Motivation Monday {Week 6}

Reflecting and unwinding after a wonderful Easter weekend!  My parents are here for a few days and my brother and his girlfriend drove over from Nashville for Easter Sunday, so we had a full house, which means we had a happy house.  Holidays are always better with loved ones around, amIright?  Holidays are also better with treats around, lol.  I definitely had my fair share of them this weekend, but it was a holiday, so that’s ok.  I ate pretty clean during the week, knowing I’d splurge a little on the weekend.  What do I splurge on?  Wine and sweets.  It never fails.  I usually stick with a glass of red wine a few days per week, but holidays, long weekends and family in town calls for prosecco and margaritas and mimosas.  It also calls for donuts and cupcakes and fancy chocolates;)

Good thing I worked out all week!

Monday 3/21: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) and a 45 minute Sports Drill class (strength training circuit with cardio bursts in between exercises)

Tuesday 3/22: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) and a 30 minute step class

Wednesday 3/23: 15 minutes on the elliptical and a 45 minute power yoga class

Thursday 3/24: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph), 30 minute step class and 15 minutes of ab exercises

Friday 3/25: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) and a 30 minute PIYO class

Saturday 3/26: Lots of outdoor time in general today, including walking along the river for almost 2 hours…I clocked 20,000 steps today!

Sunday 3/27: I made up my own cardio/strength circuit consisting of Tabata, sprints, and strength training exercises using my body weight (think lunges, squats and push-ups).  Did this for a total of 50 minutes and it kicked my booty!

I have started incorporating more weights and strength training in my routine and I am noticing a difference.  I’m seeing muscles I haven’t seen since pre-baby!  I’m not big on lifting weights, unless it’s one of the classes at the gym, but even then there’s always other things mixed in like Tabata or cardio bursts.  I just can’t spend 45 minutes lifting weights on my own.  BORING.  However, between yoga and the functional/agility training I get from my classes, with a little bit of free-weights mixed in, I’m seeing results, and definitely not bored.  Exercise classes are my jam.  They keep things interesting.  I get my cardio there as well, which helps break up the monotony of the treadmill.  It also doesn’t hurt that we have views like this to encourage me to get outside.

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