Should I Eat Before An Early Morning Workout?

How To Get Out of Target with $$ In Your Pocket

The red balls….

The bullseye….

Oh I just need “one or two things”…

Yet, you see those parents coming out with cart loads full and a face like they just went through the car wash…


Pure exhaustion…

Anthony wears me out in Target. He loves that store, particularly, the vacuum display.

Yesterday, I did it!

My tips:
1. Stick to your list.
2. Go right to the first item on your list.
3. Know the layout of the store. Stay away from the toy section, tv section, or anything else that will distract you or anyone in your cart. πŸ™‚
4. Have any coupons out and in your hand when you get to checkout.
5. Save a few cents by having your reusable bag(s) with you.

Studying Sister

Last week flew by.

I have a lot on my plate and I’m not stopping. The study book is thick but I’m getting through it right on pace. Even with watching the kids, running a business, being president of the young alumni board, and preparing to teach this two week course at the end of the summer here at the university.

What’s my secret?

Definitely have found that going in a different location (study lounge at the end of the hall) and being away from all distractions in my house or a coffee shop/store has helped me make the most of the study time.

2 hours…twice a week. That’s what I’ve got. I finish what I have to do in that time.

Stick to your plan, keep your phone/iPad/tv/radio/pictures/Facebook/Twitter all locked up. Haha, well maybe not locked up, but out of plain sight.

Focus on the one task at hand.

What do you have to get done?

I have found success at doing one thing at a time in small increments helps me cross off items on my to-do list much quicker.

Cleaning Lady and a Babysitter

Stay at home mom/business owner/nanny.

That’s me in a nutshell.

But…I’m working on my personal trainer certifications and working my business every day?

How does one accomplish GOALS and be the best MOM to her child(ren)?

Well, it took me some time to realize this…but being the best mom meant DELEGATING some tasks.

Top two things I have done in the last 6 months that have made me be able to stay on top of everything:

1. Hire a cleaning lady

2. Hire a babysitter

I grew up with that mentality that you don’t hire anyone for something that you can do all by yourself. Well, there are only 24 hours in a day, and if I want to do what’s MOST important to me, then something has to give.

I have learned that the amount of work and quality of work that can be accomplished while you are paying someone to do the little things for you will be more than worth the $ you spend.

I have a high school girl that we know and trust come twice a week for 2 hours in the afternoon. She plays with Anthony while I go down the hall in a study room and study for my certifications and work on my business.

I just can’t do that with A around. IMPOSSIBLE

The time I have knowing that Kelly is coming every other week to clean is fabulous too. Instead of Anthony climbing on me while I get up to clean the high cabinets or trailing behind me begging to use the dustbuster vacuum, I can spend that time playing with him.

Take a look at your goals and priorities.

What can you delegate out so that you can be a better spouse/parent, etc?

If you are in the Chicagoland area and want a referral for a cleaning lady, let me know. She’s a friend of mine from college.

Positive Speaking Breeds Positive Results

Our brains understand the positive.

They block out the “negative” words such as don’t, can’t, stop.

So it’s important to speak to ourselves, and our children in positive words.

Try this:

“Don’t move your feet.”

What’s the first thing you thought of? Moving your feet, right? πŸ™‚

Check this out…see how it relates to little man Anthony, and all of us.

Insanity, the Asylum: End of Day 8

As a former high school and college athlete, drills are familiar territory.

Shaun T in the Asylum takes drills to the next level.

This workout is not for the weary. If you are dedicated and have a solid mind set as an athlete in training, this is the workout for you.

If you are just starting out, looking for a workout that’s fun and going to give you weight loss results, check out Turbojams, Slim in 6, or Body Gospel.

Even though I did not do the Insanity workout, I have no problem doing Asylum. I have done Turbofire twice and I did one month of P90X. I had all intentions of finishing P90X, but it got really boring, and as a stay at home mom running a business, those workouts were too long and too much concentration was on strength for me. No prior knowledge of Insanity seems to be necessary, as long as you’ve done intense cardio before.

Asylum is a lot of cardio. Even the strength is cardio. Yesterday, I did the Strength workout for the second time. I used 10 pound dumbbells through the whole workout. I didn’t need the chin up bar. I was able to use the dumbbells when some of them were doing the chin up bar.

My favorite (haha) drill is the pyramid push ups. So you do one biceps curl, then one push up. Two biceps curls, then two push ups. Three biceps curls, then three push ups. You keep building until he calls time..I’d say about a minute.

The Vertical Plyo workout and the Speed and Agility workout both use the ladder that is included with the program.
The ladder drills are by far my favorite in those workouts.

He even has you do push ups while taking your hand and reaching the opposite shoulder while in the up position of the push up (plank) as you move through the ladder.

I’m telling you…no walk in the park, but I’ve noticed a change in my shoulders, and hubby noticed a difference in my obliques.

This was just what I needed to jump start my summer. I started May 1st, and will be done with this by May 31. Love it.

