2 Minute Abs

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This awesome ab series literally takes roughly 2:30 to get through.  It’s 5 consecutive moves, held for :30 a piece.  I snuck in 3 series before Hayden work up, but I would have liked to have done 5.  My abs are ALWAYS a work in progress.  They’re super strong after #100fitdays but I can’t get the little squishy layer on top to GO AWAY!! Maybe it’s 2 kids, maybe it’s all the pizza and beer that I love…I wouldn’t trade either of those for the world, so I plank. A lot.

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There are some really effective macro based dieting plans out there that could probably turn my 2-4 pack (depends on the day) into a 6-8 pack but I’m honestly not ready to put that much effort into my diet.  I eat as healthy as I can 70% of the day. That’s all I have the time or energy for at this point in life. I did figure out recently that, at my weight and height, I should be eating 1700 calories a day.  I used My Fitness Pal (super quick & easy to use) to enter in my food for the day.  I was pretty close to my target calories, but I learned a lot about making choices! SUNFLOWER SEEDS are the DEVIL.  The quick scoop on my veggie sandwich to make it crunchy is not worth the 310 calories and 29 grams of fat!  My new rule of thumb is anything crunchy (granola, nuts etc) are really high in fat, so it’s just a trade off choice to make on the daily.

My other favorite thing that I stumbled across this week was the quote below! Yes, I know how much sunflower seeds now rock my world and yes I envy those moms who have the super flat abs, but at the end of the day I have to put all that aside and keep my focus on feeling great and having confidence about who I am inside and out.  Life is much bigger than swimsuit season!

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Weeee!! Yoga!

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I have to admit, my legs are still killing me between Sunday’s super lunges and wall sits and then 20 minutes on the treadmill on Monday.  My favorite thing to do after a big day or two of cardio is Yoga.  It builds strength, stretches muscles that I didn’t even know hurt and ALWAYS gives me a reason to laugh at myself!

Before I get in to yoga, I wanted to quickly share my newest treadmill playlist.  I personally like this order, but a lil shuffle never hurts when you’re type A…LIVE A LITTLE! I can only mentally handle 30 minutes of running. My thoughts consist of: I’m running, this sucks, ok this is great, I’m still running, this sucks again, nope I love it…1 continuous loop. Anyone else???

Here is my mix to help me power through!

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Now, on to my laugh for the day.  This! My leg is almost straight/NOT AT ALL!!  1. I can’t believe I’m actually doing this move 2. another case in point that my hamstrings are to short. #notmyfault.


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I thoroughly enjoyed this series! It was range of easy to challenging. Thank you POPSUGAR. You always are a great source for awesome, quick at home workouts. Check out MamasDailyFit on Pinterest for the full workout and more Yoga series!

 

Snowmygod! Indoor Fitness

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Sunday was full of family fitness! We have had so much snow (snowmygod!) that as awesome as it is to be playing outside with the neighbors, there is only so much bundling this 1 and 3 year old (or this mom!) can handle! #momtalk. So we’ve taken to indoor activities! It’s so rewarding to watch my kids choose to do workouts to be silly & have fun.  It pails in comparison to playing Super Hero’s but yoga is their jam. Here is Adeline’s Yoga Video .  Finally a good habit from their mama. 
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As for me, I squeezed in quick total body work out.  This definitely took me no more than 5 minutes to do 1 set.  My friend at work doesn’t believe me so stay tuned for a timed workout.  I did 3…so between water breaks, returning texts and shuffling through music, that’s no more than 20 minutes.  This is such a speedy workout that has left my legs so sore! THIS.IS.WHY….any second over 5 seconds of a wall sit is not ok.

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I’m supposed to do cardio today and I’m going to have to give my quads a serious pep talk.  Sounds like the perfect reason to add a new song to the workout mix to power through.

Thanks Social Stylate for the awesome workout.  Check out Mamas Daily Fit on Pinterest for more quick total body workouts!

100 Fit Days

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Looking back I still can’t believe that I’ve worked out for 100 days in a row, but if I scroll through my Instagram account, it’s really true! I started this #100fitdays challenge to make my being healthy and stress free a priority during the busy winter months full of birthdays, holidays, colds, work and whatever else.  I was skipping my usual work outs because I was exhausted and reaching for junk.  It was time to make a change and make myself a priority.

