0 In Style & Lifestyle/ Uncategorized

My Workout Plan and Routine.

I have been asked so many times over Instagram to share about my workout plan and routine. I am finally getting around to writing this post and sharing! First off let me tell you a little bit about my past and how I believe it led to my current plan and why I love to run.

As far back as I can remember I have always been active. I was born an athlete. I know that sounds crazy to say, but I was. My parents saw how busy and active I was from a young age and got me into sports right away. When I was just 3 my mom had me registered in soccer and figure skating lessons. I loved to move and watching the hockey boys step onto the ice after my figure skating lessons, I wanted to do THAT. By the age of 5 my mom had me taking figure skating lessons on hockey skates. I refused to wear the white skate with the picks at the front. For the rest of my life, I’d be known as the girl who was born with skates on her feet.

I transitioned into Ringuette by the age of 6 and was figure skating and playing Ringuette 3 to 4 times a week. There was no girls hockey team at the time. I loved playing Ringuette, but what I really wanted was to play hockey. When I was 12 my parents finally fought hard enough and I was able to join the Peewee Boys hockey team. I played both Hockey and Ringuette for a long time. For those who know me, they know how hockey became a huge part of my life as a young adult. Hockey was life.

In between I also played competitive soccer, swimming,  basketball and skied. I begged my mom to let me join her gym at 15. I was athletic…by 16 I was training 7 out of 7 days. If I wasn’t at the gym, on the ice or on the field, then I was probably rollerblading someplace in Montreal or running. My poor parents drove me all over the world for tournaments, games and competitions. They knew I loved it so they supported me.

Today I am almost 40 years young, and nothing has changed. I am still the same girl who is constantly in need of movement. I move to be healthy. I move to move me. I move to be strong. I am not the one stepping on the ice as often anymore, I am the mom driving my little guys around to the pitch or arena…but I still find time to move everyday.

Running and BBG

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I have always been a runner. In running I found a new outlet. I was able to challenge myself. No team, no passing strategy, no pressure from the coach, no outside competition, the only person I competed against was myself. Running was good for me, especially when I was playing hockey at such a competitive level. It was my ME time. Today I am still running. I run because it makes me feel strong and I love pushing my endurance. It’s a huge challenge. I love it cause I can run with others or by myself. You can run anywhere, it’s cheap, all you need are running shoes, a make believe start line and you’re off.

My running schedule is aligned with my strength training schedule. For the past 2.5 years I have been doing the BBG, or SWEAT, the Kayla Itsness program. I am obsessed. It takes a lot of discipline to work out this hard for 28 minutes BUT in the grand scheme of things it’s only 28 minutes, you can do it at home and the results are ridiculous! I swear by the Sweat App.

I combine my running as LISS and HITT training with the BBG workouts.

In addition to the above I also swim 1-2 x a week and I do yoga at home 2-3 x a week.

I also am the mom to three active boys and we try to get out and channel that energy and do things together like hiking, biking and more…

In the end, when I think of being healthy and strong, I think it’s important to share, that what you eat and drink plays a HUGE part in this. I believe that diet makes up 80% of your health and 20% is the work you put in physically. Food is key. Proper nutrition is key. Eating healthy and balanced is key.

Thats it! My current workout routine. Let me know what you think and what YOU do to move…

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till the next post,

MovePlayMom

1 In Minimalist Livin'/ Parenting

What to do with all that amazing art your children bring home?

UPDATE: This post is so good it was time to highlight it again for new followers! enjoy and please share your creative ideas below!

I own a preschool. A preschool that believes in creative expression, collaborative project work, natural and loose parts exploration…we send home a lot of art. The children in our program are free to explore materials and create.

We celebrate all pieces. Even the ones with just a single brush stroke across the page. Why? Because each piece is a step in that child’s development. each piece of art documents their growth. They have a sense of meaning to the child. So we value it.

Now I am going to take off my teacher hat.

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My son attended my program for 3 years. I get it, parents…WHAT THE? How do I hide half of this without him seeing it slowly creep its way into the bin? Yes, I am saying it out loud. I GET IT! I also know that each piece means something to him. Believe me. EACH PIECE has a story…a long long story.

One brush stroke…turns into 16 pages of one brush stroke, one scribble, one page covered in the letter S, one rainbow…like itty bitty rainbow in the corner…you get the picture (no pun intended!)

So here’s the deal. I like a clutter-free home so we had to come up with a genius way of keeping his art but not having it scattered across the house or sitting accumulating in yet another storage box.

You can thank me later!

First step. Displaying art. He gets to display meaningful pieces in his room. We created a “gallery wall”; thanks to my lovely ingenious business partner who had figured out this IKEA hack years ago as a way to display art in our previous daycare centers.

