Posted: February 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Last night I challenged myself to my next full body strength training session. I’m focusing on at home weight workouts for this week and next, so I popped in another Cathe DVD. This time I went for the Supersets workout from the same DVD I used earlier in the week.

cathe push pull

Yowza! Ouch! My biceps! My legs! I forgot about some of the moves she does in this workout, which certainly present more of a challenge than the Push Pull workout. Although it was harder than I remembered, it still felt very manageable to me. I actually enjoyed feeling my muscles that way again. And it gave me two great biceps moves I want to share with you all in the FFF Features this week. 😀

Using weights again gets me pumped up (ha!) for making some new weight training plans for in the gym. I love using DVD options for cardio, but generally much prefer doing weights in the gym. Although I have to say I will miss my little workout buddy when I go back to the gym for weights.

When I exercise at home Makenzie always wants to keep me company. We even had to buy her a special mini dumbbell so she would stop trying to lift up my 5 pounders. And she loves the resistance bands.

makenzie workout

She is such a little mini-me. I just hope I’m not creating a monster! 😉 I always make sure to tell her we workout to get strong and to stay healthy. It’s amazing how much having a kid has changed how I discuss and approach exercise. I still view exercise as a very necessary component of my success in getting back in shape post-pregnancy, but don’t focus on it for the calorie burn. She catches on to every little nuance of things I say or do. If I said even once that I needed to workout to make my butt smaller (for example), she would undoubtedly end up saying “mommy makes her butt smaller” every time I workout for the foreseeable future. It certainly motivates me to keep a focus on health. I don’t want her viewing exercise or choosing healthy food as anything more than something we enjoy and that helps us feel good, strong, and healthy.

Question of the Evening – Has anything stuck with you from your own parents’ approach to fitness or food during your childhood?

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71 Comments to “Mini-Me”
  1. Heather says:

    That is so precious! Like mommy, like daughter!

    Ha! I only wish my parents knew what a healthy approach to food and fitness was…I don’t believe SPAM fits in there anywhere!

  2. Melodie says:

    Oh my goodness little M is so stinkin CUTE!!! I love that picture of her!!

    My mom went all about weight loss the wrong way with me. Buying me a get in shape girl kit at 9, exercise bicycle at 12, making me count calories and weigh in and measure myself and gasping at the numbers. Not healthy.

    Your daughter seeing you being HEALTHY is AWESOME!! My boys will sometimes do Tae Bo with me still and they are 9 and 13. They are both active and my 13 year old has even started using our bowflex in the garage.

    I think you are an incredible example to her of a healthy woman 🙂

  3. It sounds like you are setting a great example.

  4. my mom’s unhealthy overexercising habits have stuck with me; but I’m sure that’s not the case with your daughter. You do it in a healthy way!

  5. I loveeee that picture of M–so so cute!

  6. Michelle says:

    She’s SO cute!

    Ok question – what’s your FAVORITE Cathe strength training DVD (s)? There are so many I can’t decide. I want to get one (or two) so I stop making excuses about weight lifting/strength training. Thanks in advance!

  7. Karen says:

    My girls do the SAME thing!! They love to workout like Mommy! They ask to wear my workout head bands and then pretend to do some workout moves. It’s the cutest thing ever! I hope to teach them that exercise is fun and I do it because I really enjoy it.

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