Incredible Edible

If you’ve been on Pinterest for any length of time, you’ll discover a few pins that every one and their hamster you follow is pinning. And depending on your core interests and the interests of those you follow, perhaps you’ve seen the Bodyrocker tv deviled eggs. I see a few “healthy” or “low-fat” deviled eggs on a regular basis, but I’d really wanted to try the Bodyrocker ones. Until I looked at the ingredient list and the questionable comments. Seems you love them or you hate them. And there was no way I was putting honey in a deviled egg.

But you see, Sylvi and I love eggs and I’m always looking for an afternoon snack option that will tide us over to supper without much effort. The result here is an egg that is both good for you AND (according to the resident toddler) “Yummy in your tummy”. So here you go, tasty, healthy and satisfying… what more could you want?!

  • 6 hardboiled eggs
  • 2-4 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion granules (or powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill

Cut each egg in half, lengthwise and pop out the yolk into a bowl. (Your yolks should be bright yellow in color… if you have grey around the edges, you’ve over cooked them. And then they get stinky. Just a note.) Once the yolks are all in a bowl, you can mix in the rest of the ingredients. Start with 2 Tablespoons of yogurt and add from there. I wound up using all the yogurt because I wanted the consistency of the filling to resemble traditional deviled eggs as much as possible. Smash up the ingredients with enthusiasm… if you don’t like chunks of egg, otherwise mix well and move on to the next step! Fill each egg with the filling and top with chopped chives. Keep chilled until you are ready to eat!

Mighty Mommy Monday – Cha-cha-cha CHIA!

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!

Today’s post is a guest post from my friend, Nina. Nina is one of my “fitness friends” and one that I frequently text with questions late at night. :) She’s Mama to 3 awesome little boys and is a wonderful inspiration to me!

SO! It’s been about 4 and a half years since the Lord has laid on my heart that I need to be treating my body as the temple that it is. This made me look into what I was “nourishing” my body with food wise a long with many other things but today, I’m focusing on the food part. I used the quotes around the word nourishing because my diet prior to my eating habits now were anything but nourishing to my body. It has taken me (and my family) years to get where we are today with eating healthy and I learn something new all the time about the nutrition wholesome, real, foods supply our bodies! One food that has been sorely misrepresented is the Chia seed. You might have heard of them back in the day while watching the commercials of your favorite cartoon, sitcom, soap opera, etc. I can’t pick up my jar of chia seeds today without saying, to myself of course, “cha cha cha CHIA!” Thanks to their catchy little jingle and marketing strategies, I’m assuming millions of Americans never knew that the chia seeds they were caring for on their chia pets were actually edible. This seed, despite the novelty item they were known for being, packs quite the nutritional punch! Especially for their size. They’re tiny!

I’m sure you’ve heard all about the importance of adding omega 3 fatty acids to your diet, but do you know why you should be incorporating them? Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and are known to reduce inflammation and risks for cardiovascular disease.

A 1-ounce serving of chia contains approximately 4.9 grams of omega 3 fatty acids. That may not sound like a lot but it really is. Flaxseed is known for their omega’s but flaxseed only carries about 1.8 grams of omega 3 fatty acids. Compare that to the Chia seed and that’s a pretty big difference.

Something else I want to touch on is their fiber content. Soluble fiber is known for maintaining normal, healthy cholesterol levels and supporting healthy elimination. A 1-ounce serving of chia seeds contain 10.6 grams of fiber. Oatmeal contains roughly 2.8 grams of soluble fiber. I don’t know about you but I have always been told that oatmeal is good if you’re having trouble with constipation, but I think chia seeds seem to be the better way to go.

For women, calcium is great! Especially if you are trying to ward off osteoporosis. I know when I would I think about ways to get more calcium into my diet, my focus would go straight to dairy products. Ever since I have been doing more research on the food I’m eating, I have found that the plant world is full of foods that are rich in calcium. Broccoli is a great source of easily absorb-able calcium and it turns out, so are chia seeds. A 1-ounce serving of chia seeds supplies 177 mg of calcium. One 5-inch stalk of steamed broccoli contains 56 mg of calcium.

