Gilmore Girls Workout Plan

I love Gilmore Girls. I have watched it many many times thanks to Netflix, including the new episodes. I love it all. I want more. But lets face it, I can’t just sit and watch it over and over again laying there. Ok, I can, but I shouldn’t. So I decided to put together a little Gilmore Girls Workout Plan to ease off the guilt and laziness of watching it so much.

Join in the fun!

Someone Drinks / Talks About Coffee – 10 Squats
Book / Movie reference – 10 Crunches
Rory Reading – 10 Pushups
Luke and Taylor fight – 30 second plank
Friday Night Dinners – 15 Mountain Climbers
Sookie Cooking – 20 Lunges
In Lukes Diner – 20 Lunges
Town Meeting – 15 Mountain Climbers
Lane doing something her mom does not approve of – 10 Push Ups
Luke and Lorelai together in a scene – 15 Squats
Rory at school / college – 30 Second Plank
Someone is on the phone – 10 Squats
Kirk, because I love Kirk, any time he’s in a scene – 10 Crunches

Can you make it through an episode?

Happy watching!

~ Michelle

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March Workout Schedule

I can’t believe it is March already!

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram you should! I started on a Fitness/ Healthy Life Style Journey on January 1st! It has been such an adventure so far! Very excited to see where this leads!

Here is my March Workout Schedule!

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Do you have any fitness/ workout goals? I would love to hear about them!

Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post? Or a Not So Wordless Wednesday post? Link up below!

~ Michelle

Embracing What Is.

There is something I need to come to terms with; that my workouts and eating habits are not always perfect.

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When I workout, I have the mindset that I have to “go big or go home”. I have to be able to put 100% into it or it is not… well it is not worth it. This is my biggest problem when I have tried to lose weight in the past and workout. If I don’t feel my best, if the kids are around, if I’m busy, well I just give up and skip it. A crap workout isn’t worth it.

How wrong have I been?!

I’m a stay at home mom. I always have 1-3 kids around me. I am never alone. I am busy, I have a house to take care of, a family to feed, a business to run, a blog to write, a life to live. I will probably never get a “perfect workout”. And that is totally ok.

It is ok when I have to push pause to change a diaper or get someone a snack or drink, it is ok when I don’t feel good and complete a workout, it is even ok when I don’t / can’t give it my 100%, or if I even skip a workout.

Do you know what does matter? That I get up and try. That I give it the best I can in the moment, even if that moment doesn’t last the whole workout dvd.

I have “mom workouts’. My focus isn’t 100% on the workout, but I am still getting up and moving, I am still being active, I am still being healthy, and I am still setting a good example for my kids.

I’ve let go of what I think my workouts should be and embraced what they are. And I am better off for it.

January 1st I started on this journey (yes I know, I’m one of those people that had to wait for January 1st to start something), I made this journey my own! I made up my own Workout Schedule, I didn’t follow what the dvd’s recommend, I did it on my own, the way I wanted, I embraced the good workouts along with the bad. And because of all this I have never felt so good! For the first time I am actually losing weight. I feel better. My clothes fit better. I sleep better (when my daughter gives me the chance). I have less headaches. I’m eating healthy. Most of the time.

When it came to eating healthy I had to take the same approach as my workouts. Take the bad with the good. The apple with the chocolate, the soup and a bowl of chips. I had to let go of the idea of perfection. I eat healthy, but I also eat some not so healthy things. I allow myself to snack and don’t feel guilty about it.

I am embracing what is, and my “mom workouts’ and random snacks, and I am feeling better and better every day.

Follow along on Instagram to see my daily Fitness Journey.

~ Michelle

Hello February

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Month.
Hello New Adventure.

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January passed by in a whirlwind of crazy busy, workouts, weight loss, germs, sickness and sleepless nights. I would say January was successful if I do say so myself. I set out on a fitness journey. Eating healthy and working out, weight loss has been an added bonus to it all. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should!

I am going into February with a new workout schedule. I’m super excited about it. Its time to mix things up when it comes to working out.

Besides working out I also need to make sure my house doesn’t fall apart, work gets done, and meals are cooked. Life must go on, so they say.

So now to get on with this month, and this weeks goals.

Home:

1. Cook meals at home. Meal plan. Have extra meals on hand for nights when I need easy healthy meals.
2. Get back to my cleaning schedule. Things always go smoother when I have a game plan going.

Family:

3. Spend less time in front of screens, more time together. Continue reading together.
4. Start planning birthday parties. All 3 kids birthdays are quickly approaching.

