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Good Luck Fit Mom Michelle!

Today I just wanted to write a quick post to wish one of our writer’s Michelle Kyman well as she competes in her second fitness competition!

If you haven’t read any of Michelle’s posts, you should!  She is the owner of Embody Fitness in Orange County, California. Michelle is a mom of 2. With each pregnancy she gained 75 lbs!! She lost the weight, and in the process decided to become a trainer to help other women lose the weight, and lose the excuses.  A couple of years ago Michelle decided to challenge herself, and compete in a fitness competition!

Michelle's First Fitness Competition...2010

Today on St Patrick’s Day Michelle is spray tanned up, she’s eaten her chicken and almonds for breakfast (I saw that on her Facebook status) and is ready to rock!  Thanks for inspiring us Michelle to get fit!  You’ve taught us that at almost 40, with 2 kids, and a ton of discipline we can reach our fitness goals!

Here’s a video interview of Michelle that I posted in January during A Better Me Challenge.  Check it out! She gives great tips for moms who want to lose their “baby weight.”

Good Luck today!  We can’t wait to hear about your workouts and what you ate this time around.  And, we can’t wait to see your pictures from today’s competition!!!

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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“New” Motivation

Hi Fit Moms!!! We are nearing the end of February, a month and a half since our New Year’s resolutions. How many of you made fitness and health resolutions?? I’m assuming many of you, it’s a common theme for people, especially women!! Now, the next question….Who is STILL sticking to their resolution? Hopefully, many of you if you took Annett’s 28 Day A Better Me Challenge! If so, you should be warmed up, prepared, excited, energized, and ready to conquer the world :)

If some of you are still trying to find that motivation to get going, I’ve got some ideas for you! For most of us women, we like to shop and buy new things…haha! For most of us moms, it’s hard to buy for ourselves because we know there are so many other things the family and house needs over our “wants“. Well, this time, you’re going to spend a little money on yourself!

These are a few things that I’m giving you the green light to buy:

1. A journal that you can write your workouts AND your food in. If you have something already, GREAT! Make sure you use it only for your workouts and food (no grocery lists in this baby). If you are looking for some journals that are made for just those reasons, check out “fitbook” or “body minder” journals. One side of the notebook is to write down your workouts and the other page is for you to record all of your food, water, and supplements.

2. A reusable water bottle or canteen. Find a stylish one that represents you (and you’ll be going GREEN!)

This Is what Annett uses to get her Daily 8!

3. A new pair of athletic shoes and/or a new workout outfit! You and I both know that when you LOOK good at the gym, you FEEL good too! Now, if funds are low, simply invest in a new sports bra!!

If you are just starting a new fitness routine, or just re-shaping your old one, having a little something new always makes it better. Remember moms, it’s never too late to start. AND, don’t say you’ll start on Monday…start today!! Start feeling better and healthier by tomorrow! We are only given one body, let’s take care of that one body as best we can!!

Have a FANTASTIC week, Fit Moms!!!

Michelle Kyman

Orange County, Ca

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Holiday Fitness- How To Get Fit This Time Of Year

Christmas presents under the tree

Hi Fit Moms!! Are we ready for the holidays?? Oh my gosh! So much to do and too little time to do it! Making time to cook, shop, decorate, entertain, shop, sleep, etc (did I say shop??), is challenging in itself. And, as ones who run our households, we’re expected to do it with a smile on our face!! Haha! I know during this time I get super stressed! However, the BEST thing for us to do during this time is to be able to let off some steam! Even though I’m the busiest during the end of the year, I make sure I find time for myself. It’s healthy for our bodies to be able to step away from the stress and find time to exercise! Exercise is one of the best “stress relievers”.

Okay, so I can hear you all asking the same question…”When are we supposed to find this ‘extra’ time for ourselves?” Well, the truth of the matter is, just like any other time of the year, you have to schedule it! Look at your weekly schedule and find time blocks throughout your week where you can fit in 20, 30, or 45 minutes of exercise. Believe me….YOU CAN!! If weight loss is important to you, you will find time!

