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Sneak in a Workout

“Sneak in a workout” is what my husband says when he wants to run to the gym for an hour or three and work out and play basketball.  While I’m not always a fan of the length of time he spends at the gym, I am a fan of the concept of “sneaking in a workout”.  In addition to the fact that I hate working out, I never find the time to add it into my schedule.  I like the idea of sneaking a workout past the part of me that hates to workout and I like the idea of sneaking the workout into the schedule, all subtle, like.  Here’s what I mean.

sneakinaworkout1.  Go for a “Nature Walk” with your kids

I can get myself to do almost anything if it is fun for my kids.  This weekend, we hiked up a small-ish local hill.  I packed a little picnic, brought my camera along and the kids had a blast.  Guess what?  I burned about 450 calories on that walk.  And I really enjoyed it, too.  And I practiced with my new camera.  It was like a festival of multi-tasking.

naturewalk         naturewalk2


2.  Play on your kids stuff.

Do your kids have a trampoline in the yard?  A swing?  A basketball hoop?  Play with that!  With them.  We just got a big 12ft. trampoline for the kids and I love it so much!  Play Simon Says with your kids in the trampoline and tell me you aren’t out of breath after 15 minutes.  And you will have burned about 50 calories.  20 minutes shooting hoops is about 100 calories.  Swinging doesn’t burn a ton of calories, but it’s better than sitting on a bench while the kids run around.  And speaking of sitting on a bench, when you’re watching your kids baseball, soccer, lacrosse, etc, games, walk around the field while you’re spectating.  Enlist some of the other moms to walk with you.

3. Keep your sneakers in your car.

For the working moms like me out there, this one is great.  Now that the weather is warming up, I bring my sneakers to work with me.  The perimeter of the parking lot of the building I work in is a half mile.  When I’m ready for a break at work, I can throw on my sneakers and hoof it around the parking lot a couple of times.  I can easily trick myself into a light workout if it means I get 20 minutes away from my desk during a stressful day.

I’d love to hear how you work working out into your routine!

Back to Basics pt. 2

Yesterday I laid out a basic plan for tackling daily and weekly chores.  Just enough to keep the house in decent shape. Nothing too fancy.  Just the basics.  Today I want to do the same, but this time for keeping my body in decent shape.  I look back at this post from a little over a year ago and realize nothing much has changed.  I’ve gone up and down the scale by 10lbs or so in either direction at various times, but I’m back at a weight I’m not happy with and it’s time to break this thing down to baby steps. And there are really only two things that need to be done to accomplish a more fit figure.  Eat better and exercise.  That’s it.  I’ve googled it a million times and that’s all google can come up with, so it must be true.  Well, there are also lots of creepy pills or weird plants that are suggested, but they aren’t fooling me.

I talked a little bit about step one in this post.  I’m going with protein, vegetables and fruit.  Add in some water and the multi vitamin with iron my doctor suggested and that’s it.  Sugar will be at a minimum as will carbs and dairy.  I’ve almost entirely stuck to it since Sunday and I’m already getting that rush of energy that not eating carbs gives me.  I haven’t lost an ounce of weight, but at least I feel pretty good.  And I am only 3 days in so I will give myself a break.

As for step two, the whole exercising thing, well, if I haven’t said it before, (and I’m sure I have) I hate it.  Really hate it.  You know I don’t use the H word lightly.  I thought if I could find a way to keep myself accountable for working out, I might have more drive to actually move around. I attempted to do this last year, after my yearly physical, when I decided that I wanted to be able to look my doctor in the face and say, “Yes, I do exercise on a regular basis”.  That didn’t happen.  But, I’ve brainstormed another idea.  I am famous for pinning an inordinate amount of exercise tips.  Unfortunately, the amount of calories burned while clicking Pin It just doesn’t add up to very much.  (did you know that it takes a 3500 calorie deficit to burn ONE stinking pound??).  So, I’m going to start trying those pins and reporting back my thoughts and results via this here blog.  That might be enough to get me going because you know how I love this little blog.

