Nov 28, 2013

What We are Thankful FOUR

Being that there are FOUR of us here at the FOUR FIT SISTERS page - and who doesn't love a play on words, we decided to quickly capture a glimpse into the things that we each are thankful for this holiday season.  I asked each sisters to give me FOUR pictures total to show others what they consider to be a gift.  Thanks for taking the time today, and any day, to visit us here.  We are very thankful for the visitors to our site and are wishing you the best, and healthiest holiday season yet.

[caption id="attachment_1417" align="aligncenter" width="539"]Adie Thankful FOUR Adie: 1. Thankful for my two beautiful boys
2. My handsome and loving husband
3. My amazing, supportive and beautiful sisters
4. My extended family - only mine is pictured here, but I am just as thankful for my hubby's family as well[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1424" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Maggie Thankful FOUR Maggie: 1. Baby Panter due in March
2. My amazing hubby, Austin
3. A seriously amazing group of sisters and friends
4. The knowledge and wisdom to lead the healthiest life possible[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1425" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Marta Thankful FOUR Marta: 1. My three beautiful girls
2. My amazing and supportive hubby, Steve
3. My three amazing sisters
4. My ability to live a fit and healthy life[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1427" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Haley Thankful FOUR Haley: 1. My amazing family - hubby, Jimmy, and two beautiful children
2. Sisterly Love
3. A home of which I can be proud
4. A job where I can help and teach others[/caption]

 

Wishing your family a blessed holiday season.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Signature Adie

Nov 26, 2013

Steps to Organize Your Home- Part 3 {plus the winner of $400 announced!}

Happy Tuesday!
Are you ready to finish up my three-part series on organizing your home?

If you need to catch up, click on Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up.

Part 3 will wrap up my series and I'll talk about how I schedule my laundry, menu planning, grocery shopping and our cleaning schedule that keeps us organized and on track.  Planning is key.

LAUNDRY:
Raise your hand if you love doing laundry.
Not many hands.  Well I want to share something I started doing in January to help with the laundry drama that is three daughters.

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As you can see on my kitchen chalkboard I have one person's name on each day, as well as towels and sheets.
So I will throw in one basket of laundry a day early in the morning.
Then dry mid-morning.
Then fold and put away sometime later in the day.

Having this system helps as I know everything in that day's laundry goes back to the same room.
No more separating, looking for sizes on undies and deciphering whose shirt is whose.
This has helped me save so much time and stay on a schedule.

Each girl has a basket in their room that they fill during the week with their dirty laundry.

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On their day I just grab their basket and wash, dry and return to their room.
Easy peasy and life-changing!

CLEANING SCHEDULE:

Creating a cleaning schedule will help make your home a system.
Knowing what you are doing daily will help from feeling overwhelmed.
Pick one area in your home to focus on daily and stick with this system.
Take it from me, this is so much easier than doing nothing all week and then spending your entire Saturday or Sunday cleaning your home.

A little cleaning everyday is much more appealing to me than spending the weekend family time cleaning.

Here is my personal cleaning schedule.
I'd love to have you create your own and share with me!

Monday: Bathrooms (mirrors, sinks, toilets, floors, tubs)
Tuesday: Bedrooms (pick up, organize, dust, vacuum
Wednesday: Kitchen (countertop, table and chairs, cabinets, appliances, sink)
Thursday: Living/Dining Room (windows, dust, tables, wipe down washer and dryer)
Friday: Floors (hardwoods, vacuum basement and stairs)

Laundry is every day like I mentioned before, as well as dishes and clutter control.
So using this plan, I stay on track all week long.

MENU PLANNING:What I personally like to do is pick 4 main courses for the week and write those ingredients on my shopping list for the week.
Then I will also get our usual staples for the our lunch and breakfast items.

Some of our staples are:
apples, bananas, cuties, grapes, strawberries,
baby spinach, cauliflower, cucumbers, avocados, baby carrots,
grilled chicken, ground turkey, coconut oil, natural peanut butter,
almond milk, rice cakes, raw almonds, gluten free oats, chocolate chips,
peppers, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, rice chex and gluten free pretzels.