Try waking up 30 to 45 minutes earlier a couple times a week and get outside for a jog. This is also a great way to clear your head before your day gets crazy (it will also give you that extra energy you’re gonna need to have through your day!!) Get with a friend and do a yoga class together before that Christmas shopping trip. This is a great time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions if they pertain to your weight loss. Don’t think you have to wait until January 1 to get started….start now! Trust me, if you focus on your healthy eating and exercise routine now, you’ll be way ahead of the game!


I understand that your time is more limited now than normal to squeeze in a sweat session, so make the most of it! Try jumping rope for 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a day in your garage. While you’re slaving over the stove cooking dinner for 15 people or baking treats for your kids’ teachers, stop every 5 minutes and do 2 minutes of jumping jacks. Fitting in these types of explosive exercises is going to boost your heart rate and your calorie burn! It’s okay if you can’t get an hour to an hour and a half of straight exercising, these short bursts have their benefits too!!

In my household, I used to do all the Christmas shopping, and the food shopping, and the decorating, and the Christmas card sending….but I have come to enjoy sharing that responsibility with my husband. I’ve let go of the “control freak” inside, which now allows me to have more breathing room. Ask your significant other to help with some of the responsibilities around the house, so you can have some time to exercise.  Heck, if you have older kids, they can help too!

One last piece of advice….breathe and smile! You’ll get through these holidays just like the rest of us :) Make working out a priority and you’ll find the time!!

Merry Christmas to all you Moms and blessings for a healthy 2012!!

Michelle Kyman
Owner of Embody Fitness
Orange County, Ca
Photo credits:
Stopwatch by  julianlimjl
Christmas presents under the tree by allancleaver_2000

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Step Out Of The Box

Hi Fit Moms!! Have any of you thought about a fitness goal for yourself? Stepping out of the box? Joining CrossFit or signing up for a Turkey Trot?? Well, if you haven’t got there yet, please think about it. It’s a fun way to get you out of your comfort zone, it gives you a goal to shoot for, and you may even fall in love with it!!

I was thinking of how lucky we are here in Southern California with our weather. We can get out of the house and go for a walk or run, or do a boot camp any time of the year….so, for us, there’s no excuse to not get outside and get moving!! However, if you live in another part of the country where weather can be a challenge, don’t get discouraged! Equip yourself with the right kind of tools to make a great workout in your home!

If you have a two-story home, use your stairs! You can run up and down your stairs for a quick cardio burst in between some weights, or go slower and skip stairs. (Just be careful)  Another exercise I like to give my clients is just using the bottom step of the staircase, and run up and down just that last step to get your blood pumping!!! Time yourself, do it for a minute. Squats and stationary lunges are great, and you don’t even have to use any weights to get a good leg workout! Isometric core exercises are great because you can do them anywhere!! Get on the floor while watching your favorite tv show and hold a plank during the commercials. Push-ups are easy to do anywhere too. If you don’t have a lot of upper body strength, start on your knees and push off of a chair or table to start. When you get stronger, then take the push-up to the floor on your knees. After that, you’re ready to start doing full push-ups!!

You can ALWAYS find 10-20 minutes out of your day to get a little heart-pumping exercise in! Don’t feel that because you don’t have a full hour or more to workout, that you should just scratch it….No no no! Even “15 minutes here, 10 minutes there, and another 15 later on” will all add up in the end. It’s not a waste of time to do a little something 2 or 3 times out of your day!! And remember, when you DO HAVE that free time, make the best of it!!! Go hard! You’ll be proud and happy you did!

Make the change TODAY!!! No more excuses!!

Here’s a picture of me during my Mt. Whitney climb last month. It was 22 miles round trip. We started at 8500 ft and climbed to 14,464 ft, and it took us 7 hours up and 6 hours down!!

Kick Some Butt, Fit Moms!

Michelle Kyman
Owner of Embody Fitness

Orange County, Ca

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