Hello Mornings! {Summer 11 :: Week 3} & Giveaway!!

(Note: This is a guest post from Michelle and is part of the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge.)

While Kat has been in the Philippines with Compassion, we’ve been waking up, having quiet time and getting in some morning exercise. Right?

[108/365] Ill-advised

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I wanted to know how it’s going, so I tweeted a few questions about AM exercise this week.

What Actually Happens

Several of you said your AM workout wasn’t happening- for several reasons:

  • Exercising in the morning wakes sleeping children.
  • Quiet time takes the entire time.
  • Exercise happens later in the day.

I completely understand these reasons. Those quiet moments when everyone’s asleep are really precious. It takes time to craft the morning routine and find out what works.

Ideas That Work

Thank you to everyone who shared your morning workout routine. Here’s what some of you are doing:

  • Workout DVD’s (Slim in 6, Walk at Home — Leslie Sansone, 30 Day Shred, Turbo Jam, P90x, ChaLean Extreme, Body Gospel)
  • Running and other Cardio (Couch to 5k)
  • Weights (A plus because they’re quiet!)
  • Calisthenics (Squats, lunges, etc.)

Make It Work For You

If you exercise later in the day, that’s great. If you can combine your exercises with something you already do, like worship or getting ready for the day, that will also help you maximize your morning time.

No Matter How Slow

I saw this inspiring quote the other day,

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”

What are your AM exercise goals?

Step 3: Develop An Exercise Plan

(You know the drill — check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.)

Read pages 10-15 of the eBook. They go something like this:

  • Pick a Workout — What type of exercise would you enjoy? Mix up the cardio and strength training.
  • Make it Fun — In order to develop a fitness habit, choose a workout that’s simple and fun. Once the habit is in place, you can concentrate on getting those abs of steel!
  • Have a “Habit Workout” — What’s something quick you could do when you wake up late? Kat does 10 pushups, 30 bicycle crunches, and 10 squats. Be creative!
  • Keep a Routine — Figure out a way to do something every day!
  • Set a Goal — Post a simple goal that you’ll be proud to accomplish.
  • Choose a Workout Soundtrack — What songs make you want to run outside and start chest-bumping your neighbors?

Action Steps

Pages 23-24 of the eBook will walk you through creating your Exercise Plan:

1. List all the ways you could possibly exercise.
2. Specifically plan your workout — What, Where, When?
3. Create Your Habit — What is 1 thing you’ll do everyday?
4. Set a Goal — Why are you exercising?

Giveaway

As a little incentive for you all to press on, we are doing weekly giveaways. Many thanks to Erin for arranging them all!!

Sandy is the beautiful blogger at Reluctant Entertainer, and author of a book by the same name, which encourages having an beautiful {not perfect!} home so you are not afraid to have people over!

This is a great resource for planning ahead, but also for emphasizes the relationship part of entertaining! It is visually stunning and inspiring as well!

Sandy has graciously donated her book, The Reluctant Entertainer, as this week’s giveaway!

How To Enter

There are four ways to enter the giveaway.

1. Leave a comment here and share an exercise tip or challenge you face. Extra entry if you give a tip to someone who shared a challenge.
2. Tweet this week in the main #hellomornings stream on Twitter.
3. Share an encouragement this week on Facebook.
4. MYM Challenge participants can also enter by interacting with your MYM Accountability Group (via Twitter or Facebook.

(FYI – Last week’s winner was Cheryl P.)

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  • Avatar Rebecca says:

    My ‘challenge’ for exercising this week, will be taking the children to/from camp…that will reduce my morning ‘quiet time’. BUT, I have learned that by getting in the pool and playing…I can do some great aerobics and it doesn’t hurt my knees/ankles! After years/years of ballet…both (as well as my back) have paid the price. So…MY TIP: GET in the pool…don’t like to swim laps/wear contacts (like me?)….do some leg kicks…tread some water…move those arms…get crazy and inspire other moms at your pool!

    • Avatar Helen says:

      I’m not sure if you’ve tried Pilates, but many I know (including physical therapists) sing its praises for being a great/no impact workout. Plus, with your ballet background, I imagine it’d come very naturally to you once you got going (it did for me!).

