Dec 11, 2014

12 Days of FITMas - FREE FITNESS CHALLENGE



Introducing a FREE challenge hosted by some of your favorite Team Four Fit Sisters coaches.  This is an OPEN challenge for anyone that is interested in staying on track, or getting back on track during the days leading up to Christmas.  NO pressure. NO crazy restrictions. Just FUN and FREE!

There are only a few simple rules/expectations/guidelines for you to participate:


  1. You must check in daily to our FB group.  I know how busy you are, but you can find a few minutes each day to check in to the group.  Feel free to turn OFF the notifications so you aren’t bombarded in your news feed, but DO spend a few minutes each day doing your daily check in and helping support others in the group.  We can SEE who has read the post - if you read the post, take a minute to respond and say HI!
  2. Plan to move for at least 30 minutes per day.  This can be totally informal - whether you are just starting to get moving, or if you’ve been moving around for a while, all you need is 30 minutes of walking or your favorite exercise program each day.  Your mind and body NEED this time for YOU and to reset and refocus.  Watch your favorite show, or get out and get some fresh air - either way, commit to 30 minutes & get ready to complete our daily exercise of the day (12 days of FitMas will include a move of the day!)
  3. Be purposeful and plan your meals daily.  Take time the night before, or at the start of your week and make a PLAN for what you will eat the next day.  There are no rules or restrictions about WHAT you should eat in this challenge - BUT - just taking the time to plan out your meals will ensure that you are purposeful and making great choices about what you’re eating.  Being present and conscious is half the battle.
  4. Have FUN!!!!  This is meant to spread holiday cheer while at the same time trying to stay focused on what healthy living is.  There is a holiday in just about every month of the year, and we need to remember that holidays often encourage a splurge - as they should! But, the time we spend focusing and staying on track BEFORE the holiday is what keeps that amazing balance in our lives and allows us to spend our holidays without guilt and regret.



So, are you in???  Click HERE to join today and invite your friends too.  It is FREE & FUN for all. Posts will start up on December 13 and run through Christmas Eve. Let’s do this!!! :)


Dec 7, 2014

Holiday Fit and Fun Wish List

Hey friends!! As the Holidays approach I wanted to share a few of my favorite wish list items.  Some of them are fitness and health related.  Some of them are just what I want.  I hope some of these could help a fit friend of yours if you are needing an idea.  Happy Shopping!!!!!

Veggie and Dip saver found HERE.  They are just adorable...and make taking healthy foods more fun!!!


As a former Saluki, I am obsessed with this burgundy hat.  I would rock this to all football games and outdoor activities!!! Found HERE.
Maggie showed me this adorable site called www.donajofitwear.com that has the most amazing leggings and other sports wear.  I like their page because they have REAL looking people as their models.  I know what I would actually look like in their athletic clothing!!   Check out their amazing pants!!  Definitely on the top of my wish list!!
Got my hands on the coveted JCrew Herringbone vest and now I'm obsessed with layering it.  And finding adorable necklaces to layer along with it.  And plaid...just like Marta, I am also in love with the buffalo plaid.  My new fave!!!


As a P.E. teacher I get stuck wearing a lot of sweats.  However, adding a little sparkle never hurt. How adorable are these sparkle sleeve shirts?????

              

Also...I would love one of these reclaimed wine racks for Christmas to put in our kitchen.  Anyone with these types of skills feel free. I will gladly send you my address. :) ha ha ha


One of these "Zoodle" makers is on the top of my list as far as food gadgets go.  I want to be able to make pasta dishes healthier.  Everyone that has one of these LOVES them! I hope its under the tree!! And they aren't expensive.  This one is like $30!!!!







Another food gadget is this herb slicer.  When you use a lot of fresh herbs cutting them is a SERIOUS pain in the butt.  This gadget looks amazing and so much easier!! This year I plan on starting a REAL garden in my back yard.  So, this will be perfect for all of the fresh herbs and spices!



The new Nike Frees are my favorite training shoes.  They are NOT my favorite running shoes...just so I am clear.  They are great for doing some sort of cross training.  They are not known for cushion.  I do a lot weights mixed with cardio and plyometric training.  These do not do well big cushiony soles.  They do well with a light and low shoe!! If you are needing a TRAINING shoe try these babies out!!!! They have a million styles and colors!!
Another amazing find are these studio training shoe.  They would be great for yoga!! Now that I am obsessed with PiYo and the P90X3 Yoga DVDs these shoes are a MUST to prevent slipping!! 





