5X5 Week Five: All in One Roundup

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All movements of all five days, every day

That’s right. That’s it. I know it sounds boring, but it’ll be a lot of fun, not to mention it’s one last big push of effort during the final week. Yes, it is a lot of movements every day. But after five weeks you should be feeling in much better shape. But please listen to your body. Do fewer reps if you need to.

Don’t neglect your Foundational Five and maybe try a new routine like Pelvic Floor Connections. For bonus this week, try Tabata Kick & Squat. It is the longest workout on Fit2B, but also one of my favorites. It takes everything I love about Tabata and combines it with kickboxing.

So now that I’ve finally given you my take on the 5X5 Challenge, what next? The new Fit2B Beginning pathway and Fit2B Mama Maternity routines! There have been a lot of great new routines added to Fit2B in the last few months and I haven’t had time to try many of them because of the extreme sickness I had in the first trimester. But I’m feeling much better now and ready to get back on track. I’ll be opening with a week or two of easing back into movement (if you have great first trimesters, please feel free to make it harder), followed by 6 weeks of Fit2B Beginning and then my own little combo of routines including Maternity Routines. I’m so excited to try these new routines plus the maternity routines as well. (Though the Mommy & Me routines will have to wait for a while yet). Come back next week and join me!

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What Will You Remember in Your Nursing Home? Mindset for Moms

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I so appreciate this chapter because Jamie brings home an important point without guilt. Someday, these may very well be the times we look at most fondly. The other day I was missing breastfeeding my little babies. (Good timing, since baby #3 will be joining us at the end of the September). The reality was that for the first few weeks and last few months nursing my daughter was agony. While I mourned being finished at 13 months, I was grateful to end the constant pain. With my son, we struggled to maintain our nursing relationship between supply issues, weight loss and a nursing strike. In the end, I was ready to be done and rarely missed it. But here I am, missing what was a very difficult time in my life. My kids weren’t good sleepers and the last year or two of decent sleep has been great. Yet, I know I’ll be giving all of that up soon. Am I looking forward to it? Yes and no. It will be difficult, but I also know that someday I will miss it. This third child feels like my chance to try and enjoy all the good things one more time.

When my son is being his charming but aggravating self, I try to think how I’ll remember this all someday. When all I want is for them to learn to do things for themselves, I know I’ll miss being needed. In some ways having these two is making me appreciate the baby time more. Babies have such simple needs. Yes, they need you for everything, but there isn’t much they need. Not so with older children. They seem to need me almost as constantly, and their needs are ever changing and seemingly increasing. But I know that someday I will miss the living room wrestling matches and yummy noise at the dinner table.

Does this mean I don’t acknowledge the bad things? No, I do. But I try not to focus on only the bad. I give myself permission to feel angry and frustrated as long as it doesn’t rob all the joy from the tender and precious moments.

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5X5 Week 4: Cardio and Pilates

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Are you starting to get bored? Well, don’t worry because you’ll be too busy to be bored this week.

In addition to the daily 5X5 movements, you’ll also be doing Pilates and harder cardio workouts.

Beth Learn at Fit2B just introduced two new Basic Step aerobics routines. Check them out here and here.

I also recommend

Pilates in Pajamas

Pilates in Pajamas II

Plain Ol’ Pilates.

That should cover extra workouts for all five days. If you want an extra kick-butt bonus workout. Break out the Kelly Dean Total Body Workout.

Move of the Week

Squat with Side Leg Raise and Front Arm Raise

This is another one of those powerhouse movements that hits so many muscle groups at a time. Squats alone can be boring sometimes (at least I think so) but this helps keep it interesting. Plus you know it’s working because 5 sets of 5 feels like a lot.

Next week I have a special idea planned to make that last week of the 5X5 (X5) Challenge just a little more difficult and interesting during the final week. Hope to see you then.

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Live Above the Details: Mindset for Moms

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Last week, we talked about being more intentional about the things that come naturally to us as moms, but also being aware of which things drain us. This is a great chapter to follow that one. Because learning to live above the details is how we train ourselves to function during those times that drain us or things aren’t going according to plan. (In my own life, it often feels as though very little goes according to plan).

My first instinct when I face a challenge, isn’t usually to think “Oh goody, an opportunity to grow.” But perhaps it should be. One challenge I have had for myself is to try and let the small things go. I try not to stress over long lines, red lights or other annoyances that I have no control over. Yes, with an active toddler and whining five year old in tow, these can be very difficult sometimes. But I keep trying. Because I know that the frustration isn’t accomplishing anything. In fact it is wasting my energy along with my time.

When it comes to my kids I’m still working on this. Sometimes the whining, the screaming and generalized lack of gratitude is exhausting. But I try to keep a deep breath and try to keep moving forward without letting my mind run the possible future where my children are in their twenties, living at home and still believing I need to cook for and clean up after them. Because of course that isn’t going to happen. Someday they will do their own laundry, wipe their own noses and even prepare some of their own meals. It won’t always be like this and someday I may miss their yummy noises at the dinner table.

So what do I do? Try to let the little things go. Pick my battles carefully. Try to love the good things about where I am right now. (Even if it’s little things like seeing my three year old bopping to the music when I glance in my rear view mirror).

 

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Give Your Time, Give Your Money, Give Your Stuff: Mindset for Moms

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Surround Yourself by Great Thoughts from Great Minds

Conquer the Myth of Not Enough Time

Remember Kids Are People Too, Just Smaller Ones

Do What Comes Naturally

5X5 Week 3: Add Simple Cardio

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Are you getting into the swing yet? This is week three of doing the same five days of movements, so it should begin to feel like second nature right about now. If you have time to keep doing the Foundational Five, I encourage you to keep doing that as well.

