Be prepared for surprises no matter where you are!

After a winter hiatus, I’m back to doing the Couch 2 5k program.  I’m plugging along, at my “perky walk” pace, but in my mind, plugging along counts regardless of how fast you are.  I may never meet my awesome cousin’s running pace, but I’m totally ok with that.  I have to be honest though, one thing that happens to me so often, and to so many others (many of whom have also been pregnant), is a little leakage while exercising.  That doesn’t make for comfort while running/jogging/walking/perkywalking/exercising/moving/sitting. It’s embarassing, totally annoying, but you know what? It happens to a LOT of us.  I’m just one of the few who will speak to it. Part of being active is being prepared for what may happen- no matter where you are… or what you are doing! Some things, we cannot plan for. But some? You totally can! This post is brought to you by our friends at Depend, opinions are my own.  I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for the Depend brand. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

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Monday of this week, I was in Boston and standing at mile 24 of the Boston Marathon.  Like in the rain, freezing, cheering on runners, right there in the moment.  As I cheered these amazing athletes on, it struck me over and over, that they have been running for a few hours and what would that be like if you have to pee or if you have a little leakage?  The discomfort that must create! Do you stop? Do you keep going? Does it matter? (Note here: I’ve been doing some searches online, and it seems some folks do stop to get a bit of relief. Others refuse to…and deal with the consequence).

Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage. That’s 1 in 3 American women*.

  • There are many common causes of bladder leakage in women including pregnancy, childbirth and even diabetes.

To support the over 51 million women who experience bladder leakage, the Depend brand is introducing Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs, a new moderate-absorbency brief that features a thin design for complete comfort with the trusted protection of the Depend brand and a lower rise+for an underwear-like look, fit and feel.

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The Depend brand is also entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of  Underwareness, the Depend brand is:

Encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

Join the movement and request a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs at www.Underwareness.com. Together, we can show that wearing a different kind of underwear is no big deal.

In year two of Underwareness, the brand’s social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma, Depend is joining forces with CVS Health to support women with bladder leakage as they navigate their path to better health.

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Here’s some video footage (with a few minor comments from me)- I can’t imagine stopping so far into a 26.2 mile run.  I have to wonder how many runners might be wearing some kind of product (like Depend Silhouette Active Fit) that can help to absorb a little leakage. I think I might be one of them!

 

Are you a runner? Do you have leakage issues as well? How do you deal with them?  

How to overcome exercise avoidance plus FREE Printable Workout Trackers

How to Overcome Exercise Avoidance

You want to exercise. You know it’s good for you and you know it makes you feel good… when you actually do it. But it just seems that for all your good intentions, you don’t get that exercise in your daily routine as often as you should. First, you’re not alone. A lot of people have this problem, especially before exercise becomes a daily habit for them. It can take a while to get to where you want to be. For those like me, it can take a long while.  Eons, maybe. :)

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Here are some ways you can overcome exercise avoidance:

Create accountability-

One of the biggest reasons people get away with exercise avoidance is that they do not have a system in place to hold them accountable. If you had a personal trainer ringing your doorbell and dragging you out of bed, it’d be much easier to get things done. Well, this isn’t an option for everyone but you are surely able to create an accountability system that is practical for you. You need one or more people in your life who can help you be accountable for your fitness goals.

Mix up your routine-

Sometimes people avoid exercise because they’re just getting bored with what they’re doing. This is why it is very important to mix up the activities that you’re doing or where you workout so you can avoid boredom. Do something different, invite a friend or move from inside to outside.

Keep motivated-

It’s easy to exercise when you’re feeling motivated but how do you keep that motivated feeling when you’re tired or hungry or just don’t feel like exercising today? It’s important to have reminders of your goals and motivations. Some people create posters or hang things in their gym. Some people like to have a motivational scrapbook to remind them of their successes and goals. You might have some great workout music that gets you in the mood or a movie that makes you feel inspired. A printable workout tracker may help too (see below)

Start gradually-

If you’re having a hard time committing to exercise, you may want to slow down a little and start gradually. Sometimes people get excited or have New Year’s Resolutions and they try to do too much at once or too much at the start. Make small changes one at a time and work your way up. Take it slowly and then it will become natural and normal for you.