GROCERY SHOPPING:After you get your meal plan together, plan a day to do your shopping.
Stick to this day as your  main shopping day.
We usually meal plan over the weekend and then shop on Monday.
This works for our schedule but figure out what's best for your family's schedule.

I hope this breakdown is helpful to you in creating your very own system in your home.
Getting a plan is half the battle.  Once you know what your goals are you can create your own schedule for a smoothly running household.


And you want to know who won the $400 Visa Gift Card???  Click here to see if it was you!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

Nov 22, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

It truly is my favorite time of year.  I know that Thanksgiving hasn't actually been here yet, but it is SO late this year...so the time of the year has already started in our house.  Besides all of the holiday festivities, it is time for our 2nd annual girls weekend at the Lake.  Much. Needed. 

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My brain needs a break from kids, work, assessments, lists, and all of the drama that fills up our daily lives.  I need a weekend away with my sisters, and a few close friends that could join in the fun.  Think wine, movies, shopping, and catching up with conversations uninterrupted by questioning kiddos and piles of laundry.  Undivided attention from our besties.  Bliss. 

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Friday night shenanigans are thought to be a holiday movie, wine and dinner in.  I am thinking something not too-holidayish, since technically that is illegal.   We could use your help voting: Love Actually or the Holiday?  Such a hard choice...maybe we'll have time for both.  Don't let Jude Law sway your vote. 

Combo Movie Choices

Saturday will probably start off with a early morning workout of some sort.  Last year we tackled the endless stairs that led us down to the docks.  Not sure that will be manageable this year since it is set to be SO cold.  Seriously cold.  We may need to keep inside this year...maybe some T25 to wake up the neighbors.

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Post workouts and breakfast, we will definitely head to the outlet mall for some serious Christmas shopping action.  We brought home so many bags last year.  We need to take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.  Will we be able to get back in the same vehicle in which we arrived?!  So much fun.  Haley and I got harrassed last year for opting out of lunch to continue our shopping.  Judge away - we were on a mission. 

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Saturday evening will consist of a late lunch and early dinner followed by a trip to the theater to see CATCHING FIRE!!  So excited.  Last year we saw Breaking Dawn Part II.  Almost fainted.  Had friends on speed-dial.  Hand holding.  Freaking out.  Loved it.  Hoping that Katniss won't dissapoint. 

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Sunday, get up and get back to reality.  Speed home to kiss my boys and get ready for a short week back at work.  I can handle a two-day work week. 

So thankful for these amazing sisters and women in our lives.  Thankful for the hubbies that give us the much needed time together so we can reset, recharge and get the push we need to keep up the lives and the lifestyles we live each day.  Wishing you a fantastic weekend with your family and friends.  Follow us on IG and FB for updates on the blissful weekend.

Signature Adie

 

 

Nov 21, 2013

Pregnancy Circuit

If you are here to sign up for the Black Friday giveaway click HERE

Today I wanted to share a pregnancy circuit that you can try...even if you're not pregnant you can do this and add more weight or make it higher impact.

These 11 different exercises can get your heart rate up while working muscles to help maintain strength.  Notice I say maintain...you lose muscle like crazy while pregnant and certainly won't be building muscle considering most of your protein is going into building tissue for your baby, and that's okay!  Just make sure you add some resistance to keep those muscles toned as much as possible.

Use a timer app on your phone, like "Circuit Trainer"  that will alert you when to switch exercises.  You can input the times for 45 seconds on with a 15 second rest in between each exercise...making it 1 minute.  One time through will be 11 minutes, 2 times through will be 22 minutes, and 3 will of course be 33!  You choose how long you want to go.  Don't forget that you also choose the intensity.  Listen to your pregnant bodies and keep it low impact.

(Sorry if the pics are blurry.  I took them from a video of me actually doing the exercises.)

