You can have it all! You can spend time with your family and get your workout in! Who would have thought! Do this circuit straight through without any rest, moving from exercise to exercise. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the whole circuit as many times as you can! Play with your kids too while you are at it! We rode our bikes to and from the park as well so we clocked in an extra 6.2 miles for our cardio!
To complete this lower body workout, you will need yourself and a band. There is a total of 10 moves, you will do each move for a total of 4-6 sets with 10-12 repetitions each time. Once your have done all repetitions and sets, you will go on to the next move. Try to go through all sets with little to rest.
This is my life on a daily! My three year old son, after being asked numerous times starting with an hour before we have to leave somewhere, until about ten minutes before we have to leave, if he has to poop. He always responds with no…UNTIL we are walking out the door. YUP it happens every single time. And today as we are running late to gymnastics, he has blocked the door and I cannot get it! LOL awesomeness!
So today is one of those days where you just want to like run for the hills screaming, or have an adult tantrum. It started with my daughter crying before we even had the chance to start school! Like what the hell is going on? I so wanted one of the last glazed doughnuts we had from Rileys (only the most amazing donut shops here in TEXAS)! But no… I let my littles have it of course, and what do I get in return? Let me tell you what I get. Two kids crying and then being pissy is what I get!
Like I said starting with my daughter, she starts crying as I bring her English textbook out…umm okay. “Madison why are you crying honey?” Her response is uncontrollable sobbing about her worrying if she gets something wrong. Okay, this is why we do school, to learn. So I have to reassure her. When I am done with that I move onto my three year old who was supposed to be tracing letters, but instead has scribbled over them so they are no longer legible. Thinking he is funny, I tell him he is just going to have to do them over and over if he can’t do it right. This leads into slamming doors and a monologue to himself about how much he doesn’t like me or his alphabet.
So I sit on the couch with my cup of cold coffee that I have re-heated for the third time and have given up and drink it anyway. I then break out into uncontrollable laughter, you know the kind I am talking about, it is where you don’t want to cry so you just laugh….usually it does turn into that crying that you pray no one can see because it’s your ugly cry, like your face contorts like you are in need of an exorcism, and your just doing these loud ugly sobs. Yeah no thanks, I am just going to laugh for now.
So I can only hope it gets better, my son calms because hey, in the end he is a Mamas boy and he can never stay mad at me long (ha or is it that I can never stay mad at him long? The order doesn’t matter). But my beautiful little girl is now upset about her cursive and locked herself in the bathroom for what seemed like an hour, I slipped on ice on the floor and almost busted my ass, but I caught myself by my elbow on the counter and spilt my cold coffee, I will have a bruise, but lets be thankful for the cold coffee for once eh!
After cleaning my spilt coffee and trying to clean dishes that were left in the sink with food remnants still in them, I give up. Today is already just peachy and I am going to take my 5 minutes in my bathroom alone…okay, okay 5 minutes is a lie, 2 minutes lol I will take my 2 minutes. Scream as loud as I can into my pillow, hide for the other minute and thirty seconds in my little spot and then start over! Cheers! Let’s hope this day of tears, slamming doors, spilling coffee, and falling ends here and now! So far, it looks as if everyones 2 minutes was greatly needed and used.
With fall here and winter approaching, the changes in the season always bring on sniffles and colds. This morning we all woke to stuffy noses. SniffeEase and R.C essential oils are my saving grace! They work so well and everyone feels better by the next day. I combine the two in my diffuser and then rub some on the bottom of feet, on the chest, and just a dab under the nose of everyone and the start to feel it working minutes later! You can get these oils here:
So today I have a busy day! I have a soccer game for my little man, and straight from there I have a gymnastics meet. Both places will be hot and miserable, but I also cannot express the joy I get from watching either of my children truly excel at what they love. Though it is fall, it is still in the upper 90’s here in good ‘ol Texas, and yesterday we hit the triple digits, so watching soccer in the stagnant heat is no bueno. After that (and after I change my shirt in the car and help Madison put her leo on in the car) we will head to her gymnastics competition. There I will send her inside but have to wait in a line outside yet again in the heat, and then the hundreds of people that are also there and I will be herded into the building like cattle where we will all be fighting over seats like people fight over toys on Black Friday. Doesn’t this sound like a grand old time!?!
Knowing that I am going to want to down a bottle…okay 3 bottles of wine later, I am going to do my best to get my mind in the best place possible before I start. As I am writing you I am stretching (ahhh the gift of multi-tasking). After I continue my stretching and get ready for the day, I will take a minute of two to meditate. Yes I said meditate, and you only need one minute to feel the peace within you. If your life looks anything like mine, you are probably thinking “funny, how the hell can I get a minute to myself with kids running around screaming?” and you can! It is called selective hearing, I use it all the time, and it is a gift I picked up from my husband whom is the master of it! I simply drown all the chaos out, sit or stand completely still and close my eyes. If my kids come to nag I just pretend they are not there, same with the hubs. I take a big deep breath, hold for a second and then exhale. I do this a few times and I feel amazing. Sometimes I say a mantra in my head as I am breathing like (I will get through the day over and over or I will not strangle my husband today while he is chewing with his mouth open!), any mantra will work, or you can just sit with your mind free and breath. It may not seem like a lot but it will start your day off better than not taking the one minute to yourself!
Take five minutes to yourself to stretch and meditate, you can even do them at the same time if you have to. Just do it! Find your inner peace and have an awesome day! As the Dalai Lama said “We can never obtain peace in the outer world, until we make peace with ourselves.”