Fail to plan, plan to fail. A lesson in improvising.

by jennifer6. November 2012 15:54
Day 2 of my life as a stay-at-home-mama started off as well as yesterday. I took the advice from one of your comments and got a bigger coffee cup. This is actually my 2nd place "trophy" from the Venice Triathlon. It was good advice. I only needed one refill. My little dudes have been so happy to just chillax in the morning instead of rush, rush, rush. It IS a nice feeling. And I don't feel like such a maniac. And that's always good. Cause if mama ain't happy, no one is happy. It's been so relaxed that I'm even able to make their lunches in the morning! They do love their Natural Jif Peanut Butter and Polaner fiber jelly. Typically I buy the Arnold DOUBLE FIBER bread, but Publix was out, and I had 3 kids with me, so I grabbed and ran. And sandwiches are always more fun when they are cut into butterflies.  And then there is the snacks. Oh lordy, the snacks. They need a snack for during school, and then they need a snack for after-school, and then they just need snacks, well because they are 6, 7, and 8. And let's face it. Snacks are yummy. And let me tell you....those Stacy's Simply Naked Pita chips ARE THE BOMB!! And dipped in Sabra Hummus...OMG!!  Now for some reason, my son would prefer pretzels over pita chips. I have no idea why, but he's dipping into chick pea goodness, so whatever. And yes, I buy single servings of items. 1) it's easier on me, and 2) PORTION control!!  Now Publix had a BOGO on these this week. We've never tried them, usually I go with the Dark Cocoa Almonds, but a BOGO and pre-packed, I was all over it! For breakfast, one had eggs, one had oatmeal, and one had oatmeal AND eggs. And another BOGO from Publix, Jones cooked turkey sausage links. Now these, these were a HIT. THEY ATE THE ENTIRE PACKAGE! I'll be going back to stock up while they are still BOGO.   Now...if you are still with me, this is probably the reason you are here....MY WORKOUT!! Today was supposed to be an outside circuit conditioning workout with the amazing Jill Gore from Fitness Fanatics and her cohort Kristin S. Kristin is the talented do-it-all mom who made my headband for the Women's 1/2 marathon last year. Okay, I digress. I just really dig both these ladies and am so fortunate to be able to know them. Okay, so the workout. I was all pumped, ready to get it going, when the sky opened up and the rain began to pour. I jump online and of course they have already posted alternate plans. THEY HAD A BACK-UP PLAN! Kristin generously opened up her garage (quite literally) for us to workout in! Jill arrives and they go to work setting up our stations. 12 stations. Each station lasted one minute with a 7 second break between each station (basically just time to get from one station to the next.) Jill went through and demonstrated what we'd do at each station, Kristin showed some ways to improvise (she's good like that.) After we completed all 12 stations we took a short break, and then we repeated, and repeated. 3 times total. By the time we were done, I had burned 600 calories. Then we went on a cool down walk where I burned another 100something. I think my total burn was 741, and this was a full-body workout. So without further ado, the photo proof. Station 1: The Burpee  Station 2: Jumping Jacks and Star Jacks. And while there is a number listed, remember you are going for one full minute, so you are alternating between sets of 5.  Station 3: Planks and/or mountain climbers on the wall  Hands down, the plank is the BEST exercise for your core. My blogging friend Denise is running a plank challenge on her blog  so if you tweet, etc., you can join in!   Tired yet? Station 4: Hurdles or long jump. But this is where Kristin jumped in (jump, get it LOL) with her improvising skills and had us jump over an overturned Home Depot bucket.  Station 5: Plyo Lunges!!   I do love lunges! And squats (those are still coming!!) They have really helped my booty to become more J-Lo like ;)  Station 6: Pushups! And all of us do them on our knees! Go strong girls!!  Station 7: Squat Jumps. One of my favorites!! It also happens that Les Mills incorporates squat jumps in track 7 (lunges) in releases 82 and 83 to give you a little cardio kick. Awesome. Station 8: Push Up Jacks  Station 9: Tricep dips  With another improv from Kristin. We were originally going to do them in the little chair, but then K brought out that metal ladder and had us dip down the ladder with our feet on the chair. Don't worry, I got a picture to show you what it looks like ;)  Station 10 had us doing high knees, but by the time we got there, the rain had stopped, so we ran outside and sprinted for a minute. Station 11: Tuck jumps and tricep pushups. I just did the tricep pushups b/c I get dizzy going up and down.  Station 12: Wall squat with weight And there you have it!! An A.M.A.Z.I.N.G workout with very little equipment, done in the garage.  Here I am pre-workout, all smiles and my Honey Badger Don't Care attitude. Good thing I came with that attitude b/c this workout kicked my butt, and I loved every single second of it.  Those mountain climbers on the wall are NO JOKE!! And doing bicep curls while doing a wall squat, ya I got that. Oh, and look..tricep dips and I am still smiling  And every workout needs push-ups!!   It was a great morning; we laughed, we b!tched, we grunted, sweated. And we were all made a little bit stronger, a little bit fitter. And I'd like to emphasize that EVERY exercise we did today could easily be modified for the most basic of beginners, so don't think that you can't do it! You can! It just takes some improvising!! And then I came home and had lunch. A romaine lettuce salad with steelhead trout, feta cheese, apples and avocado. And it was good. I think I'm going to like this stay-at-home and blog gig.  

