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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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Encouragement

13 Feb

Yesterday I wasn’t able to get to the gym in the morning so had to go last night. I really prefer getting there in the morning but at least this way I wasn’t as worried about time constraints. I got in a great back and biceps workout plus my cardio. When I was on the treadmill I was next to a girl who was KILLING IT. She was totally in the zone and doing her thing and, heck, she was motivating me! I saw her later and told her she was doing great; this girl’s whole face lit up. I think I’m going to make it a goal to compliment/encourage someone every time I’m at the gym. There’s so much negativity and competition in the world, the gym should be at least one place we all encourage each other.

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Here’s the bicep and back workout… the hamstring curls are part of my physical therapy so you could always add in different exercises. I’ve been timing my rests and definitely getting through workouts quicker. Plus, I feel like I get a much better workout!

3 min. rotating planks (30 sec center, 30 sec each side)

3 sets:

  • 20, 12, 8 Bicep Curls
  • 12 Lat Pull Downs

3 sets:

  • 12 TRX rows
  • Physical therapy back exercise

3 sets:

  • 12 Incline bicep curls
  • 12 Cable Rows

3 sets:

  • 12 Reverse Fly

20 Balance ball hamstring curls

20 Crunches

1 min plank

As for my competition update, I’ve had a few hiccups with the diet but all in all I’m doing well. I do mean hiccups! I haven’t had any cheat meals but sometimes I have to settle for a protein shake or bar and get off on my timing etc. during the day. I’m getting better though and I’m confident moving into this week that I’ll be even more consistent.

Sunday Shoulders

25 Jan

It has been too long since I did a straight shoulder and ab workout. After a lazy morning with hubby and the pups, I hit the gym for this overdue workout. Inspired in part by the Jamie Eason LiveFit workout here’s the workout I ended up with:

Plank warm-up

3 x 12

Seated Dumbbell Press

3 x 12

Front Lateral Raise

Superset:

  • 12 Lateral to Front Raise (I didn’t alternate like the video shows, just out-front-down)
  • 20 Straight-Leg Deadlift to Upright Row

3 x 10

Incline Situp with Twist

3 x 12

Lateral Shoulder Raise

3 x 12

Arnold Press

20 Crunches

20 Leg Marches

20 V-ups (Don’t let your feet hit the floor in between reps)

3 x 10

Handstand push-ups

I ended with my physical therapy hamstring and glute exercises for today. The whole workout (including PT) took me right at an hour.

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Scott Traczyk Photography

Short and Sweet Workout Post

12 Jan

Today was not nearly as productive as I’d planned. I guess when I made my to-do list I didn’t really consider the fact that I worked last night and would need to sleep when I got home. This is why I don’t usually work nights 😉

I did manage to get a short workout in and I’ll be making butternut squash soup and apple cinnamon pork for dinner. I’m planning on playing with the recipe a bit but, here’s my basic apple spiced pork.

Upper body workout looked something like this…

Started with my physical therapy exercises

3 sets:

  • 12 lateral shoulder raises
  • 20 “cherry pickers” with weight
  • 20 leg raises

3 sets:

  • 12 bicep curls
  • 20 rear shoulder squeezes with resistance band

3 sets:

  • 20 skull crushers
  • 12 pilates roll ups

Was a shorter workout than I’d planned so I tried to do the super-sets as quickly as I could with good form. Then I stretched out and had a snack of almonds and fruit. What do you have planned to start off your week right? Meal prep? Workout schedule? What do you do to make sure you start out strong?

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New Years’ Reflection

6 Jan

I’m torn today. You see, I didn’t specifically make a New Years Resolution for fitness this year. I made other resolutions, mainly to get better at staying in touch with friends spread around the world. I want to be clear though, that doesn’t mean I don’t have fitness goals. It does mean I didn’t wait until New Years Eve to make those goals, and it certainly means I don’t want it to take all of 2015 to accomplish my current goals.

To me, I want a lifetime of continuous goals and resolutions. I can say I want to be healthier in 2015 but, what does that even mean? I want to eat healthier, sure. I want to work out more, always. But none of those have a real measurement of success. I think that’s why I don’t like New Years Fitness Resolutions. They tend to be so broad that they’re almost impossible to track or so specific that it shouldn’t take you all year to accomplish, then what?