  • Avatar melissa p. says:

    i’m finding my one video is getting dull…but videos work for me. so this week i’m renting one from the library to change it up! and some fun swimming in this heat!!!

  • Avatar KellySinging says:

    Just have a praise report (and prayer request). Back story: 6 months ago I was rear-ended and last Friday was my release day from the chiropractor. The problem was he applied the treatment 3xs as more as normal. I was out of pain (finally!) when I walked in there, and then friday afternoon the pain hit again. Majorly. Like I went backwards 3 months. I was so mad! For 3 days I had constant pain again & was popping meds again. So last night I couldn’t sleep my neck hurt so bad, and I thought, “I’m going to have to believe God for healing or else I’m going to have to go back and have more treatment!” I woke up pain free!! Thank you, Lord! So please pray that I can resume my strengthening exercises for this without complications. It’s been a long year. Thanks!

  • Avatar Ashley G says:

    My big stumbling block to morning exercise is my daughter’s unpredictable sleeping schedule. She’ll be two years old in July, and she sleeps like a champ, but her wake-up time varies. My husband’s morning schedule would still allow for this exercise time, but I worry that if I’m always gone for the wake-up/breakfast routine he’ll start to resent it.

    • Avatar Emily says:

      Just talk with him about it – maybe he’ll really enjoy the wake-up routine with your daughter, and have some quality “dad”time with her! 🙂 It’s worth a try. And if he sees how happy you are to have that time for yourself, maybe it will help ease the transition also. Good luck!

    • Avatar jen says:

      My son has had varied wake-up times since he was out of his crib at 18mos…BUT I found a great way to work out was to have him join me. One plus was that he started learning how to count up and down with the video, he thought working out with me was fun and just watching him kept me entertained! I started by telling him, “If you’re awake this early, you can listen to mommy read the Bible and then we’ll work out together!” I didn’t give him any alternatives and as he didn’t want to go back to bed, he gave in pretty quickly. An extra plus was everytime he would see a woman working out on TV, he would say, “That’s mommy working out!” and of course the person on TV was buff and looked nothing like the real me, but it was a good laugh!

  • Avatar Em says:

    I run – it’s what I love. My personal challenge is overloading, doing too much. The more I run, the better I feel, until I don’t! Struggling with injuries is so hard & learning to rest is harder!

  • Avatar Tracy says:

    Well, I’ve gardened…and for this sadly-exercise neglecting girl, that made me very sore. So, I guess some muscles were used that needed to be! (We dug a 10 foot diameter circle out of the sod).
    My goal for this summer is to start walking. Your comments are so encouraging.
    Thank you!

    • Avatar Angie says:

      Good Job, Tracy. Gardening is great exercise. As a matter of fact, I had an identical experience and looked it up on this website loseit.com that I have been using and depending on your weight gardening was a great calorie burner. I also just started walking myself and am finding I really enjoy it early in the morning.

  • Avatar Megan says:

    My challenge is my husbands crazy retail work schedule. It’s hard to get into a routine when every day and week is different! But were working on it!

    • Avatar LeeAnn says:

      I understand that… my husband works in agriculture (6 days a week with long hours). Depending on how the weather affects the crops determines his hours; changes often. BUT, one thing that has really helped us and may help you and your hubbie: we take time at the beginning of every week to sit with some coffee and go over our week. We each share what’s on the agenda (special events and day-to-day). We synch up our weekly planners so we know what each other has going on. Really helps us better support one another when we know ahead of time what the other persons day looks like. Also helps us schedule in work out schedules. Thought I’d pass this along to you Megan, and see if it would be helpful as your man’s schedule is different week to week as well.

  • Avatar Kelly says:

    I find it challenging to exercise in addition to my quiet time and shower in the morning…seems like I would have to get up an extra hour earlier!

