Posts tagged ‘imagination’

July 31, 2013

Kid-Friendly Workouts and other Parenting Advice from the “Non-Parent”

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The past few weeks, I’ve been lovingly overwhelmed by little people around me, and it made me keenly aware of how important it is to fit your daily exercise around your already hurried life. Oh and guess what, there’s not much time to prepare a nutritious snack between the initial “I’m so hungry…” wail and the self-destructive breakdown that ensues shortly after. (Drop the juicer, Lacey… it’s not happening…)

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I feel it’s important to multitask your wellness efforts, mostly because, well… who has time to do it any other way? With some minor planning ahead, you can stay on track and be Captain Wonderful for those around you. Also, be flexible! One day, last week, I had a six-mile run planned; however, with a last-minute little niece in the neighborhood, I sacrificed the six-miler for “superstar jumps” with my niece, followed by “down and ups” which wound up leaving my abs sore the next morning. (I wonder if she was sore?) And wouldn’t you know it, kids still love the “airplane” move—and it’s still a great glutes/leg workout!

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A little Insanity can also serve as prep for nap time.

I hope you enjoy these homemade workouts that made the week fit and super fun for me. And the nourishment… well, not only did we eat well, but we nourished our soul as well. I can’t wait for all of them to visit again. Enjoy!

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First off—Hydration!

Cut up some mango, strawberries, lemon, cucumber, and lime

Have the little ones drop their favorite choices into jars or big travel mugs. Mix up the combinations for different flavors. Set in the refrigerator.

Superstar workout

Warm up: Crazy dance (basically move and shake any way your body leads for one minute)

Squeeze down and pop jump out into an X (do sets of 10—have the child work on her number counting)

With hands lifted above your head at all times, sit down and lay back; pull back up and stand (count to 25)

Rabbit Jumps (For one minute. All. Around. The. House.) So much fun.

Remember

High five one another and repeat the series again! (And once more if you’re in a silly/crazy mode.)

 

Superstar Snack

Fresh berries in coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt)

Sprinkle Cinnamon/Ginger mix on top

(Remember to click your spoons together and say, ‘Cheers!’ before you dig in!)

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Pup Sprints and Claps

(If you don’t have pets, you can use stuffed animals or another family member instead.)

Set markers outside (or inside) far enough away to get a good distance in. The goal is to get to that spot as fast as possible either: running, skipping, high-kneeing, or bunny hopping—you choose!)

Each time to get across to the other side, high five your pet, stuffed animal, or family member/friend.

Don’t forget to stretch: Our favorite is still to sit feet to feet, grab hands, and pull back and forth.

Caution: laughing will occur, but it’s ok—laughing is a good ab workout. 

 

Cheer Snack

Every good cheerleader keeps almonds in her bag/purse at all times, and it’s funny how that habit spills over into my life now as a spokesperson and coach. I always have almonds close by—in my purse, car, stuffed behind a couch (I’m kidding on the last one…)

For a quick, on-the-go snack, mix your favorite healthy nuts and dried fruit into a trail mix. There’s so much to choose from and a little of these two ingredients goes a LONG way—don’t over-consume.

The cool thing about this snack is that once you gather up your healthy ingredients, you can put them in a baggie and walk down to your favorite scenic area and chat life while you snack, stretch, and celebrate the time together. Chat princesses, princes, and the latest Dora adventure. 

Oh and don’t forget to grab your containers of flavored water and chug-a-lug!

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My little ones think that ‘healthy is being able to keep up…’ Can you keep up with the energy surrounding you?

Whether you consider my not-normal parent status legit or not, isn’t important here. Nobody can argue that there’s a need for more nurturing in today’s world. Be kind to yourself first, so you can share kindness with and nurture those around you. I’ll always be grateful for the time I have with the little ones in my life. None of them are day-in, day-out, day-after-day for me, but thankfully, my family makes decisions to allow for this quality time to happen frequently.

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I already miss my little pull-up beast. 

In health… Aunt Lacey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 13, 2013

Magic Around the Edges

Life is a fairytale

Morning, Friends. It’s Brooke, here. How many of you live an inspired life? Or maybe a life with magic around the edges? And do you choose to make your world something special, or do you simply honor the glimmers that you see? Of course, you don’t have to be all “writery” about it, although that’s my personal lens. Moving through your day with brightness means you are living with joy, anticipating the best of things and trailing a hopeful spirit in your wake. And people notice this! They can see the sparkle you leave as you brush alongside them.

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I’ve lived my whole life nestled on the edge of reality and unreality, devouring books and ideas, feeding the furnace that is my imagination. That’s the beauty of experiencing life through the written word—you can slip into someone else’s skin, carry on in another world, fall in love many times, have your heart broken hopefully fewer times, and find yourself again at the end of everything forever changed. One of my favorite analogies comes from Stephen King, when he says that he always carries a book with him because he never knows when he’ll need an escape hatch. And I totally get it! This kind of escape makes the tedium of life bearable.

Fantasy street signs

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this existed?

However, literary highways are not the only ways to travel. I often go about my business, appearing normal and on task while my mind wanders and skips along nearby. It’s always scanning the periphery, searching for interesting tidbits or trails of glitter that might lead to an epiphany of some sort. I like to think that there’s another world tucked behind the façade of the one we navigate every day, and every now and then, I catch a glimpse of “something else.” This kind of daydreaming, usually frowned upon by highly logical people and most bosses, helps me get through the dailyness of life reasonably well. I mean, I show up to my life–I pay my bills, go to meetings, teach classes, see clients, and try my best to be responsible and plan ahead. But if you catch me between these activities, you’ll often see me gazing into the middle distance, wondering “What if . . . ?” If you examine the course of human history, you’ll see that this very question has set fire to controversy, challenged deeply held perceptions, and repeatedly altered life as we know it. And thank goodness!

I passionately believe that life is meant to be lived, that we are not just marking time. That everyone deserves to have dignity, love, respect, and meaning in their lives, regardless of circumstance. Our reality and our joy is what we make it. And we are only bound by what we imagine is true. So, why not believe anything is possible? Why can’t you blow past any goal you set for yourself? Why let others decide for you what is true and valuable? My contrarian spirit has always balked at someone telling me why I should like this or do that—I want to figure this out on my own! But to stay on the right side of polite society, I listen graciously and smile, all the while running these suggestions through my internal works and listening for the resulting “ping” of yes or no. Over the years, however, I’ve tried to learn from others’ experiences, those wiser than myself. I pray often for guidance. And I gather clues incessantly, clues left like breadcrumbs by an invisible hand. Is this little piece important? Well, it tickles my soul and makes my heart skip a beat. Yes, I’ll keep it. Then the edges of my life shimmer once again, and I know I’ve chosen wisely.

May you have a magical and blessed week!

~Brooke

When in doubt