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Fitness Goals Reboot

Fitness Goals Reboot

So, yes…that happened. Two months in, and I stopped my workout program. The reasons are unimportant, but this leads me to my long awaited reboot! If only it were this easy! I wish I could just flip the energy switch to ‘On’ and presto! Unfortunately, […]

5 Reasons I Quit Drinking Caffeine

5 Reasons I Quit Drinking Caffeine

I have been drinking caffeinated beverages since I was in my early teens, and I never thought twice about it. I love pretty much all diet drinks (with caffeine of course), and I absolutely hate the taste of regular soda. My husband constantly badgers me […]

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 just say it has been a hard couple of weeks, but alas, I see the light at the end of the tunnel!

My shoulder feels great now, and my back spasms are gone. Eureka!

I am still wearing a heart monitor, but since I stopped drinking caffeine, I have had ZERO heart palpitations. I am also watching my sugar intake so that could be part of it. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to my sweets addiction. I’m sure I will live.

I’m just encouraged that I’m doing better so hopefully the potholes will now just be small bumps in the road.

That being said, I have not been able to work out much this week due to doctor’s orders so my workouts have been slim. I am just looking forward to the first full week where I can really focus on meeting my fitness goals!

 

Here is a list of the workouts I did this week. (and the things that made me feel like I worked out!)

 

Monday

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning…I was tired.

Fitbit: 6,552 steps

 

Tuesday

2 mile walk with family

Playing at the playground

Fitbit: 10,666 steps

 

Wednesday

Fitbit: 7,332 steps

 

Thursday

2 mile walk with family

Fitbit: 9,568 steps

 

Friday

Favorite Exercises Before Bed

Fitbit: 8,566 steps

 

Saturday

Blogilates – Fat Burn Focus, Ab Focus & Fat Burn Cardio

Fitbit: 9,060 steps

 

Sunday

Vacuumed the entire house, two loads of dishes, six loads of laundry, chased kids around the house, took out four bags of trash…Let just say, I was tired when I finally sat down!

Fitbit: 7,897 steps

 

Results

Goal #1: Workout at least 20 minutes a day on 5 different days per week. Not quite! Definitely going for this next week!

Goal #2: Walk at least 8,500 steps per day. Met 4 of 7 Days! Not bad considering I was barely allowed to work out! I’ll take it!

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

 

Concerns

I’m tired of talking about my concerns. It has felt like the more concerns I’ve written about, the more of them seem to pop up. I know that’s not really the case, but I’m sticking with that thought process for the time being.

I am doing well at the moment, and I’m grateful that I’m alive and healthy! That’s all I can ask for!

 

I hope you all have a great start to your week!

7 Reasons I’m Getting Fit and Healthy

7 Reasons I’m Getting Fit and Healthy

My fitness journey began several weeks ago, and I just realized that I never mentioned why I wanted to get fit and healthy. Reasons are everything because they are the motivators that keep me going. (Blogging is also one of my motivators. You can read more […]

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 […]

Home Workouts – Steps to Being Successful

Home Workouts – Steps to Being Successful

The idea of home workouts seems to always be easier than the reality. By nature, working out at home is difficult. Finding the time to devote to your workouts and finding workouts that work for you can be challenging, especially if you are starting from scratch like I did.

In my experience, home workouts also require loads of determination because there are always a million other things I could be doing while at home. Add to that the fact that my kids are always at home with me, and it is more than challenging. That being said, I’ve realized that in order to be successful with my home workouts, I have to be prepared.

 

This is what I did to get myself started with home workouts.

 

  1. Define Goals

In order to know where to start, I had to determine where I was going. What did I want to accomplish? Did I want to be lean and toned? Ripped and muscular? Able to keep up with my children? Lose weight? Get healthy? The answer to these questions helped me determine the type of exercise to choose.

We all have different fitness goals, and it’s okay to be honest about those goals. I want to build confidence, to get healthier, to regain my love of fitness, to have some “me” time and to be able to wear shorts and a swimsuit this summer! That may sound like a lot, but once I started working out consistently, all of it became possible!

I found that writing my fitness goals on paper and hanging them somewhere helped me to focus more on them each day. The bathroom mirror was my spot of choice!

 

  1. Explore the Options

In today’s world, workout options are endless. YouTube videos, fitness DVDs/Blu-Rays, complete fitness programs with meal plans, fitness machines in your home, parks, hiking trails, neighborhood streets/sidewalks, boot camp meet-ups, stairs in your home…the list just goes on and on.

Of the many possibilities, there are several different types of workouts including Pilates, Yoga, kettle bell workouts, P90x, Taebo (used to LOVE this!), Zumba, aerobics, dance, Fitbit challenges or pretty much anything I can think of. I like that I can mix it up so that I don’t become bored.

I happen to love Pilates, but I am really starting to take an interest in kettle bell workouts. They look fun to me, and they can work your entire body in just ten minutes!

 

  1. Spend a Little Money

Yoga and Pilates workouts need a mat. Tennis shoes are necessary for cardio. I found that I couldn’t commit to my workouts if I lacked the appropriate equipment, and any excuse I have makes it easier for me to fail.

I always have to remember that just because I’m working out at home doesn’t mean I can be lax on my safety. I have to wear and use the right stuff!

When I began my home workouts, I realized quickly that my shoes were not going to cut it. They are over three years old, and the support is all but gone. Did I want to pay for new shoes at that moment? NO! Thankfully though, my budget allowed a little bit of flexibility in the miscellaneous category so I was able to get what I needed. It’s amazing how fast my feet stopped hurting once I had some good shoes!

 

  1. Find Motivation

My children were a good motivator for me since I want to be healthy to watch them grow up. Things like the atmosphere and setting of a fitness program help me a lot. I also love it when workout videos are in bright, colorful spaces or in front of the ocean. Upbeat music and lively instructors also help to pump me up and keep me going. Other motivators include health concerns, weight loss, confidence or just about anything else I can think of.

Without motivation, I know I would surely fail so it’s important for me to remember why I want to get fit.

I even found motivation in starting a blog. I found that if I need to write about my fitness journey, then I have to keep up with my workouts. I can’t write blog posts about my home workouts when I’m not doing any workouts! You can find more about my reason for blogging here.

 

  1. Remove Thoughts of Perfection

Life happens and gets in the way. I like to let if get me down, but I know that is the worst thing I could do. I just try to do the best I can and keep going! When I work out at home, there are numerous interruptions, and that’s okay. I just know it ahead of time and go with it!

My workouts usually consist of my son rolling under my feet and my daughter waking up from her naps. This is really hard for me because I’m a perfectionist so I don’t like it when things are messy. I have really had to change my expectations to allow me to be comfortable with interruptions. If I can do it though, I know you can do it!

 

  1. Commit

This probably sounds cliché, but it’s the answer to most people’s workout struggles. Committing to sticking with workouts is a hard thing to do, but if I want it, I must commit. Progress requires hard work!

Failure is Not an Option!” is one of my favorite quotes. (Science nerd here so of course I referenced a popular phrase used by NASA.) I have made this my workout motto. If I don’t give myself the option to fail, then I will succeed. Trying is succeeding! The only way you fail is if you give up!

 

Good luck with your fitness journey! Just know that I’m rooting for you!

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 […]