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7/19/13 Workout…run plus fat burner

I ran again! Woohoo. This time, I took my friend Alexandra’s advice and ran in spandex rather than shorts, and I am happy to say I didn’t feel my thighs rub together. They may still have been, but the point is I didn’t have to feel them, and I didn’t have to do the tug on the hem of my shorts routine every 10 seconds. The run was good, although the air is so thick here, you can cut it with a knife. I made it farther before I had to walk, so that’s progress! Yay!

The rest of my workout is brought to you by FitMiss.

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I had to cut some reps down to 10, but this is an awesome workout. Its a bit long, so make sure you have some time. Its also a good one that you can do at home. (I did).

I’m one tired mama.

Stay sweaty, my friends!

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Motivational Monday

Hey party people!  So I had finally gotten myself on a good workout routine, and what happens? I got sick yesterday. Like, laid out in bed, can’t move, sleep all day sick. Thankfully I have an awesome hubby who took care of our boys and everything else around the house, but I couldn’t work out and I’m not 100% to work out today. There’s a heaviness in my chest, so I don’t think breathing hard would help me out very much. If it was just a sore throat, I would ignore it and get some sweat in today, but its a whole bunch of things. One more rest day for this mama. 

Have you ever had a sickness or something try to derail you from your goals? There are all sorts of external factors that try to hold us back when we really get our mojo going. Sickness, jobs, haters, etc. You just have to keep moving and ignore those things. Or, take a couple days off, regroup, and start again. Don’t get too down on yourself if you have to stop for a bit; as long as you start again, you’ll be ok. And as for the haters? Brush ’em off! You don’t need people in your life that put you down and don’t support your goals. 

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Stay sweaty, my friends!

First post-baby run…

I’ve decided that my first post-baby run was a success. I’m calling it a success because I didn’t die.

After we dropped Little Man off at school, Hubby took Baby Boy back home in the stroller and I ran off in the opposite direction.  I think the route I took home was a little less than a mile. I started off well enough, although it felt really awkward to be moving my legs like that again, since they are used to the sitting or laying down position. I had to wonder if I was doing it right. And don’t get me started on the inner thighs rubbing together…time to get. rid. of. those. I thought I was moving along pretty good when I was pushed to run even faster when a huge wasp decided to take up the whole sidewalk and then chase me when I tried to pass him. If you know me, you know I have an irrational fear of wasps, and I’m sure it was hilarious to watch me try to outrun and dodge it all at the same time. Hopefully I gave that Honda that passed a good laugh.

I had a good pace going and I thought that I was going to be able to run the whole way back. Then my knee decided I’d had enough at that point. Walked it out a bit and started jogging again. My ankle was the naysayer this time. Ugh, I’m not sure what’s going on with those joints, but they didn’t let me hit a good pace again. I would say I ran half of the way back home, so maybe half a mile? I also remembered that I hate running. This is why I only do 5K obstacle courses. The running sucks.

So anyway, I didn’t die, but I wasn’t the baller I thought I was going to be. As much as I hate running, I will do it at least once a week until I can get into a gym and onto a treadmill. I can do interval training on the treadmill and I like that so much more than long distance running.  I think I will stick to jump roping and strength training for now 🙂

Stay sweaty, my friends.

7/3/13 Workout…resistance band arms

I’m getting into a pretty good workout schedule. Little Man goes to preschool three days a week, so I take whatever time Baby Boy gives to me during those days to work out. Today, Baby Boy fell asleep on the way home from walking big brother to school, so I had plenty of time to do a good arm workout. One thing I wanted to mention…if you are nursing and wanting to work out, the one thing you need to remember is drink LOTS of water. Your supply shouldn’t suffer, and your milk (contrary to popular belief) will not taste sour. Just drink lots of water and wipe off before you feed your kiddo…your skin might be salty from sweating.

Here’s today’s workout (again, brought to you by FitMiss). You’ll be working your shoulders, biceps, and triceps. You need a jump rope and a resistance  band:

  • warm-up: 5 minute jump rope
  • Lateral raises 4×20 (that’s 4 sets of 20)
  • Jump rope 1 min
  • Bicep curls 4×20
  • Jump rope 1 min
  • Front raises 4×15 (slow)
  • Jump rope 1 min
  • Single arm tricep kickbacks 4×12/arm
  • Jump rope 1 min
  • Single arm overhead tricep extensions 4×12

Not too bad. My arms are burning right now.  The most surprising part of this workout was that I discovered I can still jump rope for a minute!! I had to do a little happy dance. I was sure that my stamina would have suffered. So, go me. And go you! You can do this! If one minute is a bit too long, break it up into two 30 sec increments. If this is too easy for you, jump rope for a minute in between each set. That would be a lot of jump roping. 🙂

Check out my awesome new workout shirt! Its from Fit Like Flint and says, “Its not about me. 1 Cor. 10:31.”  1Cor 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  I love the message and the shirt because its flowy and hides my baby pouch that is hanging around.

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Stay sweaty, my friends!

6/28/13 Workout…bootylicious

I got my workout from FitMiss today. My booty was sore the minute I stepped away.  The workout calls for 10 rounds, but I thought 5 would be enough for me, just starting back. As I got into it, I thought I would be lucky to get through 3. Baby Boy had different plans. He woke up after I had done two rounds, ate a snack, then passed back out. I got my three rounds in, but it was with a break.  Here’s what’s got my booty on fire today:

45 sec on (of each exercise), 30 sec rest, 3 rounds (or 10, or 5, or 1…no judgement here)

  • burpees
  • squats with a overhead press (use a dumbbell or kettlebell..I used a 10 lbs kettlebell)
  • alternating lunges (add weight for more)
  • squat with a side kick
  • front raises and lateral raises (use dumbbells or a resistance band…I used a resistance band)

Seems easy, and the first round was. Then my legs remembered they were supposed to be out of shape. Bring on the sore, I’m ready!!

