A year in review – 2014

This year has been filled with so many blessings.  I’m thankful for the times I’ve shared with family and the friends who were by my side daily. Looking back now, it’s been a great year.  This is just a few of the highlights that have made my heart happy.  The happy times that got me through the hard times that came between.  Life isn’t perfect but there are perfect moments always.

January:

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I look back on January and the thing that stands out the most is football. During the hard times of my dad’s cancer treatment, football brought my family together.  It gave us something to talk about besides cancer.  It gave us something to look forward too and really helped us through a very difficult time.  The Seahawks were doing AMAZING and it was such a blessing to watch them play last January.

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Dallas turned 8 at the end of January and birthdays always make me emotional.  Dallas has the biggest heart. He’s filled with kindness and love for everyone around him. He’s an amazing big brother to Phoebe and Austin. His laugh is by far the best sound I’ve ever heard. He’s sensitive to the emotions of others and always lifts me up when I’m having a hard day. I’m so thankful that he is my son.

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February:

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Seahawks in the Super Bowl!!!!  What an amazing day it was on February 2nd to watch my team go all the way to victory.  I loved sharing the game with my kids, my dad and my brother.  It was such a joy to watch football the entire season.

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21 years ago my dad and I cut a dollar in half on Valentines Day and wrote a note on it. He carries his in his wallet and I have mine in a special place. Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love and I can’t think of a more awesome way to celebrate love than to kick some cancer out of your body! My dad had surgery to remove his stomach and finally be cancer free! He is an overcomer!

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We ran our first 5k as a family on 2/16 and it was a joyous occasion to watch Phoebe, who was 5 at the time, run the entire race!  She absolutely shined with her determination!

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Six years ago this amazing little girl came into our lives. I had always dreamed of having a daughter and she filled my heart instantly. She’s absolutely beautiful and her heart is full of love. She is always ready to cuddle, especially with daddy. She is an amazing sister to both Austin and Dallas. She has always been small but has more determination than someone twice her size. I miss the days that she was a teeny baby and when she was a crazy toddler, saying the funniest things but I’m so excited to see the girl she’s becoming. She lives in her own world, Phoebe Town and we’re all so lucky to have her in our lives. Happy Birthday Phoebe Joy!! We love you more than you’ll ever know and we are so thankful you are in our lives!

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I ventured off on my very first solo trip without my kids.  I flew to Washington to be with my dad and my husband took care of the kids for a week by himself.  He hadn’t ever watched them longer than 6 hours before then and he did great.  I missed the kids so much but it was amazing being in Washington with my parents.

March:

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I had a fantastic trip to Washington.  I enjoyed every moment with my parents and celebrated my dad being cancer free!

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It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to my home but this visit was different.  I knew that we would be moving back there in the summer and it wasn’t as hard this time.

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My husband and I celebrated 13 years of marriage on St. Patricks Day.  My crazy love story with him started on January 2, 2001 and we took a leap of faith on March 17, 2001. Just 2.5 months after meeting each other we said “I Do!” Everyone thought we were crazy (we were) yet somehow we have made our crazy love story work. It’s been 13 years since we got married and I’m so happy we took a chance on love. It hasn’t been perfect but it’s been perfect for us! Here’s to many more adventures together, I love you my shoe mate!

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The Thunderbirds came to Luke AFB and the kids and I enjoyed watching them fly around our neighborhood.  We made several trips to the base to watch them up close.  We love the sound of jet noise!

April:

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We hiked a lot in the spring.  We knew that our time in Arizona was coming to an end and we wanted to take advantage of all we could before we left.  All 3 of the kids enjoy hiking.  Austin always amazed me with his determination because he could hike 2 miles without having to be carried.  He’s a trooper!

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It’s hard to believe that just 3 years ago this amazing kid came into our lives. I remember being in labor and still gripped with fear, wondering if having a third kid was crazy. Little did I know that Austin would come into our lives and absolutely fill it up. Austin is an amazing kid who has always paved a way for himself. He’s always trying to keep up with the older two kids. He’s determined to be big like them and doesn’t let his size or age get in his way. His personality is so awesome and he’s always cracking us up. He’s full of life and love. Words can’t describe how much he brings to our family. We all shower him with love and I’m so glad we made that crazy leap of faith and followed our hearts. Having him was one of the best things we’ve done for our family. Happy 3rd Birthday Austin Jack!!

