TGIF. I am so glad it is the weekend! We have fun dinner plans tonight and a birthday party tomorrow.
I wanted to talk about Fitness today.
It took me about 6 months after Frances was born to finally get back into exercising again. I am in a really good routine now and my workouts are paying off. I am proud to say I am one pound from my goal weight and pre-baby weight. I am not going to lie it has been slow getting the pounds off, but I know I did it in the right way and not with a quick fix cleanse or crash diet. I think the weight will stay off. Sadly it is pretty true nine months to gain the weight, nine months to lose it! I eat pretty healthy for the most part so I did not have to change my diet too much, it was exercise that was lacking in my life.
Running is what works best for me. It burns the most calories and tones my whole body. Every other day I get up at 6am and run. I started off just doing 2 miles and I now have worked up to 4.2 miles. I may eventually get to 4.5-5 miles but that is the max I plan to run. I am no athlete, this stuff just doesn't come easy to me. Cheerleading was the extent of the sports I did growing up. Running is still hard as crap for me, it really has not gotten easier, but I am able to push myself to go further now. The whole time I run I am basically ready for it to be over. I never hit a runner's high while running. But I do it for the way I feel afterwards. It is the best start to my day. I have more energy and I am just in a damn good mood. I do it as much for the mental benefits as the physical. I run about a 10 minute pace, slow I know but it gets me huffing and puffing. I am drenched in sweat by the end of my workout.
It is hard to get up when my alarm goes off, but I am getting used to it. The best part of my runs are the hour alone by myself with no yelling, crying, or someone asking me for something. That is what gets me out of bed, the thought of pure silence:) Plus I get to see some amazing sunrises. The beach below is one mile from our house. It is how I start my run, I run there grab some water and watch the sunrise and have some quiet time with God and then I finish my run.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite Running Essentials:
I love this watch.. It tracks your distance, pace, miles and calories burned. I use it every time I run. It alerts me when I run my best time and I really love seeing how many calories I burn. For those curious I aim to burn between 450-500 calories each workout.
I mentioned these a few weeks ago, but they really are the best running shorts. I love the side slits and the waist band. They are flattering and comfortable.
Also available in pink and gray HERE.
This is the tank I am wearing in the above picture. That is my standard running uniform: the scoopneck tank + Brooks Shorts. I love these tanks because they are longer and not skin tight.
There are so many options of running shoes out there it can be daunting. I have been really pleased with my New Balances. They are light weight and offer the right amount of support.
I also love the New Balance Sports bras. If you are lucky you can find these at TJMaxx but if not Nordstrom carries them.
Good music is key for me when running. A good song can make me bust my ass that much longer. Here is my current play list. Any songs I should add?
I love this quote from Gwyneth- I know alot of people hate her but she is so right about working out. It is not easy you have to put the time and effort in to see results.
How do you stay fit? For me the key is doing it first thing in the morning, otherwise I put it off and won't do it.
I loved these four simple rules, I try to always follow.
It ain't easy but its worth it!
For all my Charleston friends, my friend Melissa who started the baby food company, Giggle Bites is doing a delivery to Charleston next weekend. Since it is currently not carried in any stores down here now is the time to stock up. It is all I feed Frances, we love it! If you want to place an order email Melissa@gigglebitesfood.com. There is a $20 minimum order and orders need to be received by next Wednesday!