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Reality Check

10 Jul

Well, I’ve made it over halfway! I’ll be 22 weeks this weekend and am still doing my best to stay active and healthy throughout the pregnancy. I’ll admit sometimes my workouts are hit and miss. Days like yesterday, by the time I was done cleaning the house my back hurt so badly there was no way I was going to be able to workout. So I made a healthy dinner, stretched out and called it a day. Everyone has different goals for their pregnancy, just like everyone has different goals for their fitness. Right now my goal is all about balance. I admit, I’m not eating 100% clean or hitting 100% of my workouts but if there is a fitness silver lining, it’s that I’m learning to listen to my body.

On an exciting note…we are super excited to say that we are expecting a baby boy! Baby Vincent is still on track to make his appearance mid-November.

I know, most of you can’t relate to the pregnancy specific posts so I thought I’d highlight my top 3 lessons I’m learning during this pregnancy that translate into everyday fitness…

1. Listen to your body, sometimes rest is the best thing you can do to reach your goals. Just be careful not to use it as an excuse.

2. Stop competing with other people’s pictures. Being motivated by other people is one thing, but when you start getting down on yourself because you aren’t where they are, it’s counter-productive. I’ve been having a very hard time with this one. If you Google “Fit Pregnancy”, you find tons of pictures of mamas-to-be who still look toned and have amazing muscle mass. It’s hard for me to remember that 9 out of 10 times those women make a living out of staying in shape. Just keep perspective while looking a “Fitspiration” photos.

3. Decide what your goals are and what you’re willing to do to accomplish them. I could still look like one of those photos but it isn’t worth it to me or safe for the baby. I’m having a hard enough time keeping up with rotating 12 hour shifts (night shift is kicking my butt), keeping the house clean, and trying to see family and friends… I’m not willing to make the sacrifices I’d need to at this point. So my goals are to maintain a balance and stay generally fit while pregnant. I still get in 3-4  workouts each week, they just aren’t as intense.

I’m not saying that once baby comes my goals won’t change again, I still very much want to compete in the future. It’s just not where I am right now. What about you? How are your fitness goals coming?

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Lunges for Legs

28 Jan

First of all, a little competition update. I’ve found a coach and we decided that for this season I do not have the muscle mass for the figure class but I’m not giving up! I will be competing in the bikini class on April 25. Which means I’m already at 12 weeks out! After my momentary freak out of realizing how close it is, I am now very excited!

leg day

That being said, slight shift in how I’m working out and today was leg day! I haven’t done this many lunges in months. I can’t add in weight on moving lunges yet– have to focus on keeping my core tight a bit longer and get my pain under control– but you can easily add weights to any of the lunge movements.

Warm-up:

10 Walk out push-ups

5 Walk out spidermans

Workout:

  • 2 x walking lunges, run back (lunge down the court one way, run back)
  • 2 x lateral squat walks
  • 2 x grapevines
  • 2 x backward lunges, backwards run back

Superset (3x):

  • 12 squat to ball toss
  • 12 straight leg deadlift with hammer curl

Superset (3x):

  • Walking Lunge to scale (I’ll try to get a video up soon)
  • Walking lunge to balance
  • 20 calf raises

Superset (3x):

  • 12 hamstring bridges
  • 20 core exercises (I alternated in three of my diff. physical therapy exercises, if you’re doing the workout just add in an ab exercise)

Off to a doctor appointment and physical therapy for the day. Hope you are having an awesome week!

November progress

12 Nov

I have not been in a gym in… let’s just say awhile. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out. I have been doing T25 workouts and Yoga Meltdown and just trying to be active every day. It has taken some time but I’m learning that finding new workouts doesn’t mean I’ve “quit”. I’m just finding options that work better for where my life is right now. I can’t spend an hour and half in the gym 3-4 days a week and maintain my other priorities. I CAN however do 30-45 minute workouts 5 days a week and free up the other hour. I know this is something I’ve written about before but, it’s one of those things I have to keep reminding myself of. Changing your workouts to fit your lifestyle is not a failure, in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s finding a way around your obstacles.

