Monday, January 4, 2010

Fit Mommy Meme

*** Fit Mommy Friday has been moved to Vintage Healthy Home. ***

'Tis the New Year and with it come all sorts of resolutions to get fit, lose weight and get healthy!

To help keep us all encouraged and accountable, I've devised (with help from a dear friend) a fun weekly meme that I hope you'll enjoy. It's called Fit Mommy Friday and here's how it works:

  • First, choose your level of participation and plan your weekly goals. This is entirely up to you, but should be based on your personal fitness goals and overall condition. (Example: If you've never walked the length of your block, your goal should NOT be a 2 mile run by Friday.)
Level One: The Beginner level. This is for those of you who are brand new to exercise or for those who are not already participating in a consistent fitness program. Your goal should include at least 1 mild form of exercise per day (walking, low impact cardio) as well as one nutritional goal; drinking 8 glasses of water per day, keeping a food journal, eating a small salad with dinner, no chocolate for the week (did I say that?), etc.

Level Two: The Intermediate level. This level is for those who are already exercising at least 3 times per week on a regular basis. Goals here might include one additional 20-30 min workout each day/week, or incorporating a new exercise or tool (kettle bells, stability ball, bands, dumbbells) into your fitness routine, etc. It should also include some sort of nutritional goal.

Level Three: Advanced Level. This level is for those of you who consistently workout 5-6 days + per week for 45-60 mins each time. (The crazy ones. *Grins*) Goals at this level might include extending your cardio sessions by a few minutes, adding heavier weights, training for a marathon, etc. As with the other two levels, you should also shoot for a nutritional goal as well.
  • Next, post your goals to your blog. Be as specific as you care to be, but put it out there. It will help make your goals feel more concrete. This can be done during your Friday "Fit Mommy" post (see below).
  • Invite your friends to participate! After all, misery loves company we could all use the encouragement! Having the support of your friends and family is a great way to keep yourself motivated and accountable. :)
  • Work on reaching your goals each day. And remember, there's no shame if you mess up here 'n there! It's all a learning process, especially in the beginning. Don't beat yourself up!
  • On Friday, write your success stories along with your personal goals for next week, then sign the Fit Mommy Mr. Linky (which will be posted on Friday). That way everyone can bunny-hop over to your blog, leave a nice note of encouragement, etc. Remember, even if you weren't 100% perfect all week, there's no shame allowed, whatsoever. Simply dust yourself off and keep going!
  • The process begins all over again the following week! :)

To help get your inspirational juices flowing, I've provided a list of links that'll help kick start your Fit Mommy Goals!

Spark Free website offering diet and fitness information, calorie counters, food journals, workout buddies and more! Great accountability tool! (And did I mention it's all free?)

Exercise TV Features free workout videos, free downloadable workout plans and more.

The Biggest Loser The official home of one of TV's most popular reality series.

My Trainer Biggest Loser trainer, Bob Harper. Free registration/membership; offers fun Fitness Challenge of the Day, helpful information and tons of encouragement.

Jillian Fiercest Biggest Loser trainer, Jillian Michaels. Offer free e-newsletter which is always informative and inspiring and paid weight loss plan.

Collage Video Hundreds of workout videos, complete with clips and user reviews.

Fitness Magazine Offers free workout videos, articles, advice and more.

The FIRM These babies started my obsession back in high school. (Yes, they're that old.) See if you can locate these tapes/dvd's through your local library. They are by far one of the best workout series ever created!

For those with Verizon FIOS or Comcast Cable: There are free workouts available for you to access any time, courtesy of the OnDemand feature. These are presented by Exercise TV and contain several popular titles including Jillian Michaels, Biggest Loser, The FIRM and more.

On a Personal Note:
I'm a former ballet dancer in training, yet fell off the proverbial fitness wagon after back-to-back babies # 2-3. After a heavy dose of reality (full length mirror), I was determined to get back into semi-decent shape. Although I'm nowhere near as small as I was during my "ballerina" years, I feel proud of what I've accomplished. Most days anyway. Should God miraculously give me 32 inch hips, I totally wouldn't complain. Just sayin'.

Official Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or any sort of medical professional (although I happen to play one on TV. Just kidding). My suggestions should in no way be construed as medical advice.

I am not liable or otherwise responsible for any injury, pain, discomfort, profuse sweating, frustration, etc. that may result from your partipation in the Fit Mommy Meme or the exercise/nutritional suggestions therein.

Prior to beginning this or any other exercise routine, you should consult with your doctor. Likewise, do not make changes to your diet without the advice of a qualified nutritional expert. 


Heather said...

This sounds wonderful! I need to come back later 7 check out some links...I think I'm in--I need to be:)

Unknown said...

Awesome, Heather! You'll do great, I just know it! :) Hope to "see" you Friday.

Michelle Smith said...

I have signed up for this! What a great idea! I need the motivation, too! :) Looking forward to losing another size or two and regaining some energy! :)

Unknown said...

