I’m a little (okay, a lot) late in posting but on November 10 at 1659, hubby and I got to meet our son! I have to say, as much of a whirlwind as it’s been with the holidays and still trying to stay on top of school, being a mom is pretty amazing.
I haven’t officially been cleared to workout yet but I’ve been trying to eat a balanced diet (admittedly a little lenient with desserts until the leftovers were gone…) and stayed as active as possible as I recovered. Little man will be four weeks this week so I’m planning on starting some light exercises until I get the final clearance at 6 weeks. I will do my best to post as I make my way to get back in shape!
While this week has no real meaning to my blogging timeline, it has a huge meaning to my “real life” timeline. One year ago Sunday, on a very cold day in MN, hubby and I said “I do” in front of so many of our friends and family. As cliche as it is I do love him more than I did that day and I can honestly say, and I think it probably shows in my writing, my priorities have changed in the past year. I still love fitness and strive everyday to live a healthy and inspiring lifestyle, but I’ve been trying to find a balanced life. Unfortunately, for now, it meant not making a fitness competition a priority but I have been able to do so many other amazing things!
We’ve literally moved around the world and back, I started a personal training business in Japan (which I loved), I’m now 3 months in to an awesome ER job, and I’ve been able to spend a lot more time with family over the past year. Even as I write this I’m in Oklahoma visiting my grandmother and uncle. …not too bad for 365 days.
All of this makes me wonder, what inspires you? For me, it’s my family. I want to be healthy and live a lifestyle that I can teach my kids (whenever that time comes). I want to be proud of what I see in the mirror everyday and if I can inspire even one person, that’s even better.
Toasting on the Eiffel Tower
Exciting news! It may take some time to actually happen but we will be adding a 4 legged workout partner to our family 🙂 I have been harassing hubby about this pretty much since we’ve been dating and we’ve finally come up with a good compromise for both of our wants when it comes to a dog in the family. Since we are currently in an apartment some breeds aren’t allowed so it took some time and research to find a dog we could rescue, that is big enough to take on runs etc but gentle enough for an apartment. We put in an application today to rescue a Cane Corso so, fingers crossed it will all work out and in the next couple weeks we’ll have a new member of the family.
Yesterday I did a (very) short home workout for biceps and back:
3 sets of:
- 20 bicep curls
- 20 push-ups
- 20 resistance band pull-aparts/shoulder squeezes
3 sets of:
- 10 single leg hammer curls/side (balance on one foot and curl)
- 20 resistance band rows
- 20 weighted crunches
Then I went to physical therapy so did 10 min on an exercise bike and ankle/leg drills
Today I’m going to do legs but I have PT again tonight so it will be focusing on drills and muscle groups that don’t get as much use in my therapy drills.
I am not really a morning person. I get up when I have to (like being at work at 0645) but I like my sleep and hate waking up to an alarm. So normally when I say I’m going to get up early to workout… It’s wishful thinking.
*obviously not my picture but it seemed fitting
But today I did it! I set the coffee pot on auto, set the alarm, and woke up to get a workout in and still get ready and be at the airport with plenty of time. It’s the little victories 😀
For this morning workout, I did a 30 min leg workout for time, looked this:
Always warm up
- 1 min step back lunges
- 1 min drop squats
- 1 min deadlifts
- 1 min sumo squat with woodchop
- 1 min side lunge with medicine ball rotation
- Repeat 2 more times (15 min total… This is a NTC focus workout)
Rest for 1-2 min and then 2 sets of:
- 1 min thigh lifts/bridges
- 1 min glute kick backs/hip extensions (30 sec per side)
- 1 min squats
- 30 sec calf raise
- 1 min side plank with leg raise
then I stretched out and made a post workout protein shake.
Now I’m heading back to MN for a few days to see family before starting my new job so, if posts are slow this week, that’s where I am 🙂