Mother & Daughter Just Dance To Get Fit; #JDDreamTeam Kickoff

My daughter and I are kicking off our Just Dance Just Sweat Dream Team challenge this week. We will be using Just Dance as part of a healthy lifestyle change this summer.

Here is the video we submitted to Clever Girls Collective and Ubisoft:

Our First Month Goals

We decided that the best way to do this challenge is to focus on each month. We will set goals for the next month and let you know how we are doing at the end of the month.


  • Workout with Just Dance at least 3x/week
  • Run 3x/week (2 short runs and 1 long run)
  • Track all my food each day
  • Drink 8 glasses of water/day
  • Lose 10 lbs


  • Workout with Just Dance at least 3x/week
  • Eat at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Drink 8 glasses of water/day
Because Sami is 13, we decided her focus will be to eat the right foods and get more exercise and not focusing on the pounds she loses. Since I have a particular weight goal in mind, I will be focusing on both my eating and my weight.

Our Starting Point

We will be tracking our inches and time it takes to run 1 mile (which I will update tomorrow because we discovered the treadmill needs new batteries.)
Here is where we are starting:
Thigh – 24.5″
Hips – 44″
Waist – 32″
Chest – 37″
Arms – 11.5″
Weight – 159 lbs
Time run 1 mile:
michele front shot
michele before side shot #jdDreamTeam
michele back before photo just dance just sweat dream team
Thigh – 22″
Hips – 37″
Waist – 32″
Arms – 10″
Time run 1 mile:
sami front
sami side before shot
sami before shot back
Keeping track of our 1 mile time will show whether we are getting any cardio benefit from our challenge.
We will be tweeting our progress each week. I am so excited to do this challenge with my daughter because I have struggled with my weight all my life.
I’m hoping that I can show my kids that being healthy doesn’t mean you have to do things you hate, but instead it can be a lot of fun. I want it to be a natural part of their life.

Just Sweat Dream Team

Just Sweat Dream Team Just Dance logo

Thank you to Ubisoft for picking me to be a member of the Just Sweat Dream Team and sponsoring this fitness series. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

About Michele

A 40-something geek trying to juggle 4 kids, digital lifestyle blog, husband, running, living a healthy lifestyle and still find time for digital scrapbooking. Love Lifestyle Technology, Social Media, Fitness Gaming, Diet Coke, Running, PC & Mac Geek, Reading, Beach and anything with Glitter or Bling! I am addicted to learning and self-help books.

12 thoughts on “Mother & Daughter Just Dance To Get Fit; #JDDreamTeam Kickoff

  1. LOVE This idea! I should get Just Dance – I hate the treadmill with a burning passion from deep within my soul! But Just Dance actually looks… dare I say.. FUN!

  2. Hooray & brickabracka fircracker-sis-boom-bah & all that good stuff to the both of you. I’m glad you’ve recognized that Sami’s dietary needs should not be tinkered with like those of us 40 somethings who are dieting. I sooooo remember being 13 because that was the year I went from wearing “girls” sizes (12-14) to a junior’s 8-10 like almost overnight. I also had boobs, not training bra stuff either, I’m talking friends’ mothers wishing they had ’em kinda’ boobs from the age of 12 & 4 months (which made 6th grade a living hell for me) & also had to start dealing with “my monthly bill.” Puberty is such a tricky time. I hope Sami stays with dance & keeps active because by the time I was 16, I was too cool to skate, too cool to dance & treated gym like the plague (my friends & I often had those too tight to even breathe sort of jeans on under our sweat pants & it must’ve looked totally bizarre when we tried to play basketball/tennis/flag football & I’m literally shaking my head & giggling remembering when we had to do a whole gym period of stuff like squat thrusts & jumping jacks. Being ill & dealing with awful joint damage (auto-immune disease issues) & just getting off of steroids after almost a decade on them made for my being parade float fat & luckily the weight is falling off of me with eating right & with pushing myself to do some recumbent bike & water aerobics. If I had insisted on keeping active, even with the water balloon like effects from steroids on my body, I wouldn’t be looking to lose to lose enough weight to be considered an extra person. I wish you the best of luck with the marathon & Sami the best of everything. It’s hard being a young teen & keeping active so root a little for me when she’s dancing.

  3. I touched on this briefly in an earlier comment, Michele, but this is a prime example of how video games are actively assisting men and women across the world to reconsider how they view exercise and to encourage a more active lifestyle.

    I think it’s fantastic that you’re using modern technology to incorporate exercise and fitness into your lives in a more fun and casual way! Congratulations to the both of you and I can’t wait to read more! 🙂

    1. thank you! I believe that technology gets a “bad rap” which is one of the main reasons for my blog. I want to show families how they can use technology to enhance their lives. Our kids will know no different so we need to show them how to control the technology in their lives rather than let it control them. I don’t believe that keeping them away from it is the answer. It will only make them want to use it more and probably not safely either.

    1. LOL! Not sure my kids would agree about me being the “cool mom,” but since my kids and I have a lot of the same interests…it’s fun to do them together.

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