So on a different kind of note for this blog, I'm going to talk about fitness.
*cue hysterical laughter*
...No, but really.
I mean, yes I would rather talk about chocolate...or bread...or wine...or how much I love my couch...but no.
I'm going to talk about how I work all of those delightful things off of my flabtastic bod instead.
Not because I'm Skinny McHottersons, or because I'm a qualified nutritionist.
But because I have two kids, which means I have no time on my hands and I kind of look like Jabba the Hut.
And I figured if either of those struggles are things you can relate to, it might be worth it to share the workout video I've been using that is relatively conducive to my insane life.
[Disclaimer: If you're a super athletic gym rat or say.. Jillian Michaels, just stop here. This is for losers, like me, who cry for their mommies in a puddle of their own urine after going up a flight of stairs. I mean, you're more than welcome to keep reading if you and your hot friends need something to laugh about over skinny margaritas tonight, but if you're actually considering this as something that might work for you...it's probably not. It's definitely in the Beginners/Whiny Babies section of the fitness aisle. Just to warn you.]
Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home.
(Click on the picture to view it on Amazon.)
WHY I LOVE IT:
1.) She's not annoying.
I realize this is kind of nitpicky of me, but that's one of my biggest issues with workout videos.
I don't like idiots.
Or people yelling at me.
Especially idiots yelling at me.
Can I get an Amen?
I can honestly say that Leslie is cute and encouraging, without being fake and obnoxious.
And I kind of want to have coffee with her.
2.) It's Short.
Ok, this really is my main reason for loving it, but I thought I'd mention how non-idiotic she is first to get that out of the way.
But seriously, it takes 20 MINUTES.
By the time I've warmed up, done the workout, stretched, and thrown a few crunches and yoga poses in there- it's only been roughly a half hour.
And that's usually all I can even make time for.
(Because, let's face it, 30 minutes is PLENTY of time for a child to eat a box of crayons or set the playroom on fire.)
But if I get the timing right between all the craziness of everyones meals, naps, and playtime...I can usually squeeze this in, if I try.
3.) It's still Challenging.
(Or not. See Disclaimer.)
I know the whole Walk at Home thing could easily make you think that it consists of just walking in place on your living room rug for 20 minutes, but AS EXCITING AS THAT SOUNDS, there's a lot more to it.
She incorporates kicks, punches, leg lifts, lunges, squats, and side steps to get as many muscles as possible fired up for toning and keeping that heart rate up.
At the pace and steps that she has you walk at, each segment is roughly equivalent to doing a brisk mile.
There are 5 workouts to choose from, each with a different routine and focus.
-Sculpt your Arms
-Slim your Legs
-Trim your Tummy
I like the variety and that I don't have to get bored doing the same thing over and over again.
And a lot of times I'll grab my little 3lb weights and do the workouts with those to get a bit more toning to my sad, flabby arms.
I know, I know... I'm pretty hardcore. Don't be too intimidated.
So overall I'm really appreciating it's ideal length and the reasonable balance it achieves between being too easy that it's a waste of time and being too challenging that I crumble on the floor halfway through it and yell at my TV before picking up the phone and ordering a pizza.
I did it almost every day (in addition to a few other things to help me lose weight..which I plan on writing about soon) during the month of December and lost 10 pounds.
As in.. on top of all of the cookies and the wine and the 517 miniature Reeses I devoured.
I still lost weight.
It's a great video to use if you have a busy life, or if you're wanting to start exercising and you just need a good place to start.
I, personally, am totally diggin' it.
Feel free to come over and do it with me sometime.
There might or might not be celebratory cake afterwards.