Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Crossfit Helps me Cope with Depression and be a better Mom- {My Mommy Style}

I am super excited and feel very honored to be apart of the My Mommy Style youtube channel series. From day one of me meeting these girls I have looked up to them and am in awe of everything they can do. I love how real they are and that I can relate to their lives and stories. I have had the privilege of hanging out with some of them and they are the most down to earth sweet ladies that I feel lucky to call my friends. As I was at one of their houses filming, first of all I was so nervous and they calmed me right down. Then after the filming we were just talking and I burst into tears, you know just the life stuff and stresses and that day was one I just couldn't hide my feelings and they just stepped right up, gave me advice, gave lots of hugs, let me cry to them, and even sent me with some amazing chocolate chip cookies. I love you girls and I am so thankful you let me be apart of this and contribute to your wonderful blog today.


I didn't know what to expect when I got to Camille's house to film. I was so nervous I almost turned around to go home. I had no idea what to say and to be honest I didn't know why they chose me to share my story. Did I really even have a story? I just felt like any other mom out there. Nothing super interesting or out of the ordinary. Camille kept reassuring me that I did have a story and something to share I still had no idea how this was going to go, what I was going to say or seriously just wanted to say I'm not cool enough for this. After a deep breathe the cameras started cute Camille and Janae just started asking me a bunch of questions. We talked about my blog, why I started blogging, then it turned into my love of fitness and why I love it so much and then it just kinda slipped out I answered a question saying something about post pardum depression. I was like wait did I really just say that? Is that ok? Do we talk about this? How will other moms respond? And then the conversations just kept going. I told my story. I had a story. I felt inspired to share it, I don't know where it came from but I hope it can just help at least one mom out there struggling with this.


 Crossfit and fitness in general, is my mommy time out, it is my me time and it is what helps me to cope with depression, baby blues when my babies were tiny and everyday struggles. There are two things I want you all to gt from my story, That is so weird to say, first, that depression is not something to be ashamed about, it is ok to talk to someone in fact you should and there is no shame in it. Second, It is so important that you get your you time, time for yourself, yes it is a little selfish, but after that small selfish time, you are a better mom, dad, friend and partner and then you can take the rest of the day to helping others and your family.

Thank you again My mommys style for helping me find my story and for encouraging me to share it. Every Monday at 2 oclock there will be a new mom sharing her mommy style on My mommy style's youtube channel so make sure to follow along and check back to their blog and channel.




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Monday, September 15, 2014

MOVE IT MONDAY #4 {Family Walk Workout}


Welcome back to MOVE IT MONDAY. Sorry it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted a workout because it has been really crazy around these parts. We just moved and I am finally feeling settled. But I am back this Monday with a fabulous outside workout that you can bring your kids along with. Last Move it Monday I shared with you a workout on the track and field you can find the whole workout and explanation HEREYou can also find the bleachers workout HERE  and the first workout in the park HERE and an introduction to the series HERE, you can also find all of my other workouts I have shared on the blog since Last year through the search box on the side or the links I provide at the bottom of this post. 

Today I am super excited to be sharing with you a fun family walk/jog workout. I love this one because the kids and hubby can easily come along, have fun and it is over in 40 minutes. You get cardio and your strength in and it can be done when ever you can fit those 40 minutes in in your busy day. I love the saying it isn't about find the time to workout, it is about making the time. I love that because us as moms have a hard time taking time for ourselves, and when we do we feel guilty but I am here to tell you right now you are worth it. You can take that 1/2 hour to one hour a day to better yourself, because when you do it clears your mind, puts thing in perspective, gives you a sense of renewal and helps you to be a better mom. So now that I have made that all clear lets get started. There is no equipment needed, except you and your kids,

Let's take a closer look at each exercise and break it all down before we get started....

WARM UP
For the warm up, since there will be a lot of walking you are just going to do some stretches on your own

TABATA
A TABATA is a short 4 minute workout of 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds rest and repeat until the 8 rounds are up. This can be any skill you are wanting to work on. If you are doing two skills you will do 4 minutes of one and then 4 minutes of the other. For this workout we are just working on one.

