Category: Exercise

Training my 5-year-old for Disney: three benefits I didn't expect

Training my 5-year-old for Disney: three benefits I didn't expect
Your mom tells you that you're going to DisneyWorld: YAY! Your mom tells you that you're going to walk to get ready for it: BOO! Or so I thought. This kid loves walking with his mom. *tear* Sure: I bribe him with sweets and LEGOS. Don't you use bribery to accomplish your workouts? To be honest, I just didn't think it would work. I thought that once he'd earned the first LEGO set, he'd lose interest. But as we're finishing our two mile walk yesterday (per his request), he gets all excited: "Mommy! If we walk two miles tomorrow, we'll be at 20 miles! I can get my new LEGO set! Can we please walk two miles tomorrow?" Who is this kid? I severely underestimated the power of ice cream and LEGOS. Here's how I'm training my five year old for Disney, and here are three benefits that I didn't expect: ...

Why running the Chicago Marathon means so much to me

Why running the Chicago Marathon means so much to me
A year ago, when I told my parents that I wanted to run the 2015 Chicago Marathon, this was their reaction: "Oh no! That's way too hard on the body! What about your back? What if you get hurt?" I herniated a disk...in 1998. "I'm not stupid. If I get injured, I won't do it. I like to have a one year post-baby goal. Since the baby is due in October, I think that the marathon would be a good one." My second son was born on October 18, 2014, via C-section. It was somewhat traumatic, as my body failed to progress in labor, so a vaginal birth was not possible. By the time that we decided to do the C-section, it was clear that we had cut it close: the baby spent two days in the NICU. All was fine, but I really felt as if my body failed me...

DIY "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course

DIY American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course
This DIY "American Ninja Warrior" course cost me NOTHING, and applies to ages 3-33. We created in for Father's Day, and we're bringing it back (with improvements!) for my son's fourth birthday party. You'll notice that few obstacles mirror those on the show. I worked with what I found in the garage, and with what was suggested (for little kids) on Pinterest. Having a swing set helps, but only two of eight obstacles utilized the swing set. Click on the gallery below to view the 8 "American Ninja Warrior" obstacles in action...
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My doctor told me that I was obese, and here's how I responded

My doctor told me that I was obese, and here's how I responded
My doctor told me that I was obese. Yup. Well, technically, he said, "Your numbers put you in the obese category." "Oh," was all I could muster. He's a new primary care physician for my husband and me, and I was going for my first check up. "You see: your height (5 ft) and your weight (145 lbs) give you a BMI of 28.4. Healthy is 18-24; overweight is 24-28; obese is 28+." "Uh-huh." I continued, "And how much would I have to lose to make that number lower?" "I'd say you should go for 20 pounds." "Ahhh," I choked/laughed. "That's probably...not going to happen. But a 10% weight loss would be 15 pounds. Where would that put me?" "Let's see...around a BMI of 24. That would be okay, I guess." You guess? Dude: you're a DUDE. You're, like, over 6 feet tall. Do you know how much more difficult it is for women to lose weight, especially vertically challenged ones? "Okay, well, uh...thanks," I said. "I'll work on that." Here are 5 steps I've taken (pun intended) since my doc told me that I was obese:...

A dad grieving over Derrick Rose

(Behind every good woman is a mediocre man. This post is by the Social Butterfly Dad)   Tuesday night the bell rang for round 3 of the Derrick Rose injury saga. Millions of texts and tweets flew through the Chicagoland area as we all saw our playoff hopes fizzle out for the 4th consecutive season of... Read more »

Four simple steps to set (and reach!) your fitness goals

Four simple steps to set (and reach!) your fitness goals
If New Years resolutions have failed you in the past, then take my friend, Pam Moore's, advice below. While the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the road to fitness success is paved with measureable goals and planning. Ready, set, GO, Pam!
4 Simple Steps to Set (and Reach!) Your Fitness Goals Tell me, “This year I’m going to get in shape!” and I will tell you I see a year that’s just like any other year in your future. I don’t have a crystal ball. All I have is a Magic Eight Ball, along with a 20+ year history as a runner, six marathons, two ironman triathlons, a gazillion other races, a lot of mistakes, and a few successes under my belt. So, I know a few things. I know that you should not binge on Cool Whip, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, and peanut butter, and immediately hit the pool for a hard workout. (Even if you have a raging case of PMS.) I know that you should never, ever, do an open water swim or a long bike ride close to dusk if there’s even the slightest chance you will get lost. And I know that you will never reach your fitness goals if they are not specific and measurable. Here’s everything you need to know to set goals and reach them this year. The good news is, setting the right goals easy and free. The bad news is, it probably doesn’t involve Cool Whip...
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Three tips for planning your summer vacation

Three tips for planning your summer vacation
This week, Mama Kat has prompted me to write about a memorable summer. I immediately knew which summer that was: 2009. Here are my top three tips for planning a summer vacation: 1) Plan a trip. 2) Host a party. 3) Sign up for a summer sport. Here' s why...

Are overweight people worse parents?

Are overweight people worse parents?
Are overweight people worse parents? I hope not. At five feet small tall, if the scale tips past 130, I'm overweight. But I'm still a damn good mom. It's annoying to go to the gym. Working out and cooking take time away from my kid. When it gets warmer, I'll want to be more active. There will never be a shortage of excuses. But facts are facts: parents who are overweight tend to raise kids who become overweight. Parents have all different interests that they pass down to their children. Our son is going to be very well versed in musicals, pop songs, and Chicago sports. He's probably going to suck at art, because his parents kind of suck at it. More importantly than that, we just don't show an interest, so it's not something he's exposed to. While being deficient in art is not harmful (and I'm sure some would agree that it is), being deficient in your health IS harmful. It doesn't really matter if you like to be active or if you like to eat healthy. As a parent, you have an obligation to do so. My husband always says, "We can do ANYthing we want. We just can't do EVERYthing we want." This goes for a healthy lifestyle. No one can do EVERYthing to be healthy, but there are a lot of things you can do. Here are six...

Top 6 reasons to commit to a hobby RIGHT NOW

Top 6 reasons to commit to a hobby RIGHT NOW
Below are my top 6 reasons to commit to a hobby RIGHT NOW. My number one hobby is rehearsing and performing with The Chicago Red Line. If you like inappropriate, adult humor coupled with impressive musical talent, then check out our show this Friday or Saturday...
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Slut-Shaming Shaming and Fat-Shaming Shaming: A How-To Guide

There are a lot of amateurs out there accusing others of slut-shaming and fat-shaming. These slut-shaming and fat-shaming shamers should...well...be ashamed. Be aware: you don't become a professional slut-shaming or fat-shaming shamer overnight. It takes years of negativity, blind judgment, and accidentally insulting your friends. Remember, it's not a proper shaming unless you've left the original shamer feeling guilty or inferior. My husband and I have co-written a how-to guide as a reference: 5 Simple Steps to Becoming a Slut-Shaming or Fat-Shaming Shamer:...