Fitness Blogging Is Not For The Weary

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I’ve started this adventure only 2 weeks ago with a clear vision – to stay accountable and to inspire others.  How quickly one can wane.  In the past 2 weeks, as I have clunked my way around the online fitness community full of insane bodies with thousands of followers, I have said to myself, what the hell am I doing here? How am I going to inspire people when I don’t look like that? Of all these “before & afters” I’m somewhere awkwardly in the middle.

I’m so disappointed in myself that I almost can’t even type this, but I’ve spent way too many hours in the past 2 weeks thinking: “Why don’t I look like those other fitness girls? Should I be on a strict diet? What am I doing wrong?”

But then I punched myself in the face (not literally) because that is not why I’m here. I never felt that way during my #100fitdays challenge. I was having fun. I was healthy. I was happy – and in turn, I was confident!

One thing that has been insanely challenging is figuring out the best way to write a blog – site structure, code, format, themes, plug ins, etc. OMG I could Google all night.  I’ve moved away from Googling the latest illness I’m sure my family is suffering from (#momtalk) to: What makes a great blog post, How do I grow my Instagram followers, What’s the best way to code your site for search?  Here’s the good news. I’m in marketing. I love this shit. It’s interesting to me and I know it will help me inspire others. I can’t wait to write a blog post in 30 or 60 or 90 days that says here’s the 10 things you have to do to be a successful motivational blogger. I already know my Rule #1

Rule #1: Remember that you’ve got something you care enough about to share with the world. Lucky you. Stick to what you love. That’s what makes this fun.  Learn from others but don’t give a hoot if you’re something different.  If it’s important to you then it’s most likely important to someone else.  They’ll find you.  They’ll read you. They’ll share. You’ll have made a difference.

So here I am, happy as hell that I finally talked myself out of this spiral of “I’m not fit enough.” Of course I’m not fit enough for this current world I stumbled into.  I mean, I just polished off the Samoas.  They’re gone. It’s done. Let’s move on…

I had someone say to me the other day, “I’d kill for your body.” First, let me kiss them on the face, but second, all I kept thinking is “I’d kill for her mind.” She’s awesome and brilliant. So if you’re like me and always a work in progress, just remember that we’re all awesome – erherm Flawsome! Hold your head high and let’s love one another, starting with ourselves!

Wall hello there!

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Since I’ve started my daily fitness journey, I’ve started following a lot of Yoga peeps on Instagram.  I will never be able to do what they do, but I’ve seen a lot of headstands made easier by using a wall.  So the search was on to find an open wall in my house that was not connected to a kids room.  #fail. Turns out we have a lot of windows and a lot of shit on our walls, but I did find this cozy little spot next to my kitchen peninsula.

I’m 33 and anything that feels like climbing is still super fun for me.  I’m sure I’ll grow up soon.  So I scoured Instagram and Pinterest and came up with a total body strengthening series that used the wall for all sorts of things.  THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!

I really didn’t think I’d be strong enough, but it was an awesome hard challenge and it feels amazing to have conquered it!

I’m not sweaty. I actually just put my hair back down because we have friends coming over. Makeup still in tact. Kids still asleep.  But I do feel stronger, I’ve done something new which is always a rush and I had a hell of a lot of fun.  So to me, #itcounts

Strong Is The New Skinny

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the coolest things about #100fitdays was to see my arms go from the weakest part of my body to the strongest.  I usually dedicate 1 day a week to arms specifically, but I hit them up in Yoga and Total Body workouts too, so they do get a lot of love.

I’m such a believer in strong is the new skinny.  I can say that 110 days ago I would have nodded but secretly disagreed.  I’ve always had skinny arms and have been grateful for them.  Now I kiss those things goodbye and love my new muscles! (flexing at my desk!)

Here’s this morning’s arm work outs.  It was hard to make the time today, but I squeezed it in after the kids left and before work.  Date night tonight, so I had to make the time! 🙂

15 reps. 3 sets. Get it!

 

 

Cardio for Breakfast

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#cardio day!! Trying out early morning workouts instead of end of day. Jury's still out… #girlsruntheworld

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I experimented with quite a few things this morning, all before 6:30:

1. New technology for creating content. I got an iPhone tripod and am testing out a video editing app called VideoShop that is so far awesome.  Two thumbs up for both of these.

2. Working out in the morning.  I was up and at ’em by 6am! To be fair, my alarm was set for 5:15.  But I was done with my workout by 6:30 and ready to get the kids up.  Jury is still out on if this was worth it.  It’s awesome to have my workout done but let’s see if i can stay awake past 8pm tonight!

3. A new cardio workout! It was an awesome mix of getting the heart rate up and working arms, abs & legs.  I personally love the way these sets were laid out.  The first and third are super intense cardio where the middle is more strength.  And if you do it all in Time-Lapse you look like a maniac! And I like it!

Try this bad boy 3 times and you’ll feel like Rocky in 30 minutes!  Thanks Cella Jane!

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To see more quick cardio workouts that drive results, check out Mamas Daily Fit on Pinterest!

Booty Blaster!

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I suffer from super duper flat butt.  Its the last place I gain weight or muscle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty grateful, but I would love to get a little good junk in the trunk.  What’s the equivalent of good junk? Maybe mason jars? You really don’t need them but they sure look good! LOLing at myself over here!

Here was Saturday’s Booty Blaster (just named it!) workout! I did 3 sets of this, so it was a grand total of no more than a 30 minute work out. ENJOY!

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A Little Yoga & Lady Mary

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I love to end the week with yoga.  I’m tired, I’ve done a million things, I’ve prepped for the week to come, and it’s that glorious time of night to crash on the couch for a little Downton Abbey! (The crowd goes wild – with tiny appropriate clapping).  Even Lady Mary had to wait while I finished up this series.

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I have to say, my husband Chris actually did this with me.  This is huge.  He’s anti yoga and anti home work outs.  Even though he jokingly cried the entire way through, he flopped on the couch and said that it does feel pretty awesome to have stretched and relaxed. Namaste!

Here’s the full series! Check out my Pinterest Page for more Yoga and follow my Instagram account for daily inspiration.

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Thanks Kool Yoga Girl 1!

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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