Workout Journal (Week of 12.7.14)

Sunday – NTC Ab Routine (15 min.)

I’m really liking the Nike Training Club app. Zach and I did a 15 minute ab routine on the living room floor while discussing how we wanted Ben and Jerry’s and it was surprisingly hard. We didn’t get ice cream afterwards either.

Monday – 1 Hour Zumba Class

Same class as last week but with a substitute teacher. It’s amazing how different Zumba teachers can be – the regular is definitely much more fun. Zumba can really easily become step aerobics which I HATE. The usual teacher turns it into actual dancing, though.

Tuesday – 20 Min. PiYo Video

Zach did this BeachBody program while I was pregnant and I’m just now getting into it. I like it – however, after my recent hour-long yoga classes, this workout felt kind of like a cop-out.

Wednesday – 1.7 Mile Walk

I went walking with the same friend at the same park again this week. We go around 4:30 just when the sun is setting and, oddly enough, I enjoy the cold and dark. It’s nice to get in touch with nature even when nature isn’t particularly inviting. We saw a bunch of geese, two muskrats, and a few rabbits.

Thursday – 20 Min. PiYo Video

This was an upper body workout with a lot of pushups…I needed it. I can barely do full-body pushups anymore and I miss having that ability – one of my short-term goals is to regain that!

Friday – Tone It Up Video + 30 Min. “Run”

As much as I dislike the style of Tone It Up (the pastel colors, trashy outfits, use of the word “tone” – which is pretty much irrelevant in fitness culture now – and general sorority vibe) their workouts are decent and work for my current fitness level and lack of gym membership. The arm workout I did was challenging with my 10 lb. weights. This week’s attempt at running was about as sorry as last week’s. My phone died halfway through so I don’t know what my exact pace was, but let’s just say it wasn’t great.

Saturday – Rest Day

I’m feeling slightly discouraged fitness-wise this week. As a person, I have a hard time being patient while working towards a goal that is still really far away. I’ve been in much better shape in the past than I am currently and that’s hard for me mentally. But I’m sticking with it! Exercising every day has helped me keep my emotions in check postpartum and upped my confidence too.

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Workout Journal (Week of 12.1.14)

As some of you may know, I had a baby in November! Sweet little Miles was born 11/11 and he has upended our whole world (in a good way). Just this week I am beginning to feel as if I can manage my life again – the fact that I’m actually getting more than five hours of sleep a night now may have something to do with that.

I told myself during the last month of pregnancy that I would be slow and careful about returning to exercise/normal routines postpartum and really give myself a chance to recover and relax. This was definitely needed (for me) during the first two weeks with Miles, which were cuh-razy. Lots of crying, excessive laundry piling up around our apartment, and Oreo-eating. And general “what is life now” philosophical despair.

However, it gets better! I feel pretty great this week, I’m within four pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight (I’d like to lose 14 lbs. total though, but that’s a different post), and I’ve actually felt like exercising again. I can’t get over how much easier EVERYTHING is without a giant belly. A sun salutation is a revelation. Pushups, walking, squats – even Christmas tree decorating – feel so much more do-able. Which makes me want to do them.

Hence this post, and (hopefully) weekly exercise posts, since I want to stay accountable to myself to be active everyday. Plus the nosy stalker in me loves to read about other people’s workouts, and perhaps you’re the same (I got this idea from paleomg.com and katheats.com). Many of my workouts are done at home/using free resources, so maybe they’ll provide inspiration for your exercise routine. If you have any suggestions for me, let me know!

Monday – 1 Hour Zumba Class

Zumba

My brother-in-law’s college offers a great free Zumba class and he has intermittently snuck me in since I moved to WI. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. College is so expensive that we justify little things like this to ourselves.

I was wondering if Zumba would be too intense so soon after giving birth but (as I’ve heard from other women concerning postpartum exercise) I was impressed by my cardiovascular capacity and actually felt semi-coordinated.

