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Fitness Goals – Week 5 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 5 Recap

As I’m sitting down to write the recap of my fitness goals progress, I am encouraged that the hard weeks are behind me. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, then you should take a look at my week three and four recaps. Let’s […]

May 2017 Fitness Goals

May 2017 Fitness Goals

With my first month of consistent workouts behind me and a few other concerns in front of me, I am planning to continue with my current fitness goals with a few tweaks. I am seeing results from working out consistently so I am definitely encouraged […]

Fitness Goals – Week 4 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 4 Recap

This week has been a whirlwind to say the least. I started out meeting my fitness goals, and then, I basically had to stop my workouts due to some health concerns. I began having heart palpitations and chest pain, which sent me to the ER and ultimately the cardiologist. So far, everything seems fine, but I am now wearing a Holter monitor that monitors my heart rhythm to make sure that I’m not having any irregular heart rhythms.

It’s frustrating to be sort of sidelined. My fitness goals are very attainable right now so it’s hard to fall short regardless of the cause. I am trying to go on walks and do relatively low impact exercises until I have an all clear from my doctors. I am also trying to eat healthier overall with no caffeine and less sugar since I obviously have something wrong even if it’s not my heart. (Side note: My family has a really long history of heart disease so I am not taking this situation lightly.)

Here is a list of the workouts I did this week.

 

Monday

Pilates – Full Body* & Butt*

Fitbit: 8,253 steps

 

Tuesday

Pilates – Total Body*

Pilates – Abs*

Fitbit: 7,221 steps

 

Wednesday

Cardio Workout*

Pilates – Abs*

Fitbit: 8,851 steps

 

Thursday

Cardio Workout*

Pilates – Legs* & Butt*

Fitbit: 7,855 steps

 

Friday

HIIT Workout*

Pilates – Abs*

Fitbit: 7,863 steps

 

Saturday

Rest Day

Fitbit: 6,235 steps

 

Sunday

1 Mile Walk with Family

Fitbit: 8,206 steps

 

*You can refer to the Blogilates Beginners Calendar 2.0 for the specific videos.

 

Results

Goal #1: Workout at least 20 minutes a day on 5 different days per week. Check!

Goal #2: Walk at least 8,000 steps per day. Met 3 of 7 Days! I’m not too happy about this one. Due to being sidelined with health concerns, it’s not that bad I guess. I’m really looking forward to getting back at hard workouts!

Goal #3: Include my kids in at least one workout per week. Check!

 

Concerns

I feel like everything is a concern this week, but I am working through it. All I’m looking forward to is hearing a good health result from all of my tests with the doctor. I love fitness and working out, but I am beginning to remember the point of it all.

Fitness leads me to being healthier, which leads to fewer health problems. Fitness is more than just my hobby. It is the main piece of my health puzzle. It is not optional for me going forward.

Other than my health, I am still having a few back spasms, but that is, by far, the least of my worries. I am encouraged to keep going, and this is just the reminder I needed.

I hope you all have a great start to your week! I’ll keep you updated as I move along my journey.

Fitness Journey – Bumps and Potholes

Fitness Journey – Bumps and Potholes

Ever feel like life just keeps getting in the way? You know, no matter where you turn, you just keep getting hit by road blocks? That’s how I feel right now. I started on this fitness journey close to four weeks ago, and until now, […]

Fear of Rest Days

Fear of Rest Days

There’s something about a designated rest day that makes me nervous. Tons of thoughts are currently going through my head. I guess I feel like I’m going to miss something or suddenly gain five pounds or lose the progress I’ve been making. I know it […]

Fitness Goals – Week 3 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 3 Recap

Week three…oh, week three. This has been a pretty good week! I completed all of my planned workouts! Yay for fitness goals! The best part is that I felt stronger while doing each of them. Moves that were difficult for me a few weeks ago are no longer as difficult so that means I’ve made some progress!!

I am beginning to feel more energized throughout each day, and I know that’s because I’m working out consistently. There’s nothing like that feeling. You know, the feeling where you know you’re entire body, mind and productivity are improving. It’s encouraging to say the least!

My shoulder is feeling good again after having to modify a few exercises to accommodate the popping and pain from last week. You might want to visit last week’s recap if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m just trying to be careful moving forward and modify if necessary.

The best thing of all this week is that my kids are FINALLY well! Hooray! It has been a long few months. It’s April, and we have already met our $3K deductible. Hopefully, that gives you some idea as to how awful the sickness has been in our home this year.

All that being said, here is a recap of the workouts I did this week.