During my workouts, I always get my cardio in but getting in my strength training is equally as important. Protein is imperative when you incorporate strength training into your workouts, which is another reason why chia seeds are so great! A 1-ounce serving of chia seeds contain 4.4 grams of protein. Compare that to a 1-ounce serving of kidney beans which supply .01 grams of protein.

As you can see, ounce per ounce chia seeds are a concentrated source of nutrition.

It blows me away how easy it is to incorporate them into your diet! They can be put on absolutely everything. Usually something as nutritious as the chia seed needs to be prepared a certain way or only tastes good if you pair it with something else. That isn’t the case here. I sprinkle chia seeds on everything! Smoothies, cereal, toast, my kids’ pb&j, fruit, and when I make my homemade granola bars and energy balls. My oldest son pretty much expects to see them on his food now! A serving is 2 tablespoons but I typically only put it on a tablespoon at a time since I use it on a lot of the things I eat throughout the day. Although I have never tried it, I have read that chia seeds make a good substitution for eggs in recipes and that chia seed flour can be used in gluten free cooking as a 1 to 1 ratio to wheat flour. I thought that was interesting!

Trying new things or understanding why something is healthy for you (or unhealthy for you) can be very challenging and it tends to get discouraging at times…err, A LOT of times! Like I mentioned above, it has taken me years to get where I am and I’m still learning but I hope you found this to be helpful and informative. It’s not an easy transition when it comes to shaking up your test buds and eating for your health rather than your belly but I can promise you it’s worth it!

Thanks Nina! Have you ever tried Chia seeds? If so, what’s your favorite way to use them?



Lunch solutions

Lunch is at 1130 here. School at noon. Quiet time at 1230. Three days a week this hour is very busy for me because I’m scrambling to make sure little ones are completely dressed, fed and snack is packed for preschool and are out the door on time. (Which, considering that we live across the street from the school shouldn’t be an epic feat, but for some absurd reason always is.)

Because we all seem to really thrive on routine around here, we try to have the same basic routine every day. (Key word: try.) Lunch, clean up, something educational (Today we graphed Liam’s 46 matchbox cars by color… Mom is a super-nerd, I know) and then the kids are in their room for about an hour while I work or make business calls. I try to keep things pretty simple at lunch so the afternoon, I’m able to be productive instead of cleaning up lunch. Or wishing we had had a good lunch. A couple weeks ago, I started searching Pinterest for good lunch ideas. And you know what? Tortillas are huge. I’ve been working with Liam and his therapist to help him handle new textures and we’ve finally overcome the tortilla crisis!

I’m learning to make our lunches fun and quick. We are having these power wraps (each packing a punch of 6-7 grams protein for each wrap), meatballs dipped in feta dip, pb&j puzzles and every now and then mac and cheese. I also bought some fun picks and suddenly, the kids are scarfing down everything on their plates… including pizza. (Yep. They don’t like pizza. Unfathomable, right?)

Power Wraps

  • Small tortillas
  • hummus
  • thinly sliced turkey
  • shredded colby cheese

Spread the hummus all over the tortilla, sprinkle on the cheese and place the turkey on top. Roll up and slice in half.

I’m leaning pretty heavily on this meal, hoping it stays a favorite for a while! There are summer picnics to pack for! And then, kindergarten in the fall. Oh my. By then, I’m going to be the one needing the extra power!

 

Mighty Mommy Monday – Trying new things

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!

 

Last week, all the stars aligned and I got to have almost the perfect workout week. I didn’t get to swim, but I’m still working out the kinks in my schedule, so I’m not going to worry about it.

I did finally get to attend a real yoga class! I haven’t taken one since I was in college, so I was excited that this worked out for me to attend. It is a yoga for core strength class, so I was wondering how I’d feel after the class. It was hard, but I was able to all the moves without the modification except that darn side-plank. That move is my nemesis! After the class, the instructor also teaches a power yoga class, which I am more than anxious to try.  Perhaps this week?

