Archive | September, 2013

BURPEE MONDAY

30 Sep

Seriously is it Monday already! I can’t get over how quickly this weekend flew by.  For those of you that have young children that argue,  I’m not sure what advice people have given you but recently someone told me that I need to stop intervening and let them figure it out on their own.  So this weekend I took my kids with me to find a fall coat.  We weren’t in the store for more than 5 minutes when they started poking each other.  I got between them a few times but they’re literally like magnets.   Finally I decided to “let them figure it out”  Not sure if I chose the right time to test out this new parenting advice but  the next thing I saw was an arm flying off a mannequin and a whole table of clothing being pushed to the ground.  As I was trying to screw the arm back on I could literally feel the sweat beads poring down my face.  I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

This workout is the PERFECT way to kick-start the week.  We sometimes indulge a little too much over the  weekends.  Let’s start the week off right by getting our greens, drinking enough water and getting our heart moving.

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Monday’s motivational quote:

You’ve only got three choices in life — give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.

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Double Trouble Friday! Two awesome upper body workouts for you.

27 Sep

So Hubby and I call Thursdays  “Thirsty Thursday”  I actually get excited for this “special occasion”.  When the kids are off to bed we can sit back and chat about our day and celebrate the “almost” end to a busy week (with wine in hand of course).

I’ve been dealing with a horrible cold all week.  Normally when I’m sick I feel better if I sweat it out so on Wednesday I took my pup for a run.  We were about 4km into the run and almost simultaneously she looked up at me almost like she was saying “are you really making me run in this heat” and I looked down at her trying to gasp for air because my nasal passages were clogged and my head felt like someone was banging it against a wall and we both slowed our pace down to a walk and made the seemingly long trek back home and then crashed together on the couch.

I meant to post these workouts earlier this week (and forgot).  Today my wonderful friend sent me a text asking for an upper body workout.  So here you go sexy lady.  These are for you 🙂

The first workout was designed for the gym but of course you can always modify it to be able to do it at home.  The second workout can be done anywhere with very minimal equipment (dumbells or kettlebell)

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ENJOY 🙂

It’s Hump day :) New Workout: At home Brazilian Butt Lift

25 Sep

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I have to say that my son is pretty darn special.  He’s always been a momma’s boy.  One thing that makes him so great is that he rarely complains and he’s so cautious on how he words things to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.  He will eat anything I put in front of him (or try to).  Sometimes I’ll see him nibbling on his dinner trying to eat it and I’ll say “buddy, you don’t really like it do you” and he’ll say “I do, It’s just not my favorite thing you’ve made“.  Last night when I was making his lunch for school he said to me “Mom can I have a  granola bar or cookie in my lunch today without any of your fancy healthy stuff in them” and I said “what do you mean” and he responds “I really like your healthy cookies but I LOVE your normal chocolate chip cookies sometimes too”.  I told him that I COMPLETELY understand and I made him some of my special “not so healthy cookies” to pack in his lunch today.  As much as I strive to feed my kids the healthiest food possible, I need to remember that they’re kids.  It’s okay when they have the occasional sweet.  My kids are so active that I’m not overly concerned when I give a little ice cream or cookies.
I used to buy the Quacker Granola bars for my kids (you know, that huge box they sell at Costco).   I stopped buying them when I was bored one day and Googled all the ingredients (hahaha yes I’m a geek).   There’s so many different types of sugar in those things!
The recipe below is such a good substitute.  My kids love these and I forgot about this recipe until I found it while I was cleaning out some drawers the other day.

HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup rice krispies cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Lightly coat a 9X11-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside. I
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats and rice krispies. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, honey and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture comes together, stirring frequently. Cook at a simmer (so the mixture is lightly bubbling) for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet mixture over the oats/rice krispies and mix with a wooden spoon until evenly moistened. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing down very firmly. If the mixture isn’t pressed down well enough, the bars will be crumbly once they cool. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips on top. Press lightly if you want them to stick to the bars.
  4. Let the bars cool for at least 2 hours at room temperature. Cut into rectangles. Store well covered at room temperature.

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Here’s a workout to improve the shape of your behind.  For me, this is the first place I notice any weight gain – my so called “trouble zone”.  These exercises that I combined in this workout have helped lift and firm my bum. Do this workout at least once a week and combine it with other circuit workouts and Cardio.  You’ll see a difference in no time.

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Here are some How-to  videos

1.  Single leg hip lifts

2. Plie Squat

3. Lunges with front kick

4. Donkey kicks

5. Jumping Lunges

6. Wall sit

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