Workout Wednesday

Getting back in shape after having kids is freaking hard, let’s be serious. Not all of us have personal trainers, chefs and nannies that give us the time and resources needed to bounce back at the drop of a hat. For us ordinary moms it’s takes a great deal of planning and plain old hard work. Lot’s and lot’s of hard work.

I had my third little rugrat almost a year and a half ago. And finally over the past few months I feel that I am getting back to my old self. I’m not surprised it has taken me this long. It always takes me about a year to get into the swing of things again after I have a baby. That just seems to be the pattern for me. No matter how determined I am to get back into the workout and eating healthy routine, life never let’s that happen until after that year mark. Weird?!? I think that’s just life’s way of forcing me to slow down and enjoy all of the amazingness of that first year. It’s incredible how fast these tiny creatures can grow and I enjoy sucking up every moment!

But now that my littlest little has turned one it’s game on. Her birthday was in December and after a Disney trip late January I finally felt motivated to start putting more of a focus on me. Diet is always the hardest thing for me to change. Now we eat pretty well generally, but everyone slips off the healthy bandwagon sometimes. And as you all know the Whole 30 is my favorite way to get back on track. We ended up doing a Whole 50ish starting in March and this jump started getting me back on the healthy train. I lost about 12 lbs and that was major motivation for me to get back to my probably shape!

Exercise is something that I have always enjoyed. A good sweat session can put anyone in a better mood! After spending over half my life as an athlete I find comfort in a good workout routine. I enjoy running, swimming and spinning but I fell in love with Crossfit a few years ago when we were living in Texas. That style of workout is something that works for me. I feel strong, motivated, and pretty badass after completing a workout. The downside to Crossfit is that most boxes are super expensive! Worth every penny, but a little out of our budget right now. So thanks to a hand me down weight set from my Dad and a bunch of other equipment we have assembled over the years I have been getting in some pretty intense and awesome workouts at home.

There are millions of moms out there who are looking to get into shape, but most don’t know where to start. The workout planning process is enjoyable for me so I’m starting a weekly blog post summing up my workouts. Hoping to give you all a little inspiration and to help me stay accountable! I have a long way to go to get to where I want, but I am invested in this journey to a stronger, fitter, healthier and happier me.

Check out my workouts from the last week below. Included are the weights I used and the time each workout took to complete. I have not been lifting very heavy yet… I am slowly building back up and have been focusing on my form. In addition to my home workouts I also belong to an amazing, super motivating, all women’s gym close to my house. Local friends do yourself a favor and check out Sweat Like a Girl! Their Spin classes, Pilates, and Group fitness classes are so fun and really push me out of my comfort zone. So I try to add three or four classes weekly into my routine. So I noted what classes I attended each day. I also try to add one or two rest days in a week or I burn myself out!!

Hopefully this gives you all some motivation for find your inner bad ass and take charge of your health!

Workouts

 

Monday May 8, 2017

Warm Up:

800 M Run

10 Squat Cleans

10 Push Press

45lb Bar for both

For Time:

4 times through-

20 alternating Dumbbell Snatches (25lb Dumbbell)

10 burpees

10 Box Jumps (24 in box)

10 Knees to Chest

Time: 15:07

Abs:

4 times through-

30 Med Ball Russian Twist

10 V-Up

30 Flutter Kicks

1 Min. Plank

 

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Pilates and Sweat Camp Classes at Sweat Like a Girl

At home workout:

The Arm Workout on the Bottom is kinda hard to read but it is a favorite of mine

3 sets of 15 front raises, 15 bent over rows, and 15 overhead press

3 sets of 7 bottom to 1/2 bicep curls, 7 1/2 to full bicep curls, and 7 full bicep curls followed by

3 sets of 15 tricep dips, 15 skull crushers and 15 overhead tricep extension

*Be prepared to have trouble lifting your arms for the rest of the day!!

 

Wednesday 5/10/17

21-18-15-12-9-6-3

Thrusters

Wall Ball

400 M run between each Round

Time: 36:56

Weight: 45lbs

 

Thursday 5/11/17

Barre and Dumb Bell Classes at Sweat Like a Girl!

 

Friday 5/12/17

“Ivan the Terrible”

50-40-30-20-10

Lunges

Push-Ups

Sit Ups

90 second Jump Rope To start each round

Time: 26:01

Followed by my favorite Arm workout described on Tuesday 5/9 (I do this several times a week!!)

Then Abs:

4 times through 30 bicycles, 15 V-Up, 30 Flutter Kicks, 15 Leg Raises, 1 Minute Plank

 

Saturday 5/13/17

 

Sunday 5/14/17

Rest day!!!!

 

OK friends there you have it! Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for intense, kick butt at home workouts! We all have to start somewhere! Come back and check on my progress over the next few months! And please leave me a comment telling me what you think of these workouts!

 

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Taco Beef and Veggie Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I am always on the hunt for new family friendly recipes. And with us now on our fourth round of the Whole 30 adding variety to our meals is key. What is the phrase? Variety is the spice of life?! So true right? So this time I am doing my best to mix up our meals and try lots of new things!

Now for me, I tend to find something I like will stick with it. I will eat it day in and day out. Have you been following my salad obsession on Instagram??? Now this is totally cool if I do this for my lunches, but not so cool for family dinner. I need to mix things up or no one will eat, well besides me!  My husband totally needs variety keep him entertained, and if I am going to keep him excited about this Whole 30 craziness I need to serve him food he will want to eat! This time the tons of new recipes I have been trying are really making this round easy! My husband even mentioned that this has been the easiest round yet!

So easy and enjoyable that we decided to extend it out an extra 30 days to see if we can get some pesky skin and GI issues to totally clear up. Day 39 today and we are both feeling pretty great. And I am totally seeing some improvement in my skin just in the last week. Win, Win! But this is a whole different topic for another time…

Back to the real point here! Variety, Healthy Dinners, Family Friendly Recipes! That was what I was really taking about, right?! Every Whole 30’er with little kids needs some go to recipes that please the whole family. And I am always on the hunt for such recipes! I refuse to make two dinners and my kiddos start to get bored with meat, potatoes and veggies after awhile. So I started throwing things together and came up with this awesome Taco Beef and Veggie mix that can be stuffed into Sweet Potatoes for a healthy, filling and well rounded meal everyone will love. It can also eaten alone, or over a salad. Whatever works for you!

So give this a try and please, please let me know what you all think! I would love to hear what family friendly Whole 30 recipes are favorites in your house! Thanks for stopping in and come back again soon!!

 

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Taco Beef and Veggie Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Whole 30 Approved Family Favorite
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Brown Ground Beef (I used lean grass fed ground beef so there was very little grease to drain off, depending on the type of beef you use you may need to drain off the grease after browning your meat)
  2. While beef is browning dice and shred your veggies
  3. After beef is browned add in diced onions, bell peppers, and jalapeño. Saute over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until veggies begin to soften
  4. Add in garlic and cook for another minute
  5. Add shredded carrots, zucchini, diced tomatoes, salsa and spices to your meat mix. Add salt to taste. Stir and simmer for about 10 more minutes.
  6. While Taco mix is simmering, cook your potatoes. I am always in a rush with dinner so I just wash them, poke a few holes in each and microwave them for about 10 minutes or until they are soft. If you have tons of time you can always cook them in the oven for about an hour at 400 degrees.
  7. Once your Taco Mix and Sweet Potatoes are cooked, slice and stuff your potatoes with your mix, top with some Guacamole and Cilantro and Enjoy!!!
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