Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back on the Saddle?

I have taken about a month and a 1/2 off from the gym. This is what eventually happens to me, I work out strong and hard, miss a day, then two and so the story goes. I absolutely love it when I go, so I'm not sure why I stop. I think it's because there are always so much to do, that I just don't have time. I also think it was easier when the girls were in school. They would go to school, I would work out and work. Or I would work then work out. It was easy.

After working their entire lives for someone else, on someone else's schedule, I finally feel like I can let my kids have fun on their summer vacation. They don't have to fly to MA to be taken care of by our parents just so they can have a fun summer, they don't have to be stuck in the house until I get home from work around 5ish. They now get to have me here to drop them off at friends houses, pick them up, bring them to the beach, pool or mall. Ok so maybe that isn't exactly a FUN summer, but it beats sitting in the house all day.

So I am trying to manage kids fun, work  and working out. So working out went. Monday I went and walked the beach and LOVED it. I remember how much I loved it. So that is back and I am glad. I just need to get some headphones and arm band to hold my phone so I can listen to some music while I do it. It's too hot to walk the beach later in the day like I do during the Fall, Winter and Spring. So I have to do it in the morning, which is when Juan works out and takes the headphones and armband. (My girls "borrowed" and ruined my headphones. YAY! so I just have been using Juan's)

I also realized when I switched my workout classes from the evening to the morning that the instructors weren't to my level. The morning instructors were, well not as hard. I left feeling like I barely broke a sweat and didn't get a workout in on two of the three morning classes I was taking. The other one is amazing and hard and I love it. So I am trying a new class this morning and I am going to try to find a new schedule that I love. I can't wait to get in there and get back into a groove.

Hmm so I was totally intending on blogging about makeup and beauty this morning, but apparently I felt like talking about my work out woes. My question is, do you work out? What do you do for a work out? Do you take classes? Go for a walk or run? Use a gym? How do you stay motivated? Do life changes get in the way for you too? Let's talk fitness, so I feel super guilty and get back to working out! LOL!

24 comments:

  1. I don't work out, I never have, but I feel terribly guilty because I know I should and that it will be good for me! I've always been quite petite so I've never felt motivated to start, plus I'm super awkward and I would feel so out of place at a gym (plus I run funny!). Any ideas about how I can start? I want to break my 'inactivity'.

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    1. I hated the gym before I actually went! LOL! I'm not a fan of using a treadmill or stairclimber or anything like that. I prefer to take a hike or walk the beach. But it's nice to have the option I guess. When I started working out I worked out at home using videos. I had amazing results! But I just don't have the space in my house anymore, so if I wanted to work out it was going to have to be at the gym. So I joined the gym a bit nervous because I'm not the most coordinated person and the thought of being the newbie in class. Yikes! But I went to a class and went up to the instructor and let her know I was new and she helped me set up in the FRONT! YIKES! But what I learned for me, being in the back doesn't work. I can't see the instructor clearly, so I prefer to be in the front so I can see what she is doing. I LOVE the classes! And before you know it, you get to know the people in class with you and you're all working towards a common goal, which makes it great!

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  2. My fav workout is with a TRX! It is an awesome total body workout, and since its all using your own body weight you don't have to worry about hurting yourself by not lifting weights properly. Doing classes are a must for me, since I tend to go much easier on myself when there isn't someone telling me to do it!!
    Also I used to box, did it for about 3 years, and I loved it!! Thinking about starting that back up again as well.

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    1. I'm like you, I need the class! I just found a gym locally that does boxing classes! I want to go check it out, that just seems like so much fun! We'll start it together!

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  3. I hate working out, but when I do I almost always feel a little better. I used to go to the gym years ago, then quit and tried again and you know how that goes. You go all the time then end up never going. I was going to sign up for kick boxing classes a few months ago, but I had to leave my job and move so it wasn't affordable anymore. I just run on the treadmill now, do crunches, and lift light weights at home. I still want to try out kick boxing so bad though and can't wait til I can finally sign up for classes.

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    1. Kick boxing seems fun too. I never tried it, it seems so intimidating to me! But here I am going to check out boxing classes! LOL! I worked out at home for years with amazing results. I used the FIRM work out videos. I lost a lot of weight doing that workout. Now I just don't have the space, so gym class work outs it is.

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  4. I workout almost every day and have since I was 18 (am now 35). Whatever my schedule happens to be, I figure out when I can make it work. I have 2 kids (7 April & 5 Shelby) and I work in HR part time. I always workout right after work and then pick up the kids. I have a little guilt about not rushing to get them right after work, but I know I'm a better mom and wife when I workout because it makes me feel so much better! A natural anti-depressant. My working out consists of going to the gym and doing the stair climber and/or elliptical for 25 - 30 minutes and then lifting weights. I also like to run outside, but in MN, that is mostly only in the Spring, Summer, or Fall...although, I have ran outside in the winter...but it's a little slippery:) Anyway, my advice is to make it your lifestyle to workout. That is what you do and you don't really have any other option. It is part of my life and I can't imagine stopping. But I have heard giving yourself a few weeks off is good for you...it allows your muscles to heal completely. Great job getting back on track! I wish I had a beach to walk on!!!

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    1. I agree, work out should be a priority. I just forget that every so often apparently. :) I did HR before starting Cult Nails! You definitely need the work out after HR work! LOL!

