Now? Maybe it was the discovery of my second vagina. Maybe it's the fact that I've finally learned to sleep when Baby L sleeps, including during her nap times, leaving me with a decent store of energy. Maybe it's that I finally found my groove as a mom and now is the season of discontent.
Regardless, it's time.
The prodigal exerciser has returned to the gym.
Not that I'm going full bore every day, every week. No, no, nothing that stupid or obsessive or burnout-worthy. I'm trying to be moderate, to be reasonable, and I'm trying to ease in so that I don't kill myself or my momentum. Currently I am going 3-4 times/week, with the goal of going 5 times/week by the end of the month.
In the past, when I've worked out I was extreme. As in, let's do a 40 minute cardio workout after a full-body weight workout comprised of 3 sets of 2 exercises per muscle group. It would seriously take more than 1.5 hours to do these workouts, a luxury I was able to afford because I was single at the time. I would go 6 days a week, even. It worked in that I lost tons of weight (50 pounds?), but it cost me much of my free time.
Nowadays, I don't have free time. Instead, I have brief periods (between nursing) of rest when Hubbs takes over for a bit. This is why I need a more moderate routine, a workout that takes less than an hour and doesn't cut into Baby L's nap time or her feeding time.
So, here's my plan (subject to change depending on how things go in the next few weeks):
Monday: Cardio for 30 minutes + Ab workout (1-2 exercises, 3 sets)
Tuesday: Upper body weight workout (1-2 exercises per muscle group, 3 sets)
Wednesday: Cardio for 30 minutes
Thursday: Lower body weight workout (1-2 exercises per muscle group, 3 sets)
Friday: Cardio for 30 minutes + Ab workout (1-2 exercises, 3 sets)
We'll see what sort of progress I can achieve with this; it's not ideal in that I should probably be doing more cardio, but I figure that as long as I'm nursing, I am also burning a few extra calories each day. Plus, I'm told that a few pounds do come off once I stop breastfeeding (please let this be true!).
|Crawling with Jed on her back|
* Shrink my size
* Reduce my weight
* Lose the fat bags between my thighs (as much as possible)
* Increase my energy levels
* Lose a chin, and get more definition in my chin area
* Wear a ModCloth bathing suit (actually, that's more like my reward, because if I'm dropping that much $ on a suit, I want it to be as an incentive for making some progress)
Dear Booshy has called October Buff-Tober, and is inviting folks to commit to getting healthier for the next 31 days. I'm game, so count me in, Jessica!