Happy September! I hope those that had it enjoyed the three day weekend. I really soaked it up and felt like we sent summer out with a bang. Our great friends, Joe, Jane Marie and baby Ridley, came to visit for the weekend and they really are some of the most fun people to hang out with. We miss them so much since they moved!
I wasn’t expecting much action for the weekend considering we had a 2 year old, a 7 month old and a 3 month old between us, but sleep schedules lined up pretty beautifully and we ended up packing in a ton of fun.
Boat rides, swimming around, football watching (GO DAWGS!!!), a little slip ‘n slide action with the neighbors, eating…
See, parents can be cool too.
Well, we try.
The weekend left me feeling happily satisfied to send summer on its way and bring in fall. It also left me feeling ready to kick up my fitness.
See, we took a lot of video (cannonballs off the dock require documenting) and as I was watching it back I cringed a little when I saw myself on film. I’m just trying to be honest here. I’m not comfortable in this postpartum body.
Now I’m all for self love and taking it slow as your body heals, so let me say that I love myself plenty and think my body is awesome for what it can do. However, if I’m being realllllly honest with myself, I am at a place where I can kick it up a notch. I physically feel 100% healed, Hailey starts back to ‘school’ this week, Kaitlyn is on a predictable schedule and sleeping (knock on wooooooooood) consistently through the night. So it’s time.
To kick things off, I’m starting September with a little structure. For the next week (and possibly two weeks) I’m going to start every morning with a healthy smoothie consisting of 2 scoops of Shaklee’s vanilla Vitalizing protein (there are sweet free membership specials going on right now if you are interested! Just email me), a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, half a frozen banana and spinach. These keep me full and taste like a milkshake so win/win.
I’m also going to have a salad packed with veggies and protein each day for lunch. This week’s concoction is champagne caper vinaigrette, carrots, red peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, feta and romaine.
Then a sensible dinner. This was last night’s steak salad (I added corn and it was delicious)
I’m also committing to consistently taking my vitamins because after taking them off and on, I realize I really can feel a difference when I take them.
This isn’t a strict dieting plan. If I’m hungry in between, I’ll eat. I have Greek yogurt and fruit ready to go. I have almonds stashed in all my bags. Bananas and peanut butter are at the ready. I’m just looking for some simple structure (and honestly smoothies and salad jars are quick and easy) while I focus on what is really missing from my routine… real workouts.
I’m committing to getting in 4 real workouts each week with at least some movement (a mile walk, push ups, stairs, etc) every day. Some options include 30 Day Shred video, runs greater than 2.5 miles, PopSugar Fitness videos, Blogilates videos and strength workouts, like this one from Burn Bootcamp.
I feel like this will help me stay accountable to kicking things up a notch in a realistic way. It may still be in the 90s this week, but fall is coming and I’d really like to avoid having to buy an entire new wardrobe.
Do you ever give yourself challenges to kick your health/fitness up a notch?
What helps you get and stay motivated?