In a previous post, I told you all that I had a goal to try and work out in the morning. Thankfully, I’ve been able to do so and here are my thoughts.
Working out in the morning, specifically at 5:30 am, is hard if you’re not a morning person like me! Since becoming a parent, I’ve become a morning person… not by choice. For example, last Monday I naturally woke up at 5:00 am. I decided to start the day with Danielle Bridge Bridge The Gap Workouts, LLC by taking her bootcamp class. Nothing like Danielle wanting a “Yeah!” at the crack of dawn, but she’s one motivating lady! Here’s what happens after I take her morning classes:
Today marks the one year anniversary of starting our blog – Work It Like A Mother. To say that we are proud, is an understatement. We never thought we would find and feel so much joy, encouragement, and accomplished from it. Our community of moms and women are amazing, and we couldn’t do what we do without your support.
Over the past year, we have tried over 30 NEW fitness studios/gyms and have taken over 50 NEW classes, as working moms. That’s pretty incredible, right? Don’t get us wrong… it wasn’t easy, but we made a commitment and we made it happen. If you would have asked us a year ago if this was possible, we would have said you were crazy! This is what motivation and encouragement does for us. We take it one day at a time, and we have seen success. Are you ready to join us yet?
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Listen To Your Body.”
Whether you are an avid exerciser, or a beginner, it is always important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Stop what you are doing, and re-evaluate. If you are in a group fitness class, call over the instructor/coach and ask for help. If you are working out alone, stop and do some more research. Exercise-related injuries can be very serious. A simple pulled muscle can take you out of the game for weeks!
It is also super important to stretch before and after exercising. Let us tell you first hand that getting older does not make this easier. The older you get, the older your muscles get. They need more TLC that when you were in your 20s. Sad but true.
Want to join us on our journey for finding the perfect workout class? Here is our upcoming class schedule for the week. Please feel free to reach out to us if you’d like us to save you a spot, or be your buddy walking into class. We can’t wait to sweat with you!
True Life: I used to be obsessed with being “skinny.” All throughout my adolescent years, I focused on it, stressed over it, and I dreamt about it. I let those thoughts control my life, and I developed a lot of unhealthy habits because of it. It was the monkey on my back that I couldn’t quite shake. Thankfully, when I found exercise, I had an epiphany.
I didn’t need to be skinny; I wanted to be fit.
It took me way into my 20’s, but I have finally figured it out. My goal today is to no longer be skinny, it is to be fit.
I tried sriracha sauce for the first time… Skinny Taste’s Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli. It was Sunday morning, and my husband was preparing the food list for the week. “What are we having for dinner this week?” Ugh, the dreaded question he asks me every week! I hate having to pick out dinners. It’s stressful to find new recipes because, what if it isn’t good? What if it’s too difficult? What happens if I screw it up (pizza delivery, anyone?).
I love Skinnytaste recipes, so I started with her blog, and found this Honey Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli recipe and had to give it a try. I literally just said to my husband last week that I have never had sriracha! Not only was this meal SO easy, it was equally as delicious. I even made extra for lunches this week.
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as me and my family did!
Exercise Type: Bootcamp – There were 40 stations set up all along the recreation center. A few examples were: jumping jacks, squats, weighted ball throws, bicep curls, burpees, planks, and lunges. When I first heard “40 stations” I figured there had to be repeats… I was amazed that they were all different!
Amazon Prime, what a wonderful thing… Is there anyone who doesn’t use it? The biggest reason we use Amazon Prime is that it is convenient! Yes, we will pay $3 extra for diapers because they are delivered right to our doorstep the next day. How about toilet paper? Yup, got that too. A shattered iPad that needs to be replaced to avoid a meltdown, AMAZON PRIME. They have everything, and can be in your hands in less than 2 days. Now that today is Amazon Prime Day, we have ramped up our shopping goals!
This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to Be Positive when it comes to your exercise routine, and in all honesty… life. So many of us are consumed by negative thoughts, including us. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this exercise. It’s too hard. I don’t have enough time. I’m too tired. I’m not fit enough. Stop it. All of those thoughts are negative, and we can all relate at some point or another.
Anyways, what are some ways to get rid of your negative thoughts?
For the past few months, I have been going to Courtney’s 1:00 PM Sunday Yoga Sculpt class. I was first attracted to this class because it is a great time for me and my family. My daughter usually naps around 2:00 PM, so I am not really missing too much time with her. AND my husband has to put her down for a nap, and read her the 20,000 books she requests. Now, I come back every week because Courtney is amazing! The flow and speed of her class keeps me on my toes, and challenges me week after week. I am finally getting down the yoga lingo too!