Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead. Brian flew off to meet his brothers in Madrid for the weekend and so I got the little devils all to myself. Needless to say I logged endless hours at the playground running around to tire them out in an attempt to preserve some sanity by the end of the day. If you ever find you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, perhaps even you might try tiring yourself out at one of our classes this week? Exercise has been proven to improve sleep habits. And who out of us couldn’t use just a bit more shut-eye? Here is what’s in store:
Monday: Get Your Kicks! Sculpt and tone a stronger core, bum, legs and back with a FUN martial arts inspired workout. You’ll get your cardio in there too, not to worry!
Tuesday: Strength training! Let’s get back to basics with a full body workout using our bands and our own body resistance. The more lean body mass you develop, the more calories you burn at rest.
Wednesday: Why run stairs? For starters, if you want to get back into your pre-pregnancy trousers quickly, I know of no better way to achieve this quickly than by running stairs. If you are a runner, stairs are a key component to your cross training regimen and can help you become less prone to injury and fatigue. As mums we are constantly bending down, picking up children, awkwardly lifting buggies onto the bus or tube, reaching for grocery bags with baby on hip, etc. It is imperative that you prepare your muscles and joints to withstand the physically draining nature of motherhood. If you are interested please email me by Tuesday.
Thursday: who enjoyed our light cardio and yoga session to cap off the week last week? I know I did. You all had a beautiful glow leaving class last Thursday! Let’s plan on that again.
Now that I am no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, this weekend I treated myself to a 3 day cleanse called Kaeng Raeng, meaning “be healthy, be strong” in Thai. For me it was a way to do a clean sweep of my insides after all the traveling and celebrating of this past summer. While I am not interested in losing weight, I have researched extensively the many benefits of cleansing; when done correctly it can help your skin glow, shed unwanted weight, help you feel light and energetic, and most importantly clear out your insides of all the toxins and junk that builds up over time and makes us prone to illness and a host of other unpleasant side effects. I have always wanted to try one, and with Brian away and no pressure to cook or eat out, this was my chance. It was not a difficult cleanse, I wasn’t choking down maple syrup and cayenne pepper, I was drinking 3 smoothies a day packed with all natural raw fruit and vegetable fiber, protein, probiotics, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. You are also encouraged to drink lots of water and eat as many raw fruits and veggies as your heart desires. Days 1 and 2 were relatively easy, and I didn’t feel much different. Day 3 was a totally different story for me. I was admittedly not looking forward to gulping down yet another smoothie, but I can honestly say I felt a new sense of energy and lightness that I had been reading about. If anyone is interested, especially if you are kicking off your Fall Fitness challenge, visit kaengraeng.com for more details.
If you would like to try some less expensive, yet healthy and safe cleansing options, I would recommend either the 3 Day Re-Boot from Martha Stewart’s Whole Living team:
Or the new DIY cleanse from hipandhealthy:
Speaking of jumpstarting your health goals, who is with me for the Fall Fitness challenge? Your bikinis may be tucked away in storage by now, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hide under baggy sweaters and give up on feeling and looking your best. This challenge is a culmination of all of our 14- day challenges to date, and is open to any and all. So invite your friends, husbands, babysitters, whoever. Keep track of your own points and email me weekly for your chance to win 10 free Buggy Bootcamp sessions for yourself and 5 for a new friend! Obviously the real win here is to be your healthiest and happiest self, and feel more energetic and confident than ever by the time you’re slipping into your gorgeous holiday cocktail dresses in December.
Our 10 week challenge begins Monday and will finish on 7th December.
Earn points weekly by doing the following:
1.)Cleaning out your cabinets and tossing all the junk (if you think it’s junk, it probably is)! 5p
2.) clearly defining your long term and short term goals and posting a daily reminder to yourself 5p
3.) Logging onto Ocado weekly or visiting the grocery store and stocking up on as many seasonal fresh fruits and veggies as possible (try the pre-cut options if you find yourself short on time) 5p
4.) Plank challenge: 5x per week, aim for a minute+! (1p per daily plank)
5.) Attending Buggy Bootcamp classes (10p per class)
6.) Inviting a friend to their first free class: (10p)
7.) Sharing a healthy fall recipe with the group: (2p)
8.) Weekend workouts: (2p per workout)
9.) Eliminating refined sugar/processed carbs: 10p per week (one cheat day allowed!)
10.) Start your day with a Green smoothie : 1p per day
11.) Replacing all sugary, energy drinks with water or herbal tea (ok, one morning caffeinated drink is allowed!) 5p per week
12.) keeping a food diary (5p per week)
13.) trying a short term cleanse (not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding) 10p
I will feature weekly recipes to keep you on the right track. Here is your first one!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
1/2 cup of organic pumpkin purée
1 frozen banana (make sure to peel the bananas before freezing!)
1 large handful of spinach (I prefer frozen spinach)
1 large handful of kale
1/2 cup coconut milk or vanilla almond milk
1 dash of pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg and cinnamon is fine too)!
2-3 ice cubes
Don’t forget to drink LOADS of water, get lots of rest (I know, I know, easier said than done with hungry little ones at 2am!) and treat yourself once a week!
Start getting excited because if you see this challenge through to the end, you WILL see big results!
To celebrate the completion of our fall fitness challenge we will plan a festive night of holiday cocktails and mocktails with the hubs/significant others. Details TBD and venue suggestions welcome! Don’t forget to email me if you’re interested and then continue keeping track of your own points each week!
If you’re still reading this by now, you need to work on finding a better Sunday night tv show. Now go to bed and see you in the a.m.!