So I was asked today about my Hallmark workout so I will share today’s version at the end.

Teaching:

Lol I actually had to have my kids put their heads down on their desk and think of someway they could make our classroom awesome this afternoon. The twenty five and six year olds just can’t contain their Christmas excitement anymore! We have Elf on the Shelf excitement and escapades and advent calendars. I’m guessing some of these sweet treats are getting eaten before school🙄😳

Today we got to 275 items for the food bank donation. Whatever else they are, these families are generous!

We tackled chalkboard spelling and actually made it to whole words!! I’m so excited!

We also did another patterning sheet that went really well. The kids were all done in twenty minutes and with no mistakes!

We had gym today where we had Christmas themed relay races. We galloped like reindeer, did the Santa shuffle, and skipped like elves.

This afternoon we tackled patterned paper chains, but I messed up. We will try them again if we have time. I may just cut the strips myself and have it as an early finishers activity.

After school I had the fun of handing in my report cards. Let’s hope there are no corrections!

Family:

I came home quite quickly as I had promised that I would take Gus for ice cream today. He had tons of options, but there weren’t many for me so I had eggnog again. It was great to see my brother and nephew again as it seems like forever and probably was Thanksgiving. The great news is that my sister in law says they are staying home for Christmas dinner and I can join them. Thankfully this isn’t against the rules as I’m single. Single people are allowed to choose a “family” to join. I was told I have to bring ice cream though.

Exercise:

I spent a lot of the evening trying to create a calendar for my mom on Costco, but it just keeps saying all my photos aren’t high enough resolution. Sorry mom, I did try!

Ok I was asked about my hallmark workouts. I will say there are tons of these on google and I change mine up all the time as I get bored. Sometimes they are all cardio moves, or input a cardio move in between weight moves for a minute, other times I assign two exercises to each movie feature to make the workout longer. For example one thing might be both squats and plié squats. I usually assign five repetitions to each instance of the element. For example, one Christmas tree sighting might be worth five squats. I also have to admit I do a lot more movie elements than I see on the ones on Google. I also pay very close attention and get more instances as I want a harder/longer workout. Lots of these could be eliminated or combined.

Ok after all that, here’s what I did tonight.

I watched the movie Christmas Unleashed, which I have to admit is not my favorite, but it did the trick.

The elements I looked for:

Baking/cooking/cookies-3

Bright jacket- none seen

Snow falling/ sledding/ snowball fight-1

Hot drinks-4

Christmas tree or tree farm-8

Family tradition-1

Skating-none

Hugs/ kisses -7

Merry Christmas-12

Santa-1

Town Event-1

Ugly sweater-2

Caroling-none

Festive name-none

Presents/ present wrapping/ unwrapping-1

Decorating/ decorations-5

Mention of holiday spirit-1

Sleigh/carriage-3

Awkward moment-4

Mention of a miracle-3

A fireplace/ fire pit-2

Advice from older relative-5

Flashback-5

Some elements are added or deleted,depending on the movie. Flashbacks were added for this movie.

What I ended up doing:

15 front raises

Plank ( I took all the single instances and did a plank to the next minute so I ended up doing a 30 sec, 45 sec, 5 sec, 50 sec, 15 sec, 35 sec planks)

20 tricep extensions

40 squats

35 plié squats

60 crunches

10 mountain climbers per side

25 bicycle crunches

15 bent over rows

20 bicep curls

25 deadlifts

15 lateral raises

25 hip raises

10 sit ups

25 reverse crunches

I know I make this way more difficult than it needs to be.

If you want something simple I would recommend 10 jumping jacks every time someone says Merry Christmas, 5 squats every time there is a tree sighting, and 5 push-ups every time there is a hug or kiss. You’d probably get a good starting workout that way.

Well now you all know my horrible secret- I complicate everything!

Have fun!

AJ

16 thoughts on “Hallmark Workout

  1. Aj as A kid I was SOOOOO excited for Christmas Im sure I drove my teachers nuts. I waited and waited for the time of day when we got to make our parent gifts. I thought of them as mom gifts only.
    The thing about making a calendar, (I made the horse barn calendar several years) is that you cannot use most iPhone photos for enlarging. You need to use an SLR camera that will enlarge without pixelating.
    And I can’t wait to give allison your list of Hallmark finds

    1. Yup I try not to be too tough in my kids as they’re good kids – their bodies just can’t contain their excitement right now!
      Yup I gave up on the calendar. It was a good idea, but I don’t have any photos that aren’t iPhone photos. It’s not an expensive project, but I still don’t want it to look bad!
      Well tell Allison not to bother with Christmas Unleashed!😖

  2. Your kids had me laughing…heads down please! I have been told about the Elf on the Shelf three times this week! And to think I survived childhood without it. So glad you are going to your brother’s for Christmas!

  3. Aj, Sometimes I have trouble when I am the first to comment. So Im down here commenting on your upper post. I could give up hot chocolate without blinking! We will be just the two of us for Christmas , but we are all keeping safe and thats the most important thing we can do for each other. happy yummy yarn

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