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The Care and Keeping of Mommy

The Care and Keeping of Mommy - Practical ways to get the most out of life without losing your mind

“Are you living each day just trying to survive until you can go to bed?” Ouch, Crystal, that’s …kind of exactly what I do.

A brief reflection of my day-to-day life shows me that I am not actually accomplishing anything. Most days I am merely doing what I can to survive the day and return to bed. I’m not exhausted, I’m just not taking proper care of myself. The last time I took the time just for me to do something I like was when I went to the hair salon to redeem my coupon for a free haircut from the welcome wagon. That was 3 weeks ago.

I recently started to listen to audio books through my library’s online app. This one little act of remembering that I like to read and actually opening a book again has been so incredible for my spirit! It’s invigorating to read again. I might have gotten a little overzealous when requesting books through the app in my excitement.

Crystal is a big believer in her vitamins and supplements. Starting the first week of October, I’m going to be doing a 10 Day Shred challenge through Juice Plus with some coworkers (more on this later). I’m not doing it to lose weight, I’m just doing it to flood my body with 50+ plants each day for 10 days. I can feel that my body needs a reset.

Part of the 10 Day Shred challenge is drinking enough water. I tend to forget this, especially at work. I make it a point every night to drink at least 3 mason jars worth of water, which pretty much equals out to my daily recommended intake. Since I only drink water or coffee (with unsweetened, unflavored cashew milk, no sugar), no juice or soda or milk, I’m doing fairly well on the drink options, but I could definitely use extra hydration. Those crows feet gathering around my eyes aren’t going to hydrate themselves!

The last thing is the bane of my existence. As much as I dream about how awesome it would be to make a living sharing awesome nutrition and exercise…I HATE EXERCISE. There I said it. I do enjoy yoga, but I don’t make the time for it. But 3 times a day for 10 minutes? It’s not much, but it’s a start.

So there you have it. The ways I’m going to take care of myself. And easy, practical ways you can take care of yourself, too. Because I want to be a lively, vivacious mom that sets an example for my son. I want him to greet life head on and that starts with me.

It starts with me.

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Fitness Friday: Philosophy

{Amanda here. I’m excited to introduce to you our new Friday special: Fitness Fridays, where my husband Peter takes over the blog and talks about something related to personal training!} 

Fitness Friday

I have worked out ever since I was three years old. I’ve played college soccer, managed a Club Fitness, and now I am a Certified Personal Trainer. After all that I can tell you I am tired of it. Working out is a pain, injuries are disheartening, and let’s face it, gyms suck. They are filled with bros, arrogant trainers, pushy salesmen, and all the people watching you as you attempt to be healthy. Working out is not about fitness anymore, it is about how you can attempt to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or the Ultimate Yoga Mom.

Working out should not be about looking like Mr. Olympia, it should be about living life well. I don’t care how much you can squat or deadlift. The toll those exercises take on your knees does exist and does not prove you are tough. We should work out to be able to have energy to play with our kids, walk up a set of stairs without losing our breath, and, not to get personal, be better and more confident in the bedroom. We should work out to have healthy bodies and minds. The bros have stolen and perverted working out.

With that perversion we have seen a swing in the opposite direction to where now we call fat beautiful. It’s no longer about health, it’s about insecure people in the gym and in the kitchen trying to validate themselves and it must stop. Being fat is unhealthy. Being anorexic is unhealthy. Spending hours in the gym every day to get those gains is unhealthy. It’s about balance. Gym Selfie Bro is not balanced and neither is Everybody Is Body Shaming Me Victim.

A healthy life knows when it’s time to rest and eat donuts and when it’s time to hit the gym and do yoga.

I feel the initial intimidation from the group of guys by the free weights all trying to one-up and out lift each other, but I remember why I’m working out every time I see my son lifting up his arms for me to give him another ride on my shoulders. He deserves to have a strong and healthy father who lives an example of what healthy people should do.

Our reason for working out must change. We must start taking responsibility for our health and not let excuses and all the body acceptance bull that eliminates personal responsibility and denies the facts about how obesity harms our health stop our commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

So each Friday I will be going over a simple workout or training philosophy that will help reclaim the lost reason for hitting the weights. I look forward to being here!


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