And, so far so good, because I have already tried three different workouts!

Cardio? Strength? Do both with this 50/50 circuit workout that keeps your heart rate up and your muscles confused.

When I started this one, I kind of thought it was going to be easy.  I was wrong.  This was tough and had me breathing heavy and sweating a bit.  And I only did two rounds for a total of about 17 minutes.  I love any workout that doesn’t involve any crazy equipment (like weights, who has those?).  I will admit I sort of made up a move for Oblique v-ups because I have no idea what that is.  I could have googled it, but that’s not as fun as making things up.  I will definitely be adding this to the regular rotation.

I bought a mini trampoline.  It is very fun.  It is also a very tough work out.  I did try the workout above, but I honestly had a hard time with some of it. I think I need more practice before I’m ready for some of the moves that require, well, grace, I guess.  Can you practice your way to grace?  Well, either way, the tramp I bought came with a DVD that demonstrates about 30 different moves you can do on a trampoline, including things like push ups and leg lifts, so you’re not just hopping around constantly.  You get a little bit of a break and can catch your breath.  I’m going to experiment with the moves and put together a customized workout.  I’ll be sure to share.  If you have a mini trampoline (or rebounder as they are also called), google some workouts!  It is fun and low impact.  If you don’t have a trampoline, they start at about $40 and go up to about $100.  Mine was 40 bucks from Target.

Barre (or kitchen counter) Workouts - Pinner says "fastest, most amazing, noticeable changes to my body!!"

Lastly, I tried this ballet workout.  I didn’t really love it.  Sorry, ballet. It was a smidge boring and it was not a video, just details on each move.  I did like that it seemed to target different muscles than the other work outs I did.  I’m not going to give up on the ballet work out, though.  I will continue the hunt for a video that will capture my attention!

I think I managed to work out a total of 4 times in the last week.  That’s a good number for me.  Ok, it’s four times more than pretty much any other week.  I WILL be back with reviews of new workouts next week!


I Need to Move

Not from my house. I need to move around. I need some type of spirit to overtake my body and make me into one of those people who enjoys exercise.  I did a little googling and found some things that I hope might help.

New fitness trend REBOUNDING workouts for a low impact work out that I'm completely on board with

She looks like she’s totally enjoying this Rebounding workout!  This is actually a low impact workout.  I might like this.  Even if I try it and I don’t like it, at least I’ve done one workout more than the amount of workouts I have done in the past week(s).


Miranda Kerr's Ballet Barre Workout


I took a ballet class in college.  Yes, for credits.  It was my Fine Art requirement.  Anyway, I really liked it and it is a good workout.  And you don’t need to install a barre.  You can use a chair.

The 20-minute stress-less yoga workout #NCCPT #NCCPTTransformMe

I heard about this new thing called Yoga.  It was on this cool blog I found.  You should totally try it.  I think it’s going to be huge.

exercise. exercise. exercise.

I love the simplicity of this.  I like lists.  I can cross off as I go and see immediate progress.  I don’t love jumping jacks, but I could probably manage 180 of them.  Not all at once.

Lastly, I found this.  I don’t know how to handle this.  It’s, well, I think life changing is an adequate phrase.  You are SO welcome.

Poodlerobics? You Wont Be Able To Look Away From This Freaky Workout Video

I was so distracted by the poodle poofs in that woman’s workout tights (legs and arms, btw, look close) that I didn’t take in the actual poodles themselves that are somehow jazzercizing wearing leotards and sneakers.  But wait, their knees are bending like human knees. They must be people in poodle costumes, right?  But, then, that is the most realistic CGI looking poodle costume I have ever seen.  This has to be pre-CGI, though right??  I cannot wrap my head around this.  Someone, please help me.

Redoing the Temple – The Update that is not an Update

Can someone explain to me why if I have been exercising consistently for the last 2.5 weeks that I have not lost an ounce (unless you count when I let my heals hang a little off the edge of the scale)?  In fact, when I weighed myself this morning, the scale looked like it was mocking me and inching a smidgen higher.  Just a smidgen.  Just enough to say, “Ha ha, you hate exercise and it’s not even helping you!”.

