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Can you believe it’s December already?  Where has this year flown? 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had planned on getting away for the holiday by driving down state a few hours and staying in a hotel with a heated pool and spa.  Unfortunately, I suffered an injury to my tailbone which you can read about here :  http://www.homeschoolfitnesscoach.com/blog/recovery-from-tailbone-injury/
We ended up staying home and having a wonderful time regardless. 
It is very common for the stress of the holidays to cause many to put aside thoughts of fitness and become victims of tradition.  Fitness Coach said what?!  Let me ask you this.  How many of your holiday traditions center around food?  Elaborate meals; endless cookies of all flavors, shapes and sizes; parties with numerous friends that center around food;  decorations made of food (gingerbread house); gifts for friends made of food.  I could go on but I’ll stop. 
Over the last three years, I have made it a point to start family traditions that do not include food.  Going for a drive at a local park that sets up thousands of lights.  Delivering gifts (nonfood type) to our local nursing home while singing Christmas Carols, participating in our church Christmas musical, creating homemade sewn presents for each of my children and so much more.  I’m sure you see what I mean. 
For so many years my focus was on food.  Celebrating every holiday with a huge feast, making special breads, cookies and drinks (non-alcoholic!).  I wanted to change that around to focusing on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ!  I have truly enjoyed the new traditions we have started. 
I haven’t entirely stopped our old traditions.  I kept the ones that were most meaningful to us.  We still make cookies to give away at our homeschool cookie exchange.  We collect all the exchanged cookies into different containers to give to friends.  We still enjoy a Christmas dinner but with healthier fare. We made miniature gingerbread houses, although my 3 year old got frustrated and ate hers!
I want to offer a challenge to you this holiday season.  Don’t stress on trying to outdo yourself each year.  Enjoy each other this season, reflect on the blessings of 2008, and create some new healthier traditions.  Just one new one a year.  Let me know what you’ve done.
PS.  I am working furiously on finishing up my Transformation Guide for Homeschool Moms to get it done before the new year.  It will contain all the information you need to get fit and strong with exercises that include the entire family.  Lots of fun games to get the kiddies involved.

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David Whitley of www.IronTamer.com performs a turkish get up using my RKC partner, Aileen.  Crazy stuff!

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I have met some truly amazing women in this fitness business.  Women who have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to come out victorious.  This new found friend, Celia, has done something incredible that I had to share with you.

When you have a goal and you do what it takes to accomplish it, nothing seems impossible after that. 

Take a minute and watch her story here:  http://centralillinoisproud.com/media_player.php?media_id=8637

You won’t regret it!

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This is the time of year that homeschool mothers love.  We’re planning our next school adventure and enjoying the summer with our families.  I am actually behind in my planning this year with my brother visiting this week, but my husband leaves today for a month and that gives me plenty of time to get my school year planned out. 

I always get so excited and anxious to dive into school after summer vacation.  There’s something about new topics, notebooks, novels and colored pencils that gets my girls asking constantly when the first day of school is. 

I also get this same excitement right before beginning a new fitness plan.  New exercises, new equipment and a new goal gets me revved up.  Do you have a fitness plan for the year?  You should. 

My plan follows the seasons.  Right now I am in a strength building program until the last week of September.  I will take a week off right before my RKC certification. When I return, I will take 12 weeks and do a muscle building program.  I will take 2 weeks off and then begin my fat loss program so I will be ready for the summer.

Your program might just be fat loss for the year depending on how much fat you have to lose.  But you should go no longer than 12 weeks at a time before taking a week or two off. 

Homeschool moms are awesome schedulers.  We can create an entire year of fun lesson plans.  Don’t neglect physical education.  Create some goals for your children this year and plan some great physical activities to help them attain those fitness goals. 

My girls are avid tumblers.  My oldest competed at the national level this year.  She creates her own fitness goals such as sprinting faster, jumping higher, stronger shoulders and a core of steel.  I then create a physical program that will help her achieve those goals.

Goals for students that are not at such a competitive level might be 50 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, run a mile under 25 minutes, jump rope for 1 minute non-stop, etc.  I’m sure your kids can help you come up with some goals to achieve this school year.

Physical education should be a part of your homeschool experience.  Create family goals and strive to achieve them together.  Have fun, create some memories and get fit together this school year.

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We had a great day at fitness camp yesterday.  Our main workout of the day was Roll Your Destiny.  This is a great workout that you can re-create at home and do with the kids. 

Get yourself a kitchen timer and set it for 15-20 minutes.  Grab a pair of dice and your good to go.

When you roll two dice you will do the exercises that correspond to the numbers on your dice.  Do 20 reps of each exercise then roll the dice again.  Keep going until the timer goes off.

1 = Burpees

2 = Dips

3 = Jump Squats

4 = Push-ups

5 = Sit-ups

6 = Jumping Lunges

Here’s a great clip our campers getting down:


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It’s mid-year already!  Can you believe it?  How have you done with your New Years Resolutions?  

Unfortunately, most people have given up on their fitness goals for the year already.  I hope this does not include you.  But if it does, don’t despair.  You can jump right back on board again.  It’s never too late!

I want to share a special report for you written by Jayson Hunter, RD, entitled: The Bathing Suit Crash Course

Jayson Hunter is the co-creator of Meal Plans 101 and the author of the Carb Rotation Diet.  Neither one is an actual diet, but a guide in lifestyle change. 

Check it out today!


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