Both the hubs and I have been on a (what seems like) lifelong search for a fitness program that we could do together. Hubs used to lift heavy weights when he was younger and doesn’t feel like he gets any sort of a workout unless he is dripping with sweat at the end. He also doesn’t believe that working out at home is as good as working out at the gym.
I, on the other hand, hate to workout. I hate getting sweaty, I hate the possibility of multiple showers a day, and I have never been a very active person. I was the kind of person that other people envied. I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted and not gain an ounce. Then came my late twenties, 2 kids, and even more inactivity. Yup, that was about 25 pounds ago!
Both of us have been pretty unhappy lately about the state of our bodies – the way we look and the way we feel. Hubs wanted to try P90X, but I knew that I would never get past the first few days. Too much time commitment. There had to be something else!
The other night I signed up for a webinar that Dustin Riechmann and Tony DiLorenzo from Fit Marriage were giving. They were giving simple tips on how to fit in workouts for busy families and couples. It was a great webinar and at the end they promoted their fairly new program, Thrive90. It’s a workout program that lasts 90 days. The workouts start out at a beginner pace and you work your way up to a more advanced pace. What is really nice is that the workouts are all around 30 minutes and you can do them all at home. This would work perfect for us since hubs had just put his gym membership on hold while work was really busy.
I bought the program that night and was one of the first 10 to do so. That’s a great thing because as one of the first 10, if I complete the whole training, take before and after pictures and measurements, then I get my money back! Can’t beat FREE!! As we were taking pictures last night, hubs kept telling me he would be fine if I didn’t want to send them in. I told him that I will see how my afters turn out. If they are hot then I will definitely do it!!
Today was day 1. We decided to get up early (5am) and get the workout in. First up was a cardio routine that looked really easy but kicked my butt!! It wasn’t a typical cardio routine that is made more for just women (like dancing and stuff) but it was a bunch of moves designed to get your heartrate up and keep it there for a bit. Hubs liked it and was sweating real good when we were done.
So Day 1 is under our belts…only 89 more to go! I’ll definitely keep you posted on our progress.
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Lately there is a lot of talk about “Going Green”. People are learning to reduce, reuse and recycle. I love the idea, and am making my own small strides in trying to save the planet.
There’s a Native American proverb that says “We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we are just borrowing it from our children.” I absolutely love that saying. It’s exactly how I feel and what inspires me to make changes in our day to day living.
That’s why I want to start an effort to rid the world of the phrase “going green” and adopt the phrase “future friendly”. I saw it on a commercial the other day. Don’t you just love it? I think it is a much better description of what I am doing and reminds me why I am putting out the effort. Going green just makes me think of grass. While I love grass, and think it is also worth saving, it just doesn’t bring up the same emotions that Future Friendly does.
So what do you think? Which phrase do you like better?
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When I had an actual 9 to 5 job I used to pride myself on being organized and meeting deadlines. I did what it took to get the job done. I think my employers valued that and therefore I became a valuable member of our team. That was my motivation, along with the fear of being fired!
Fast forward to now. My current full-time job is being wife, mother and homemaker. It’s a huge job, but one that I could not imagine not filling. The problem is, I don’t have that fear of being fired there to motivate me anymore. I have become seriously lax in my job duties, mainly the homemaker ones. I spend more time on the computer than off. It’s funny though. I spend the time on the computer reading blogs about others who are actually doing the wife, mother, homemaker duties that I want to do. Because I do want to do them. I just don’t have any motivation to get off my rear and do it.
Really. I mean, who is going to fire me? I guess my husband could, although he is even more tolerant of dirty bathrooms than I am. I think at times my kids would like to fire me, especially when I make them clean up their Hot Wheels off the floor…again! (There’s a whole other post right there. How can I expect them to learn these basic duties if I don’t do them myself? *write that down as an idea for later*)
As I have contemplated this lately I have come to a conclusion. I think that because there is so much “stuff” around here that I feel a bit overwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, we are not about to be the next featured family on the A&E show “Hoarding”, but we have our fair share of junk. The stuff makes it feel like the house never really gets clean. Not to mention that vacuuming the floor can become a big chore because of those darn Hot Wheels.
I have decided that I owe it to myself to spend some time going through each room and getting stuff out. It’s my first foray into minimalism. I’m not expecting my first pass to be the last, but hopefully will give me the motivation to keep at it. I am really curious to see if it does make a difference to my housekeeping motivation.
This weekend I will start. I want to document it somehow, but haven’t figured it out. Maybe pictures, maybe lists, or maybe I will weigh everything as I kick it out the door. Who knows. I just know that I want to be able to look back and see how far I have come. I heard that also works wonders for motivation.
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