    • Avatar Rebecca says:

      I have that problem, I now get up and do weights with my Ipod on so I am in the right attitude for quiet time. Every 2nd day I ride the exercise bike and watch worship DVD’s. Sometimes I find I have 3 little visitors during the weights work out, which means no quiet time whilst I supervise breakfast and getting dressed. When that happens I drop my eldest off at school 2mins away 🙂 and come home and do quiet time whilst my 2 youngest have quiet play or a snack. Not ideal but we will get there.

    • Avatar Tawny says:

      Kelly, I wholeheartedly agree with you. It is very difficult to find time to juggle quiet time, showering and exercising. There is NO way I want to get up earlier. Sleep is very important as well!! I have found that it works quite well to pop in an exercise DVD, turn the volume off, and play a worship cd. Every time I have tried it, the rhythm works itself out and I can offer my body in worship while I get a workout. Of course that doesn’t replace time in the Word, but it takes care of combining part of my quiet time with exercise. Hopefully this idea is one you can try out… 🙂

    • Avatar Wanda says:

      I use to combine my quiet time by listening to the Bible on cd while I was on the treadmill. I’m sure there’s all sorts of devotional material out now for ipods, mp3s, etc. Hope this helps!

  • Avatar Revonda says:

    My challenge is that w/ my four kids as the summer sun seems to get up earlier so do they. So I am trying to nab every second. Going up the stairs myself to grab something, carrying the baby when I go (weight training anyone:) Parking the van further from the door even though it is scorching hot so we can walk/run to the door (w/ baby in arms of coarse 🙂 and if I happen to spare a few quiet moments in the afternoon at nap to do my exercise video as my bonus work out. 🙂

  • Avatar Catherine says:

    I am impressed by these moms that use their baby’s nap time for exercise! I’m always playing catchup around the house, which leaves me reluctant to set the alarm early for quiet time/exercise. I had one morning this week where I woke up at 5:30a on my own, however, and I could feel the potential of that time. I will keep trying!

  • Avatar eRin H says:

    What works for me is having my daughter do it with me. She’s 5 and it is fun to have someone that can giggle at how silly we look trying to keep up with the dance instructor. And we do look terribly silly!

  • Avatar sarah (shorty) says:

    I have two different people I work out with. Without friends to help i don’t think I would be able to do it. I walk with one friend 4 days a week and do Cathe dvds with another friend 3 times a week. This makes me sound like I am a super fit person but really it is just me trying to loose some weight. I enjoy being with my friends so it is easy to do. I just have to take my little one with me walking in the stroller and to my friends house where he either watches a video in the kitchen or goes outside, both I can see from the living room. I walk for about an hour and it has been a little rough at times with the little but he does well considering. Just like us they get used to routines with time.

  • Love the encouragement!! I am going to start working out in the morning. I feel if I wait till later in the day, it never happens. I want to wake right up and jump on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. 🙂

  • Avatar profmom says:

    What has helped me the most is finding a Zumba class at a nearby church. Feeling great after exercise inspires me to workout at home the rest of the week!

    Staying up too late has been one challenge, along with trying to make too big of a change to my routine at once. I didn’t want to believe Kat that I needed to very gradually work toward my morning wake up goal!

  • Avatar Eileen Leacock says:

    I get my exercise on the wii fit Plus if you turn the volume off you can still work out and not wake the children. I made one of the boys my work out buddy so I also work out with him, its helps us to bond and he really enjoys exercising and spending time with mom. We mainly do Lesie Samsome’s faith walk, the praise and walk music is very beautiful. I am currently looking for a wii exercise program, he and I can do together.

  • I struggle with getting up and exercising because that means I have to get up even EARLIER. Ugh! I think I would like to fit in walking in the mornings. Maybe I could try that AS my quiet time. A quiet, meditative walk rather than sitting on the porch.

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Jamie,
      Lately, I’ve been doing my main workout in the evening as soon as the kids are in bed. In the morning, I’ll just do a couple quick exercises to wake up.

      Now that it’s summer and my kids are a little older (8,7 and 4) I’m hoping to put my youngest in the jogging stroller and run with my older two first thing in the morning. We’ll see how that goes. 🙂

      And as you mentioned, I’ve also used my morning workout as my QT. I’d listen to scripture and pray as I ran.

