Confession. I haven’t been to the gym in almost two weeks. Wait, what? (every time I hear that now, I think of this) Yup. And I feel fantastic. Hailey and I have a pretty good little system down right now, where she’s going down predictably for a morning nap around 9:00. As soon as she hits the crib, my clock starts ticking. I run into the bonus room and knock out a workout in about 45 minutes, then still have time to shower before H wakes up. I can’t tell you how much time this saves me in my day. So why didn’t I always do this? Two reasons. First, H hasn’t always been this predictable or slept this long. Secondly, I didn’t always have Tina. Tina has made it possible, thanks to her clearly outlined workout plans during her Best Body Bootcamp. At home workouts never lasted long for me. I really liked Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, but eventually the repetitiveness would bore me and I’d end up slacking or turning off the tape. With best body bootcamp, I’ve had new strength routines 3 days a week to keep me engaged. Plus, all I need is a set of hand weights and an exercise ball. My weeks have looked something like this:
M: Strength Training (roughly 40 minutes) + 20 minute walk
Tu: 45-60 minute wog outside
W: Strength Training (roughly 40 minutes) + 20 minute walk
Th: 45-60 minute wog (sometimes just walk) outside
F: Strength Training (roughly 40 minutes) + 20 minute walk
I’ve never done strength training this much or this consistently in my life and it’s quickly making a believer out of me. I know I’m stronger because certain exercises are becoming easier and I can now close and lift my stroller with one hand, which is awesome because H is usually in the other. I can see more definition in my abs and thighs (!!!) and beginning to see more definition in my arms. I’m not rapidly losing weight, but that’s not a goal of mine anymore (new post baby body post coming soon), but I do feel like I’m firming up. I actually feel like I’m getting into the best shape of my life. Have I been skinnier? Yes. But I’ve never felt more strong or healthy. I’d never have guessed that I’d feel the most confident about my body AFTER having a baby, but here I am. I think it’s a combination of being fit and finally respecting my body for all the amazing things it can do.
Do you prefer cardio or strength?
At home workouts or the gym?