Fitness Friday?

How are we feeling about a fitness post?  I’ll be honest, I’m feeling awkward.  I am not athletic.  That may have been one of the first sentences I uttered to my husband (who is one of those freaks who is good at, like, every sport).  I huff and puff when I run, I have ZERO hand-eye coordination, and I don’t have a competitive bone in my body.  My sister is my hero.  She was handed the same set of DNA I was, but she still manages to lace up her running shoes and run RACES.  Real ones.  With numbers and everything.  And she has kids, you guys!  I have no excuse.
I have focused so much on nutrition the past 3 years, and have let my fitness level lay stagnant.  I tell myself that I’m fine because I have lost all my baby weight (an embarrassing 70 lbs with my first and 40 with my second) and I do yoga mixed with the occasional long walk pushing the kids in the stroller.  Excuses, excuses.  I don’t want to be that girl!  Nutrition and fitness should naturally go hand & hand.  I want to prove that you can not only eat healthy on a budget, but stay fit without throwing money at a trainer or gym.  Would you guys be interested in helping me stay accountable with my fitness goals?  I will do a new challenge every month in 2014.  For example: I want to do yoga every week day in the month of January.  I love yoga already, so I thought it would be a good place to start.  Well, maybe it’s more that I have a hard time committing to big change, and this seemed like a good way to eeeeaaaase myself in.  If you are interested in joining me, but have never done yoga before, Erin Motz has an awesome 30 day introduction here.  I’ve done that one before and it’s fun and easy.  It’s a great choice if you are post-partum and need something gentle.  If you are at a higher fitness level and want something more challenging without having to pay any money, has tons of free classes.  Today I did this class, because it’s one of my tried-and-true favorites, and it kicks my booty everytime.  Even Granola Guy likes this one.  If you are an intermediate-level yogi, check out the rest of Kim Wilson’s classes on that site.  You won’t be disappointed.

One of the reasons I have avoided a gym membership (besides the obvious expense) is because it’s really important to me that the Granola Babies actually see me exercise, and join me.  When I visualize our family’s future, I see us being active together.  Luckily, Granola Guy loves yoga almost as much as I do, and our toddler likes to join us.  Where does baby hang out while we are doing all this?  Well, if you haven’t nursed a baby in downward-facing dog, you haven’t lived 🙂 We also like to take our kids on hikes, and now that Granola Baby #2 is older, we can hike longer.  This weekend we went for an easy and quick walk around the San Elijo Lagoon.  It was really easy for us grown ups and the tiniest Granola Baby, who was carried by her daddy in the Ergo. However, for Granola Baby #1 who turns 3 in two days (!), it was a real challenge.  She huffed and puffed her way back up the hill on the way back, and enjoyed throwing rocks off the 5 foot “cliff” at the top.  This was the first time she has walked an entire hike with us, and I was so impressed that she stuck it out!
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Now that I’ve declared my goal for January (yoga every weekday), will you help me choose a goal for February?  I want to start running more, but I always hate it so much that I quit.  Do you have advice for someone like me, who loves yoga and hiking, but hates running? Granola Guy says I should embrace my personality and accept that I don’t like to run, and try other things instead. Do you have a favorite free, online fitness class?  What are your favorite workouts you like to do with young kids?  I’m going to take the weekend off to celebrate Granola Baby #1’s third birthday, but I’ll be back Monday with our meal plan for the week.