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You know that moment when you feel defeated? I know I have been there more than once, in parenting, in homeschooling and for sure in my fitness…ugh it is the worst feeling ever isn’t it? About two years ago my fitness took a rough turn due to sickness that kept delivering a one two punch every few weeks…this resulted in weight gain and a broken motivation spirit, it sucked. I was in a slump and it didn’t feel great, then I heard this above quote “YOU WILL SUCCEED, Just Keep Going!” and it was a HUGE motivation during that difficult time. During my husbands final quarter of school it was a huge encouragement to him as well. I so deeply hope it encourages you no matter what you are going through, school, parenting, marriage {also separation or divorce}, personal, fitness, whatever…YOU WILL SUCCEED…JUST KEEP GOING!

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30 Day Challenge Pack {free download}

 

30 Day Challenge PackWhoa January is FLYING by! In anticipation for February I am posting my most ever view and downloaded post ever and the most requested “re-post” ever! So here is the 30 day Challenge pack in it entirety!!!

New to the challenge or seeing it for the first time? Each challenge starts at with minimal repetitions on day 1 and increases daily. For advanced more reps can be added to each day or do each challenge twice, once in the morning and once in the evening making each challenge more advanced.

Included in each 30 day challenge printable packet:

  • Squat Challenge
  • Torso Twist Challenge
  • Crunch Challenge
  • Plank Challenge
  • Bicep Curl Challenge
  • Donkey Kick Challenge
  • Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Burpee Challenge
  • Kettlebell Swing Challenge
  • Mountain Climber Challenge
  • Tricep Kickback Challenge
  • Push-up Challenge
  • Hydration Challenge
  • 10,000 Steps Challenge
  • Weight Loss Tracker

One of the things that I really love about this packet is that it is so easy to customize! Print the whole pack or just a few pages! Each page is colorful and easy to read! The pages can be printed and put on a bulletin board or in a binder OR since it is in pdf format you can just keep it on your desktop, tablet or phone and open it when needed {ibooks is great!}

Subscribe now to The Life in Bloom and DOWNLOAD the 30 Day Challenge packet for FREE for the month of March 

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Reader Questions:

Rhonda: Q: “So where did the idea for this packet come from?”

Brit: A: “I created this printable pack for my self because I felt like I was so busy all the time and I just wanted something that was fairly hardcore {meaning cover all or as many muscle groups as possible!} Plus get cardio, steps and water consumption!”

Sandy: Q: “Was this created for a particular age or fitness level?

Brit:: A: “No! This is for all ages and fitness levels. So far this pack it has been a hit college students and busy moms {and dads} on the go! It’s also perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the office or traveling, just print out the entire packet {or the workout you want to do} put it in a folder and take it everywhere you go! Each exercise is extremely easy to do on the go with minimal equipment!”

Danielle: Q: “What size of Dumbbells should I use?”

Brit: A: “Great question! You need to use what you are comfortable with! If you use 5 lb dumbbells stick to those {or the weight you use} and increase when you feel comfortable. Don’t increase until you are ready to prevent injury”

Carly: Q: “I’ve never used a Kettlebell before, what weight would you recommend?”

Brit: A: “If you have never used a kettlebell I personally recommend starting with a lighter one. The weight in Kettlebells is distributed quite a bit different then how it is in  dumbbells. So to prevent injury I would suggest starting with a 5lb or 10lb and work your way up to a heavier one. I recommend the Tone Fitnessset this is a GREAT starter set and includes 3 kettlebells {5lb, 10lb, 15lb}”
I really hope you all enjoy this principle packed so much and if you have any suggestions for workouts to be added to this pack please let me know either comment or email me! I’d love to hear from you!

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30 Day Challenge Printable Pack {FREE}

Oops!! This post was scheduled for July 1st {and the Gettin Fit with Brit announcement}, clearly that didn’t happen. Instead of waiting until August I decided to go ahead and post any way!

If you are thinking that this looks familiar you are right two years ago I started the 30 Day Challenge printable to help me and many other busy moms {and dad} have a clearly printed workout schedule. This is a revival and there will be additions coming soon!

30 Day Challenge Pack

Unfortunately over the last 18 months there have been many personal ups and downs and I totally and completely lost my momentum and encouragement. I have gain 15lbs  and ENOUGH is ENOUGH, I do not feel good about my self at all…not just appearance but motivation and energy. Please Join me in these 30 Challenges! I will post bi-weekly updates!