Track your progress-

Another way to stay motivated and skip exercise avoidance is to monitor your progress and track any improvements, no matter how small. This will help you see that it is working for you and you’ll be more motivated to keep it going. Don’t think that you should only track weight loss, for example. You could track measurements, energy levels, sleep patterns, mood and more.

A great way to track your progress is to use something like this free weekly printable workout tracker (download here: printable-workout-tracker-weekly)

Weekly Workout Tracker

Here’s a free printable monthly workout tracker for you, too (download printable-workout-tracker-monthly here)

Monthly Workout Goals

Printable Monthly Workout Tracker  

Use the buddy system-

My friend Lisa (look! You made the blog!) and I both hate working out.  So, we try to work out together.  We usually complain to one another the whole entire time but at least we’re doing it.  Might seem backward to complain but at least we’re exercising while complaining.  And who knows. Maybe complaining actually makes you burn more calories? We can dream, right?

These are some ways to keep on track with your exercise plan. Ultimately, each one of us has to find something that works for us. We’re all different but these general ideas can be tailored to your specific needs and personality.

So, who’s working out today? What are your tips to overcome exercise avoidance?

 

Being prepared for anything- even bears and zombies #ReebokMoms

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok about being prepared. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

You know, I’ve seen a trend for a while about being prepared, emergency preparedness.  Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that there are essentials for preparedness.  First aid items?  Absolutely!  Drinking water?  Yes, and really, DUH.  People can’t live without water.  Food supplies that won’t spoil? Absolutely!  But what I’m NOT seeing is all of the things you need to prepare for besides, well, things to sustain life.

For instance….what are you going to DO to pass the time?  I totally think that pencils, pencil sharpeners, paper and some puzzle books should be part of emergency preparedness.  Probably a few decks of cards. Being prepared isn’t just all of the necessities.

But not just for emergencies, you also need to be prepared in every day life.  In our family, we have fully stocked first aid kits in all of our vehicles.  When I say fully stocked I mean that my husband really truly wants us prepared for EVERYTHING so without an actual sterile operating room, if you get a boo-boo and I’m nearby, I can probably get you fixed up in the back of my van.

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If you have children, you understand what I mean when I say that going out into public with kids means that you have to be prepared in a whole other sense of the word.  It’s not just about an extra set of clothes or diapers.  Nothing screams urgent situation like a hungry kid and a mom who has no snacks in the diaper bag and forgot her wallet.  Preparedness includes non-perishable on the go snacks that don’t make a huge mess, and also, small toys that are able to entertain small children for periods of time without making a ton of noise.  This is not an easy feat.  (Hey, here I was talking about feet, and now I’m saying feat….see what I did there?)  For real, though.  I have a small airtight container with some granola-type bars in it and other long-lasting snack foods right there by the first aid kit.  You NEVER KNOW.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images via ABC.go.Com

 

 

Since I’m going to have to start fresh with the whole couch potato to finish perky walking (others may call it a snail’s pace jog, but I’m not others), I have to prepare for that. I need to prepare with proper footwear for the “running” I’ll be doing. I want for my feet to look happy.  Pink makes me happy.  Naturally, I look for running shoes with pink on them. Please note: I’d look for shoes in the “perky walker” category but apparently, that’s not actually a sport nor a footwear style.  So I’ll stick to running.  HOWEVER.  I’m sure if I was ever in these shoes and say, a bear started to chase me, I might be able to RUN and by run I mean R-U-N and maybe even fast, so I want to be prepared. So having cute sneakers?  Double preparation.  Both for the training program for the get-healthy-and-lose-some-weight and also in the run-for-your-life category.

