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Monday, January 12, 2009

Easy ways to add exercise to your day

Being active is a choice. You can choose to sit in front of a TV all evening and eat bon bons. You can CHOOSE to complain about being overweight but do nothing about it. You can CHOOSE to set an unhealthy example for your children. You can choose to drive around for 15 minutes looking for a closer parking spot. OR you can choose to be ACTIVE. You can choose to make little choices everyday that make a huge difference. Talk a walk after dinner, ride bikes with the kids, take the kids roller skating, walk the dog, take the stairs instead of the elevator, join an exercise class or group to hold you accountable, do jumping jacks during commercials, do 30 squats, 30 pushups, and 30 crunches while watching your TV show, hold your baby and do squats, run up and down your stair 10 times a day, play tag with the kids, go hiking, play a family game of baseball, kickball, or soccer. You see there are so many ways to stay active. Make it a goal to do 60 minutes of activity a day. It doesnt have to be all at once. You can break it up throughout the day. Just get moving! I promise, you wont regret it! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weigh in day

My boot camp was challenged by another boot camp in Birmingham to a Biggest Loser Contest. Of course if you know me and my competiveness I couldnt decline it! We decided to keep it simple and only have 5 participants on each time. I am so excited about my team. They are so motivated and so ready to kick their weight to the curb. Last week they worked their butts off. They went through several grueling workouts. In additon to their boot camp workouts and their extra cardio workouts they also are required keep a food journal. It is hard work but they were up to the 8 week challenge. We weighed in and measured in Jan 1 and we had a weigh in/measure in Jan 10. I cannot believe how well they did! Oh my gosh they kicked butt!! The smiles on their faces was priceless! I wish I had a camera to capture the moment. That weigh in lit a fire in them. They are so motivated to do this, to change their lives. To stop wishing they could lose weight and to get up and do it! They are inspiration to everyone. You can do it!

GO TEAM BETHANY!!!!!! I am so proud of you guys!

I am also proud of ALL of my boot campers. The workouts this month have been tough. They have been true sports, rarely complaining- you know you had to complain a little ;). The attendance has been up and you can tell they are ready to reach all of their goals this year. Girls keep up the good work. Be proud of how far you have come. Never give up and always give it 100%!

New boot camp starts Jan 19. I hope to have a record number!

No more excuses

I will never understand why people make excuses not to exercise. You are given 1 body in this life, you will have no other chance so why not take care of it? I hear people all the time say, "I dont have time to exercise", "it's too hard", etc. You dont have time to exercise but you have time to sit on your butt and watch TV from 8-11 at night! Why not go out and take a 30 minute walk? Do jumping jacks on commercials or pushups, or squats, etc. Park farther from the store when you go shopping instead of driving around for 15 minute to get a closer spot. Take the stairs not the elevator. Play with your kids in the yard. Take the family on a bike ride. There are so many ways to add fitness into your day. Stop making excuses! I always remember that my children are watching me. I am setting an example to them of the importance of exercise and taking care of their bodies. I want them to grow up knowing that exercise is a normal part of daily life just like brushing your teeth.