Each challenge starts at with minimal repetitions on day 1 and increases daily. For advanced more reps can be added to each day or do each challenge twice, once in the morning and once in the evening making each challenge more advanced.

Included in each 30 day challenge printable packet:

  • Squat Challenge
  • Torso Twist Challenge
  • Crunch Challenge
  • Plank Challenge
  • Bicep Curl Challenge
  • Donkey Kick Challenge
  • Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Burpee Challenge
  • Kettlebell Swing Challenge
  • Mountain Climber Challenge
  • Tricep Kickback Challenge
  • Push-up Challenge
  • Hydration Challenge
  • 10,000 Steps Challenge
  • Weight Loss Tracker

One of the things that I really love about this packet is that it is so easy to customize! Print the whole pack or just a few pages! Each page is colorful and easy to read! The pages can be printed and put on a bulletin board or in a binder OR since it is in pdf format you can just keep it on your desktop, tablet or phone and open it when needed {ibooks is great!}

Subscribe now to The Life in Bloom and DOWNLOAD the 30 Day Challenge packet for FREE for the month of March 

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Reader Questions:

Rhonda: Q: “So where did the idea for this packet come from?”

Brit: A: “I created this printable pack for my self because I felt like I was so busy all the time and I just wanted something that was fairly hardcore {meaning cover all or as many muscle groups as possible!} Plus get cardio, steps and water consumption!”

Sandy: Q: “Was this created for a particular age or fitness level?

Brit:: A: “No! This is for all ages and fitness levels. So far this pack it has been a hit college students and busy moms {and dads} on the go! It’s also perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the office or traveling, just print out the entire packet {or the workout you want to do} put it in a folder and take it everywhere you go! Each exercise is extremely easy to do on the go with minimal equipment!”

Danielle: Q: “What size of Dumbbells should I use?”

Brit: A: “Great question! You need to use what you are comfortable with! If you use 5 lb dumbbells stick to those {or the weight you use} and increase when you feel comfortable. Don’t increase until you are ready to prevent injury”

Carly: Q: “I’ve never used a Kettlebell before, what weight would you recommend?”

Brit: A: “If you have never used a kettlebell I personally recommend starting with a lighter one. The weight in Kettlebells is distributed quite a bit different then how it is in  dumbbells. So to prevent injury I would suggest starting with a 5lb or 10lb and work your way up to a heavier one. I recommend the Tone Fitness set this is a GREAT starter set and includes 3 kettlebells {5lb, 10lb, 15lb}”
I really hope you all enjoy this principle packed so much and if you have any suggestions for workouts to be added to this pack please let me know either comment or email me! I’d love to hear from you!

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 5

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DAY 5:

Guys I have to be honest I’m running on empty today…my allergies are killing me! Here in the PNW we have had hot then cold then rain so our air is full of allergens 😦 But I shall prevail!

So let’s get started with Day 5!

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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Day 4: Crunches 76 | Day 5: Crunches 85

Day 4: Push Ups 37 | Day 5: Push Ups 40

Day 4: Squats 67 | Day 5: Squats 65 

Blah…less squats…thats annoying! 😉

How did you do today? Let me know using #31dayfitwithbrit I cannot wait to see!

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31 Day Fit Challenge: DAY 1

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DAY 1:

Today is our fitness test where we find out home many reps we are aiming for each day!

Grab your timer, this could be the microwave timer, egg timer, Fitbit or Apple Watch…anything that can be set for one minute. I will using my Fitbit Blaze countdown timer, I like this because I do not have to watch it, when the time is up it has a vibration alarm to tell me I am done. GBAnother great option is the Gymboss timer that I have mentioned MANY times and before getting my Fitbit Blaze this was my go to.
Its a circuit timer so you set the sets, time duration and rest time.

Grab your Progress Log {click image below to print} and get ready to track todays workouts!
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Here is what mine looks like so far this morning! I like to check off the walk/cardio as I do them, notice the / after 1m w/kids thats there because my hubby and I will be doing a 5k later this evening. For the rest I just simply wrote how many crunches, pushups & squats I did for each minute. No, I have not done any cardio yet {I like to wait until the kids are having quite time :)} I thinking today is a Zumba day!