Also something to prepare for? Zombies.  <Aren’t they supposed to come with the apolcolypse or something?>  Seems to me that if we are going to be working to get away from zombies, we may need some sturdy footwear. Thankfully, places like Famous Footwear offer all kinds of shoes in a variety of styles and colors to help you prepare for anything that may come your way on- and off-  the road.  If a zombie is going to chase me, I either want to have shoes that will help me run – FAST- or I want to at least have them look cute while I’m caught.  (Speaking of zombies, there IS a zombie run coming to the Hartford area in a month or two…who wants to go with me?)

Thankfully, I now have some nice, quality fall/winter shoes that I can safely navigate the mall and some terrain AND some SUPER cute Reebok running shoes….and I suppose I should log off and go work on actually being able to run.  I’m excited about my new shoes. Back to school shopping is fun and all but it’s also fun for MOM to get a little something new.  And hey, if I use the time when the kids are in school to get into shape and start running, when the zombies come….I’ll be good to go…and go….and go.  Away from bears, and zombies…and the school….

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So I ask…can YOUR shoes help you run from zombies? Mine can! 

 

 

 

DDP Yoga Workout Program

Thank you to DDP Yoga for sending me their DVD and book set to try out.  If you haven’t seen the amazing transformation video of Arthur Boorman, a disabled veteran, you have to check it out.  He went from being told that he would never walk unassisted to being able to run again.  He credits his transformation to DDP Yoga.  After watching the video I knew I needed to try this program.

 

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For all of you wrestling fans, DDP Yoga is instructed by Diamond Dave Page, former 3-time WCW World Champion Professional Wrestler.  He is a motivating and funny instructor. After a wrestling related injury Diamond Dave started treating his injury with yoga.  He then returned to wrestling and is using what he learned during his injury to help others.  DDP Yoga is for everyone.

I recently finished week 3 of the program and I feel great. I have high energy and feel more flexible already. I chose to do the advanced level but it also came with a schedule for beginner and intermediate.  Each workout is typically about 30 minutes long and has modifications so that everyone can go at their own pace.  Diamond Dave is encouraging, enthusiastic and entertaining.  I really have been enjoying this program and I like that I can pick up right where I left off if I get a bit off schedule.

About DDP Yoga

 

DDP Yoga is not traditional yoga, it’s a hybrid workout that incorporates some traditional yoga movements and adds dynamic resistance, active breathing techniques and power movements to make for a more challenging and results oriented workout.
The main benefits are body fat loss, lean muscle growth, and improved cardio levels all without placing undue stress on the joints. A valid comparison to yoga is they both provide increased flexibility and core strengthening.
It is currently used by professional football players, professional as well as amateur wrestlers, MMA fighters, and regular everyday people who want to perform at optimum levels and want to place themselves in the best position to see career and life changing results and improve their quality of life.
 Take a look HERE to buy your DDP DVDs.
The DDP Yoga program was provided to me to facilitated this  review.  All opinions are my own.

Turbo Fire Cardio program Weeks 6 and 8 updates

turbo fire virginia beach     My husband and I are both doing BeachBody workouts.  I am doing Turbo Fire and he is in the middle of P90X.  So, when we planned a vacation to Virginia Beach to visit friends and relax, there was much discussion about our workouts.  I was the first to decide that the DVDs and exercise bands would make the trip but I was not going to hold myself to the 6 day a week workout.  We left right upon my completion of the first half of the program and I figured that it was a good time to take a break. I vowed to keep active and continue to track my food while in Virginia.  At the six week mark, I was down 6 pounds and my cardio had improved and I was feeling stronger.  In 6 short weeks I was seeing some really nice results and I did not want to slip back at all.

Well, I did even better than not slip back.  I lost 4 lbs while walking on the beach, all over the board walk and pedaling a 4 seat bench bike for 2 hours.  It seemed like a great idea to rent it for 2 hours and about 15 minutes into the ride I was tired!  The place we stayed at had a full kitchen so we could cook many of our meals and we found a great burrito spot that made vegan burritos for us.  Knowing that I was returning to the second half of Turbo Fire is what kept me active and from overindulging.

