Workout Blues...NOT!

Two of my kids have been sick since Monday. That means that I couldn't go to the gym/cycle studio for my beloved group fitness classes. This would have been the PERFECT opportunity to just say "oh well, there will always be tomorrow." But tomorrow turned into another sick day, and then another sick day, so here we are on Thursday and I haven't been to the gym/studio since SATURDAY!!

Does that mean I didn't workout? NO WAY!

I've just been creative!

Sunday-Early morning run while kids and husband slept. We left for Orlando mid-morning and then we walked all over City Walk, bounced between hotel properties, etc...I kept active.

Monday-Quick 20 minute circuit in the hotel room before breakfast. I always travel with my resistance tube! Doesn't take up any room in the luggage and you can use it for so many activities!

 

Tuesday-I was home with 2 very sick little kids. But they love to watch me workout, so they snuggled up on the couch while I did 60 minutes of Body Pump, and 30 minutes of CXWORX both by Les Mills, both amazing programs!

Wednesday-I had only one sick baby home and she kept going in and out of bouts of feeling good, feeling bad, feeling good, feeling bad. At one time she was feeling so great she wanted to go for a bike ride so we discussed a 4 mile loop that we could do together. Before I knew it, it was 2:30pm and we hadn't done our ride yet, so I started to get ready and suddenly she was back to feeling bad. I had a little bit of a panic attack. I wanted to get my other two from school by 4pm and still had to go to the store to get all the ingredients I needed to make my Skinny Sloppy Joes. Yikes! What to do, what to do?? Perfect opportunity to just throw in the towel and make an excuse "oh I'll work out when husband gets home", "oh there is always tomorrow." "Oh maybe I just need a rest day." But people, I don't take a rest day. Yes, from strength training I take a rest day, but from Cardio NO NO NO! I don't see any reason why my heart muscle shouldn't be worked every day. I work my mind, my legs, all other parts of my body every single day of the week, why not my most important muscle, too??  In I pop my CXWORX for 30 minutes of core, and then I ran up and down my street (I live on a cul-de-sac, very private) for 20 minutes and got in my workout that way. DONE. EASY! No excuses.

Thursday-Today. Sick kids again. I was supposed to cycle and then had a meeting scheduled at 11am for a possible sponsorship. Ya, not happening. But today I am going to change it up just a bit. I am going to do my CXWORX, and then I found this No Nonsense Circuit Workout from Peanut Butter Fingers that I'm going to do too. I will likely have to split my workout in to two different sessions b/c of Pedi appts and such, but THAT'S OKAY!! Who says it all has to be done at once?? Not me!

 

Fingers crossed that the kiddos will be better tomorrow! We have The Color Run that we are supposed to do on Saturday!! They've been SO EXCITED to do it, and we've been signed up since MAY so the anticipation has been building and building!! Come on kids get better, please!!

What do you do when you can't do your normal workout routine? Do you skip working out all-together or do you find another way to get in your exercise??

Zip what?? ZIPONGO and a $20 Giftcard Giveaway!

As the New Year is quickly approaching I bet many of you are starting to think about a New Year's Resolution. And I'm going to assume that for some of you "losing weight" is up high on your list of what you'd like to accomplish in 2013. Recipe sites flood the internet from Skinnytaste to Skinny Mom's Kitchen and of course, the ever popular food porn available on Pinterest.  

One of the most important things I've learned over the past few years is the importance of MEAL PLANNING! Generally I plan on Sunday for the week and I bee-bop between the sites I listed above and now that I am a stay-at-home-mama, I also look through the Publix/Target circulars to try to find food items that are on sale just to make the pennies stretch a little bit further.

This is where Zipongo has been SO HELPFUL!! Zipongo allows you to find personalized discounts and coupons on HEALTHY foods at YOUR local grocery store. You personalize your Zipongo experience selecting your stores, types of foods you like to eat (vegan, seafood, chicken, etc..)

You can also save items to a list which makes it super easy to shop!

 

You can visit the Zipongo website and "gift" some great recipes to your friends. If you are feeling really generous you can attach a gift card which is sent through PayPal so that your friend can buy the ingredients to make the meal!

Zipongo provided me with 2 gift cards, each for $20. I gifted one $20 card to the fabulous Denise at RunDMT because she gives so much to everyone around her, and I think she deserves a little love in return. That leaves me with one more $20 gift card to Zipongo for one of my readers!!

How can you win?

1)Like my facebook page and leave a comment under the Zipongo post on that page.

2) Follow me on Twitter by clicking HERE (Remember: you can tweet about this giveaway using this message: Enter to win a @zipongo$20 giftcard! via @jennymetamorfit )


3. Connect with Zipongo on Facebook and Twitter (remember to say "hi" too, and tell them I sent you!!)

And that's it!! I'll have my kids pick the winner next Wednesday :)

Happy Cooking Wink

 

Holiday Cycle

The holiday season can be stressful for a lot of people, myself included and this holiday season is shaping up to be a doozy! I’m not prepared to discuss exactly WHY it’s going to be more stressful than other years, but just trust me when I say that it is.

Generally the day before a “major” holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas, my gym always does a group fitness “amazing workout” which usually consists of 2 hours of fantastic music, great inspiration and motivation, and I’m able to clear my head and focus on just me for a short time. Then I come home and all the stress returns though I feel better prepared to deal with it since I’m still on an endorphin high! Working out is just something I need to be able to refocus on the craziness of my life!

 Then  the “big day” arrives and I need to burn off some stress energy. We travel for our major holidays. We head down to my hometown of Venice, FL (best city EVER!!) where my parents, sister and her family, aunts, uncles, and grandma all live. Venice is an amazing little town and recently just completed the most amazing paved trail; the Legacy Trail.  We always bring our bikes when we head to V-Town and we stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites and the Legacy Trail is right behind the hotel property, which is just perfect!! Usually either my mom comes and stays with the trio, or we take the trio to her, but either way, it gives James and I the ability to bike an awesome trail which ends up being about 30 miles roundtrip because we always cycle to the southernmost end from the Hampton, and then cycle all the way up to the northern most end, and then end back at our hotel.

This is a great ride for a variety of reasons, the most important one being that it gives me some much needed “alone” time with my husband. Neither of us listens to our “music” on these rides. We talk to each other. We really talk.  Cycling is a fitness activity that we can do TOGETHER. I’m an extrovert and THRIVE on group fitness classes, and my husband is an introvert and prefers to work out alone, cycling being his preferred activity and this is something that connects us together. Life can get so crazy and with kids, jobs, bills, obligations, etc, etc, etc, we sometimes forget what it was that made us fall in love in the first place. Cycling allows us to re-establish that connection. We do cycle together more than just at the holiday time, but this is our favorite ride because we know the kids are in excellent hands (my mom or sister!!) and we can just go and reconnect.

We both really look forward to our Holiday Cycle rides and this year is no exception. I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to play out because of the (alluded to) stressors, but I know it will all work out in the end.

If you are a Tampa Bay area cyclist and looking for a great trail not too far from home, I highly encourage you to check out the Legacy Trail. It’s always fun to check out new trails. We’ve done a lot of cycling throughout the Tampa Bay area and this one ranks right up there with the best! You cycle through some of the most beautiful spots in Sarasota County, see a variety of wildlife, yet can still easily hop off the trail for lunch/water/bathroom breaks.

Where is your favorite place to cycle?