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Happy Monday, all!
I hope that you enjoyed your weekend. My weekend was full of activity and mayhem. I am still recovering from my Mary Kay Andrews House Party, and I cannot wait to share the details with all of you!
My Mamavation friends and I just completed the 2 week challenge. I lost 3lbs and 4 inches. Not bad. This week? We are focusing on how to strengthen the core muscles. One of my favorite trainers helped me learn that crunches just weren’t the answer. There are many other exercises that target, and successfully strengthen the core. I wanted to share 3 of my favorite “results makers” with you. I didn’t say that I liked, or enjoyed these exercises; I just like the results.
1. Bird Dog:
Remember to keep the core engaged as you do this one. You definitely will feel the burn.
2. Planks: front
They’re evil, but they work.
Yes, your butt will thank you for these, but squats work the abs quite well.
These are simple, and do not require the use of equipment, or a trip to the gym. You can increase your reps as your strength and endurance increase. I believe that you may very well love the results that you can get from these exercises as much as I do. Some summer bodies are created on operating tables, but most of them are made from hard work. When we put in the sweat equity, we can enjoy sweet results.
I wish you the best with your health & fitness goals this week.
Until next time,
I laced up, and took on some asphalt yesterday. There were memories. There were tears. I thought of my brave friends who ran last year, as well as those who will never run again. I remembered the First Responders, how the USA stood united, and that the brave Boston citizens & runners vowed to run again. I remembered that we are stronger together, and that love always wins. I am not the fastest runner, and will probably never qualify to run the Boston Marathon. However, I vow to keep running, and sharing love.
For many, today is the 1st day back to the grind. Even if you had to return to the office, I am pretty sure that parents of school age kiddos are doing their happiest dances right about now…
I would bet that a few more Moms are ready to do their happy dances. Tonight, join me in celebrating the BIG REVEAL of the Mamavation Mom finalists! I remember the anticipation and excitement of my Mamavation campaign, and I am elated to support this fabulous batch of applicants. Good luck, ladies!
How are those exercise decisions coming? The gyms are pretty crowded this week, but most people will start to slack off around the same time that their Girl Scout cookie orders arrive. How will you maintain your mojo, and tough it out? How can you make this year different from the past times that you promised to keep at it? Don’t worry; this won’t be a preachy post about working out (I hate those!). I can’t profess to have a foolproof system, but these tiny, simple steps worked for me:
1)MOVE: Just move. Perhaps you are snowed in, or you’re trapped in the office with a major deadline. You cannot allow anything, any situation, to derail your commitment to get in your cardio. If you simply take the stairs, park a longer distance from the door, walk your laundry, or children’s toys to various room, you are giving yourself some very much needed movement. No one wakes up, and immediately has the capacity to run a marathon. The training starts in small steps. You may not run a major race this week, month, or even this year, but you can start by taking steps. Try it. Get up now, and walk around…Be sure to come back, and finish reading this though 🙂
2) DRINK MORE WATER: This is a cheat to help you move, too. If you are drinking enough water, you will have to make more trips to the bathroom. Take the long way from your desk, or wherever you are. Keeping your body hydrated helps your organs to operate properly, flushes toxins from your system, and can prevent you from overeating. Go ahead, and guzzle up!
3) GET CREATIVE: Maybe you recently moved to a new area, or do not have moms around you with similar schedules. How on earth will you find a gym buddy, or time to workout? If your little guy has soccer practice, don’t waste time in the stands of onlookers. Instead, get in your laps around the field. When you take your children to the park, you can use some of the playground equipment in your exercise routines.Some of your favorite famous trainers have DVD’s and Xbox/Wii routines. You can even find free exercise tutorials online. You can create your very own workout routines with various resources, and there are so many online moms groups available to motivate, support, and hold you accountable.
It seems simple, right? Guess what: it really is. The hardest step to take is usually the first one. I know because I have been there. Today, I will take a first step with you. I absolutely abhor indoor kiddie gyms & playscapes! I think that they all smell like feet. UGH! Superkiddo, of course, LOVES them! While he plays his heart out, I will be on the mats & equipment getting my sweat on… I guess that means that I’ll leave that place smelling like sweat AND feet 🙂
Whatever you do today, and wherever you go, please take a few moments to take care of yourself. You are the best Momma that your children will ever have. You cannot give them your best if you’ve worn yourself out. Get motivated. Get moving.
Until next time,
Yes, you read that correctly, but let’s start with the back story…
My husband and I were never one of those couples who wanted to show up to events in matching outfits. High 5 if you’re one of them; it was just never our thing. We started off as two skinny, high on life and love, lovebirds in our 20’s. There were occasions on which I’d steal his jogging pants or shorts when I went to the gym, and there was one Halloween when I wore an old, out of commission camo uniform, but this wasn’t a normal, daily thing for us to do.
Fast forward about 13 years… last year was crazy! Simply put: I hated where I was, and where I was hated me. I allowed my unhappiness to take a toll on my health. One random November morning, I was doing laundry, all of my jeans were in the washer, and I needed to run out for a quick errand. There was a pair of pants on the bed, so I grabbed them. They didn’t fit. They. DIDN’T. F-I-T! I was mortified. Sure, I knew that I hadn’t been as diligent in the gym that year, and most of my time at my desk had been consumed with stress snacking, but it never dawned on me just how bad off I was. I had to do something. I had to take charge, and stop this ridiculous lack of control.
Cue Mamavation. It didn’t seem to make sense. How could a virtual boot camp, or sharing my weight struggles with strangers, help me? Simply put? I tried everything else, and ultimately, those methods failed. If I wanted something badly enough, I would have to work for it, and try something new. Most of you already know how the story ended. I became a Mamavation Mom, got my butt kicked by Mark (@MrBookieboo) and my local personal trainer, Lisa (she’s CRAZY!), and lost over 40lbs. Yes, I did it! *snap snap snap*
The applications are open for Mamavation Mom, and several people have contacted me for my insight on applying. Mamavation didn’t ask me to write anything. I am doing this because I care. Even if I have never met you, I care about you and your health. This type of campaign isn’t for everyone; it is INTENSE. You cannot hold onto fear, pride, or a sense of entitlement if you expect to get results. You have to give it up, all of it. If you have tried everything else, and not been able to obtain your health and fitness goals, this may very well be the solution for you. If you put in the work, you will see results.
I know what you are thinking right now. Enough about Mamavation! Can you fit into your husband’s gym pants today? Well, I could, but they don’t complement my gorgeous rear end, so I don’t. HA! If I can transform my life, take command over my food choices, and step out of my fears, YOU CAN, TOO! If you are unhappy about any area of your life, make today the day that you change. Please do not start 2014 with another breakable resolution, or baggage from this year. Pull up your own big girl (or big boy) pants, and get to work. If you apply to be a Mamavation Mom, I will gladly cheer you on. If you find another method to jumpstart your road to fitness, I will still cheer you on. I want to see you meet your health and fitness goals. You really can get healthy once and for all. Go for it!
Until next time,