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Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Making Fitness a Family Affair

Last week was a rough week. I had a couple challenging days with the kids which led to a skipped workout and some comfort eating. I skipped a second workout at the end of the week due to exhaustion. I literally could not keep my eyes open on Saturday evening so we let it slide.

Yeah, that means I only did half of my workouts last week, but I’m going to turn it around this week. This week I will follow through on all four as well as start the 64oz of water a day challenge.

I think part of why I’ve been so tired lately is due to the decrease in my daily water intake. The baby is sleeping pretty good at night so I can’t blame it all on him.

It has been nice turning my workout days into a family activity. Brian and I are unable to workout at the exact same time, but we take turns. I usually go first. It’s great having him doing it too!

But what’s cuter? Rissa.

She loves to try and copy and gets very excited about star jumps. She’s cute to watch, and I like seeing her having fun with it. I’m hoping that this will help set a good example for her – see that exercise is important and doesn’t have to be a total drag.

Speaking of which, I need to watch what I say while doing my routine. Too often I start negative talk about my lack of ability and being fat. I don’t want her to hear that stuff. I don’t want her to struggle with self-image issues like I have/do.

But man, when my belly nearly touchs the ground during planks it’s hard not to make jokes about it. Or when it also flops around when I’m jumping… I know part of it is due to stretched out preggo skin but still!

Oh! I did notice some progress during Sunday’s workout though! I did a couple more burpees than usual and while stretching I could actually touch the floor with my hands when sitting with legs stretched outward and leaning forward. I couldn’t touch last week or the week before!

I apparently gained a couple pounds last week or weighed too soon after dinner. Who knows but it said 226lbs.

Can’t wait to keep working out with my family. It’s going to keep me motivated and on track (overall since obviously I still managed to miss a few days).

Does your family workout together?

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  1. Tahlia B. January 28, 2013 Reply

    Increased stamina and flexibility is worth something, right? Burpees are tough, which leads me to believe your workout is pretty serious. Honestly, I think that is sometimes what gets in the way. Regardless, it is your workout and you know what you are capable of. ;) More power to you! *shakes fist in the air*
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    • Darcy Zalewski January 28, 2013 Reply

      I have ditched easy and hard workouts in the past. For me it seems to be more about sticking with it. I am not usually held accountable so it’s easy to stop. These weekly posts make me feel accountable!

      The workout is a bit more intense than I normally would do but I’m hoping the intensity will make my workout time more efficient. *crossing fingers*Syrana

  2. Christy Ann January 28, 2013 Reply

    My new workout plan probably isn’t as intense as yours, but wow – having my family involved helps my motivation so much! Steve has been home from work a lot lately and we work out to Wii Zumba together, with Bradley jumping around in the background. It makes an not-so-fun thing actually fun, and it’s great having a family activity!
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    • Darcy Zalewski January 28, 2013 Reply

      It’s a great way to burn up some of that toddler energy too! And Zumba is pretty intense in my opinion – compared to like Dance Central. It works ya pretty good.Syrana

  3. April Ockerman January 28, 2013 Reply

    Getting the family involved makes it so much easier and gets you more motivated to keep it up. Great job.
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    • Darcy Zalewski January 28, 2013 Reply

      It’s nice knowing my workout time won’t conflict with their activities since we are all doing it. Thanks for the encouragement!Syrana

  4. Kecia January 28, 2013 Reply

    Some of my exercise is a family event, while other times it’s not. I try to mix it up so I don’t get bored, so sometimes we all walk through the neighborhood or doing core exercises together. I also walk on the treadmill when I need to be quick. I haven’t done Just Dance 4 in a while, but I wonder if I can get my 2 year old in on that! :)
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    • Darcy Zalewski January 30, 2013 Reply

      I can’t wait for winter to be over so we can do our walks again!! Rissa thinks the dancing games are fun so I’m sure your kiddo will too. She copies me not the screen though !Syrana

  5. Rachel H. January 28, 2013 Reply

    Great job!! Love that you got your family involved with you!! :) Don’t sweat the gain, just keep working at it. Don’t let the number on the scale derail you!rachhabs

    • Darcy Zalewski January 30, 2013 Reply

      Now if we can get more consistent. But at least we are all getting something good out of it!Syrana

  6. Kristin @littlemamajama January 29, 2013 Reply

    Awesome job getting the family involved – and on noticeable progress in your workouts!
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    • Darcy Zalewski January 30, 2013 Reply

      Thanks! Now if only I could get more consistent :) baby steps!Syrana

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