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WIWO {What I Worked Out}

So, I often see other bloggers doing a What I Wore post, but who am I kidding.  Between teaching fitness class and chasing after a toddler, I often don’t get to shower until 4pm, let alone put on anything other than yoga pants and a tank.  So, I decided to switch it up and do a What I Worked Out post.  I am going to share with you either what I worked out that day, or some of my favorite workouts.  Hopefully they will keep you motivated or inspire you to try something different!

With Halloween coming up I put together a Scaredy Fat Workout.  This workout will have that fat melt away in NO time flat!!!  It is a high intensity, full body workout.  At the advanced level it is a 30 minute workout.  Perfect to fit into your busy day or to do along with some cardio if you have more time!

Here is your Printable to take with you!  Now go at it:)

Right Click and “Save As” to print




Favorite Things {Workout Edition}


With fall slowly creeping around the corner you know what that means…winter is to follow. The dark mornings, snow, cold, and no more exercising outside…well limited outdoor activity. Nothing can subsitute a good outside run {for me}, so when I am feeling extra energetic I will bundle up the babe and head out rain, snow, or shine. However, for those days when I want to stay in the nice cozy walls of our home I have a few Go-To websites that have wonderful workouts.

1.) Tone it Up – Katrina and Karina are probably so cute they will make you sick. In three years they have built a HUGE online fitness community and been dubbed the “New Faces of Fitness” by Jane Fonda. They offer accountability through their website and TONS of free workouts, plus a monthly calendar to keep you on track. They also have a nutrition plan and DVD’s for purchase, but I seriously love these girls. Great workouts and if I turn out looking like them…AWESOME!

2.) Fit Fab Cities – Caitlin Murphy is the face behind this awesome site. She has GREAT fun, quick workouts that anyone can fit into their lifestyle. I know how busy life can be and will often grab on of these workouts when I am pressed for time. These are all printable and totally fun!

3.) Nike Training App – #1 thing it is FREE! I was so sad when I went from iPhone to Droid that I couldn’t get this app. I absolutely love it when I need a challenging workout. There are workouts from beginner to advanced and from toning to building muscle. Nike also adds bonus workouts from athletes as well…which again are free. The app has a countdown and cues you on all exercises.

4.) Mom’s Into Fitness – I credit Lindsay Brin with me getting my body back post baby. As anyone with a newborn knows it is exhausting and the closer you stay to home the better. She has some free workouts on her blog, but most of her stuff is for purchase. I used her prenatal DVDs for when I was knocked up and then her bootcamp DVDs post baby. She also has a workout portal where you can pay a monthly fee and have new workouts each month, which are all downloadable to your electronic device of choice. All the workouts are different. From HITT to yoga to circuit training, Lindsay mixes it up so your body is always challenged! Bonus: All the paricipants in the videos are moms!!!

Hope these help to keep the holiday calories at bay and everyone in shape during the chilly months ahead!


Find Your {Fit} – Marathon Momma

Find Your {Fit} – Marathon Momma

So, a little background on myself.  Fitness is my passion and was once a career.  I have a Bachelor and Masters degree in fitness, but was called to bigger and better things when I became a momma.  Now fitness is my release, my solace, and something that I do for me. 

I have done many athletic things in my day.  I have earned my black belt in TaeKwonDo, been a co-ed cheerleader through college and the professional level, ridden over 500 miles on my bike with my dad, done a handful of triathlons, and road runs.  I like challenges that keep me motivated, that challenge my body, and give you a high even when you are thinking you have to quit. 

My hope is that Find Your {Fit} will help motivate and inspire all mommas to keep or become fit. I look forward to sharing the things and people that have helped me along the way.  I look forward to having everyone along on the journey as I train for my first marathon that will take place almost exactly 1 year after my beautiful baby boy was born.  I will share the ups, downs, triumphs, and everything else in between!  I hope to answer any questions you have and to help YOU find your {fit}! 

Here is my marathon training schedule…to keep myself accountable: MARATHON 2012 🙂

A Whole New Year!

A Whole New Year!

