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Life With Wee People: Push - Pull the fat off...

 Carolyn Tann Starr 2012

Life With Wee People: Push - Pull the fat off...

My 10 year old is Autistic and my 5 year old sufferes from PDD-NOS. This means I have to get very creative in explaining things to them. They are both visual learners and have taken an interest in my obsession with going to the gym in the wee hours of the morning. Whenever the shorties see me get my Praying Mantis - Tai Chi - Wing Chun warm ups going they like to get in on the act because Kung Fu usually leads to the Noodle Wars. 

Carolyn Tann Starr 2012

We do not have a pool but we do have pool noodles. Two huge red and purple ones. We gleefully wreck the house playfully beating each other with them while learning to kick and block accurately (silly grin). Stephen has taken to staff fighting with the pool noodles while Noah usually wields them like a sword. Me? I usually get my a$$ kicked at some point because hubby likes to pretend write our names on the bottom of the oversized inflatable bowling pins and arc them through the air like guilded missles (which can be a huge distraction requiring very creative retribution - sly little grin).

This is me telling you You Are Your Own Gym (and yes, I am a Mark Lauren fan) so you should have mad fun incorporating play into your exercise routines.

Seems the shorties want me to do my Hulk Hogan poses before they get on the school bus. Why? I have a temporary Rachel Morgan tattoo Stephen the Minion Blur wants to apply to my arm except he thinks my arms "need more work. I'm not Hulk Hogan enough. A really cool tattoo requires a really cool arm."

Even though I can bench press my own body weight he thinks I'm not working out enough. We're on the floor flipping through the pictures of our copy of You Are Your Own Gym so he can select our next push - pull objective. This book is photo rich so my 5 year old doesn't have to read, he simply looks at the pictures and gets busy with his Mama in tow (LOL).

Carolyn Tann Starr 2012

Since Stephen and I are both April babies we've decided we want one of these for our birthdays so we can get our hit - kick on. It will make a stellar addition to The Man Cave. Hubby knows it's on my things to do list (and if he EVER wants to ever see me in a bikini he should give in - hint - hint - evil grin).

I'm jogging on the causeway later. I'll show you some cool water views of Melbourne when I get back and let you guys in on just how effective doing a split military work out really is. Best part? I still eat what ever the heck I want (in moderation) and am making wonderful progress. :-)


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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 23 2012 03:45AM


Sounds ambitious...though I am sure physically rewarding...I LOVE noodles....and looks like your family has found some creative pasta-bilities !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 9 years ago

Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work and good luck to you this year. Thanks. 

Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) almost 9 years ago


I've been up to my eyeballs in alligators lately and haven't socialized here on AR much :-)  But I gotta say   THANK YOU ... All these years I didn't know the proper name for "pool noodles"!!!  

Love and hugs to all the wee people.  Now, I'll go crawl back under my rock.  

Posted by Cheryl Johnson almost 9 years ago


Ugh, I need to get some excersise, because I am not so "wee" anymore. So bash me on the head with a pool noodle and keep motivating me to get going!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 9 years ago

Carolyn "C-Tann Starr":

Pool noodles, flying saucers, leg, wrist, waist - weight belts- all nice accessories to enhance a work-out. I too eat whatever I want, but I can see that my metabolism is not what it once was :-/

Mott Marvin Kornicki, Miami Real Estate 

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Posted by Mott Marvin Kornicki, Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille) almost 9 years ago

LOL @ Sally & David. I am enjoying my second childhood in spades (silly grin).

Thank you, Josh. May 2012 be a marvelous year for you. :-)

Cher! Good to see ya! We have to try and Skype again. I'll e-mail you the house phone so you'll have it if you want to chat. People have been yelling at me for not giving out the new numbers yet. I'm kind of enjoying the peace and quiet (happy sigh). ;-)

LOL @ Richard. I can't wait to see you. I have to stop by on my way to SC. I'm overdue for a family visit. We have to plot and plan an AR get together when the weather improves. I wanna be a Georgia Peach this summer (LOL). :-)

Mott!!! I'm coming to Miami this week end. Kim Harrison is doing a book signing there. Lets get together and hang out. I'm leaving after breakfast. It's approximately a 3 hour drive for me:

Sunday, Feb 26: Books & Books 6:00 pm
265 Aragon AVE Coral Gables, FL
305.444.9044 x23

If you find me a cool spot close to her event we can host an AR get together (evil grin). Dude, come with me to the book signing. Kim is very cool and does fun Q&A. ;-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

So good to see you here again...you've been so busy lately? I hope all is going well. The home gym equipment is a bit different from my weights and yoga mats...you sound more active. :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 9 years ago

Karen, I love Planet Fitness. I'm in there a couple of hours every other day if not every day (big goofy grin). We have this chair Mikey brought that lets you hang upside down or on adjustable angles. I drag it around the house and I've taken it outside. I don't have a weight bench in the house (yet) but we do have tension bands, an abdominal wheel, kettle bells and kettle plates. Sometimes, Stephen will invite me to dance with him and the next thing you know we're romping all over the house. Play is turning into a stellar exercise routine. I just sneak the other stuff in between monkeying around so it seems just as much fun to them. :-)

Carolyn Tann Starr 2012


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

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