Cardio Interval Workout

Last week I completed my third week of a 6 week virtual challenge with This Time Fitness. Monday’s workout was cardio intervals and left me dripping in sweat and feeling so accomplished.

Here is the workout…

Most of these exercises don’t need any explanation. For the super squats perform a squat jump into a jumping lunge on each leg and back into a squat. It is a burner for sure. I was dripping with sweat at the end.

The first round you perform 40 seconds of super squats followed by 90 seconds of jumping rope. The next round perform 40 seconds of super squats, 40 seconds of pike pushups, and 90 seconds of jumping rope. You continue adding on an exercise each round.

I am loving all these workouts from Kindal and Dan. If you are interested in their live streaming classes you can reach out to her at [email protected]

This upcoming week I am doing something new to me and taking two virtual cooking classes online! I am so excited!

It is also our last week of virtual schooling for our oldest. What a crazy and sad end to the school year. I have so many feelings about it. When I think I am doing ok a new wave of emotions hit and it is the silliest things that make my have all the feelings. Our three littles got to pick up all their preschool end of the year books and packets and seeing all the teachers was just…I don’t even have a word for it. We love our preschool so much.

Our 3 year olds had made little pom pom chicks at our last class and they had them in their bags. Those silly little yellow pom poms made me cry. The boys were so happy to see the chicks they had made and I just lost it. Our family has been so blessed by all the teachers at our preschool who have loved on all our babies. Jesse kept saying “My baby chicky” over and over again and hugging it.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your day :).

xo, Tamara

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Arms & Core Workout

Happy Friday! I hope you are all safe and healthy wherever you are reading this from. We have been enjoying our backyard this week even as the heat has started creeping up in Arizona. We have had several 100 degree days already. Here are some pictures of our wildflowers and our blueberries.

We have been trucking along on getting school work done, trying to keep our garden alive, disinfecting and cleaning our house, and getting to spend so much quality time together. I am reminding myself daily all we have to be thankful for, which is so much.

I did get emotional this week when we drove by a preschool friends house to say happy birthday from the car. I got to see several friends in their cars and it was just such a weird surreal experience. I was so grateful to see them all but gosh it was hard at the same time.

I have been trying to workout around 6am before the kids are up for the day. I am so happy to share a workout I did this week. My upper body is so so sore. I did this workout I am sharing yesterday and holy moly. The pushups were intense and I loved it.

I have been doing the workouts that This Time Fitness has been posting on Facebook and they have been great. I have been enjoying them so much that I signed up for a 6 week virtual challenge with the studio. This Time Fitness is in South Carolina and I am in Arizona so it has been fun to do these workouts in realtime with the owners Kindal and Dan.

I completed Kindal’s kettlebell program Strong last year and really enjoyed it. I read her fitness blog years ago which is how I discovered her training programs. I highly recommend them. Fun workouts that help you get stronger and leaner.

Yesterday was the first workout I took that Dan programmed and my arms are feeling it today. Here is the workout with a few modifications made by me…

For the numbered exercise you will start with 30 of each and progress down on the next go around. Try to do the pushups slow and controlled. For the pushups that are the down portion only lower your entire body to the ground from plank position. For all pushups focus on your elbows being straight back as opposed to out to side.

Your first round will look like this:

  • 30 Knee Pushups
  • 30 Elevated Pushups
  • 30 Pushups (Down Only)
  • 12 Lat Raises
  • 30 seconds each of the following: Bicycle Crunches, V-Ups, & Leg Raise

Your next round you will drop the reps to 20. The negative reps were so hard for me but I loved them. I hadn’t done negative reps of any exercise in such a long time.

I am not going to lie the first two rounds took over 20 minutes but it goes much faster towards the end.

If you are looking for motivation I highly recommend Kindal and Dan’s programs and workouts. They have created a virtual studio on Facebook that will contain 44 workouts each month. If you are interested it is only $57 to join. You can find more information on their virtual studio HERE.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy weekend!

xo, Tamara

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August 2019 Fitness/Wellness Update

Welcome to my monthly recap where I share my fitness and wellness updates. Overall I have still been able to stay super consistent with my workouts. My nutrition could have been better.

Eating

With school staring up I have found it a bit more challenging to make sure I am actually eating enough food throughout the day. Several mornings I have gotten in the car with all 4 kids on the way to school drop-offs only to realize I didn’t actually eat anything for breakfast. For September I would really like to dial in my nutrition to make sure I am eating enough food. It is crazy what a change of schedule will do if you aren’t planning ahead.

Workouts

I started my new training plan this month and didn’t think I would love it as much as I am. For three months I am only going to be using kettlebells. For years this type of training didn’t interest me at all and whenever I would use ketllebells I would always feel strained in my lower back. A little over a year ago Josh and I scheduled a personal training session with a local kettlebell instructor and he helped me so much. Sometimes you need to find an expert to help you figure out what you are doing wrong.

With the knowledge from working one on one with a trainer I have greatly improved my form and confidence with this type of movement. In case you are wondering I am using the Strong Program from Fit Women’s Weekly . I am loving it so far! August was all clinic type workouts to make sure you have the main kettlebell movements mastered. I have been so sore! This week was my first full week of workouts and I love it!

Wellness

Here are a few bullet points from August:

  • I had a horrible sinus infection that took me out for a day before the meds started kicking in and I also lost my voice. That is hard when you are a mom with little kids. Thankfully I am on the mend!
  • My grandma treated my mom and I to manicures and pedicures which was super sweet and much needed. It was my first time back in a nail salon in over two years! My feet and hands felt and looked so good afterwards.
  • I am almost finished with the Old Testament for this year. I have the Psalms and Malachi left. Woohoo!

Thanks so much reading and following along on my wellness journey this year!

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