You can purchase the Dignitet curtain wire at IKEA for 14.99$ (seriously! so cheap and so clean looking). The system is easy to hang. Took us no longer than 15 minutes to get it all level and hung up.

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Now, what happens with all this art hanging and all the other art that comes into our house?

The pieces hanging go on rotation. When he is wanting to change something or hang something new up we take these pieces down and snap a photo with our phones. I created an album on my cell phone to specifically store each child’s art. This is easy enough to do. I also take a photo of whatever else he would like me to “keep” and then we agree that the hard copies go into the recycling bin.

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Once we have about 50-60 images I send it off to my favorite, CHATBOOKS. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know that I love my Chatbooks. They arrive quickly, they are super affordable and my little guy gets a keepsake of all the art and creations he has brought home. Because they are only 6×6; they are small, easy to store for him and a great way to look back on the school year. These little photo books are clean looking, simple and super easy to create using the Chatbook app.

Minimalism is a balance. Some people are opposed to the idea of even keeping stuff like a small book of a little guy’s art. Heres’ the deal, if it adds value to our lives…we hold onto it.

This adds value to his life and way less clutter and stuff to mine.

win-win.

till the next post,

moveplaymom.

 

0 In Mompreneur

Mompreneur Spotlight, Meet Amanda Wallace

Mompreneur Spotlight is back and I got to interview one of my local Calgary favorites, Amanda Wallace. Amanda is the founder of Chasing Sleep. She is a certified infant and child sleep consultant who is passionate about the benefits of sleep!  Her other passion is her other job (Yes! she is a serious hustler!) as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. So let’s get started!

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Tell us a little about yourself and life as a mom…

I am a born and raised Calgary girl, mom of two little ladies and wife to a marketing guru! I came out of my teenage years interested in teaching…fast forward a few years and I fell in love with being in a family-centered education role as a registered nurse. I currently work part-time in the neonatal intensive care unit, I soak up every minute of my two and four-year-olds lives, sneak away for a date night with my hubby and work with clients all over Canada to help them find the rest they need!

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Tell me about your business and what got you started?

I got started with sleep consulting after having my second daughter (now a toddler) because she was “one of those” sleepers. I knew that if I could successfully get her to be an independent sleeper, I could help any sleepy parent out there!

What have been some of the challenges around starting your own business?

The biggest challenge I face is feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day. Between my mom duties, nursing shifts and mom boss hustle, the days feel short, and often too quick! I have found that if I can manage my calendar well, it helps me to stay on task and on track each day, which allows for less of the overwhelm that I used to feel.

Being a mompreneur isn’t easy, what motivates you to want to be successful?

I want to be a successful mompreneur to show both of my daughters what it means to step out of your comfort zone! I never imagined myself as a business owner, but I love that I am now helping sleep-deprived families all over the country. I am constantly learning and making changes to my business, and I want them to see me as an example of chasing dreams (and chasing sleep)!

What is one way that you try to find a balance between being a mom and a business owner?

The most successful balance I have found between the mom and boss parts of my journey has been a result of having well-defined boundaries. When I am mumming, I put my phone away to be present with my girls. And when I am nap time hustling, I focus on client work and growing my business. I think all mom owned businesses can relate to this, but being present (and staying present) can be tough! For me, the physical separation of the two is really important.

 

What was your first big a-ha moment as a business owner?

I went to my first sleep conference when I was 7 months into my business operations. I met some wonderful colleagues, but the one thing I could not wrap my head around was the number of clients they could manage and still be amazing consultants. This was the first time I really learned about delegation. These women had successful businesses and were all moms… but they asked for help!

What advice would you give to a mom who might be considering starting a business or a side hustle?

Make sure you take it one step at a time! It is not possible to hit every marketing avenue, grow a business, balance a family and take time for yourself all at once. Businesses grow gradually and very rarely do you hear about a startup that exploded overnight! It is important to build the foundation and I promise the rest will come.

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What has been your favorite and fun way to market your business?

I love to do group presentations! Never in a million years would I think that this would be my thing but I find connecting with a group people really allows the parents to feel empowered. I give them lots of information about sleep but it is also so reassuring to parents that they are not alone with their questions, we are all just doing the best be can raising these tiny humans!

What’s next for your brand?

I would love Chasing Sleep to grow into supporting all ages, rounding out my offering to the entire family. What would be more amazing than being able to help a child with sleep…working with the adults in their lives as well! I would like to certify eventually in adult sleep. I believe so much in the importance of good rest for all ages and stages!

How can we see more! give us directions to your site, social media etc…

I have a very active blog and website that I love to share tips and tricks related to sleep: https://www.chasingsleep.ca/

Instagram @chasing.sleep

Facebook  @chasingsleepconsulting

Till the next post,

moveplaymom