I just learned a new word! Belfie! It’s a butt selfie. Knowledge is power.
If you are following Ourdaysinparadise on Instagram () you’ve been seeing my stretch challenge pictures. Me and the kids are having a lot of fun taking pictures everyday of a new fun stretch pose. It’s great because it gets me in my stretchy clothes and ready to workout! Aiming my phone which is precariously balanced on a tripod and taking a picture from my watch is a bit of a challenge. Especially when my 2 year old wants to grab it every chance he gets! So fun though!
I used to get so annoyed that I couldn’t even do a few crunches without a kid crawling on top of me. Through great effort, I’ve found that the less I fight it, the more fun it can be when they join in. Lucy pulls out one of her Elsa blankets and pretends it’s her “oga mat” while Hudson uses my legs as a slide and poses in downward dog right next to me. He can hold a killer plank too! He is tiny but mighty!
Regardless of how difficult it can be to get through a few workout videos, I’m always glad I did it. My kids also get to see me doing something for myself that is healthy which can only be positive for them. As a stay at home mom, I often put myself last in order to put my family first. While that makes my heart happy, it is nice to be giving something to myself that is such an influence on everything else. Since I started putting my health higher on my priority list, my whole family is more active, we eat healthier and everyone is making better choices. Me and Justin are RUNNING! Who are we!?
I will note that everything I do is 100% free and available on youtube. I follow a free calendar on Blogilates.com and I try to make clean, healthy meals for my family. We are not perfect but we are in a good place with a nice balance of healthy with a dash of ice cream. If you want to be healthier, the resources are out there. They don’t have to cost a fortune. Just start doing something you like and see where it leads you.