Thursday, April 16, 2015

Meet The Brown's - The Get Fit Fam

I am a sunlight, sunshine kind of girl.  In my opinion, if the sun is out there is no need to waste it indoors.  The sun being out means it is time to get outdoors and play.  Maybe it is a throw back to my childhood when as long as the sun was out I could go out and play.  Even at seven in the morning.  As I got older it meant the beach all day with friends.

I seem to be instilling those ideals in my daughter.  Every morning when we wake up my routine, before we do anything else, is to go around the house pulling up the blinds.  I want to see outside and I want to know, most importantly, if it is sunny.  Even she, my trusty exercise sidekick, knows to be extra happy if  it is sunny.  Sunny means we are going to have a different kind of day.

Don't waste a sunny day indoors.  Sunny days are perfect for outdoor family fitness! click to tweet

This particular morning it was not only sunny but it was warm and Daddy was going to be hanging with us.  Yayy!  Isaac (Daddy and Hubbs) made breakfast and after some funning about the house I was itching to get outside.  "Let's go biking", I announce.

Zj's always ready to go.  She is the ultimate social, get out and go child.  She inherited that from her mother. Daddty, as Zj has started calling him since she started watching Guess With Jess, is a homebody.  He loves to just be at home tinkering around the house unless he out to the gym or running.  So when I announced we were going riding Zj jumped for joy and Isaac was dreading the drama.  He claims we are drama filled, but it is Ok because he likes us. lol.  

toddler in bike trailer

For all of you who have little ones, I'm sure you can relate, trying to get out of the house some days is a total nightmare.  The very thought of making breakfast, cleaning up, brushing teeth, putting their clothes on, combing hair, packing snacks and other miscellaneous items to keep them entertained and getting to and in the car can be enough to make you stay at home to make a craft instead. If you let it it will zap every once of your enthusiasm.  

Nevertheless,  We press our way.  Daddy didn't have too much to say which balanced out the Talking Princess.  She alone will talk you under the table.  Just ask Aunt Gina, who keeps her while I train.   Isaac puts the bikes on the car and we are off to Panola Shoals, South River Trail.  

Once we arrived Zj recognized the trail and immediately started talking loud asking to go on the roller coaster.  She must have remembered last year's family ride debacle. Dadty hitched the chariot to his bike and put Zj in.  From there she proceeded to talk us to death demanding that needed her helmet, then her snacks, Bunny and her juice. "Ok Zj, take a break."  

We choose a better trail spur this time and rode a half hour out and back for an hour ride.  Zj was enjoying herself.  Every time I passed her, she was smiling and chatting to whoever would listen. Even the other people out enjoying the trail.  Dadty and I were huffing and puffing over the hills and through the heat.  My legs were burning me and Isaac looked like he had been dunked in water from perspiring so badly.  At the half way point we were all grateful I had packed so much water.


Father & Daughter cycling

By far today's ride went much better than last year's inaugural ride.  Last year Zj screamed and hollered so badly her voice was echoing through the scenic, silent country side. That, combined with picking the wrong hilly trail (mind you they are all hilly in GA but that one was ridiculous), my inability to make it over most of them and Dadty's dislike of drama put a nail in the coffin for family riding 2014. 

This year, I'm not sure which part was worse, Zj trying to talk us to death, prepping to go, the hills or my now sore legs and lady parts.  However, none of it even matters because we had a great time and we got some exercise in during the process.  I can't wait to get back out into the sunshine with my family! 

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40 comments :

  1. I love when exercise is just fun!

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  2. Fun! I love biking, but we have yet to get a trailer for our daughter...I'm sure it wont be a drama-free ride either!

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    1. Lol, make sure you pack her in with all of her favorites.

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  3. Your family is so beautiful!!!

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  4. Exercising with family is so awesome! I love when my husband and I ride our bikes together!

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  5. Woot woot you gotta love that ride behind bike stroller - they are so cool! I would love to be carted around like that ;) Glad you had more cooperation this year!

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    1. Just laying back in the breeze relaxing. I'm glad it is working out as well! Thanks!

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  6. Awe how fun!! Way to be a great role model of the little one, even if she talked your ear off haha

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  7. I love being outside too! I think it's great that you are teaching the value of exercise to your daughter at an early age.

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    1. Trying to get it in early do it feels like first nature to her. Thanks!

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  8. I miss these days! When my boys were little, they loved going on bike rides with me!

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    1. I'm sure it cultivated great family memories for them.

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  9. I love family bike outings! And the weather is perfect right now for being outdoors. Love the fresh air and sunshine! Can you tell I'm just a little bit happy winter is over ha!

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday!

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  10. Your ride looks so fun! I have a greenway behind my home and the first bike ride of the season is a great feeling. Glad you didn't have to deal with any screaming this year :)

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    1. Right Sam?! I'm glad too. I wouldn't be able to take the talking and the hollering. Lol!

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  11. I am also so excited to get outside again! Winter was awful. Today is going to be 80 and I'm heading to a baseball game with my BF. Can't wait to be out in the sunshine!

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    1. Wonderful Patty. I hope you have a wonderful time.

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  12. I love that you're showing your daughter how much fun exercise can be!

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  13. LOVE sunny days! I've been wasting quite a few indoors recently due to studying for finals but I'm itching to get outside.

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  14. Family outings are the best!!! The exercise is just an added bonus :-)

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  15. We've had a few adventures with our bike stroller. Two boys in the back...my word it gets interesting!

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  16. I need to get better at taking the kids out, but because i work from home I do enjoy going running to get out of the house as much as possible...

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    1. I get it. Sometimes we SAHM's just need our sanity.

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  17. Nice! We get out for walks with the kids but when theyre older we will probably be a biking family. It IS hard just to get out the door sometimes lol

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    1. We enjoy lots of trail walking as well. Thanks!

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  19. OMG...can you take MY daughter with you next time! LOL! She's definitely an on-the-go type of person, ALL the time. But this post is a great reminder that I need to definitely get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors more. Especially now that Spring is officially here!

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    1. Lol, definitely try getting out more. I'm sure she would enjoy the freedom.

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  20. This is fantastic! With so many kids developing the habit of being on mobile devices and playing video games, this is soooo important to get outdoor time!

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  21. I love being outside when it is warm and sunny. A family bike ride is so much fun. Thanks for sharing on Small Victories Sunday link up.

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