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Get Fit Journey Step 3 (Workouts)


If you have been following along on my journey that has led me to lose 100 pounds in a year we started out by talking about why I wanted to get fit, how I was going to measure my progress, and how I changed my eating habits. Next up I wanted to talk about some of the workouts that I have added to my daily routine.

I will state again that I am obviously not a doctor and what works for me may not necessarily work for you but I have truly fallen in love with the “programs” I have found and want to share them with you.

Let me start out by saying that when doing my research on the exercise portion of my journey I became VERY discouraged very quickly. I kept reading the same thing over and over: If you want to lose a significant amount of weight you have to work out for 60 minutes most days of the week. That one sentence alone kept me from moving forward for a long time. I am a mom of two young children and work a full-time job with a 45 minute commute each way. Where in the world was I going to find a 60 minute chunk of time for my self (I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself!)? To make things even more difficult I had promised myself that I wouldn’t take more time away from my kids. I don’t have enough time with them as it is so I wasn’t willing to lose even more of it. This all became very overwhelming for me and I started to think that this was too much, I couldn’t do this.

Then I started coming across some articles (like this one from SparkPeople) that explained that yes, 60 minutes a day, most days of the week is what you need BUT it can be done in several chunks as small at 10 minutes! This made things seem a little more possible. I knew I was in no shape to head straight into 60 minutes a day but this gave me somewhere to start.

So I started with 20 minutes a day. I work at a desk all day and had gotten in the habit of sitting at my desk until lunch, walking the 50 feet to the lunch room and sitting on my butt again until lunch was over and then head back to my desk and sit back down for the rest of the day. So, I decided to start taking walks on my lunch break. This was a way for me to ease into exercise and I didn’t have to take time away from my family. I found a great public trail not too far from my office and started heading there three days a week. As the weather started to change I knew that Wisconsin winter weather was not conducive to an outdoor walk on lunch so I decided to sign up at a local gym for $10 a month and use the treadmill on the days that I would have gone for my walk. I figured while I was at it I would try my hand a “running”. I downloaded the C25K app and successfully used that app to run my first 5K in March! I have since moved on to the 10KRunner app and am on track to run my first 10K in two weeks!

After about a month I was ready to add a little more. I got a text from one of my girlfriends one day that knew that I was trying to live healthier that she had found a workout that she thought I would really enjoy (I have the most amazing and supportive friends and coworkers a girl could ask for, but we will talk about that later!) and she thought I should give it a try!

This was when Briana Christine, the Bikini Body Mommy entered my life! Briana is known for her 90 day challenges. This was exactly the type of workout I needed and it continues to be a favorite of mine. I never miss a day (who would have ever thought I would look forward to working out?)! I love Bikini Body Mommy for so many reasons the first of which, it’s FREE (she has added a members only platform with bonus material that I have since joined but the 90 day challenges are free and amazing)!! Second, I don’t have to think about it. I wake up in the morning and open up my email and the workout for that day is there waiting for me. Third, It is truly for EVERYBODY!! Every age, shape, fitness level, everyone can do this. Why, because you can go at your own pace. Bikini Body Mommy workouts are done in a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) format, which basically means you work really, really hard for a specified amount of time and then take a break and keep repeating that pattern for the workout. This really allowed me to not pay so much attention to whether or not I could do as many reps as Briana but I could do what I could do. One of the things I love most about this program is Briana’s encouragement to keep track of your scores for each exercise. This was a great way for me to check in and see how much I was improving with each workout. In the beginning I don’t think I could do jumping jacks for 20 seconds forget about the minute that she wanted me to do them. Fast forward and now not only can I do them for the full minute but I make an effort to beat my previous score. While all these things are great the number one thing I love about Bikini Body Mommy is that IT IS REAL!! I turn on my computer and I see someone I can relate to. I see the kids running around, I see that some workouts are better than others, I see her struggle sometimes just like me.

All of the Bikini Body Mommy workouts are around 20 minutes long so I decided that I could take 20 minutes before I went to bed to eek out a workout so now I was up to 40 minutes a day and didn’t have to take any time away from my children. Now I just needed my last 20 minutes. Enter the 4:30 a.m. wake up call!! Yep that’s right! A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!