      Lots of options, I hope you find something that works well for you!

  • Avatar Natasha d says:

    I have recently been introduced to the book “PrayFit”. It encourages you to follow the instructions and exercises it gives e.g. Week One: incline push ups, crunches, squats. Everyday you do it, increase by atleast one more rep and in less time!!! It doesn’t take long but it gets those exercises in. Then I also like to compliment this with a long walk or bike ride at some point in the day as often in the week as possible!

  • Avatar Pam says:

    I’ve done two things lately that seem to work well. First, I’ve signed up for a few 5K’s – this keeps me doing cardio consistently. Second, I joined RunKeeper on my phone. Several of my friends are on it and we comment on each other’s workouts – nice motivation and gives me some accountability.

  • Avatar Christy says:

    My challenge is that I’m so tired. I know exercise would help, it’s a matter of getting in a routine.

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Hi Christy, I am with you on this one! I have found that with 3 kids and their crazy schedules (ages 10 to 17), what I thought would get easier as the aged, has not. I find I have to schedule each thing in order to get it all done. The quiet time is already part of my life so that has been easy. The getting up early part is non-negotiable since my youngest two are on swim team and have to practice at 6am. So my exercise component is the one I work at the most, because I do find it easier to do it with someone, even if it is my kids. Riding bikes, going to walks with the dog, Jillian DVD’s all together, it makes it all the funner! Hang with it, it will get easier!

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I get up when my husband does. He gets in the shower and I take our dog for a walk. We both need the exercise and the morning quiet time is very nice. On the weekends, I include my family with me. My boys would rather stay home, but my husband joins me. Nice time to visit.

  • Avatar Raquel says:

    Even if I’m just doing odds and ends around the house I try to tighten the abs and rear.

  • Avatar Traci says:

    I feel the same about my morning, they are too precious to risk waking a soul! 😉 I am also a slow riser. I get up, and bathe in my quiet time & tea, it takes awhile to get going. My challange at any other time however, is whenever I give it a go … my children end up all over me. Have you tried to do sit ups with a toddler on your belly? I am not sure the solution … other than doing more walking/ less dvd; b/c then the kids are running free too!

  • Avatar Dawn says:

    My husband does bath time, no exceptions! I quickly clean up dinner ( I actually cook “cleaner” now) and run out the door with the dog for a long quiet walk.

  • Avatar Angie says:

    I am finding that I actually have more energy for the rest of the day after exercising in the morning. Thanks to all the encouragement and I love being a part of this group!

  • Avatar Kristen Chapman says:

    My challenge right now is being 6 months pregnant 🙂 I took some time off running before I got pregnant, so I’m not comfortable starting up again now, but I am SO ready to get back to it once the baby is born! Until then, I’m probably going to start trading mornings with my husband for getting up and walking. He goes running 3x/week, so I can walk the other mornings without a problem.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Avatar Ashley F says:

    My challenge is motivation. I want to exercise, I know I need to do it, but I can’t make myself do it. I get going and the just fizzle out after a few weeks. I have all the excuses- I am too tired in the mornings b/c I a night owl, if I work out late with my husband he wants to work out before dinner so we end up working out and eating at 8 which means I’m light headed and starving. We just can’t find a good time for the 2 of us. Which is another problem- when to work out.

  • TIP: There are a lot of workouts on netflix that you can watch instantly, anytime!
    CHALLENGE: Getting up a wee bit earlier to exercise so I can maximize my quiet time as well as get some much needed exercise.

  • Avatar Sharon Bruns says:

    I am so fortunate to have children who are old enough to be left home in bed while I get out for a 30-45 minute walk in the morning. I no longer have an excuse to not exercise. I have found that if I exercise first I am more alert and able to stay awake and focused for my Bible and prayer time. Little by little I am developing both habits. Thanks to Kat and everyone for the encouragement.

  • Avatar becky g says:

    My challenge is that it seems like when I DO wake up early, so does my 1.5 yr old daughter. My husband tries to play with her so I can at least get in a 30min quiet time before he leaves, but no exercise. I really want to do my pilates video that is only 20min, but its very difficult to do while she is up, so I am going to try and take her on a walk or bike ride these mornings instead.

