The other day in my What’s Up Wednesday post, I mentioned that the hubby and I were making a consistent effort to place working out high on our priority list. We were both feeling the effects of enjoying our summer eating pretty much whatever we wanted and exercise consisted only of surfing (him) and walking the dog (me).
As we are now in our 40’s, it has become clear to us (like crystal clear) that we cannot maintain our bodies like we used to without some serious effort. So we’re cleaning up our diet and incorporating circuit training along with cardio.
In the past, we both have jumped on the exercise and clean eating bandwagon only to burnout and feel deprived, so this time we both decided that the changes we make need to be consistent lifestyle changes we can incorporate into our daily lives. We will never give up ice cream (or chips and salsa), it’s just not going to happen, but we can limit ourselves to a cheat meal once a week, OK, who am I kidding twice a week, without feeling deprived or that we have just sabotaged our hard work.
We’re still easing into the new routine, but so far our schedule has consisted of waking up around 4:30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and completing a 30-minute circuit. At 6:00am I take the dog for a 3-mile walk with my neighbor. Tuesday and Thursday I’ve been easing back in to running on the same 3-mile route with pup. I’m hoping to add a third day of running this week. The hubby usually incorporates surfing or bike riding on the days we do not do a circuit.
For our circuit training we are following Kayla Itsines Bikini Body 12 Week Program. Don’t let the name or the fact that it’s a “bikini body” program fool you. Her program is kicking our butt! There are 2 different circuits and you do one circuit as many times as you can for 7 minutes before moving on to the next circuit, repeating that process twice for a total of 28 minutes.
I’m also a huge fan of the Tone It Up Girls and am loosely participating in their Fall Challenge which started September 20th and goes for 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks, I’m hoping to complete 150 miles through a combination of running and walking. The girls have a great tracker that you can download to keep track of your miles. As of September 30th, I have completed 32.36 miles.
Another cool feature of the Fall Challenge is the girls clued me in on an app that not only tracks your miles, but allows you to choose a charity to run (or walk, bike, etc.) for. For every mile you run, Charity Miles will pay .25¢ for the charity you chose on your behalf. How cool is that? I chose Operation Smile whose mission is near and dear to my heart since our daughter was born with cleft lip and palate. The hubby chose Wounded Warrior. We just downloaded the app the other day, so we don’t have a lot of miles logged, but we are really excited to pair our working out with helping those in need. It’s definitely an extra motivation booster! The app is free to download too. Here is a summary of my history to date:
Here’s a nice table that summarizes our workout last week.
A couple of things that I wanted to mention:
- Due to a tailbone injury, I can’t do the straight leg sit ups (I actually DID do them last week, but am still in pain because of it) so I do crunches instead.
- I can only do about 3 push-ups, so the rest of my push-up are “girl push ups” on my knees (no shame in my game).
- We did not complete the Full Body Circuit on Friday as called for in the guide and instead slept in. And by sleeping in, I mean we slept till 5am.
This week has been really good so far and I’m hoping to incorporate yoga into the schedule next week if I can fit it in. I’d love to hear from you and how you make working out a priority.