      When I want to stop working out, I'm coming to you for a pep talk! Just what I needed!

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  5. I used to be in the Marine Corps and worked out daily. And then, I was a plumber for 12 years, and you could see it in my arms and legs. For the past two years I have had a desk job and I lost all that muscle and have tried to make a routine of walking/running 3-5 days a week. It lasted about 4 months and then I stopped. I really need to get back into the swing of things! Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. OK Marine, plumber? You need to move by me! You can be my entourage and help me put a new sink in the bathroom! I love it! We will need to have Essie Rae whip us back in shape! (See comment above from her!)

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  6. The man in my life & I have been doing running, High Intensity Interval Training, and biking for cardio and have been doing the Pilates workout videos from Blogilates. I don't do well with gyms, and tend to prefer exercising outdoors or at home. Good luck getting back into a good routine :)

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    1. You have it good! I hate biking! I can't even tell you how much I despise it. I would rather go buggy jumping again (& i'm scared of heights) before I ride a bike. I just can't stand it. Isn't that the strangest thing? Juan and the girls love it. There is no way you will get me on a bike! LOL

      As for running, I used to love running, now I just can't get back into it. I walk fast, which Juan says is at a jogging pace and I would love to get back into it. So maybe I need to try that again and really make an effort. HIT scares the crap out of me. I get out of breathe so fast! But I am checking out a boxing class that is a HIT class. It's too hot to really work out outside here in the summer, and add the frequent rain, we definitely have to have an indoor alternative. Although I would love to take more workouts outside. Like Yoga on the beach or HIT training on the beach in the early morning before it gets hot. But no one offers that here. :(

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  7. Hang in there! Most of my life I have been off and on working out, i'd be in to it for a month or to and then just stop mostly out of laziness. I have been going strong now since mid January and could not be happier! I have such a love for being active, working out running and trying to walk around as much as I can. I just love it and the fact that I have kept it up for almost 6 months :) You're lucky of the weather you get, I am dreading winter when I will have to give up a good bulk of walking and running :(

    Good luck on your journey!

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    1. I'm just like you. I do good for so long and feel so good. After yesterday's workout, I'm totally back! YAY!

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    2. nice! I just read your latest post and I too love a good challenge ;) I have been doing turbo fire for 4 and a half months now, it is so awesome, I can't get enough of it. Plus there are like 20 dvds so it doesn't get boring

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  8. I've tried the gym thing, and I just cant stick to it!! What I've been doing since March is Bodyrock.tv. It's a free, online community with daily workout videos posted. It's high-impact, interval training and it kicks my butt. I've dropped a pant size and lost 10 inches around my body since I started! You should check it out for days when you don't have a lot of time... most of the videos take less than 15 minutes ;)

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    1. I hated working out. I hate the gym. Now I can't imagine not working out and sweating, I made a lifetime commitment for myself and my family. For almost a year now I've been working out at home for free(!) about 6 days a week and I feel so fit. I've been doing bodyrock.tv also. I started after I had my second kid. I highly recommend it for those who have a busy schedule but want to sweat. I dropped about 3 pant sizes and I'm in much better shape then when I was sixteen and I wasn't even fat then.
      Also I know it can be hard to understand how to start it but if you look for a "real time" workouts it gives you a better idea of how the workouts are done.(If you're interested) Easiest way to find them>> http://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieBodyRock.Tv/videos

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    2. I'm going to have to check out this bodyrock.tv! Thanks for the suggestion

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  9. I was a gym rat for about 20 years and then I decided I could get just as good a workout at home. I've started doing DVDs and I prefer workouts that I can do in 30 minutes or less. I work out 5-6 times a week and I'm in better shape now (I'm 47) than I was in my 20's. Amongst my favorite DVD workouts are Artofstrength.com Kettlebell DVDs, Ontheedgefitness.com Kettlebell DVDs (she has some of the most grueling workouts that you can do in 20 minutes or less). If Kettlebells don't sound like your thing, Jillian Michaels new workout DVD set is really good, they progressively get harder. The Firm Workout system is also a good choice. If you can't go to the gym sometimes, at least you can do a 15-30 minute workout at home (or the office).
    Keep on keeping on, you'll be right back where you left off in no time!!
    Liz

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    1. I loved working out at home when I did it too, but now I prefer the live classes at the gym. I love seeing the mix in the classes from people who are totally in shape to those just starting out. Absolutely love it and find it motivational.

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  10. I need to get working out myself. The best I've ever felt is when I had a trainer at the gym, but since I had my first child I don't seem to have the time.

    The beach sounds great but headphones are a must for me when working out. Good luck sticking to it!

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    1. That's where we have to remind ourselves to make the time. When my oldest was a baby I would fly her around, lift her up high, then squat down with her. I would find different ways to "work out" with her. She was my weight! LOL! I would also put her in the stroller and go for a long walk after lunch before her nap. She would almost always fall asleep during the walk and then I would just transfer her to her bed when we got home. I got in shape pretty fast after having her. After the second, that all changed and after the third, I got it back together. but would wake up super early (4:45AM) to get my workout in before they all woke up. That was sooo long ago! Now they are all super active teenage girls. Where does the time go?

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  12. I would be so thrilled if you came to mass I'd be beyond excited and probably stalking lol

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