My workout plans continuously evolve and change, which is a good thing! I have always tried to establish a workout routine that fits each season in my life. Creating a workout plan that follows a schedule that allows for spontaneity is important. I love knowing that I will be running every Saturday, but I equally enjoy going for an impromptu afternoon walk, hike, or bike ride with Mike or a friend. My main two forms of workouts are through running and workout DVDs.
I just began running again, and I am definitely easing back into it. I really enjoy running, and I have run two marathons in my life, but the last time I ran was over two years ago. Two weeks ago, I started with a 2.5 mile course and it is the perfect fit for me. I don’t have any upcoming races planned, but if you are running to train for a race, be sure to give yourself enough time to reach your goals. For both marathons, I used a sixteen-week training plan like this one.
Before becoming pregnant two years ago, I ran 3-4 miles five times a week. During that time, I ranged from 125-130 pounds (I am 5’7″). Once I became pregnant in August 2015, and got the “okay” to exercise from my doctor, I walked 2-3 miles five to six times a week and did a workout from this DVD four times a week. I worked out regularly with this routine until 30 weeks gestation. Peter was born at exactly 40 weeks, on his due date, and I weighed 163 pounds. I waited the full six weeks postpartum to begin working out again (this is very important to let your body heal and prevent injury!). After those six weeks, I walked twenty-minutes every day, went to a barre class once a week, and did this DVD three to four times a week. Seven months later I weighed 128 pounds. This past January, Mike and I completed a Whole30, and I dropped down to 118 pounds during that month. I am currently at 123 pounds.
Don’t get obsessed with numbers. Working out is about feeling healthy and fit. Often when I run regularly, I tend to gain weight! And that’s okay! I rarely weigh myself (I had to ask Mike where the scale was!) and choose to workout to be healthy and strong mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Things that I have found helpful to establish a solid workout routine:
– Bring pen to paper. Write down your workout plan. At the beginning of each week or month, write down your workout plan in your calendar.
– Find a workout parter. Since I started running again, I often run with a friend. This keeps us both accountable and motivated.
– Reflect on the reasons why you want to have a workout routine. Writing down my goals brings meaning, intention, and focus to my workouts. When I am tempted to give up during a workout, I think about the reasons I want to be healthy.
– Establish realistic goals. I would love to work out seven days a week and run five miles a day, but I know that is not a reality for me right now. I know what my body can handle and what can cause me to burn out.
My Weekly Workout Guide
Sunday: Level 2 workout of this DVD
Monday: Level 1 workout of this DVD
Tuesday: Walk 2.5 miles
Wednesday: Run 1 mile and do an abdominal routine from this DVD
Thursday: Walk 2.5 miles
Saturday: Run 2.5 miles