Well, Happy 2018

Hello Friends,

No need to rush new year wishes, eh? Figure I have all year to wish you all well. After a date mistake in our checkbook last week I took a good look at the calendar. And yes, its been a month since I shared with you all.

What’s happened over the past month? Well, life, as I’m sure all of you are dealing with as well. Obviously, the girls are back in school – this is a good situation for all of us. The Christmas song lyrics about “hardly waiting for school to start again” resonated with me this year. We have started the new year with a renewed focus on learning activities after school, though. I’m trying to get Cricket to practice writing (ok, tracing) her name and the alphabet at home. And Sweetie is reading everything she gets in her hands – now to sit her in front of the piano more often.

And teeth – they keep falling out of Sweetie’s mouth! We saw Dr. Johnnie in December and he says she’s on track and right were she needs to be with these wiggly teeth. Loose and missing teeth just make for a funny time. Not in time for fun Christmas cliches, but oh well!

The past few weeks brought ninja adventures,

bowling,

Lego fun,

and some snow,

The past two weeks have especially flown by. School holidays, colds, and a return to extra-curricular activities made the time feel short, compressed. But, as I wrote earlier, that’s life and all of you out there have dealt your own serving.

I’ve been thinking about you all as there is no shortage of content waiting for me to type. Over the next months I am looking to share more product and service reviews with you all, add a new category to the blog (which has beem haunting me since last 2016) and of course, detail our adventures, and maybe even some mis-adventures.

Wife, the girls and I wish you all the best. Maybe our New Year’s wishes can recharge the ones you got on January 1. Take care out there, I’ll write again sooner.

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“Ditching your Dad Belly”

I found this article while flipping through an online media reader app on my phone. It comes directly from the Men’s Health Thrive section and deals with busy Dads* fitting in some exercise:

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/ditch-your-dad-belly

Like many of you, I have completely changed my daily routine since taking on at-home duties over two years ago. When I was managing the body shop I ate most of my “meals” (really just glorified snacks) while running around dealing with our workflow. Now I sit down and eat a complete breakfast and lunch, and sometimes throw in a snack. So my caloric intake is way up. These days I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day. When I was working it was more like 1-2 cups an hour…for 10 hours. Yeah, I was hydrated, and definitely caffeinated. And now if I “run” from one end of the house it takes about 25 steps. End-to-end at the shop was about 225 steps and I ran it many times all day long. So this change in my daily habit has also changed my body shape. Now add to all of this the time crunch of parenting, which cuts out a lot of workout potential, and we get a Dad Belly. Again, I am sure many of you can relate.

For a while I was waking up at 5:00AM to do the P90X series, but that only lasted 30 days (yes, just 1/3 of the program). Sleep became too important. I considered joining a gym and going after the girls go to sleep, but I have other things I want to do…again, sleep. So I am out of shape and I own it. But in my defense, to-date neither Jillian Michaels nor Bob Harper have popped over to my house to simultaneously train me and babysit so I can get a workout in(I don’t know, sounds like a great new reality show-hint, hint).

So in this parenting context, body weight exercises have become my go-to (okay, it helps to have dumbbells too). They are easy enough to do in the house without a bunch of gear or set-up. And while I have yet to build my “Ultimate Stay-At-Home Dad Workout” (be sure to also check out the link below!), this seems like a good place to start. 20 minutes meant to give you a basic total body workout. Check it out and see what you think. Oh, and if you have some ideas for that ultimate at-home/on-a-child’s-schedule workout, or some great workout motivation, post them up in the comments section.

PERFORMANCE-BOOSTING WARMUP: 5 minutes

Do this: Perform all four exercises in a row without rest. Repeat.

  1. Bear Crawl, 20 yards forward and backward
  2. Body-Weight Jump Squat, 10 reps
  3. Farmer’s Carry, 20 yards
  4. Body-Weight Squat, 10 reps

MUSCLE-BUILDING CIRCUIT: 10 minutes

Do this: Perform all 5 exercises in a row. That’s 1 round. Rest 30 seconds, and then begin again. Do as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes.

  1. Goblet Squat, 12 reps
  2. Push-up, 30 reps
  3. Overhead Press, 12 reps
  4. Plank, 30 seconds
  5. Rest, 30 seconds

FAT-FRYING FINISHER: 5 minutes

Do this: Sprint 20 yards, and then perform a side plank for 15 seconds on each side as an active rest. Repeat. Continue this for 5 minutes straight.

  1. Sprint, 20 yards
  2. Side plank, 15 seconds on each side

I stumbled on this little gem while getting ready to publish. When Wife laughed hard enough to cry I knew I had to include it. Just a bit of humor to lighten all this serious exercise talk.Be sure to watch the workout video…it’s all about the burn!

*While the title of this article specifies “Dad” belly, we here on the detour support all parents in their exercise endeavors. Bellies grow on Moms and Dads – they are not sexist and neither are we.