  • Avatar Shannon Morris says:

    My challenge is to actually exercise at all. But, I am finding, that while I don’t exercise, I still get plenty of it. Let me explain: This winter we bought or were given a total of 5 horses. We made a mad dash of putting up fences. And refencing when they tore down the chicken wire from the old chicken pen. LOL. Plus, my neighbors are letting us fence their backyard, and another is letting us use his old pasture, so we walk the horses down and back on almost daily. Plus, at the one, I have to haul water down in a barrel and haul it further back by buckets to the actual fence. I am finding the stepping up and down into the truck helps the hiney and leg muscles. And now its summer so we are hauling square bales of hay. Throwing up into truck and trailer, stacking, and then unloading and restacking in the shed helps with the arm muscles. I have also started back into archery now that the kids are old enough to leave home or to go out and hunt with us. In the past 4 months I have gone down at least 2 maybe 3 jean sizes and lost over 20 #’s. Just remember to stay hydrated in this summer heat! Oh, I almost forgot, I also walk the dog. God Bless!

  • Avatar Dawn says:

    We got a puppy in March and now I am up early walking her most everyday(whether I feel like it or not:)!

  • Avatar Aimee says:

    Having a hard time getting into the workout routine because I have never done a workout before, I have to be careful what I do because I do have a pacemaker and overexerting cause’s issues……trying to just get out and walk the dog after my quiet time and before the kids get up, its hit and miss lol!

  • Avatar Moi says:

    Well…I suffer from MS which can make exercise very difficult at the best of times. It is however, essential, and I am trying to find a form of gentle exercise for times when due to this crippling disease – I am housebound.
    I would appreciate any advice in this matter. Sometimes, I’m not only the Reluctant Entertainer, but the Reluctant Exerciser, as my body will not always obey!

  • Avatar Jeanne in Texas says:

    If I don’t get to exercise in the morning, I just try to do squats, leg lifts, etc… whenever I can — kids’ bathtime, drying my hair, etc… My kids probably think their mom is crazy. 😉 I totally understand trying to do sit ups with kids crawling all over you. It can be frustrating trying to finish an exercise with the kids running all around you. I find that if I lower my expectations, I don’t get so bent out of shape. So I didn’t get my entire workout done, and had kids climbing on me, but at least I got *some* of it done! And I can be thankful for active, fun kids!

  • Avatar Elizabeth says:

    We have netflix and I use a variety of pilates, cardio and yoga routines from there on the instant. I really have enjoyed doing that. My boys (ages 4 and 3) join me in the morning if I’m exercising when they wake up. Fun to watch them and they can do some of the moves so much better than I can!

  • Avatar jen says:

    My current challenge is that my Bible time is taking longer than I had planned…of course that’s a good thing, but I think it means I have to be more disciplined to go to bed earlier and get up a bit earlier still so I have time for both!

    • Avatar Joyce says:

      I have the same problem too, and getting to bed any earlier than I do now means no time with my husband all, besides doing the get-the-kids-ready-for-bed routine. Afternoon works better for me, but exercise in the morning does wake me up, so I’m thinking to do a short routine in the morning like Kat’s habit workout or something for 5 minutes.

  • Avatar Bethany says:

    Having a plan (any plan) really helps me. It’s also the first thing I do so I don’t get all comfy on the couch with my devotion and planning. Finally, I’m a huge fan of the 5 minute workout plan (sit ups, push ups, squats). If I can’t convince myself to get out of a bed and walk, I can convince myself to just do that for 5 minutes. It’s better than nothing

    • Avatar Diana says:

      I’m going to try this! It sounds so easy. I’m in my second trimester of pregnancy and I have work out dvd’s, but I’m sure I can pick out some moves I can do 5 min here and there! Thanks.

  • Avatar Diana says:

    My challenge is that I get up before the hubby and if I take my quiet time then, soon after he is up and by the time I get him out of the door, my dd is usually up. She is a busy 3 and it seems like it’s either or when it comes to working out and quiet time.