Burpees- Start in a standing position, bend down to a squat with your hands on the ground, push your feet back into a push up position, go down into a push up, come back up to push up top position, bring your legs back into the squat and stand straight up with a jump and hands over head at the end. 

WORKOUT
Your workout is going to be a family walk/jog. Depending on your level of fitness or what you are feeling that day this can either be a brisk walk or a jog with your family. Now to make it a little more challenging and make you sweat a little harder you are going to do a different exercise/skill every 5 minutes. 


After you have walked/jogged 5 minutes you are going to stop right where you are and you are going to do 40 weighted lunges. To add weight you are just going to put one of your kids or a weighted backpack on your back while you do them.


Weighted lungeStart straight up then go down into a lunge with your chest up, your knees bent to a 90 degree angle and your hips and shoulders in a straight line, then push back up to a standing position, switch to the other leg and then repeat.



Run your second 5 minute and then stop and do 30 jumping squats.

Jumping SquatStart in a standing position with your feet about shoulder width apart. Before you do the squat it is important that when you are squatting down to keep your torso vertical, your weight on your heels, knees push out- tracking over the feet. Then when you squat down you will keep your eyes forward and slightly up, your arms out for balance, and squat down until the crease of your hips are at or below your knee, squeeze your abs in,  keeping a good lumbar curve and chest up, then stand back up and jump and repeat.



After another 5 minute walk/ run you will do 20 elevated pushups


Elevated push ups- You will put your feet up on a curb or stair. On your hands and toes, core tight bum tucked under and hips in a line. Go down to chest on the ground and push back up.  Make sure your elbow are tucked into your sides as you bend them and not out to the sides. You want your elbow pointing back. 


Another 5 minutes and you will do 25 situps

Crossfit situpsThis is pretty much just like any other sit up but you are going to bend your knees, open your hips and put the bottoms of your feet together in a butterfly position like the picture above then you will proceed with the sit up until you touch the ground in front of your toes.  Lay back and bring yours arms above your head, then using your abs and pulling your back down to the mat sit up, lay back down and repeat.


5 more minues walk/ run and then you will do a 1 minute wall sit.

Wall sit- With your back up against a wall, or pole you will sit until you are in the position of a chair. You want your legs to be bent to a 90 degree angle. Your feet are shoulder width apart and your cheast is up with your arms to your side, in front of you or above your head.

Once your 1 minute wall sit hold is over you will end your workout with your last 5 minutes of walking or jogging. And there you have with the walking and strength about a 40 minute workout that is sure to make you work hard and sweat that your kids can enjoy with you.

Make sure to come and check out more of my At home workouts 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

MOVE IT MONDAY #3 {Track and Field Workout}


Welcome back to MOVE IT MONDAY. Sorry it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted a workout because it has been really crazy around these parts. Post coming soon explaining my crazy life these days. But I am back this Monday with a fabulous outside workout that you can bring your kids along with. Last Move it Monday I shared with you a workout on the bleachers you can find the whole workout and explanation HERE you can also find the first workout in the park HERE and an introduction to the series HERE, you can also find all of my other workouts I have shared on the blog since Last year through the search box on the side or the links I provide at the bottom of this post. Today's Move it Monday we are moving over to the High School track and field. This is another great free place that you can get your workout on and an amazing sweat in. Grab your friends, your hubby or go all by yourself for some great therapeutic you time all of us need every once in a while.


Let's take a closer look at each exercise before we get started....

WARM UP

Tank: Victoria Secrets || Shorts: Scheels ||  Shoes: Reebok Nanos ||Sports Bra: Jane || Bracelet: Crossfit Kimokeo 


Running/jogging is always a great way to get the body warmed up and ready to go. It gets your heart rate going, your body warm and your blood flow going! This week in the warm up the running is a 30 yard shuttle run  You will be on the football field for this one. Start at the end of the field run to the 10 yard line, back to the starting point, then run to the 20 yard line, back to the starting line, then run to the 30 yard line and then back to the starting line. 


Inch Worm Push ups You will start with your legs apart and your hands touching the ground in front of you then you will walk your hand out until you are in a plank push up position, you will do a full push up with your chest touching the ground, back to the plank push up position, then move your hand back to your feet. Then repeat.

