Plank Challenge!

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Who doesn’t want a stronger core? But who hates plank even more than they want a stronger core? ME!!! If I’m planking by myself at home, I usually break between 30 seconds and a minute.  Never in my life would I think that I could make it longer than a minute.

I work with some pretty awesome people. We are all different ages and at different stages in our lives, but we all want to be stronger and healthier.  Can we hit pause for a second and just talk about how awesome it is to see a cultural shift of “I want to be rail thin” to “I want to be strong and lean” – I hope this is still the case when Adeline and Hayden get older.  Skinny feels so good but only in the short term.  There is so much more you can do with strength! Like be a badass and what have you.

So a couple of us girls and our awesome dude deskmate decided to declare a plank challenge. We blocked 15 minutes on our calendar every day to go to the gym and plank it out. Who doesn’t need a break from their desk or endless meetings?? It’s a good adrenalin rush to restart your brain.  We even do it in our work clothes!

So here we are. Just your average work day. Standard stuff happening over here.  Some of us made it 3 minutes!! What?? Who can plank for 3 minutes??? Apparently we can! Doing this with peers is super fun and definitely gives you extra strength.  We sang, we failed at taking video, we talked about Katy Parry (ahem, someone is not a fan), we laughed, I think I heard someone cry (jk) and we pushed each other to make it our best!

So if you work at dh and you want to meet us every day at 2:00, come on down!! If you don’t work at my awesome company that has a gym, a massage room, walking stations and a fitness instructor (yes I’m bragging) then grab your friends and find a conference room or a living room or whatever room and do a plank challenge together!

Today will be day 2 of our challenge.  We have some new goals…1 get the rest of these peeps on Instagram (OMG) and 2. to make it to 5 minutes by May.

Check us out on Mamas Daily Fit on Instagram to follow us along the way.

 

Journey To Handstand

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So yesterday I did my first handstand and it was majorly addicting.  I’ve seen a lot of other fit mom’s on Instagram doing handstands and I quickly realized that I was missing out on some SERIOUS FUN.  So here I am, first handstand ever, feeling like a supa-sta!

I’ve now set the goal of being about do a real, free standing handstand in 2 months! I got this (erm, I think).  So I did a little research last night on how to even come close to doing this.  In my two months of training I’ll be focusing on arms, core, balance, fun and trying not to break my neck.

So far, my training consists of this POPSUGAR guide that I love, following Beach Yoga Girl’s moves on Instagram and intermittently checking #journeytohandstand to see if there is any other training I’m missing out on.

By no means am I certified to recommend this, but here’s my humble approach that should build strength and be a fun challenge…

1. Get my muscles on. Hold a handstand against the wall for a minute at a time.  This should get my shoulders and my wrists like whaaat.

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2. Get used to being upside down, build arm strength and flexibility. I can picture Hayden and Adeline thinking this is the funnest tunnel game ever.

3. Work on Balance. Transition from a headstand to a forearm headstand.  I can do a headstand right now thanks to my gymnastics class I did in the 80’s.

4. Practice Kick Ups and work on Leg Splits.  AGAINST A WALL. Baby steps, folks!

5. Practice falling.  That’s the scary part. Beach Yoga Girl recommends setting up a ton of pillows and doing kick ups and cart wheels to fall out to get used to the idea of *oh crap I’m falling* – Ok I added that last part.

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So, that’s it! Follow me on Instragram to see my daily attempts to come closer to my goal and to witness me making a fool of myself!

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

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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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 …

Day 1

Day 1

Day 7

Day 7

Day 15

Day 15

Day 21

Day 21

Day 39

Day 39

Day 47

Day 47

Day 51

Day 51

Day 59

Day 59

Day 61

Day 61

Day 68

Day 68

Day 89

Day 89

Day 99

Day 99

 

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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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.

Weeeeee

Weeeeee

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