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    I am going to come back later and read some of these ideas on here. My challenge is not enough time in the mornings. I would have to wake up way too early, meaning sleeping way too early, meaning I would never get a chance to talk to my husband in the midst of a quick dinner and getting the kids to bed, etc. I think exercising in the afternoon works better for me. I definitely think starting slow works well so we don’t burn out. And change the workout routine from time to time is great too! I was using the same workout for awhile and got bored with it, and ended up not doing anything.

  • Avatar Danica says:

    For me the challenge is having enough time before I have to leave for work at 5:30. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have built in exercise in the morning with my command so now it’s just figuring out the other days. I would love to work out in the morning before heading to work, but I prefer using the time for a good quiet time. So I think I need to try to work out at lunch or after work. I have used the Walk at Home dvds before and plan on starting to use them again.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    My exercise challenge is having enough time (and motivation!) to do so.

  • I don’t really have any excuses not to exercise.
    I have a treadmill.
    I have good walking shoes.
    However, walking on a treadmill bores me to tears.
    So, my goal is to start walking outside in the open air.
    Here goes!!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Avatar Bobbie says:

    My challange is… I just dont want to do it! I know. Very 3 year old-ish of me.

  • Avatar christy says:

    I find it easy to start thinking about all my excuses of WHY I’m not starting an exercise program. I have really good and honest ones. but the truth is, I know I just need to DO it. and the need is physical and mental and emotional. getting started is just the hardest part. so without further ado, I’m going out to my garage RIGHT NOW and going to plug in my treadmill that I found at a garage sale for $25 and I’m going to walk on it for 15 minutes even though its night and i have other things to do. that will eliminate several of my excuses right there! loving these posts and encouragement.

  • Avatar Tasha says:

    It motivates me to think of exercise as worship…an act of service to the Lord to take care of the temple in which the Holy Spirit resides. I will do it for Him, not for vanity’s sake.

    Tasha

  • Avatar Jen says:

    I love, love to walk in the early mornings. I drive a few minutes to a beautiful neighborhood with lots of mature trees and the fewer cars I see, the better. I only go for 20 minutes, Tues. and Thurs. and then one weekend day, because I had many knee surgeries from gymnastics and I’ve found that is all I can handle. The other days I’ll do Urban Rebounding for 15 minutes. I walk for 20 b/c I love it so much, but otherwise I only do 15 b/c like FlyLady says, “you can do anything for 15 minutes!” I also really enjoy bodyweight exercises. Even though it seems like not enough time, over the course of the week that’s 2 hrs. more than if I’d blown it off, 8 hrs. per month, 96 hrs. per year! Little bits do matter!

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    I find a quick (ten or fifteen minute) walk just after I roll out of bed is just about the only way I can guarantee some daily exercise. The real benefit to me, though, is that it wakes me up enough so that I don’t fall back asleep during my quiet time with the Lord!

  • Avatar Judi says:

    Tip #1 I like to “power walk” in the morning. (ie. Walk briskly and pray while I walk. As I walk through my neighborhood I pray for different people as I pass certain houses.)

    Tip #2 While I brush my teeth at various times throughout the day, I stand at the sink and do leg lifts.

    Tip #3 My son does a paper route, but because of dog attacks now wants me to accompany him. I walk the dog and have gotten him to walk at a brisk pace–we’ve gotten quite competitive about it. And when we’ve finished the route I ususally walk with the dog farther, because I’ve done the hardest part already–gotten going. Now I have the wherewithal to keep going a little longer!

  • Avatar Sarah Saffran says:

    My challenge is motivation. I know this is supposed to be helped by the mym challenge, but I have never been an exercise/ morning person and I’m struggling still with just waking up. My 3 month old has varied wake up times too..

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Sarah,
      You won this week’s prize – The Reluctant Entertainer. Send me an address and we’ll send the book out to you!

      – Kat

  • Avatar Erin says:

    My challenge is twelve-month-old twins who think they should wake for the day at 4:30 am … after still getting up 2-3 times overnight. I feel like I could really take advantage of some morning time if only morning time wasn’t at 2 am!!