May:

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Dallas and Phoebe finished school at the end of May.  The both did fantastic in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  They learned so much and were a little sad to say goodbye to their school.  They knew we were moving to Washington so we had some tearful goodbyes on the last day.

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It was finally warm enough for us to enjoy our pool.  We spent many hours swimming around in May!

June:

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We started packing up for our move to Washington and what’s a mother runner to do when packing up her medals?  Put them all on and take a photo!

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We have lived in 6 different homes since being married.  Packing up this home and saying goodbye was hard for me.

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We closed the door on one chapter of our lives and opened the door to a new one.  For 5 years we lived in this home and filled it with so many memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.  We said goodbye to the house that welcomed our 3rd child, the house that two of our kids started school.  This house held the tears that I cried as I went through two deployments and the joy we shared as we celebrated holidays and everyday life.  Goodbye to the house on Rovey Ave.  You were a good house to us.

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We made it to Washington at the end of June to start a new chapter of our life.  I was so thankful to be back home.

July:

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See the Lombardi Trophy with my brother….CHECK!

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We took a trip to Ocean Shores, WA and we all froze our butts off but enjoyed the ocean.  Phoebe loves the beach as much as I do!

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We celebrated my Grandpa Jack turning 90.  I was so thankful that I was living in Washington so I can celebrate these occasions!

August: 

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I started the 21 Day Fix in August and got my nutrition in check after a summer of eating unhealthy.

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We moved into our new home and unpacked.  This is 7th home we’ve lived in since getting married.  I’m used to making a house a home.  Unpacking is second nature now.

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We have an amazing trail 1.5 miles from our house.  We go there often to ride bikes, run, walk and just be in nature.

September:

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We ran in the Seahawks 5k and had a blast!!

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Then we spent the day as tourists in Seattle.

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Dallas and Phoebe amazed me with their bravery as they started a new school.  They flourished and made me so proud!

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I finished my 21 Day Fix and got amazing results.

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I was finally able to share one of my favorite childhood traditions with my kids.  We did the Puyallup Fair and had so much fun!

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We spent a lot of time with friends and enjoyed getting outdoors at Mt. Rainier

October:

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I’ve been a Beachbody coach for 2 years but treated it like a hobby and not a business.  In August I jumped back in with both feet and really committed to helping others and helping my family become financially free.  I earned a free trip to Tennessee with my coach Amy. It was an amazing experience and made me realize that I have what it takes to achieve my goals and make this business work for me.  I’m so blessed to be helping others change their lives and changing mine at the same time.

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Halloween was so fun!  I was a little jealous that Phoebe dressed up as Elsa because that’s what I wanted to be too.

November:

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I turned 34 in November and donated blood for the 5th time in a year.  Donor blood saved my dad’s life and I’m committed to donating every 8 weeks to help others.  I feel truly blessed to be in good health.  I feel better now than I did 10 years ago.  I’m in better shape and have more confidence in myself as a person.

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Thanksgiving was spent with my family and it was a true blessing.

December: 

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Christmas is all about joy and I’m thankful I got to spend so much time with my 3 blessings!

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My dad gave us all the best Christmas present this year…he had a scan yesterday and he’s still CANCER FREE!!! We have a lot to celebrate and I’m so thankful to be back home in Washington this Christmas!

Last Christmas was filled with so much fear and uncertainty and this Christmas is filled with joy and hope! We all love you so much dad!

What’s not seen:

If you looked at this you might think I lived the perfect year.  From the outside that’s the way it looks but this is just a highlight reel.  What’s not shown is the struggles I’ve dealt with over this last year.  My life isn’t perfect but there are many perfect moments.  I try my hardest to focus on the moments of perfection instead of the hard times that try and swallow me up. Our family has gone through a huge change.  We’ve moved and started a new life in Washington.  I’m so thankful to be back in my home but the transition has not been an easy one.  We are still struggling to find stability.  My husband is still trying to find his forever job and I’m just struggling.  I’ve lived with so much fear in the last year.  It’s been a constant battle to overcome my fears every single day.  I’m constantly fearful of our uncertain future.

If I’ve learned anything in the last year it’s that there’s always beauty in a storm. This year has felt stormy because of all the changes but there have been so many moments of joy. There are so many blessings to be thankful for and through all the struggles there is always hope.