Bravo, Michelle! Welcome aboard! I can't wait to hear your Friday success story! :)

Kimberly Leui Kovach said...

No chocolate?! Yikes.

paulawannacracker said...

I get the fitness channel and I've dvr'd a few workouts. Those are my backups for when it's raining out and I can't get to the gym.

Wow.. former ballet dancer. That's great. Can't wait to read more about your weight loss journey.

Paula (paulawannacracker)

Unknown said...

Kimberly: LOL! It's only a suggestion but a nasty one, I'll admit. ;)

Paula: I LOVE the fitness channel! Isn't it great? By the way, I'm really enjoying your blog posts. You're one inspiring lady, that's for sure! :)

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

I plan on joining in on the fun. I haven't gotten back in shape from my surgery over a year ago. Yikes! I'll start as a beginner and work my way up. At least, that's the plan. lol!

Robert said...

Exercise TV is awesome. I totally agree with you. Great advice on all the ways people can stay fit.

I actually just signed up for the New Year New You challenge through Exercise TV. It's going to be a great motivating device to help me lose those holiday pounds.

Keep up the good work!!!

homeschool101 said...

Ok so I am reading this for the 2nd time right. Lol. I follow Mrs Whites blog. I read this as you posted before and follow your blog.

So your post today drew me back here. This tells me I am being called! Lol! :) I re-read this and got down to the bottom. I never noticed you also had baby 2 & 3 back to back. Well I had baby 1,2,3 back to back. I kept my shape after baby 2 until 3 came and poof it was gone. Blah! I recently picked up a challenge on my bible readin which has motivated me more in other fields. I did a weeks detox that ended on Wed this week and have begun to slowly cautiously watch what I am eating. I have a few excercises that I do plus have the wii and I am getting a new wii excercise game. The new Jenny Mcarthy one. I have wii fit is good but alot say they dont like it also for different reasons.

So to this, I am on phase 2 and I graciously accept and boy this will be fun. Challenge #2. I sense God is doing something, this can be fun and really scary. Lol! Have a great day!

puna said...

I'm here from Faith Family and Fun. I wholeheartedly support this...don't know if I'll participate or not but it sure will be fun to watch!

tamara said...

This sounds good to me. I have started to eat better and exercise daily. I've also cut out any wine, coffee, and a lot of sugar. I am not pleasant to be around right now. I thought being healthy was supposed to make you feel good?!?:) In time, I guess:)

cindy said...

Fit Mommy Friday sounds like just what I need - small goals, encouragement, accountability and fun.

I'm in as a beginner. My starting goals are drink more water (less diet soda), and 10 minutes of purposeful movement a day.

This will also give me more motivation to be more active on my blog, which is something I've been wanting to do.

What a great idea - thanks!

Cheryl Henderson said...

After careful consideration I've decided that I'm in! (And the crowd roars) I'm at the Intermediate Level, so I guess I'll shoot for 4 times a week 4 yoga/4 cardio. My calorie burn per workout goal is 240 calories per workout. (Since I use Wii Fit it's easy to track).

Food goals ... that's harder. I'm working on not eating past 9 p.m. and adding vegetables to my lunch menu.

I think I'll leave it at for now since I'm sleepy and might kick myself in the morning if I promise much more. :-)

Thanks Denise!

Amy Rainey said...

Hey Y'all,
I was invited by Michelle..thanks, Michelle :) I'm a blogger, a mom of two and paper pregnant with #3 (a daughter from China I have yet to meet)and a wife of 15 years. I'm training for my second half-marathon, the first being two and a half years ago. I got out of the groove due to an injury and illness...but I'm back in the saddle again! Looking forward to the accountability available here!

Debbie said...

I'm definitely taking the challenge. I need motivation!

I've managed to paste your button onto my blog, but I must admit, I have no clue how to do the Mr. Linky thing.

Can someone fill me in?

MBC Scrapbooking said...

Mrs. White just referred me to your site:) I want to link up on Friday- it'll be my first one:) Very motivated to start this with you!

i cant decide said...

K, I'm joining you at level one since I had foot surgery a month ago and am still getting back to walking normally.

I have 8 children, the last 6 each about two years apart. I have lots of work to do!

Anonymous said...

This is a great plan and motivation. I decided to do the "Slim in 6" program from beachbody, and my husband is doing P90X, with great success for both of us. God is great! Check us out at

SisterTipster said...

Okaaaay~I bite..LOL! Well, maybe one LESS bite as I join you gals on Fit Mommy Fri~here we goooooooo!

Raber said...

I realy want to join you. I heard about this program from Mrs. Whites blog. However I am very new to computer stuff and I am not understanding how to go about signing up. I don't even know how I will recieve and answer from you, about this question. so I will leave my e-mail address if anyone would be willing to e-mail me some help:-) (
I will see if I can figure it out but would greatly appriciate some help. Thank you.


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