My Work Out Regime

I am asked almost daily about my workouts, so I thought I would answer the most common questions here as well..

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What do you do? I am pretty much old school when it comes to working out. I lift weights and do a little cardio. I do NOT do cross fit. I do NOT do Pilates. I do NOT do Zumba.

How many days per week do you work out? I workout 6 days a week.

How long are your workouts? ONE hour! That’s it!

What is your schedule? I do switch this up quite a bit. I will do the following for about 4 weeks, then I have a totally different routine I do for 6 weeks alternating between a strength and an intensity week with some functional cardio added in.. It works well for me!

Monday: Quads/Abs
Tuesday: Chest/Biceps/Abs
Wednesday: Cardio
Thursday: Hamstrings/Calves
Friday: Back/Triceps/Abs
Saturday: Shoulders/Abs
Sunday: REST

What is your favorite muscle group to work? Legs… Hands down! But, I also like biceps.. and triceps.. and chest.. and shoulders.. Hell, I like it all! 🙂

What is your favorite time of day to workout?  My favorite time to workout is early morning. I know if I don’t do it first thing, it simply won’t get done. The thing I love about doing my workouts early is that I am rested which makes for a great workout, and a great workout clears everything up mentally, physically, and I just have a better day!

 

It’s ON!

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I don’t know what it is or how it happens, but there seems to be this “switch” inside my brain… It’s either ON or OFF. I REALLY like it when it’s on! ON = Motivated and on plan everyday.  OFF = Not so motivated and half-assing my meal plan.

Eating is often the hardest part for me, but I always workout. That is a habit I am just not willing to break. I train regardless of me eating clean or not, I guess I like those endorphins. I know many people who will stop working out all together when they eat crap. I get it, but burning calories is still burning calories, right?

The past seven months have been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster for me. I have not eaten well… AT ALL! In fact, before the holidays I decided I was not going to worry about what I was eating. I enjoyed lots of good food and treats, and you know what? I remembered I like Apollo Burgers! Ha!

However, the bad eating habits have caught up to me. January 1st came and I had a plan, a well written plan, I might add. Remember that switch? It didn’t flip. Bad carbs create a vicious circle of craving MORE bad carbs.. If that switch isn’t on? the discipline that is required is just not there and then throw emotions into the mix… ugh! So I just get back up and start again.

Well, last Saturday, the switch flipped back on unexpectedly. I’m not complaining, but I sure wish I could figure out what the triggers are…

Here is the story… Saturdays have always been my free day, and we go out to lunch a lot on that day. My kids have come to expect it. My girlie was trying to decide which soda to put in her cup. Being 7, these types of decisions can take SEVERAL frustrating (for me) minutes. A lady came up and said, “So many choices, but I am going with the BEST choice… WATER!” and she proceeded to fill her cup with water. Great advice! But it bothered me. It REALLY bothered me, A LOT! I don’t know why, perhaps because she knows NOTHING about my family. For one, my kids don’t drink soda very often. Saturday is a free day for them as well. And it is not like my kids are overweight.. They are NOT! And do I really look like I don’t teach my kids a healthy lifestyle? Ok, I have some fluff and spillover right now, but I certainly still look fit! I really don’t like meddlers!

And the switch was on! It was as simple as that! So, really I guess I should be thanking that nosey-ass lady!

This has turned out to be a fabulous week. I have been spot on. My diet has been tight and my abs are coming back.. Oh, how I have missed them! 🙂  Abs are definitely made in the kitchen! I have said it before, you can’t outwork a bad diet!

2014…

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