Friday, July 4, 2014

Encouraging Others To Get Active & Happy Birthday, America!

I cannot explain how proud I am of my mom. In the past few years, her once very active lifestyle suffered multiple setbacks because of sickness, a broken foot, a torn rotator cuff and recurring tennis elbow. After a few years of focusing on recovery, she is finally committing herself to being active again...

Go, mom, go!

Yesterday she came to the gym with me bright and early and walked on the treadmill while I ran a quick 1.2 miles next to her. I then went to PT, but the trainer (not my normal guy) had a personal issue and didn't show up, so I lifted weights by myself for about 15 minutes. Lots of squats and deadlifts. Afterwards, I went back to the cardio machines (mom was still walking), and hopped on the elliptical.

I'm slowly working my way up to running a normal run (3 or more miles) on that fourth additional day of running, but I'm not there yet. 1-2 miles on that extra day is a-ok with my legs right now. Slow and steady wins the race.

I convinced my mom to try the elliptical for the first time. It went okay, but at least she tried something new! We finished our workout with ab work for me and stretching for mom...


After the gym, I made us both breakfast. English muffin with PB, hard boiled egg and watermelon for mom; oatmeal with all my fixins for me...


I am by no means a trainer/nutritionist/health expert in the slightest (you know nothing, Jon Snow), but I have read/reasearched A LOT (a lot a lot) on all things health related and do consider myself quite the student, so having mom around has been fun for me and has definitely motivated me to become certified in something health-related in the near future. 

Once the work day was over and the holiday weekend started, the family got together to make plans for Red, White and Boom, Columbus' fireworks celebration which takes place on July 3rd every year. I had never gone before, so this was a fun first for me. 

I forced my brother to take yet another pic with me. Did I mention I missed him? We take America's birthday very seriously…


We found a great spot to watch the festivities away from the insane crowds. It was a perfect location…

Those clouds look like mountains - they're not :) 

It was about 65 degrees out and after weeks of 90 degree weather, the 60's felt cold. Freezing cold…

Blankets on top of jackets

And then the boom. My pictures don't do it the least bit justice, but I tried...


Happy Birthday, America! 

Have you encouraged a friend or family member to get active? Please share your tips! 

How are you celebrating the 4th of July? 

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