May 9th, 2013
Whew! It’s Thursday, and we’re over the hump. Thank goodness! I know I haven’t been sharing much about my workouts lately, but sharing too much might have given away my secret too early. Now that the cat’s outta’ the bag, here’s my current plan.
- Monday: 45-minute walk with incline intervals + lots of stretching
- Tuesday: 20 minutes at-home cardio (such as this YouTube workout) and my Tracy Anderson DVD
- Wednesday: 30 minutes cardio + abs/core workout (*I use parallel bars for leg raises.)
- Thursday: 20 minutes cardio + upper body workout
- Friday: 30 minutes cardio + lower body workout
- Saturday: 3-5 mile walk outdoors (Tracy Anderson DVD if weather isn’t permitting)
- Sunday: rest!!!
I did this routine last week and will probably complete it a few more weeks before changing the plan. I’ll give more information on the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD in the future since I haven’t decided if I like it or not yet.
Today’s workout didn’t really happen as-planned. I was having some light pain in the belly, so I decided cardio and abs work wasn’t really the best idea. I did 20 minutes of yoga in the morning, this Tone It Up workout (3x through), and went for a 2-mile walk at lunch.
Not to worry with the pain – I think these are just some growing pains, like ligaments n’ such. These aren’t the worrisome pains I had back in March. Yup, it was just a little scare, but this is why I decided to quit running for the rest of my pregnancy.
One day I happened to run, I experienced cramping, spotting, and an urgent call to the doc. I also happened to have a 5k scheduled that weekend. Sooooo I had a little talk with Jesus and said a lot of prayers. He helped me realize that whether or not I could run or wanted to run didn’t matter. He helped me see that from here on out, I’m not the only one that matters. I don’t get to come first anymore.
I want to be very clear here: I do not thing it is bad to run while pregnant if you’re already a runner. Once I found out what my problem was, I don’t think I needed to give up running for medical reasons. However, I did need to give it up for personal reasons. Sometimes my desire to go for a little jog or really push myself in a workout is strong, but it’s not as strong as the promise I made to the baby.
Sorry to be cheesy, but I just want you to know why you’ll be seeing so many walks. Good thing I love a good walk!
- Tried any new workout DVDs or online videos lately?
April 2nd, 2013
I know my last few posts have mainly been about vacation and rest, but there’s a little more to it than that. My trip last week threw a wrench in my workout schedule, but I’ve been getting back into the swing of things.
Here’s the plan that I’ve been half following for the past two weeks. I plan to continue it for the next two or three weeks (including this week). It has some fellow blogger inspiration, and I like it so far!
I’m a leg day ninja!
Though I mix up the sets and reps, many are often completed at 3 or 4 sets of 8 reps.
Monday – shoulders/triceps
- military press
- lateral DB raise
- front DB raise
- overhead DB triceps extension
- bench dips
- triceps machine
- swim or elliptical
Tuesday – abs
Wednesday – chest/biceps
- Laura’s Workout (check out her page for the details)
- long treadmill walk with incline
Thursday – lower body
Friday – back
- long walk with the hubby and active rest (ie: cleaning, yard work, etc.)
Yesterday I followed the weight lifting plan and added 30 minutes on the elliptical. I also went for a solo walk after work, and I took another brisk walk with Kevin when he returned from work. (Can you tell we actually had a nice day? Charlotte was overdue for one of those!)
Dating Throwback: Our 1st Easter (2006)
Yup, I’m still keeping pretty busy around here, but don’t let the workouts fool you . I don’t think that even hammerstrength rows and heavy leg press can undo all that Easter ham! Who’s with me?
February 11th, 2013
Hello! Welcome to a new week. I hope you had a good weekend. Kevin and I left town to visit his parents. Though I packed one healthy breakfast and a few healthy snacks…
apple vanilla protein oats
I was sure to enjoy some other goodies too.
I enjoyed more than food. We had fabulous weather here in the Carolinas. Pinot grigio on the porch made for a very relaxing afternoon. (For my snow-covered readers, stay safe!)
pinot grigio sippin & porch sittin
Now that you know a bit about the food and drink of the weekend, I want to mention the fitness. I’ve started this workout program, and I like it so far. The leg days are the hardest for me, but given articles like this about running/strenth/hip & knee pain, I know I need to push out of my comfort zone. (Glad I’m not the only one who thinks my hip issues stem from my knee issues…)
This workout includes Saturday workouts, which can be tricky for me. At least the Saturday routine is full of body-weight moves that don’t require me to hit the gym. Given the travel situation, I transformed it into this routine Saturday.