It seems to be taken as a given that people won’t maintain their resolutions, in large part because resolutions are made in lists and in such broad terms. So here’s my challenge to you. Make your fitness goals but set a timeline and a measurement of success. Then when you accomplish those goals, add on new ones. Keep moving forward, even into 2016. Don’t stop just because you make awesome progress into this year’s resolution. Certainly don’t give up when March comes around and you aren’t a completely new person. Long-term fitness has to be a lifestyle choice, and that doesn’t go away when next NYE rolls around.

Be Inspired Every Day

Be Inspired Every Day

In the spirit of my workout goals mentioned in my November post, I have been adding weight lifting back into my workouts. I’ve been having some issues getting my physical therapy covered so it’s been slower progress than I was hoping but I’m starting to find a happy balance between my PT exercises and other workout styles. I’ve been writing down my workouts but not making the time to post them (Which reminds me, one of my other goals is to post twice a week.)

Today was leg day at the gym…

Warmed up with PT exercises and planks

2 x Walking lunges (down and back length of the gym)

2 x side shuffles (down and back length of the gym)

2 x walking lunges to backward run (lunge down, backwards run back)

2 x 20 squats

3 x 12 single leg deadlifts (I had to switch to normal straight leg deadlifts because of my back but shoot for the single leg)

3 x Super-set:

  • 12 quad pull-ins on medicine ball
  • 12 hamstring curls on medicine ball

We finished with stretching and some core work.

You’ll understand when…

13 Jun

I had a conversation yesterday (one of many like it) that got a little under my skin. I wasn’t going to write about it, mainly because of how frequently I have a similar conversation with various people. Then I saw this blog. Now, The Matt Walsh Blog has very little to do with mine and yet the idea is similar.

“You’ll understand when you’re older.” or “Just wait until you have kids.” or “Well you only work three days a week”. Never mind that those three days are 13 hour shifts (sometimes longer) and fall on weekends. Never mind that I haven’t had kids but I have had two reconstructive surgeries and multiple injuries. Never mind that there are an absurd amount of overweight and obese people my age and younger.

But every time I start to get worked up about it I realize… it isn’t me. They can’t really believe that I’m only in shape because I’m younger than them or don’t have kids or… insert excuse here. But people who aren’t ready to change or are trying to face past decisions have a need to rationalize. It’s human. We all do it. I do it! Because while I am in relatively good shape, it’s still not the shape I want to be in. I’m not to a maintenance stage yet but I’m also not currently putting in the work I’d need to improve. Sometimes I catch myself making excuses in my head “well, they don’t have…” but the reality is, that’s on me.

WE HAVE TO STOP. Making excuses by taking away others’ accomplishments doesn’t help anyone. We need to start saying “how did you do it with kids?” or “how did you come back from that injury?”. We need to learn from the people we want to be like, not make excuses why we can’t do the same thing.

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Minor Victories

15 Jan

I finally did it! For the first time since I started physical therapy (if not before) I did 25 min. on a treadmill today! I did intervals and made 2.25 miles in those 25 min, not great but certainly not bad. I even remembered to stretch afterwards (I’ve definitely been getting better about that.)

We have some friends staying with us and it’s been nice at the gym to have someone who’s been more cardio focused because we can balance each other out a bit. I’m also switching back to day shift next week so my sleep schedule etc. will be back to normal for workouts.

Two days ago my friend went through an arm workout with me. Here’s what it looked like…

3 sets of 12:

  • Bicep curls
  • Incline shoulder press

3 sets of 12:

  • Squat to hammer curl
  • Skull crushers

2 sets of 12, 1 of 20:

  • Lat pull downs
  • Push ups
  • Rows

2 sets:

  • Stability running man (15/leg)
  • Lunges with rotation (12/leg)
  • V-ups on Bosu (20)

20 Ball toss sit-ups on Bosu with partner

There’s still some days I have to go to physical therapy instead of the gym but hubby got me a hot pink Bosu ball which is just fun for my at home physical therapy exercises and fitting in a quick at home workout on those days. Might be a life-long journey but I can say I’m back on the right road 🙂

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For lunch I sauteed zucchini with garlic powder and pepper and added Andouille chicken sausage then topped it with a little bit of shredded Asiago cheese. It was quick, delicious and healthy!