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10 Steps to Your FIT - Fit Inspired Transformation by Kim Dolan Leto

Faith and Fitness {Book Review – 10 Steps to Your F.I.T. – Faith Inspired Transformation}

Many people may think fitness is only a physical challenge. But, once in it, we quickly come to realize it’s much more — it requires thought, motivation, perseverance, and change. And change always requires mental and emotional action as much as physical steps.

10 Steps to Your FIT - Fit Inspired Transformation by Kim Dolan Leto

Kim Dolan Leto shares parts of her own wellness journey as well as practical tips and faith-based encouragement in her book, 10 Steps to Your F.I.T. – Faith Inspired Transformation (Fedd Books, 2015). Within the first chapter, readers can see she has the right motivation:

“…our first reason for losing weight should always be to get healthy, not lose weight.” – p. 5

She incorporates solid fitness advice from a faith perspective, encouraging readers to exercise in some form daily (while still following safety guidelines), eat God-made (natural) foods over man-made (processed) foods, and seeking support and strength from God to persevere.

Her writing tone blends encouragement with practicality well. I only found one chapter where I felt her advice to be more restrictive (on an aspect of eating), though she explained more in subsequent pages. The reflections questions at the end of each chapter are fairly predictable, but the “strategies” action steps are solid, helpful, and doable (though that doesn’t mean easy!). She also offers several printables/tips sheets within the book that summarize practical tips or offer other helps in reference-sheet form. The exercise guidelines will be good help to beginner exercisers. Many of her most helpful tips propose ways to fit healthy eating, fitness, and faith-focused time into our society’s busy days.

The author is very focused on emotional and spiritual health alongside the physical, which can help readers focused on either/or to be more comprehensive in their approaches. She perhaps doesn’t offer big revelations in fitness or faith (though all of it is sound advice for beginners!), but combining the two as she does helps clarify need for both in refreshing and doable ways. She also offers a workout DVD to accompany this book (though I did not have the opportunity to obtain it for review at this time).

This book would be most useful for readers beginning their wellness journeys, readers who have tried unsuccessfully to meet fitness goals in the past and needed a more rounded approach, and readers who want faith-focused encouragement to persevere.

How do you incorporate faith into your wellness routine?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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5 Indoor Tunnel Play Activities for Preschoolers

A couple of years ago, my kids were given an indoor play tent that included a tunnel. We’ve used the tent a couple of times (and it’s fun!), but we store it out of the kids’ reach most of the time. The tunnel is detachable, though, and we keep it available for the kids to use anytime.

And, they love it.

They’ve been content to just get the tunnel out, take turns crawling through, giggle at teach other, and cackle at Momma lying in it.

Today, I decided to incorporate some new activities to add something new to their tunnel play.

These activities are great for preschool and early elementary ages. They challenge preschoolers to move in various ways, coordinating different muscle groups, taking turns, adding a bit of challenge, and evoking problem-solving skills.

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Indoor Tunnel Play

Beyond regular crawling in the tunnel on hands and knees, we played five other indoor tunnel activities today:

  1. Belly crawl. It’s just like it sounds. Instead of crawling through the tunnel on hands and knees, crawl through on your belly! (Kind of an “army crawl” style.) I honestly wasn’t sure my kids would be able to do this yet, and they rocked it!
  2. Object carry. I placed an object (usually a stuffed animal) in the middle of the tunnel (see above photo). The kids could choose however they wanted to crawl through the tunnel, but then had to pick up the toy with one hand and crawl out with it. It was fun watching them problem solve to figure out the best way to move forward with the toy in one hand.
  3. Tunnel Ball Roll. The kids sat on opposite ends of the tunnel with a ball. They took turns rolling the ball through the tunnel to each other. Such a simple activity, but they had to adjust how hard they rolled the ball and which angle to toss. Plus, they loved giggling at each other during this one. (Cue sappy momma heart melting.)
  4. Backwards crawl. So, I originally intended this backwards crawl through the tunnel to be in a sitting position. But, when I went to demonstrate it for the kids, I definitely could not sit up inside that tunnel. It was more of a half-laying, half-sitting position. (I received a couple of “silly Momma” comments during this.) Well, the kids took off with this. They loved it! And it definitely inspired some creative movement. This one is my daughter’s favorite. 

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    Excuse the photobomb from the tag there on the left.

  5. Tunnel stand. This is really just for fun and not a whole lot to do with movement. My son loves to get in the tunnel, pull it up around him, and let it pop up and cover him. He then plays “peek-a-boo” inside it. Insert more cackles and giggles here.
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My daughter has already played these activities twice more on her own, so it looks like they’re keepers!

Do you have an indoor tunnel? What games do you like to play?


8 ways to show love to your library and librarians at LibraryAdventure.comDoes your family love to visit your local library? Ever want to show them your appreciation? I’m also at The Library Adventure today sharing 8 ways to love on your library (and librarians), including a few tips for kids with special needs to get involved. I surveyed a few librarians, used my past experiences as a teacher, and included some of our family’s experiences to compile this list.

Come share your favorite ways to love on your library at The Library Adventure!

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

I Can Teach My Child's Show and Share Saturday link-up

Tips for Your Fitness and Bible Study Routine While Traveling

Fitness and Faith: Keeping On Track While You Travel

We humans are creatures of habit. Once our go-to schedule is thrown off by a big change (like a move or a new job) or a temporary shift (a vacation), we sometimes lose focus on previous goals.

How can we keep both our fitness routines and bible study habits intact over vacations?

Join me at Do Not Depart today for 7 tips (and lots of resources) on keeping your fitness and Bible study routines intact while you travel.

While you’re there, share your tips for keeping healthy routines going, too!

Fitness Options for the Homeschool Room

The Homeschool Village is hosting their first ever “Tour of Home{schools}!” During the month of June, they’re highlighting different organization strategies for homeschool spaces.

Have you heard the advice to store books in every room to help your children learn to love reading? Fitness Options in Your Homeschool Spaces

That’s some of my favorite advice, and we have books in the living room, dining room, bedrooms, and even the bathroom.

What if we applied that same method to offering opportunities for fitness? Could we have space – even in small spaces – for fitness at any point in the day, too?

Head over to The Homeschool Village to check out a few ideas on creating opportunities for fitness in your homeschool room(s). Let me know in the comments at The Homeschool Village how you allow time and space for your kids to be active, too!

Beating Winter Blahs

Colder days, longer nights, sometimes more clouds… Winter is a beautiful season, but many people also have feelings of lethargy during these months.

One way to combat the loss of energy?


Join me at The Homeschool Village today, where I’m sharing a family-friendly “winter blah-busting workout!” I’ve created a free printable workout with eight exercises to target all of the major muscle groups and just a few pieces of equipment you probably have around your home. I’ve also included modifications for beginning exercisers (including younger kids) and challenge modifications for those wanting a tougher workout.

Read the post at The Homeschool Village, download the printable, and tell me how your family fights winter blahs!

Looking for more family-friendly winter activities? Check out Jen’s (a team writer at The HSV) post with more fun winter activities.

(You can also download my “Winter Blah-Busting Workout” at my Teachers-pay-Teachers store. If you do, please consider leaving some feedback there so I can know how to better improve these printables.)