I wasn’t sore afterwards, but I sure got sweaty! I did two sets of the circuit on the left and then three sets of the circuit on the right.
- Is it harder or easier for you to squeeze in workouts on the weekends?
February 8th, 2013
The gym is finally calming down a bit. Some of the January Joiners have stuck around, but others have already gone. For that reason, this Fitness Friday features a bit of tough love. Sorry, but love hurts.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is fun. It’s rewarding. It’s contagious to those around you. Most of all, it’s… well, healthy. We already know all this, but here’s another truth, leading a healthy lifestyle is tough! If it were easy, everyone would do it.
If your resolutions seem to be slipping out of reach, here are a few thoughts to consider. Maybe they will help you stay grounded, reset your expectations, or realize that lots of people feel this way, even seasoned gym rats!
- 5 a.m. is always early. If you have chosen to start your day with a sweat session, no matter what time the alarm goes off, (4, 5, 6, or even 7 a.m.) it feels too early. Sure, your body will get in the groove a bit, and you’ll start going to bed earlier. Some mornings you’ll even pop out of bed like a jack-in-the-box, but you’re bed will always be more comfy than your running shoes. Get used to it.
- Something always comes up. If you workout after work/class/etc., you know how things often get in the way. You’ve had a rough day, the weather’s terrible, or you have to work late. It happens! You’re not the first person to miss a workout, and you won’t be the last. That doesn’t mean you need to throw in the towel completely or let cancellations become a habit.
- Habits take time. Working out regularly and eating healthfully are part willpower, but they’re mostly habit. Take baby steps, like not getting whipped cream at Starbucks, and then you’ll be taking big steps, like ordering healthy meals at restaurants. Don’t automatically blame your “lack of willpower” when you’re just not in the habit yet. You’ll get there!
- You will never “find” time. Time isn’t something we can find and purchase on Amazon. While some people are certainly busier than others, we all must make time for our priorities. If you want a healthy lifestyle to be a priority to you, make time for it. Write down your workout plans. Prep your meals Sunday. Do whatever it is you’ve gotta do to make the time.
- No one’s perfect. We all slip up here and there, but practice certainly helps. Before heading to the fridge for a snack, visualize yourself picking out a healthy option and enjoying it. (sounds silly but a neat trick) Even if you’re not a marathoner or track star, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!
- Get out of your comfort zone. You don’t need to push your workouts to extremes every day, but you’ve gotta bust out of your comfort zone. In short, if you still look cute after your workout, you didn’t work hard enough. Sorry to say it, but you know it’s true.
Was that too tough? I know the tough love won’t work for everyone, but it works for me! I find it refreshing, and on that note, since it’s Friday and all…
- Got any other tough love to share? How about some Friday love instead?
January 4th, 2013
Hello Lovelies! I’ve got another Fitness Friday post for ya, and this one includes a giveaway. Here’s my basic workout plan for January:
- Monday – Women’s Health “Build Your Better Body” Workout (sadly no longer posted online)
- Tuesday – Run & Core
- Wednesday -High Intensity Circuit, Crossfit WOD, or Similar + Cardio
- Thursday – Run & Core
- Friday – Women’s Health Workout (same)
- Saturday – Long Slow Run
I hope to also squeeze in yoga and PT exercises when possible… neither of which I did yesterday. Actually, I didn’t do any workout yesterday (save for a stress-relieving 2-mile walk). Work has been rough, and my legs felt like lead. (I guess that’s what happens when I fuel my body with 2 weeks worth of junk.) I figured a day off would do the body and the mind some good. I have a five-mile run on the schedule for Saturday, so I’ll save up for that.
But enough about me; here’s something for you!
Sportline has offered to give on of my readers a Quick Adjust Suspension X-Trainer. The trainer would make a great addition to any home gym. (Don’t worry – it also comes with an instructional DVD!)
Of course, what better time to get one that January? All the resolution makers can use this to get started on your road to fitness. Plus, gym regulars can avoid the crowds by working out at home away from the January joiners. It’s a win-win, right?
There are 4 possible ways to enter, so leave a comment for each one that you do. The giveaway ends on Monday night, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, January 8.
- Leave a comment telling me your favorite piece of home gym equipment.
- Follow me on Twitter @ LoveSweatBeers, and follow Sportline on Twitter @ Sportline_Inc.
- Like Sportline on Facebook.
- Tweet about the giveaway – something like, “I entered to win a @Sportline_Inc suspension cross trainer from @LoveSweatBeers at http://www.lovesweatbeers.com/2013/01/03/suspension-cross-trainer-giveaway/”
Thanks for entering. Have a happy Friday!