My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Works for Me Wednesday - Jazzercise Dancin Abs and my daughter

In my effort to really get fit this year before summertime, I have been expanding my video exercise tapes and DVD collection. Yesterday for the first time I tried out Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise.Up until my pregnancy with Rosie, I was an avid Jazzerciser, going to class three to four or more times a week, and I have really missed it. So I bought this DVD with the idea of seeing what was new with Jazzercise and trying to get back into the groove.

This workout is lead by Shanna Missett Nelson, daughter of Jazzercise founder Judy Shephard Missett. I remember when she was a Jr. Jazzerciser in all of her mother's catalogues, but I digress. She is the new face of the company and this video showed it!  It was fast paced, challenging, I definitely worked up a sweat and I think, true to it's title, got a bit of an ab workout too, although my back is what's really feelin it this morning. The choreography was fun, contemporary, challenging and yet had the familiar Jazzercise moves too.

What was fun for me though, was that my 10 1/2 year old daughter wanted to do it with me.  So just like my old days in Jazzercise class, she stayed in her spot and I stayed in mine and we worked through the DVD together.  Although Izzy has been a runner and swimmer with only a little dance training, she was able to do most of the choreography in her own way and she said she could feel it working in her arms and thighs.  We laughed together when the intensity  got a little tough or when the moves got more complicated.  (I think today I'll have to show her some of the some of the more basic moves like heel hops so that it goes easier next time.)

But overall we had fun!  This might actually be memory making! 

And as we were walking out of the basement, all sweaty and tired my 11-year-old Noah said, "Wow, looks like if I want to get in shape for cross country, I better work out with you Izzy!"   If he does I absolutely will have to take a picture.

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