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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A day in the life of Annabelle and I!

Howdy Friends,

I have never done this type of post before because I'm not sure anyone really wants a glimpse into my not too crazy life. However, I always love reading these posts when other people do them (especially other mommys) so I thought, heck why not? I'm sorry if it turns out boring!

My schedule changes a little bit from day to day depending on when I teach my classes, but this is a pretty typical Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

4:30 AM - Wake up when I hear the tiny human start to rustle around in her bed. I make a cup of coffee and head in to feed her and put her back to bed. If she cooperates, this usually only takes about 20 or so minutes.

5:30 AM - Arrive at the studio to get everything set up and ready for my 6 AM Barre class. I have to give a shout out to my amazing early morning crew. They make waking up to teach a 6 AM class totally worth it because they are just that much fun.

7:30 AM - Arrive back home to quickly shower, make E's lunch and breakfast smoothie, start my breakfast, unload the dishwasher, and anything else I can squeeze in before Belle wakes up at 8:00 AM. I quickly get her dressed and then we talk to Dad before he heads to work. She usually wakes up pretty chatty. :)

8:30 AM - Tummy time for Annabelle and breakfast time for me! I usually want to chew my arm off by this point I'm so hungry. Annabelle and I spend the rest of the morning playing until it's time for her nap.

9:30 AM - Nap time for Belle and work time for me. I usually have about 45 minutes here to answer as many emails as I can before it's time to wake her up and head to the studio. The expression "light a fire under your a**," totally applies here. I literally feel like I run from one thing to the next during this brief open window. Unless of course Belle decides not to nap like she did yesterday and then the whole plan is thrown for a loop! You have to just roll with it right?

10:30 AM -Wake up Belle and head to the studio for my 11:00 AM class. I feel so incredibly blessed to have a job that allows me to take my little bit with me to work. The babysitter at the studio is amazing and all of my wonderful students dote on Belle. She loves getting to interact and talk with everyone! She's even already starting to practice her Pilates skills. Check out that single leg stretch!

12:15 PM - Time to head home and put Annabelle down for her afternoon nap. If I'm lucky, she will sleep for 2-3 hours in which time I fly around the house like a mad women trying to get as much done as possible. Usually showering, eating lunch (turkey and avocado roll-ups with a green apple have been on the menu for about the last 3 months), answering more emails, working on marketing and social media material for the studio, putting together a blog post, and finishing housework are on the top of my list. If I didn't get to go for a run in the morning ( which only happens on Tuesday/Thursday when I teach at 7 AM instead of 6 AM), sometimes I will fit in a quick circuit workout in the garage while she sleeps. It really is amazing how quickly 3 hours can fly by!

3:15 PM - Belle wakes up hungry and ready to play play play. She is so much more interactive these days and loves to talk, giggle, and play in her new activity center. This is also our errand time if we have things we need to take care of around town. If the weather is nice, we might go for a nice walk around the block like we did yesterday.

5:00 PM - Some days, Annabelle will take another quick cat nap around 5. It usually only lasts about 45 minutes to an hour, but it gives me another opportunity to sneak in a little bit more work.

6:00 PM - The tiny human is awake again! First we feed her dinner, and then she sits in the bumbo and helps me cook dinner. She loves watching me cook. I think she's fascinated by all of the colors.The funniest thing is how she freaks out anytime I have use foil. I'm not sure if it's the sound it makes or how shiny it is, but she always spazzes out whenever I pull it out. Her eyes get big and her arms go flying around. It's too funny!

7:00 PM - E arrives home and Annabelle gets so excited to play with him. Her new favorite daddy game is airplane. She giggles like crazy as he flies her around the house. Somewhere in between airplane and other baby games, we eat dinner and catch up on the day.

8:00 PM - Time for Annabelle to go to sleep. She usually likes to take her time eating at night and then I enjoy some baby cuddles before putting her down. She's so dang snuggly when she's sleepy.

8:45 PM - I reemerge from Annabelle's room and tell E to fire up one of the shows we have on DVR. Thirty minutes later I am passed out on the couch and E has to wake me up and move me into our room. Every night I think I'm going to make it through a show, and every night I fail. Oh well!

So that's how we roll every day! Pound it!

Pound it!