On Saturday morning, I started the weekend out with a Booty Barre class. I have workout friends who have been enjoying it and I finally got a chance to go! These classes are in such high demand that you have to reserve a spot up to 10 days in advance. Anything that is so highly spoken of on the interwebz AND in person… I have to at least try it once, right? So I showed up, clutching my cardigan tightly about me and watching a lot of very skinny women file in. Yep. Intimidated.

An hour later, I wondered if my sweaty self had actually survived that class. The teacher rotates a series of class structures throughout the week, so the class I attended was actually a Ballet Barre class. As a little girl, I always looked forward to my weekly ballet class, and I’d be lying if I told I wasn’t so giddy to finally find myself at a barre again. I plan to make this class as a part of my weekend routine. The class was quite possibly one of the hardest classes I’ve ever attended, because I don’t find myself adding a plie to every move I do, so my muscles got a whole new set of challenges.The good news? The soreness wasn’t too bad. My calves are sore, oh yes, but totally manageable.

Last week was full of new experiences for me and my muscles. I am really looking forward to this week… I’m ironing out my schedule, keeping up with the chiropractor appointments to help get my poor back in order, and… I’m really trying to keep up with eating breakfast. These two classes showed me that all the work I’ve done in the last two years has been worth it, even if I’m still pudgy around the middle. I had the strength necessary to complete the workouts, even though it was my first time. Which, you know, is certainly good for my soul!


Valentine’s #FAIL

Sometime after Matt and I got married, I decided that if I was ever to be a stay at home mom, I’d need to get my holiday decor together and CELEBRATE!!!  I began building my stash of seasonal kitchen towels and spatulas and even had signs to frame that I found on trendy homemaking blogs.

This morning, I woke up and thought I’d better get cracking on a sweet breakfast of heart shaped pancakes and bacon. Only we had no bacon, sooooo… pancakes it was! I whipped together the batter and could not for the life of me get those darn lumps out. But whatever, surely the squeeze bottle would smoosh those right out. The first two pancakes were questionable in shape, the third awesome. As I delicately traced out the fourth, I felt the bottle jam, so I shook it and resumed squeezing. POP! Batter flew everywhere. The floor, the wall, my pj pants, and all over the stovetop. We had run of the mill pancakes for breakfast thankyouverymuch.

The rest of my day passed without incident, so I figured it was safe to attempt a cutesy supper. I even got inspired enough to take down the rest of the Christmas decor before Matt came home and bake red velvet cupcakes. I should have probably stopped there, but it was just too late. Before I knew it, I was cutting heart shapes in the pizza dough, the provolone cheese and the pepperonis.

At some point in this silliness, I realized that no one was going to ooohhh and aahhh over my hard work so I texted a photo of the pizza to my friend and asked her opinion. She’s not a kitchen person, so she thought it was awesome. I took that as a cue that for sure the rest of my family would celebrate my questionable knife skills.

Two pans of heart shaped goodness when in the oven and I was bound and determined to not throw away the left overs, I tried to trim the crust into elongated hearts, and used up the last of the cheese and pepperoni. Congratulating myself on not wasting anything, I popped it in the oven and sat down to enjoy my family. After supper, dessert and Legos, I swore I smelled something burning, but the pizza was on top of the stove so I moved on with my life.

I was on the couch with Sylvi watching You Tube videos of Rend Collective Experiment when it dawned on me that I had left that final pan of pizza in the oven for over an hour. Feast your eyes.

Next year I might just order pizza.

Fear: realized

Welcome to the February 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting Fears

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about parenting fears.

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In those days before becoming a parent, I spent my thoughts preparing for every possible scenario. First aid? Check. Heimlich Maneuver?  Check. Extra locks on the windows? Check. Attack from a sicko on the bike trail? READY!!!!

I know how to look for signs of concussion fashion a tourniquet out of pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Disaster preparedness? I’m on it. I was raised by a cynical realistic police officer… and as a result, I don’t mess around. But try as I might, there are things I cannot fully prepare for, a car accident being one of those things.