Here it is:

[caption id="attachment_1351" align="aligncenter" width="275"]High Knees (slow and steady) High Knees (slow and steady)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1347" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Bird Dog.  Hold for 2 counts and switch sides. Bird Dog. Hold for 2 counts and switch sides.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1350" align="aligncenter" width="256"]Lunges. Weights optional. Lunges. Weights optional.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1354" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Fall squats.  Jump feet together lightly and reach high. Fall squats. Jump feet together lightly and reach high.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1355" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Bucks. *ONLY IF YOU CAN STILL LAY ON YOUR BACK. Raise hips to the ceiling and squeeze butt and hamstrings. Bucks. *ONLY IF YOU CAN STILL LAY ON YOUR BACK. Raise hips to the ceiling and squeeze butt and hamstrings.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1353" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Kettle bell swings. Use a jug of water if you don't have a weight :) Kettle bell swings. Use a jug of water if you don't have a weight :)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1352" align="aligncenter" width="256"]Push ups.  At the level you choose. Push ups. At the level you choose.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1348" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mountain climbers.  Go at a steady pace.  Your shoulders will be BURNING! Mountain climbers. Go at a steady pace. Your shoulders will be BURNING![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1349" align="aligncenter" width="289"]Squats.  Weight optional. Squats. Weight optional.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1356" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Plank ups.  Move from push up position to plank position and back again.  Make sure you switch the arm you lead with. Plank ups. Move from push up position to plank position and back again. Make sure you switch the arm you lead with.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1357" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Side lunge.  Switch sides at the 20 second mark or stay on the same leg for the whole time and switch legs the next round.  Weight optional. Side lunge. Switch sides at the 20 second mark or stay on the same leg for the whole time and switch legs the next round. Weight optional.[/caption]

I hope you try this (whether you are pregnant or not) and let me know what you think!  It's a great way to mix up your workouts!  And it makes the time go by so quickly!

Happy Circuit Training!

Signature Maggie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 18, 2013

$400 Black Friday Giveaway!

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Yes!  One person is about to win a $400 Visa gift card!
Happy Black Friday Shopping to YOU!


Black Friday - All Bloggers Revised


Kelly Kelly's Korner, Us here at Four Fit Sisters, Shay at Mix and Match Mama, Megan at Honey We're Home, Mel at The Larson Lingo, Alison at Get Your Pretty OnSheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To, Cassi at Hi Sugarplum, Ashley at Fancy Ashley, and Erin at Blue Eyed Bride

But how should you spend it?
Let the Four Fit Sisters help you out.
Let's talk a bit about how we often plan our Black Friday shopping.
It doesn't have to be stressful and crazy (unless you like that sorta thing) we at Four Fit Sisters do not.


Black Friday shopping doesn't need to give you hives and make you feel like you must breathe into a brown paper bag.
It doesn't mean you have to fight for a parking space, push someone over for a discounted sweater or rage at a salesman.
It can be peaceful.
Calm.
How you ask, well just shop away from the comfort of you own home on your laptop in your jammies on, while chugging coffee of course, with your list of people you love and your credit card.
This is how we will plan on doing most of our shopping on Black Friday this year.


We like to focus on one retailer at a time.
We like to stick with the retailers we trust, the ones with free shipping options, the ones with big sales right now and with sales on Black Friday, the ones with good return policies...the ones I trust the most.


So, here's what we at Four Fit Sisters are loving from our favorite stores right now... these are things that we personally would love for the holiday season and things we think will be great as gifts too.
And there are sales, sales and more sales!


Let's get shopping...


First stop? Victoria's Secret


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Most people do not think of VS for shoes and coats.
But they carry some of our faves.
With this long off-white belted coat you could TOTALLY channel your inner-Olivia Pope.


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Haley has had her eye on these Saluki (SIU-C) colored boots for awhile.


As P.E. teachers and fitness consultants we need workout and lounge wear.
VS has some of our favorite items.  Especially if you are a tall girl.  They come in great lengths.


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Right now Victoria's Secret is offering free shipping on almost every order.
Black Friday deals will be even better.


Next stop? Kiki LaRue


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This picture is our inspiration we found on Pinterest.
But it TOTALLY reminded us of the amazing assortment of gorgeous sweaters and boots that they have on Kiki LaRue right now.
Every purchase we have made from there has been amazing.  Haley got a million compliments on this "saluki" maxi dress that she wore a while back...


