Wednesday, December 21, 2016

No Gym, No Weights, No Equipment - No Problem !

After talking with my friends and being part of a small fitness group, our worst enemy for not exercising and taking care of ourselves is.........Excuses ! We have a million of them. Myself included. And some of us, are reeeeeally good at them. 

We have come up with a list of no excuse exercises. All of the ones listed below except for walking and running can be done in your living room, with your kids. So don't give me no lip. Now, do "I" do these every day? Do "I" take my own advice? Hell NO, not always. But then I can only blame myself. But I do, do something everyday. Heck, take your dog for a good long walk, he/she will love you for it.

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The no time excuse is my favorite. (Don't worry, I use it too). Add up how much time you spend doing nothing, on facebook, watching tv, or some other non-priority activity. I'm sure you can come up with at least 30 minutes a day. When my kid was a toddler and needed that constant attention or watching over. I would do 3-4 minutes of something throughout the day. Counter push ups or jumping jacks while I waited for water to boil. I still do jumping jacks or squats while I wait for my shower water to get hot. Anything in the few minutes I have. Or play 'with' your kids at the park instead of watching from the bench. Kick the ball around. Call out a "Dance Party" and start dancing with your kids in your living room or where ever you are (I can't be the only one that does this). Trust me, you do NOT have to be good. Anytime I have offered to do a physical activity with my kid, she has not turned me down yet.

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Photo from Pixabay

I know, exercise is daunting and intimidating and we don't like it. You might be sore the next day at first. Diets suck, don't last and rarely work. Pizza is delicious. I get it. I do. But one of my favorite lines is: if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. Enough said. And after awhile, when you start to see changes, if will feel good too. (almost always)


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Photo from Pixabay

Things that have worked for me. 
  1. Don't diet. Make permanent changes towards healthier choices, at least 'most of the time'. Have your favorite treat, but one of them, not twelve. Making changes one by one is easier to adjust to, than revamping everything at once.
  2. Log that food. No need to calorie count, just write it down. Every single bite you take. You'd be surprised at the end of the day how much crap you've shoved in your mouth. 
  3. Accountability. Get a few friends, or just one and hold each other to all this. Make a friendly competition out of it.
  4. Move. Do anything. Some form of activity that gets your heart pumping.
Some friends and I tried to come up with a list of simple, normal, fairly common moves that can easily be done anywhere. I promise, no Turkish Get Ups from Jillian Michael here ! If you have more easy ones to add, put them in the comments below and we'll add them. At first, no need to count reps or time anything. Just move. Do several of the moves, then choose another. Let your kids practice counting for you. If you make it easy and doable, you are more likely to actually do it. And look at the example you are setting for your kids. It's a win-win.

50 Exercises you can do anywhere, anytime. These are listed in my terminology, not the correct one I'm sure.
  1. Run, jog or walk. (If you have no shoes and no land surrounding your house, go ahead and jog in place in your living room barefoot). 
  2. Burpees
  3. Sit Ups 
  4. Squats (all forms such as jump squat, squat with side kick, plie squat, criss cross)
  5. High Knees
  6. Supermans
  7. Planks (all forms)
  8. Push Ups (counter top push ups)
  9. Donkey Kicks
  10. Bridges (also called Hip Raises)
  11. Bridges - One Legged
  12. Tricep Dips
  13. Crunches (all forms, raising head & chest up, or legs up, side, bicycle crunch)
  14. Lunges (reverse and whatever else there is)
  15. Scissor Kicks
  16. Mountain Climbers
  17. Jumping Jacks
  18. Wall Sit
  19. Step Ups
  20. Tuck Jumps
  21. Leg Raises
  22. Alternate Arm to Leg Raises
  23. Duck Walk
  24. Frog Hops
  25. Inchworm
  26. Bear Crawl
  27. Butt Kicks
  28. Hop Heel Clicks
  29. Punches
  30. Upper Cuts
  31. Side Leg Kicks/Front Leg Kicks
  32. Climb Stairs (if you have some)
  33. Yoga/Pilates (many free videos on youtube)
  34. Calf Raises
  35. Box Jump
  36. Crab Walk
  37. Crab Kicks
  38. Skaters
  39. Star Jump
  40. Apple Pickers
  41. Toy Soldiers
  42. Wall Push Offs
  43. Toe Touches
  44. Wide Leg Shuffle
  45. Renegade Rows
  46. V-ups
  47. Russian Twists
  48. Pikes
  49. Sea Turtle
  50. Arms (Jenna Wolfe Lite Arm 7 Workout) Do all 6 moves really quickly without stopping switch seamlessly to the next.  
  • Forward Shoulder Circles (Arms straight out perpendicular, make tight quick small circles).
  • Backward Shoulder Circles
  • Palms Up Pulses (Arms straight out perpendicular, then pulse quickly).
  • Palms Forward Pulses
  • Font Claps (You don't actually clap your hands for this and next one, it looks more like a bird flapping it's wings).
  • Reverse Claps.

That's all I have for ya today. Have a great day friends. 

Move Fast.
Move Slow.
Move Happy.
Move Grumpy.
Move A Little.
Move A Lot.
    Just Move.  


