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In the land of danishes, rye bread, and happy people, babies nap exclusively in strollers…. while their parents dine peacefully inside! In this magical land, they also say:

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

And so, with that in mind, barring total weather disaster, my exercise routine is moving outside for the summer!

Hills, stairs, pushups, planks, burpees, yoga… all outside. Kid loves it (trees!) and so do I.

Sweaty, very sweaty, after my Think Fitness workout. I nearly died.

mxo

P.S. The magical land is Denmark.

 

 

108 days…

A friend of mine just completed a 100 day challenge of exercising, eating well, and generally being great to himself.

It has inspired me to do the same.

My diet is pretty good and I don’t want to mess with it right now as I’m nursing my little peanut… BUT I could certainly use more exercise in my life!

So here’s my 108-day challenge:

  1. 10 jumping jacks
  2. 10 high knees
  3. 10 burpies (ugg!)
  4. 10 push-up arm raise things (see this awesome video of my friend, Chris)
  5. 10 leg lifts
  6. 10 bicycle crunches
  7. 10 bridge lifts
  8. 10 russian twists
  9. 10 cobras with chest extension (again, see Chris here)
  10. 10 superman lifts
  • and 8 deep breathes

These are all moves that can be done anywhere with no equipment and don’t take very long – this last point is especially important when you have a fussy baby that likes to be held constantly and only naps in 30-minute chunks. 🙂

Why 108 days? 108 is a very auspicious number and I like the idea of a day for every bead in my beautiful mala. 108 days brings me to August 3rd… Let’s do this!

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What can you do for yourself in 108 days?

mxo

eight TLCs…

There’s a 13-foot hole where my front lawn used to be and five guys with big machines tending to it. Junior’s due date is in a week. Yesterday, I stressed. Today, I’m moving on. 🙂

A beautiful friend of mine recently shared this video which is now going viral:

I like a lot of what Logan has to say, especially the attention he brings to Roger Walsh’s eight therapeutical lifestyle changes (or “TLCs”).

tlcsThat’s my equation for a happy, healthy life… what do you think? 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

mxo

walkity update…

Some 17 days ago, I started my 10,000 step challenge. And then I learned just how far that is…

But I didn’t quit! No siree!

I can proudly say that with the exception of two days – one due to bad shoes and one due to ice pellets – I have walked an average of 11,000 steps each and every day.

And honestly, it’s one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.

In my two weeks of walking, I have:

  • fallen back in love with my city
  • had some of the best cups of coffee at cafes I never knew existed
  • lost some winter insulation on my belly (note: this was not intended but better-fitting jeans are a nice perk)
  • had some lovely walking dates to get green juices
  • noticed how many people are glued to their phones – it’s a miracle there aren’t more accidents!
  • developed some gnarly blisters – lesson: wear proper shoes
  • realized the magic that is spring
  • learned how to ditch work crap before getting home
  • found two trucks and an octopus
  • visited the zoo
  • fallen madly in love with life

Walking is my exercise. It is my stress-relief and elixir. I cannot recommend it enough. 

And after Monday’s incredible tragedy, I have taken each and every step with immense gratitude.

mxo 

undiet…

Here it is, folks. My new bible. Undiet.

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I’m 10 pages in and I already feel like Ms. Telpner is writing about me – except the galavanting in Africa part, although that sure would be fun.

Inspired by Telpner, I wrote my very own healthy list.

  • Walk 10,000 steps. 
  • Do yoga.
  • Meditate – you know, like be quiet for a few minutes.
  • Eat four cups of super green vegetables.
  • Do absolutely nothing if that’s what I want to do. 
  • Bonus: drink a green juice. 

Now that’s one daily to-do list I can get behind (and will)!

It was a very soggy 10,000 steps today!

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Happy April showers!

mxo