Hopefully, really really hopefully, at some point this winter I won’t have to be going to physical therapy once a week which will free up a lot of my schedule and I’ll be able to get back into strength training. My long term goal is to strength train twice a week and stick with my 30 minute workouts the other 3 days. Don’t get me wrong, these workouts do a lot of body weight training which is great… it’s just not quite the same for us gym rats.

What changes have you had to make to maintain a healthy lifestyle with changing life priorities?

Scott Traczyk  Photography

Scott Traczyk Photography

Changing It Up

8 Oct

A friend of mine recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach and inspired me to try the T25 program. I’ve been wanting to find something that hubby and I can do together so it needed to be around 30 minutes– I will absolutely not getting up any earlier than 0400 to workout. Even if we don’t get in every workout together it’s a nice option so we don’t have to spend even less time together just to get workouts in. I did one workout yesterday but I’m holding off on judgement until I do a few more. Don’t worry though, I’m still planning on lifting twice a week. I want to find a happy balance and other workouts I enjoy now that my focus isn’t only working towards a fitness competition.

I also just ordered my second outfit from Fabletics. It definitely won’t be a monthly occurrence- they have good prices but not that good! This time I got capri pants and a top with a built in bra. I’m much happier with the sports bra this time around so I do think I just ordered the wrong size last time.

fableticsOnce again I am happy with the overall outfit. The top is great for lifting- not so much for yoga or inverted poses and the pants fit pretty well. Due to some personal insecurities (hey, we all have them) I don’t know if I’ll order capris again but for this outfit and with longer tops I’m liking them. I love the colors.

I always find new workout clothes super motivating so they’re a great fitness “reward” for myself. Do you find fun workout clothes motivating or just a necessary purchase?

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Girls Trip!

1 Mar

I was home from OK just long enough to work, run my weekly errands, and get a couple workouts in. Now I’m heading to Arizona for a girls’ weekend with my best friend from high school. 4 days of hiking, spas, and pool time sounds like just what the doctor ordered!

I realized I hadn’t posted since I left for OK though so wanted to share my leg workout from yesterday…

3 sets:

  • 10 TRX lunges/leg
  • 12 straight leg deadlifts
  • 12 Squats (squat rack, heavy weight)

3 sets:

  • 12 step-ups/leg (I did a pyramid with these, increasing this difficulty each set)
  • 12 sumo squats

2 sets:

  • BOSU squats
  • 45 sec weighted wall sit

November Goals

1 Nov

It’s that time! Last post I made my big statement about getting back to lifting so I guess it’s fitting that specific goals would follow.

1. Get some flexibility back- I’ve been so focused on increasing stability (according to my physical therapist all my joints suck, no surprise) that I’ve been skipping stretching. Time to break that bad habit!

2. Add in strength workouts 3 times a week and increase total workouts. I’ve been good about doing body resistance or cardio or something at least 3 times a week so time to focus back in and add in that 4th day.

3. I have the “real life” goal of saving toward a summer trip so that’s starting this month too since hubby will actually be home more than away this month and we can get into a bit of a routine 🙂

4. I normally have to really focus on my diet but I have been getting better about finding a clean balance between chicken and brown rice and a real life, healthy, family friendly diet so the 4th goal is to just keep improving there.

What about you? Any goals to start out the new month as we head into winter?

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New Job, New House, New Goal

17 Jul

Let me preface this by saying this will be more about life than about fitness and it’s going to be pretty short.

I’ve officially started my new job in the ER here and I’ve been traveling a lot on weekends/days off to see hubby (thank goodness he’ll be home from this in Aug!). We also have put an offer in on a house and I’m back in physical therapy twice a week… so my workouts have been limited. But I have started going into physical therapy earlier so I can sneak some cardio in before PT- I have to warm up on the bike anyway. And now that I have some idea of my schedule I can figure out which days I can work out, my ankle can’t handle a 12 hour+ shift and a workout so, for now, I’m limited to 4 workouts/week IF I workout every off day.

SO that’s my goal for August. Work out (at least 20 min) 4 times a week. I’m going to have to get hubby on board so even on my weekends with him we make sure to get to the gym, but he’s (thankfully) always been pretty supportive of that. Time to make a new routine… again 😉