I can hardly believe it’s already been 8 months since I gave birth to Luke. In the last month I realized that life isn’t going to get easier anytime soon. I’m not magically going to get an extra hour in my day. No more excuses; time to get serious about staying active.
I needed a kick in the pants to get myself to make the time to exercise regularly, so I joined Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. The bootcamp is an 8 week program where she emails a workout program to follow. She also encourages you to set two goals each week (not necessarily related to fitness).
If you reach the goal of completing five workouts each week (the program includes six per week) as well as reach your weekly personal goals, you get your name put into drawings for weekly cash prizes and four $1,000 cash prizes at the end. How cool is that?! The workouts are varied and intense, and I highly recommend the program if you need some extra motivation or just a fun program to follow.
It’s forced me to focus on strength training more, which is something I really needed to do. More than anything, it’s helped me have some motivation and accountability that I hope will continue when the eight weeks are over (I’m more than half way through now). Just knowing that each week I have to fill in my check-in document indicating how many days I worked out motivates me to get it done.
There have been two out of five weeks where I didn’t get in the minimum five workouts. One week was our vacation week and the other was post-vacation week. The other three (and I’m going out on a limb and saying the remaining three) I did. My mindset and overall feeling of well-being is so much better when I’m working out.
Even when the motivation is there, time and energy don’t always follow. Because Luke is such an early riser, his and Meghan’s naps don’t line up. Most days I don’t have a break where both kids are napping at the same time. This leaves the following options for working out times:
#1: Wake early and workout before Luke gets up. Luke wakes up at 6am and is not sleeping through the night yet. Nope. This option is not happening.
#2: Do the strength portion of the workout when Luke is sleeping but Meghan is awake. I do this often and it usually works out, depending on what else we have going on that day. Then I need to squeeze the cardio portion in sometime when Tim is home. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.
#3: Workout after the kids go to bed. This summer Meghan’s bedtime has crept later and later, so most nights she isn’t in bed until 8:30. I have done this a few times, but most days I don’t have the energy.
The other option I need to look into is joining a gym so I can utilize the child care and get my workout done that way. And then I’ll have to convince Tim that this is a good idea. Ha.
Despite my time and energy restraints, I am so glad I decided to do Tina’s bootcamp. It’s been just the thing I needed to get myself on track.
I’m seeing definite changes in my body, too. My goal is not to lose weight, even though I’d eventually like to lose a few more pounds. I’m afraid if I try to lose weight right now it won’t be good for my breastfeeding supply (I have a 24 pound baby who only wants breastmilk–I need a good supply to keep up!) so my goal is to firm up some of the flabby post-baby areas. This is a work in progress, but just exercising consistently is making a huge difference.
Question: When do you workout? What time of day do you find you have the most energy?