Nothing like putting on a bathing suit for the first time this summer to really spark my urge to work-out. I have been saying for MONTHS that I want to start working out more often, especially after working so hard to lose all my baby weight. And although I will make a few random attempts to do some sit-ups at night or spend 20 minutes on the elliptical machine at my house...I haven't been consistent. I will go weeks without a single attempt and that is just SAD! I do feel like I am an active person, considering I chase a toddler around all day long. But that isn't going to cut it anymore. That isn't going to get me in shape and that isn't going to take away my trouble areas (i.e. post-baby belly, thunder thighs and fat ass. If you wanted the specifics).
I know that deciding to work out is only half the battle. I also need to decide how I want to work out and what is best for my body type and lifestyle. I firmly believe that some people are just born with certain types of bodies (i.e. athletic, curvy, etc.) I, for one, was born a bean pole and then developed into a curvy, bootilicious woman. Even at my fittest, I still had a bootie and lots of curves to go with it. I use to hate this about myself, especially when I danced in college. I use to look at my BFF Mandy with her perfect, petite, Cameron-Diaz-like athletic figure and think "DAMN IT! Why can't I get rid of this ass!!". But now, I have come to accept my curvy body. Eric tells me he loves my bootiliciousness and I don't want that to go away. I just want my curves to be...well...tighter. I guess if I were to compare my desired figure to one celebrity, it would be Kate Winslet.
Kate is just plain stunning to me. She has a gorgeous curvy figure and when ELLE UK asked her what she did to stay fit...she said Pilates videos. She doesn't like going to the gym because she is pressed for time (and I feel the EXACT same way) so she likes to do her workouts at home. I know a lot of people say that at-home work-outs don't work but here is proof that they do...
This is the picture I want to plaster to my fridge. I can't say I EVER looked like this when I use to do pilates, but I did feel like I was on my way. I LOVED doing pilates. So...I need to get back in a real pilates routine and since making it to classes is just not working out for me, I thought I would invest in a good video. The 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates got great reviews on Barnes and Noble and Amazon so I just ordered myself a copy.
Now, getting sexy curves is not my only mission. I really do want to get in shape and live healthier. I want to be able to walk two flights of stairs without losing my breath and I don't want to feel so damn tired all the time! I know that has a lot to do with sleep deprivation, but that isn't my only problem. I really do need to be more active then I am. Whenever I tell people that I need more energy but don't like working out...they tell me to run. Let me just start by saying I HATE running. I always have. But when those same people ask why...I don't have a clear answer. I don't know why I hate running. Maybe I just haven't given it a fair shot.
So last night, I decided to use my beautiful BOB jogging stroller as an actual jogging stroller. I warmed up with a nice walk, and then jogged for what felt like 10 minutes. I was sweating, panting, and I could already feel my side cramp starting. I looked down at the timer on my phone and it said 63 seconds. WHAT??? 63 F*&@*%# seconds!!. I walked another few minutes trying to decide if I even wanted to do that again. But after I caught my breath, I thought I would try once more. I made it about 60 seconds again before I felt like I was going to die. I remembered at that exact moment why I hated running, but I did it 4 more times anyway.
When I got home, I started to feel the endorphins. I felt like I had more energy and I was ready to go do some pilates. I couldn't believe the second wind I got after jogging for such a short time. And the best part was, Addie got to go for a ride and Blake got a quick catnap. It was an exercise I could do with the kids! Bonus!!
I never thought I would see the day I actually want to go running. But all it took was one night to feel the difference. I am certainly hurting today and I realize that I am going to have to work up to this. I don't know the first thing about running or how to train myself, so a friend of mine suggested I look into the Couch to 5K plan.
I guess what I like best about this plan is that it is a plan. There is a schedule with goals to work up to and that is how I succeed best. It says you are suppose to work-out 3 days a week for about 20-30 minutes, alternating walking and jogging. I know I am a busy person, but I would like to think that I can at least make that much time to get in shape. I can't say that I am fully convinced that I will be able to run 3 miles after this 10-week program...but if I can...that would be freaking awesome.
So I have my plan and goal in mind. I will do the Couch to 5K plan 3 days a week, and my pilates video 2 days a week (it is only 10 minutes) and then I will take Saturdays and Sundays off. I think that sounds doable don't you?? You know...I could really use some partners in this. I know my friend Chelsi already offered to be my Cto5K partner. Anyone else want to join in? I could post a weekly progress report and we could all chime in on our progress and offer encouragement? Support helps friends :-)
Let operation "Get a Hot Mommy Body" begin!!!