Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Another Two Bite the Dust

I'm celebrating another two pounds of baby weight gone! Unfortunately, though, they don't seem to be two pounds from the area of my body where the baby actually was, but whatever. Technicality. I'm happy just to see the 130s in my very near future! 

My baby-belly-blaster plan is simple:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: run 5 miles and do one of the two strength and conditioning workouts I've pieced together. Each workout has three Exercise TV workouts: one is upper body focused, one is lower body focused, and the third is a total body workout. Cumulatively, it's 30-40 minutes of weights and plyometrics in my living room before anyone else wakes up (hopefully).

Tuesday/Thursday: run 5 miles and do a yoga/stretching/core workout DVD that I love. It's by Karen Voight, who is pretty old school but I love her. It's a good workout and I can get it done in 45 minutes. I feel amazing afterwards! There are two workouts, and I'll usually alternate them.

This is the one I do; it's great! 

Saturday: long run, preferably 7 or 8 miles, which is long for me, to prepare for the Mardi Gras Half Marathon. 

Sunday: rest. Usually. :) I'm getting much better at this!

The best part of this plan is that it is sustainable, and sustainability is one of the fundamentals of a successful exercise program. The best exercise for you is the one you will do every day, consistently, and completely. By varying my workouts I don't get bored, by cross-training I reduce injury from muscle over-use, and by reminding myself how much better I feel after a workout, I get out there and get it done!

People ask me all the time how I find time for so much exercise. My answer is simple: I make it. It's a priority. The time is there, it is always there, and it is waiting for you to show up. Make the time today to get out there and get healthy!


Jen said...

You are SO right that sustainability is the key. If you can't do it for life then why bother. That goes for eating and a myriad of a lot of other things too!

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Healthy Heather said...

Jen, you are completely correct. So many times I hear people say, "after the diet," and I just want to cry!

Anonymous said...

Heather After visiting this past weekend, I have begun journaling and planning my meals. I have maintained less than 1300 calories/day and my blood sugar is 110 today. Thanks for the inspiration. Mama Marie