Category Archives: Social Media & Blog Growth

Introducing the Fitness Cheerleader Walk and Tone mp3 Workout!

I’ve always gotten a large amount of joy out of playing sports and being active. In fact running has been my cure for depression and I highly recommend taking a learn-to-run clinic to anyone who’s feeling blue. With how much I’ve enjoyed being active, I’ve always wanted to inspire others to be active too, as I know how much it’s helped me. I’ve purchased a bike for my dad, have done a mother/daughter 5k walk with my mom, and have encouraged countless friends to take up running and walking. I then created Fitness Cheerleader so I could inspire others outside of my immediate circle of friends and family, and have greatly enjoyed motivating others by leading through example, sharing health and fitness articles and by sending out motivational emails each week to my small list of subscribers. The part that has surprised me the most, is how much all of you inspire ME! There is no way I would still be running at 27 wks preggo without the kind words of encouragement my friends!

Fitness Cheerleader's Walk and Tone mp3 WorkoutI’ve now decided to take Fitness Cheerleader to a new level and start selling workout mp3’s. Last week I recorded my first walk and tone workout mp3 that is set to 90’s dance music. Through voice commands, my voice leads you through an upper body strengthening program while you walk. Why? Combining strength moves with cardio allows you to burn more calories in the same amount of time, and building muscle causes you to burn more calories at rest. Win-win! (You can read more about the workout in my article: How to Shred Fat Faster By Walking). In the future I plan to add an 80’s Dance Music version, and a learn-to-run 5K program to offer to you.

I’ve now have uploaded my first mp3 (Fitness Cheerleader’s Walk and Tone mp3 Workout) to Fitness Cheerleader and have made it available for purchase. Several friends have already downloaded it, tried it, and have reviewed it publicly on their blogs. And guess what? They LOVE IT! Here’s what Scarlett had to say about it:

Today I tried this mp3 out for the first time and WOW! I feel incredible. It can be done outside or on a treadmill. For you pedometer wearers, I reset mine right before I began the workout and got almost 3,400 steps! This was just me walking around my house. I probably wasn’t covering as much ground as I would outside, so I would say I could get almost 4,000 if I were outside and not sick! The music is 90?s dance music, which brings back so many memories and gets me moving. In addition, my 4 year old son got out his 2 pound weights and walked with me. He LOVED the music – particularly the “Move it, Move it” song. I can already tell my arms are going to be a little sore tomorrow! Thanks, Fitness Cheerleader!

Chelle also liked it, and gave me some honest criticism about my voice overs, which I’m in the process of fixing and will send a replacement copy to everyone who’s downloaded it:

I did this workout on my treadmill but it could easily be done outside. You do need some weights. I used my 3lb weights and started walking. I had to smile when the music started, it is dance music from the 90?s, I felt so young and it also reminded what I was working towards! So I knew the tunes, then Janice encourages and guides you through each exercise. The MP3 is 40 minutes and I was totally burning once I got going. My arms are sore today! I also realized I need to pay more attention to my triceps, ouch!

I’ll even be doing the workout myself as I progress through the last 10-13 weeks of this pregnancy, and will continue to do it as a gentle post-natal workout (I’ll probably walk with baby asleep in an infant carrier or sling).

I really hope you’ll try my mp3 workout – it’s a great way to be healthy, build strength and tone your arms while walking. It’s safe enough to be done as a pre or post-natal workout, and is a great activity to do on off days or while recovering from injuries.

I’m having a special introductory sale on the Fitness Cheerleader Walk and Tone mp3 Workout! Right now you can get it for $3.99 – LESS than a trip to Starbucks! (use coupon code LAUNCH, for a limited time, regularly $4.99).

(If you are a subscriber to my Fitness Cheerleader newsletter you are automatically entered to win a copy – I’ll be giving away one copy every month for the next couple of months!)

Enter to win a copy by visiting SCARLETT at Maniacal Matron
(Ends 8/26)

An Open Letter to My Facebook Friends

Please stop SPAMMING ME! I absolutely cannot stand when you send out MASS invites to events that are not even remotely interesting to me! Like seriously – invites to dance clubs etc? When the hell was the last time I stayed up past 10? Free cover before 10? I should hope so, because I’m leaving at 10, I need my beauty sleep after all. $2 drinks? Dudes – I’m pregnant and can’t drink! That’s just downright mean! Poker nights… Seriously?

Oh and then there’s the “suggestions”… So-and-so has become a fan of < > and has suggested you become a fan too… So-and-so has added the application < > and has suggested you add it too… Yo folks – if you have enough free time on your hands to be adding these ridiculous applications, games etc… then you definitely have enough free time on your hands to vet out your friend lists and decide who to invite!

With regards to Farmville wall posts etc… Can I ask why? Why do you play these games? Why do you even want to advertise to your entire friend lists that you waste your time playing these games? You do know that potential employers (and current employers) review Facebook right? Do you know that they also see that you waste your time, whether personal free time or not, on Facebook playing these games?

Oh don’t get me wrong – I’m not against Facebook – it’s a very useful tool and has really helped me to stay in touch with you. I really like that even if you change your email address, phone number or move etc.. I can still contact you through there and you’ll notice that I prefer to send you a personal message on there or to live chat. Though wall-to-wall posts IMO are far too public and I really don’t need my employer or co-workers knowing that you and I are planning on getting shit-faced together ok? So please use some discretion. That said, I love seeing pics of you and your kids as they grow up, so please don’t stop posting them J .

Friends, when using Facebook take a moment to consider how you’re portraying yourself and what you really want to get out of it, ok?



Finding Balance

Role Mommy, as always, has said perfectly eloquently what I’ve been trying to find the words to say for so long. Words to explain WTH has happened to me and to me blog. So that you know what I’m talking about, I urge you to go read her post titled “Quitting Blogging” – it’s excellent! From her post, the lines that ring the most true for me is:

“At the end of the day, blogging should not be all consuming. And as you’re cruising for Facebook friends and Twitter followers, you should know that in your own home live the most important people who would really like to know your status right about now…”

I couldn’t agree more! I love blogging, I love writing, and yes I have gotten criticized about it from others who just don’t understand it. (For the record: I’ve also been criticized for my love of running, sports, exercise, health and nutrition too). But I’m going to continue doing all of those things, albeit randomly, because in my life I also have important people who live with me who care about my status at the moment more than any of my Twitter or Facebook friends ever will.

Yes folks – after 6 yrs of blogging I’ve found balance. My blog, my page rank and my brand may suffer but who cares? I’ve found balance and I couldn’t be happier than I’ve been these past few months. FINALLY!