Week 7: Fitness Finale

We hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day and a great fit week!

Conner attended cub Scout camp and stayed busy from sunup to sundown. He partook in activity such as swimming, archery, arts and crafts and other outdoor activities.

Layla and Griffin we’re able to play in the MUSC Wellness Center nursery this week while Matthew and I did a  couples workout and we also spoke with the nutritionist this week were we got great information on meals to go and quick and easy breakfast ideas.

We kept active at the home this week by doing our yard work and painting upstairs.

This is one of our busiest weeks but I feel as though we have less to write about.  we are doing our best to stay active and still beat the heat. We have switched from ice cream to frozen yogurt and we really enjoy that as our weekly treat.


The Fit Family Challenge is almost over and we are hoping to take things with us into our normal lifestyle  .We are planing on make decisions after the challenge that will still be healthy and decisions to better our family.

Week 6: Making a Splash

The summer heat will not keep the Kelley Family from getting fit!  This week we found ways to beat the heat and stay active.  Of course swimming at the neighborhood pool is definitely the kids’ favorite activity and we try to go as much as we can.  With our work schedules it can be hard to eat dinner and get ready for the next day in addition to going to the pool but we are going to try to go more often this week because we all have so much fun.  The kids were able to play outside in the mornings at their camps and in the gym in the afternoons.  They are usually worn out by the time we pick them up and fall asleep in the car on the way home.  Scott was back to his normal routine this week so he was able to get his cardio workout done at lunch and then weight training at night.  Scott going to the gym at night is not easy especially since I have to put all three kids to bed by myself.  Before he goes, he does cook dinner and tries to help me with the kids’ baths.  I just wish there were more hours in the day so we could all be together longer in the evenings.  I continued doing Zumba (I did not hurt myself this week, thank goodness), I did yard work including cutting the grass, and went to the gym with Scott to do some cardio and weight training on Saturday.  Scott and I have got to get back to our routine where we met at the gym after work.  I love weight training (and definitely need to do more of it) but I am not confident enough to do it on my own yet without some guidance.

We have been doing well with our goal to eat healthier with just a few hiccups along the way this week.  We love all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available this time of year.  I did eat out twice at lunch but I tried to be very careful with my choices.  We also ate pizza on Saturday night.  Scott usually does the weekly grocery shopping by himself but we all went today and as chaotic as it is shopping with three kids I do like us all having a say in the menu for the week.  The Kelleys are looking forward to another week of eating healthy and getting active!

Week 5: Settling into Summer

We unfortunately veered slightly off the fitness track this week due to a crazier than usual schedule.  The first week of summer break took a little bit of time to get used to due to the girls starting summer camp and Jack switching to a new daycare.  I am now taking all of the kids where they need to be which makes things more chaotic in the mornings.  Scott also had to attend a training class all week and he was later than usual coming home which means that dinner was pushed back.  Have I mentioned that Scott does all of the cooking?  There was very little time for exercising by the time the kids went to bed and Scott was not able to do his cardio workout at lunch.  However, Scott was able to go to the gym every day after dinner except for two and I exercised at home with my Zumba DVDs.  I did have a mishap on the riser and hurt my ankle (I stepped too far and ended up falling on the ground – this is why I only Zumba at home).  Thankfully my ankle felt better after two days.  On Sunday we got back on track and we went to the gym and swam at the pool.  The second week of summer break should be better than the last since we now know what to expect and Scott will be back to his normal schedule.

Even though our fitness level was not the best we did continue to eat healthy throughout the week.  Asparagus is our family’s new favorite vegetable to eat at dinner.  For a snack during the work day I am eating a variety of berries and almonds.  To keep my sweet tooth in check I am also eating baby carrots and dark chocolate chips.

We are looking forward to getting back into the gym this week and continuing our journey together as a family to get active and eat healthy.

Week 4: School’s Out

School’s out!  Summer is going to be filled with fun camps for the kids, visits with grandparents, and lots of time enjoying the great outdoors.  We started our summer last week by participating in the Adventure Out scavenger hunt around downtown Charleston.  It was a great activity to do as a family and we are going to try to create our own over the summer for the kids.  On Wednesday I met with Katie at the MUSC Wellness Center for my first training session and with Debbie to discuss our eating habits.  The training session was probably the most intense workout that I have ever had and I felt great afterwards.  Sometimes when I go to the gym I don’t feel like I have really accomplished anything to achieve my fitness goals, however, that was not the case on Wednesday.  I also learned from Debbie methods that I can use to help curb my sweet tooth, and healthier snacks and breakfasts that I can make for the entire family.  I am so excited to try some of the recipes that she gave me.

I have always been intimidated by the elliptical machines at the gym, however, on Saturday I worked out for over 30 minutes on one.  I took some of the guidance that I got from Katie during my training session and I paced myself for a minute and then I ramped up my speed for 30 seconds.  The time intervals made the time go by faster and it was challenging.  As a family we are trying to be more active any way that we can.  On Sunday instead of parking in the parking garage like we usually do when we go to the aquarium, we parked a few blocks away and walked.  Sometimes it’s the small things that can add up to make a big difference.

Presley, age 5, Madeline, age 7 and Jack, age 2

Presley, age 5, Madeline, age 7 and Jack, age 2

Scott and Kelly Kelley, Madeline, age 7 and Presley, age 5.

Scott and Kelly Kelley, Madeline, age 7 and Presley, age 5.

Week 3: A Sweet Weekend

Dancing, swimming, and more swimming, what a week!  I veered off the conventional path of exercising a bit and enjoyed more time with the kids this week.  Several times after dinner we turned off the TV and danced to music which was really fun for all of us.  During the week, I also did Zumba, walked at lunch, and went to the gym to do some weight training with Scott.  Scott has kept up his rigorous exercise routine of cardio at lunch and then weight training at the gym at night.  Logging our daily activities through the Family Fit Challenge has really brought out Scott’s competitive side.  We hope everyone is continuing to log their activities so the Lowcountry can be number 1 in the state this year.

On the weekend, I also adventured out with the kids by myself to the neighborhood pool which was a huge feat.  Normally when Scott has to work on the weekends, the kids and I just hang at the house since it is quite a task to take 3 young children by yourself anywhere.  However, on Saturday and Sunday after lunch we packed up and walked to the pool.  Each day we spent 3 hours swimming, playing and meeting new friends which was great!  We just moved to Summerville in December and have not met a lot of people yet but getting outdoors has really helped us meet other families.  Another benefit of participating in the Family Fit Challenge!

I am really looking forward to meeting with the experts at MUSC this week to start training and to talk about some of our eating challenges.  One of my biggest obstacles to living a healthier life is my sugar addiction.  I definitely need to learn some strategies to control my sweet tooth.

Madeline, age 7, Presley, age 5, and Jack, age 2 ready for a pool day!

Madeline, age 7, Presley, age 5, and Jack, age 2 ready for a pool day!


Presley, age 2, post-pool!