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I worked out for 15 minutes so now I’m fit!

5:15 – home from work

8:30 (sometimes 9pm if I’m being selfish) – tuck little bug into bed

That leaves just over 3 hours for cuddles, playtime, story reading, and all-things-fun with my little one…not to mention supper at some point.

Because I sit all day…8 hours of “chair-butt”…I SO look forward to working out. In the perfect-weather world — 75, sunny with a slight breeze — I would get in a stroller run to and around the park so I’m not cutting into mommy-daughter time. Unfortunately South Dakota weather doesn’t accomodate my needs and by the time 8:30 hits…I have a mountain of laundry/dishes/cleaning/blah/blah/blah/yada/yada/yada that needs attention as well has the hubby, but yet I want to workout and blog and surf pintrest and this and that.

Sound familiar to anyone? If I am lucky, which I’m usually not these days, I get in about 45 minutes of hardcore working out through my Insanity workouts (more on them some other time). Lately though it’s been 15 minutes here or even 5 minutes there (which was the case this morning at 6:30).

For crazy days like this, I highly recommend BodyRockTV.

Since about Christmas time, I’ve been a major fan of their hard, sweaty quick workouts. I said QUICK, not quick and easy. You earn every bead of sweat that accumulates. First off, the instructor lady is like “CRAZY- you make me jealous of you abs -FIT;”

…second, she has a British accent…ok, in case you didn’t know, my hubby is British so I’m all for the accent and third, the workouts usually take about 12 minutes (with little or no equipment). I add a 5 minute warm-up and a good stretch at the end as well. There are days when I do just half the workout so I’m getting at least something in.

If you are looking for quick workouts that are motivating and effective, definitely visit this site here!

In the mean time, I’ll leave you with some British dictionary education. Did you know…

The term “fit” in England is not quite the same as “fit” in the US.

USA, “I need to workout, I’m so un-fit.” “He’s fit as a fiddle.” — Translation: In shape

England, “Check her out mate, she’s well fit.”  — Translation: Hot, good looking.

There’s your international food for thought today!

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5 Minute Workout: A Quickie at the Playground + baby food fun

Tuesday is rest day number 2 after my 17.5-miler on Sunday. I’m eager and ready to run but I follow the plan and use today as an active rest day. Morning time with the family is great…that is if I can get hubby out of bed to join in the fun! This morning I did 🙂 It’s funny how the simplest task…like my husband getting out of bed early and going for a nice family walk can make my morning bright and sunny. I was also getting antsy about putting up a park workout!

We are very, very fortunate to be located 1 block from the neighborhood park! It doesn’t get much better than that unless I had my own park. If I can feed and dress little bug and out the door before it’s too hot, the park will be our main stop! After a quick 20 minute walk with the fam it was playtime for all. Hubs played some bball, bugs took to the rocks and stairs and I headed for ledges and benches to squeeze in a few minutes of working out! Here is a few of the exercises I did. As always I did them one after another.

Push-ups: 2 sets of 15 but I perform them slowly to really work the arms!

Step-ups: 2 sets of 10 per leg.

Dips: 2 sets of 25 or more
 Pull-ups: 2 sets of 12 or until I couldn’t do them anymore
 Notice how I’m closing my eyes…that sun was a killer this morning! So…you are probably wondering…how does she look so gorgeous in the morning? It’s simple really: 1.) Don’t look in the mirror until right before you leave. 2.) Put you hair in a ponytail. 3.) Find an accessory for your hair that covers most of your head. 4.) Use a million bobbypins to tuck away the stragglers. 5.) Put on random clothes you haven’t worn in ages!

It’s that simple!

What I’m trying to get at with this park workout is that you really do not need fancy workouts every single day. Even just 5 minutes here and there doing basic exercises can make all the difference!

I’ve had a few friends facebook me about healthy food ideas for baby/1-year-olds and thought I’d share a staple in my little girl’s healthy meal plan. Lunch time usually means a sandwich with fruit and veg on the side. Today’s delicacy was a spread of avocado (fruit),tuna (protein),cheese (dairy/protein), and cottage cheese (dairy/protein).
To make the spread I mashed up 1/3 avocado, 2 T tuna, a bit of grated cheddar and about 2 T of cottage cheese. The cottage cheese keeps it from being too dry. Simply mash all the ingredients with a fork and spread on your carb of choice.

I am in love with these thin style buns! Even when refrigerated they still stay soft enough for little bug to chew through! I love them for myself because then the sandwich is less “bunny” and I can actually taste all the goods I slap between the slices.

And they are thin! Baby’s side dishes included 1/3 of a banana and then some mashed broccoli and potato which I made last week and froze into cubes. I still find it easier and more convenient to make and freeze a lot of her veggies.

This is a great spread for adults too…obviously! It tastes nice with some crackers or a pita. I’ll share more baby food ideas when I can get the pics in before the baby goes crazy demanding her eats!

Ok, I’m out. Have a great Tuesday!

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