This song has been my anthem this year:

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In 2015….
I’m going to love without fear.
I’m going to live without fear.
I’m going to chase my dreams without fear.
I’m going to take risks without fear.
I’m going to be fearless.

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Insanity Max:30 Sweat Intervals

Workout Wednesday: Insanity Max:30 Sweat Intervals

This workout is no joke! It left me gasping for air in the warm up and I didn’t catch my breath until I was done. There are 30 second breaks every 4:30-5:00 minutes and that’s just enough time for me to regroup and push harder for the next interval.

The best part about it is I’m pushing myself to my max and when I need to stop and rest, I record my time and the next time I do this workout I will try to get further. I’m my own competition and I love the challenge! Today ‪#‎IMAXEDOUT‬ at 13:30. 

I’ll be starting a Max group in January if you’re up for the challenge! Just go here for more information on my next challenge group.

Insanity Max:30 Tabata Strength

Tabata Tuesday!! Week 4:Day 2 on my Insanity Max:30 journey.

Tabata Strength from Insanity Max is a killer workout! Push-ups are not my strength and this workout has lots of different varieties; V push-ups, tricep push-ups and regular push-ups. But I’m sure when I’m done with Insanity Max:30 I will be stronger than ever.  I’m not crazy about jumps either but I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and really go for it.  I’m excited that my abs are getting more defined, even with the extra treats I’ve been eating because of the holidays.

If you want more information on Insanity Max:30 go here

New Year * New You!

New Year

I can’t believe that the 2015 is right around the corner.  Where did the time go?  It seems like 2014 just flew by!

January is usually when everyone gets a gym membership and commits to changing their health and fitness.  Have you been to a gym in the beginning of January?  It’s PACKED!!  Have you been back in February?  It’s back to how it was in December.  Why does that happen?  Most people are expecting instant results and when they don’t happen they give up.  They don’t know what they should be doing each day and slowly they stop going.

Here’s what I’ve learned since running and participating in challenge groups:

1. 80 % of your results come from your nutrition 

You can do cardio all day, everyday but if you don’t change your eating you’re not going to change your body. You can’t out exercise a bad diet.

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2. SUPPORT is the key to SUCCESS!! 

Having a community of support to check in daily with is what was the secret to my success.  At any given time I could make a post in the closed group regarding my daily struggles and someone would give me either a tip, suggestion, lift me up or love on me so that I didn’t quit.  I felt encouraged that I wasn’t alone and that others were going through the same thing as me.  There was always someone else who was feeling like me and being part of that group made all the difference for me. I was not alone!  We were all in this together.

3. I need a system

I am the type of person that needs a detailed schedule to follow, a meal plan to duplicate and proven results for me to believe!  I cannot just wing it.  I need a guide to get me through each step.  I want to know that if I do X,Y and Z I will get the results of those in the infomercial.  I love that every Beachbody Fitness Program comes with a nutrition guide to help me eat for the workout I am doing!  I love that Beachbody has the awesome food storage containers so that I am eating the right amount of food each day.  It truly takes the guesswork out of my nutrition. This is afterall the hardest thing to change and Beachbody does a killer job at tackling that with ease!

4. Shakeology 

Shakeology is not a protein shake or weight loss quick fix.  I will be honest, I was skeptical at first when I heard of all the amazing things that Shakeology does for a body.  But despite being skeptical I had to try it.  I started to feel a change in my body after two weeks.  I had more energy, less cravings and my digestion was improved.  The biggest change was my energy level.  Plus it was nutrition that I wasn’t getting before.  I felt healthier, my workouts were better and now it’s my daily multivitamin.

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5. Accountability for me

As a coach, I am just as accountable to myself as I am to my challengers.  As a coach I stay on track because I know I am leading by example. I want to inspire the others that I’m working with and each day I do my best as an example to them.   I want those around me to say, “If she can do it, I can do it too!  I’m no different than her” Because it’s true, I’m no different than anyone else.  I struggle and have off days too but being in a challenge group keeps me accountable.

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So here’s the scoop: I’m starting a new challenge group in January and I’d love to have you participate!

The requirements: 

You make me your coach by going to my site and clicking JOIN to make me your COACH!  (absolutely free!)

You contact me by filling out the application below to be considered for a spot in the group.

Together we decide what Beachbody fitness program is the right fit for you based on your goals and your current fitness level.

