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Weekly Workout Update + Leg, Arm Day Routines

Weekly Workout Update

You know those days where you wake up feeling a little bit thinner? Those mornings where you feel like you’re finally starting to see some progress after all your hard work? Well I had one of those this morning and it was glorious! It’s been a slow progress, seeing as it’s been 8 weeks since I’ve gotten back on track with my fitness goals.

I’ve switched up my routines, tried various workout regimens, and seemingly found one that works for me. I’ve been at that specific routine for three weeks now and I’m feeling fantastic. Lifting heavier serves as cardio within itself, but I’ll still throw in some cardio when I feel like it. The lifting routines I’ve been doing definitely leave me feeling sore for a couple days after, but it’s totally worth it — which is why I want to continue sharing some of my lifts with you.

Living With Will Power

Sometimes I don’t have a ton of time to get a workout in, but I figure a short lift is better than no lift. The above routine is an example of what I do when I want to continue working on my arms, but I don’t have enough time for a full-out lifting session. It still gets the job done right?

Living With Will Power

The above workout was the leg routine I accomplished this past week. Leg day is my absolute favorite, and recently the squat racks have been taken the entire time I’ve been at the gym, which is why I haven’t been doing them. Oh well, I can still tone the desired areas without them!

Workout time, for me, is like therapy. It’s a way for me to escape any stress in my life, or even release some of that stress. It’s hard to be angry when you’re giving all your energy to lift a weight! I enjoy working out, which means it never truly feels like a chore for me. Sometimes it’s just a bit difficult to find the motivation to get out of the house and do something.

But speaking of getting out of the house, this week my average daily steps are around 11,000, which means I’m exceeding my daily goal of 10,000. The 15,000 step trip to the fair on Sunday helped a lot, but I’ve been enjoying a lot of walks during this cooler weather. So even on days that I don’t hit the gym, I’m certainly getting a good amount of activity in!

Do you aim for a step goal each day? Do you know how many steps you average?

Weekly Workout Update + Weight Lifting Routine

 

 

 

After a few weeks I finally feel like I’ve hit my groove. After looking at various lifting & workout plans on Pinterest, I put together a lifting plan that includes a little cardio with each lift, along with one or two cardio days, for a total of 4-5 workouts a week. I went ahead and created graphics to show what my lifts look like!

Chest Arm Workout

Leg Day Workout

Back Shoulders Workout

I complete those, usually with a cardio day in between, and feel fantastic afterward. Each workout typically takes between 45-60 minutes which means it’s great for anyone who can’t exactly devote hours each day to working out.

On top of that, I’ve been aiming for the recommended 10,000 steps daily and four out of the last seven days, I’ve hit that! Just today I ran a total of three miles, two without needing to stop for a break.¬†Needless to say I’m feeling great!

Another thing that has really helped me the last few weeks is avoiding the scale. That’s right, I haven’t weighed myself in over two weeks, maybe even three. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, I’m paying attention to how I feel and how my clothes fit. I have so much energy, I’m WAY less moody, and in general I just feel better.

I’ve also been doing pretty well overall at eating healthier, watching my portions, and making better decisions in terms of nutrition. I’ve even started eating breakfast again, which, to me, is a big deal because I avoided it for a while out of fear of the calories. Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day so I’m certainly glad to have it back!

One of the biggest motivators for me lately has been the alumni event I have coming up at UC. Everyone want to look great when they see people they haven’t seen since last year right? It’s at the end of the month so hopefully I start to see some changes by then. It’s totally possible right? Right!?

Anyway, I’ve bragged & ranted enough. How’s your fitness journey going? Have a great workout you’d like to share?

 

Weekly Workout Update

Yikes it’s been a crazy week couple of weeks! Fortunately, I’ve been swamped with freelance work so I can’t exactly complain about that, but it has meant less time focusing on my blog. 

It’s also been crazy hot outside (at least crazy hot to me), so walks with Will have been less frequent than I would have liked. But I did get to take him out on a couple bike rides, which we both loved!

  

Anywho, as for my workouts, I’ve been really proud of myself. I’ve gone to the gym about 7 or 8 times in the past two weeks & have busted out a few quick at-home workouts when I had the chance.

I’ve also been eating better although still not great. It’s hard when you have every intention of making the right decision but then you’re not the one always choosing what’s for dinner. I can only control so much while I live with my parents. But I’ve definitely improved my portion control so I know that’s made a big difference.

As for physical changes, I can’t see any yet. But I’m trying to stay patient telling myself that will come. One thing I have noticed, however, is that the scale is slowly counting backward. By slowly I mean at a glacial pace, but perhaps that’s just because I have zero patience.

I did a lot more cardio this week because 1. It let out a lot of frustration & stress 2. I did a lot of body weight & dumbbell at-home exercises throughout the day.

 
 Nothing particularly special but the main thing is that I’m sticking to it & staying active. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of myself for that!

