I get a lot of questions about my workout regimen (and diet, but that will be another post). Really, my workout routine is not very intricate at all. I am a simple girl...and that translates to pretty much everything going on in my world.
One thing I have learned overtime is that no matter how intricate your workouts, no matter what type of workouts you're doing--if you're not CONSISTENT, it simply is not going to work. In my experience, the only thing that helps me to stay consistent, is to keep my workouts as "enjoyable" as possible. For someone that may mean jumping on a treadmill and powerwalking while watching one of their favorite television shows, or taking a bike ride in their favorite area. For me, I love being outside--so I run or walk outside at my favorite parks or through my neighborhood. Now the intensity of my workouts change all the time. Remember, I said keep it enjoyable. If in your head working out only means running 3 miles, well, on the day that you want or think you should workout and you're dreading that run or don't feel up to it--you're probably simply going to just forgo it all together. Trust me, I'm a runner and I KNOW that your heart has to be in it or you're not going to do it. Well, if you instead just think "workout" and not a particular type of workout--and just do something that can be somewhat enjoyable, then do that. You gotta realize, a person who gets out and powerwalks to their favorite music 4 times a week, is probably going to see more results than the person who gets out there and runs, but can only find the motivation to do it once or twice a week. Consistency is the key! So, I usually get outside with the mindset that I'm going to powerwalk, and during that time when I'm feeling motivated to kick it up a notch (and you will have those moments the more you do it) I break out into a jog. And I jog for as long as it's enjoyable (which could mean I'm feeling proud of myself), and the minute it starts to physically or mentally become a chore, I switch back to a walk. The point is, I got out there...I maybe even pushed myself a bit, but I didn't put such a high expectation on myself that if I fell short, I felt discouraged, because THAT is what makes a person not stick to it.
So my current regimen at the moment:
During the spring/summer, you will probably never find me in anyone's gym. I love warm weather. I love being outside. I love wheeling my spawn around in the double-jog stroller outside. A lot of times, I like to kill two birds with one stone. My walk/jog around the park, ends with us stopping at the playground for some playtime fun for the kids. So I was a good mommy, AND good to my body. Plus, I have this theory that just being in the sun burns calories--but don't quote me on that. haha Oh, and I do this aoubt 3-4 times a week.
Anyway, at this point in time, I've kicked it up a notch to jogging/running straight with no walking for 20 minutes. I say "kicked it up" because during the winter--I don't really run, and if I do it's a run/walk (alternating between the two) and here's why... In the winter, I'm forced to workout in the gym because of the weather. So for cardio, I may get on the elliptical, or the stationary bike, or even the treadmill. Have I ever mentioned, I HATE THE TREADMILL. Running for me requires a certain mental focus that I can't really get to on the treadmill. It's so redundant and BORING. But powerwalking on the treadmill is okay and can even be somewhat enjoyable when listening to my favorite tunes. So in the winter while using the treadmill, I usually will only powerwalk. To increase the workout intensity, though, I always put the treadmill on an incline. That's my way of making up for not jogging. Also, because I'm in the gym, I will also weight train a bit using various machines. I may do arms one day, back and chest another, and legs on another day. So during the winter is really the only time that I lift weights. During the spring/summer after my runs or walks, I may hit the ground and do a few push-ups to make myself feel better. Depending on what park I'm at here in Atlanta, I also run stairs--which is killer! I think it's fun, though, and it's an EXCELLENT workout for your legs and bootay. ;)
So that's it. I think the reason that I stay the size that I'm at and the reason that I don't have work that hard to maintain it is because I'm consistent. No matter how it may change as far as what I do--I STILL workout regularly all year around and this has gone on for YEARS. Your body is like a machine--consistency in how you workout and eat keeps your body (i.e. metabolism) running at a certain level. Your body fights to maintain that. So if you hardly ever workout (or eat fairly healthy) where ever your body is at from that--your body will fight to maintain that...the weight and the fat. That's why in the beginning of starting a workout or diet regimen, it doesn't seem to work for a while--but in my opinion, that's because your body is fighting it in the beginning, but it's consistency that eventually wins and gets your body to modify itself. So my body is running at a certain level, a pretty efficient level I'm proud to say. :) And that is why I can eat pretty much anything I want or fall off on my workout for a week or two and see no changes, because my body is working at maintaining where it's been, and as long as I get back on it in a reasonable time--it won't stop working at that level.
So for all of you, I say find something that you find somewhat enjoyable and STICK TO IT. Make it as much a part of your life as...like, brushing your teeth. And stop expecting to see some extreme change because you only stuck to it for only 3 months. It may take longer than that for your body to start operating at a more efficient level. Just stick to it and do it for the joy of knowing that you're taking care of your body!!
Feel free to ask me anymore workout related questions!
