If you have been following along on my journey that has led me to lose 100 pounds in a year we started out by talking about why I wanted to get fit, how I was going to measure my progress, and how I changed my eating habits. Next up I wanted to talk about some of the workouts that I have added to my daily routine.
I will state again that I am obviously not a doctor and what works for me may not necessarily work for you but I have truly fallen in love with the “programs” I have found and want to share them with you.
Let me start out by saying that when doing my research on the exercise portion of my journey I became VERY discouraged very quickly. I kept reading the same thing over and over: If you want to lose a significant amount of weight you have to work out for 60 minutes most days of the week. That one sentence alone kept me from moving forward for a long time. I am a mom of two young children and work a full-time job with a 45 minute commute each way. Where in the world was I going to find a 60 minute chunk of time for my self (I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself!)? To make things even more difficult I had promised myself that I wouldn’t take more time away from my kids. I don’t have enough time with them as it is so I wasn’t willing to lose even more of it. This all became very overwhelming for me and I started to think that this was too much, I couldn’t do this.
Then I started coming across some articles (like this one from SparkPeople) that explained that yes, 60 minutes a day, most days of the week is what you need BUT it can be done in several chunks as small at 10 minutes! This made things seem a little more possible. I knew I was in no shape to head straight into 60 minutes a day but this gave me somewhere to start.
So I started with 20 minutes a day. I work at a desk all day and had gotten in the habit of sitting at my desk until lunch, walking the 50 feet to the lunch room and sitting on my butt again until lunch was over and then head back to my desk and sit back down for the rest of the day. So, I decided to start taking walks on my lunch break. This was a way for me to ease into exercise and I didn’t have to take time away from my family. I found a great public trail not too far from my office and started heading there three days a week. As the weather started to change I knew that Wisconsin winter weather was not conducive to an outdoor walk on lunch so I decided to sign up at a local gym for $10 a month and use the treadmill on the days that I would have gone for my walk. I figured while I was at it I would try my hand a “running”. I downloaded the C25K app and successfully used that app to run my first 5K in March! I have since moved on to the 10KRunner app and am on track to run my first 10K in two weeks!
After about a month I was ready to add a little more. I got a text from one of my girlfriends one day that knew that I was trying to live healthier that she had found a workout that she thought I would really enjoy (I have the most amazing and supportive friends and coworkers a girl could ask for, but we will talk about that later!) and she thought I should give it a try!
This was when Briana Christine, the Bikini Body Mommy entered my life! Briana is known for her 90 day challenges. This was exactly the type of workout I needed and it continues to be a favorite of mine. I never miss a day (who would have ever thought I would look forward to working out?)! I love Bikini Body Mommy for so many reasons the first of which, it’s FREE (she has added a members only platform with bonus material that I have since joined but the 90 day challenges are free and amazing)!! Second, I don’t have to think about it. I wake up in the morning and open up my email and the workout for that day is there waiting for me. Third, It is truly for EVERYBODY!! Every age, shape, fitness level, everyone can do this. Why, because you can go at your own pace. Bikini Body Mommy workouts are done in a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) format, which basically means you work really, really hard for a specified amount of time and then take a break and keep repeating that pattern for the workout. This really allowed me to not pay so much attention to whether or not I could do as many reps as Briana but I could do what I could do. One of the things I love most about this program is Briana’s encouragement to keep track of your scores for each exercise. This was a great way for me to check in and see how much I was improving with each workout. In the beginning I don’t think I could do jumping jacks for 20 seconds forget about the minute that she wanted me to do them. Fast forward and now not only can I do them for the full minute but I make an effort to beat my previous score. While all these things are great the number one thing I love about Bikini Body Mommy is that IT IS REAL!! I turn on my computer and I see someone I can relate to. I see the kids running around, I see that some workouts are better than others, I see her struggle sometimes just like me.
All of the Bikini Body Mommy workouts are around 20 minutes long so I decided that I could take 20 minutes before I went to bed to eek out a workout so now I was up to 40 minutes a day and didn’t have to take any time away from my children. Now I just needed my last 20 minutes. Enter the 4:30 a.m. wake up call!! Yep that’s right! A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do!
About 4 months into my journey I discovered Blogilates! I have switched things around these days and hang out with Bikini Body Mommy in the morning and Cassey over at Blogilates at night before bed. She posts a playlist of videos on YouTube everyday (again it’s super easy which I like) focusing on a different area of the body and the playlist usually takes 45 minutesish to complete and they will kick your butt in the best way!! She offers two beginner calendars (which I highly recommend) as well as her monthly workout calendar. The playlist is made up of several videos ranging from 3 minutes long to about 30 minutes long so it was very easy for me in the beginning to pick a few to get to my 20 minutes and just do those. I have since fallen in love with these workouts and now do the full playlist everyday! I love Cassey upbeat personality, she is so positive and pushes you in a really good way! You will be burning and you will be sore the next day but you will LOVE it!!
As I said before these are what I have found works for me. I am a firm believer that when it comes to working out you have to find something that you like to do. If something gets boring try something else and don’t be afraid to try new things!