Personal:

5. Start budgeting and saving money. I have an idea running around in my head. So time to start saving a little bit of money to have fun with.
6. Stick to my February fitness schedule.
7. Read a real book. Ok, this isn’t a week goal, its a month goal. In February I want to read a real book. Not a kids book, but a real book.

Work:

8. Work! Plain and simple. Work. I want (need) time to work.
9. Clean and organize my desk. Again.
10. Push past my comfort zone.

What do you hope to accomplish this week? Or this month?
Do you set goals for yourself?

I love setting goals and writing schedules and to-do lists. Its small things like that that help my house from falling apart every day!

~ Michelle

New Year, The Year Of Me!

Hello New Year!
Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure!

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Wow. 2016 is here! Hard to believe how quickly 2015 went by! What a year that was, lots of ups and downs, stressed out times and very happy times!

Right now I am sure most people are still hyped up on their New Years Resolutions, while some people have already given up on them, or changed them completely.

Me? I’m not sure. I go back and forth on the whole “New Years Resolutions” thing. I like to make goals. Making goals gives me some sense of (false) hope that I am actually in charge of the crazy that is my life.

This year, call them resolutions or goals, but this year I want to focus on me. I have never focused on me. My son is going to be 10 this year, and for the past 10 years I have yet to put myself first in anything. Which I in no way regret doing, it is just along the way I seem to have lost myself. I want to find myself this year. I want my voice to be heard. I want my soul to sing again.

My biggest goal for the year is to not feel so much “Mom Guilt”. I’m talking about when I take a bath and I feel guilty for it because I feel like I should be with my kids instead, even though I am a stay at home mom and spend every single day with them. Or when I take time to do something extra with my hair and make-up, I feel like I’m “wasting time” and feel so guilty. I am not actually sure how to accomplish the less guilt thing, so we will just have to see how it goes. Maybe it will lessen with the time as I do more things for myself.

Part of learning to focus on me is to actually carve out time to workout. I love to workout, but I don’t do all the time like I should. For both body and mind I need to do it all the time. For my kids I need to do it, so I can set a good example for them of a healthy life style. I started out with schedule for the month of January.

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I admit, this month will be interesting. I hope I can stick to this schedule while still doing all the other things I need to do. I tend to focus really well on one thing, like working out or cleaning the house. Usually one falls behind while I rock with the other. So while above I did state that I want to focus on me this year, I want to do that without my whole house falling apart in the process of it, if possible.

So basically, this year is MY year! Or at least thats the plan! To feel less guilt, to put myself first, and to workout regularly!

What are you hoping to accomplish this year? Did you set any goals, or New Years Resolutions? I would love to hear them!

~ Michelle

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Let me be completely honest for a minute here.


I need to learn to love my body.

I am fully aware of how amazing my body is that it was able to carry 4 beautiful babies to full term. And it is not my stretch marks that I worry about. It just over all my body, the extra weight here and there. But it is so much more than just physical, it is also emotional.

So I have decided to do something about it, for me and for my kids. I don’t want my kids to grow up in a house where their mother is not comfortable in her own body.

So here is what I want to do, I want to feel good, physically and emotionally. I want to be comfortable in my own skin. I don’t want any of my kids to deal with the issues and problems that I have dealt with. You see, I have never really been comfortable in my own skin. When I was a teenager I suffered with eating disorders. And I never want my children to suffer that pain and heartache. I want them to look in the mirror and feel proud and happy, not ashamed and sad. I want them to be proud to look in a mirror, not hide from them. And part of them being able to do that is for them to see me be able to do that.

I love fitness, I love salads. But here is the problem. I fall off the bandwagon. I stop working out and I stress eat, which then makes me feel worse and I eat more junk. It’s a gross circle. A circle that I am going to break.

So from now on Fridays will be Fitness Friday. I will focus on my body and mind and all things healthy and good. Fridays will be a time to reflect my weeks healthy journey, my workouts and healthy eating. But it’s not just my body that I need to work on, it is my mind. I can work out till I can’t move, but unless my mind is in a good place it won’t matter.

So here is how this week went. I worked out, I’ve been walking in the morning and the afternoon and doing Zumba as well. My kids love a good dance party, and I get a workout, everyone is happy after, it is a win-win for everyone. I have been eating more salads, and snacking less. I have started to journal again, which has really helped me work out my thoughts and clear my head. Overall I have noticed a small change in my moods, which is good. It has been a hard emotional summer, and I am finally feeling like my motivation is coming back.

This up coming week my plan is to continue eating healthy. Cooking all meals at home. Drink more water. Workout more, do something active every day. Journal every night before bed to help clear my mind and prepare for the next day.

I would love to know what your favourite workouts and healthy meals are! Please share with me!

~ Michelle