I love to ride my bicycle

It is so hard to resist salt and vinegar chips!

So I don’t! I really don’t deny myself anything. If I want it, I eat it. I usually will try to mind the portion but there are definitely times that I throw caution to the wind and just eat my way through a row of Oreo cookies. I have found though, that the more I concentrate on eating healthy, the more “slip ups” I have. Those Oreos are so much more tempting when I tell myself I absolutely cannot eat them.

What I try to do, is just keep a bunch of healthy options in the house and avoid buying that pack of Oreos in the first place. That makes it much more likely that I will reach for a couple cashews or an apple. I’ve also learned that the healthier I eat, the less my body can even handle the junk food. It throws off my whole digestive system, I feel sluggish and my face breaks out. That can happen after one day of eating junk for me. By junk I mean McDonalds, Pizza, Chinese food… Basically anything delicious! I love all that stuff but we are pretty strictly budgeted which doesn’t allow a whole lot of eating out. That helps! Do you know how much money you are spending a week on eating out? It’s probably more than you think! It was for us. So many extra dollars spent and calories collected than necessary. I have never once regretted making grilled chicken and vegetables rather than driving through for a happy meal.

The same goes for working out. I have never once regretted working out. The adrenalin rush I get after a good workout is so great. Being a stay at home Mom is a great gig but there are definitely times that are more challenging than others. We are going through a pretty tough stage right now. We have an almost 3 year old and a 5 1/2 year old. They are both SO emotional and irrational right now. It takes a lot of patience and inner strength to get through the day. Working out helps with that dramatically.  I am so much happier and patient after a work out!

With the warmer weather, we have been taking a lot of walks and going for bike rides. Let me tell you, pulling 70+ pounds in a bike trailer up hill is an insane workout and it’s such a great reward to be able to coast down the other side. It is so great to be enjoying the outdoors again! This is the time of year when Michigan really shines.

On that note… go play!



Day 9! So far so good!

It’s Day 9 of October and I have been following the October workout calendar from Blogilates.com.

It hurts but I love it!
It hurts but I love it!

So far, so good! It is definitely hard to finish the whole days worth of workouts. Not only is it physically difficult but it has been difficult keeping my kids off me for that long of a time period. I am still trying to figure that one out. They are usually really good about it. They like to workout with me which I love but then they hit a point where they don’t want to do that anymore and they just want me to play with them. Maybe spending some good quality play time with them afterward on a consistent basis will create more of a routine. Maybe that will get them to be a little more patient?? Time will tell!

Kid challenges aside, I am already feeling a difference in the workout I’m getting. I don’t want to say that I was getting lazy with my workouts because I was still working out. That definitely counts for something and is more than many people do so I’m still taking my win there. I did choose an easier route though. So I was cheating myself. If I’m going to put in the time, I should really commit. Cassey created these great workout calendars for a reason and any time I’ve followed it even a little bit, I’ve seen results. SO rather than participate in a monthly challenge that is put on by someone else, I am challenging myself to complete this October calendar in its entirety. It won’t be easy. I’ve already caught myself trying to psych myself out of it. Self doubt is a sneaky bitch and no matter what I do, she always rears her ugly little head. This is my month. I am going to do this for myself because…why not!? So expect lots of instagrams and occasional posts updating you on this adventure.

Anyone else trying this??

A new addition to the blog! Join me!

So this “Gettin’ Healthy” category is new to my blog. I have briefly mentioned different workouts that I have been doing in previous posts. Blogilates has been mentioned a few times and I told you all that I was doing the Couch to 5k program a while back. I get a lot of questions about that stuff so I thought I’d make a little category here to share with you what I’m doing. That way, you can join me in my journey!

Let's do this!
Let’s do this!

Now to preface this… I’m not perfect and definitely get lazy sometimes and skip workouts. This is a no judgment zone! Also, maybe you have something that you do that you like better. If it’s free, I’ll try it! Please let me know! We are in this together!

Ok let’s dive right in! So today I got a little crazy on YouTube and made a fun playlist of some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. I love HIIT because it’s fast paced, gets my heart going and you don’t spend too much time on one move. So I started there then turned to my Pop Pilates from Blogilates then ended with some Yoga. I am a major beginner with yoga so I did a beginner video which worked out to be a nice cool down. Don’t forget to stretch!

Here’s the playlist – Click the titles to go right to the workout!

Belly Fat Burner HIIT – Fitness Blender

6 Minutes to a Sexy Little Waist – Blogilates

How to get Flat Abs in 3 Minutes – Blogilates

Yoga for Complete Beginners – Yoga with Adriene

I enjoyed this combination today. I got a little of everything. Most days I stick with just pilates but I am considering adding the HIIT everyday to get more cardio into my workouts. I also did about 30 bridges at the end there for my booty. They look ridiculous but they are effective. Here’s a dude doing them to show you how – BRIDGES –  You can giggle. It really does look stupid.

Follow Ourdaysinparadise on Instagram! I post a lot of photos of me and the kids working out. I also like to do a lot of photo challenges so it’s usually full of fun stuff!