Must Start Running Again

Back in the day before kids and daycare payments, I used to run. A lot. I grew up going to my dad’s marathons and after visiting the Boston Marathon one year while I was in college, I decided to take running a bit more seriously. I ran around the cow pastures at Virginia Tech and spent hours on the treadmill in the winter, all whilst smelling the delicious Chinese food from next door. YUM.

Before I knew it, I was running marathons too. Huzzah! And while I was a moderately slow runner (I think my fastest time is 4:36), I was having fun and staying in shape.

Enter children. After my first, I was determined to run a marathon before my second kid arrived. So I signed up for a race and trained. The race was fantastic and I finished with a huge smile on my face.

NOT!

The race was a disaster. DISASTER. Training didn’t go well because, ya know, I don’t have as much free time on my hands anymore. And my first son started to dislike strollers pretty early on. Dreams of being that fit mom running with a fancy stroller faded fast. So training was terrible but I still got through those 26.2 miles. It was hard. I walked a lot and melted into a heaving, crying mess when I crossed the finish line. ugh. At least I finished, right?

I haven’t run much since that race; it beat me down. But now that I’m almost 4 months postpartum with my second son, I have the itch to run again. I’m going in with a different mindset, though. I know I can’t dedicate hours to running anymore, so a marathon is out of the question. My schedule changes a lot, too, so I have to be understanding when I miss a run.

I’ve decided to follow the AnotherMotherRunner.com 5k Finish It plan. This plan is made for moms so it’s flexible. Love it! Hope I can stick to it for the whole 10 weeks.

The plan is to start on Monday, so I have a few days to mentally prepare myself to wake up early, before the kids, to get my run in. That’s around 4:30 am. ouch. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Let’s hope for good news!

xxoo

Jennifer.

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It’s Been Downhill Since Monday

If only it was that easy!

On Monday, I was on top of it all. I made lunches Sunday night, I worked out at 5 am, and I was showered by the time I had to wake up the preschooler/teenager for school. I was Wonder Mom!

On Tuesday, I slept in. Still managed to shower! But I applied so much dry shampoo that my hair was white and turned oily in the afternoon. It wasn’t pretty, guys.

Today, I slept in again. Showered, again, before 6:30 and I blow dried my hair this time! I didn’t get my workout in, though. I wanted to do barre, but it looks like I’ll be walking at lunch instead. Which isn’t so bad, I just wanted more.

I’ve definitely had to learn how to be flexible after becoming a mom. I’m a planner and I get very uncomfortable when things don’t go as planned and when schedules get off course. As a mom, I have to realize that I’m just more tired and busy than I used to be, and that’s okay. Life is crazy and not like it was in my early twenties.

This week is just one of those where I have to go with the flow and figure things out on the fly. A walk instead of a barre workout isn’t the end of the world. I mean, I get to spend extra time with my dog! There’s always tomorrow for more. 🙂

How do you deal with life’s schedule changes, either big or small?

xxoo

Jennifer.

28 Days of Movement and Prime Day!

Summer is in full swing and with a preschooler and an infant, it’s super hard to find time to work out. But I know myself and unless I intentionally move, I get super cranky and nobody wants to be around me. 🙂

Thank goodness Barre3 has come to my rescue, once again. I started doing B3 workouts when I was pregnant with my first son. They’re amazing. The workout is a combo of pilates, yoga, and ballet barre that gets your muscles shaking and quaking. It’s also great because I can do them in my own home with some 2 pounds weights and a chair.

Anyways, they’re currently doing a B3 Anywhere summer challenge of 28 days of movement. To join in, just intentionally move for 28 days. That’s it! Even if it’s a quick 10-minute B3 workout or short walk around the block, it counts and you’ve done something for yourself.

Yesterday I did two 10-minute B3 workouts. Today I slept through my alarms (surprise, surprise) and will take a walk with my dog at lunch.

And in honor of barre workouts at home and Amazon Prime day, below are deals to get you started working out from home! You really don’t need that much

Two pound weights are all you need for barre workouts.

You need a good yoga mat so your feet don’t slip.

Exercise balls are used certain moves to build core strength and even support your back.Exercise bands are optional, really, but do help you stretch and work your muscles deeper.Besides a chair that I’m sure you can find in your dining room or office, that’s about all you need to get started with barre workouts at home. Easy peasy and they make you feel so good. Let me know if you try them!

Have a great day!

xxoo

Jennifer

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Weigh In – 7/6

Weight Change: -1.4 lbs

Starting Weight: 139

Current Weight: 130.8 

Goal Weight: 125

So today was weigh in day, again. Funny how they sneak up on you like that. But after attending a couple of BBQs for the holiday weekend and dealing with my new back-to-work schedule, I’m surprised I did so well. Honestly, I didn’t try that hard the past week. I still tracked, but I was also very lazy with what I ate (had my hand in the animal cracker bag too often). I really think I’m still losing easy baby weight (my son is 3 months old) and it’s going to get harder very soon. I need to buckle down and focus.

Today’s meeting was all about being assertive. Now I am NOT an assertive person. I’m very quiet. While I’ve become more vocal since having kids, I do most of my speaking up on their behalf and remain quiet when it comes to myself. This needs to change. I need to put on my big girl pants. ugh.

So in honor of being more attentive to myself, I’m listing out goals that I want to accomplish this week. If anyone gets in my way, hopefully I’ll remember about this week’s meeting topic and be a voice for myself.

Hopefully these goals will carry on to weeks thereafter, but…baby steps. 🙂

  • Don’t eat off my toddler’s plate.
  • Measure/count and track EVERYTHING.
  • Work out 5 days this week.
  • No Diet Coke or flavored sparkling water that looks healthy but isn’t because it’s also loaded with chemicals.

Next Thursday I’ll be back to update you all on my goals. I know I’m not perfect, but at least two better be checked off.

What goals did you set for yourself this week?