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Jenny

Playing in the mud...not just for kids!!

by jennifer5. November 2012 22:47
I know I've mentioned it before, but since I've gotten fit I have tried a variety of fitness activities. By far, one of my favorites is the MUD RUN!! I have done two just this year, and am now thrilled to be added to the Pretty Muddy Blogging Team. Pretty Muddy will be in Tampa on November 10th!! So what exactly are mud runs and why is Pretty Muddy any different?  Well, just as the name implies, a mud run is a run through the mud. With obstacles! So imagine scaling a 10ft wall while you are covered in mud. Or sliding down a mud slide into a giant mud puddle.  Me and my friend Audrey at the Mud Crusade March 2012 Typically a mud run is a 5k (3.1 miles) (though there are quite a few Tough Mudder, Spartan Race that are longer.) There is jumping, running, sprinting, climbing, all generally through mud. Doesn't that sound like fun?? Pretty Muddy is different from the other mud runs I mentioned because Pretty Muddy is for WOMEN ONLY and the obstacles are more architectural in nature rather than bales of hay (girls have style!!) Pretty Muddy is also a non-competitive race. It is not timed. That takes off a huge amount of pressure to "perform."  So imagine grabbing a handful (or more!!) of your girlfriends, getting dressed up (or not!) in silly, sexy, sporty get-ups and playing in the mud. Trust me, it will be one of the best days of your life! And at the finish line there is beer. And music. And showers.    As an official blogger for Pretty Muddy, I will be hosted to a Sneak Peek of the course THIS Friday night, taken out to dinner, and then I'll participate in the race on Saturday, camera in hand. See you all in the mud!

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Jenny

What a great day

by jennifer5. November 2012 14:02
I just found out that November is Blogging Month! How lucky for you all that I decided to start my blog this month   Today has been an amazing first day as a stay-at-home-mama. I got up at my normal time. 6am. My son (who has special needs and doesn't sleep that well past 5am, he's having a sleep study soon, that's a post for another time) was already up bee-bopping around the house. At least he woke up in a good mood. I made my first cup of coffee as a SAHM. It was the best cup of coffee I had ever had   Then, as promised I made my husband breakfast and lunch. Breakfast: Mango, Pineapple, Strawberries, with Fage Fat Free Greek Yogurt and topped with ground flax.  Lunch: Steamed Broccoli, brown rice with baby carrots, celery and fresh tomatoes, and salmon.  I swear, I didn't take a bite out of the salmon   So he left for work by 7:15am. That left me with the children for OVER an hour! Oh my...I was so used to dropping them off at "before care" and heading into my library. They rode their bikes up and down our street, played with their DS's and fought with each other. It was lovely. There will be no more "before care" but they will continue with "after care." My amazing husband wants me to stay sane so I'll pick them up around 4:30pm and we'll start our evening activites; gymnastics, homework, driving mama crazy. You know the drill. Thankfully though, I was able to get my workout in so I won't have to stress about fitting that in! Whew.    Speaking of my workout. Today I cycled outside. It was glorious. Simply glorious. This is my favorite trail in the area. I only wish it was longer. It's about 14 miles round trip when I add in the extra side loops. I love this trail because it is EMPTY! I rarely see anyone else out here, and the wildlife is usually fantastic. I am also a fan of the Suncoast Trail, but it tends to be busy and I hate the noise of the traffic from the interstate. I also like the Starkey Trail, but Cypress Creek is nearly in my backyard, so why waste gas? I had intended to do 2 laps, but my right ankle started bothering me, so instead I did a power climb in the saddle.   I am looking pasty. I need to spend more time outside to get my Florida color back. Good thing I'll be able to do that now.   Look, there is NO ONE out here! There were a bunch of beautiful herons and egrets in this wetland and of course as soon as I stopped for a picture, they flew away. Dang skittish birds.  Overall, I did about 14ish miles in about 50 minutes. That includes stopping for water at the end, stopping to take pictures, and once I had to stop to adjust my Ipod. I need to remove some of those Brittany Spears songs. I know my Polar HRM says 57 minutes, but that is after I've loaded my bike in my truck, lolly-gagged around with my camera, etc..  It was a good ride. I worked on keeping my HRM in "the zone" never going above 80% and I did it. I didn't burn as many calories as I would have doing indoor cycling, but I am really working on endurance since I have my BIG RACE in just 10 days!! Big. Huge. 100 miles. With an amazing organization: Project Athena. And then I came home and rearranged the kids TV room, swept the house AND...wait for it. MOPPED THE FLOOR. It's so nice to have clean floors that will remain clean for at least 5 hours. Then the kids will come home, and it will all go downhill from there. There will likely be another blog post by me later today. I have a few things in the works that I can't wait to share. 

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Jenny

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