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How did you do today? I would love to see how you are doing! So please post photos of your progress log, tweet, or whatever using #31dayfitwithbrit I can’t wait to see!

Don’t forget to weight in and take a photo {ugh I know}

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31 Day Fit Challenge!

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As I sat listening to my children splashing and playing in the pool it dawned on me that OMG today is the last day of July…ummm what the heck wasn’t it just the 4th of July? I started thinking I want to do something fun and special on my blog for the month of August, but what? Then it hit me…a 31 day tailored workout challenge! A little backstory:  Over the last few months I have really be struggling with staying motivated…I unfortunately had a bad experiencing with a VERY well know fitness program and its creator {but thats another story for another day…maybe} the bad experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a beat down unmotivated heart…sad but true. I have been feeling like I REALLY need a kick in the pants and prayed that I would feel motivated and re-start my journey…then yesterday I got a HUGE motivation when a friend hit her 1 year weightloss journey anniversary and is down more than 80lbs!! Talk about motivation right?

Hey! Lets start a journey together!

I mentioned above that this will be tailored to each person…what do I mean? We will start each week with a fitness test to see our personal fitness level! It’s actually pretty basic workout but will give results:

  • Squats
  • Push ups
  • Crunches
  • Cardio
  • Walking

Daily Cardio: This can be anything you want…Zumba, running, piyo, crossfit…etc. Just something that gets you heart pounding for 10-30 minutes.

Daily Walking: A minimum of 1 mile daily {thats really easy to get you’ll be surprised} My husband and I walk 4-6 miles every single day. If you start out walking 1 mile increase by a 1/2 mile each week until September, working towards 3+ miles.

Fitness Test: Tomorrow {and each Monday this month} will be a fitness test! What does this mean? Basically we are going to set a timer for 1 minutes {we will increase this each week} and see how many Crunches, Push ups and squats we can do!

Don’t forget to print this Fitness Log to keep track of your daily workouts!

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How the fitness test works: grab a timer and set it for one minute then do as many Crunches as you can do in that minute, reset the timer and do as many squats as you can do, then reset and do as many push ups you can do. DON’T forget to write down your scores on the Fitness Log! The numbers you record are your starting scores, each day you will try to beat the previous days score so you are competing with yourself not someone else!…you may only be able to do 3-5 more but trust me as the days go by you will be surprised how much more strength and stamina you have!

Things to do tomorrow morning:

  • Weigh in {don’t skip this because it will be motivating to see the difference between the 1st weigh in and the last.}
  • Take a full body photo {I know some of you just cringed but this will be such a great motivator throughout the month.
  • make sure you have cold water in the fridge or freezer {especially with the hot weather you NEED to stay hydrated!}

I will meet you back here tomorrow afternoon and let you know my day 1 scores and how I’m doing!

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30 Day Ab Blast Challenge!

**Update this was supposed go live May 1st, but due to technical errors it did not!**

How about a 30 day Ab Challenge? What if I told you it would only take 5 minutes? Do I have your attention now?

Since today is May 1st I thought it would be the perfect time to start! {by no means do you have to start on the 1st, you can start it any time you want!}

Basically this is a 5 minute interval workout, meaning you do one move for 50 seconds {as hard as you can doing as many reps as you can, don’t forget to count your reps as you are doing each move} then rest for 10 seconds and go to the next move.

To make things a little easier I have crated a free printable to make it easier to track {be sure to track your progress so that you can see how much stronger you are getting from day-to-day/week to week!}

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30 Day Ab Blast Challenge DOWNLOAD! 

 

The best part about this challenge is there is no equipment needed, it can be done anywhere at anytime! Easy huh!

I have not done this yet so I will be doing it right alone with you!

Here are the moves!

 

50 sec Crunches

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Leg Lifts

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Bicycle Crunches

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Russian Twists {no weight}

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Rest 10 sec

50 sec Reverse Crunches

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Rest 10 sec

Wanna make it a 10 minutes Ab Blast? Repeat in reverse order starting with Reverse Crunches ending with Crunches!

Grab an interval timer (I use the Gymboss) and set for 5 sets of 50 Seconds workout and 10 seconds rest.

This is what it will look like on a Gymboss all ready to go:

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If you feel so inclined jot down your weight and you waist measurements to see just how much change happens over the next 30 days!

Happy Ab burning!

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