After an incredible week in Virgina, we returned home and I got right back on program.  The Turbo Fire classes are so fun and upbeat, I was looking forward to the routine.  One thing I really like about this program is that you know how long each workout is before you start.   Week 7 started with Fire 55 EZ Class so, I knew I needed a 55 minute block of time to work out.  Most of my workouts, I have been doing around 4 pm.  That gives me time to workout, cook dinner and get to any evening practices my son has.  I would like to workout earlier in the day but I already get up at 5 am to head to work so, an early morning workout is not gonna happen.

I finished week 8 of Turbo Fire and I am 10 lbs down from the start and one whole pant size smaller!  Finally my pregnancy weight is coming off (my son is 7).  I had kind of given up on getting back in shape but Turbo Fire has really changed my outlook on that.  Check out my other Turbo Fire posts for progress pictures and more information.

 

I would love to read some comments about how you keep active on vacation.  Has anyone else done Turbo Fire or any of the other BeachBody programs?

TurboFire Cardio Program Week 4

turbofire high intensity cardio program from beachbodySo, I have to say I am kind of proud of myself.  I have stuck with the program for 4 weeks and lost 5lbs so far.  I am feeling stronger and more confident.  Not really confident enough to show pictures of my progress but I said I would so they will be in this post.  The program continues to challenge me and the schedule changes up enough to keep it fun and interesting.  Chalene, the instructor, is very motivational and often says “Guess what??, You are not tired!”  Well, sometimes I am but she pushes me to keep going.  She also reminds me that I have to put aside some time everyday to do something for myself.  It is not always easy between work, housework, karate, soccer, and family time but it is so important.  I have stuck to the 6 day a week schedule and I enjoy my rest day but I am always anxious to get back to it.  I decided that this is the time in life to get the extra weight off and after this my goal will be to keep it off.

The music is each workout is really fun and I find myself humming some of the tunes when I am not working out.  Turbo45 remains my favorite workout but, there are none that I dread! So at this point I am really just rambling and putting off showing the progress pictures.  The first picture was on day one, the second from the end of week two and the last from the end of week four.

turbofire progress week 4  It is hard to tell but my stomach is less “bloated”, my legs are more toned and from the side my face looks thinner.  So, seeing some progress is very encouraging for the rest of the program.

The next post will be about weeks 5 and 6 and how I managed while on a week long vacation to Virginia Beach.  What are your eating and exercise expectations while on vacation?  Mine is to just not gain any weight.

 

What do you do for at-home exercise?

I always wonder what makes people enjoy  their exercise routine?  I can’t seem to fine one i enjoy.  I want to like exercise.  I just don’t.  So I ask YOU, what exercise programs do you enjoy

Is anyone else like me, and feeling like there are eleventy billion exercise programs out there and you just don’t know what to start with or which direction to turn?  I did couch 2 5k, and NEED to do it again.  But I feel like I should be doing something ELSE. I wouldn’t mind looking more like this girl pictured above than…well…what I look like now.

Something else, like strength training?  Or a kid-friendly workout I can do on days like today that are cold, rainy and we’re stuck in the house?  Gym memberships aren’t a feasible option at this point- gyms around us that are affordable don’t offer childcare.  The ones that offer childcare are way out of price range.

So, home it is.  I do have Zumba Fitness Rush for Kinect that I love, and the kids can try to do with me, which is great.  We’re all up and moving together, the kids get a good laugh at mommy, and I burn some calories.  Someday, we’ll get past the “Learn the Steps” mode, but for now, it’s a whole lot of fun, tons of giggles, and many calories vanishing.  (We are past this stage, but it was a HUGE help for me….huge.)

I’m wanting to try something new.  Maybe something with a timeline/calendar to follow?  I know Gayle is doing a program and sharing about it on here.  I want to know what others have tried- especially for those who were NOT in shape…or at least, in overly round shape when they started.

Turbo Fire Week 2 Progress

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This is my gym.

