I don’t know about you, but the thought of my first post-pregnancy workout was a bit intimidating. I hadn’t really done any strength training for quite a while, and knew it might be tough. On the other hand, I was excited to burn some calories and get those endorphin’s pumping! Before baby, I would make up a lot of my workouts. When I arrived at the gym for my first post-baby workout, I had to think about what to do for a few minutes since I was rusty! I came up with this workout and thought it was a good one to get rolling again. It requires minimal equipment, and you could even sub out exercises if you don’t the equipment listed.
In all honesty, since I did this workout my exercise has been lacking… I started back to work, and the baby wasn’t sleeping great, so I’ve had a hard time squeezing in workouts. We’ve been working on the baby sleeping better, and I’m hoping that once the middle of the night wake-ups decrease, I can get up and do some 30 minute workouts. I really miss it, and wouldn’t mind getting some of my muscles back! My goal will be 3 or 4 times a week with some walks mixed in when the weather isn’t bad.
If you had a baby, how soon did you start working out? What did those workouts look like and how often?
**Disclaimer: I’m not a certified trainer. The information published on this blog is not written by medical professionals. It is my personal blog, with the purpose of sharing my own personal experiences. Always consult your physician before starting any exercise program if you have any existing medical conditions. **
Man, what a two weeks. I was off work for about 10 days, including the weekends… and it was glorious to have a long break! I’ve been back at work two days, and after that long break, I feel motivated and inspired to be back at work. Isn’t that what vacations are for?!
How was your new years? Our was extremely low-key… we ordered Outback for dinner, watched the movie flight, and then a Happy Endings marathon until the ball dropped. Did you ever watch Happy Endings? It’s really the best/funniest show ever, and for some reason they took it off air! Such a travesty 🙁 Did you decide to do resolutions? I didn’t and think I’m just going to enjoy life as is, and keep working on things I worked on in 2013, like less time on social media and being present.
Onto the recap of food, workouts, and favorites on the web for the week.
1. New Years Day meal at our house – our first holiday at the new place! I made roasted pork, sauerkraut, my grandma’s Czech bread dumplings, roasted broccoli, applesauce, and lots of desserts! <— grandma’s dumplings are the absolute best and my family loves them. I made two loaves and we probably could have had 5 loaves 2. Challah french toast + bacon 3. Champagne with raspberries at midnight on NYE.
Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday: elliptical – Tuesday: strength training – Wednesday: nothing – Thursday: nothing – Friday: 5 minute warm-up on elliptical, 45-ish minutes of weights
I feel meh about the workouts this week. I’m looking forward to getting back on track with a normal week coming up. I find it harder to work out when the routine breaks (e.g. new years in the middle of the week), but trying to keep up with it because it gives me energy and makes me feel better overall. Good thing there is always a new day tomorrow 🙂
Favorite Links on the Web:
Do you consider yourself organized? Here’s 10 tips of the highly-organized people.
This HuffPost article by about what love is… especially with cancer. I was tearing up at work reading this.
At a loss as to what you should include in your smoothie? No fear, this is the perfect guide!
I’m bad about taking care of my nails, but this routine looks like one I could follow…
This paleo appetizer must be made very soon… these looks so good!
I’m on a big pesto kick right now, so pesto roasted chicken sounds like a great dish. Maybe for next week’s dinner?
Ok… time for bed! It’s been a long, busy Friday. Hope you have a wonderful & productive weekend!
Hi, friends! So the other morning I had slept through my alarm, thus meaning I had a evening workout to do at the gym. When I arrived at the gym, it was packed (per usual in the evenings). I had intended to do a kettlebell workout, but with limited space in the free weight area, I abandoned my kettlebell workout. I made up this workout with the limited space and equipment (using both kettlebells and dumbbells) and I really loved it! Hope it can be of use to you as well.
**I am not a certified personal trainer, this is a workout I made up on my own. **
QA: Do you ever make up workouts on the go? I used to think I couldn’t make up workouts, but now I trust myself to give it a go!