  • Avatar Megan Herrmann says:

    I have chosen a goal for the summer and that is to run a half marathon. Some of you may think, there is NO way I would do this, and I was one of those people!! I am NOT a runner, but I am doing it, and am up to 4 miles! What I found to work out best is to meet someone a few days per week to run outside(or walk or whatever it is you want to do). She is a mom like me and needs to be home early so she can get her day started prior to her kids waking as well. I am signed up for my race….so guess what, I HAVE do train and meet my friend! So sign up to walk/run for some sort of ‘cure’ like breast cancer, or something so that you have a goal that you can’t back out of….it should encourage you!:) Another idea is “MOM AND TODDLER FITNESS” by PARENTS. You can get it at most Target Stores. There is also an “mom and baby fitness” video. You work out with your toddler/infant or older child and have them do the excercises with you, with fun music. You can choose short workouts or longer ones. And when you start picking up a 20-35lb toddlers and use them as weights like up in the air and down again 10 times in a row…you WILL be sweating;) Good job everyone1

  • Avatar Emily says:

    My biggest challenge is going to bed early enough to get up in the morning! By the time I finally get into bed, it’s only a few hours until it’s time to get up. Part of this is a result of my husband being a night owl and part is because I’m not very good at managing my time!

  • Avatar Leslie says:

    Girls from twitter group 7 I’m having trouble tweeting. It tells me it’s unauthorized not sure why!!! If anyone can please help!!

  • Avatar Bekah says:

    One challenge for me is getting up and doing it. 🙂 Another is the “clothes change,” where I’d have to go from PJs to workout clothes to real clothes–getting dressed once is challenging enough some days. Plus a shower. The only tip I have is that I really like t-tapp, where the basic workout is only 15 minutes and it works all major muscle groups. And you can do it in your PJs. 🙂

  • Avatar Darla says:

    my challenge is my own self-discipline i’ve got all the equipment, all the exercise dvd’s even got the wii fit for my birthday in January and my kids are older so they don’t need my assistance for breakfast and i don’t work outside the home…. so i have no excuse i just procrastinate through my days and then look at the scale and get mad at myself and say tomorrow i will do it… but tomorrow comes and again i have not done it… last fall i even tried the couch to 5k on my ipad and was really making some progress but then it turned bitter cold so i quit…. now it’s too hot i really need someone to hold me accountable… and i keep trying to maximize my mornings…. but then i spend sooo much time blog hopping and looking at all the great ideas that i never actually do it… does anyone have any ideas for me?? loved the quote!!

  • Avatar Rebekah says:

    My challenge is motivation. It’s funny because I think I want it, but obviously I don’t because I don’t make time for it. Seems to be the theme…I want a clean house, I want to do crafts, but instead I find I use my spare time on the computer…so bad. I recognize this and try to stay off it, but I feel like I need a break from the kids and so I come on here for “me” time…is that selfish? Maybe I need a new outlook, a new perspective. I LOVED how Tasha said exercising is worshiping God—my desire is to also view cleaning that way. I am serving the Lord, praising Him for how He made me, and also blessing my family in doing it. Maybe this will work. This, and maybe a media fast…

  • Avatar Bekah says:

    Rebekah, I could have written your post!! (maybe it’s b/c our names are spelled the same??) 🙂 I felt like in terms of the computer and ignoring kids and staying up late, God was saying, “if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off,” and I didn’t know what He meant (thinking the same thing, maybe a media fast) until the baby knocked the laptop over a few days later! So I was computer-less for a month and it really made a difference in my relating with kids, going to bed etc. Now my “use” is creeping up again, and I’m not sure what/how to set limits. 🙂

  • Avatar Alison Hoyle says:

    I am not a planner! I generally let my day take me in the direction it wants me to go. I wish i was a planner it would definately make things easier in this house especially as i have 4 children and 2 of them have autism it would make there life a lot easier if they knew what was coming next.

    Alison

  • Avatar Caroline says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. My exercise tip: Break a sweat every day. Even if it only takes 10 minutes! (you’ll usually end up doing more)