First, I’m excited today to be guest posting at The Scoop on Poop while Stephanie is moving into a new home. Pop over and say hi to me. I’m talking about my fear of having 3 teenage girls living with me in the not so distant future. Stephanie is the one responsible for my new blog design too.
Spring Training. No, I’m not talking about baseball. Although I do enjoy a good trip to the ballpark. It’s spring and it’s time to get back in shape.
Kristen at Peace, Love, and Museli wrote about her plan to trim up last week and I whole heartedly agree with her. Time to start being serious about working out regularly. It’s nearly swim suit season and I plan to go to the beach this summer. Also, we’re going to Hawaii in May. That’s like six weeks away. There will be lots of beach time and bikini time.
Yep, I’m going to wear a bikini. Not because I’m so brave and daring or confident or anything like that. More because of my figure, one piece swimsuits don’t fit right and tankinis make me look frumpy. I am not down for looking frumpy on the beach. At home, maybe, but not the beach. So, I need to firm up, tone up, get some muscle definition and hopefully flatten my abs a little.
Here’s my plan.
1. Work out Videos
I’m a workout video junkie. I love them. They’re convenient and much less inexpensive than a gym membership. My requirements for a video are they must be both cardio and weights. The cardio is great for the heart and fat burning, the weights are great for toning and muscle definition.
I’m restarting Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I used it after Ella was born and it works. It’s one of the few workouts I’ve found that I can see my body changing and reshaping when I do it regularly. Extra bonus, it’s a 20 minute workout. Even I have time for that. I’ve gotten out of the habit, so I’m starting again, 3 times a week. It’s designed to be used every day, but I like a little variety as well as giving my muscles a chance to recover. There is a fair amount of jumping involved, so people with knee issues may not like it.
I also have Bob Harper’s Inside Out Method. I have the cardio, strength, yoga, and Bob’s workout videos. Each is about an hour long. And they kick butt. Right now, too much butt kicking for me. I’m so sore after doing them, I can’t work out for 5 days. That’s not going to get me in shape. So, I need to get into better shape to do them. Not a beginner system at all. Even the people in the videos are dying and stop for breaks during the work out. However, once I’m in better shape, I can tell they will really get me in fantastic shape. Lots of squats and some jumping so the knee thing again.
I like to run. I’m not fast, but that’s okay. I’m going to go twice a week. I do about 2.5 miles.
This one is key for me. Not only does it help stretch me out after the other workouts, yoga is fantastic strength building and just makes me feel good. Yoga works for people with knee issues as well. With our cable we get exercise t.v. with the On Demand stuff. There are tons of workouts and they’re free. That’s where I first started the 30 Day Shred. There are lots of yoga programs, from beginner to intermediate/advanced. Right now I’m doing Yoga Works Body Slim, again twice a week. It gets me stretched and it gets me sweating. By the way, if you don’t get exercise t.v. you can find it online. Click on the Yoga Works link and it will take you there. You can join, or buy videos, or download videos.
So that’s my plan to get back in shape in the next six weeks. Four really, since I need to buy a new swimsuit before I go. I’ll let you know how it’s going.
Anyone else trying to get back in shape? What are you doing? Any videos you love? I am an addict, after all.