So that is it as of right now.  I have an entire gift ideas Pinboard on Pinterest with ideas for myself and others.  It is the only way that I can remember things that I come across throughout the year.  I've been told that I'm hard to shop for.  :) I have a tendency to buy things as they come to mind!!!!  This helps me give ideas to others around the Holidays!!! I also love to pin things that I think would be great gifts for others.  I hope this helps you shop for your fit friends this year.  Happy Holidays!








Dec 1, 2014

Boy Oh Boy!!



We are so excited to announce that we are adding another Smith boy to the crazy Viefhaus family.  The streak continues.  We started out with four grandchildren in a row, and will now be adding the fifth boy to continue the streak of males.  The group of four sisters is rapidly multiplying and it is crazy to think how many boys have been added to the family lately.



I am seventeen weeks pregnant as of Wednesday, and have had an interesting pregnancy to date.  I have gained about 6 pounds so far - which I have been happy with.  I am craving nothing out of the ordinary and am finally over that non-stop sleepy feeling.  I have had to spend a bit of time on “pelvic bed rest” which is basically just a modified bed rest that eliminates working out or doing any activities that may cause my uterus to contract.  I was spotting a bit up to my 12 week appointment, so after an ultrasound they had me do a bit of resting due to placenta previa.  I have seriously missed working out, but understand the importance of keeping baby safe and sound and without problems.  At my 16 week appointment, I had to do another ultrasound to see if my situation had cleared up a bit (which it did, but I am still on bed rest).  With that ultrasound, came and extra early sneak peek at my little baby and a very early reveal as to what we were having. 



I wasn’t planning on finding out what we were having until around Christmas time – at my 20 week anatomy ultrasound.  I envisioned a fun Christmas morning surprise for the boys and getting to share that info with my family during such a special time.  Our Thanksgiving surprise turned out just as special and fun as our Christmas plans.  We got to surprise family – who didn’t even see it coming.  Most didn’t know that we even had the ultrasound.  I wasn’t sure if we would be able to see anything or not, so I didn’t mention it to most.  So exciting.



The boys were dead set that they were getting a little sister.  I felt a little bad about disappointing them, but have had such mixed feelings going in to find out what we are having.  I LOVE being a mom of boys.  We have all the goodies we need – boy clothes, and all the items to get us through baby #3.  I love how much the boys love their mama and they have made me so happy.  I couldn’t picture my life any other way – surrounded by boys.  But, I know that my hubby would have loved to have his own little daddy’s girl to love on him.  I think about my relationship with my mom and sisters and know that I will be missing that relationship as I grow – not getting a girl to grow up with.  Only daughter-in-laws and no daughters makes me start to sweat a little bit. ;) 



When I think about my boys growing up, I feel so fortunate to have them surrounded by so many amazing men; most importantly their father.  I am one of the luckiest people to have two sets of amazing grandparents for our boys – two amazing loving relationships that have been modeled to me and the hubs, and something I am so excited to pass along to them.  Not to mention, an abundance of amazing uncles.  Having three sisters adds an amazing amount of men into the picture.  Add that to Meade’s awesome brother, Schuyler, and these boys are surrounded by amazing men.  Each man in our boys’ lives will teach them so many amazing things about life and love and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to raise three beautiful boys and shape them into men that will love and honor friends and family the way the men in our lives have been able to do for us. 



Great things are in store for 2015. :)  We are due in May and I can’t wait to meet this little guy.  Let the name hunting begin – so hard to find a great name for a boy, not to mention we have used four cute ones in our family already: Meade, Tyler, Cooper and Austin (AJ).  Finding a name fit for a boy & man is a hard task – especially when you spend your day in the classroom – where many names become off-limits. ;)



In other big changes, I am taking some time away from the classroom for a bit starting next August.  HUGE change for me and the family.  I have been in the kindergarten classroom for 10 years and have loved every minute of it.  I struggled finding daycare this year for Cooper – it was a nightmare to say the least – but it ended up working out perfectly, since my sister, Maggie, is able to watch him at home with his cousin & BFF, AJ.  My sisters are the ONLY caretakers that have ever watched my boys.  Both boys went to Marta’s house until this year when Meade started Kindergarten.  I have been SO fortunate for this amazing blessing.  Who better to help raise your cuties than your own sisters?!  Next year, I will be offering that gift to others as well.  I will stay home with my boys and open up my home to outside kiddos that want loving care and truly soak in every minute of time that I can with these little bodies.   I know that I eventually will go back to the classroom, but for now, I am going to embrace every moment that I can with these boys.  They are little for such a tiny time – you blink and they start kindergarten. 




Thanks for taking a minute to share in our shenanigans.  We have a ton of fun planned this holiday season, and this exciting news only makes it more fun.  Wishing you many blessings during the holidays and all year long!!!