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That’s right, I’m back at it!  I apologize for my two week disappearance – I have missed blogging, but I was able to accomplish quite a bit.  I wish I could say that my absence was due to crossing lots of fun activities off my summer bucket list, but that’s not the case.  I have been working on my DOT COM!!!  I am SO excited to share it with you!  I still have plenty to do, but it is coming along nicely.  Please, take five minutes – right now – to check out ModernEverydaySuperwoman.com.  My main goal for the dot com has been to make all my tips and suggestions easy to access and maneuver, so take a tour and let me know what you think!

My blogging days are not over!  I have lots of great posts coming up so stay tuned for those.  I hope everyone’s summer has been AWESOME and I hope you’re taking care of your beautiful body!

 

 

 

 

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How To Stay Fit On Vacation

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Who wants to exercise on vacation???

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Yep, that’s what I thought…I probably have one reader who excitedly yelled, “ME!” while the rest of you decided to skip this part and scroll down to the good stuff.  But I hope I still have your attention…this can make your life so much better!

Here’s why you should stick to some form of exercise while on holiday:

 

1.  You’re consuming more…

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably consuming at least 500-700 extra calories a day on vacation.  I know, that sounds terrible, but with all the quick stops during travel (and I like to munch while driving on long trips), and then the restaurants, drinks, desserts, beach snacks…etc…it adds up.  And for me, I start ‘vacation eating’ the day before I leave and keep it up until at least a week AFTER vacation.  You’re shaking your head at me, but I promise I’m not the only one!

 

2.  You’re not working out…

Most of us like to take a break from exercise on vacation.  I mean, lets face it, you’re out of your element, you don’t have YOUR gym, or YOUR workout space/equipment and lounging by the pool is a lot more fun than working out.  So you take the week off.  There isn’t anything wrong with taking a week off – actually it’s good to take time off.  But vacation might not be the best time to do it.  Keep in mind if you combine vacation ‘fun food’ with no exercise, you’ll probably gain.  So, take a week off from working out once you’re home – where you have a little more control over the food you eat and wont be as tempted by junk food.

 

3.  It’ll help the vacation blues…

This is perhaps the most important reason (for me at least):  Keeping up with exercise will help fight off the ‘after vacation blues’.  And I get those BAD.  It’s already hard enough to come home and get back to the real world, but add in a 7lb weight gain (or more) and you’ll feel even worse.  Not to mention, if you didn’t exercise all week, you might find it hard to get motivated after a week of being off.  Chances are though, if kept it up through vacation, it wont be as daunting to jump back in on Monday.  So enough said, do your workout ladies!

 

My suggestions???

 

20 minute brisk walking each day

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^ Last week we took a mini vacation to WV, but didn’t let that interfere with our regular evening walks!  We had a great time exploring the town while getting in some after dinner cardio 🙂

Make up your own HIIT!

This is the best vacation workout option in my opinion.  No equipment?  No way to view videos?  Limited on space and time?  Do a 20 minute fat burning cardio HIIT!  I made up my own and it was harder than a lot of videos I follow.  I was dripping with sweat by the end, but it felt soooo good.  I wrote down everything I wanted to do and for how long and added it up to make a 25 minute workout including warm up and cool down – but not stretches (I did those separate).  Example:  high knees, burpees, jump rope, jogging in place, mountain climbers, etc.

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^ Right after my homemade vacation HIIT last week – you can’t see the sweat, but it was definitely there!  Hope this motivates my Superwomen to get up and move!

Jog

I love getting in a morning jog on days I know that I’ll be busy.  It’s easy, requires no equipment, and is actually quite soothing.

Hike

Last week, we had the opportunity to explore the mountains on our mini vacay.  It was an incredible workout.  So, do a little research and find out what is around your vacation spot that you could explore.

Pushups, Squats and Plank

Set a timer and then run through some basic exercises until time runs out.  Just make sure you warm up and cool down!

 

There are lots of ways to get in a little fitness on vacation, just make sure you set out time for it.  Do a little Yoga in the A.M., swim laps in the pool before anyone else gets up, find some willing participants and play a little football or soccer…just get moving for at least 20 minutes.  You’ll be so happy that you did.

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^ And here is the ‘proof of sweat’ photo.  Gross I know, but this is what keeps me going.

 

So, if you want to maintain the body you’ve been working so hard for, do yourself a favor and keep up with exercise while away.  Would you stop brushing your teeth on vacation??  I certainly hope not!  So treat your body with the same discipline, even when you don’t feel like it.  After it’s over, you’ll be glad you did.

Got a vacation coming up?  Share your ‘post workout selfies’ below to help motivate each other.  Don’t be ashamed!  Be PROUD!  Can’t wait to see my sweaty fellow superwomen!!

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Bounce Back with Me!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday weekend!  We filled our entire week with cookouts, fireworks, family fun and or course some delicious treats!  And speaking of holidays and delicious treats….how did you do?

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My Red, White and Blue cake! It looked a lot better right after it was made but hey, it still tasted good 🙂

I’m not going to lie, I went a little crazy…I had brownies, banana split ice cream,  key lime pie, turtle pie, sugar cookies, more brownies, cake and oatmeal raisin cookies.  Yes, this went on all week.  So much sugar that I felt a little sick the next day AND had headaches once the sugar wore off!  It’s safe to say that I took it too far.  But that’s life and sometimes we all do that.  Here’s how to bounce back after a weekend (or week) of crazy eating…

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Sugar cookies shaped like the USA!

Start with water!  Drink two glasses of ice cold water upon arising in the morning to help boost your metabolism and ‘get things moving’.  (Adding a little lemon gives it an extra boost).

 

Eat a super healthy breakfast.  Did you drink a little too much over the weekend?  Grapefruit can help with hangovers and it’s a great metabolism boosting food.  Starting the day with a healthy breakfast will kick your entire day off right.  You’ll have more energy and feel encouraged to make other healthy decisions throughout the day.

 

Make cardio a priority!  Fit it in first thing if you can, if not that’s fine but make sure you do it at some point.  I find that getting my cardio out of the way in the morning is often the only way I make sure it will happen and then for the rest of the day I feel EXCELLENT!  Go for a quick jog, hit up the treadmill, or even follow along with a video – just make sure you fit it in!  Cardio is going to be the fastest way to lose the weight you gained over the past few days…or week.

 

Take a cold shower.  Sounds miserable, but it feels great after a few minutes.  I have never gone to the extreme and put it on solid cold, but I get as close as I can!  Cold showers are a great way to boost metabolism and burn a few calories without doing hardly anything.  It’s also extremely energizing.  So, hop to it!  Go get refreshed!  Need more info?  Check out this article from ImpossibleHQ.com on the benefits of a cold shower – you may never want to take a hot one again…

 

Keep and eye on size.  Last but not least, if you didn’t put any restrictions on portion size this weekend, get back to it today.  No, don’t make your plate ‘skimpy’, just watch your serving size and how many helpings you get.  Sounds like a no brainer but I’ve noticed that after a big weekend of eating whatever/whenever, we tend to stay in that mindset for a few days or even weeks before we get back on track.

 

Keep in mind, today is your fresh start.  Even if you are dealing with yesterdays choices, it’s TODAY’S choices that determine tomorrow – so make healthy decisions!!

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Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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