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Never Underestimate the Power of a Workout Buddy

Never Underestimate the Power of a Workout Buddy 0

I can’t even begin to tell you how many days a week I used to work out. It was a lot. And it was usually twice a day. But now that I’m busy chasing around a two year old and trying to find time to just relax, I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve worked out in the past month. It’s hard to find the time. It’s hard to find the motivation. It’s hard to find the energy. It’s just hard.
  • Natalie Bonkowski
Thinking Outside of the Box

Thinking Outside of the Box 0

Living in a household with two full-time working parents can be a struggle. There simply isn’t enough time in the day. We have approximately 2.5 hours from the time we get home to fit in homework, reading time, dinner, bath...never mind if any other extra-curricular activity comes up. So something’s gotta give. And frankly, we usually find ourselves grabbing what is convenient for dinner. Pizza/Tuna Helper/Mac & Cheese have all made the rounds in our house come 6 pm. Now, we do add frozen peas, green beans, fruit, or a salad to each of those meals...almost to assuage any guilt we might have. And each time we put the plates on the table, we know that there is something more we could do for our family dinners.

Fast forward to the present. My new mantra is NO MORE EATING OUT OF THE BOX!!!

  • Natalie Bonkowski
What a crock!!

What a crock!! 0

With our freezer stocked with crock-potted meals, I thought I would reflect on my family favorites so far. There have even been a couple meals that have made our rotation multiple times!

The champ: Pepperoncini Beef

  • Natalie Bonkowski
All about that bass...

All about that bass... 0

Workout music…nothing gets me going like the perfect combo of uplifting, booming tunes. Please don’t discount the importance of a good rhythm and catchy lyrics during your workout. What will get you burning calories faster?? Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water” or Britney’s “Stronger”?? The music jamming out of your headphones doesn’t necessarily have to be profound, life-affirming, or cool. It should be energizing, stimulating & enough to get you off of your behind and moving. Now if anyone threw my headphones on and pressed on my workout playlist on my iPhone, they would be assaulted with the most all over the place selections…from Bastille to Metallica to Queen Bey to Enrique Iglesias to Eric Church to Justin Bieber (We have two girls…I’ll take a free pass on that one…). I’ve gotta have a good beat to get me going and keep my muscles churning through the entire workout.
  • Natalie Bonkowski
When Do You Work Out? Is There A Best Time For Exercise?

When Do You Work Out? Is There A Best Time For Exercise? 0

Have you ever thought about what time of day you should work out? Is exercise best in the morning or evening? There are numerous articles available with many different reasons for choosing your workout time. Here are a few pros and cons comparing morning, midday and evening work outs.
  • Natalie Bonkowski