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

My writing partner.

My writing partner.

 

Stay sweaty, my friends!

6/26/13 Workout

I worked out today!! First time in….well, it feels like forever. It felt awesome to feel the burn again. Here’s the upper body workout I did:

  • 3 sets of 30 sec jump rope
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 high rows with resistance band
  • 15 reverse flys, 8 lbs
  • 15 bicep curls with resistance band
  • 15 hammer curls, 10lbs
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 lateral shoulder raises with resistance band
  • 15 shoulder presses, 10 lbs
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 15 tricep extensions, 10 lbs
  • 10 push-ups

It wasn’t the most intensive workout I’ve ever done, but it felt super good to lift something besides a baby. The jump rope was fairly easy, but I could feel my incision area from the c section pulling. Its not hurting now, so its ok to continue with the jump rope. I feel that I can up the intensity in my next workout. I was able to lift the 8 and 10 lbs fairly easily, so I guess my body remembers what I was doing beforehand. I had to listen to my doctor for a minute and take it slow, but y’all know me. I can’t take it slow forever. Now to find a gym in the area that has child care and we are golden! Yay for sweating again!

Stay sweaty, my friends!

Wacky Wednesday

So the AMA has come out and said that obesity is now considered a disease.  I’m not sure what to think of this, but I’m leaning toward, “Really? A disease? Come on now.” That is why I’ve put this in the Wacky Wednesday blog. 

I have too many thoughts about this, so I’m going to let you decide what you think. Here are some articles explaining. I’m inclined to roll my eyes at the whole situation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/business/ama-recognizes-obesity-as-a-disease.html?_r=0

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/m-fat-fault-other-reactions-calling-obesity-disease-185246512.html

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/19/obesity-as-disease-what-does-it-mean-for-americans/

Motivational Monday

So, I have to be honest. I have been slacking on the squat challenge. I had Little Man’s birthday last Wednesday and party on Saturday, so I’ve just been putting them off bc I’m too tired. Ahhh! EXCUSES! I hate excuses and will be picking up where I left off today. I realize every day life sometimes can get in the way of our health and fitness routines, but that’s when we have to try extra hard to stay healthy. Since my 32nd week of pregnancy, honestly, I’ve gotten lazy. I didn’t feel like eating right, and most days, still don’t. I’m not motivated to start working out yet, even though I was cleared last Wednesday, and ate so much birthday cake on Saturday. 

Well, that all ends TODAY. I cannot let myself use breastfeeding as an excuse to eat badly anymore, and I can’t be scared (c-section incision) to start working out hard again. I WILL finish the squat challenge, I WILL eat more green stuff, and I WILL be healthier starting today. These extra 10 pounds of baby weight will be coming off soon. I have a tough mudder race to dominate in October. These are my promises to you guys and to my family and to myself. 

What’s your fat trap? In other words, what’s your favorite excuse for not being the healthiest you can be? Mine is “I just had a baby and am breastfeeding, so I can eat whatever I want.” I’m hoping by being honest I can motivate you to be honest with yourself. Find your “fat trap” and figure out a way to get out of it. You can do it, even if you have to claw, kick, and scream to get out. 

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Let’s do this.

Stay sweaty, my friends.

Motivational Monday

Good Monday morning to ya! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and got to celebrate with their father or father-like figure. Dads rock! I know Hubby is the best dad I could’ve found for my two boys. He’s amazing, even getting up to change a diaper at 2:30 am so I can sleep just a little bit longer until the 3am feeding.

Anyway….here is your motivation for the week. Guess what? I get released to workout on Wednesday! Woop woop! Besides my sons’ births, I’ve never been so excited to go to the doctor. My legs are already getting used to the squat challenge, so I’m ready to step it up a bit.

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Thought this one was hilarious.

Thought this one was hilarious.

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Stay sweaty, my friends!

Ouch my bum!

Day 3 of the squat challenge and my whole upper leg/butt region is sore! Yay! Yes, I am one of those crazies that enjoys being sore. It tells me that I worked something that hasn’t been worked in a while. Nothing on me has been really worked since week 30(ish) of pregnancy, so I’m grateful for some soreness. Now I haven’t officially been released to work out yet (come on June 19th!), but since this isn’t high intensity, just high in repetitiveness, I think it’ll be ok.

Don’t forget to warm-up before you start your squats. If you’re in an exercise routine already, just add them in sometime during your workout, but if you’re using them to kick-start your routine like I am, you’ll need to be warm before you start. I use my walk to Little Man’s school and back as my warm-up. Since its already near “hot as Hades” in Texas, my body is warm and my leg muscles are loose from walking. You can do anything that gets your body moving to warm up.

Today was the 3rd day, which meant 60 squats. I broke them up into groups of 20 and did the first 20 as a narrow squat, the second as a plie squat (for those lovely inner thighs that I’ve developed), and the last 20 as prisoner squats (so that I could engage my back…looking down at a nursing baby takes it’s toll on your neck).

So to sum up the first three days….yay for soreness!

Stay sweaty, my friends!

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