About 4 months into my journey I discovered Blogilates! I have switched things around these days and hang out with Bikini Body Mommy in the morning and Cassey over at Blogilates at night before bed. She posts a playlist of videos on YouTube everyday (again it’s super easy which I like) focusing on a different area of the body and the playlist usually takes 45 minutesish to complete and they will kick your butt in the best way!! She offers two beginner calendars (which I highly recommend) as well as her monthly workout calendar. The playlist is made up of several videos ranging from 3 minutes long to about 30 minutes long so it was very easy for me in the beginning to pick a few to get to my 20 minutes and just do those. I have since fallen in love with these workouts and now do the full playlist everyday! I love Cassey upbeat personality, she is so positive and pushes you in a really good way! You will be burning and you will be sore the next day but you will LOVE it!!

As I said before these are what I have found works for me. I am a firm believer that when it comes to working out you have to find something that you like to do. If something gets boring try something else and don’t be afraid to try new things!

What are some of your favorite workouts? Let me know in the comments below or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

Planning for the Future While Having Fun at the Fair

American Goathic Pic

This past week the fair was in town so we decided to pack up the kids and head out for a while this past weekend.

We have our first BIG  family vacation coming up next year and we have been attempting to plant the seeds needed for a great vacation in the months leading up to it. We are visiting Walt Disney World next year and while my husband and I have been many times we have waited to take Soph and Jack.

We have been very deliberate in planning when we want the kids to make their first trip and while I know my Type A planning won’t mean we will have a “perfect” vacation I want to mitigate as many problems ahead of time as I can!

Walt Disney World is very much sensory overload for little ones. There is so much noise, lots of people and tons to look at and experience. Since we have a good chunk of time before our vacation we have tried to plan certain experiences to help prepare the kids for what is to come.

Jack at Fair
My kids have a very set schedule as far as naps and bedtime are concerned and as a result if they don’t get their naps or to bed on time they become different kids almost instantly. With this in mind it is our plan to stay on our nap and sleep schedule during our trip, so this means heading out to the parks first thing in the morning then leaving in the middle of the day for naps and coming back in the evenings.
For the past few months we have tried to take the kids to places where they will encounter situations similar to what they will encounter at Disney. We have taken them to small amusement parks to see how they handle lines, rides, crowds and loud noises. The only problem we run into is not being able to just leave and take a nap in the middle of the day which usually results in a not so fun afternoon for everyone and an early exit. We are fortunate enough that the fair is held right in our hometown making it possible for us to test our theory that all would be right in the world if we broke up our day taking time to rest!

Spoiler Alert: it worked like a charm!

We usually wait until we are getting ready to go before we tell the kids what we are doing so we can avoid the “when are we leaving”, “are we there yet” questions for as long as possible. So shortly before we left for the fair we sat them down to talk to them about what we were going to do. Once the kids were in on the secret we explained how we expected the day was going to go and what we needed from  them. Before we left the house they knew we were going to check out the animals and exhibits in the morning then eat lunch (I mean it’s fair food, you have to eat it!) and head home for naps. After naps and only if they actually napped would we go back that evening and hit up some of the rides and games.

Soph at Fair
Having the expectations laid out ahead of time made all the difference. We passed the rides as soon as we entered and there was no meltdown or asking to go on them. We had a great time in the morning petting all the animals and playing in the corn. Whoever came up with the idea of a sandbox full of corn was a genius!! My kids could spend hours in there if we would let them. After a few hours and some lunch we made for the car to head home. Much to my surprise we had no meltdowns and all was good.

Soph and Jack in Corn
As soon as we got home they went right down for their naps and when they woke up we had a snack and made our way back out for the rides and games part of the day. Again we explained our expectations (rides first, then games) ahead of time. We had a great time on the rides and a ton of fun playing games. When we had done all we wanted to do we told the kids it was time to go and had zero problem getting them out without a fight and home to bed on time!

Soph and Jack in Car

This was the first time that we had a day like this out and about with zero problems and I am feeling more and more confident that if we stick to our regular schedule we will be able to avoid some of the meltdowns we are likely to come across on vacation. I will try this theory out a couple more times in the coming months but I think this will help everybody have a great time!

Soph and Jack Dolphins

Lessons this mom learned this week: Explain expectations ahead of time and make sure they understand what is expected of them and stick to a schedule!!

How do you prepare your kids for vacation? What fun things have you done this summer? Let me know in the comments below or find me over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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