Nothing too crazy, but I love it! I have great friends and family, a precious tiny human, a super fun job, and an amazing husband. I truly feel blessed beyond measure!

What is your favorite part of your day? Mine has to be the time I get to spend playing with Annabelle. Her giggles are truly the best sound in the whole world!

In health,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Healthy Holidays Challenge 2014!

Happy Monday Everyone!

The holidays are literally just around the corner, and I don't know about you, but I like to have a plan for how I am going to keep my fitness on track throughout the busy holiday season. Between shopping, traveling, parties, food, food, and more food, it is easy to get derailed from your normal workout routine. This holiday season, I want us all to commit to stay on track together with The 1st Annual Happy Healthy Holiday Challenge!

The Happy Healthy Holidays Challenge is simple. Commit to 3 workouts a week and 10,000 steps a day between Thanksgiving (November 27th) and New Years. This plan will help you increase your muscular and cardiovascular strength while warding off pesky holiday weight gain.

I will provide new workouts for you each week that require minimal equipment and take 30 minutes or less. The workouts will combine cardio and strength segments so you get both elements in one workout while increasing your strength, torching calories, and firing up your metabolism. There will always be one workout a week that requires zero equipment and can be done in a hotel room in case you are traveling.

Have a favorite workout you don't want to miss out on during the challenge? No problem, replace 1 or all three workouts with your favorite activity. The goal is to fit 3 workouts in each week no matter how you do it. For best results, I recommend at least 2 of your workouts include some form of resistance training (strenth training, Pilates, Barre, Power Yoga, etc). If you live in Austin, come join me for a workout at ToddPilates and participate in the Holiday Perkville Rewards challenge we have going on at the stuio as well. Double bonus!

The first part of the challenge is the workouts, the second part is the community of accountability I hope to create with everyone. If you are participating in the challenge, I encourage you to share on the Fun, Fit, and Fabulous facebook page,  post to twitter, and  share on Instagram using the hastag #hhhchallenge14 so we can all cheer each other on! I will also be posting extra tips, workouts, and recipes to these social media outlets as well!

So without futher ado, here are your workouts for this week. Even though the challenge doesn't techniqually start until Thursday, I wanted to go ahead and give you workouts today incase you wanted to get a head start.

The first workout is perfect to take with you if you are traveling for Thanksgiving. It requires zero equipment and works all the major muscle groups of the body while giving you a cardio workout as well! For my wonderful pregnant ladies participating in the challenge, you will want to trade the squat jumps for regular squats, jumping jacks for high knees, and take the plank down to your knees if you need to.

The second workout for the week is a tabata workout. I love tabatas because they get down to sweaty business right away. No gym socializing between sets here. A tabata alternates between 20 seconds of all out work followed by 10 seconds of rest. You repeat that sequence 8x's for 1 complete tabata. This workout includes 3 different tabata sets of two exercises each. Repeat exercise #1 for the first 4 rounds and then repeat exercise #2 for the next 4 rounds to complete 1 tabata. Rest for 1-3 minutes until you have caught your breath and then move on to the next tabata. Be sure to start and end with an adequate warm-up and cool down!

Our final workout of the week is a HIIT (high intensity inveral training) Kettlebell workout. In the video, I demonstrate the 4 exercises you will need to complete this workout. Repeat 12 reps of each exercise and go through the entire circuit as many times as possible in 20 minutes resting when you need to. Enjoy!

Remember, on top of our workouts, we are trying to acquire 10,000+ steps throughout the day as well. If you don't have a fitness tracker to keep track of your steps, you can pick up a fairly inexpensive pedometer at Target, Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Academy, or pretty much any other sporting goods store. I promise they are worth the investment. If you haven't ever worn one, it could be eye opening to see how many steps you get in every day. Did you know the average American only walks about 3,000 steps each day? Yikes! That is far less than the recommended 10,000. Check back in tomorrow for a post with lots of tips on how to increase the number of steps you take. You'll be hitting 10,000 steps in no time!
So are you ready to make the commitment to workingout 3x's per week and fitting in 10,000 steps a day this holiday season? Then leave a comment below telling me your in. I will be linking up with everyone that is participating each Monday during the challenge!
Don't forget to share your progress on facebook, twitter, and Instagram using the hastag "#hhhchallenge14!" I can't wait to keep track of everyone's progress.

In health,