Monthly Archives: August 2014

Living Fit Mommy: The Scale Isn’t The Only Measure

Remember…the numbers aren’t always the final call. Muscle is leaner than fat, but a pound is still a pound. That said, you can be 5’4, 140, and be as fit and healthy as someone who’s 20-pounds lighter than you. Trust your clothes before you worry about the scale.

Have a great weekend!

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Living Fit Mommy: Re-Inventing My Playlist on The Daily

So, music is life for my workouts. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve thought I was done dealing and then a great track pops up and gives me that proverbial second wind.  And, while I am addicted to lifting on a near daily basis, I also incorporate the stationary bike and my stepper as much as possible, between sets, to really get that extra torch burning on the calorie front. It’s something I’ve had a lot of success doing over the last year or so and, to be honest, anything that allows me the opportunity to dance my ass off is a good thing.

FULL DISCLOSURE: a couple of these songs are faves of my daughter; she dances with a local youth company, but she’s always had an affinity for movement—even as a tot—so when she hears something she likes, she always asks me to add it to her ever-growing list of tracks so she can dance to her heart’s content.

That said, I’ve found that a lot of her faves, which tend to be Pop-flavored, are also really good for step aerobics and all-out dancing, in general. Even so, I find great dance tracks everywhere, sometimes  even by accident, and always have “Shazam” at the ready for the moment when I find a new one I can add.

Below you will find 5 tracks that I am digging right now; I mean, these seriously get my heart rate up and my feet moving.

1. “She Came To Give It To You”, Usher

2. “Bang, Bang”, Jessie J., Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

3. “Birthday Suit”, Mike Jay

4. “Shake it Off”, Taylor Swift

5. “Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play”, Kid ‘N Play

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Living Fit Mommy: One Moment At a Time

My daughter turned 7 over the weekend and, I gotta tell ya—as a mother—seeing your babies grow up is the cruelest blessing.

On the one hand you love it. You love seeing them become these beautifully talented, industrious, and fantastic little people. But, on the other hand, you know that with each birthday comes the realization that your time with them is coming quickly to a close. There will soon be a day when they don’t need/want you around as much; when the kisses that come before bed, and in the morning before school, don’t come as easily; when the early mornings of feet in your back—because one or the other, or both have crawled into your bed just to snuggle—won’t be a problem because you’ll be lucky if you can coax them to share a meal with you, much less anything else.

It’s something I think about daily—most of the time holding back a few tears—and flipping through the hundreds of photos of them, from swaddled newborns to now, only serve as painful reminders of just how quickly time can fly.

My “babies” are 7 and 9—hardly college-ready and off into the great wide open yet—but they already feel far too close to moving day for me, as is, and that has made it hard, from time to time, to truly embrace the here and now because I am far too busy dwelling over the years I can’t get back; silly, I know, but I’m just being honest.

Again, this is all mom-speak, from the perspective of a woman who has been infinitely blessed to stay at home and raise her children, to this point. But, it’s something that weighs on me often enough that I often think of them when I start my workouts. I want them to be able to enjoy me as their mother for as long as possible, and I certainly want the opportunity to see them become the young man and woman that I sincerely hope I’m raising them to be.

They are my world and, at least for now,  I am theirs. And I consider that a privilege.

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