Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fit Mommy: Change is Difficult

I’m a creature of habit: I don’t like to step outside the box much and regularly make the decision to stay within my comfort zone rather than risk failure. 

It’s the way I’ve always been and it’s worked for me. 

That said, where improving my body is concerned, I am no-holds barred! I love to try new things, take chances, and find new ways of challenging myself.

If I feel I’m getting too comfortable in a training routine, I change it up—no hesitation. My approach to fulfilling and maximizing my physical results is to do all that I can to make sure I’m doing enough. 

Bearing that in mind, I’ve begun to wonder why I hesitate to be that free and unencumbered in my everyday life; why can’t I take the same level of risk in my approach to living as I do to living a healthy lifestyle? Is it fear of failure or, more interestingly, a fear of having great success?

Many of us, as we get older and become more comfortable with being women—stripped of the social influences that chained or distracted us in our youth—find that we’ve outgrown the life we thought was perfect for us to lead. And we’re suddenly left wondering if, given the chance again, we would indeed choose the same path. 

It’s not abnormal to wonder or ponder those things regularly. We are always evolving and becoming a newer, more interesting version of ourselves. But, at some point, whether you want to or not, you’re going to have to step outside yourself and start answering the questions; the trick will be to find if you can live with the answers. 

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Fit Mommy: My Monday Workout

This was my workout for the day:

Upper Body Focus:

3 x 12 upright row w/20lb barbell

3 x 12 lateral raise per arm w/10lb dumbbells

3 x 12 shoulder raise per arm w/10 lb kettlebells

3 x12 alternating curls per arm w/25lb dumbbells

3 x 12 military press w/20lb barbell

3 x 12 skull crushers w/20lb barbell

3 x 12 tricep kickbacks per arm w/10lb dumbbells

3 x 12 one-armed row per arm w/25lb dumbbells

3 x 12 front raise per arm w/5lb dumbbells

3 x 12 single arm tricep extension, per arm w/10lb dumbbells

3 x 12 reverse curls w/20lb barbell

3 x 12 wrist curl, per arm w/10lb dumbbells

3 x 12 good morning bows w/20lb barbell

3 x 12 dumbbell flys w/10lb kettlebells

3 x 12 supermans

3 x 12 standing kettlebell press-ups per arm w/10lb kettlebells

Abs: 150 crunches using pilates ball, 150 side bends using 25lb weights (75/side), side crunches using pilates ball, 75 toe touches, 75 flutter kicks, 75 scissor kicks, and 75 reverse crunches,

Cardio: two rounds of Tabata followed by four 3:00 rounds of shadow boxing

Total workout time: 100 minutes

Currently I’m working on securing more dumbbells for my home gym as the 10lb weights aren’t as challenging on some exercises, but the 20 pounders are too much; so I’m looking to get a couple more dumbbells where I can change the plates out to make them fit my needs.

Some days I alternate my sets to four or five of varying repetitions depending on my goals for the day, but I always break it up into either upper or lower body work as opposed to defining a muscle group; it’s a plan that has worked for me thus far.

The number of Tabata’s I do varies on the day as well. Sometimes I feel good enough to do three or four circuits, whereas other times I can only get through one depending on how fatigued or sore my muscles are from the prior day’s routine.

The shadow boxing is a fun incorporation that really gets my heart pumping so I love ending off with that—although I have to wait a couple minutes after completing the Tabata session before I have the breath to begin.

I work on Abs daily and I have never been comfortable just doing sets of 12 or 15 like most of my mags advise, that just has never gotten me the results I’m seeing now—despite my dedication to eating well—so I continue to focus on completing at least 700 repetitions to really give my abs some lovin.

What did you all do today?

 

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Fit Mommy: Keeping It Simple

Life can be suffocating. My days are filled with so many things to do that I can hardly cram it all in.

The one constant thing that I have made sure to do, solely for my benefit, is exercise and I do it as much for my mental health as for my physical appearance. And I have zero doubt that I would go mad without it. That small section of the day that I devote to it has become my way of facing what’s left in the day and saying I got this…so bring it!

As mothers and wives, so much of our “me” time—which if you’re a mother, you rarely find true “me” time anywhere—is spent doing laundry, fixing meals, cleaning house, working, writing blog that’s meant to inspire other women to be their best, etc. But how often are you actually sitting completely still and enjoying those rare moments of quiet? When are you just “being” without having to be there for somebody?

It’s tough finding that balance between and “enough” and “too much” while maintaining your regularly scheduled programming at the same time—the two undoubtedly bump heads with each other. So we choose to keep chipping away at our inner selves in hopes that one day we’ll find the time to do better at being still and enjoying the moment.  

Unfortunately, what actually ends up happening is we start to resent the people who so freely take up our time. We become bitter, angry, and unfulfilled in every way and, if left unchecked, unhappy with the hand we’ve been dealt. At that point, no amount of physical activity will chase away the demons we’ve conjured up. 

No matter what phase you’re at in life, you have to assess what YOU need—and you have to do it on a more regular basis than once or twice a week during Yoga (if you even do that). Steal a moment here and there to remind yourself it’s okay if you’re not perfect and it’s alright that you can’t be everything to everybody all the time.  You aren’t superwoman, and you don’t have to be…being YOU is enough. 

Take a moment to remind yourself how important a role you play in the daily processes of life and maybe you won’t have to spend a lifetime regretting how you chose to live. 

 

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