Tuesday – NTC Leah Kim’s Advanced Yoga Workout (45 min.)

Nike Training Club is an amazing free app with HIIT-style workouts that are easy-to-follow, challenging, and really high quality. Most of their workouts are more strength/calisthenics-oriented, so I was curious to see what this yoga workout would be like. It was okay – a basic gym-style flow with some nice transitions and balancing routines. I felt weak and kind of missed my restorative (AKA easy)  pregnancy yoga.

Wednesday – 1.7 Mile Walk

Walk

Miles and I met a friend at a local park for a walk – I used my Baby Bjorn to carry him and wore my father-in-law’s giant coat over both of us. It worked quite well! He stayed really warm and I got a little bit of an added workout.

Thursday – 1 Hour Yoga Class

I’ve been going to a local community yoga class on Thursdays for most of the summer – it only costs $3 and I’ve learned a lot from the teacher. She’s very knowledgable but still chill and fun and brings her sweet dog Shala to most classes. This was my first time back after Baby and it felt great to see everyone again and be able to participate in the whole practice, unimpeded by my belly.

Friday – NTC Better Butt Workout (15 min.) + 1.7 Mile “Run”

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This was my first attempt at running postpartum and it was really just a sad run/walk. I’m proud of myself for getting out there but I definitely have a ways to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy running ability. It didn’t help that I did the NTC routine first – it gives me jello legs! I did this routine last week as well and definitely saw major improvements between the two attempts, although it’s definitely a tougher workout for me at this point.

Saturday – 1 Hour Yoga Class

Another $3 Community Class. This one was tough! The class focused on standing balances and twists – so lots of Chair and Warrior Series with deep closed twists. My thighs were killing me after yesterday’s workout. It’s a 9:05 AM class though so it was a good way to start the day.

Losing Marriage Weight

IMG_4378No more cupcakes for Margeaux.

Well, it’s officially true…being in a relationship and being married has caused me to gain weight. Ten pounds, all told. While that’s not a huge amount, I want to drop it because weight gain is cumulative after all and I might as well fix this problem while it’s still relatively easy.

This is my plan, and I’m posting it to make myself accountable and maybe connect with others in a similar place:

Goal: Lose 10 lbs. by Dec. 1st

Method:

  • Follow this eating mantra: no snacks, seconds, sweets, or wheat (I do allow myself the option of a 200-calorie or less snack in the afternoon because if we eat dinner late I can’t make it 7 hours [12:00-7:00] without eating)
  • Do at least 20 minutes of yoga a day and 1 hour of cardio a week (usually Zumba)

I would like to have time to exercise more but that is not feasible with my schedule. I’m all about figuring out what I can be consistent with, even if it seems small.

Yes, I sometimes get hunger headaches when I do this. I crave chocolate and sandwiches and the cupcakes I serve every day at my bakery job. But it is doable. I’m not skimping on fat, carbs, protein, or calories, and I’m able to participate in social events with minimal difficulty.

I’ve been playing around with different aspects of this plan for a while now, including limiting wheat/sugar/snacks and following the exercise plan, but my weekends have been my downfall.  Halloween parties, 5 Guys burgers, school stress and lack of sleep….not a good combo. However, I have seen my habits shifting in the right direction and by making a game plan for the month I will be better prepared.

Possible Challenges:

-5-day road trip to Virginia for a wedding // Plan: Eat and sleep according to normal schedule and make healthy choices within given contexts (restaurants, wedding meals, etc.). Use down time in car to study and research healthy eating/exercise ideas.

-Thanksgiving // Plan: Eat what I want Thanksgiving Day but don’t give up exercise and limit indulgences to that one day only.

-Weekends in general // Plan: Eat and sleep according to normal schedule as much as possible. Choose a healthy recipe to cook so that diet doesn’t completely depend on restaurants/in-laws. Use weekend to catch up and rest, not binge and veg.