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Stronger Everyday: Weekly Workout Recap

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.

working out as a mom

Workout 1:

  • 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)

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Workout 2:

  • 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

how to be stronger as a mom

Workout 3:

  • 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?

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    January 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Great week!
    Yes, as a mom it’s super important to make yourself a priority! My older 3 kids are off of school until Monday, so it’s kind of hit and miss right now and I have been trying to workout either right before dinner or after. Last night my should have taken 30 minute workout took almost 2 hours because someone needed something, but I got it done and my little cheering section made it worth it 😉 I can not wait until school starts again and naptime, uninterrupted workouts can resume!! I have been a stay at home mom for almost 9 years now, there are some days I would do just about anything to drop off the toddler and go into an office!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Haha I bet your schedule is nuts when the kiddos are home from school! And I believe it about wanting some days to go into the office! Even on the weekends when A is home with me, sometimes I think it is SO hard and I find myself begging for it to be nap time! And I see you’re a bachelor fan!! Clicking over now! We must discuss! 😉

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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    January 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    You’re looking so great! I feel you on being afraid to use the weights in the gym! It’s also the most dirty places at the gym too! I have been loving using my own free weights and doing some at home workouts. It’s great for those chilly icy nights in the winter too!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thank you so much, Heather! And girl yes, it really is disgusting if you think about it, ha! I make sure I wash my hands extra long immediately after! And again when I get home!

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    January 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I love seeing your routine! I’ve debated doing an evening yoga class one of these days- maybe I’ll try a post-bedtime workout soon. I love my morning workouts, they really are the key for me! My motivation? Getting ready for work in PEACE!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

      I love that you are able to work out in the morning! I so wish I could get the timing down to make it work!

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    January 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Way to go! I love your inspiration this year. It is so so hard to make time for it, but you’re doing great! It was also my goal after Claire/before this pregnancy to get in the best shape ever. I did a 3 month heavy lifting plan in the spring last year that was life changing! I think a lot of the muscle has stuck with me, but it has been kinda disappointing how much pregnancy just makes all that hard work slip away. But I know I’ll get back there someday, right?!

    I love all your cycling. I was thinking of taking a cycling class this week, but I did an 8 mile ride on my vaca (granted on THE cheapest crappiest bike ever) and it was SO uncomfortable for my bump. Maybe a recumbent bike then? Idk. Do you ever do spin classes?
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      Sweet Miles
      January 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Oh my goodness, YES! So true!!! I was in awesome shape before I got pregnant, and then it was like I instantly lost everything! How does that happen?! You are doing amazing!!! I can see your hard work too! And yes on the cycling – I could never get comfortable on the bike when I was pregnant. Maybe the recumbent would work though? I’ve never tried it!

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    January 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome job! That is really great and I’m glad it’s becoming easier for you to get to the gym in the evenings and do free weights. I totally get what you mean about feeling intimidated!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Thanks girl! It definitely takes some strong will after a long day but I feel like if I don’t give myself some gym time I will go crazy! Plus I sit on the couch all day for work, soooo my butt’s not getting any smaller that way, that’s for sure 😉

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    February 3, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Wow. That’s amazing. You really are a super mom.
    I couldn’t understand how moms can go to the gym or just work out at home… But about 6 months after my beautiful daughter was born, I started to go to the gym with my husband.
    Of course we didn’t have so much free time to go more than twice a week. But I’m so blessed. My sister-in-law takes care of our baby while we are at the gym.. Being there just gives me so much energy. And this opportunity to be there with someone who you love so much and do something together, is just amazing. 🙂
    It’s really hard to find that free time together, but somehow we do it.
    Oh, and what kind of exercises are our favorites? Well, definitely those with dumbbells. We just love them., haha. Now we’re thinking about buying them so we could work out at home too.

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