Tamara: Turkey Chili
Me: Sausage and Corn Chowder
We both discuss our love of something warm and hearty when it’s cold and blustery outside.
What is your favorite dessert on cold nights?
Tamara: Hot Chocolate. I like to get the kid’s size from Starbucks with whipped cream because it’s the perfect size and temperature. (Super good idea!)
Me: Blackberry Cobbler…I love, love, love blackberry cobbler on cold nights.
What is your favorite healthy snack?
Tamara: I just discovered these amazing healthy snack bars! Like seriously, everyone should go and buy them. They are so good! They are called Healthy Warrior Chia Bars. Buy the coconut flavor because it’s the best. Only 110 calories, 4 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.
We now discuss how lame my snack sounds and how I need to stock up on her Chia Bars…
After snacking, we discuss working out…after all, she is the Workout Mama!
How many days a week do you work out?
Tamara: 4-5 days a week. I love variety and include strength training, cardio and yoga as part of my weekly exercise schedule.
Me: 3-4 days a week. I love going for a short amount of time but killing myself while I’m there. I prefer boot camp style classes that involve both cardio and strength. Years ago, I was a long distance runner…but I hung up my running shoes and love classes now.
How long are your workout sessions?
Tamara: Depending on what type of workout I am doing, my sessions will range anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.
Me: At the most, 60 minutes. I like to get in and get out.
What is your favorite indoor workout for cold days?
Tamara: I love yoga classes in heated studios when it’s chilly outside. Walking into a warm studio knowing that I’m going to leave sweaty, stretched out and smiling makes yoga a favorite for me.
Me: I love doing MTV’s Power Yoga DVD. I’ve been doing it for 12 years and it’s still my favorite!
As a side note, both of us worked out (and Tamara is currently working out) during our pregnancies. Obviously, this is a case by case situation depending on your pregnancy, but I know for me personally, working out while pregnant made me feel productive if nothing else!
And since it’s January…we’re talking about our resolutions!
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Tamara: I have a few goals this year. My major goal is to read my entire Bible. Last year, I read the entire New Testament, Proverbs and Psalm, so I really want to read the whole book in chronological order. I am doing the Come Drink Live 365 Bible Reading Plan. My other major goal is to continue to have a healthy pregnancy by working out at least 3-5 days each week and to eat whole, nutritious foods on a daily basis. I know that by doing this, I will be able to recover quicker from labor/delivery. I am hoping to have another natural delivery without medication like I did with Caden.
At this point at our pj party, we discuss how when I was pregnant (both times), I threw up multiple times every single day. Every single day those babies were inside of me. Up to and including the days they were both born. Not joking. It was horrible. I am still not over it. Therefore, I only ate whatever sounded good. For Kensington, that was Pringles and with Smith, Natural Cheetos. Yes. Disgusting. That’s all I ate for 18 months total. Gag. And then we discuss how I give her props for the no-drug delivery thing…because this mama ended up with two c-sections and found the drugs glorious :).
Shay: This year, I’m trying to be really intentional about spending time with my kids…especially Kensington since she starts kindergarten in the fall. I’m with them every day, but I want to be really thoughtful about our time together and really build memories for them and me.
What is your favorite workout gear?
Tamara: The majority of my workout gear comes from Lululemon. I love the studio pants that they make! As far as shoes go, I really love my Nikes.
Shay: I buy a lot of Athleta gear! I love their running shorts in particular for my boot camp style classes. My favorite part is how well they wash and wear over and over again.
I’m pretty obsessed about these new arrivals at Athleta! Everything you see comes in a wide variety of colors. They have the entire New Arrivals page color coordinated…genius. Obsessed.
How do you make fitness a priority when you’re juggling your busy family?
Tamara: Just like anything, fitness needs to be balanced into your daily life. Anytime we give something power over ourselves, we become a slave to it. I like to make sure I know what I’m working towards. I will set weekly/monthly goals to help create a balanced and happier me. And for me, getting workouts completed early in the morning are best. Since I don’t make it to the gym as often as I would like, I have several pieces of exercise equipment, DVDs and notebooks filled with workouts.
Shay: I make working out realistic for the season of life that I am in. When I was married and without kids, I had a lot of free time to train for marathons and attend a wide variety of classes but as soon as I became a mom, I had to tailor my fitness around what was best for that season in life. If you don’t set realistic goals and create a realistic workout schedule for your life, you will always fail.
You know that I have my favorite questions for the end of each PJ Party…I always ask my co-host the same set of questions…here are Tamara’s answers…
And because Tamara is so generous, she is giving away one free entry into her online boot camp class! I have done two sessions of these online classes and find them so motivational! The class will begin February 1, so even if you don’t win this free session, you should consider joining yourself. Click here for the details!
On the foodie blog today…Nutella lovers rejoice…
…it’s my Nutella Whoopie Pies. You’re welcome. Happy Friday!