A More Mini Modern Mom

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A year has passed since I stepped onto the elliptical in my basement running my way to….. I wasn’t sure what at the time.  I knew I wanted to lose the few pounds that had accumulated while I was enjoying life (a little too much apparently) over the past couple of years.  Another motivating factor was my age – I am turning the 40 this year and there are 2 things I know for sure when I turn 40.  There will not be a gray hair on my head (well there will be…but no one is going to see them) and I will be killing it in my skinny jeans without a muffin top confined in Spanx.

My ‘get in shape’ mindset was – I don’t need to kill myself to lose a few pounds – slow and steady.  There I was, sitting and watching television (with the elliptical sitting right beside me – literally) when I thought – Why can’t I sweat a little while I watch my favorite show?  I’m spending the same amount of time sitting and watching television anyway so why not?  So I got off my plump(ish) little butt and started hill climbing on the elliptical 5 days a week for 30 minutes each time.  Nothing too stressful right? Hill climb on the elliptical while watching the Real Housewives – done.

PopSugar Active AppAfter a month of my elliptical routine I found a fitness app mentioned in one of my fashion magazines.  The article was really focussed on the newest workout gear for 2014 but in the bottom corner they had listed a few workout apps to get you motivated in your hot new Lulu’s.  A few minutes later the PopSugar Active app was up and running on my IPad, and as it turns out, this app was the best at-home workout that could have happened to me.  The app is full of 10 minute strength and cardio workouts that will kick your butt back into shape in a manageable amount of time at home.  Let me tell you – when I first started the workouts I was pathetic.  Some of the strength workouts I could barely get through and the cardio sessions….let’s just say I was sweating and almost near death (or I wish I was).  The ‘made for tv’ trainers made it look so easy.   I hated them – BUT….I WANTED TO BE THEM.  I wanted to kick butt right there with them and with consistent workouts I am now fit and strong enough for every plank, push-up, squat, jumping jack, and lunge they throw at me.  To me – this accomplishment was so empowering.

Remember my slow and steady mind-set?  Well it worked.  6 months later – I looked in the mirror and WTF!  I had abs….that you could see!  My muffin top and little mommy tummy had disappeared!  Let me tell you – the mommy tummy (that mystifying little pooch that you have after babies that never seems to go away no matter how hard you try) is no easy feat to get rid of.  15 pounds lost, 2 inches on my waist, hips and bust – gone.  Without really ‘over thinking’ my weight loss or how much progress I was making I was all of a sudden there – such sweet reward.

A year later I am still hill climbing on the elliptical, sweating and swearing in my PopSugar workout sessions plus I have added a weight circuit in the gym to tone my new found muscles.  I found that I had reached a plateau where my body results were kind of stuck and to ward off workout boredom I needed a new challenge.  I have my days when the last thing I want to do is sweat but I have to say that I never regret a workout and my workouts are a part of me now.  I never thought I would see the day when I ‘crave’ a workout – but I’m here, happy and healthy with a new outlook on my body and what I can accomplish – if I set my mind to it.

 

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Work It….Even If You Don’t Want To

I hate to say it but it’s true – The older you get the more you have to work….on your body that is.
I really shouldn’t complain too much – 38 years old, on the thin side of the scale but there is a very fine, teeny tiny line that can be crossed if I don’t watch what I eat.
My ‘aha’ or maybe I should say my ‘Wtf – you posted that picture of me in my bikini….on Facebook!’ moment came a couple of months ago.  I swear Facebook is a guilty pleasure and curse wrapped up into one – but if you spend your holiday in a bikini, drinking and eating too much and then taking photos, well … stuff happens.  Live and learn.  I guess the silver lining to this is that the offensive picture (really it’s only offensive in my body image mind) has motivated me to get moving.
Let’s be honest – I had known before that fateful photo that I should really get to work.  My Mommy Tummy (this is the affectionate name I use for the little tummy pooch that never goes away no matter how hard I work my abs – I can thank my 2 Mini’s for this one) was getting a little ‘softer’ than I like.   Lucky for all of us, there are so many easy ways to find fitness info and work out programs.  Just a few clicks and you can find gazillions of at home work out routines.  I find it easier to fit into my day if I can do my workout from home as it cuts down on the length of time I have to commit to whole workout event.
Where did I start?  I took to iTunes and found the Popsugar Active App (they also have a Popsugar website with a good variety of workouts).   The Popsugar Active app has lots of great workouts for your all areas of your body – yoga, strength training, running and cardio.  With workout names like ’10 minute Workout to Fit Into Those Skinny Jeans’ and the ‘Look Good Naked Barre Workout’ how can you resist giving them a try.  I want to fit into my skinny jeans and look good naked – sign me up to sweat!  The great thing about the app is there are workouts that range in length from 10 minutes up to 40 minutes so you can always find something based on the amount of time your have for your workout.  I will say this – the Popsugar ladies in the workouts will kick your ass.  They mean business which is what we all need…right?
To get me a little extra motivated for my new routine I like to do a little workout wear shopping.   I don’t know about all of you but if I have a little something new to wear I have a little more spring in my step which is perfect for the gym – spring in your step = burning calories while looking good!
A few of my work-out gear essentials are below (numbered in the Work It Set):
1. LuLulemon Gym Bag
2. Suunto M2 Fitness Watch (time display, stopwatch, tracks your heart rate, calories burned and your heart rate zones.
3. Victoria Secret Incredible Sports Bra – a must for us Double D and over girls.  This is one of the best sports bras I have tried and the bra looks great under your workout top.  Workout cleavage and fun colors – what is not to love!
4.  PopSugar App for your iPad and iPhone – Get it.  It’s free.Beautysets - Work It...And Look Great Doing It