Four 40-something moms and I started boxing at the beginning of the year. It was a New Year’s Resolution of sorts that quickly snowballed. My mom friend Penny wanted to learn to box after watching her older brother transform into a Cardassian-like humanoid with bulging Trapezius muscles from boxing in the Bronx.
My mom friend Stella wanted to return to pre-baby weight now that her 3 kids are in school. We needed our mom friend Katherine — she’s a nurse and game for any kind of exercise. Lydia missed karate. And I wanted to work on my self-defense.
What to do? Why start our own mom boxing class!
Middle Aged Boxing Moms How To’s
There are many kinds of boxing classes: aerobic boxing classes where you air punch found typically at health clubs, cardio boxing or kickboxing at a karate studio with a heavy bag per person, and actual boxing instruction.
Penny wanted to learn to box. Really box so I had to track down a boxing club with a good instructor. With the help of my Golden Gloves Dad friend Mike, we got all set up:
- Boxing Gloves (Do NOT borrow from the Boxing Club. Eh, those are stinky!!)
- Hand Wraps (Ditto for hand wraps. Plus, the wraps help protect your wrists and they are fun to put on .)
- Boxing Teacher (Our guy Marc is training a female National boxing aspirant and several Golden Glove contenders.)
Brain Research on Learning, Exercise, and Video Games!
Please welcome my guest author, Sarah Clachar, who has some alarming news about children’s brain development and video gaming. On the positive side, exercise and learning are also related. After reading her article, I started carting around my son’s 500+ page Percy Jackson book and little baggies full of legos in my purse for him to use instead of his iPod Touch while we wait at restaurants.
What do you do to keep your kids off screens and active? PLEASE share! We could all use more ideas, especially me! Thank you!
What Goes Best With A Good Book?
What’s the best thing you could have with a good book?
A banana muffin? Nope.
A cup of tea? Nope.
A nice comfy chair? A roaring fireplace? A quiet evening? All good things . . .
But Nope. Nope. And nope.
Top 10 Books to Empower Kids About Their Bodies
The stats on child sexual abuse are alarming. I met author and mom, Jay Dale, on Twitter and she asked me if I was going to cover this issue. I usually post lists of books but wasn’t familiar with books on this topic, and honestly, I struggle with the Birds and the Bees Talk. Still, this is a really important topic and I am delighted that Jay agreed to guest post for me.
We teach our children water safety and road safety — it is equally important to teach our children ‘body safety’ from a very young age. As both a teacher and a mother, I strongly recommend to all parents that ‘body safety’ become a normal part of your parenting conversation. The sexual abuse of children has no social boundaries, and providing children with body safety skills empowers them with knowledge of what is good and bad touch. Read more…
Heart Smart for Your Loved Ones
My husband’s cholesterol is a little high and he’s tried diet and exercise to bring it down. It helped a little but Lipitor is even more effective. Still, he likes to go off Lipitor for a while just to be off meds, so we’ll shop and cook with more vigilance to make sure we’re eating super healthy when he does that.
Some swaps are pretty simple.
We use extra virgin olive oil as our cooking oil of choice for pretty much everything except baking.
Instead of white rice, I’ll mix half the amount with brown rice. The trick to that is to soak the brown rice overnight so that it cooks at the same rate as the white rice. My Korean mother-in-law taught me that. And if you forget to do that the night before, add hot water to the brown rice for a few hours before cooking.
Oatmeal is also something I push. PickyKidPix and I both like oatmeal — steel-cut or quick oats — but no one else in the family does. It’s delicious with a little brown sugar and berries and is proven to bring down cholesterol levels. So, for my husband, his oats of choice is Cheerios. I also grind up oats in my blender to sneak it into baked goods like cookies. No one is the wiser for that!
Home made soup is another strategy for getting our kids to eat more cooked vegetables We also welcome the warmth during our cold New England winters! My husband uses the Cooks Illustrated‘s chicken noodle soup recipe and it’s a big hit with our kids.
The problem though, is that it’s very time-consuming. It’s a multi-step process including making stock and then making the actual soup. I personally don’t have the time or the patience to follow the recipe but I enjoy the end result when my husband is in the mood for an all day cooking project. Read more…
Stepping It Up with Easy Exercise Ideas
I hate to exercise. I don’t join gyms because I will never go. I only exercise because I’ve prepaid, meeting a friend, or my dog is whining. But I do feel better when I exercise. I sleep better too. And while I am exercising a lot these days, I like exercise that is non-exercise. Here’s my first non-exercise exercise tip:
Stair Climbing 2 at a Time
- When you go UP the stairs, take the stairs two at a time.
- Alternate legs as you go up the stairs.
- Go DOWN the stairs one stair at a time. You don’t want to fall!
- Take your time going up the stairs. Speed doesn’t not matter!
I have 2 sets of stairs in my house, not counting the stairs that lead to my front door. I noticed that even though I exercise regularly: Vinyasa yoga, kickboxing/boxing, hiking with dog, and Zumba, my posterior needed more work.
I had taken a step sculpting class. You use plastic steps and small hand weights, and I was so sore for days after it, but only in my butt and thighs. I realized that kickboxing despite the kicking does not work the inner and outer thighs nor the butt enough. And strangely, though we did a lot of bicep and tricep work, my upper body was not sore AT ALL! Read more…
Retrofit: Vanita One Year Later and 20 Pounds Lighter
I met my SEO consultant Vanita Cyril almost exactly a year ago. She left me a comment on my blog and tweeted to me to say hello. She was interested in learning about Retrofit when I did this very same giveaway last year. My auto picker didn’t pick her but she impressed me so much that I recommended her to the nice folks at Retrofit as a brand ambassador. When she signed on, I read about her Retrofit experience all year. And rooted for her as the pounds came off.
Now that it’s a New Year, I wanted to do the Retrofit Giveaway again. Change another life. So I recruited Vanita to tell her story, 1 year later. The After to the Before. I think she’s inspirational and I hope that you do to. Read more…
Kickboxing: My Best Blog Post of 2012
It’s ironic that I blog excessively on children’s books, education and parenting; particularly the intersection of all three but my best blog post is, of all things, on kickboxing.
I like to find books for kids to mark all occasions, answer questions and just generally entertain and deeply satisfy. And I do have educational and children’s book posts that make my Top 10 for 2012 in terms of traffic. But this post, Kickboxing for a Middle Age Mom with a Gentleman Fighter, holds a special place in my heart. It also is one of my top 10 most popular posts of 2012 by page views. Read more…
Mad Cup Stacking for Indoor Fun
PickyKidPix came home from school the other day and announced, “I have mad cup stacking skills.”
I was like, “What?”
She repeated, “I have mad cup stacking skills. Only Ethan beat me and only by a fraction of a second.”
She proceeded to collect every disposable cup in the house and went off with her friend Charlotte to practice cup stacking. Acquiring mad cup stacking skills apparently requires practice. My other kids had to join in. Cup stacking is irresistible! Read more…
Fair Play Life Lessons for Girls from NCAA Women’s Soccer
Hofstra (10-8), making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, lost its last three games of the regular season.
PickyKidPix and I hurried to the game. Her practice ended at 8pm on a Friday so we were only going to be able to make the last half of the first round NCAA playoff of Boston College versus Hofstra. It was 1 to nothing. BC was leading when we got there and we got seats in the middle of the stands near our friends from school; we all go to the same elementary school as the coach’s daughter. Read more…