Monday, September 28, 2015

Learning to Jump Rope- finally!

Hey friends! Today was Day 1 Week 2 of Jamie Eason's's LiveFit Trainer, Phase 3. I finished her 12-week "From Flat to All That" program & this is what I'm up to now! 

Jamie incorporates cardio intervals into weight training all the time and she loves jumping rope!

Confession: I have NEVER been able to jump rope and it has always bugged me. So I bought a jump rope & spent Saturday afternoon practicing. Now when the plan says "1 minute jump rope" I CAN DO IT!

So, how did I finally get the rhythm of the rope at age 42?

First, I bought  this Buddy Lee Jump Ropes Hyperformance Cross Speed Jump Rope (<---that's an affiliate link.  If you click on it and order, I earn a little bit of cash from Amazon at no additional cost to you.  Thanks!)  It comes in black but of course I ordered the pink one.  I feel like I sweat better with snazzy equipment. You do your thing.

I had no idea that there were fancy jump ropes, but believe me when I say that this thing is way better than the one you had when you were chanting on the playground.  If jumping was hard for you (like me), you might just need better equipment.  The first thing you do when you open the package is size it especially for yourself and then tell the kids to leave it alone. This toy belongs to mama.

Next, I signed up for Sara Solomon's Learn to Jump Rope videos.  They are free and come directly to your inbox.  Right now I can only do the bounce step, but I'm seeing fancy tricks in my future!

It was a lot of work, but totally worth the satisfaction of calling Katie to the basement and saying, "Look what I learned! I've always wanted to do this!"

I jumped again in my workout this morning. I was so proud that I bought myself a Cafe Americano at Starbucks to celebrate.

Can you jump rope?
Is there something you've always wished you could do?

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Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Balance Week with BOSU!

This weeks #BosuStrongChallenge is happening all over social media and I AM IN! This week my friends at FitApproach and Bosu Fitness have challenged us to show off our balance (and our creativity) in our fitness.

Mandy is a pro when it comes to balance.

You can join the fun by answering the daily prompts (below) and use the hashtags #BosuStrong #FitFamily #sweatpink and tag @BOSU_Fitness (Instagram) @BosuFitness (Twitter)@FitApproach.  The more you participate, the better your chances of winning a Bosu of your own!


Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg - ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat...on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Thursday, 9/24: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bulu Box Review & a Coupon Code for You!

**This Bulu Box was sent to me at no charge in exchange for my honest review.  I received this opportunity because of my relationship with FitApproach.  All of the opinions here are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.**

Hey there friends!  I'm just swinging by today to tell you about my Bulu Box.  
It arrived in an orange box which was pretty cool from the outside.

But, when it arrived at the house someone hijacked my review...

She's lucky she's cute.  People at Bulu Box... if you need her to be your new spokesperson just let me know.  This girl needs to pay for college.

Bulu Box is a subscription box.  You pay a fee to have this cute little box of samples delivered to your house on a regular basis.  Every month you get to sample 4-5 supplements, healthy snacks, and weight loss products.  If you like them, the Bulu Box site is the place to go to purchase full size products.

So, what did I get?

My box contained 2 servings of Quest Protein Powder in Vanilla Milkshake.  Full disclosure: I had already received a sample when I last ordered Quest bars so I already knew it was delicious!

The box also contained a Runa tea bag, Movit Energy Gummies, a packet containing 2 gardenia cambogia supplements (to support weight loss), and a little jar of Anti-Itch cream.  I haven't tried any of those particular samples just yet, but they look promising.

If you'd like to try a Bulu Box you can use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dear Mom Friends, Please Stop

Dear Mom friends,

Please stop apologizing when you brag about your kids. 
You are raising them. If you don't think they're awesome, who will?

Please stop calling yourself "mean" when you are disciplining them or teaching them to be responsible. 
That's just good parenting. 

Please remove the word "just" from your vocabulary. As in, "I'm JUST a Mom." 
You should wear your own awesomeness proudly. 
This is how you show your kids how to wear their own confidence.

And in case nobody told you today- you're doing a great job. 
You have a nice smile, and a cute butt.    

May the force be with us all.      


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Forget Skinny, Let's Get Strong!

Hey there loves!

I thought I'd let you in on what I've been doing fitness-wise this summer.  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably already know.

It's a weight-lifting program that she is sharing with anyone who wants it.  And here's the cool part- she's doing the program right along with us and posting about it on her social media channels!

She's giving us the program 2 weeks at a time.  We are in week 9  of 12 right now.  She's also posting videos like this one for each workout...


This is a muscle building program and it is no joke!  This is the longest I have worked at building muscle in my life.  I am really enjoying the progress that is pretty easy to feel when weight lifting is involved. (When one needs to pick up heavier weights it's hard to deny that something is happening)

I even bought a weight bench from an ad on Craigslist...

