Hey y’all! Happy Friday! I’m working today and then jumping on a flight home tonight to celebrate my brother turning 16 and helping my sister pack for college! It’s going to be a wonderful, much needed, weekend 🙂
Today I’m excited to share my WORKOUT routine. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been sharing how I’ve really been trying to put my body and health first this summer, and lose some weight I’ve gained this year.
This past year I never found the time to workout, of course most were excuses, but this summer I’ve cut all excuses out. I struggle A LOT with feeling exhausted. Mostly because I really am from my schedule, but sometimes it’s ridiculous at how tired I feel. My parents were always getting on to me because every time I called them, came home, etc. I constantly said “I’m tired.” or complained about how I had no energy.
Let me tell y’all, I changed my diet, worked out everyday, and I’ve never felt more alive and constantly ready to go. I never call my mom and tell her I’m exhausted and I always feel energetic. I never thought I would feel like this again but changing bad eating habits and working out are LIFE-CHANGING.
We’ll talk eating habits and meal prep in another post soon… but for the gist of it, I cut out all bad food (with the occasional cookie dough/ice cream buy 😉 ). I only ate fruits/vegtables/protein. I did eat pasta, baked potatoes, and rice but in smaller portions instead of stuffing myself with them 2x a day like I used too. LOL. #truth.
I work out Monday-Thursday, with a workout on Friday or Sunday sometimes. Whenever I would start the excuses, I would tell myself to pretty much shut-up haha. I pushed myself to go, and even on the busiest days…I always made sure I went, even if it was just for 30 minutes.
The first 2.5 weeks of this after I hadn’t worked out in 6 months, and my typical meal was pizza, ramen, or hamburger helper…. I was soooo incredibly tired and drained. I almost quit because I was like okay this is ridiculous how crappy I feel. ButI quickly learned this was my body craving the really bad food and trying to adjust to my new routine.
After those two weeks, I began to see a huge change. I was seeing differences in not only the way I looked but the way I felt. I was alive once again hahaha. I was starting my days at 6 a.m. and ending them at 12 p.m. and I was so energized and happy each day. I never stopped going and going and I was so happy to see major positive changes.
It’s funny because my roommate and her boyfriend were in town the other week and I had worked all day and was at home making a smoothie and getting ready to cook and go out with them and they both looked at me and said “How are you not dead right now.” I just laughed because I would’ve been 4 months ago haha and it was so nice to hear that because It was another justification that my lifestyle change was working.
OK, enough blabbering. Let’s talk workout.
My main goal when it came to working out was not necessarily to lose weight… but to physically lose the appearance of my little food pouch on my stomach because that definitely became apparent to me, and to also tone my body.
** I am in no way a trainer, nor do I have any expertise in working out, this is just what I’ve researched and played around with and the routine I’ve found gives me the best results for now. I am also ALWAYS changing it up each day. Which so should you, you don;t want your body getting used to a specific routine. **
I’ve always loved the treadmill and elliptical. But my body was used to my typical 30 minute simple speed. I decided that first needed to change and I looked up different incline training workouts. I’ve taken my roommate along to some and she can attest to the fact that THIS KILLS. Especially if you’re out of shape.
Also wanted to mention, I’ve mentioned a ton but I have a very busy work week and I like my workouts to be FAST and INTENSE. You may like them to be longer and intense at certain points… but this is for all of you that don’t have an hour + to spend at the gym.
This is on a treadmill:
– 1 MIN: Full sprint at fastest speed you can go: This gets your body awake and muscles ready to go.
-5 MINS: Incline at 3.5/ Speed at 4.0
– 5 MINS: Incline at 6.5/ Speed at 4.2
-4 MINS Inclince at 9.5/ Speed at 4.0
-2 MINS: Cooldown. Incline at 2.o/Speed at 3.5
Of course this changes every day, sometimes I go for longer, or faster, or a bigger incline. You can change this to what works for you.
Arms, Abs, Legs:
So I do abs every day, and I switch off between arms and legs each day. Again, I’m always looking on Pinterest for new workouts for these but I do a combination of the following each week.
3 sets of 15 sit-ups
3 sets of 14 flutter kicks
3 sets of 8 leg raises
3 sets of cycle crunches
3 sets of 10 leg pull-ins
2 30 sec. planks
I kind of just randomly do this haha. I like to do the 10 lb weights and just kind of do whatever. I also like the different arm machines in the gym.
4 sets of 20 lunges/ skipping lunges
2 sets of 35 squats
2 sets of 25 donkey kicks
2 sets of butt bridges (awkward to do but KILL.)
That’s typically my daily workout and I wake up everyday seeing good results and feeling sore. I hope y’all liked this and If you have a good workout, please send my way! I’m always looking for more 🙂
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