This week will be a week with just two gym workouts, and a long walk at the lake with my girl. Tonight is TGIT (Scandal and Grey’s anyone???) so I will be hibernating on the couch, drinking something delicious (to be determined), and enjoying a girl’s night to myself after Adeline goes down. To make up for tonight’s veg night, I tried to work out extra, extra hard on Tuesday, and Wednesday. *Edit – TGIT is actually next week! It got pushed back a week!
Continuing to workout, at night, with a toddler, and a full time job, is nothing short of exhausting. It really is. Most nights, I have to talk myself into going to the gym. It’s the last thing I want to do and yet somehow I’m making it work. Even though it’s hard, it’s still worth it every time. I come home feeling stronger than the day before, and a little bit like Super Mom. I want to be a #strongmom for Adeline, and the dishes and laundry can wait at night so I can take care of myself. Both nights, Adeline went to bed before 7, so I was able to actually leave the house at 7, and get to the gym by 7:15, which is a bit earlier than usual! So nice!
Here’s a recap of this week’s workouts:
- 7 miles on the bike – hilly, varying intensities
- 45 minutes strength training –
- circuit of bicep curls, overhead tricep dips, standing chest rows, one arm shoulder press, lawn mower dumbbell rows, standing overhead press, lat raises, forward lat raises, standing weighted lunges, bosu ball squats
- 30 minute walk with Adeline
- Strength training
- circuit of bicep curls, overhead tricep dips, standing chest rows, one arm shoulder press, lawn mower dumbbell rows, standing overhead press, lat raises, forward lat raises, standing weighted lunges, walking weighted lunges, combination standing overhead press + squats, weighted squats, box step-ups
I can never remember how many reps/sets of each I do, so I need to try recording it right after! I do use 5lb, 10lb, and 15lb dumbbells though, and just do what feels best, yet challenging. You definitely don’t want to over-do it, and hurt yourself, so just use your best judgement!
Keep it up, fellow mamas! Adding strength training can be intimidating, especially when you’re used to only doing cardio. But, I promise once you start adding it in and finding your groove, you’ll be so glad you did!
Did you get some workouts in this week? What do you like to do? Are you intimidated by adding strength training?