If Snooki Can Do It, So Can I

Meet my new office chair.

I’m hoping it gives me Brooke Burke abs (I just realized she is only two years younger than me…wow) or at least makes me a little more confident when I have to wear a bathing suit in public, which will happen at some point this year. My girls love to swim and we’re going to beautiful Jekyll Island, Georgia, this summer. Spring break is also in 8 weeks and although we just have a staycation planned I think 8 weeks is a good, realistic, goal for focusing on fitness.

So, over the next 8 weeks I’m trying to snack well, drink less wine (sob), get at least 40 minutes of exercise 4 days a week, drink more water, and watch my portions. I listened to a radio interview with Snooki last week (do not judge!) and she was complaining about her wellness regime to Ryan Seacrest. If Snooki can give up her Long Islands, then I can give up my wine. BUT NOT ON THE WEEKENDS or I might get all Jersey Shore crazy or sumpin’.

I have two very active little girls who have more energy in their pinkie toes than I do in my entire body so I need to boost my metabolism and if it takes an obnoxious green ball to get me going then so be it.

Do you have suggestions for good 20 to 30-minute workout DVDs? That’s about all I can handle. I’m also curious about Zumba for the Wii. Love it, hate it? I have exercise ADD so it’s got to be fun to keep me interested!

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  1. Erin says:

    All I have is the Jillian Michaels one that has collected dust because I haven’t used it in about a year (I had a baby). (The Shred one… it’s 20 min though). It does work but it involves jumping jacks and so while I feel great after I do it, I hate the process. I hate jumping jacks. They necessitate a very good sports bra. I should get a Wii.

  2. Jamie says:

    My chiropractors’ office recommended I get the exercise ball to sit on AND exercise with and so far I’m just sitting on it but I have horrible posture at work so it can only do good. It’s kind of fun, too. 😉

    My core muscles really need strengthening and back issues run in my family so I am trying to be proactive. So far so good.

    Here’s a link to the chiropractic office I have been going to:


    They’re awesome!

    I’m also doing this Mama Wants Her Body Back DVD and liking it a lot although I wish there were more cool music, less talking. I do love the progress animated “bar” along the bottom so you can see how much time you have left in a session. It’s circuit training broken down into cardio, strength and core.


  3. Jennifer says:

    I switch it up through the week. I have excercise ADD as well, so I cannot have the same routine a few times in a row or I get bored by the 3rd day. I do Yoga once per week, I work with a trainer once per week, on Mondays when I take the kids to swimming lessons the husband and I workout during that time and then a friend and I do something twice a week. Sometimes just a 5k walk, others (like today) we worked out on the treadmill and ellipitcal that I have in the basement, then finished off with some core strength training.

    You WANT to do yoga, it shall burn your core, create muscles which in turn will burn more fat. 🙂 I was shocked when I started yoga and the girl was putting me through a series of core work that rivaled the routine that my trainer makes me do.

  4. Tory Thompson says:

    I’m a fan (and “graduate”) of P90X. While not 20-30 minutes (more like 60+) it changes up a lot and the results are hard to argue with. I would post my before and after pics, but that might just be TMI!

  5. Katie says:

    I just got a Zumba DVD for Xmas so I will let you know how it is — I am hoping it’s fun and keeps me interested. I also have a few Crunch fitness videos and I really like them a lot — my fave is a Crunch pilates, it’s only about 30-40 minutes long and yet it feels like a good workout. 🙂

    And that balance ball looks awesome — if anything it will help improve your balance. The receptionist at my dentist office has one and she swears by it. 🙂

    On a similar note, I bought this Sissel seated (listed below) a few years back to use at work and OMG they totally saw me coming — it really doesn’t do anything except get in my way as it sits too high in my chair so I am constantly banging my knees on my desk. Don’t buy the stupid thing!! LOL


  6. Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket} says:

    Oh my goodness, I’ve always wanted to try one of those balls as a chair! I keep looking at ours in the basement (that isn’t getting any use at all) and thinking of bringing it to work. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  7. Trish says:

    I recently lost 12 lbs and have to say what worked best on the work out end was interval training for 15 minutes each day (no kidding) and recently I added a Jackie Warner video that is called Power Circuit Training with Jackie. It was about $10 at Target. I’m 44 and am proud to say I have a 6 pack thanks to her. Good Luck!

  8. Liz says:

    Exercise ADD…that’s me! Love the idea of the exercise ball as an office chair. It would probably be worth the snickers I’d get from co-workers to have those rock hard abs. 🙂

  9. Sydney says:

    I’m also looking to jump start my fitness and I didn’t think of it, but yes, spring break is a great goal! 8 weeks is a good place to start. I do the shred and it’s a little boring but only about 20 minutes. My new thing (and I have a 1 year old to do this with) is stroller fit/babybootcamp. It’s about 50 minutes and I feel like I’m working out and doing something with my child at the same time. I’m sure the gym on my own would be better, but I haven’t been able to go to the gym regularly since I was getting ready for my wedding! Let us know if you try the Zumba!

  10. Christine (LiveLaughLoveCj) says:

    leaving snookie out of the equation entirely (ugh)…

    YES you CAN do it! WHY? Because you are CAPABLE, POWERFUL, SMART and you are WOMAN hear your ROAR!!! (or meow) 😉

    Put your mind to it – find something fun, lively and fantastic — movement – any kind of movement is something … DANCE! like no one is watching

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