I was so excited.  It was $40 and this thing is like new.  The bench can incline and decline which has been helpful.  (Last week was the first time I've done a Decline DB Chest Press.  My chest & arms were crying!)

Jamie has decided that she is going to build muscle for all 12 weeks of the program and then do Phase 3 of her Live Fit Trainer.  When I did the LiveFit trainer, I quit in phase 3.  I was training for a half marathon at the time and just could not do both without risking injury.  This time, I'm following the plan just as Jamie lays it out.  I am not doing any distance running this year.  I am focusing on sprints & I'm racing nothing longer than a 5K.

I'm not saying I'll never run the 13.1 again, I do love that distance, but right now it's not in line with my goals.

What fitness goals are you working towards?
How do you stay focused on your goals?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Live in Prana #7daystretch Coming Up!

I’m joining prAna and Sweat Pink for a super fun, #7daystretch #liveinprana challenge – it starts today (Monday, August 24th) and ends at the end of the week (Sunday, August 30th). Join in on the fun – answering daily prompts (see below) – or if you’d prefer to lurk, you can follow along on FitApproach or through the hashtags: #liveinprana #7daystretch #sweatpink!

We’ll be talking about how we (the community) embrace a prAna lifestyle (#liveinprana) and are challenging ourselves to stretch a little deeper, farther and more mindfully for 7 whole days (the #7daystretch). And we’re not just stretching our bodies so you don’t have to be pretzel to join in, we’re also stretching our minds and souls!

I’d love for you , my dear readers, and my awesome friends and my family to join me for this fun challenge. Complete the fun mad-lib below and let’s get this PARTY started!

We’re nearing the end of August and even though the summer is coming to an end, I’m super excited about the Fall because I'll be able to start wearing my favorite boots.  In fact, my very favorite thing about Fall is the weather here in Pennsylvania. I can imagine myself wearing this Ginger Top from prAna while I drive my kids around to their fall activities because it looks comfy, yet fashionable.  

If I had one goal for the Fall, it would be to embrace this new season because life is short. To achieve it, I know I will need to practice an attitude of abundance. And of course I want to look great doing it so have the Jada Jean from prAna on my wish-list…..

What are you most excited about for Fall?


Monday, August 24: It’s Monday, make sure you get up and stretch ‘dem legs! Show us your favorite quad and / or hamstring stretch(es)! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Tuesday, August 25: Backbends. Any backbends. All backbends. #benditlikebackbend Show us how you get bendy! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #transformationtuesday y’all, whether you’re bendier than you used to be, more adventurous, or even faster, we want to see! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Wednesday, August 26: It’s our mid-week stretch it out, show us what’s getting you through your hump day? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: It’s #workoutitwednesday. Show us how you worked it today! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Thursday, August 27: Show us a #tbt to a time when you stretched outside of your comfort zone. #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us your favorite stretchy pants (shorts work too)  #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Friday, August 28: Happy #freefriday y’all! We want to see what  makes you feel the most FREE?  7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us how you are celebrating #forearmfriday! Forearm planks, dolphin pose, forearm stands or maybe just forearms on the table? ;) #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Saturday, August 29: Saturday side stretch! Show us your fave side stretch(es!) #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: #sunsalutesaturday. Show us how you are saluting the sun today! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Sunday, August 30: What are your favorite ways to restore your mind, body, & soul? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us your favorite zen space. Where do you find peace & tranquility? #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna #sundayzenday
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Five Things on a Friday

1.  After almost 3 years of being alive, Ruger has finally decided it is safe to go to the basement.  He runs up & down the stairs from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor like it's no big deal, but up until now he has been terrified to go to the basement.

Last week he suddenly decided to pop in on my workout and now regularly comes down and tries to hog my yoga mat.

2. I've been trying to take daily sweaty selfies throughout the month of August in order to hold myself accountable.  I like to get sweaty every day.  While I've been very consistent with my workouts, I don't always remember the selfie.  Oh well.

3.  Ruger never misses an opportunity to walk and never minds being included in my sweaty selfie.  I wish everyone was as agreeable to exercise as he is.

4. Mandy just finished a week of Jr. Zoo Keeper camp where she spent time walking llamas and goats, (yes, just like you walk a dog) and she got to pet the rhinos! How cool is that?  My little animal -lover was in heaven. 

Should we tell her there's something on her shirt?

5.  I've been doing a lot of weight training this summer.  I'm following Jamie Eason Middleton's program, "From Flat to All That".  You can find it at .

She is so generous with her knowledge! She even posts videos of each move in the plan.
(more on this later)

Quick- tell me one awesome thing about your summer!
(Don't worry if you didn't get to pet a rhino.  We can't all be as cool as Mandy.)

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