Inspiration board #5

by Kim on October 27, 2014

Morning guys!

Wow, what a perfect fall weekend. Just what we needed.


There was some Saturday morning tailgating (involving Bloody Mary’s—SO. Good.)


In the afternoon, I got to do some shopping. I finally spent some time in the new Nordstrom Rack, and I was actually kind of disappointed! I felt like an old lady, turning up my nose at all the crazy new trends. (Which I’ll probably be wearing next year…) But I did find a really soft, long black zip-up and a purple Zella hoodie that I’m thrilled about.

Sunday was church, football, hanging with my dudes…


and team teaching my first BodyFlow class! I thought my tracks were a total disaster, but the instructor I was teaching with insisted it went great.

You know how that goes—you do something perfectly in practice, and then when it really counts…not so much. The mic wasn’t fitting right (which caused me to start my first song late, and distracted me the entire time), the lady in the front row was facing the wrong way (which made me panic, thinking I’d forgotten to turn everyone or something), and my mat was sliding all over the place (so embarrassing!). At one point, I think I said something to the effect of “place your foot—hand—elbow…what is this body part?!”

Anyway. I got through it, and I’ll never have to teach a song in front of a live audience for the first time ever again! The instructor was extremely encouraging, and invited me back again later this week. Hope it goes better this time! (I’m sure I’m just being a perfectionist…)

Now, on to this week’s inspo board!

weekly inspiration board

To eat

Important question: do you call it a crock pot or a slow cooker?

I think I use both, for some reason—maybe a little more crock pot. (Also, crock pot is one of those words that starts sounding ridiculous the more you repeat it. Crock pot crock pot crock pot crock pot…)

Anyway, whatever it is, the weather is calling its name right now.

The first two recipes are ones we’ve made and loved multiple times around here, and the third is something I want to try.

Crockpot skinny veggie lasagna

(I add ground beef to ours)

crockpot lasagna

Crock pot Italian beef sandwiches

(Extremely husband approved)

italian beef

Slow cooker chicken and sausage

Two words: cream. cheese. (Remember, fat is our friend! haha)

slow cooker chicken

Aaand, in honor of this week…

Healthier homemade candies

homemade halloween candy

To do:

–I thought this was a clever workout (and I just realized I never say the word clever). All you need is a chair!

leg workout

–If you’re looking for a multi-day strength program, take a look at the one I posted last week. It incorporates the benefits of compound (multi-muscle-group) movements (higher intensity, less time-consuming) but also includes some isolated (single muscle) movements, so you can use heavier weights the whole time without dying.

To think:

You know those articles that are called, like, “10 things everyone does wrong in the gym” or “5 things most women don’t understand about fat loss”?

I can’t resist those stupid things. I read them constantly, to the point where I never learn anything new anymore—and yet, it’s weirdly comforting to not learn anything new. Like “ok, phew, at least I’m not doing those things wrong.”

It’s like I have this paranoia that there are SECRETS out there about fitness and weight loss that I haven’t heard about yet, that could change the whole game for me.

But the more I read, the more I realize that there really aren’t secrets. Not monumental ones, anyway. The most thoughtful, well-researched people in the industry always seem to end up back at the same, boring basics: eat real food. Easy on the sugar. Work out, but not too hard. Sleep. Manage your stress.

Stuff that no one even thought about years ago (because they’re such common sense), and now, they’re our biggest problems, and we do everything we can to justify our way out of them. I can eat all the sugar I want as long as it’s natural sugar! 9 hours of sleep a night is for lazy people—I was up at 4 AM to work out! Stress means success!

Meanwhile, we’re more than happy to get caught up in all the minor details—how many grams of protein do I need per day? what’s a serving size of nuts look like? should I limit my fruit intake?—which are meant to help but sometimes just distract us from what really matters.

You know, the boring stuff.

Sometimes I wonder if we’d all be a little healthier if we weren’t trying so hard to be healthy?

Weekly challenge!

Everyone’s fav exercise and five of its cousins…

fit challenge #5

Single-leg push-ups: One leg lifts off the floor behind you as you go down. Alternate legs with each push-up.

Diamond push-ups: Thumbs and index fingers are pressed together on the floor, creating a diamond shape. (To bring more of the work into the triceps.)

Isometric push-ups: Hover at the bottom of the move for a few seconds (maybe count 1-2-3) before coming back up.

Push-ups with shoulder taps: Pause at the top of the move to tap the opposite shoulder.

Slow negative push-ups: Lower as slooowly as possible and then shoot up to the top.


Have a great week!



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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 27, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I’m sure you did great! And no matter how many times you teach, you’ll still have moments that you stumble over your words or say the wrong thing. I like to add in some humor when I mess up and it’s also key to give yourself some grace. :) Everyone in your class should recognize you’re human (if they don’t, well, that’s their problem), and covering it up with a joke saves it for everyone. Tonight I taught the newest BodyPump release and made a few whoopsies, but I just tried my best to make a joke out of it and everyone laughed along and just kept going! No biggie.

I personally call it Crock Pot, but I know that technically it’s a slow cooker since Crock Pot is a brand. Crock Pot has obviously done an awesome job at marketing their product since so many people call it a Crock Pot!
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Giselle October 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I bet you did awesome teaching! I know what you mean though. every time I get pulled up to teach a song in cardio kickboxing I think I do horrible. It doesn’t help that we have to come up with it on the spot and I often go blank. Luckily Saturday when I got put on the spot to teach in front of 30 people for a breast cancer class I pulled it off without any mistakes for the first time :-)
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Kim October 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I’m sure your class was awesome!
Super cute picture of your boys.
I call it a crock pot and use mine 2-4 times a week almost year round – makes my life so much easier!!!
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Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West October 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hi Kim! Oh my gosh I remember the first time I got up on stage to team teach BODYPUMP so many years ago. It was so incredibly scary. The good thing is that I knew everyone in the room, because I had been a regular in the class before teaching it. But you’re right, you did it, and now you can just get better. I found that my first few times were a little rough and I never though it was good enough, but then you just start to put everything together and FITNESS MAGIC comes out. Good luck on your journey:)
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char eats greens October 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

It is crazy the things people do worry about vs. what they actually should! So, I just packed my crockpot up for moving and I think it’s lost faith in me. I even said, “I’m definitely packing this up first because I know I won’t use it before the move.” Talk about kicking the crock pot when it’s down. Hopefully I get some use out of it once we move because when I was much more put together than I am now (read: night and day), I used to use it ALL the time for school and would come home to the best meals!

Aaaaand, give me all 15 of those homemade candies…now, please!
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char eats greens October 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I also would like to add that I’m sure your first class was awesome!! I feel like you would be the best, motivating teacher!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

It’s a slow cooker to me ;) Crock pot is a brand!
And I loveeee diamond push-ups! People don’t so them enough!


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