Workout Without Leaving the House

It’s starting to get cold out. And it’s dark – a lot of the hours in the day. In these days, going for a run or getting to the gym isn’t always an option.

For those moments, I keep a workout routine handy that can be done without any equipment, is an adjustable length for whatever my schedule can accommodate, kicks my tail and is somewhat enjoyable (I swear intervals make workouts faster.)

So here it is. In case you’re trapped indoors by cold weather, traveling for the Holidays and away from your gym, or have limited time in between Holiday parties, this at home workout has saved me many times when everything else, except my commitment to myself, falls through. Continue reading

Weekly Top 5, Vol. 35 – Thankful

In my last Top 5 post, I said I was going to slow these down, which I have, but I kind of miss them! It’s hard to believe we are now in mid-November, hibernation season as the sun sets early, staring down the Holidays and all the time we get to spend celebrating with friends and family.

As I prepare for this busy and joyful season, here are the things (besides my early bedtime) making me happy… Continue reading

Weekly Top 5, Vol. 30 – Small Steps

Good morning! Another week is here! The first thing I’m happy about this week: how did I get to 30 of these? Lately I’ve been really hung up on the power of one small step, then another, and another. When I started this part of the blog, I was scared I’d never be able to fill in a list week after week. Now I’ve done it 30 times!

Other things I’m happy about: Continue reading

Meal Planning: As Hot as Hansel Right Now

I hate throwing food away. I hate $200 grocery bills. I definitely hate the “what are we going to have for dinner” conversation (so much that I posted about it here).

I hate making bad food decisions. And I hate ordering out (It’s always more expensive than I think it should be, I’m never happy when they say, we’ll have that ready for you in 45 minutes, and I eat too much).

Lets be clear: Continue reading

10 Things I Have Good Reason Not to Eat and 1 Thing I Have No Good Reason Not to Eat

Last week, I wrote in general about how and why my diet has evolved. This week it’s a list of the things I don’t eat. When I sat down to write this, it was actually hard because they don’t feel like rules.

I did not wake up one morning and say, I’m not going to eat these thing. Instead it’s been a work in progress over the years to refine what I put in my body. Fun fact: while writing this I found this article which identifies almost everything on this list as an inflammation culprit – another great reason to cut these foods. Here it goes… Continue reading

Drying the Worry: Finally Hitting a Milestone Early

With the exception of birth, my oldest child had never been early for a milestone. Some caused concern, even with his doctors. Others seemed small or inconsequential and were easy to brush off. But it was the combination of them all together that seemed big.

With each milestone he achieved later than other kids his age, I couldn’t help but think back to his early birth. I couldn’t help thinking that something happened. Something that couldn’t be detected at the time but was gradually showing itself now. Continue reading

Weekly Top 5, Vol. 21 – Officially Summer

Happy Monday! June’s ending and summer just officially started, how does that work?! Besides the upcoming Holiday (I know it’s next week), we have a big celebration this week: our youngest turns two.

How did that happen?! We’ll be celebrating with cupcakes and coffee. Cupcakes for the boys and coffee for me – it’s been an active few years. Besides their cute faces, amazing smiles, hugs and kisses, here are the other things making me smile… Continue reading