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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, […]

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.

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 […]

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 has only been three weeks, but I’m doing really well with sticking to my fitness plan and goals. It’s rare when that happens, and I don’t want to mess it up.

I know I need rest days to regroup, let my body heal and enjoy a little more relaxation, but they scare me. Rest days have always scared me. Any time I would miss gymnastics practice or just have a day off, I would try to work out as much as possible at home to make up for it.

I still do the same thing now. I keep looking through videos that I could do today that wouldn’t interfere with the Blogilates calendar I’m working through. Each time I find something, I have to stop myself and remember why I shouldn’t work out today. I SHOULDN’T WORK OUT TODAY! Maybe writing it will help me to stick to it…

I know it has to do with control, and the fact that I’m an uber control freak. Working out is something I can control, and I am in need of some control today.

It has been a crazy day. We tried a store run and ended up being the family that everyone stares at with a screaming child. We ate McDonald’s for lunch, which was not in the plan for my rest day. Of course we eat terribly on the one day I’m not supposed to work out. It always seems to work that way. My kids are refusing to nap, again…man I wish I could take a nap! Working out today would help me to have a little bit of peace, but I know I should wait. It’s only one day…

One day seems like forever to me. Of course, I really don’t want to burn out, and I’m afraid that might happen if I keep going without any breaks. I guess I just want so badly to be fit and healthy. I want to be able to wear shorts this summer.

I live in Texas. It is an absolute must to get through the one-hundred degree heat. I would also love to put on a swimsuit this summer for the first time in five years. It’s always really hard to watch other people do something you’re afraid to do. I wish I had more confidence. It’s coming, but for me, it takes time.

So, on a day like today, when all I can think about is keeping up with my progress, it’s really hard to just stop and rest. I know I need to, but mentally, it’s challenging! I’ll hang in there though.

Until next time…I hope you all have a great week!

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 […]

Fitness Goals – Week 2 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 2 Recap

This week has been a little harder. I made it through, but it has been difficult. I know their called fitness goals for a reason, but I would really love to actually meet them! Both of my kids have been sick. I feel like I […]

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 been a little over a week!

Let’s face it…I have a long way to go. To recap…I’ve barely worked out in about three years, and I have had two kids in under two years via C-section. That pretty much equals a weak core. I guess that’s why I’m so excited about feeling stronger. There’s a sense of accomplishment in it, and I am excited to keep going!

I understand that Pilates is not for everyone. It really requires you to focus on your form. I definitely struggle with it, but the challenge motivates me to keep going. It also gives me a sense of peace. My life is chaos from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I love it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, because of the chaos, peace is rare. Being able to focus fully on the Pilates movements helps to clear my mind, and it keeps me going without losing my mind.

The one thing I have really learned in the past week or so is that if you like it, you’ll keep doing it. That’s really all that matters! I like doing Blogilates, with other workouts here and there, so I’m excited to see where it leads me. Hopefully, to a rockin’ body, but we’ll see…

Workout Tip: Find what works for you, and stick with it! If you like it, you’ll do it. Explore your workout options, and when you find an option that works, do it!

Fitness Goals – Week 1 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 1 Recap

This week has been a good one. I have completed one full week of workouts, and I’m feeling great! It has been so long since I’ve worked out consistently that I barely know what this feels like. My motivation is going strong, and I love […]