Please understand that I’m a very cautious person by nature, so driving is not something I take lightly. Checking out safety standards is one of my strongest skills… I am a Type A, after all. So when we got in our car on January 30th, every one was belted in; I was an alert and defensive driver. And then less than five minutes later when I was screaming while our car spun around, I realized one of my worst parenting fears: the car accident.

This fear ranks pretty high on my list because no matter how safe a driver you are, you are never really alone on the roads, so there is always the chance that someone else isn’t as concerned with safety as you are. But here’s the thing about fear: you can conquer it or let it control you. As someone who used to have a panic attack every time I left my home, I’m going to tell you that it’s far more worthwhile to conquer those fears than it is to let them control you.

My car stopped spinning and came to a rest, no one was seriously injured and there were people who came along to help me. (As a side note: This was my father’s last accident to occur while on duty before he retired. Also, the last time I will ever get to drop his name and watch the officers jump into action with fear. It was fun while it lasted, right?) It is no longer practical for me to hide in my home whenever I am afraid. I have to not only leave the house, but drive. And drive with the kids in the car again. So I talked to the kids and I told them I was afraid, but I would face my fears so I could be a better mama for them. This does not mean that I am driving around town like I used to – I am still flinching and feeling a cold chill when I go through intersections, but I’m not going to let this fear control me.

After the accident, I asked Liam if he was afraid and he simply asked to see what happened to our car. Our car was a little two-door coupe – he never saw the other car coming, he didn’t understand what happened… he only wanted his boot, which had been knocked off in the impact, back on his foot. So we stood next the car and he looked at our crumpled door, raised his eyebrows and “humphed”. Then, he simply moved on with his life.

Yesterday, we drove to a playdate and a squirrel jumped out in front of me. I drive a sizeable SUV now, but I still don’t want to squash anything! So I gasped and swerved. And Liam told me not to be afraid. I’m not real big on sharing my fears with people, but he needs to know that I’m not perfect (although, he’s getting a pretty good idea of that from everyday living) and that I struggle with fears like he does. Our experience wasn’t something I’d like to go through again, but there’s a lesson in this for my kids: Mama gets scared, but Mama doesn’t hide… even if she really, really wants to.

So the next time, Liam or Sylvi tell me they are afraid to do something new or are afraid to hop up on the bike again after a tumble, we can talk about the accident and how even though I was afraid, they helped me be brave. And now, I get to help them. I get to help them with fresh empathy and understanding… and for those reasons alone, I’m glad my parenting fear was realized… and survived.

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants (list will be final around 5pm PST February 11):

