My Workout Routine: An Update

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” -Theodore Roosevelt

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” -Jim Watkins

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred Devito

“It’s suppose to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” – Tom Hanks in A League Of Their OwnIMG_0404IMG_0407IMG_0414IMG_0417

Just a few quotes that come to mind during my half marathon training journey lately. This is really going to be the hardest thing I have personally ever done. I am hoping to crush it too. I have slowly been increasing my weekend runs. Last weekend I got a 10 mile run in and felt pretty good about it. Tomorrow I will do an 11 mile run! I have continued to do kettlebell strength training every weekday during the week as well as at least a 2 mile walk/run everyday. Here is My Workout Routine post from a few months ago if you haven’t read that one yet. I have started doing 2-3 mile stroller runs instead of walks the past couple weeks. A run with a double stroller and 70 lbs of boy weight is no joke! btw 😛 I am feeling confident that I can run the whole half marathon no problem, I am now just working on my 2nd goal of doing it in 2 hours. Probably isn’t much for regular runners out there but it will be very tough for me.IMG_0396IMG_0347IMG_0333IMG_0330^That wind tho 🙂 haha^ IMG_0438-2IMG_0449IMG_0368

Anyway I thought I would share a little training update with you all. I feel like sharing my journey helps me stay on track if that makes any sense. I also hope to inspire others in their own fitness journeys. #Noexcuses !

 

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My leggings / My top / Similar top (and on clearance)/ another similar top  (and also on clearance)/ Loving this crop top

Until next week, XOXO.

A Fitness Journey Story

After I had quite a bit a positive feedback from my own fitness journey post (which you can read here  if you haven’t already), I wanted to give other perspectives on programs and journeys that have worked for other busy moms. I am starting a contributors section of my blog to help share other mom opinions and views on different topics . Sometimes I think it is nice to share other perspectives. This is my friend, Kelly’s, personal fitness journey. She has been training for a half marathon via long distance with me. We have really been inspiring each other and supporting each other as workout buddy’s, moms, and bffs.kelly2-2kelly4-2

My Fitness Journey

My name is Kelly and was asked to share my story of fitness.  I am a mother of two girls, 3 and 1. I also work part time, so making time for me is important, which can be difficult at times. When I gave birth to my first daughter, I belonged to a gym, but found it difficult to get to the gym consistently. After giving birth to my one year old, I decided the gym was not going to work. I knew I wanted to work out, but needed something that could keep me on track. I had a friend who was posting videos of working out from home, using Beachbody. I immediately signed up and found myself being consistent more than I had in years. I pay $100 for a year access to hundreds of programs, which include yoga, pilates, insanity, P90x, and PIYO just to name a few of the programs offered. If you are anything like me, I am always looking for something new to try. Each program gives you a calendar to follow along with nutritional guidelines. They offer tons of recipes to help you stay on track and offer online groups to check in with other women who also have Beachbody. I have always been one to work out on my own, but having this additional support has been great to know I am not the only one who struggles or has bad days. Each program runs anywhere from 21 days to 2 months, so whatever works for the individual. This last year, I have been the most consistent in years because it is so easy to go downstairs and press play. Some of my favorites thus far have been Insanity Max 30, 21 day fix, Shift Shop, and PIYO!  The best part is that often my 3 year old joins in on the workouts with me and sees her mom taking care of herself, which I love. To be honest, most of the time I try to get my workouts in before they wake up or during naptime, but then there are times it doesn’t go as planned. I have included my personal coach website, which also gives you a better idea of what Beachbody offers and types of programs they have. Obviously, you can pick any coach you want or go to the general beach body site and be assigned a coach. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out, as I am always happy to answer questions.

https://mysite.coach.teambeachbody.com/?coachId=647585&locale=en_US-

Her name is Jessica Laska.kelly3-2kelly5-2kelly-2kelly6-2

I hope another perspective helps to inspire all you busy moms out there because I know a non-busy mom doesn’t exist. I want to think my good friend Kelly for sharing her story too. I am so proud of her.

Until next week, XOXO.

