Thursday, February 27, 2014

Run This Butt Off!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love going to the gym.  When I was planning my wedding, the gym kept me sane, less stressed and fit for the wedding.  I wanted to look and feel my best, and I did.
But ever since I got married, I have had a love-hate relationship with the gym.  I want to go all the time, but my doctor suggests that I might want to still go as often, but tone down how hard I work out since I want to get pregnant and you need some body fat.
Here is what a typical workout week was for me:
Monday: Run for 30 mins, Stairs for 30 mins, Arms for 30 mins
Tuesday: Spin Class (1 hour)
Wednesday: Run for 30 mins, Elliptical/Walk/Stairs for 30 mins, Legs for 30 mins
Thursday: Spin/Total Body Class or Run 30 mins, Core 30 mins
I know that it isn't that crazy, but it got me in the best shape of my life.  I had muscles, tone and felt great about myself.
I still go to the gym at least three times a week plus snowboarding, hikes and walks mixed in there, but I am not as motivated as I was when I was planning my wedding.  But yesterday, I was on Ashley's blog, Married to the Game and she posted a couple new hellish treadmill workouts.
via Beat of My Own Run

 Since I NEVER do interval runs, I chose the second run.  It was the perfect balance.  It still made me sweat, feel like I was dying at the higher paces, but love it.  I then proceeded to do the stairs and some weights.  Now onto spin class tonight which is by far my favorite workout at the gym.

Any other workouts you suggest?  Any other interval training?
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  1. I know it's hard but you should cut back a little to see if it helps you get pregnant. We tried for 7 months with Oscar and nothing until the car accident forced me to stop running and after only a few weeks I got pregnant. Could've been coincidence but worth a try I'd say. Maybe replace a run with yoga.

    1. I did cut back most of November and December and nothing. But I did notice I was more stressed without my exercise. I did the run above and loved it, plus it is less time than I normally do. I am going to still workout, just not as hard and as long. But I do need to start yoga again. How is Oscar? I can't wait to meet the little guy!

    2. I guess the only exercise I was able to do after the accident was walk, so that's probably why it happened so fast after that. From what I read, intense exercise can actually mess with your ovulation cycle, so even if you're having a period, you won't necessarily ovulate. Seemed to be the case with me since I tried those ovulation tests the month before the accident and I never got a positive result. But I'm with you, exercise is my best method of de-stressing too. I think I'm going to lose my mind if I don't get to start running soon, it's been so long! Oscar is a great baby, you guys really need to come visit!

    3. