Fit Approach #NoExcuses 2015 Challenge for Piper



Today I’m sharing my #NoExcuses for 2015 as part of the Fitapproach  Challenge. Check out this Mad Lib that I filled out!

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Hey 2015, it’s me Piper (a.k.a Anna)

This year I would like to not be injured/get stronger, play outside with our girls more and run my first FULL Marathon.

It would also be super-duper awesome if I also did the crow pose without face planting this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because I want to get stronger.

The thing I am looking forward to most this year is spending time with my whole family; husband and our girls.

I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is my daughters to help me get up, get energized and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is being exhausted after a full days work and full-time mommy duty and I have used it to get out of doing the dishes and the laundry on more than 1,000,000 occasions.

I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to work out at 8 pm when the girls go to bed.

Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still have my girls to wake me up in the morning 🙂

I will stop blaming the girls/husband  for drinking the rest of the chocolate milk when everyone knows it was really me.

My  hamstrings are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my hamstrings who’s boss this year and get my strengthening on.

I know that running is better than not working out.

I will reward myself by getting new running gear/clothing.

No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a hoodie from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and spunky  I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking crow pose in new Rock The Course Leggings from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my posture with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next  42.2 km race with Sasquatch Racing.

Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my capris will smell in my / during my yoga class after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

Tag, Tweet, shout-out, call, text, fax or email 3 friends to take this survey and share how they will have a #NoExcuses 2015. Remind your friends to simply fill in the underlined parts!

Three friends:

Elle @ Eat Run Sail 

Amy @ Crazy Mama Runs 

Amy @ Fitness Meets Frosting

Anyone else have a #NoExcuses 2015 goals to share?

It’s almost mid month – how are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

Getting in a Workout (when you can)

After last weekend’s run I was feeling great and felt ready to focus a little more on working out again. So, Tuesday night I decided to start the 30 Day Shred (again), one of my favourite at-home workouts. My husband was home so it worked out well if either of the kiddies woke up – they didn’t!

Piper's Run - collection of DVD workouts!!!

Piper’s Run – collection of DVD workouts!!!

Now, the first time I ever did this workout was about one and a 1/2 years ago. I did the first level and felt it was a good challenge. Well! I woke up the next day and couldn’t move! I couldn’t go from standing to sitting very easy (think toilet, any chairs), squatting to play with my then 16 month old was painful and then trying to pick her up at the same time. I thought my body was breaking down. I hurt for a FULL week, no lie. I got back into it a week later and loved it….as you can see by my collecting of workout DVD’s, I like her workouts.

My late night workout

My late night workout

This time around I thought I may be in for the same experience but I did the work out anyway. I was surprised to feel so good immediately after the workout. I had lots of energy. I felt like I could conquer all the cores around the house in minutes I was so hyped up.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I started the workout at 9:16 PM. Yeah, you read that right. It was almost 9:45 PM when I finished and was feeling great. At least I got my workout in!!!!

I’m also writing this at 9:47 PM as it’s the only time I have all day to get a few things done: laundry, dishes, workouts, blogging. Having a 3 month old and toddler keeps me super busy these days. I look forward to 9 PM so I can decide if I’m going to do a few chores, workout and shower, call someone, blog or go to bed.

What’s the latest you’ve worked out?

Anyone doing the 30 Day Shred? (again)

What’s your favourite DVD workout?

Upcoming post: (and by upcoming, I mean they are drafted and almost ready to go but it might take me a week to get them all just right):

  • Quinoa bites
  • PRO Compression Socks Review (I’ve been talking about them for a few weeks now)
  • Monkey Update: Hilary’s 3 months tomorrow! Yikes!
  • A mommy post about your kids and love

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{guest post} Fallen Off the Workout Wagon?

Today’s Sweat Pink Ambassador guest post is from Lindsay at Sweet N Sweat.