 

*This post is not sponsored by Beach Body

My Workout Routine

IMG_9475I have been working really hard the past year and a half (since my 2nd baby was born) on getting into shape and being healthy. I tried several different workout plans before I found one that really works for me. It did not happen over night, for sure, and it took a while, but I feel like I am in the best shape of my life right now. I feel very energetic and healthy. I really wanted to share the workouts I do with others so if you wanted to try and see if it works for you as well, you can. After I was cleared to exercise from the doctor after the birth of my second son, I slowly eased into it with this 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout I found on youtube. I just started out doing this 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) during the boy’s nap time. Along with this I did a 20-30 minute walk around the neighborhood with the boys and the dog once a day. Nothing crazy at first since I did not want to over do it. I like the quick 10 min workout because I can easily do it whenever I have a few extra minutes at home. I love getting outside so a walk everyday is nice. Now it is harder to get a walk in because of the weather, but I try to go whenever it gets warm.IMG_9485-2IMG_9542-2

After I felt good about the 10 Minute Kettlebell Workout three times a week, I added this 8 Minute Kettlebell Abs Workout two times a week (Tuesday and Thursday) during the boys nap time as well. These quick toning and metabolism boosting workouts paired with a daily 30 minute walk and healthy eating has really helped me this past year and a half. Another quick weight management tip that has really worked for me is my “no wine during the week” personal rule. This way I don’t completely cut out the fun, just reduce it for my health.IMG_9493-2IMG_9520-2IMG_9593-2IMG_9616-2

I am now doing the  10 Minute Kettlebell Workout three times a week, the 8 Minute Kettlebell Abs Workout twice a week, 20 minutes on the elliptical five times a week (or at least every week night my hubby is able to hangout with the boys after dinner so I can exercise) and just this month I have added a training run on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As I had previously posted, I am working up to run a half marathon this October so each weekend I am pushing a little bit longer run. I want to gradually get there like when I first started getting into shape so I don’t hurt myself or get burnt out. I still try not to drink wine during week days and try to eat healthy. If people are interested I can post some weekly menus I plan for my family and I. Just let me know!

I love how yoga makes me feel so I like to throw some relaxing yoga sessions in the mix instead of my regular workout every once in awhile. It is nice to have a variety of healthy exercises so you don’t get bored. IMG_9676-2IMG_9717-2

Every person has to figure out what works best for their body. The best advice I can give you is to listen to your body and go with what works for you. Try a few different things sometimes before finding what works. I wanted to share some quick workouts for busy moms because it’s hard to take care of your family if you don’t take care of yourself! Keep in mind when I first started doing these workouts, I couldn’t do it all (even though they are only 10 minutes!) I just did what I could and kept pushing myself to do a little more as I went. And always remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water = health! IMG_9566-3

Until next week, XOXO

Welcome To The World Baby Jacob

I missed last week’s posting but I have good reason. October 5th at 7:07pm, we welcomed Jacob to our little family. He came only 6.5 hours after my water broke. He was 5 lb. 11 oz and 19 1/4 inches long. I have officially become a mom! He is such a wonderful little guy and we love him sooo much!

Here he is getting dried off after his first bath at the hospital.

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So far the first couple weeks have not allowed much time for crafting or artwork or even sleep. He is a very chill boy but with any newborn he needs to wake up and eat a lot. I sometimes feel all I have gotten done these past 2 weeks is breastfeeding Jake. But that is all part of adjusting to my new most important job. So far I have learned a few things.

  1. After worrying about what to pack in my hospital bag, I realized that the hospital gives you pretty much everything you need. I packed way to much. Mostly I needed a few toiletries for myself like chapstick and shower stuff and something comfy to wear home. My stay was so short that I never even changed into my comfy pjs and robe. Plus I didn’t have any visitors to try to look nice for. I also needed clothes for baby to go home in. All other needs were pretty much provided for us at the hospital which was super nice. They also gave us everything to take home. If you don’t take it home they just throw it away.
  2. YOGA YOGA YOGA. I regularly did prenatal yoga throughout my pregnancy and I believe it 100% helped have a easy, natural birth and a quick recovery. I did prenatal yoga 3 times a week along with light running until I could not run anymore. Pretty much around 5 months. Then, I did yoga 5 times a week or as much as I could. I also took our dog Emma for a 30 minute walk everyday as much as possible. That is something I would recommend any new moms to start as soon as they can. This is the yoga dvd I used. Since I personally had never tried yoga before, it is easy for beginners and does a nice job explaining how everything helps you. I just purchased it from amazon.

Prenatal Yoga DVD

Me at 36 weeks pregnant vs Jake and I one week after birth.

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I will continue to share my journey as a mom and artist with what I learn and advice as we continue down this life path. It has occurred to me that I have not shared my nursery decor yet. Stay tuned to next week to see our cute baby boy nursery and some nursery decorating tips. Here are some cute pictures of Jake cheering on his favorite football teams for the first time.

GO COLTS (mommy’s favorite team) AND GO BEARS (daddy’s favorite team)!20141009_115303 bears-001