Happy Pills

Hello all,

I hope you all had a super weekend. Brian and I went to see a fantastic musical called Once at the Phoenix Theater. We also enjoyed a super-fun Bootcamp workout at Slice, here in Parsons Green. You ladies who live locally must check it out, the crèche was perfect for M and C, and I found the Bootcamp class I took surprisingly challenging. However, if I’m being truthful, the real highlight of my weekend was catching up on some much-needed sleep (Thanks Bri)! Here is what’s in store for the week ahead:

Monday: HIIT (high intensity interval training): you’ve heard about it, you’ve promised yourself you’d try it. Here’s your chance to burn crazy calories and experience an all-day endorphin high. 30 second bursts of energy in an easy-hard-hardest format repeated in sets of 2 and 3. Do just one HIIT session per week and see noticeable results by New Years!

Tuesday: Isometrics and Plyometrics! Isometrics: contracting a muscle against resistance without any range of motion (think: plank hold). Plyometrics: looking like you’ve overdosed on your happy pills (think: skipping, leaping, side shuffling). That sounds fun, but will it be effective? Just ask any strength and conditioning coach. There’s a reason these tried and true workout methods have been around for like, ever.

Wednesday: Cardioga! Let’s get our cardio in early and then wind down with some restorative, stress relieving yoga for the second half of class.

There will be no class this Thursday. I’ll be cooking, baking, and eating my way through Thanksgiving day! Here is an at-home workout for all you proper Brits (and Aussies, Swedes, Kiwis, Italians, Spaniards, Indians, who am I forgetting?) out there who think we crazy Americans miiiiight want to consider finding other ways to celebrate our past than consuming every calorie in sight:

Turkey Trot Workout

10 star jump starters
10 turkey tricep dips (on a bench or chair)
10 stuffing step-outs (two feet on the band, step out side to side)
10 bread and butter bicep curls (add squat)
30 second pumpkin pie push-ups (add glute lift if you’re feeling it!)
10 burpees
1 minute apple pie plank
40 stomach aches (mason twists)

Repeat 3x. Don’t forget to stretch and properly hydrate!

Speaking of indulgences, check out this week’s Fall Fitness Challenge recipe for sweet potato almond butter muffins! I’ll be making them for T-Day and will let you know if they are as tasty as they sound.

http://minimalistbaker.com/sweet-potato-almond-butter-muffins/

We are now getting down to the last couple weeks of our Fall Fitness Challenge! Thank you all for keeping up the good work. Now let’s push for a strong finish! Send me your weekly and cumulative points and I will tally them up. If you have been lacking in motivation over the last week or so, join me in a 14 day sugar- free detox to complete the challenge (starting AFTER Thursday, conveniently). We will be passing on any refined, sugary, sweetener-laced treats and loading up on fresh fruit and herbal tea instead. Cutting out the white stuff can provide major benefits and help alleviate some unpleasant symptoms including: mood swings, acne, irritability, tooth decay, weight gain, sleeplessness, even depression. Need I say more?

A couple quick notes:

1.) our indoor classes will start late January, not December as previously stated.

2.) Thursday, December 12th we will be having a cocktail party which you are all invited to attend. Just don’t leave your husbands by the mistletoe, Cece cannot be trusted in the presence of handsome men. I wish I was joking! Please let me know if you can make it!

See you tomorrow!

Peace, love, and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep,
Kerri

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Home Sweet Home

Brian, the kids and I had a decent flight with the kids and landed early early Sat morning. We headed to a lovely wedding on the Cape Saturday night and then spent the day with family Sunday. Since then it has been a whirlwind of dinners with high school friends, college friends, work friends, and family. We are leaving Cape Cod now and driving to Newport where the friends and family circuit continues! Micky took his first steps last week and Cece is running off with her older cousins on the beach which was a real shock to me- she’s not a baby anymore and doesn’t need her mummy 24-7. Have any of your little ones been hitting any new milestones? How did everyone do on the greens challenge? Although I stuck to the challenge of including greens at every meal I certainly fell short in other areas (time to lay off all the celebratory drinks!). Whether you are are just getting back into exercise or are training for a race or athletic event, we are all looking for ways to strengthen our core. For the next 14 days I will be planking for at least 2 minutes each morning! Who’s with me? For this challenge, I would love your input on how to make it robust and hold each other accountable. Email check-ins, photos on facebook, tips on new plank variations, or just personal feelings/ goals for strengthening your core are all beneficial to the group as a whole. Some important tips for your daily plank: Keep breathing. Chins up! Abs in. Mix it up with side plank, hip dips, glute raises, and finish with superman. Increase your time a little bit every day! If you are interested in participating just shoot me an email and I will form our email chain by Tuesday. If you are doing a 10 pack or 3 month package I will be following up with 3 new workouts to stay motivated and super fit this week. More photos to come! Looking forward to hearing from you! Cheers, Kerri

Cece with cousins: the human pyramid