You are required to replace Shakeology with 1 meal each day for the very best results.  My goal is to teach you how to plan and prepare the other meals of the day so that you get the results you are looking for.  At the end of the challenge the choice is yours to continue with Shakeology or not!

You must check in daily to the Facebook accountability group.  Engage with others and share your struggles and successes.

Complete the application below to be considered for a spot in my January group! 

My Favorite Shakeology Recipe

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I love Shakeolgoy because it’s a quick way for me to have breakfast on the go each morning.  My mornings are always rushed and I don’t have time to sit down and eat a meal.  But I always have time to throw my Shakeolgoy in the blender.

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My Favorite Shakeology Recipe:

1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology

A splash of vanilla extract

A teaspoon Cocoa Almond Spread

10 oz of water

1 1/2 cups of ice

Blend and ENJOY!!

If you’re wondering what Shakeology is go here

21 Day Fix Testimony

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I’m so inspired on this Motivational Monday…I can’t wait to share photos of one of my 21 Day Fix challengers because she’s blowing my mind with her consistency and determination. She’s not quite ready to do her big reveal yet but I can share she’s seeing amazing results. She’s completed two rounds of the 21 Day Fix and has lost 20.1 lbs and 37 inches over her entire body. I can’t say enough about this program and how it can change lives. The nutrition plan is so easy to follow and combined with the amazing fitness program, it delivers results.

Best of all she has seen improvements on the inside of her body as well. Her blood pressure is lower, her confidence is higher and she’s focused on her goals. I’m so proud of the work she’s doing to change her life. She inspires me every single day with her positive attitude, her ability to move past setbacks and her strength and determination she has to reach her goals. She’s not thinking about what life will be like “if” she reaches her goals but she knows she’s going to get there. What a blessing it is that I get to be a part of such an amazing transformation. I absolutely love my job!

She sent me this photo recently of the clothes she’s getting rid of since being on the fix. She’s saying goodbye to her old ways and welcoming in a new chapter of her life.

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21 Day Fix Testimony:

I’m in the 4th round of 21 day fix, and I have good results. The 21 day fix has been a blessing to me, I started out with high blood pressure within the first round the numbers were dropping. I have lost pounds and inches and gained a lot happiness within myself that I know something is finally working to help me lose weight , become healthy and become a better me. I have tried lots of diets from A to Z and even had gastric bypass and nothing worked. But I can say the 21 day fix is working for me and I could not be happier with it. It’s not easy but not all that hard either. Weight is something I have struggled with for many years and so I say this If I can do this anyone can do it. The workouts are great, they are 30 minutes every day. I’m not perfect at them but I still do what I can. I was scared to try the workouts at first, I have a back that hurts at times and was wondering how my back would do, but I have not had no problems with it except when I slept on it wrong and hurt it, it kept me from doing the workouts and I missed not doing them. I don’t think I have ever said I missed working out before. It’s amazing how in such a short time of being on 21 DAY FIX how it has changed my life for the better. My Coach Ashley is AWESOME and I owe her for taking the time to want to help me and see me though my weight loss journey. I have still a long journey ahead of me but I know I will have the 21 day fix and Ashley right there with me.

21 things I discovered during the 21 day fix.
1. I did not starve
2. The containers made more food than I thought they would
3. I do have the determination to lose weight and get healthy
4. Its not an easy 21 days, but very easy to follow
5. I can go out to eat while on this plan and still follow the guide lines, I did it twice during the 21 days, and ate what I was suppose to, I went to Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
6. I can go without soda, I was drinking around 3 a day
7. I don’t have to have a soda first thing in the morning to get my day going.
8. I can make time everyday for 30 mins of workouts
9. I can go to bed without having a chocolate snack or any snack
10. I can say no to food, don’t have to eat it because its there.
11. Ashley is a awesome coach and supporter.
12. Wheat type of food are not that bad
13. I can push myself more than I ever thought I could
14. The support in the group is awesome
15. I don’t have to let temptations take over.
16. Its okay to have a bad day.
17. I’m more aware of proportion sizes
18. The red and yellow cups are my favorite
19. Pepper is my friend
20. Salt is not my friend
21. I love my results after 21 days.

 

Insanity Max:30 Friday Fight Preview

Are you feeling fierce today? I just finished Friday Fight Round 1 from Insanity Max:30 and now I’m pumped up and feeling FIERCE!!

