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Mother’s Day Without Mom

Happy Mother’s Day everyone. I haven’t seen my mom since Christmas and I’m pretty sad about that because I really miss her.

Even though I didn’t get to spend Mother’s Day with my mom, I still had a very nice day. I felt honored to start it by teaching my Sunday morning hot yoga “church” class where I had quite a few moms in attendance. (Well, technically I started my day by eating that vegan chocolate peanut butter cupcake for breakfast but…)

I played this Story Corps interview once I got them down to the floor and I think that everyone loved it.

One of my students (who is also an amazingly talented local chef) brought me some fresh citrus ginger spicy juice for after class refreshment. She used fresh ginger and cayenne pepper in the juice and it was so good! I loved the spicy aftertaste!

Post-yoga brunch feast…arugula salad with roasted beets, candied nuts and goat cheese vinaigrette, chicken salad on a croissant, fresh veggies and dip, deviled eggs and cornichons. I ate this plate x2 and some mini peach tarts.

After brunch I lazed around the house playing on the internet and cleaning before taking Sullie out on a 3 mile run. It was so beautiful in Charlotte today.

After the run I hit up the pool for about an hour to catch up on the latest Vanity Fair (with Brad Pitt on the cover!) before heading to the gym to get some strength work in. I did the following dumbbell circuit that took about 30 minutes to complete.

15 front squats (20#)
15 floor chest press (20#)
16 plank row (10#) <- because I’m OCD and can’t do an uneven number on each side 😉
15 sumo squats (one 30#)
15 bicep curls (10#)
10 lunges each leg (20#)
15 push press (20#)
15 stability ball crunches
15 stability ball knee tucks
10 burpees


After the workout I showered and went to the movies to see Iron Man 3 in 3D.


I was kind of on the fence about seeing this movie but I love Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth so I decided to go for it. I’m so happy I did because it was great! It was so entertaining and I was engaged the entire time. I also saw it in 3D and I think this is the first theater movie I’ve seen in 3D. Loved!

Dinner post-movie was chicken soup from Whole Foods but it was jazzed up with cabbage, butternut squash, ginger and all kinds of other things.

It’s been a fun but jam-packed weekend. Time to get to bed!

How did you spend Mother’s Day? 

Has anyone else seen Iron Man 3? What did you think? 

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Courtney May 12, 2013, 11:18 pm

    I didn’t get to see my mom either and I was pretty bummed about it. Sounds like you had a nice day though and made the most of it, and I’m sure you brought Mother’s Day cheer to all the moms in your class!!

  • She Rocks Fitness May 13, 2013, 8:15 am

    I hope that you get to see your Mom soon! I was grateful to be able to spend it with all of my siblings and all 4 golden retrievers. A decadent and delicious brunch and was so happy that the weather was so beautiful this weekend. Love being able to spend lots of time outside. 🙂 Have a great start to the new week!

  • Joy May 13, 2013, 9:30 am

    What a great StoryCorps interview. Thanks for posting that!

    And thanks for the workout! I just finished the circuit and it was great.

    I hope to see Iron Man 3 this weekend. So glad to hear you liked it.

  • Emily May 13, 2013, 9:47 am

    Glad to hear that Ironman 3 is good! Can’t wait to see it! That and Great Gatsby! 🙂 BTW, I made your Paleo Banana Bread this weekend and it is SOOOO good! I just ate a slice for breakfast, topped with Wild Squirrel Cinnamon Raisin! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes May 13, 2013, 10:30 am

    I didn’t see my Mom either.. . but we had brunch with my husband’s family so that was nice. And I got to spend the day getting lots of hugs from my little boy!

  • Whitney May 13, 2013, 11:46 am

    Spent the day with hubs, mom, dad & sis. Went to brunch uptown, walked around and hung out watching golf afterwards! It was a perfect day! Hope you get to see your mom soon 🙂

  • Lauren May 13, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Any chance you can get the recipe/ingredients on that fresh juice?!

  • Courtney F May 13, 2013, 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the fun workout. I upped the burpees and lunges to 15, b/c my OCD is apparently worse than yours LOL

    Did you know RDJ and GP have a couple’s name .. “Pepperony” .. Hilarious :o)

  • Lauren K May 13, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I wish I could have been with my Mom on the actual day but I am sure we will make up for the celebration another time! That StoryCorps interview was so sweet. For someone who can’t usually sit still during floor yoga poses, I couldn’t do anything but listen to the interview yesterday!

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona May 13, 2013, 5:06 pm

    I saw Iron Man last weekend with the boyfriend. We both agreed that it felt like a couple of the characters were forgotten about half way through, though it was still a fun movie to watch for a couple hours.

  • Helen May 15, 2013, 5:27 pm

    What is a “push press” in the weights circuit? Is that the same as a chest press?

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