Since having my baby fitness has been very difficult. The gym used to be my safe place where everything would just disapear. All the obligations, work, any issues would go away for an hour and it was me and the weights or the trail or the treadmill! I did not have a very good pregnancy, I was sick and bloated for almost the entire time, but that’s a story for another post. I had a c-section and was diagnosed with Parsonage Turner Syndome a couple months after. PTS is a rare nerve condition, I basically have nerve damage in my shoulder which limits the range of motion and strength in that arm and shoulder. Before baby I loved working out shoulders! Those were my favorite exercises and I couldn’t even raise my right arm!
Fast forward to a year later, I have actually lost all but 10 lbs from pregnancy which is pretty amazing! With work and an almost toddler on my hands working out has taken a back burner and so has my nutrition. I have been big on shakes before, see my post about my morning breakfast shake! I often skip breakfast as I am running out the door and often times lunch becomes eating out fast food as a quick option before meetings.
I was able to try many different trends you might have heard of, Visalus which was actually pretty good in terms of taste, Vega which I took one sip and dumped out, 310 nutrition wasn’t bad but I definitely did not enjoy it, and Shakeology which I was able to try 5 different flavors of. I set up a challenge which I am going to start next week, I will try to keep you all as up to date as possible. I decided on trying the 3 day cleanse and 21 day challenge group with Vegan Chocolate Shakelogoy. I’m not vegan but it was the one that tasted the best to me!
Follow me as I start this challenge. I am committed to completing the 21 days, putting myself first for once, and looking to get fit again in the process. I put 160% probably more into my day job and it’s time to take some of that and put it towards myself and my health!
NO, I am not a coach, not sure if that’s going to be a thing for me, and I’m merely just trying to share my experience with you all. Right now my main focus is on my health and I am really excited to have a support system in my coach and this challenge group.
Ugh! Finding to time to work out is not one of my favorite things to do. Working a full time job which in my case does not equal 40 hours a week but more like 50-60 hours. I know it’s a lot, I’m still working on it but getting out at 5pm is sometimes impossible!! I always feel better when I work out so how do I manage to add time to work out in my schedule? I have to make it a priority!
Work Out in the Morning
Working out in the morning before your work day starts is a surefire way to get that morning yoga sash in. Now this is a lot easier for those of you who are morning people. If you are anything like me, the pillow and snooze is a lot more appealing! Having your workout clothes and work clothes set out and ready to go in the morning makes waking up earlier so much easier! We will get to this later on but if you have a morning class it will make waking up to see friends and work out so much easier than if you are going on your own. After a long hard day the last thing I want to do sometimes so working out in the morning eliminates that!
Are you the person who has a million to do lists? Add yourself to your daily life! Put a time to workout in your calendar. If you have outlook like I do at work, add that to your calendar so you know when that reminder pops up that it is time to leave and work out. Don’t feel comfortable putting “Kickboxing” in your daily work calendar add it to your phone’s calendar or set up an alert! Knowing that I have an hour or two a day to workout makes getting to the gym so much easier, you don’t feel like you are rushing because you have nothing planned in that slot!
Try A 30-Day Challenge!
I’ll share some of my favorite 30-day challenges in some future posts but these are always ways to keep me motivated. It would be something as simple as a squat challenge. I never want to miss a day and be behind so these challenges always help me stay on track and find sometime to complete that days tasks. Have a competitive side? Post on social media that you are working on your 30-day challenge! You won’t want to explain why you stopped half way through when your friends start asking why you stopped posting about it. Another benefit, your friends and followers will see your transformation and be more likely to join you in your next challenge.
No do not try doing your full on Jillian Michaels work out while sautéing your vegetables! That would probably be dangerous! What I am talking about is working out after you throw tonight’s casserole in the oven. Depending out how long it takes to cook use that time to finish that workout! If I have to make noodles I will do squats or a couple sets of my workout while I wait. Set a timer so you check on your food, having burnt a meal is never fun and can cause you to order pizza instead!
Find A Workout Buddy
Having someone to workout with makes workouts faster and you will have someone to stay accountable to. Having someone waiting on you gives you more motivation to go so you are not letting them down. Plus, having a workout buddy makes you work harder because you do not want to be the one to slow down. They also can motivate and encourage you to make it that last mile!
Join A Class!
You don’t want to be the one that is always missing out on Zumba! Especially if you have and/or make a few friends in your class. After a long day of work the last thing you may want to do is take another hour out of your day to go to that class but if money is a motivator you don’t want to waist that money you paid for that class! Trying different classes is a great way to freshen up your workout routine. If you are in a rut and just dread going to the gym try taking a yoga or spin class.
Do you have other ways to stay motivated and find time in your busy schedule to work out?