A No Nonsense Circuit Workout

You should all have figured out by now that I am a fitness nut. I love to workout. It makes me feel good, puts me in touch with my body, and lets me be a better wife and mother. I prefer to work out in the gym. I love the variety of classes, equipment, etc., but first and foremost I am a mom. That means if I have a child that needs a mom day, or a sick day, or I need to go to their school for a performance and I can't make it to the gym, THAT'S OKAY!! I have been working out long enough now that I can do something at home in 30 minutes and still get in a good workout for the day.

Lately this has been my "go-to" home workout:

And just in case you aren't sure what some of these exercises are, or some of the options available, I did a quick little tutorial video here:

Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear from you!!

A beautiful day!

If you are a fitness buff in the Tampa Bay area, you'll totally appreciate this post. If you don't, but you work out, you'll understand this post.

Imagine this...you have worked out at a gym for 4 years. It's wonderful. You know all the people in your group fitness classes. You know the instructors, you know what to expect, you know you will be pushed. You know you walk away from your workout feeling energized and ready to tackle what ever life throws your way.

Then suddenly things change. Your gym no longer exists. Your favorite classes are no longer there. The people you knew and respected have moved on. You feel lost. Not sure where to turn or what to do.

This happened to me this year. And for 5 months I floundered around. I tried to make the best of the situation. I took a few new gyms out for a test spin, but I hadn't found my new home. Until yesterday.  Yesterday the fitness cloud over my area of Tampa Bay lifted and the sun finally began to shine!

A brand new, state of the art wellness facility opened up just 11 miles from my house. I joined yesterday and let me tell you it is AMAZING!! Over 50,000 square feet of fitness joy Smile 2 indoor swimming pools, an indoor padded track, weights, machines, cardio, group fitness, a cafe, beautiful locker rooms, cycle room, and so much MORE!! It's just amazing. I worked out there yesterday and again today, and it is truly going to take my training to the next level! There are a variety of classes, and lots smiling faces. Everyone truly appears that they are happy to be there and happy to have us there!

I feel inspired, motivated, determined. It's a beautiful day!

Changes

My grandpa passed away quite suddenly in June 2012. His death threw my life into some sort of weird alternate universe. I seemed to be floating, not quite sure where I was going to land. Throw in to that mix a sudden decision to leave my job in early November and focus on blogging, my social media career, writing my book, a total change to my daily schedule, the crazy holiday season and suddenly here we are in 2013. Wow.  I've had some time recently to think about my life, my direction, my focus and I feel at peace with the decisions I've made. Yes, there were changes. And although some of the changes made have not been positive and many were out of my control, they have all brought me to the place where I am today.

"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat." -Napoleon Hill

I am in a good place now. I feel calm. I feel in control. I embrace the change.