  • When Parents’ Fears Escalate — If we didn’t self-doubt, we probably wouldn’t care enough about our children to struggle with understanding them. But how do we overcome self-doubt? Read advice from Laurie Hollman, Ph.D., guest posting today at Natural Parents Network.
  • What ifs of addiction — After seeing how addictions of adult children is badly hurting a family close to her heart, Hannah at HannahandHorn shares her fears for her own child.
  • Sharing My Joy — Kellie at Our Mindful Life shares her fear that others think she is judgmental because she makes alternative choices for her own family.
  • Building My Tribe Fearlessly — A meteorite hit Jaye Anne at Tribal Mama’s family when she was seven years old. Read the story, how she feels about that now, and how she is building her tribe fearlessly.
  • Fear: Realized — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen shares how her fear of car accidents was realized and how she hopes to be able to use her efforts to overcome the remaining fears to help her children overcome their own.
  • I’m a Negligent Helicopter Parent — For Issa Waters at LoveLiveGrow, the line between helicopter parenting and negligent parenting is not so cut and dried.
  • My Greatest Fear For My Child — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama admits that she has struggled with not allowing her fears to control her and how the reality of this was blown wide open when she became a mother.
  • Procactive Steps to Calm Parenting Fears — Every parent has certain fears related to dangerous situations, That Mama Gretchen shares ways she is preparing herself and her children for emergencies.
  • Homeschooling Fears – Will My Children Regret Being Homeschooled? — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares an interview with her now-adult children that answers a question she had throughout their homeschooling.
  • An Uneasy Truce — Homeschooler and recent convert to unschooling, Tam at tinsenpup shares just a few of the things she tries to keep in mind when fear and insecurity begin to take hold.
  • Fearing the worst, expecting the best — Tarana at Sand In My Toes writes about fears that come with parenting, and why we must overcome them.
  • Can I be the parent I want to be? — Amanda at Postilius confronts her struggle to peacefully parent a preschooler
  • Out of Mind, Out of Fear — How does Jorje of Momma Jorje deal with her pretty steep, long-term fears regarding her son’s future?
  • I Don’t Homeschool to Manage My Kids’ Transcripts — One of Dionna at Code Name: Mama’s fears of parenting is that she will get so caught up in the monotony, the details of homeschooling, the minutiae of everyday life, the routine of taking care of a household – that she will forget to actually be present in the moment with her children.
  • Beware! Single Mom Camping — Erica at ChildOrganics shares her first adventures as a single mom. She laughed, she cried, she faced her fears.
  • Parenting Fears And Reality Checks — Luschka from Diary of a First Child shares her three biggest fears as a parent – that most parents share – looks at the reality behind these fears, and offers a few suggestions for enjoying parenting.
  • Parenting fear : to kill a pink rabbit…Mother Goutte tells us the story of a pink rabbit that disappeared, came back, and became the symbol of her worst parenting fear…
  • Roamingsustainablemum considers whether allowing your children freedom to explore the world safely is harder now than in the past.
  • Meeting my parenting fears head-on — Lauren at Hobo Mama had many fears before she became a parent. Learn how they all came true — and weren’t anywhere near as scary as she’d thought.
  • Don’t fear the tears — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger worried that letting her children cry when going to sleep was tantamount to the dreaded parenting moniker, CIO. She discusses what actually happened after those teary nights, and how she hopes these lessons can carry forward to future parenting opportunities.
  • Will I Still be a Good Mom? — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot worries about her mothering skills now that breastfeeding is no longer the top priority.
  • Pregnancy Fears: It Happened to My Sisters, It Will Happen to Me… — Kristen at Baby Giveaways Galore discusses the difficulties with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding that the women in her family have had and how she overcame them.
  • Fears — Meegs at A New Day talks about how her fears before parenting led to a better understanding of herself and her desires for her daughter.

Mighty Mommy Monday – Get those kids moving!

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!

This morning, as I did my yoga dvd, I was excited to have my kids join in. I am hoping that in the years to come, my children will develop a healthy attitude toward diet and exercise because it is just a part of our life, instead of being something they are forced to do. Liam is in Occupational Therapy to work on building muscle strength and gross motor skills. So I try to take my cues from the therapists to make sure we are making our physical activity as fun as possible. We’ve been experiencing bitterly cold temps this winter so as much as I’d love to bundle the kids up, we just haven’t done it as often as I’d like.

When we wind up being trapped inside, here are a few of our favorite energy burners!

  • Plank hold contest. (Because this centers on building core muscles, I’m really encouraging this)
  • Sibling sit-ups (They are not as graceful as the video, but we still have fun! And I do with them too!)
  • Scooter races around the house
  • Make shapes (or letters or numbers) on the floor with painter’s tape and hop to the specified one.
  • WRESTLE!!!!!! (oh yes. I mean, crawling around the floor, letting them tackle me repeatedly and picking them up to toss on the couch. It is exhausting for all of us!)
  • Turn the dozens of stuffed animals into pylons and race around them.
  • Using painter’s tape again, mark out a straight line and use it as a balance beam.
  • Stack up couch cushions to crawl over.
  • Celebrate all the energy with a sock “snowball” fight!

I look forward to playing outside as much as the next mom, but right now, this is what we do! And if you’re local? I have great news for you! My friend, Angie, is hosting a FREE Mommy and Me Fitness class on Wednesday, February 12th at Heartland Church from 9-10am.  She has activities planned so your preschoolers won’t need to be in a stroller and we can all exercise together! This is a beginner level Strong Mommy class, so even if you’re new to exercising or are recovering from childbirth or an injury, you can still join in! I plan to be there with my kiddos and I hope to see you too!