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What about some jewelry? Let's head over to the Bauble Bar.....


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If you are in the need for some new arm candy or jewelry, Bauble Bar is our new favorite site.
They have fun and hip pieces that you can dress up or down.
As a sporty P.E. teacher, Haley loves to throw on some cute earrings, like the ones above, when she's stuck in sweats all day.
It's a nice way to make any casual outfit fun and feminine.  Check them out.


Old Navy is our next stop.


 

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Haley has gotten SO many compliments on this adorable scarf that she scooped up at Old Navy.
They have it in blue too.
Whether you need accessories or the basics it is one of our all time favorites places to shop.
It is especially great for all the children on your list.  They have some of the best deals around.And finally, let's drool over some of our favorite workout gear.


Next up? Fitness gear!


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Any shoes from Nike will be on our Christmas lists this year.


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Shoe love.


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Target has some super cute workout tanks.


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And if you are tall like Marta, then you'll appreciate the length on some of Target's gear.
Coverage is key!


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And these fab leggings?
Also from Nike.
Obsessed.


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And if you like cute and fun workout tanks, you need to head over to Fire Daughter Clothing immediately.
Samya creates the most adorable shirts and has something for every FIT mamma on  your list.
She designed our Team Brick Haus tanks for us and when we wear them we get so many compliments.


And to wrap up our list of faves, here are a few random looks and items we are loving right now.....


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This is the kick-off to our Black Friday!


Make sure you enter  below to win this amazing $400 Visa Gift Card and start your holiday shopping now!

Forget the pushing, fighting and shoving...shop at home this year!
Go! {and remember, if you share our giveaway on Facebook you'll be entered 10 extra time!)
Good luck!

Happy Black {Monday} Friday from the Four Fit Sisters!


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Staying Healthy for the Holidays...

Ask and you shall receive ladies and gentleman.  Many people wanted some tips and tricks on how to keep the holiday pounds off.

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So here are some of my favorite tips for doing just that.

1.  Eat BEFORE you go to a party.

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You are less likely to go "overboard" if you are full before you get there.  Fill up with healthy treats before the party!  I know what usually shows up at our office Christmas party.  It's NEVER healthy.  Casseroles, fancied up potatoes, and mountains of bread aren't the healthiest of options.  If you aren't starving when you get there then you are in the safe zone!!!

2.  Stay away from the "side" dishes.

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The most unhealthy part of the meal isn't normally in the main dish.  Turkey, ham, duck, or whatever it is that lands as your main dish is usually the healthiest option for your plate.  It's the sides that get us.  Remember your portions.  Put a small amount on your plate and see how you feel.  Don't force yourself to go for seconds.

3.  Push your workout an extra 10 minutes.

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In a high intensity workout you will burn around 100 calories in 10 minutes.  So, if you add an extra 10 hard minutes to your usual workout you are making great strides to keep the holiday pounds off.  If you are upping the intensity or length of your workouts around the holidays you are bettering your chances of burning off the extras that you are sure to have at some point.

4.  Stick to red wine rather than "fruity" or high carb drinks.

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It's hard to pass on ALL beverages that are in front of us.  But the best choices are always red wine.  Pass on the spiked egg nog.  The thicker the better only applies in protein shakes!

5.  Have an inspirational outfit.







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Having a dress or outfit that you know you want to look your best in is a great reminder to make smart choices before the holidays sneak up on you.

6.  Embrace the dark.

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The darkness is misery for me.  It is so hard to find the motivation to do ANYTHING when it gets dark at 5pm.  Try your best to adjust accordingly.  If that means getting up in the early morning to workout then make it happen.  Find the sunshine or embrace the dark.  It's sticking around until spring, so fighting it doesn't work.

7.  Always bring a healthy option to a party.

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Start the trend of helping you and your coworkers get healthy.  Bring a healthy option to the party so that you can eat healthy too.   You know that at least ONE of the options at your holiday party will be a great option!

I hope this helps as the holidays get closer.

Haley Signature