Have you fallen off the fitness wagon? Ready to get back on, but you need that extra little push and some guidance? Look no further! Here are some tips to get you moving!

o   Address why you went ‘astray’: Do you know why you stopped? Make a list of things that you feel were holding you back. Don’t feel bad about them. Just be honest with yourself and write them down. No biggie.

o   Dig into the problem: Look at your list. Start at number one. Let’s say your number one excuse was “I don’t have the time.” Think about it. Is that true? Everyone is busy. You just need to make the time. Do you need to get up a bit earlier to fit something in? Are you worried about being tired? Well, to put it bluntly (I do that a lot), if you want something bad enough you will find and make the time to it. Simple as that. Go through your list and write down a possible solution to each one.

o   Make it exciting again: When I start to feel dumpy I like to rearrange my workout room. Now I know, not everyone is a spoiled brat like I am and has their own workout room. But if you dig change and it makes you feel refreshed like it does for me then go ahead! Maybe you could rearrange your living room if you workout in there or your bedroom. Whatever!

o   New clothes: Go shopping and buy a new outfit or a piece of clothing that you will feel confident, comfortable, and strong in. Maybe some new shoes? Or socks? I love new socks. I’m strange.

o   New goals: Have your goals changed or stayed the same? Regardless, make a new goal sheet. Still have weight to lose or are you trying to build muscle? Make short-term and long-term goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure and write down you want to lose 25 pounds in two weeks. Be healthy and realistic.

o   New plan: Are you tired of your workout program in general? Maybe you just need to find a new plan of action. With your new goals in front of you, think about what you could do to help get you there. Do you have the right program and tools to lose weight (or whatever your goal may be). I like to switch up my programs every three months or so. That way I won’t get bored or plateau.

o   Support: Make sure the people in your life are supportive of your new lifestyle. Talk to them and share your goals. Not only will sharing your goals make you feel more accountable, but saying them out loud will set them in stone. If your family and/or friends are not supportive, well then that’s their problem. Not yours.

Don’t every feel guilty or silly for putting yourself first. Last time I checked, we only get one body. Do you want to go through life complaining about how you look or feel? Nope. So, now is your chance to do something about it. It’s all you! I can’t say this enough; you are worth every minute and every bead of sweat. Every sacrifice you make will only make you a stronger person inside and out. I guarantee it.

Don’t wait until the New Year to work on you (think how far ahead of the game you could be by then!). Start now. You are worth it. Forget about the excuses and just do it!  If you need help with any of these feel free to contact me at . You can also visit my blog for more tips and motivation. Don’t forget to look me up on Facebook!

Take care, Lindsay


Thank you Lindsay for being a guest blogger on Piper’s Run today.

Don’t forget to check out SweetnSweat Blog or her Facebook page.

{guest post} Balancing Life and Working Out

Today’s guest post is from Larissa from Larissa Milano Fitness.

Balancing Live and Working Out

One of the biggest struggles that people have is balancing their work life and family life while still having time to workout. Being a part time personal trainer, full time legal secretary and full time wife it gets really hard sometimes finding that “me time”. I can only imagine how much harder it is for those of you with kids (I’ll be there with ya in the next year or two 🙂 .

Keeping up with your own fitness is so important not only for your body but for your mind too! I know when I have had a rough day the first thing I want to do is go hit the gym or go for a run. It is my way of decompressing and working on myself. Considering how important my workouts are I wanted to share a few tips on what helps me to make sure I get my workouts in.

  1. Always plan your workout! When you schedule time for yourself it is a lot easier to stick to it. There will be the times where it just isn’t going to work and that’s ok. What is most important is the other 90% of the time that it does.
  2. Figure out what times work best for you. Personally I like working out in the evening but have a higher chance of not doing it. By time I am home the last thing I want to do is leave my hubby again. Mornings are hard but then it is done and I feel great!
  3. Make sure your family/significant other is on board. It is very difficult to make that time for yourself when you don’t have support at home. Let you family know how important this is to you and how it helps you to be a happier/healthier person.
  4. Set your clothes out the night before. Just like planning for the next day of work, having your workout clothes ready and waiting for you makes it that much easier to get to the gym in the morning.
  5. Set your alarm clock across the room. Make it so you have to get out of bed to turn your alarm clock off. Well now your out of bed so you might as well get that workout in 😉
  6. Involve your family. Get your family involved in a local run and all enjoy it together. Or plan weekend hiking trips/ workout afternoons. Make it fun for your kids and they will want to join in all the time

I hope these tips will help you to balance life and getting some personal time. Sometimes life can get crazy but you just need to get crafty 🙂

~ Larissa

A BIG Thank you to Larissa for being a guest today on Piper’s Run. Make sure you check out her blog here: Larissa Milano Fitness. These are some great tips that I try to use.

Larissa’s Bio:

Larissa with Larissa Milano Fitness is a personal trainer and bootcamp coach. Her passion is training others to help them reach their fitness goals. On her blog you will find great workouts, recipes and awesome giveaways.