Finding Time and Motivation

Well it’s been awhile and here’s what I’ve been up to:

Like most people I always start out with good intentions but life gets in the way. Everyone’s motivation for doing things obviously are different, just like the drive to continue on your path may be stronger than others. For me, the numbers on the scale were lying to me. They had to be! I know, I know, I’m pregnant. This is the time to indulge a little right? As someone who is considered a health professional and an active exerciser who is constantly watching their weight, this has been a struggle. Couple that with being more tired than I ever have been in my entire life (even more so than partying all night and staying up for class the next day) the working out regularly was not panning out like I thought. The eating, however, has been not bad at all. I’ve discovered a new love of cooking. Thank god for the cooking channel and Pinterest! The ones that I’ve posted have been the ones that I’ve tried so far and my husband has been loving being my guinea pig.

Back to working out. Since I love to read and now that I’m working less and less, I discovered reading on the treadmill and walking (not for everyone of course) and before I know it, 45 mins has gone by! If I’m going to read on the couch anyway, then I might as well read and walk. In addition to that, I add basic strength training exercises each week.

Using my 6lb medicine ball and a 5-10lb kettlebell this is what I do….next time I’ll have pics of me doing it 😉

I start off with a basic squat (after walking on the treadmill for 45 mins at an incline of 4-5%) 1 set of 15 reps

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Next I do push ups 1 set of 15 reps

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Lunges in place 10-15 reps on each leg

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Side bends or oblique crunches with a kettlebell 20 reps on each side

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Bicep curls with medicine ball 1 set of 15 reps

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Lastly tricep overhead extension ( I do it standing) with medicine ball 1 set of 15 reps

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Each week I’ll add on to these basic exercises or I’ll increase the sets and/or reps.It helps me feel more energized and less worried about gaining weight, even though I know it’s only natural to do so.

My main motivation has changed from exercising to be skinny to exercising and eating healthy so that I have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Finding the time to do it, well I really have no excuse there!

 

Be healthy!

XOXO