Tuesday, June 4, 2019

My Fitness Routine Lately.

I haven't been sharing as much about working out lately and I should because it's a huge part of my week. I spend 4-5 days a week working out and walk/jog (ok more walking than jogging lately)  probably 5 days a week also. I feel like right now, I'm in the best shape that I've ever been in. Yes, even better than before I had kids.  After I had Scarlett, I didn't really have to do much to get back in shape. I was younger and my body just kind of bounced back which I did NOT expect. It seems breastfeeding was all I did to get back to my normal size in less than a month. But after Maxwell, boy the baby gave me cravings, I gained a bit more weight and it def took longer to come off. Which, I DID NOT expect. I also stayed working out throughout my entire pregnancy with Maxwell, which I didn't with Scarlett so it was interesting to me. It shows that every pregnancy is different and every post baby body heals in it's own time and in different ways. I really started to get serious about eating after Maxwell was born and that made all the difference! And now, I can say that here I am 4 years later, in the best shape of my life!! I wouldn't say it took me 4 years to get there but I would say that it took me that long to figure out what good, clean eating was. I also started working out more consistently and changing how I worked out. I didn't have time to do long workouts that often got skipped because I was exhausted raising 2 kids and working full-time. So I started getting in 15-30 min workouts religiously and that seemed to be even more effective since I was consistent! Now, working out is a routine for me. It's like eating lunch and when I miss a workout it's just like missing a meal, I get hangry....lol. Habit is hard to start but worth it once it's established. You have to push through that first month and then it gets easier. 

Lately I've been working on gaining a little more shape. A little more curve in the booty and defining the arms/back. I like to set little goals that lead to big goals. When I work-out, I like to focus on just one body part a day. So just abs, or just booty or just back etc. Sometimes I will combine them if I'm doing a Tone It Up workout that involves more than one but I prefer to do one body part at a time. That way I can control the body part I am working on the most. For awhile I was working on abs and doing that 3 days a week. Now I've been trying to do booty 3x a week with heavier weights.  I cannot wait until the house is complete so that I can have a REAL home gym!! It's been awhile since I've worked out in a gym of any kind. For the last year or so I've been working out in my living room with weights, booty bands, and other types of exercise equipment that doesn't take up much room. But I'm really excited to have some bigger equipment to do more "gym" routines. 

My biggest motivation lately is seeing progress. For awhile I was working out but not really seeing much of a change. Once I started doing one body part 3x a week and the rest of the body the other times of the week, it seems the area I focused on changed quickly. Everything worth it takes time and hard work. So sending anyone out there who is looking for a little motivation to get working on their goals, my 3 pieces of advice: 1. Consistently over duration. It's better to consistently get in a good 15 or 25 min workout than to do a long workout every once in awhile. I work full time and have 2 kids and 2 dogs, life gets crazy but if you can squeeze in even a workout in your living-room with some weights, a booty band or some sliders, do it! 2. Stick to it! Force yourself to stick to it for a month and see how much easier it becomes. Habit is a strong thing once established. 3. Small things lead to big things. Do what you can. Any small choice leads to something bigger. If you make small choices to eat better things or workout more, those small choices will lead you to success. Trade in your reg sugar filled coffee for a healthier option, take that walk instead of sitting in front of the tv. Things like that. But if you make small choices to in the other direction...you know where that will lead. 

Anyhow, that's my 2 cents on that and just a little insight on what's been going on with my fitness routine lately. Still highly recommend Tone It Up app for busy mothers. It makes it so much easier to get workouts in! 

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