 

Monday

2-mile walk (with kids in tow)

Pilates – Abs*

Fitbit: 9,587 steps

 

Tuesday

Pilates – Total Body*

Pilates – Abs*

Fitbit: 7,753 steps

 

Wednesday

Cardio Workout*

Pilates – Abs*

Fitbit: 8,946 steps

 

Thursday

Cardio Workout*

Pilates – Thighs*

Fitbit: 8,170 steps

 

Friday

Cardio Workout*

Pilates – Abs* & Thighs*

Fitbit: 8,836 steps

 

Saturday

Cardio Workout*

Pilates – Butt* & Thighs*

Fitbit: 8,296 steps

 

Sunday

Rest Day

Fitbit: 9,448 steps

 

*You can refer to the Blogilates Beginners Calendar 2.0 for the specific videos.

 

Results

Goal #1: Workout at least 20 minutes a day on 5 different days per week. Check!

Goal #2: Walk at least 8,000 steps per day. Met 6 of 7 Days! That’s progress!

Goal #3: Include my kids in at least one workout per week. Check!

 

Concerns

I am still struggling with sleep this week. I am working out late at night and sacrificing sleep in the process. Not to mention, my son has decided to wake up once, if not twice, a night for the past week.

I read there’s something called the eight to ten month sleep regression, and I’m guessing he’s in the thick of it. That being said, I’m pretty exhausted, and it’s just getting worse.

Other than that, I’m just trying to take it easy on my shoulder so it won’t give me any other trouble. I’m doing well so far so I’m hopeful that I can continue with my workouts without much concern.

I hope you all have a great start to your week! I’ll keep you updated as I move along my journey.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Fitness Lover

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Fitness Lover

I was looking through a few gift guides today and realized that I rarely find anything on the guides that I would want. So I decided to create one of my own filled with items that I would love to receive for Mother’s Day. In […]

Rough Day and a Workout

Rough Day and a Workout

Today was a rough day. My workout didn’t go as planned, and it was frustrating. What can I say? Babies don’t always cooperate with my plans. My workouts are usually the one thing I look to, to relieve stress on the not so good days. […]

8 Creative Ways to Work Out with Kids at Home

8 Creative Ways to Work Out with Kids at Home

I was thinking about my workouts today and how difficult it can be when I have both kids at home. I have definitely had to improvise a little so that I can get my workouts in.

Here are my eight ways to work out when I have kids at home.

 

  1. Workout during their nap time.

So far, this works pretty well for me. When my daughter sleeps in the afternoon, I typically start an exercise video and let my son roll around on the floor while I work out.

 

  1. Make them a part of the workout.

My daughter likes to take turns doing what I’m doing. It slows me down a little, but she loves to imitate the movements and giggle at me when I look silly, which is ALL the time!

 

  1. Workout while they are asleep at night.

I sometimes use wireless headphones when my kids are asleep so that I can work out without waking them up. My kids are both light sleepers, which makes it tough to do anything when they are asleep. I look absolutely ridiculous with the headphones on, but at least my kids stay asleep!

For those who are new parents, seriously, take the advice you’re given. If you tiptoe around your kids when they are babies, it will NEVER stop! I wish I would have listened.

 

  1. Go on walks/runs as a family.

We go on family walks quite often so we tend to get a lot of use from our double stroller and our hiking packs. We typically walk around our neighborhood with the stroller during the week with stops at the park to play. We also love to take hiking trips on the weekends. Both of our kids ride in a carrier, which makes the workout much harder.

 

  1. Do exercises while you are doing daily activities.

I use an electric toothbrush that stays on for about two minutes, and I use that time to do squats. I typically do regular squats during the first minute or so and then I switch to plie squats (feet angled outward and legs apart) for the rest of the time.

You could also do exercises while you watch television, cook, clean the house (as if that isn’t work enough already), work, etc. Calf raises, squats and jogging in place are a few of my favorites! There is always a way to make it work if you try!

 

  1. Use your child.

Either let them participate if they are old enough or use them as part of the workout. My son loves it when I use him as a weight during crunches and lunges. I get to see his big smile and work out at the same time. It’s definitely a win-win!

 

  1. Go to the park.

I don’t know about you, but if I take my daughter to the park, I have to chase her the entire time. I am usually winded by the time we leave because she never stops running. I usually know I worked out when my fitbit counts it as exercise activity. This definitely registers on my fitbit!

 

  1. Have a dance party.

Some days I turn the music up really loud, and my daughter and I jump around and dance for as long as she’s willing. Disco is our current favorite! She also loves any toddler music, especially ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…’ That song is always on repeat in our house! By the end of our dance parties, I’m usually sweating and out of breath. It’s a great cardio workout, and we both have a blast!

 

I would love to hear about any other ways that you keep up with workouts with kids at home. Any idea that allows you to succeed with your fitness goals is a good idea!

 

Getting Stronger

Getting Stronger

So, it’s the middle of my second week working out consistently, and I already feel stronger. Today consisted of cardio, Pilates (using Blogilates videos), and stretching, and I really enjoyed it! I feel so much better. My core is stronger already, and it has only […]