Friday, October 2, 2015

Booty Call

The month of October I am focusing on staying motivated through the holiday season.  Because let's be honest this is the month of all things apple, pumpkin, and candy corn and it only gets worse as we head into the Thanksgiving/Christmas festivities from here.  Not to mention the not so occasional swipe of some Halloween candy you purchased for tick-or-treaters.  Am I right?!

I'm excited to be offering a new challenge group that is focusing on health crockpot recipes, booty challenges, staying motivated through the dip in temperatures, and holding yourself accountable.

I've shared in the past my love for the challenge group and how it has helped me to stay on track.  I'm what I like to call a serial yo-yoer in terms of weight and exercises management.  I do really well for a period of time and then I fall off the bandwagon and go really unhealthy for a period of time.  I bounce back and forth dropping sizes and adding sizes, losing pounds and then finding them again.  For once in my life, something is working!

This challenge group is what keeps me motivated and makes me get my workout in even when I don't want to.  Nights like last night when my dogs are snuggling me, I'm in my sweats, and my booty is already sore from the previous day's workout.  You know you need a push sometimes, too.

In honor of our Booty Challenge for October I've compiled a video of workout moves you can do to strengthen, lift, and tighten that booty of yours.  It's kind of amazing how these exercises work; whether your booty needs to get smaller or bigger, they work!  I'm not kidding - mine has shrunk several inches in the past 12 months with exercises like these.

Oh, and they aren't squats.  I know we all hate squats so I created a quick 20 minute booty workout that doesn't include squats.

You can see the video on my Facebook page by clicking here.  
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

32 October Stroller Miles

This October I'm aiming for 32 stroller miles.

I started creating goals like this for myself a few months ago and decided to share it with the world to hold myself accountable.  If you follow me on Instagram, you can see my running selfies and pictures from my route quite often.  It occurred to me that running mommas (or poppas) need to band together and cheer one another on!

So, last month I started creating a challenge for all of us to complete each month.  I've been sharing it on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so that more people can band together and work toward their goals.  I've found the more public I am with my goal setting, the great chance I have of reaching those goals I set out to accomplish.

So, join me!  Grab your stroller and go for a walk/run/jog/stroll and work toward your #32octstrollermiles.  Be sure to use the hashtag when you post on social media and feel free to tag me on Instagram or Twitter (@thelindsayerin) so that I can cheer for you along the way!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Busy Mom's 10 Minute Workout


As a health and fitness coach, I hear every excuse in the book when I reach out to people about joining my virtual challenge groups.

"I use to do that...before I had kids."
"I'm just so busy, I don't have time to add one more thing on my plate."
"The timing is off.  Money is tight and we just have a lot going on right now."

I get it.  I've made the same excuses.  I believed in those same statements, but truth is I'm a mom.  I work full-time as a middle school teacher.  I have a very active toddler.  I don't like waking up early.  But, I'm finding a way to get it done.

In fact, if anyone needs a good health and fitness plan, it's a busy mom!  I mean I spent many evenings eating frozen pizza and many lunches with my hand in the granola bar basket in the pantry because I was just too busy to make time for it, until I stopped making excuses.

There are still days when I'm super tired, super busy, super mom and not all of it gets done in one day so I've come up with a very effective whole-body workout that can be completed in 10 minutes.  Just 10 minutes!  I know I can find 10 minutes to carve out in my day.

*If you're interested in more workouts like this follow me here*

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Fair

I grew up going to the county fair.  It was the thing to do for a week each year.  So when my husband said he had free tickets to go (that also happens to be in our new town) I was so excited!  And this fair didn't let me down.

Carson would have loved all the rides, but we accidentally admitted that he wasn't 2 so he couldn't ride anything but the carousel.  Boo!  Stupid rules.  So, we rode the carousel several times (I had already bought tickets not realizing he couldn't ride anything!) and he didn't complain.

We saw elephants, watched some pigs perform, ate some Greek food, won a ball, tried to dunk a mean old clown, and watched the steer show.  Yes - there were elephants at the fair!  It was pretty incredible I must say.

He was exhausted and it was way past his bedtime (are you noticing a pattern here?), but it was well worth it.  Love nights like these with my little family.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

That Time in the Grocery Store

I didn't document it in pictures because I was too busy willing it to end to stop take the opportunity to snap the first (last?) public toddler meltdown.  Performed by my son of course.

You know when you're in the mall or the grocery store and you see hear that toddler throwing a fit and the disheveled mom and you just feel really bad for her?

I was that mom Sunday.

I should have known better, but clearly I didn't.
CT didn't get a very good night rest the night before because he stayed at Grandma's house and he just doesn't really do well in other elements sleep-wise.  So we were working on little sleep - much less than normal.  I knew this going into it, but in my defense, he had taken a 2 hour nap before we left the house so I really didn't think I was crazy...  Oh boy, was I ever wrong.