In the old days as a teacher, these were the days of finishing up work done all year to prepare for the final day of school. I look at Asylum as the final push to prepare for summer!

I’m ready to use this speed and agility to run around chasing Anthony! Love being a stay-at-home mom!

If you have any questions, please let me know! As always, I’m happy to help!

Have you done Asylum? What are your thoughts so far?

Have you done Insanity? What’s the toughest part?

Have You Eaten Your Frog Yet This Week?

Brian Tracy is the author of Eat That Frog.

In his book he talks about time management, getting more done, and having more time to do what what’s most important to each individual on any given day.

I have incorporated many of his strategies into my every day life and what a difference it has made. He particularly talks about putting your biggest, ugliest, “i don’t want to do that” task first on your list of things to accomplish in the day. Take care of that before anything else. When you do, the rest of your day is a piece of cake.

We find that we can accomplish anything, and honestly, have accomplished more, by having done that task rather than just crossing off the little things on our list that mean little or nothing.

Earlier in the week I ate a HUGE frog! I was a teacher before our son Anthony was born 2 years ago. After having him, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to be a stay at home mom.

I found Team Beachbody offered home business opportunities, and decided since I have had great results with their products, would love getting discounts on their products, and I didn’t have to carry inventory or have to hold home parties away from my already busy schedule, this was a no brainer.

I have enjoyed it so much that I want to expand working in this field. I thought about registering to get certified as a personal trainer.

That was awhile ago.

It was on my list, but I kept putting it off. Not this week.

First thing Monday morning…I registered for ACE personal trainer certification! Boy, what a great way to start the week!

So, my question to you is….what’s your frog? What is it that you have been putting off that will really make a difference once you take care of it? When will you accomplish it?

Do you write your goals down on paper weekly? Do you write a daily to do list? Does it just have tasks on it like: groceries, gas, laundry, pick up Johnny from soccer? Or does it contain those, plus tasks that will really move you in a positive direction towards your goals in life?

If you’d like, feel free to send me your frog. Often times, getting it down in writing really helps us stay accountable. It did for me!

If any of you are interested in more information with the income opportunities with Team Beachbody (and the 25% discount) send me a note too. I’m happy to help you.

Easter Sunday…Family Blessings

Today is my favorite holiday of the year.

I love celebrating such a happy ending to the Greatest Story Ever Told!

Also, it’s Spring, and the beginning of a whole new season of excitement!

We had my brother and his girlfriend as well as my mom over for dinner today. We served early as my brother is a season ticket holder for the Chicago Blackhawks, and needed to get back into the city for the game.

What a great meal we had. My hubby made a rack of lamb that just looked fabulous. I discreetly ate my naked chicken cutlets (meatless).

I reflect today on all the things I am grateful for….and here in this picture are many of the biggies. I’m so grateful for my hubby and Anthony. They are my pillars of motivation. I push to reach my goals because of them!

2 years ago at this point, I was going back to work tomorrow to finish out my contract after my maternity leave was over. I loved being a teacher, but really wanted to be a stay at home mom. I remember how nervous I was to go back. I didn’t want to leave Anthony!

I reflect back and am really thankful for my husband giving me the gift to be a stay at home mom. I’m also thankful for him being so supportive of me running with what I enjoy as I run my at home business. Best of both worlds; helping others stay healthy and being home to raise our Anthony.

What are you thankful for today?

A Challenge and Checking Things Off the Goal List for 2011

Did you set yourself some goals that you want to achieve in 2011?

I learned earlier in the year when I completed the 30 Day Challenge to write my goals down repeatedly once a week…same time…same place…EVERY week. By doing this, we WILL achieve our goals.

One goal I had was to jump out of my comfort zone and really increase my flexibility training.

Checked that off the list yesterday. πŸ™‚

Even though we had a time change…that didn’t stop us. Grisel, Liz, and I hopped in the RAV4 at 5am and drove up to Madison, Wisconsin for a PiYo training with Katy Meuer.

We were so happy we did! It was a 9-5 training…full of intense working out, a practical exam, and a written exam.

We won’t know for a few weeks if we passed or not, but we all felt really good when we were done!

Katy had tons of energy and really made us feel comfortable.

Plus, we bought some cool Turbowear. πŸ™‚ Here I am sporting my new Piyo tank. So comfy! I know…it’s sideways…I’m giving you the first step of the Piyo14 workout…a neck stretch! LOL!

Point being…check your goals for the year. Are you rewriting them every week? Accomplishing them?

Get outside of your comfort zone and do something different!

Katy told us that Chalene says to face your fear and do it anyway.

I even taught one line of the choreography to the whole class!

Fear? Faced it DEAD ON…and CONQUERED it!

Do you have a group of friends that want to learn Piyo (Pilates/Yoga fusion with some strength training in it…no weights or bands)? Let me know…I’d be happy to lead your group and share. Basements and family rooms are a great spot! πŸ™‚ Send me a message on Facebook!