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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?

Mother’s Day Giveaway

8 May

As you know, I got selected as a For Two Fitness ambassador.. Since I’m getting to the point that my clothes are just a bit tight for comfort, I LOVE having their tops and capris to hit the gym in. They are so comfortable and have awesome sayings. I get compliments every time I wear their tops. For Mother’s Day, this company is doing an amazing giveaway that starts on Monday! See the details from the company below…

This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at more than $1000. We have phenomenal prizes, from Joovy, Garmin, Feetures, Sara Haley and us, For Two Fitness – all facets of your fit mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!giveawayAs soon as I get more information, I’ll pass it on to you!

Final Competition Update

26 Apr

For those who have been following my progress, you’ve probably realized that I did not compete yesterday. But, I didn’t just give up! A few weeks ago hubby and I got some very exciting news… we are expecting our first baby! Little one will be joining the world in mid-November.

Glibert Run 1 Starbucks 4While I haven’t been posting much, I have been keeping a list of things I want to write about and I am very excited to share my experience with trying to have a healthy and fit pregnancy! My biggest tip from first trimester… there will be days you literally can’t workout, and that’s okay. I felt so guilty when I first had to miss a couple workouts but missing a few to take care of myself (and the baby) means I can stay as healthy as possible. Plus it made the workouts I have been able to do that much more rewarding.

For those mainly interested in the competition posts, no worries, I fully intend to compete in the future once little one is safely into the world 🙂

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!

Tank Top Triceps

19 Jan

I hope some of you got to enjoy today to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite MLK quotes (especially as it applies to fitness) is, “If you can’t fly then run, If you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” It’s so applicable to really any obstacle or goal you may be facing! Aside from the fact that in comparison with his goals and obstacles… I really have no excuses.

MLK quoteAnyway, I worked today so took the day off from the gym but I had a great arm workout yesterday I wanted to share. Really hits triceps and make sure to only rest about 45-60 sec between super/great sets. The workout took me 28 min, almost exactly.

3 x 12

  • Tricep push-ups on BOSU
  • Dumbbell row to tricep kickback
  • Chest Press

3 x

  • 20 Skull crushers
  • 15 Tricep dips

1 x 20

Then I finished with my core physical therapy exercises. Hope you all have an awesome week!

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.

fitness-motivational-quotes

Don’t Be That Girl!

30 Dec

As we head into the time of New Years’ Resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate to re-post some tips and advice for the gym… enjoy!

Don’t Be That Girl!.

Train together, stay together

22 Dec

Happy Monday! More importantly, Merry (almost) Christmas!

Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot of increased back pain so workouts have been fewer and lighter. This is also why I’ve been posting almost nothing. I realized though that while I do need to work within my limits and not make the problem worse (and still be able to do my job as a nurse), I was falling back into using it as an excuse to not workout at all. Enough is enough. So, aside from my physical therapy exercises I’ve been working to get back into workouts.

In the spirit of no excuses, hubby and I have recently made a friendly competition. We made a monthly calendar and are tracking when we workout. Whoever works out more that month gets to choose what we do for a date day. We try to do a little date every week (even if it’s just take out and a movie at home) so this will be an activity or something out of the normal for our “special” date. Do you workout as a family or do things to motivate each other? Or do you have a workout partner/friend who challenges you?

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte

One of my favorite photographers, Mike Cadotte Pictured: @Gable_fit and @Anthony_traps, find them on Instagram!

Example of today’s workout:

20-30 min of PT exercises (core and glute strengthening)

20 walk out push-ups

2 sets:

20 deadlifts

20 split lunges/leg

2 sets of 20 hamstring bridges

1 min plank

30 sec side plank/side

10 Pilates roll-ups

3 Sun Salutations

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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