One of my goals in January was to work out at least three times per week.
The end results I wanted included:
- stress relief (I’m super high strung!)
- toning up my body
- and healing my core after five pregnancies
I’m pretty sure that “working out” has been one of my New Year’s resolutions for about ten or fifteen years.
Have I ever stuck with it?
Did I stick with it this year?
Yes, I did!
I’m checking-in today with a six-month (okay, technically seven month) update on my workout goals for this year.
If you missed it, you can check out my post, The Productive Woman’s Habit: Exercise, right here.
This post tells why and how I got started working out as a busy mom.
I’m happy to say that I’ve cultivated a pretty consistent habit of working out.
Most weeks, I work out five days per week.
On the crazy, crazy weeks, I still manage to squeeze in two to three workouts.
I’ve never felt better!
And the other happy news is that I’m making progress in toning up my “problem areas.”
Let me share a few specifics with you.
If you’re trying to get started with a consistent workout routine, I hope this post will help motivate you to do that!
If you’re not an athletic type woman, don’t worry. Neither am I!
This post is very much about reaching goals in real life, and striving for progress not perfection.
Are you ready?
Let’s jump in-
What workouts am I doing?
In January, I started out with Moms Into Fitness with Lindsay Brin.
I knew I had issues with diastasis recti, so I opted for the 12-week postpartum workout.
Now, my “baby” was nearly four years old so I was hardly “postpartum.” 🙂
But sadly, I had never really recovered my core health after any of my five pregnancies.
I’ll be really, really honest: the postpartum workout was tough!
I wasn’t accustomed to exercising consistently, and at first I had to take it really slowly. (Thankfully, Lindsay’s workouts include modifications for people like me!)
By the time I had pushed through the first two months, I was starting to notice some changes.
The workouts felt easier, I could do more without having to stop for breaks, and I felt better.
Best of all, I wanted to work out!
I completed the 12-week postpartum workout in April.
By that time, my diastasis recti had improved from “better,” to completely healed.
With my core in better shape, I felt super motivated to keep going! In June, I jumped in with Lindsay’s Summer Shape Up.
How I Make it Happen in Real Life
We’re all super busy, so no one really “has time” to work out, right?
We have to make time, which means taking care of our bodies has to become a priority.
(Need help with prioritizing and getting started? Check out these posts: You Can’t Do it All and The Habit of Exercise.)
Here’s how this looks in my life:
My goal is to work out at least three days every week.
To really push a little harder, I work out five days per week whenever possible.
When I have about thirty minutes in the morning or afternoon to devote to exercising, I stick with my Moms Into Fitness calendar.
On the extra busy days when I need a quick but intense work out, I squeeze in XHit’s arm toning and 7-minute ab workout.
I don’t stress about the days when I can’t exercise for a full twenty or thirty minutes.
I do what I can, and just keep doing something that yields results.
This is a practical balance for me in this busy season of life.
What health results am I seeing?
- I have lots of energy!
- I rest better than ever at night.
- My body just feels stronger.
- One of my biggest achievements so far has been healing my diastasis recti.
After five pregnancies, I’m happy to put an end to the “mom pooch” and really begin to heal my core.
What body results am I seeing?
My two biggest “problem areas” have always been my upper arms and my waist line.
I gain weight in my upper body; since I have a narrow build (no hips!) it’s easy for me to get “thick” through the torso area.
I can really easily end up with a “muffin top,” if you know what I mean. 🙂
After working out consistently for six-plus months, I am happy to see some encouraging results.
Just last week, I tried on a dress that I had worn earlier this year (about two months ago).
The dress was super tight on me in the upper body, and I figured I would have to get rid of it.
When I tried it on recently, it fitly loosely in the upper body- I could visibly see and feel the difference!
My arms are slowly toning up, but it’s not happening over night.
I’m still working on strengthening my triceps, but the good news is that a lot of my tops, blouses and blazers are fitting better in the arms.
Tight-fitting sleeves have always been an issue for me, so I’m happy to see some results.
Progress, not Perfection
I’m far from a work-out junkie, and I’m not trying to look like a model… so don’t get any idealistic visions of what I’m doing or what I look like.
I’m a wife and mom who tries to take care of herself, but there’s no perfection happening!
What I can tell you is that consistency pays off, and it’s totally worth the effort to take care of the body God gave you.
If you’re not the athletic type, I totally relate.
I’m not either, but I find that I actually enjoy working out these days.
I keep it simple but challenging, and make exercising a priority that fits into my very busy life.
If I can do it, you can do it!
This week, I started a brand new workout routine: 30-Day Core, with Lindsay Brin.
I’m excited to see more progress in the next few weeks!
—> I’ll check in again with another update in a few months… and that gives you plenty of time to start a workout routine, if you don’t already have one.
Below are some helpful links to get you started:
Moms Into Fitness– these workouts are specifically designed for moms. They include a printable calendar/workout schedule and recommended menu plans (personally, I don’t use the menus, but they are there if you need them).
Moms Into Fitness on You Tube– free workout videos to get you started!
XHitDaily– tons of free workout videos! I like these because they’re super effective, but quick!
Kristy’s “Fitness” Pinterest Board– my personal compilation of helpful workouts, articles, etc.
Don’t feel like you have to do the workouts that I do!
Maybe you prefer cardio over toning workouts. Or maybe you’d rather jog or swim or go to a Pilates class.
Find what works for you, and do it consistently!
Most of all, believe that you CAN do it!
Do you work out?
Do you need to start working out?
What would you add to this list of resources?
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