I thought I would solve the problem by getting him his own mini-cart to wheel around the store and it worked...until it was time to put things on the belt and pay for them.  If ever there was a screaming unhappy child it was when I took my package of naan out of his cart for the cashier to scan.

The kind man behind me in line handed him a lollipop (which he threw on the ground) and I'm certain my face was beat red.  Not sure it was from embarrassment or the effort I was making to restrain my child.  It was nice of the cashier next door to chase him for me as he grabbed the mini-cart and made a mad dash back down the aisle while I grabbed my wallet.

Yup.  There were bigger plans for the day.  Like hair cuts and a trip to Trader Joe's.  Needless to say that didn't happen.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Why I Switched

I've been asked a few times why I stopped making green smoothies and started drinking Shakeology instead.  I've been told by a few people recently that they're interested in Shakeology, but want to try making their own for a while first for various reason.

I can't say I blame people.  I was quite possibly the biggest skeptic in the world when it came to Shakeology before I became a health and fitness coach.  In fact, I assumed I would hate it and never drink it again after my first monthly supply ran out.  Boy was I wrong.

I spent quite a bit of time preparing the fruit/greens I was putting in my smoothies.  Most of which was done in advance each Sunday, but some of which had to wait until the morning.

No prep; I just put ingredients in the blender each morning.

Clean up was a beast.  Each morning I was scraping fruit scraps into the trash, wiping down sticky juices, and putting knives, cutting boards, etc. into the sink to be washed later

I put the blender into the sink, fill it with warm water, and a little dish soap to soak until I get home.

I was spending a lot of money on fruits and veggies that were going into smoothie rather than enjoying them the way they were intended.

I spend a little over $3 a day and get to enjoy my fruits and veggies the way I want to.

I was consuming the foods I could afford and find locally.

I am consuming super-foods I wouldn't be able to afford or find locally.

I was consuming a TON of sugar without realizing it.

I'm not saying Shakeology is the answer to everyone's problems and despite the fact that I 100% believe in it - I know it's not for everyone.  I would never push it on someone who genuinely wasn't interested, but I do want people to know what it is and (most importantly) what it isn't.

It is a great way to get your vitamins, nutrients, minerals, super-foods, plus a serving of protein each day.  It isn't a protein shake you can find on the shelves of your local convenience store.
It is a meal replacement shake that helps curb cravings and sustain you.  It isn't a weight loss drink.

If you're interested in hearing more about my journey with Beachbody, please email me!  I would love to share my story with you.

*I am not a nutritionist, but I have always done a ton of research about what is going into my body before I eat it.*

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Things I'm Not Good At

I feel like this social media world we live in is full of a lot of people with a lot of amazing talents and I know I'm not the only one who can find myself wasting time on Pinterest or scrolling through Instagram kicking myself for not being better at pretty much everything.  Right?

Obviously we aren't going to share our weaknesses with the world...that would be scary and maybe a little too transparent for our liking.  But, I realized last night (after my sweet friend announced she would be debuting her lifestyle blog) that being transparent has really blessed me.  It's definitely weeded out the crap people that were bogging me down and blessed me with so many people I wouldn't have ever met had I not put myself out there.

So, in honor and celebration of transparency, here is a list of things I'm not good at...

  1. Meal Planning - pretty much suck at this.  The other night I realized as I was eating 2 snack size bags of Smartfood popcorn (Beachbody coach of the year) that I hadn't cooked in at least a week.  Putting this on my goal sheet for next week!
  2. Letting go - as in not complaining or allowing things to build up and bother me
  3. Decorating - it's bad.  I'm reaalllly making an effort to make our new home look nice and presentable and picture-worthy.  Not for social media purposes, but because I would genuinely like it to look Pinterestesque - I made that word up.
  4. Cleaning - this might be my biggest flaw ever.
  5. Parking - I'm great at backing in (but it drives me crazy when I have to wait for people to back in to go through the parking lot), but I'm terrible at pulling in!  Doesn't even make sense to me.
  6. Golf - I don't play because who likes to do things they aren't good at?
  7. Me Time - I've gotten a little better since I get up early in the morning to get my 30 minute workout in, but I really need to prioritize quiet me time where I'm not getting my sweat on.  Like maybe painting my toenails or something.
  8. Makeup - yeah, if you see me you know this.
  9. Keeping in touch - another thing I'm working on.  I'm really bad at staying connected with friends.  I love them so much and have so much space in my heart for them, but I don't always tell them as much as I should.
  10. Hair - it's up there with makeup.
So, what aren't you good at?