Samson Stretch  this is like a front lunge the only difference is you will have your arms above your head and you will keep your chest up stretching back. do 5 on each leg

TABATA

A TABATA is a short 4 minute workout of 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds rest and repeat until the 8 rounds are up. This can be any skill you are wanting to work on. If you are doing two skills you will do 4 minutes of one and then 4 minutes of the other. For this workout we are just working on one.

Pistol Squats- Pistol Squats are a one leg squat. This requires a lot of balance, core strength and practice. You will balance on one leg squat down until your hip crease it below your knee and then you will stand back up on that one leg, then you will alternate legs until the time is up. Like I said these take a lot of practice if you cannot yet do these you can do then with a bench. 


Pistol squats using a bench- These are a one leg squat. Balance on one leg squat down until your bum touches the bench then stand back up pressing on that one leg and then alternate legs until the time is up. This will help you build the leg strength, work on the balance and get the feel for the unassisted pistols.

WORKOUT

Run for 400 meters- This is once around the track 


25 Hand Release  Pushups- on your hands and toes, core tight bum tucked under and hips in a line. Go down to chest on the ground, then you are going to pick your hands up off the ground, put them back on the ground and push back up.  Make sure your elbow are tucked into your sides as you bend them and not out to the sides. You want your elbow pointing back. 


Run for 200 meters- because it is a shorter distance you want this to be pretty fast pace. This is half way around the track 


25 Air Squats- Start in a standing position with your feet about shoulder width apart. Before you do the squat it is important that when you are squatting down to keep your torso vertical, your weight on your heels, knees push out- tracking over the feet. Then when you squat down you will keep your eyes forward and slightly up, your arms out for balance, and squat down until the crease of your hips are at or below your knee, core tight,  keeping a good lumbar curve and chest up, then stand back up and repeat.


Run for 100 meters- This is even shorter distance so this one should be a sprint. This is only 1/4 of the track. 


25 burpees- start in a standing position, bend down to a squat with your hands on the ground, push your feet back into a push up position, go down into a push up, come back up to push up top position, bring your legs back into the squat and stand straight up. Repeat 25 times.

After the Burpees you are past half way, then you will just finish the workout with 100 m run, 25 more air squats, 200 m run, 25 more hand release push ups and then ending with a 400 m run. 

Let me know what you think of this workout. I can't wait to hear how you did. And make sure to pin it so you can find it easily in your files.

Come on this journey with me and better yourself, your body and your mind. Stay active and trust me this is only going to better your life by bringing fitness into it. I will see you again next week with my next "MOVE IT MONDAY" Next week we will be somewhere new.... Until then you can check out some of my other at home workouts HEREHEREHERE, HERE,  HERE, and HERE


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hair Cuts and $5 Mustard Heels {Fashion}


Ya know sometimes you just need a change, or crave it actually to the point that you can't think of anything else. This has been how I have been with my hair lately. Back story I change my hair all of the time. I don't love change in some areas of my life but my hair, well I would probably change it everyday if I could. I have been blonde, really dark, my natural, short, pixie, faux hawk, long, extensions, alines you name it I have probably done it at some point. I was loving my long hair I really was but I just kept getting this itch to cut it. I really want to do a faux hawk again but that might have to wait until I am much more brave so for now it is a super blonde aline and I am loving it. It is so much cooler in the hot august heat, it is fresh and healthy and new! I feel like a whole new woman, but myself all at the same time since short hair is usually my go to.

On other news I got those fabulous mustard heels yesterday for a wopping $5! yup you read that right. I just happened to walk into the shoes store, they had a huge sale and they had one pair left in my size. I was so excited and seriously $5 that is just ridiculous. Can't wipe the smile off my face, there is just something about a girl and pretty new shoes. See I do trade in my nanos and nikes for heels every once in a while.They are perfect for fall and I can't wait to see what else they go with in my closet.








Shirt: H&M  |  Leather Leggings: Modern Boutique  |  Heels: Forever Young  |   

Happy Hump Daaay!
Hope you are all having a beautiful Wednesday 
and life is treating you well 
Now go to Forever Young right now and get you some $5 shoes. 

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