Now my biggest goal for the next week is to drink more water. Good Lord if I had a dime for every time I was told I needed to drink more water I’d be a gazillionaire. I know I need to but I’ve never been one to drink a lot. Maybe if I start drinking enough water the weight will slide right off, eh? It’s worth a shot! 

What’s one of your health goals for the next week? 

Week 1 Workout Update + Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Can we first just talk about these pancakes?

Healthy Oatmeal, Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Thanks to Andrew over at EatingRules.com and Pinterest, I was able to find a healthy recipe for pancakes that taste really good! Ihop was celebrating their 57th year with a short stack of pancakes for only 57 cents. I was so tempted to take Will there yesterday for cheap pancakes, but knowing how hard it is for me to say no to their other delicious food, I decided to opt out.

But that didn’t make my craving for pancakes go away. In fact, I woke up this morning wanting them just as bad as the day before. Pancakes aren’t exactly diet friendly, however, at least when made the traditional way. So I searched on Pinterest for healthy pancake recipes until I found Andrew’s. His recipe called for Greek yogurt, oatmeal, egg whites, and more, which meant the recipe was certainly healthy but hopefully delicious!

I topped mine with melted peanut butter, strawberries, and chia seeds. You can head over to his website to find the recipe!

Week 1 Workout Update

Okay now onto my workout update. As I explained here, I finally found the motivation I needed to lose that last bit of baby weight and get healthy. I’m so desperate to lose these love handles!! I took a few days off to enjoy the 4th of July holiday, but other than that I started kicking butt in the gym. Here’s my workouts from the past week, not including today. (Sorry for the poor picture quality!)

Day 1 and 2 Workouts

Day 3 and 4 Workouts

I’m pretty sore today in my quads and hamstrings, but it’s a feeling that I absolutely love. I kicked major butt with my workouts this week so I’m pretty proud of myself. I also ate better, not fantastic, but certainly better.

The bad news is that I actually gained weight. But I did a little Googling and found that, especially when you’re sore, your body will sometimes hang on to excess fluid, making it appear as if you’ve gained weight. The good news is that once I get into more of a routine, the weight should begin to melt off. Here’s hoping!

My goals for this next week are to see some weight loss, work out at least four days, and head to the running track around the reservoir for a good long outdoor run/walk sequence with Will in the jogging stroller. Hopefully the weather will allow that to happen!

How’s your week going so far?

New Weight Loss/Fitness Journey + Weekly Workout Update

I Decided To Begin Again

I can’t exactly say I’ve suddenly decided out of nowhere to lose weight and get fit. I also can no long call my excess weight “baby weight” given that Will is almost 16-months-old. I’ve been on many fitness journeys in the past few years, pretty much ever since I finished playing volleyball for the University of Cincinnati, but this time is different.

When volleyball first ended, after playing for over ten years pretty much non-stop, I was a bit freaked out. I was incredibly worried about gaining weight and suddenly being completely out of shape, given that workouts and practices were no longer required. But I was pleasantly surprised at my motivation to start running. As much as I hated running while I was playing volleyball, for whatever reason, once it was over, I developed a true passion for it. For those first 7-8 months, I focused more on running than anything else. By month six I was running five miles, three times a week with no problem. I was lean, toned, and incredibly happy with the way I looked.

But that summer I got pregnant, morning sickness took over, and I lost all motivation to work out. Combined with my boyfriend telling me “this is the time to eat whatever you want” I indulged and gained 55 pounds! I wasn’t all that worried about it though, because I knew as soon as Will was born I would get my butt in gear and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Or so I thought.

Losing The Baby Weight

After Will was born, the weight seemed to fall off. I easily lost the first 25 pounds, much attributed to breastfeeding. I got a gym membership at Planet Fitness and began working out again in hopes of losing the last 35 pounds. I got down to 180-185 by working out a few times a week and going on constant walks with Will. But then I got a little too comfortable.

Winter rolled around and walks outside were out of the question. Because I work from home, I had constant, easy access to food, and unfortunately I took advantage. I was constantly snacking and wasn’t watching my portions. I had almost fallen back to my pregnancy-style eating, which was frightening.

Getting Back On Track

Finally, for whatever reason, when we were on vacation in Disney World, it hit me. I had to get my butt in shape. I was tired of feeling bad about my body and being embarrassed about still being unable to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I have all these great pairs of jeans but can only fit into two of them! I decided that once we got back, it was go time, and this time I would document it on my blog as a way to stay on track and not let my weight or my diet fall to the wayside again.

Weekly Workout Update

I say weekly, but I plan on posting an update every Wednesday, just because it’s easy to remember with all the W’s! I¬†took pictures this morning of what my body looks like now so that each week I can compare photos to see progress. I know from experience that the scale doesn’t always reflect progress so I felt that was the best way to do it. The hardest part will be actually posting those photos!

But each week I will post my workouts, any healthy meals I tried, the best and worst parts of the week, goals for the upcoming week, and maybe (hopefully) a progress photo. I will make my first post next Wednesday so that I have a full week of content to share. I hope you all will follow along through my journey and maybe even join me!

No more slacking off! It’s time for this mama to get fit!