Family Boot Camp

At the beginning of the year I talked about my family needing to get in shape. Of Resolutions and Cliches

I’ve kept it in mind but it got shoved to the back burner. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do, but life moved on faster than I could keep up and we never started.

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and came up with an action plan. I love action plans. I also love charts. I do realize I have issues with CDO.

Strength Training:
We have 3 different strength training exercises: Sumo Squats (targets a whole bunch of muscles at once), crunches, and push-ups. These, along with some stretching, will be our warm-up routine.

I’ve done some serious weight lifting in the past and I enjoy it. The boys are still developing, it’s not a good age to start any body building. I have so much going on in my life, that if I make this overcomplicated I won’t follow through on it.

I am setting aside 30 minutes a day to infuse our plan into our daily routine. I’m going to make the most of each session.

Cardio:
We started Couch to 5K (c25k for short). It a beginner schedule that (if followed) will transform you from a couch potato to a 5k runner. Running is a great family past time. I would eventually like for use to work our way up to carrying a loaded backpack…but we are a good ways off from that goal.

I’ve done this work out before. I used a c25k podcast when I was doing Body for Life. I lost 45 lbs and was in the greatest shape of my life. I’d like to get back there again. It will take a lot of hard work, but I’ve never been afraid to put my hands to the plow. I just have a problem of running too many plows at once.

Between Days:
We’ll be doing our c25k workouts on Mon, Wed, and Fri each week. I’ll be doing some yoga and walking on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The boys will join me, but Kelsea has ballet and Pointe class on those days.

Saturdays and Sundays are free days. I don’t want to organize our fitness to death. No weekend ever looks the same for us. We need to be able to go with the flow.

Healthy Eating:
We are already pretty good at eating healthy foods. We don’t buy much processed junk food. I love to cook from scratch using solid ingredients. When we have treats, it’s usually something homemade. We’ll cut back even more on refined sugars. Spring is rapidly approaching. That will make it much easier. A bowl of berries and cream can be so satisfying when you need a sweet pick-me-up (I have a terrible sweet tooth).

So far, Calvin is on board and very encouraging. Joshua and Jeremiah are skeptical. Kelsea seems to be okay with it, but she’s concerned about it interfering with ballet. We’ll play it by ear for her. She can’t risk any injuries since it will take away from her training. Leon will join us as often as he can. He’s very happy that we are doing this.

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