there done that…many times. This summer has been so hectic and the last few weeks were no exception, I got off track. And no surprise here, but my runs/workouts suffered. I noticed a HUGE change in my running and my energy level. When you are training for a marathon is not the best time to get off track. But guess what, LIFE happens. And all we can do is respond. But we get to pick how we respond and react.  So instead of saying ok maybe I’ll do the marathon next year, maybe I’ll start back eating better after summer, after this BBQ. Do NOT let the black hole of excuses suck you in! Make today, right now, the next meal, make that be YOUR turn around point. I always try to follow the 80/20 rule, eat well 80% of the time.

And remember, this is a journey we are on, constantly working to better ourselves. There will be bumps along the way, but stay focused and remember that you and your health ARE worth the work!

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Happy Thursday!