I wrote this enthusiastic, got get ’em post about 10 months ago.  And I promised I’d be back with an update.  Oops, sorry. Remember, this lady:

My Current Weight

She’s my undercover body double from modelmydiet.com.  Not much has changed since then.  I had some complicated math equation that was based on the weight I was when I got married plus 8 lbs.  I must have been having a good math day then.  What I would say right now, is that I want to lose 15 lbs.  I’m going to keep exercising.  I know in my intellectual brain that the reason that I’m not losing weight is that my diet is HORRENDOUS right now.  But in my brain that likes to buy things from infomercials, I think that there must be some trick to eating just about the worst things you can put into your body and still lose weight.  That is simply going to take some time to reconcile.

In the meantime, if anyone out there is like, an exercise physiologist or something, please tell me if this true:

5 lbs of fat next to 5 lbs of muscle...   A visual really helps when the scale isn't changing much. Wowwww

And here’s a pin that fits the mood perfectly:

Sanitaryum | Clean Funny Pics  Clean Humor...I am guilty of eating when bored and am getting fat!..ugh!

Redoing the Temple

Just kidding, it’s more like an abandoned warehouse.  But it was once temple-like.  It was strong and graceful and flexible.  What am I talking about? My body.  The temple metaphor is not working, but there was a time (20 years ago) when I had faith in my body.  I was a gymnast and I could run and jump and lift and more.  I didn’t even have to think about it.  I got that way by doing something that I loved and that never felt like work.  I ate some healthy foods (I was in high school so my mother cooked mostly healthy meals) but I ate junk, too.  And I had a teeny appetite and never finished anything. Fast forward 20 years and, well, it’s not what it once was. When high school ended, so did gymnastics.  I had never set foot in a traditional gym where you use things like treadmills and weight machines.  So exercise stopped, essentially.  But the metabolism kept me tiny for a while.  Then I got married and stored two precious children in this body for 9 months each.  One of those precious children was 9 lbs 3 oz when he was born.  And I’m 5’2.  So, that wreaked some havoc.  My sedentary job not only kept me inactive, but also introduced me to the take out lunch.  Mmmm.  I work so hard, I’d tell myself;  I deserve a yummy lunch. What a terrible way to reward yourself.  So in the spirit of this home makeover blog, I’m making over my “home”, this body that I once relied on to carry me twisting through the air and land lightly on my feet.

The before.  This is the tricky part.  There is no way on earth I’m putting a picture of me on the internet as a before. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever post an after either.  So, I’ve tracked down a kind of neat tool that will give a visual.  But first, here’s an idea of the stats.  I’ve already mentioned I’m 5’2.  If I lost 10 pounds, I’d be 8 pounds heavier than I was when I got married.  That’s a number I would be happy with.  8 pounds heavier than when I got married.

Here is the visual brought to you by modelmydiet.com

My Current Weight

Not terrible, I know, but really not exactly reality either (picture her a little lumpier) and not my ideal, plain and simple.  I need a plan.  I’ve already started a diet plan.  It’s called the 4 Hour Body and basically you cut out carbs and sugar and have to eat not fun stuff like beans and vegetables and lean meat 6 days a week and then on the 7th day you get to cheat and  eat ANYTHING you want.  I’ve been doing that for a month and have already lost 8-10 pounds.  I have no idea if it’s healthy or sustainable, but I’ve had some results so far, so I’m going with it for now.  Sort of.  It is VERY hard to keep up with when your kitchen does not have a sink, stove, microwave or countertops.  But, I’ll do my best until the kitchen is done and then pick it up again.

And then there’s exercise.  I abhor the gym.  I’m not a runner.  I’m not even a walker.  I do have a treadmill that I’m mandating myself to use nightly and then I’m going to incorporate some Pinterest strengthening finds like this one:

Strength exercise

Ok, I said it all out loud.  I have to follow through.  I’ll update in a month.