Thursday, February 20, 2014

Living in Squalor - NO MORE!!!

Much like exercising, cleaning doesn't thrill me. At all. But I've managed to work exercise into my life, and so February has become cleaning month for me. Since I'm a bit Type A, I needed to come up with a good schedule to keep me in line. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a beautiful organizational scheme at Green Child Magazine. (If you haven't read the magazine or checked out their website, be sure to do so!)

This set of printables gave me a Spring Cleaning Checklist as well as a Weekly Cleaning Checklist that I can customize anyway I want.
I have vowed that I will straighten up the downstairs each night before I sit down for my nightly TV show (a bad habit my husband and I have, but hey - we all have our vices right?). No picking up = no TV. And so far, I'm on track with that. It helps that my husband is on board and helping me too.

And then I took the Weekly Cleaning Checklist and decided that each day I (and my wonderful husband and children) would tackle an extra couple of tasks. Here is my breakdown…

Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Exercise Success"

I may have FINALLY found a fitness regimen that works for me!

Over the past few weeks I've experimented with walking, aerobics, yoga, planking... and I can handle all of them. Some I enjoy more than others. But I really think the key to my fitness is my children.

I know what you're thinking. Oh, how sweet! She is going to get fit by playing with her children. You can just see me running around the backyard, hula hooping, swinging, etc. Yes, I do those things. But that's not at all what I'm talking about here.

I'm talking about my recent efforts to keep my house company ready at a moment's notice. My two little ones are angels. Messy, messy angels. Trying to maintain my house has meant that I haven't had the opportunity to sit down and lounge in two weeks. I've been up mopping, sweeping, dusting, scrubbing, and washing for what seems like an eternity. As soon as one room is done, they've destroyed another!

From the time I wake up until I pass out at night, I've been busting my butt to keep this joint in order. And all that housework has got to add up to some calorie burning, right? Surely it must. And while it may not be the cardio workout that will get me a six pack (that will NEVER happen by the way), it produces results - specifically a clean house! That's a pretty sweet deal.

Now we'll just have to see how things go in the next few weeks... cleaning, walking, yoga, aerobics... and I guess the occasional plank. And since I'm into cleaning, I think that will be February's goal - getting this house clean and organized. Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Over halfway...

The month is more than half over and I'm still struggling to find my inner fitness queen. After a few days of not exercising at all (to be fair, I've been busy taking care of a sick husband) I decided that I had to get it in gear tonight. 

So I fired up an episode of Scandal and put on my sneaks. I revisited my old friend the plank. While it clearly challenged me, I spent the whole 30 seconds cursing the jerk who came up with the idea of doing a plank. And then I gave up. 

I spent the next 15 minutes marching in place, kicking my legs, lifting my knees, and stepping from side to side. All easy moves compliments of the workout video a la Leslie Sansone.

And then I settled on the couch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and watched the rest of my show. 

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Scandal and the ice cream were great. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Stretchy Band Warrior

I'm still going strong! Yesterday was a combination of squats, lunges, and stretches while watching tv. Meh. Not the most thrilling but I did get to watch tv. And surely those lunges paid off?

Today I broke a serious sweat. In the sanctity of my hotel room (hello business trip) I popped in a workout DVD that has long since traveled with me but seldom been used - Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds Express. With stretchy band in hand I powered away. Dare I say that I transformed into a stretchy band warrior. 

Yup. You're welcome. And with that photo, this will no doubt be the post that goes viral. 

I have to say, this one is neck and neck with yoga for me. I think Leslie and I (and our purple stretchy bands) have a future together. 

Pick up a copy of the DVD and join me in stretchy band warriordom. You know you want your own stretchy band.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Finding Comfort

Today I went back to the exercise that I've had the closest chance of connecting with in the past - yoga. If I had to pick an exercise practice that I've come closest to enjoying - this is it. And so once more I drug my yoga pants out of the drawer and squished myself into them. In my mind, I look just like Jennifer Aniston. In reality... I look just like me. And honestly, I think that's ok.

Today I took it easy because my RA meds have me feeling pretty tired today. I did a single sun salutation and then (cue evil music...) I took another stab at the oh-so-evil plank.

And that's where I left things today. Not a ton of movement, but better than yesterday. Progress, not perfection. Right?

Tomorrow it will be time to dust off all my yoga gear and give it another go. If you're looking to give it a try yourself, here's a sampling of some of my must have yoga items...

And if you are looking for some great tutorials online... check out Yoga Journal and Do You Yoga.


Friday, January 3, 2014


Today I ventured into the world of planking. As part of a Facebook "bonding" experience, I "enthusiastically" agreed to take part in 30 days of planking to "tone" my abs, shoulders, earlobes, etc. 

Day 1 involved planking for 20 seconds. I was enthralled.

At least I was able to do it. Success. 

The hunt for THE exercise for me continues...