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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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What People Won’t Tell You

7 Jan

Last re-post, I promise! It’s become a bit of tradition to post this in January for all of those re-starting their fitness routines or those just starting. I know what I said yesterday but if you are making those fitness resolutions (or continued goals 😉 ) here is my advice and encouragement.

What People Won’t Tell You.

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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.

First World Problems

4 Nov

Hello world! It has been forever since my last post! Here’s why… my old laptop had a sudden death. Hubby and I finally put in the time and research and bought a new one this past weekend but, it’s been rough. I didn’t realize how much I used my computer until I didn’t have it. Luckily we have a tablet so  getting real life things taken care of wasn’t too awful but, its crazy how dependent on the internet we are now! After lots of research and discussion, hubby went to make the big purchase while I was at work, we ended up with the Lenovo Ultrabook Yoga 2. Today’s my first day using it and it’s very different than my last laptop but so far I think I like it.

Since my last post hubby’s parents came out to DC, I’ve been working a crazy schedule in order to take as little time off as possible and still accomplish everything outside of work, and to be honest my workouts have taken the hit for it. My diet hasn’t been perfect but it hasn’t been awful, just really need to get back to those 5 workouts/week. Last night I had a little victory when I got home from work. My back was killing me and hubby convinced me to at least do some of my physical therapy exercises, which definitely helped, and this morning I didn’t even set an alarm to try and recover a little bit. I firmly believe sleep is an important part of overall health and fitness that seems to get overlooked in our hectic schedules.

We didn’t stick with the T25 program very well so I’m going to try re-starting that today but I think, because it is so high impact, I’m going to go into this round with my own plan of combining their workouts with some lower impact ones so I don’t make my injury worse and so I don’t get frustrated when I don’t stick exactly to their schedule.

All this brings me to my November goals…

1. Take some time for myself (I’m getting better about this but still feel guilty when I do)

2. Workout at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week

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Back to Work

9 Jun

Well… good news! At the end of May I got cleared to go back to work, full duty. It was a bit of an adjustment to jump right back in and I’ve been trying to pick up at least one mini-shift each week on top of it to make up for some lost time and get a few extra hours before we leave for Italy later this summer.

Jumping right back in has also been a quick reminder that I’m not 100% yet so workouts have still been a little lighter than normal. I’m getting great use out of the home workout DVDs I bought for that very reason. I already told you what I thought about Pop Pilates so I thought I’d also include my mini-review of Yoga for Beginners by Bodywisdom.

What I like: you can make the workouts as long or as short as you want. They break it up into mini-routines so you can work out for 10 minutes or 60 minutes.

It’s also very easy for yoga beginners (yours truly) to follow. It moves at a pretty slow pace so I never felt lost.

The flip side: Because it moves slow I didn’t always feel like I was actually working.

Bottom line: I still have a couple of the routines to try but all in all it’s a great way to unwind and relax after a busy day or to use as an active rest day but it won’t be replacing a full workout. I do really like adding it in at the end of doing my PT (lots of core) exercises for a little extra boost.

Image**Throwback yoga photo, Judd Furlong Photography

Other than that, still struggling with getting into a solid meal prep routine so I’d say I wasn’t completely successful with that May goal but I have been doing at least SOMETHING 5 days a week and stretching more, so that’s a win.

I’d forgotten…

7 Mar

I’d forgotten how much I liked hiking. Arizona was amazing, the first day we hiked Camelback Mountain and after that we spent the next two days doing light workouts at the resort, laying by a pool, and taking advantage of the spa. It was pretty much the perfect vacation.

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Part way up the hike

Back home now; I worked the past two days and trying to get the house back in order today so it’ll just be a short workout at home unfortunately.

I also gave up Facebook for Lent so I’d appreciate it if you’d share this post on your walls since I can’t 😉 On the plus side, no Facebook will give me more time to write here and be more productive with other things too (I hope…). Do you give things up or change anything for Lent? Or any healthy goals you made to start out March?

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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