To New Beginnings

Okay so maybe not necessarily to new beginnings but at least to beginning to a new me!

Yeah that probably makes no sense to you yet but keep reading and it will.  


To New Beginnings


I have to let you know that I started this post in January.  It is now almost April and I’m still trying to finish it!  You see, my life has been a bit hectic.  But that’s another post that I’ve been writing for a while!

I started out this year with a plan.  I wanted to lose weight.  I am working with a “personal trainer” –she’s a friend’s sister who just happens to be starting out and took me on as a guinea pig.  Totally love her!  Anyway, I’m working with her for an exercise plan.  We’ve also talked about eating.

It quickly became apparent after a day or two of calorie counting, that I was eating WAY under the number of calories I needed.  I’m a nurse, we have allergies, and I was eating super healthy foods.  But, I wasn’t eating enough.  I’d skip meals because I was too busy or forgot.  I’d grab a cheese stick and apple on the go.  Those are not things that are going to be helpful when trying to lose weight.

Along the way I’ve lost some weight, gained a bit, lost more, and had some major life problems come up.  The biggest was spending two weeks in the hospital with my youngest.  You’d think hospitals would be allergen friendly and have a healthy menu you could eat off of.  You’d be wrong.  We had a lot of trouble with getting gluten-free food.  I managed to not gain or lose during that time which was awesome because we were on isolation and couldn’t leave our room so no exercise for me!  Unless playing ring around the rosey until I was dizzy counted!

My workout varies by month, but this month I’ve been running on my elliptical for 30 minutes during HIIT.  This burns for me around 800 calories and logs me over 6 miles.  I’ve always loved to run but it was very hard to fit into my schedule with 9 kids and a self-employed husband.  I’m also doing several strength training exercises like lunges, squats, planks, sit ups, jumping jacks, etc.  I can tell you I’m definitely sweating at the end of these!

Also with my diet and exercise I’m using essential oils(would love to share if you’re interested) and an awesome prenatal to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients I need.  I have a favorite greens powder and protein powder(both dairy and gluten-free!).

I just wanted to finally get this posted and to find out what you guys do to stay healthy and maintain a healthy body weight.  Do you exercise?  Watch what you eat?  Don’t care?  Blessed with a high metabolism?

I want to hear from you!

Comment with what you do to stay healthy and if you’re putting any emphasis on it this year!!

Here’s To New Beginnings!


Exercising During the Holidays

Are you following an exercise routine?  Having trouble keeping up with exercising during the holidays?

This is me.  I can be on an exercising kick and doing great.  But then something comes up.  Normally it’s things that you’d think I’d plan for, like the holidays and birthdays.  But I’m not very good at planning(something I’m working on) and tend to forget and then get sidetracked.  My plan for exercising during the holidays is normally just to skip it.  I mean, we’re all super busy and life is busy and then there are all the candies and cookies that we’re baking.  What?  You mean that’s a reason to exercise?

Okay, so now we’ve established that yeah I definitely need to keep exercising during the holidays let’s talk about how and what.

For me exercising has to be simple.  It has to just be me being active or moving around.  Normally that can be accomplished simply by putting music on!  I love music and I love moving to the beat.  I know several ballroom dances and really love to take a slow ballroom dance like the waltz or the cha-cha even and uptempo it to a contemporary tune.

I’ve been having so much fun doing this recently with two new cd’s!  I was sent Amy Grant’s In Motion the Remixes and Mandisa’s Get Up the remixes as well as a glass water bottle!  Yeah for these cd’s and yeah for a glass bottle!  I don’t use plastic and SO many companies want to send me plastic water bottles and then get mad when I say I can’t recommend them.  I don’t like plastic. 

These cd’s contain fast and upbeat songs that make you want to get moving.  I find myself dancing to the beat while folding laundry and sweeping the floors as well.  Exercising definitely gives me a positive boost too!


glass water bottle



I have to comment on the water bottle as well.  I already said that it is glass.  It’s also NOT dishwasher safe. . . . . yes this has been learned in our house.  While I was recovering from thyroid surgery my husband was on dishes duty and he put it in the dishwasher.  The lovely verse on the bottle is no longer there.  The bottle is still fully functional though!  A bit of  a testimony to how well the water bottle holds up though I do miss the nice verse on the side!  The verse is a great one too.  Philippians 4:13.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  Somehow they also knew one of my favorite colors!  The one I received was this gorgeous aqua but they also have other colors available on the website.  The bottle holds 20 ounces and costs $9.99.  Would make a great stocking stuffer for someone!

Now a bit back to the exercising part.  I try to get in several short sections of exercising rather than trying to do an hour straight.  There is no way I’d have an hour to myself in this house unless it was when I am supposed to be sleeping.  I need my sleep so that is not an option.  So doing four or five fifteen minute intervals works wonderfully for me.  


remix exercise routine


I try to do one first thing in the morning while the kids are getting their chores done for the day.  This is a simple one for me.  I stick in a cd(I really like Mandisa for first thing in the morning).  Then I pull up a workout routine on YouTube.  YouTube really has some great ones.  I play it on my computer with NO sound.  Just trying to do whatever moves the one on the computer is doing.  The best heart pumping workout for me first thing in the morning is either ReFit or Zumba.  Both can be found by simple searches.  And both are great workouts to do to a great beat!  

My next interval of exercise comes mid morning.  This is the break for kids from school so it’s my time to exercise!  They’re running off energy and I need to get some more too!  Again I’ll stick in a cd.  Some days I just leave Mandisa in the player and others I’m ready for a change so we pop in Amy Grant.  If it’s a nice day outside we’ll go out to play.  I take the music with me and do stretches outside to the beat.  After I’m thoroughly stretched it’s jumping jacks and chasing the kids around the house.  Let me tell you, chasing children around while pretending to be a monster with a 22 pound 18 month old on your back is definitely a great workout!  And everyone wins!  The kids are happy, the baby is laughing so hard I’m laughing as I run and I am definitely worn out when we’re done!    

Okay so the next break  for exercise is mid afternoon around 2 or 2:30.  Baby is napping at this time(while she still naps–she’s working on being a no nap girl) and I can get something done!  I’m normally lacking in energy about this time too.  This would be the time I’d reach for coffee or a soda to kick up my energy level before but now I do a big of fast exercise and get myself going!  My favorite thing to do in the afternoon is about 15 minutes of fast paced cha-cha.  If you’ve ever done the cha-cha properly you know this is a killer workout!  Make sure to stretch first.  I always have kids ready to be my partner even if I’m just dragging them around the room.  Probably the best workout is when my petite four-year old wraps her little legs around my waist as I’m dancing her around.  Not only am I getting a great lower body workout but now I’ve got an extra 28 pounds that I’m holding too!  And people say being a stay at home mom is easy!  As for music I tend to pick who ever I didn’t listen to in the morning.


exercise holidays mandisa



My last workout comes as the kids are picking up before bed.  I tend to be sweeping or folding laundry at this time.  When you put on a fast paced cd it’s easier to do a little dancing and get  a little workout in while you’re doing your chores.  If it works for me it works for the kids too!  I think they get their chores and picking things up done faster when they want to get back in and dance with mommy!

All in all I loved these review products from Family Christian.  They are a perfect fit into my busy schedule and definitely a hit with the kids and I.  I think  my husband would prefer a bit more variety.  He’s been listening to them quite a bit this past month as he has had more time at home.  Don’t take my word for it, get your own today!


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