If you are feeling up to it, this is a great week to start kicking it up a notch by adding some short cardio. Below are my favorites.

Basic Aerobics II

Basic Aerobics III

Basic Aerobics IV

I had to say a little extra about this one because I was the first time I’ve done it. I will never get tired of these basic aerobics videos. When I don’t have a lot of time (which is often) or I’m out of shape (or pregnant) these still get my heart rate up and work up a slight sweat, which is just the way I like it.

Kelly’s Core Cardio

Kickboxing (This one is bit longer than the others, but since it is one of my perennial favorites I had to mention it).

Move of the Week

Wall sit with the Bicep Curl. I love this move because it allows me to work my core in a more intense way while still doing upper body work. This is especially important if you are increasing the weight you are working with. Weights that are too heavy can cause us to compensate in other areas of the body, resulting in poor alignment and a bulging core. But by doing the bicep curl with a wall sit, it helps to put the focus back on the abdominals. (Put a pillow between your knees for some inner thigh engagement as bonus).

Three weeks down. Two to go.

5X5 Week 4: Cardio and Pilates

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Do What Comes Naturally: Mindset for Moms

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The premise of this chapter is great advice, at least on the surface. Part of managing life as a mom is figuring out what drains us and what fills us up. It’s OK to have likes and dislikes when it comes to parenting. I enjoy reading aloud to my kids, when they are real stories, not twaddle. (You know what I mean, books about TV characters with no real plot and poor writing and similar.) So I avoid bringing twaddle into our home, though somehow a few seem to find their way into our bag on library days.

I also know that time away from my kids is necessary for me to stay sane, but not just time away from, but time spent on something I enjoy. For a season this meant one night a week where I left the house as soon as my husband arrived home and didn’t return until after the children were in bed. I would go to a local café and eat dinner followed by time to read and write, preferably write. While we’ve had to take a break from that season for a while, I think we need to get back to it soon, because I notice a difference without it.

Yes, as Jamie points out, sometimes we have to do things that don’t come easily to us, this stretches us and we may find something new that we do, in fact, enjoy. Also, life and motherhood are full of lots of challenges that we must face. Housework drains me, but a clean house makes me feel calmer. So in that area it’s about balance. Clean enjoy to feel calm without being constantly drained from picking up and organizing. As my children are getting older, it also means that they need to begin the slow process of learning tasks and taking on responsibility in our home.

One thing that Jamie didn’t talk much about in this chapter that I feel is essential and balancing the needs of your children with your own. I am a firm believer in the idea that children do not run the household, but I also know that they have needs and wants too. As a mom, I try to be sensitive to this. Sometimes it means hosting playdates, even when I’d rather not because it’s messy, loud and cuts into my afternoon quiet time. My daughter requests and enjoys these events, and I try to honor that. I may mean a Sunday afternoon spent at the park or a morning in the backyard when I have so much to do because my children need this time to be healthy and get their pent up energy out.

But ultimately, knowing what works well for us, can allow us to better balance our days and avoid burnout. I may choose a busy week with many days out because of activities that we all enjoy. But I know it will mean needing time to recover at the end with a slower week to come. I’m still working through this process myself, but really accessing what energizes me, drains me and what I love and hate about parenting do make it easier in cases where I do have choices about how I spend my time.

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Get a Grasp on Gratitude: Mindset For Moms

Find the Emotional Rest You Need: Mindset for Moms

What Are You Putting In Your Mind? : Mindset for Moms

Write it Down: Mindset for Moms

Let It Go: Mindset for Moms

Do Only 6 Things Today: Mindset for Moms

Discover Your Mission

Tell Your Kids What You Want

Request a Do-Over

Move Away From Competition & Comparison

Give Your Time, Give Your Money, Give Your Stuff: Mindset for Moms

No Replays

Survive as an Introverted Mom

Surround Yourself by Great Thoughts from Great Minds

Conquer the Myth of Not Enough Time

Remember Kids Are People Too, Just Smaller Ones

5X5 Challenge Week 2: Incorporate Weights

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Week 2: Incorporate Weights

Like last week, we’ll keep doing the Foundational Five and now do the 5X5 movements with full use of weights. Start with something that feels attainable, because you want to be able to maintain your core engagement and proper alignment during the movements.

This is a great challenge mostly because it reminds me of why I really didn’t like the gym. I just don’t love lots of reps. I start losing my form and getting bored easily. To do the whole combo five different times was hard to deal with and soon I found myself doing sets of 10 or 15 to make it go faster, which probably meant I wasn’t using great form.

I added weights in this week, which definitely took the difficulty up a notch. There were times that I wasn’t sure I could do all the reps, so I went as far as I could without pain. Discomfort I can handle, but pain is bad. I have been noticing a stiffness on my right knee, which I’m mostly chalking up to cold weather because it wasn’t happening just a few months ago. So I’m being especially careful not to aggravate it.

This week for bonus, try a stretching routine.

The PMS Routine

Restorative Poses

Neck Routine

Simply Stretching

Kelly’s Total Body Stretching

Move of the Week

Plie Squat with Overhead Press

This is my favorite movement because you get lots of bang for your buck. This works multiple muscle groups and if I add an extra core flex, it can be a good core workout too.

 5X5 Week 3: Add Simple Cardio

 

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