Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Reflection on Fitness and some reminders

I'm linking up with two posts today, but they are related to one another. Plus this is something I've been struggling with lately and want to get out there. I know I'm not the only one or the first linky wouldn't even have become a topic. Click on the icons below to join each linky.


The first is a new linky from Sunny Days in Second Grade. Each week leading up to the new year will focus on a different truth. Sometimes we need to sit back and be completely honest with ourselves. For me, I've been in a bit of a rut when it comes to fitness. It started a few weeks ago when I got sick and couldn't do my workout, but I don't have an excuse anymore. It's time for me to get back into my routine and wake up early to work out. I've lost my weight, but if I want to really tone up it's going to take some dedication. 

And that leads me to my "Tried-It". I wanted to share what I've been doing to get in shape (and what I WILL start back tomorrow). 

I bought Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred off eBay during the summer because I LOVE her on Biggest Loser and liked the idea of a quick 20 minute workout. I did Insanity at the end of last school year, and it was great. But I was waking up at 4:30 every morning, and although I was gaining muscle mass I wasn't seeing the inches go from my waist, which is my problem area since giving birth. So I decided it was time to switch things up.

This workout has three levels that get progressively more difficult. Each level has:

  • a quick warm up
  • 3 sets of Strength (3 mn.), Cardio (2 mn.), and Abs (1 mn.)
  • a short cool down

It takes about 25 minutes for all of it. I have done levels 1 and 2, and when I started level 2, I saw my weight start dropping quickly! I actually lost about 5 pounds just in that stretch (which also coincided with the beginning of school and me becoming a little more active in general). If you're looking for a good workout, I would recommend trying this!

Two quick reminders before I go:

I know I'm a week late technically, but this Thursday will be the second Teacher Fitness Thursday, my monthly linky party. I want to talk about motivation this time around because I know I need it! What motivates you? Get your posts ready, and PLEASE help spread the word! I'll be honest. I was pretty discouraged when only 2 people linked up last month. I hope this will become more successful and really help create a community of teachers who want to get healthy.

Then be sure to stop back by my blog on Friday for the big blog hop. I can't wait to see what other great freebies have been created for you (and me)!


  1. I came across your blog for the first time through the My Truth linky. Motivation is one of my biggest struggles with working out as well. So true that any progress is still progress. I look forward to joining in on your monthly linky, especially with the topic of motivation.
    Rooting for Third Grade

  2. Thanks for the tip. I need to do SOMETHING...instead of just saying I'm going to work out...I should really DO IT!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I'm so glad I found your blog tonight! Working out is such an important thing for me right now. (My waist is my trouble area...thanks to my two beautiful boys!) I go through spurts when I put it at the top of the list, but then it always seems to take a back burner after a few days. It does not help that my littlest one still does not sleep through the night (excuses....excuses...right?) I LOVE your linky idea and would love to link up! Motivation is huge, and I'm always looking for some new ways to get my fitness mojo back!
    Kate's Classroom Cafe

  4. Hi Melissa! I love that quote so much that I shared it on my personal facebook wall! How did I miss that you started the monthly linky party last month?!? I am SO sorry and will totally link up. Will it be open the rest of the month? I can't believe you have done Insanity. I have heard that it is INSANE! lol I own the 30 day shred and haven't done it in awhile but it is great! Can you believe some of the girls on the video and the moves they can do? Oh MY!! What's her name? Keisha or something? lol
    Thanks for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. I just came across your blog for the Monday Truth linky and I have to say I love your blog name!! Because this teachers stays up too late too often too! Haha. I agree that falling on and off is all part of the process, but the important part is not letting little set backs become a road block!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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