Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Fitness Secrets

I haven't mentioned fitness on here since April of last year...and lately I've been asked if it's still a part of my life.
The answer is yes, it's a huge part of my life.  I guess that's why I forget to blog about it because it's such a lifestyle for me that it's no longer something I really think about...I just do it.
There's a difference in working out and maintaining a fit lifestyle.  I know because I've been both the workout girl and the fit girl.
I used to just workout.  Maybe three times a week if I reeeally felt like it. Then I would leave the gym so glad I was finished working out and eat a huge dinner, then plop down on the sofa and eat an entire row or two of Oreos while I watched One Tree Hill.  Because I worked out to eat without guilt.  I didn't gain weight, I looked kinda fit, and believe it or not... that worked for me back then.
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 (the show never gets old, it just doesn't...welcome to my blog Brooke Davis)
 But life changes, y'all.
Enter:  Kollyns River
Exit:  Sporadic workouts and guilt free snacking
After I had Kollyns I knew I wanted fitness to be more than just about what I looked like.  I wanted to be healthy for my daughter, and I wanted to model habits that she could mimic as she got older.  I didn't want a workout to be something dreadful, I wanted it to be something I looked forward to and enjoyed and eventually something she could enjoy too.  Now she's four and everyday when we get home her first words are "get your clothes on mama, time to workout".  She knows all about biceps, triceps, quads, hams & glutes...and she loves to do gymnastics on my squat rack (probably not the safest thing) and "Mom please don't tell me you have to do squats again today." is her famous first line as we're walking downstairs to the gym.
I'm definitely not the fittest mama ever, and I'm certainly not a fitness know-it-all.  But I'm dedicated to my workouts, healthy with my food choices, and committed to making fitness a priority.
If you wanna be a fit mama too, all it takes is a little preparation and a few good choices...but you don't have to tell everyone it's that easy.  Let them think you're S U P E R M O M....because if you have more than one kid and still manage to stay fit, you really probably are.

And in case you haven't figured it out yet, my "secrets" aren't really secrets.  Everyone knows these things.  I knew them too for a long time, but until I actually started doing them they didn't really work for me, ha.
1.  I Make It a Priority
I know you're thinking "easy for you to say, you workout in your basement." Well, until Kollyns turned 2, I worked out in an actual gym, and my husband is on swing shifts so my workout schedule would vary almost everyday.  When he was on day shift I would wake up at 4 am and workout before he left for work at 5. When he was on night shift I would wait for him to get home and head to the gym around 6:30 am.  It was hard but it was important to me, so I chose to sacrifice an hour of sleep to feel great the rest of the day.  Now Kollyns and I head down to the gym everyday as soon as we get home from work, before we even have a chance to get distracted by anything else.  And if you can't get to a real gym or you can't see yourself splurging on a home gym, buy some dumbbells.  My workouts consist almost entirely of exercises using dumbbells and the squat rack.  You can work every single body part using those two things alone. Nothing like pumping iron the old fashioned way.  And free weights have always been twice as effective for me when it comes to strength and growth.
2.  I Chug That Water
See that picture up top?  Yep, that's my beloved water jug from Complete Nutrition.  I drink an entire one of those everyday and then some.  Drinking lots of water is so much easier through a straw, I promise. 

3.  I Eat Like I Love Myself
Eating right is most definitely the most important part of staying fit.  Once I ditched my Oreo habit and stopped swinging through the drive-thru every time I had a Big Mac craving, I noticed huge changes in my body and in the way I felt overall.  Instead of working out and remaining the same, I was busting my butt and finally seeing noticeable results.  I sometimes eat twice as many calories as I used to but they are from fresh food, lean protein, veggies, whole grain carbs & fruit.  I keep Emerald Cinnamon Almonds in my purse at all times because they are delish and keep me from reaching for chips and junk food.  And I always try to keep a Quest Bar stashed close by in case I have a craving for sweets.  S'mores flavor is my jam.

4.  I Incorporate Cardio Into My Workout
My kid is too antsy to sit in a stroller for a jog, not that I would jog anyways.   Running is not my thing.  Who am I kidding?  Cardio is not my thing.  But I know it's necessary for heart health.  So If I want to get my heart rate up I usually up the tempo of my workout, rest less between sets, or do full body combination movements. Win, win.

5. I View My Workout as a Privilege, Not a Chore
It's my me time.  It keeps me sane.  I get to push myself, challenge myself and spend time doing something that's not only good for the body...but for my mind!  Endorphins anyone?  Yes please!  I sit at a desk all day so my workouts are like a reward for sitting still all day staring at a computer screen.  It's fun being active and it's rewarding to have that feeling of accomplishment after a workout!  And on top of that it's a huge privilege to have the ability to get in the gym and see just what my body is capable of!  I love it!

6.  I Dress The Part
If I head downstairs in my baggy sweatpants and one of Devin's t-shirts, I can pretty much chalk that up to a crappy workout before I even get started.  I know I will kick my butt if I put on my cutest workout clothes, because I'm far more motivated when I can actually see the body parts I'm working out.

7. I Play With My Kid and Call it a Workout
Kollyns is a great kid, but she isn't always in the mood to swing from the squat rack and watch me lift.  Some days she wants my full attention and I'm all for that, because it gives me a chance to change up my routine.  I've squatted with her in my arms too many times to count. I've done dips, bridges, & hip thrusts with her in my lap, had a lunge race with her across the back yard, and so many other exercises that she could be a part of!  She always giggles the entire time and has a blast...and so do I!

Do you have any fitness secrets that help you stay in shape?  Tell me, tell me!


Emily Osborne said...

I literally can't ever imagine you being overweight. Or looking like someone who 'needs to workout' ... now I feel bad about myself. I'm just over here, 9 months preggo eating my cocoa pebbles for breakfast! NBD.

Kelsey Almond said...

Do not feel bad about your perfect pregnant self. You are adorable. And when I was pregnant I def gave into the cravings on a regular basis. And at 8 months I had a very attractive belly rash and ankles so puffy that they looked like something off of a sci-fi movie. ;) #noshameinthepreggogame

Erica said...

What a great post! Gives me lots of motivation now. And you're SO right, drinking water through a straw is 100 x easier!!

Sadia Malik said...

Just jumping up and down is great fun but after a while it can get stale so there are many games which can renew the interests your trampoline.