MOLO: Week 2 – Lower Body

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The Mother Love Wellness Challenge (aka MOLO) is in full-swing at Baby Boot Camp franchises nationwide, and my girlfriend Ruby over at Westside Mommy and I are tag-teaming the experience by sharing our experience on our blogs. Hit her up for an overview of Week 1, and next week for week 3… and so on.

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So here I am, with the lowdown on week 2 – which focused on lower body workouts at Baby Boot Camp. Lots of squats, lunges, inchworms and cherry pickers left me waddling around for days! But what I love most about MOLO is our daily challenges – bite sized prompts for improvements, reflections, and small changes we’re encouraged to make and share our results in the private MOLO facebook group.

Here are the week 2 challenges, and how I fared: 
Sunday: Focus on water consumption: drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day.
– I’m a bit of a water-holic, and carry a 32 ounce mason jar filled with water around all day long, (even sleeping with one by my side), so this was not a very difficult challenge for me to accomplish, but I was grateful for the reminder to be mindful about drinking it!

Monday: Replace dessert with hot tea and fresh fruit.
– We’ve recently gotten into the habit of enjoying cool, sweet oranges after dinner. They’re juicy, refreshing, and the citrus helps cut through any lingering grease or fat on our palates. But replacing my typical glass of wine with hot tea was a bit more of a challenge! But, I do love a nice warm cup of candycane green tea (decaf) or roasted barley tea (aka bori cha – recipe here), and find them to be a nice relaxing alternative before bed.

Tuesday: Make a family favorite meal, but add a healthy twist.
– My plans to make lettuce-wrapped tacos was thwarted when the farmer’s market didn’t have any good butter lettuce available, so I changed gears and made a hearty-but-healthy chili and skipped the shredded cheese and sour cream with which we’d normally liberally adorn it.

Wednesday: Skip your biggest vice/trigger food today.
– Carbs. If I had my way, I’d eat carbs all day. Refined carbs, to be exact. So today, I focused on protein and veggies, and subbed in roasted sweet potato for white rice with delicious results!

Thursday: Hold a wall sit for 20 seconds every time you send a text today.
– Only sent 2 texts, haha! Thankful for baby keeping me busy! Because after Wednesday’s lower body blitz at Boot Camp, I could barely hold 20 seconds at all!

Friday: No soda for the next 3 days, or track water consumption if you don’t drink soda.
– I quit soda 3 years ago this spring, but I did manage to pour 160 ounces of water down my gullet! Huzzah!

Saturday: Plan next week’s meals and make a grocery list.
– Did this one day late, but made it happen! We’re focusing on proteins and veggies for dinners, making sure to cook enough protein that I can toss some on a salad the next day for an easy, healthy lunch.

Whew! It was an eventful week! I hope some of those prompts help inspire you to make small changes, as they all add up quickly!

Next week we’ll be focusing on our upper body, so make sure to tune in to Westside Mommy for Ruby’s report, and I’ll be back for Week 4: CORE. (Yikes!)

So far, I’m loving the MOLO Challenge. The sense of community and camaraderie in the Facebook group is absolutely wonderful and so inspiring – it helps keep me going on the days I want to throw it all out the window and drown my exhaustion in a bag of chocolate chips. And the daily prompts are just manageable enough to accomplish each day, giving me momentum and small boosts of pride. I can already see changes in my body and feel noticeably stronger than just a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait to see what kind of improvement I’m experiencing after the end of the first month!

About Baby Boot Camp
Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller fitness program designed to balance the fitness needs of new moms while spending time with their children. Delivered by nationally certified fitness professionals throughout the United States, Baby Boot Camp stroller-fitness classes include STROLLFIT, STROLLGA, 5K Training Program, and Nutrition Solutions. Created in 2001 by Kristen Horler, Baby Boot Camp strives to help moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.

Click here for the website of Baby boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) or visit them on Facebook.

Click here for more info about the 2016 MOLO (Mother Love) Wellness Challenge.

Disclosure: My participation in this 3-month MOLO challenge is generously sponsored by Baby Boot Camp Culver City & Marina del Rey.


Getting My Groove Back: Baby Boot Camp

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Welcome back to my fitness journey! It’s a new year, so where’s the new me?! Trust me, I’ve been looking for her, too.

The holidays were such a cliche of a struggle. I was sick for over a week just before Christmas, and then my husband was on vacation from work for the last two weeks of the year. There were so many delicacies to eat, so many lazy, cuddly mornings in bed… and it all led to so much slacking. As the holidays often do, they completely derailed my efforts to be disciplined in my health and fitness.

But, I went to Baby Boot Camp whenever I could. I didn’t give up – so all is not lost! That said, let’s take a moment to focus on what I did lose – like 3 inches from my waist – what what?!? That’s right, even with my holiday dalliances, I’ve still managed to shed a trifecta of inches from my body and that gives me just the hit of inspiration I need to double-down my efforts and approach 2016 with renewed energy. And I know it was all thanks to the exercise I do at Boot Camp, because who’s got 2 thumbs and couldn’t control her diet over the holidays? THIS GIRL. Guilty as charged.

Just in time for a new year and all the self-care resolutions on everyone’s lists… It’s MOLO time! The Baby Boot Camp 2016 Mother Love Wellness Challenge (aka MOLO) is upon us.

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From the Baby Boot Camp – Culver City and Marina del Rey site:

Are you looking to make a lifestyle change through proper fitness and nutrition, but need some extra motivation? The Baby Boot Camp® Mother Love Wellness Challenge (MOLO), held each year from February-April, is our 12-week wellness challenge that focuses on helping moms across America to achieve their health and wellness goals safely and effectively, and to help them make their own health and wellness goals a priority. In addition to fitness and nutrition, we will also be focusing on communication, relationships, self-esteem, and emotional support.

Each MOLO participant will receive the following with their paid registration:

  • A challenge tee
  • ‘Before’ and ‘After’ measurements and photos
  • A week-by-week calendar with 12 weeks full of fitness and wellness challenges
  • Access to private challenge content, including weekly videos, a MOLO newsletter, and a private Facebook group with 1000+ other moms nationwide cheering you onOverall challenge winners will qualify to win national prizes, including a Mountain Buggy® stroller! And to help inspire other girls to get fit, too, Baby Boot Camp Corporate will donate $2 to the charity Girls on the Run® for every 2016 MOLO registration purchased.Gain control of your health and wellness goals safely and effectively by joining our Baby Boot Camp 2016 Mother Love Wellness Challenge!

I love that MOLO isn’t just about fitness or weight loss. It’s about whole-self improvement. Lord knows, self-care is a top priority for new-and-seasoned moms alike! Get in on the fun, and come join me! We’ll motivate each other 🙂 And stay tuned here for updates!

I think I can… I think I can… I think I can…….