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Do you know the “Kitchen Dance?”

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In the last weeks I have had a few new things enter my life and a few things come back into my life, exercise being in the later of the two. By now you know I have a “love hate” relationship with exercise, I hate going but I love the feeling I get when I’m done. I don’t know if it’s that “ahhhh” I did it feeling, or those little endorphins we hear about and I just have a much better outlook for the day…

In any event last week I had a little “revelation” when I took off my armband to sync it up and check out my “calories burned” for the day. I noticed a few things:

1. When I’m sitting and typing as I am now I might as well be sleeping or not breathing because I would burn the same amount of calories… um that means flat line… none… nil… I was shocked! Now I understand just how easy it was for me to gain weight. Again, I knew if I sat around all day and did nothing other than work it really isn’t good for me but to actually see it with a graph… Wow! I’m a visual person so it really opened my eyes! So, I know I need to get up and move around every hour or so if it’s going to be a long day on the computer. Bring in the bosu ball (yes, I broke down and actually paid money and bought one of these torture apparatus’s for home.) and do some balance exercises every so often, move your blood around. I know you’re thinking well, what do I do if I’m at an office? I can’t very well say “ok bosu time!” Well then get up and take a little walk around your office, if it’s nice outside at lunch break up the day and go for a quick walk…

2. I was also surprised, actually, almost devastated lol to see that when I was weight training with Ryan my calories expended weren’t “huge.” As much as I huff and puff like an old woman I thought for sure I’d be burning huge amounts of calories. I asked Ryan about this and he told me that we are actually working on getting my muscles in “shape” and then he went on to explain how after we build up the muscle mass in my body that will work to my advantage to burn more fat and calories. So in the long run I guess that makes sense…

3. My little trusty arm band also told me an interesting fact. On Friday, we had a little girls’ “kitchen dance party” where we hit the CD player with Season 2 of Glee and we chopped and danced and danced and danced… Something that you can usually see if you look in my window around dinner time. lol I’m thinking of doing a video post on this in the future to scare all of America! Anyhow, when I synched my armband up a day or two later, I forgot about our little “dance party” and I saw my calories burned and was like…. “What was I doing Friday afternoon? My cardio numbers were huge!” Hmmm, o yes, it was my “kitchen dance party!” You can be sure we have implemented this little shinding into our dinner prep a few days a week… So come on…

I invite you to join in the “kitchen” dance party! Send us over your favorite tunes to jump and jiggle to! I promise no judging here!

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  1. Hey!! I am a new follower from MBC! I love your blog!!!

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  2. Cute blog!!

  3. This is hilarious! I definitely need to do more kitchen dancing! :)

  4. I also have a relationship with exercise….hate/hate. LOL Me and my kiddos love to act goofy and dance too…good exercise!!


    I've also given you a blog award in a post on my blog!! Come on over and snag it! Love your blog.

    Tree aka Mother of Pearl

  5. What a good idea…I do know the kitchen dance.
    Love your blog.

  6. I about spit milk out my nose when I read your blog title…lol Kitchen Dance…..

    Reason…when my little guy was just home from Korea, and still adjusting to his whole new life…he'd be fussy and cry in his highchair and I'd start doing this goofy, totally humiliating dance and sing a silly song called "The Kitchen Dance" and in no time he'd be giggling. A year later, he still points to the place I used to stand and dance and bobs his head, asking for this dance. LOL. Isn't motherhood grand?! lol

    I sometimes wonder what if the neighbors or somebody saw me doing this song/dance?? hehehe SO the title got me!

  7. Hi, I came on over from MBC. Jennifer Paige's Crush definitely is an awesome song to dance along to. Having fun while exercising rocks!

    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

  8. Hi, I love your blog, what a sweet family!
    I also have that same love/hate relationship with exercise, I hate going to the gym, sometimes it takes me weeks to get back into it, but then once I do, I love lov elove how I feel after I've been. I think I might try the whole dancing-with-my-kids thing, because they really love to throw on the ipod and dance around like crazies, maybe I should try it if it will help me burn calories. Thanks for the tip, keep writing!

  9. I love the idea of a kitchen dance party. I am going to have to do that with my girls. It also means I have got to get the glee soundtrack :)