What progress did you make toward your health & fitness goals in the past week? Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. 


Brought to you by chocolate, butter and sugar

Today was one of those days were my to-do list just never seemed to lessen and the kids were literally bouncing. off. the. walls. So what does one do on a day like this? Bake, obviously. And preferably something with chocolate and sugar.

I must tell you that the reason why I made chocolate chip muffins instead of cookies is because this weekend when I told the kids they could pick out any candy they wanted at a bulk food store, Liam chose dinosaur cupcake wrappers. And to me, it was so precious that instead of any number of chocolates or cookies he chose something for me to bake muffins for him in. When he saw them laying on the counter this afternoon, he instantly hugged me and thanked me for baking in his dinosaur wrappers. This kid. I really hope these little things continue through the years to make him feel special and loved.

This little helper was far more interested in scooping the sugar out of the jar and eating it than actually *helping* me. And she ate a LOT.

But the muffins? We had them tonight with the world’s ugliest omletes and it was a nice, sweet counterpart to the protein. The eggs were so ugly, I almost was afraid to eat them in case their appearance effected their taste.  Which then made me laugh and think of this clip from Julie and Julia when Meryl Streep imitates Julia Child and her instructions on how to make a proper omelette. Perhaps I didn’t have enough conviction when I flipped mine? Regardless, supper was yummy and remembered that I hadn’t shared a recipe here in a while and since the Pug himself was eyeballing the plate of muffins, I figured this was one worthy of a share!

Chocolate Chip Muffins (makes 24)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil or butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 10 oz. chocolate chips (I used a mix of dark, white and milk chocolate chips)

Sift together your dry ingredients and whisk together the wet ingredients. Mix them together thoroughly and then stir in your chocolate chips. Scoop into muffin cups (24) and top with coarse sugar if you desire. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!

 

Mighty Mommy Monday – February First

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!

It’s unbearably late in this Monday, but here I am. And while I didn’t exercise in a conventional way today, I think I earned my supper by carting around an enormous cartseat in it’s box and running up and down the stair countless times. This week’s plan is to get organized! I’m supposed to start the 30 day shred this month and a friend asked me to join in preparing for a 5k this spring. As someone who thrives on a plan and order, I need this!

Are you working on anything this week? Is your local gym starting to look bare? I haven’t had to share a pool lane in about 3 weeks!

Might Mommy Monday

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!

I know… how is Monday already?!  Phew! Currently, my county is under a level 2 snow emergency, which means I’m not going to leave the house for yet another day. I had planned to attend a Booty Barre class over the weekend, but it was canceled due to the weather, so it’s on the back burner for next week. It’s disappointing and since the nights are going to be so cold, I stay home and workout here. The end of this week is supposed to be a toasty 20+ degrees, so I’m hoping all my classes will be back on target!

In the evenings, especially after a day cooped up, all I want to do is  sit on the couch and watch tv. And you know how that goes: I tell myself that I’ll just watch half an hour and then I’ll do something. Two hours later, I’m still sunk in the couch and haven’t done anything. So I got to work on a plan. I’m good at multitasking, so this works for me. It might work for you, but it might not… if it doesn’t take these moves and apply them to a different part of your day!

When watching tv, I get off the couch during the commercials. To keep things interesting, I do my move of choice based on the type of tv ad:

  • Food/restaurant commercial – Do 15 decline push-ups
  • Fashion commerical – 30 Russian Twists
  • Movie trailer/Tv show promo – 20 leg lifts (each side)
  • Travel commercial – PLANK!!!
  • Heath/Beauty commercial – 20 Long Lever Crunches (10 each leg)
  • News byte – Sumo Squat for the entire clip
  • Other commercials – Arm Circles for the entire length

I bring my weights to the living room and add them in for the Russian twists, Long Lever Crunches and Arm Circles.  And on the few nights a week that we watch our shows, I can wake up the next morning with sore muscles… and a smile.

How do you like to squeeze in a little workout into your day?  Would you do any different moves or add another category to my list?