I didn’t feel fierce when I started. In fact, I didn’t even want to workout this morning. I had a bunch of excuses trying to drag me down. But I used my 15 minute rule, on days I don’t want to do a workout I tell myself, “do it for 15 minutes and if I still want to quit I can quit” Usually 15 minutes is enough time to get me into my groove and I won’t quit. Plus with Insanity Max:30, 15 minutes is half way through the workout. 

I didn’t feel fierce while I was doing it either. This workout was tough and challenged me mentally from the very beginning. I kept saying to myself, ” ran a marathon I can get through this workout” it was that HARD!! But now that it’s all done, I feel so proud of myself that week one of Insanity Max:30 is DONE!!

If you want to join me on this INSANE journey, I’d love to help you!

Change your Attitude!

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Having a positive attitude during setbacks and struggles doesn’t make problems go away but it does make it easier to cope with them. Your attitude will determine the direction you are going. If you change the way you look at something, it changes the way it looks and that can make all the difference.

I have personally been going through a lot of struggles and setbacks.  My car was recently broken into and my purse was stolen.  I could have easily let that small struggle take over my life and wallow in self pity.  But does that accomplish anything or make my problems go away? NO!  In fact, dealing with a struggle with a negative attitude just makes it even more difficult for myself and everyone around me.

Life isn’t always going to be sunshine and roses.  I have to constantly change my attitude because once I notice myself being negative everything around me feels impossible.  Sometimes I have to make an attitude adjustment all day long because life can be hard and complaining comes naturally to me.  But happiness and joy are choices we make, despite our current circumstances.   There is always joy in the journey, you just have to find it!

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Sending love and strength to you today!! Be the reason someone smiles today and be that person that radiates positivity in everyone’s life

The 15 Minute Rule

People are often asking me for tips on how to stay motivated while trying to lose weight. Keeping the momentum going once real life kicks in is difficult.  Life can get in the way and it can be easy to give into your excuses.  Before your know it, your momentum is gone and you’re working out less and less and letting your excuses run the show.

My number 1 workout rule is this: You’re not going to want to workout every day but do it anyways. 

What does that mean?  That means that you’re going to have to do it even when you don’t feel like doing it.  You can’t feel your way into an action, you have to act your way into a feeling.  If you wait until you feel like doing your workout, you’re going to be waiting a long time.  The only way to get finished with a workout is to just start.  Don’t sit around waiting for some amazing feeling of inspiration to come over you, create that inspiration with your action.

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Use the 15 minute rule:

On days that I can’t find any motivation to workout I always tell myself, “Do your workout for 15 minutes and if you still want to quit after 15 minutes you can quit” But 15 minutes is usually enough time for me to get in my groove and start to feel motivated.  It’s a simple mind trick because 15 minutes and a way out seems doable when I don’t want to do anything.  I’ve used that rule countless times and I’ve only quit after 15 minutes a few times.

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Don’t let your excuses run your life.  You can push yourself through 15 minutes, no matter how you feel. 15 minutes might be all you need to find your motivation and to really feel like doing it.  You’re strong enough to get through 15 minutes, I promise!

Insanity Max:30 – Busy Mom Version 1.0

Insanity Max:30 Day 2 is in the books. Tabata Power was an INSANE workout and I absolutely loved it!  It challenged me in ways that I didn’t know were possible.  I was finished and dripping in sweat.  Hello, 5 minutes of different variations of tricep pushups and then 5 minutes of different ways of doing a tricep dip!!! WOW!!  My arms are going to be screaming at me tomorrow.

This is what working out at home with 3 kids under my feet looks like. My kids love to jump into a workout, especially if it’s a new one. Phoebe started in her bathrobe and changed into workout clothes by the time I was done. They stayed by my side for the entire 30 minute workout.

Don’t let kids be the excuse to not get in a workout. I’ve been working out with my kids under my feet for 3 years.  In the beginning there was a lot of interruptions but slowly they learned to either leave me alone or join in to the workout.  Sometimes I have to pause it and go break up a fight, kiss a boo boo or wipe a bottom (my three year old loves to use my workout times as his potty time) but I just start back up after the quick break.

Be the example to them and you’ll be surprised that they will probably cheer you on and might even join in with you!

It’s not too late to join  me in the challenge.  If you want to know more about Insanity Max:30 go here

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