Now, I haven't gone crazy creative with the different kinds of juices to make. I bought the book Complete Book of Juicing: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality. This book has a gazillion of recipes and it gives you the nutritional benefits of every fruit and vegetable known to man. An excerpt from the book on why juicing is beneficial:
FRESH JUICE VS. WHOLE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
You may ask, "Why juice? Aren't we suppose to eat whole fruits and vegetables to get the fiber?" The answer: Of course you are, but you should juice too. Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables does provide some fiber, particularly the soluble fiber. And it is the soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Think about it--fiber refers to indigestible material found in plants. While this is very important for proper bowel function, it is the juice that nourishes us. Our body actually converts the food we eat into juice so that it can be absorbed. Juicing helps the body's digestive process and allows for quick absorption of high-quality nutrition. The result is increased energy levels. Juicing quickly provides the most easily digestible and concentrated nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables.
I've tried a few different juices, carrot-apple-ginger being my favorite. I also tend to use carrot-apple as a base to throw in some other veggies that are full of nutrients like spinach, kale, beets, wheat grass, etc. I've even made my own "V-8". And I have to admit, I feel like I have lots more energy since incorporating fresh juice into my diet.
Verdict: Get to Juicin'!
Anyway, I just got a new juicer in the mail and I am stoked. One of my resolutions is to have a healthier diet, and I specifically wanted to incorporate juicing into it. This year, I'm on a quest not to just LOOK better (does that quest ever end?), but to FEEL better as well. As you know, I've already jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon and juicing will be the perfect little sidekick to that. I ordered my nice AFFORDABLE juicer (with good reviews) from Amazon. Affordable meaning less than 100 bucks. I decided to throw in a book on the subject as well. I will do a review on the juicer and book, as well as my favorite concoctions, in the near future after I've had a chance to take both for a spin. Stay tuned!
I am the mother of 2 kiddos. I workout about 3 times a week. I don't do anything insane. I eat what I want in moderation, but try to eat healthy. I like my wine & spirits and I eat dessert once or twice a week. I attribute some of this to genes--but I'm a firm believer in no matter if you've had children or not...you can "get back" with a little determination!
Have a great weekend lovies.
Since we happened to be on the subject of fitness and health in my last post, I thought I'd share with you all this picture one of my friends posted on Facebook of me when I was in my 8th month of pregnancy. I ADORE this picture because I think it epitomizes the tone of both of my pregnancies. I still always had lots of fun, and I was always very much active. I get a lot of props from people I know because of my "snap back" ability after having my kids. Most don't realize that I was very much in shape prior to getting pregnant, which makes it A LOT easier to get back down to where one would like to be, and also, I continued to workout and remain active for as long as I could through each pregnancy. It really is no magic secret to it! Anyway, hope you all have a slammin' weekend!
|Almost 6 weeks post-preg (and yes, I love this baby blue leopard tank--you've seen it before)|
|Started off with 'ritas and ended with sangria!|
|My lovable sis, of course!|
As you can see, I still have a bit of a gut, and yes, that damned dark line (also known as the "linea negra") is still there. With my last pregnancy, it took a full YEAR for it to fade completely and I'm expecting no difference this time around. I can get in most of my pre-preg clothes, but it's not comfortable and I feel like a stuffed sausage, so I've been kickin' it in my leggings and loose tops still.
After my 6 week check-up, I'll be able to hit the gym again and start some light weight lifting which works WONDERS. I'm also planning to give Bikram (hot) yoga a try--thanks to Groupon. Stay tuned for my next update in a couple of weeks! I plan to go into more detail regarding my workout regimen once I'm back into full workout mode again. :)
"Operation: Keep it Tight" is a cute lil' moniker I've given to my workout regimen. I'm very much into "keeping it tight". It's great for health and just makes me feel good, not to mention what it does for my appearance. *smile* For those who'd like to know, I workout about 3-4 times a week. Nothing special, nothing spectacular--just a good clean workout for about 30-45 minutes. I tend to jump on the treadmill at the YMCA or go run outside for about 25-30 minutes. I don't always run that full amount, I sometimes powerwalk some of that. I do try to make sure at least 15 minutes of that time was actual jogging. Next, if I'm at the Y, I do a little weight training......
I tend to focus more on my arms (biceps, triceps), shoulders, back, and abs. I don't do much weight training on my legs because I feel like they get a good enough workout from running/walking, and also from the fact that I usually end my workout with 7-10 minutes on the StairMaster machine.
That contraption above is KILLER! It's great for the legs and also works those gluteous maximus muscles, i.e. whips that butt into shape. Like I'd mentioned earlier, I only use it for 7-10 minutes at a pretty brisk speed.
Also, for the moms out there who might be reading this, a lot of the time when I'm running/outside my little one is with me in his jog stroller. Now, I know the "Cadillac" of jog strollers is the B.O.B. brand, but if you want a really nice affordable brand of jog stroller--I personally own a Schwinn (they also make the InStep brand). The one pictured below is exactly like my Schwinn (except mine is blue). This particular model they only make under the InStep brand as of now.
So there you have it. My very simple workout regimen. I'm on a mission to stay in shape. Operation: Keep it Tight is in full effect. Ten-four, over and out. :)