Well the holidays are over and we are now officially 6 days into 2012.  Every year I try to make some “resolutions”, or goals, to focus on for the upcoming year, but I have a problem.  I like to perform…I am performance driven.  If things don’t go the way I have planned out I get discouraged.  By discouraged I mean I usually quit, give up, throw in the towel.  That is not how I want it to be…but if it isn’t done right {by my standards}…than why do it at all!  Throw a newborn into the mix, and well, nothing ever actually gets done…in a timely matter, or the way I would like.  So, my goal for 2012 is to be nicer to myself.  To cut myself some slack and to do what I can…after all that is all I can do right??  Along with that…here is what I would like to accompish in 2012 {I use the term like very loosely 🙂 }

1.)  Read the Bible {The whole thing}

2.) Actually be a consistent Blogger – this will be hard.  I LOVE to write on it…I LOVE to craft, but I have a hard time fitting it in.  It is probably last on my priority list.  However with the increased sleep I have been getting thanks to Baby E sleeping better {knock on wood} I feel like I could definately fit in more time.  I feel like I have a lot to offer other women and would love to just be able to bless, motivate, and inspire others. 

3.)  Do something for someone else once a month.  Have you ever noticed how great you feel after doing something for someone else??  I love to bless others and want to do that once a month.  Preferably to a stranger. 

4.) Run a marathon – for those of you that know me I am a fitness fanatic {one of the reasons I don’t have the time to blog is because I usually use the time I have to workout 🙂 }  however, I have had to rearrange fitness into my life with a baby.  I still get it done, just not as consistently as before.  So, I would like to make a committment to run a marathon {or another 1/2} in 2012…for myself.  To make myself take time just for me!  Running {or cycling}  is a refuge for me.  It is solace in the craziness of life.  I can focus on God’s Country and his abundant blessings in my life.  I get to zone out, not change dirty diapers, sing nursery rhymes or calm a cranky baby and when I am done I feel invincible.  Re-reading this just makes me smile!

5.) Make something Crafty Once a Week – I get a little overexcited sometimes…especially now with Pinterest.  My Things I Will Make board currently has enough things to make up until I die.  However, I love to create.  It makes me feel good and happy inside.  So, instead of getting overwhelemed with things I want to make and then giving up on making anything.  I would love to focus on one project a week…or month depeneding on how much time the project takes.  Especially with my new Silhouette…my wheels are turning!

Alright…I think 5 is PLENTY.  I will keep you all updated on how my New Years “resolutions” are going.  And to any of you veteran Bloggers, with children…how do you make it work????  All advice welcomed!!


Up All Night {Literally}

So, I am sure if you are a parent you may have tuned in to the new series, Up All Night, with Christina Applegate.  Let’s just say my husband wasn’t too thrilled with my excitement for this sitcom.  He thought it would hit too close to home with a newborn.  However, we began watching it and absolutely love it and can totally relate and I am pretty sure the other night it saved our marriage.

So this is how it all went down…

It had been a rough day with Baby E.  He had been very fussy and cranky and needy.  Let’s just say mommy didn’t get any “me” time.  I love my baby to death…but mommy goes a little  insane without any me time.  So, needless to say I was looking forward to the run my husband and I had planned post workday.  It was a beautiful 80 degree Colorado day and the last day for a nice run before we were supposed to get pounded with snow.  Slowly as the day went on, the more cranky the baby got, the more tired and cranky mommy got.  By the time runnin’ time got around I was exhausted and about as cranky as the baby. Since Baby E hadn’t napped well I figured what a perfect opportunity to get him to take a little cat nap…our RUN!  He loves the stroller and will usually fall asleep on our runs.  Perfect Plan!

Or So I Thought…

We head out the door around 530pm to run about 6 miles.  We first decided to do a 1.5 mile loop around the neighborhood to get the dog out.  Here is where it all falls apart.  To recap…grumpy baby = grumpy and tired wife.  Husband takes off…without looking back…with the dog.  I have grumpy baby, stroller and grumpy self.  I am thinking “we are supposed to be running together…this is going to be a long 6 miles.”  So, we get around the 1.5 mile loop and back to the house to put the dog back in and head out for our last 4.5 mile loop.  Husband takes the baby and we head out…we run together (thank God) and get about 1.5 miles into our loop…and Baby E starts howling!  So, I stop, take him out of the carseat and start to walk with him and he is happy as a clam.  I tell my husband that I am just going to head back since he seems to be unhappy. He knew how much I needed a run so he suggested we go a little further and then could cut in at the bridge if Baby E started to lose it again.  So, we pack baby back in the carseat and head back out.  So far, so good I am thinking…until another 1/2 mile or so and the screaming returns.  So, what did we do…take him out again and start walking…and walking…and walking…a whole mile home.  By this time it is getting dark, cold, and I am just grumpier than ever.  All of a sudden my husband goes…”this is totally something you would see on Up All Night…two adults…one carrying a baby…one pushing the stroller…in the pitch black.” I couldn’t help but laugh…it was such a “parenthood” situation.  Something that we will always be able to look back and laugh at.