Monday, December 19, 2016

Yurbuds (CE) Focus 100 In-Ear Headphones - Review

I have not have a good pair of earbuds or headphones in a very long time, if ever. Those little ones, they just fall out. I have some that do fold over the ear, and those are the only ones I can wear and jog and not have fall out.

I saw some in the ear of a fellow blogger and asked her about them. They were called Yurbuds. They flexed around to fit your ear. She highly recommended them. I quickly ordered them, used them for one week and decided they are the absolute best earphone/earbud product on the market today. I love them !

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Here is the product description, as they can word it better than I can. 
  • Twist Lock Technology keeps your headphones secured with a simple twist. Once in place, the earbuds are 'Locked' into place and won't wrangle free even during the most strenuous of exercises.
  • The wrap-around ear clip hugs the ear comfortably while providing additional security for the Focus 100 In-Ear headphones.
  • Focus 100 ear buds are designed with heavy workouts and intensive exercise in mind. Sweat and moisture won't hold you back from your goals, and it should not affect your headphones.
  • Designed to allow more ambient noise than most other earphones at the same volume levels. This keeps you safe and aware of your surrounding while still committing 100% of your workout.
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The twist part of these is where it's at. You can also move and turn the purple rubber piece that goes in the ear, to also help with the perfect angle. Once you get it where it fits you perfect, it stays all snug. So you don't have to mess with it each time, just throw them on after you've figured out where you like them.

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Nice close up of my ear. Just what you wanted to see I'm sure.

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I think the sound is fantastic. Or my old ones were just awful, not sure. But sound quality is very good.

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These are so lightweight, they really are comfortable and other than the cord hanging there, you really can't tell your wearing them. They are that great.

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This piece moves all the way out and up and down a little on that post. But once up too far, it is loose. But there is a little variation there. But the twisting part over your ear is what is going to make it fit perfectly.

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They came in a couple of different colors and not sure why, but the price varied a little between then as well. I got the purple ones for $15 at the time I purchased them. These are definitely my favorite !!!!!!!







Do you have a favorite pair of earbuds? 

How far did you run today? 

What is the coldest temp you are willing to run in?


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Movie Night - Elf

We've been long overdue for a movie night. So we got our jammies, slippers, blanket and popcorn.

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Settled in for one of our favorite movies of all time. Elf. We watch it all year, not just at Christmastime.

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Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you?

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As in, watching every single bite you take. It's not distracting watching a movie or nothing.

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What is your favorite movie to watch over and over?

Do you have helpful eyes watching you too?


First Snow of the Season

A couple weeks ago, we had our first snow of the season. Just a few picture's as were out in it.

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It was a really wet heavy snow. Got about 7 or 8 inches I think.

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We walked to the store.

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We shoveled several times. (so the snow wasn't as heavy when it was done)

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And of course there were snowmen.

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Have you built a snowman yet this year?

Do you love hot chocolate when you come inside? We do !



Drawing Before a Snowstorm

Is it normal to build a fort outside during the start of a possible snowstorm and have all your paper and gel pens out to draw with your frog blanket on your head?  Just curious. Seems perfectly normal to me.

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Weird. Sometimes she's just weird. We like weird here. Weirdness is our normal.

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Do you like winter forts?

What do you eat on winter storm days?

Is weird normal for you too?



Christmas: Santa - Buddy - Parade - Facepainting - Program

While visiting Santa, all was good with telling him things on her list.

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Then he asked how her Great Grandpa So & So was? (see face below) Apparently Santa recognized us. Then he mentioned seeing her other Grandpa So & So getting coffee recently. Say WHAT? How does he know this.

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Then before leaving he said "Tell your Aunt So & So I said Hi". She was getting extra nervous and quiet now. So after we get outside she says "Well if he's Santa, then why did he have to ask me what grade I was in, huh? I think he's a fake anyway and he just knows Papa".  Nice, real nice. Obviously, he's a "helper" Santa because the real Santa is very busy this time of year.

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Then we headed over the face painting lady. She is the best on the planet. Just love her. She does an amazing job and she's incredibly nice to the kids. 

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After a long and very cold wait in line, Ashlyn got her very first horse and carriage ride.

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They had train rides. One of these days she's going to be too big for that barrel.

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Always a favorite to watch is the Christmas Parade.

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This was our favorite. It was so good.

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After Ashlyn's Christmas program, we took a picture of her and Grandma. Without even knowing it, they wore very similar sweaters that day. Aside from Ashlyn's cheesy smile, it's a great photo of them.

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A couple weeks later, we went to one of our favorite spots and Santa was there too. But this time she said, "Mom, that's a REAL beard. That might be him. He looks real". I have to admit, some of these Santa's do not put a lot in to it. They don't help the children believe by far. This guy was so nice, and really talked to them. The Mrs. Clause was great too. Don't know who they were, but I appreciate their 'realness' for the kids. It means so much at that age to believe as long as they can. It's great Santa's and Mrs. Clause's like these, that help that as long as possible.

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And our favorite elf of all time ever....Buddy. LOVE BUDDY.

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Do you have Christmas festivity plans?

Do your kids still believe?

Do you love Buddy too?


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