Monday, November 14, 2011

Hot (Sweaty) Mamas are Here on a Book Tour

photo credit:  Hot (Sweaty) Mamas
I am very excited because I have special guests visiting today, Kara Douglass Thom and Laurie Kocanda, co-authors of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom. They are stopping by on a virtual book tour and will be sharing some insight.  Not only are they the author's of the fabulous book, but they are practically my neighbors!   Both women currently live in the great state of Minnesota. 

I am currently reading this book and I am loving it!  It is  not the same old tips and tricks repackaged for busy moms.  This is a practical guide full of tell it like it is advice (without being condescending).  I am only about a third of the way through this book and I have already learned a thing or two.  What I find so refreshing about this read (or what I have read so far) is that it is not a postpartum weight loss book that helps you get back into your pre-baby jeans.  It is about fitness and making yourself a priority while being a good role model for your family.  I will also say that you don't need to have kids to enjoy it.

Today's guest post hits to my core....Missing workouts.  Enjoy!!

Missed Your Workout? Was it an Excuse or a Reason?
by Kara Douglass Thom

There are no good excuses to skip a workout. That’s right. None. However, there are plenty of good reasons that might interfere with exercise. Excuses take on many forms, but 99.8 percent of them are a variation of “I don't have time,” or “I’m too tired.” We’ve all been there.

If you’ve ever missed a workout but knew deep down you could have made it happen, an excuse was in play. It’s like telling yourself a little white lie. Another sign: when explaining your decision, you sound like you’re trying to convince yourself—not just other people—that you did the right thing by skipping. As if repeating the story might make it true.

As for good reasons to miss a workout, those are always clear and definitive; they are often out of your control and don’t require any convincing on your part. You have a fever; your child vomited in the back seat on the way to the gym; your boss asked you to stay late to finish a project. You might have access to a Plan B workout option, but if you don’t, no need to feel guilt. This is especially important for those who tend to err on the side of exercising at all costs; who don't always recognize a good reason to skip a workout when they should.

And just as you would if you missed a workout because of an excuse, a reason not to exercise one day shouldn’t be the end of all future workouts. Tomorrow’s a new day. Will you choose to work out, or not?

Sometimes we need to make trade-offs in life. In the book, Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel 2011), we share what we call a “Sweaty Decision Tree” that can guide readers to answer that question, “Should I work out or not?” Variables include whether or not the workout will leave you more or less stressed, what your workout plans were the day before, and if you think a workout is possible the following day.

What may be a good reason one day might be an excuse on another. An excuse for some people might be a good reason for someone else. In order to know the difference on this case-by-case basis you have to be in tune with your body and mind so you can be true to your needs and goals. And if you do miss a workout—whether because of an excuse or a reason—know that it doesn’t have to end your commitment to fitness.

This guest post comes from Kara Douglass Thom, a triathlete, freelance writer and mother of four. She and Laurie Kocanda are the co-authors of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom.

Now for the fun stuff....I have a copy of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom for a lucky reader.  Leave me  a comment about how you prioritize your day to fit in your workout or how you get a workout in even when you have a good excuse (errr reason) to skip it.  I will randomly draw from the comments later this week.  Want it now???  The book is available at major bookstores and on Amazon.com.  Want to keep up with the latest news, they are on Facebook and Twitter.  Tomorrow the tour stop is stopping by Step it Up with Steph.


I would like to thank these Hot (Sweaty) Mamas for making my blog a stop on their virtual book tour and making this give-a-way possible.


Disclaimer:  The book was given to me to review however all opinions are my own.

14 comments:

Lori Sharman Dunagan said...

We now have a new puppy that needs to be exercised so I no longer can use the excuse i am too tired or not enough time in the day. If she doesn't get a walk then we pay for it later. She is my motivation right now since the time change. It is also a great way for my son to get exercise too.

fancy nancy said...

I schedule most of my days so that exercise is the first thing I do. That way I just have to get my butt out of bed and out the door. Easier said than done some days but it is just me that I need to get over! Plus Wednesdays I schedule a running group and the hubby meets me there to watch my daughter!

Marianne said...

I have an iron-clad rule that if I don't have to work, I MUST get the workout in, no reasons or excuses! That means weekend days are an absolute, and any other days I happen to have off work, and this has meant that I am now one of "those people" that you see running on Thanksgiving morning! The other big trick/tip I have to ensure I get my workouts in is having a "plan B" which they seem to talk about in the book as well. In fact, I not only have a plan B, I usually also have a plan C and a plan D (I have gyms both near home and at work and there is always outside). That way, if I can't manage to get myself up in the morning like I planned, I'll still get the exercise in for the day.

Marissa said...

I've never read this book, but looks like I should check it out...

I have to schedule my exercise around my husband's schedule and my two boys! but actually today, I might try running with my 5 year old, while pushing my 2 yr old in the stroller! it'll be something rather than NOTHING, right?!

Andrea said...

I have a date with myself every morning at 4:30am :) It's my quiet me time and I love it!

Kara said...

Carly, what nice things to say about our book! That is, of course, what we wanted to do and it's so nice to know the book is "hitting the spot." Thanks for having us over to play today. Seeing that we ARE practically neighbors, we should really get together for a run!

TooeleTwins said...

I get up at 4am every day so that I can be to work in time to run with a friend before the work day begins. This way, I have plenty of time with my two boys in the evening!

Abby said...

I work right across from the gym I attend, so it's right there on my way home. No excuses for not going!

Chicken said...

I always work out over the lunch hour. Keeps me from working or spending money! If I have lunch plans I always schedule ahead to either go before work, or do an at home workout after work. I "just do" and "don't think" anymore!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohh book..running book...wohoo!! I am not a mama though so i don't have too many excuses not to workout :)

Laurie said...

Fun to see the tour start with a fellow runner! Thanks for hosting us, Carly. I bet we share the same running routes! I'll be looking for you along the Parkway and around the lakes...

Diana said...

I wake up at 3:30am to get a quick 20 minute kb workout in before a 12hour shift at work.....
My motivation comes from how I used to feel at over 300lbs....I don't ever want that again, so to give up 20 minutes for making my body do what it was made to do is a no-brainer!

Shrinking Mommy of 2 said...

I get up early so I have time to work out. I usually get up around 5 to run or do some other exercise. If I don't do that, my kids know when I say I am going downstairs...the then say "to exercise". Sometimes, the kiddos come down and do it with me...love it!

medical accident said...

Me and my hubby get up early and we prefer exercise first rather than routine work in fact now exercise is in our routine.