I’ve learned so much.  Finding the time for yourself and doing something psychical is a game changer for stress! My favorite finding is that even 10 minutes counts – it makes a change! It’s not about the 1 hour gym session full of cardio.  Mashing up work outs every day has made me feel so strong and it’s been an awesome creative challenge.  Thanks Pinterest!

Last, even though this is for me and only me, it’s been so fun to have my family cheer me on! So thanks to them for being the coolest, cutest, craziest crew that I love.

So here is a quick snapshot through my #100fitdays …

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Day 7

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Day 15

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Day 21

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Day 39

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Day 47

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Day 51

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Day 59

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Day 61

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Day 68

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Day 89

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Day 99

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Last but not least, DAY 100!! I woke up early to do some yoga, start my IV of coffee & get organized for the day before the kids wake up.

 

Day 100!!

Day 100!!

 

I hope you like my first post. Check out my About Me Page to learn more about why I’m SO EXCITED for this blog!

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Me Time

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I love my company for a lot of reasons, but today I particularly love it because it offers massages, twice a week, at a super cheap rate.  #toogoodtobetrue. I fell on the ice yesterday and am so sore that I’m feeling like 30 something going on 90 something.  I’m SO CLOSE to being done with #100fitdays that I don’t want anything to stand in the way.  So I hit the wellness room for a 20 minute slice of heaven (angels singing) and decided to do the stationary bike for another 20 minutes just to get the heart rate up.  That’s 40 minutes of me time today! Woooo!!

I can’t believe I only have 4 days to go! I really have loved every minute of this #100fitdays journey.  It’s taught me so much about personal health and physical strength. I feel great every time I take time for me.  My family and friends notice it too.  I’m over 3 months in and I’m so grateful my life took this twisty little turn to lead me here: a happier,healthier, fitter, now blogger who is pumped up for this new lifestyle! So thanks, self! Way to make time for you too! skinnyms                                                                          Source: SkinnyMs

Family Work Outs – Fighting Off the Winter Blues

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These are my nuggets! They’ve been watching me work out for the past 95 days in a row, cheering me on, doing yoga with me, attempting jumping jacks, climbing under me while I plank, siting on my lap while I do crunches and all sorts of other mega cute stuff.  Then there is always the ‘waking up early from their naps just in time to demand my attention during my work outs’ move. Sigh. #momtalk.

Here is sweet Adeline, insisting that I read Brown Bear on repeat while I try and do a quick full body workout.  Let me tell you, its hard to count reps while reading! Regardless, this book is a family favorite. Both kids adore it and I highly recommend it!

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Above is the quick total body fire side workout I was able to shake my winter blues with.  I did 3 sets of it and it felt awesome. This is actually the workout I did on day 1 of my #100fitdays journey. I almost get sentimental when I do this one!

Last but not least, Cincinnati finally had some real snow.  We had a blast playing with the kids! It’s one of those days where you’re so grateful for these moments.  Hayden hid baby carrots in the snow to “make a garden” and fearless Adeline loved going fast on her first sled ride.  I hit the bunny hill of the back yard around 20 times on the snowboard we bought Hayden from Home Depot. I crushed it. #freshiesbrah! Why not have a little fun. #itcounts

Snowboard Sesh Video!

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Head Stands Relieve Stress?

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Today was a full ay of home renovation contractor mess.  Needless to say, today’s workout was geared towards stress relief, so I decided on headstands for fun and then a cool plank series I saw on Pinterest.

Someone told me they do a head stand for 5 minutes a day and it’s a huge stress release for them.  I thought that sounded like fun, plus this is really my single most glorious skill from my 4 year old gymnastics career – minus foam pit jumping.  I can’t believe 1. how fun it is and 2. how it works your triceps! And it worked….as my husband Chris and I laughed by the fire at my ridiculousness, the perspective that I’ve gained from life slid from me feet, where it’s been hiding, to my brain (thanks gravity) and I realized how grateful I am for my family and our health and I don’t give a hooty hoot about contractor problems.  It will all work out in the end and duh home renovation is one of life’s bumpier roads.

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