If I had to summarize my early 20’s, I would say one big word: FITNESS. I was really into working out, ran all the races, did all the power yoga, loved spin classes, ate super duper clean all the time…yada yada yada. Looking back, I was in really great shape but I was also, like, twenty one. Ahhhh youth.
I fell off the fitness bandwagon in my mid 20’s. I went through a personal family trauma, moved to California on my own, started dating someone new, ate out a ton, traveled a ton, quit running but did lots of yoga. I even became yoga teacher certified and taught a group of women in my community once a week. I didn’t go to the gym practically at all and didn’t miss it one single bit.
As I near 30 with my first babe about to turn one (!!), I find myself getting back in the fitness saddle once again. I’ve pretty much lost all my pregnancy weight and don’t have any huge goals to share. I feel like I was able to stay pretty fit through my pregnancy and postpartum, due largely to Barre3 online workouts. However, I feel like it’s the right time and season for something new, something to push myself a little bit. I can’t blame exhaustion any more for reasons why I don’t exercise (except maybe for this week between jet lag, teething and a baby with a cold…hah) and I really want to gain more energy, something that’s been lacking in my life for a little while.
Joining a gym isn’t an option for us right now and I think my running days are better left in my early 20’s. That being said, Adam feels the same way I do – the same drive to get a little more healthy and fit – so we started doing a home workout program together! Yup, you heard that right. We started Focus T25, a Beachbody workout recommended by my Beachbody coach, Brittany. I explained to her my goals – no weight loss just adding some muscle and more energy throughout the day – and she recommended this program for us. We started this morning and I just love it! It’s SO hard but I feel like you can do anything for 25 minutes, right? I’m already sore and it feels great. Plus, it’s fun to do something like this with my hubby. I feel like we’re on a team and it’s very motivating!
So, I know I just said I didn’t have any goals but now after writing this I think I have a few:
drink more water
get more sleep (hah this one is sort of a joke – we’ll see how it goes)
do something physically active every day, even if it’s just a walk
discover my muscles again!
gain more energy throughout the day (this is a big one for me as I’ve been feeling super fatigued lately)
If I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that making time for exercise and, well, yourself, is HARD when you have a baby. Adam has committed to doing his workout in the morning while I feed Grayson and get him dressed for the day. I’m going to do mine as soon as he goes down for a morning nap, around 9am. I love that it’s only 25 minutes! When Grayson was a newborn, I absolutely loved Stroller Strides. I credit that program with getting me out of my pajamas and out of the house when I had an eight week old on my hands! It was so fun to exercise with other moms and feel better about my new postpartum body. However, Grayson’s morning nap soon got in the way and I had to stop going. When he drops that morning nap though, hopefully this summer, I will definitely be back and can’t wait.
Some other healthy lifestyle changes we’ve made lately include adding Shakeology to our daily diet (thanks, Gina!), joined Blue Apron, which is sort of the best thing ever and I need to write a post exclusively on that soon, and I started drinking Ningzia Red everyday.
I guess this post was just really a lot of rambling but everyone always asks about fitness stuff on here and it used to be such a huge part of my life so I thought I would bring you this update.
Also, on a very random note: I finally see some resemblance between my child and myself. What do you think?
(this post is all just personal opinion and isn’t sponsored by Beachbody at all. I paid my own money for the workout DVDs and will update you guys with our progress as we make our way through the 10 week program!)