I have successfully completed the first two weeks of Turbo Fire Intense Cardio Conditioning program.  I am thrilled to report that I have lost 3 pounds and 1/2 and inch off my waist.  The workouts are really fun and on my rest day I miss having a work out but I know my body needs a break.  Six times each week I strap on my workout shoes and head to the basement to sweat.  By the end of most of the workouts I am dripping with sweat and I have burned as many as 500 calories in an hour.  Most of the workouts are cardio but some are for toning, sculpting and stretching.  When the instructor, Chalene, said that I would remember the core workout the next day, she was not kidding.  My abs were feeling it but, it was so exciting to know it was going to show results.  My biggest fear was that as a 42 year old I would not be able to keep up with the routines.  Each class has a “new to class” option that breaks down the routines for you can follow until you are confident.  The first time to each class I used the “new to class” option and after that I pushed and played the regular class.  I might miss a punch, kick or jump sometimes but I am moving and sweating.

My next Turbo Fire post will  have my before picture and a week 4 update picture.  I am noticing small changes in the appearance of my body and I am feeling stronger.  You can find some really encouraging before and after pictures on the Beachbody website.  There they have success stories and you can also find some great results on their message boards.

Hartford Marathon Foundation’s FitKids program

The longer I am working at being healthier (even with my too-frequent setbacks), the more my children are getting interested in and excited about being healthier.  They not only cheer me on when I’m “running” past them doing a race, but they want to go WITH me!! At 2, 4 and 6 they are still a bit too young to be participating in larger 5k events, even for just the crowds alone, but events like the HMF FitKids series are perfect for kids – the fun and exercise go hand in hand at events designed especially for them!  You can see my older kids a little tired and “spent” from a kid race last November, but they still have their green ribbons proudly displayed in their bedrooms!
The Hartford Marathon Foundation’s Youth Running Races will take place at least once a month from March to December. The races will be held in various towns in Connecticut, including Bloomfield, Cromwell, Hartford, Higganum, New Britain, West Hartford, and Wethersfield.
All HMF youth races are $10 and offer several distances (50 yds, ¼ mile, ½ mile, and one-mile) and are determined by the age of participating child. Kids may also register for an HMF 5K race at the same price of $10. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian to participate. All participants receive a cotton t-shirt and finisher’s medal.
  • April 14th – Burn Calories for Fuel Kids Fun Run, Bloomfield
  • May 12th – CT Race in the Park Kids Fun Run, New Britain
  • June 3rd – Amica Iron Horse Kids Fun Run, Simsbury
  • June 9th – BlumShapiro 5k for Camp Courant Kids Fun Run, Cromwell
  • July 7th – Red Dress Run for Women Kids Fun Run, Hartford
  • August 28th – Old Wethersfield Kids Fun Run, Wethersfield
  • October 13th – ING Hartford Marathon Kids K, Hartford
  • October 28th – Pumpkin Run Kids Fun Run, Higganum
  • December 2nd – Blue Back Mitten Run Kids Fun Run, West Hartford
The HMF is also offering a 

 Family Fit Training Program:
6:30-7:30 P.M. Monday nights at Glastonbury High School Track
6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
$10 per child, $15 for 18+ or $25 per family
Finally, a running and fitness program the whole family can do together! This unique program incorporates exercises, walk/run track workouts and good old basic exercises. Our coaches will teach good running form while building endurance and strength during each hour session. Adults can join in with the youth group or participate in walk or run workouts on the track. The youth will be grouped according to age in a fun and friendly environment. Our goal is to make this so fun that you will not realize how much exercise you’re getting! All abilities welcome!


TurboFire Intense Cardio Conditioning DVD set

turbofire high intensity cardio program from beachbodyI made a 90 day commitment to the BeachBody team and I am starting the TurboFire Intense Cardio Conditioning program.   As a busy mom who also works full time, I can find many excuses to not get to the gym.  I recently lost 20 pounds  and now I need a push to drop 20 more pounds and tone up.  This is where TurboFire fits in to my schedule.  The workouts are 15 to 55 minutes long and because they are high intensity, they burn loads of calories.  The program also includes core workouts, stretching and sculpting.  So, here I will post pictures of my progress and let you know how things are going. I will post updates of my progress every 2 weeks.   If you want to see the progress other Turbo Fire user have made, go to their website HERE.

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