Working out at the playground.

As a working mother, multitasking is something that we have to get good at quickly. My son is on winter break from school and I’ve taken vacation from work to hang out with him. One thing I learned quickly is that it’s difficult to work out with him in the house. He critiques (which can be a positive. lol.) and gets under my feet all. the. time. I determined that the best way to kill two birds with one stone, allowing for both me and him to burn energy, was to workout at the playground.

Here is what I did:

I brought a jump rope and used an interval timer to do cardio. If you don’t have an interval timer, Gymboss timers run about $20. If you have a smartphone, you can download either the Gymboss app (free) or the Interval Timer Pro app ($2.99). Both work very well.

I set my timer to 18 rounds of 45/20. That means that I alternated between 45 seconds of jumping rope and 20 seconds of rest. My legs were sore from previous workouts and I needed the 20 second downtime in between sets, but you can shorten that up to 10 or 15 seconds if you want to. This session lasted 20 minutes.

Afterward, I alternated between 10 reps of spiderman planks and assisted pull ups on the monkey bars. I did 16 rounds (8 rounds each) of this session.

The best thing is that I get this workout in while watching my son playing with other kids. 🙂 It’s important to remember that we don’t need an expensive gym membership or workout gadgets to get fit. The best thing you can have is motivation to do your best. You can even shorten up your sessions and play with your kids for a little while – that burn calories too. 🙂 We did a long game of tag, which was tough because my legs were dead tired from jumping rope.

Here are some link to other playground workouts I hope to incorporate soon.

I have also added these links to my Pinterest Workout Board.

Rethink Breakfast: Israeli Inspired Breakfast.

I ate a little bit bad last night. I admit it. I had a piece of lasagna, some ice cream and about 3 glasses of wine. It was NYE and I couldn’t say no to bad for me eats. This morning I was determined to make my first meal of 2012 healthy. I love Isreali style breakfasts and I had enough veggies in the fridge to make it work. 😉

A classic Israeli breakfast usually contains a salad of finely chopped fresh vegetables, scrambled or fried eggs, a soft cheese or yogurt and fresh bread. I was too groggy this morning to finely chop most of the vegetable aside from the cucumber, but here you have it my  “California-style” version:

  • pickled tomato
  • slices of avocado
  • grape tomatoes
  • chopped cucumber
  • baby carrots
  • sugar snap peas
  • jicama
  • Wasa crispbread
  • 2 fried eggs
  • Greek yogurt mixed with garlic.

Very filling and very good for you!