When I was a personal trainer, I used to tell my clients that there’s always enough time to workout, and there is no excuse for being “too busy” for it. That little mantra has been running through my head since I was cleared to workout–the more I think about it the more I realize that I was a bit of an idiot back then. I’ve been trying to run in the evenings and strength train at least a few days a week, but I’m only managing it about half the time I want to. My kids are sick this week, which has resulted in my 6 month old waking up at 3 am every morning and refusing to go back to sleep. I’ve had no energy at work, and when I get home I don’t even want to do homework. I’m trying to power through, but I’m starting to feel under the weather…I need to start sleeping again or working out won’t really do me any good anyway.
My diet has been a lot better lately, so that’s a big win for me. I’m on a spaghetti squash, brussel sprout, and asparagus kick this week, and I’m loving it. I’ve also been putting onions in just about everything, which my husband completely hates. I mentioned earlier that I was looking into the Paleo diet, and one of the things I’ve found in my research is that members of the onion and cabbage families are really good for auto immune disease and inflammation. Since I’ve been eliminating (or at least cutting down on) gluten because of a newly discovered sensitivity, I’ve had fewer stomach issues, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to add in a few anti-inflammatory veggies while I’m at it. I’ve slipped off the wagon a few times, and I figured that might help mitigate some of the consequences.
Now I need to get my workouts back on track. I’ve been refusing to buy “fat clothes”, so a lot of what I’m wearing is still elastic waisted maternity clothing–I miss zippers! It just seems so pointless to buy a new wardrobe when I can just get my butt in gear and lose the weight. I’m hoping to be about 15 pounds down by the time my sister visits at the end of April, and then average 5-8 pounds per month until I reach my goal. It’s actually really motivating to sit down and write about this–it makes me feel accountable to anyone who might read this looking for help on their own journey. I’ve decided to start detailing my workouts for everyone, both so that I’m held accountable, and so that my experience can hopefully help other people get back in shape too. What are your favorite types of at-home workouts? How have you adapted (or not been able to adapt) to not being part of a gym?
For me the biggest challenge to working out at home is the curse of being able to “take a break”. At a gym, or with a very structured at home program (which I currently lack), if you need to take a minute I think it is easier to do so without quitting. Better yet, I find myself less likely to feel the need for a break when at the gym. In any case, sometimes you just need a minute and it’s a lot harder to get back to your workout when you find yourself curled up in bed watching Netflix with a 10 week old… Just saying. And then that baby needs you and you’ve missed your window to workout in (or accomplish anything for that matter). On the other hand, with a new baby at home it is hard to just up and go to the gym. Having to plan (and pay for) childcare and get yourself and your child ready to go complicates things a little. I’m trying to find ways to motivate myself enough to get a decent workout in while Baby is napping or playing contentedly, but at those times I end up sleeping myself, taking a few personal minutes, cleaning the house, cooking, getting some work done (unfortunately money really doesn’t grow on trees), or most often just staring at my beautiful baby girl.
I think that’s a common new mom kind of insanity 😛 I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve squandered all my workout time just because I didn’t want to put Baby Boy down while he was napping… some crazy mom instinct is telling me that if I don’t put him down, he won’t grow up so stinking fast!