Happy Friday! We’ve got snow here, so things are a little more exciting than usual! Current wind chill is about 5 degrees, so you can bet your bottom that Adeline and I will be spending the day hunkered down with a cup of hot coffee and warm sippy cup of milk! Let’s get to today’s post…
This week, it’s been so nice to get back into our rhythm and back into the gym. Before the holidays, I had gotten into a really good groove of going to the gym 3 nights a week. I’m back at it now, and I’ve started getting back into free weights. I’m already feeling stronger (and sore!) but it’s such a great feeling! It’s always been intimidating to me to do any sort of weights over in the free weight section by all the meatheads for fear of A. looking like an idiot and B. feeling like an idiot. Can I get an amen? I wish our gym had a women only section, but we can’t all be that #blessed. With some extra encouragement from Adam to continue to dive into strength training, and switch it up so I’d keep improving, I put on my big girl panties and really got after it this week!
Being a strong mom for me has been all about feeling a little stronger everyday. Being just a little bit better than the day before. Looking forward, and not looking backward. Strength training has a way of making you feel like you’re ready to take on the world, and Lord knows I need all the superpowers I can get with an energetic 14 month old! (Also, I got new shoes and I’m excited to wear them more.)
I’ve gotten a few questions about when I go to the gym, how I have the energy to even go to the gym in the first place, and how I’ve been balancing everything. Basically, I go to the gym 3 nights a week, usually Tues/Weds/Thurs, and on these nights Adam usually gives Adeline her bottle for me at bedtime, and I sneak out the door a little after 7pm. (Although some nights, depending on how A is, I go ahead and put her to bed and I leave closer to 7:15.) Most nights I can usually make it to the gym by 7:30 and I workout until at least 8:30, sometimes 8:45. It makes dinner on those nights pretty late, but either we eat something easy, or Adam eats before I get back. When I get back, we almost always hang out and watch an episode or two of whichever show we’re in the mood for before heading to bed – currently either West World or Last Man Standing. Going to the gym at night is honestly the only time when I feel like I can make it work. I’ve always been an evening-worker-outer anyways, so it’s not that big of a change. I’ve also always just felt guilty spending even MORE time away from Adeline, and the only time I don’t feel that mom guilt is after she’s gone to bed for the night. It definitely makes these three nights a week a bit more hectic and late, but Adam and I both have figured out how to make it a routine, and really put both of our fitness as a current priority.
- Run 3.1 miles – .5 mile intervals, increasing speed each time, ending at a full sprint
- Strength training – standing weighted lunges, bicep curls, overhead tricep dips, standing chest rows, one arm shoulder press, lawn mower dumbbell rows (all in a circuit, repeat X 3)
- Bike 7.5 miles, varying intensities and resistances (30 mins)
- Strength training – bicep curls, overhead tricep dips, standing chest rows, one arm shoulder press, standing overhead press, lat raises, forward lat raises, lawn mower dumbbell rows (all in a circuit, repeat X 4)
- 2 sets of box step-ups
- Bike 8 miles, varying intensities and higher than usual resistances (30 mins)
- Strength training – bicep curls, overhead tricep dips, standing chest rows, one arm shoulder press, standing overhead press, lat raises, forward lat raises, lawn mower dumbbell rows (all in a circuit, repeat X 3)
- 1 long set of box step-ups (basically AMAP)
- 1 set of bosu ball squats
Being a working mom, it can be HARD to find the time to workout and take care of YOU. And when you start thinking about that lack of time, and your head starts spinning thinking about all the things you need to do and work you need to get done, you can suddenly find yourself thinking maybe you shouldn’t be a working mom. Fret not though, fellow working mamas, you can do it! Those feelings are normal, or so I’m finding, and from one working mama to another – press on! I just heard a quote on Grey’s Anatomy that might help you –
Meredith comes to drop Zola off at Callie’s because she got called into the hospital unexpectedly. As she’s dropping her off, her eyes start to fill with tears…
Callie (to Meredith) – “No, don’t do this to yourself. No tears. It’s good for her to see you work. It’s good for her to see you achieve. Mommy works. That’s good.”
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
What workouts have you done lately? What’s your favorite dumbbell workout? Do you workout in the am or pm?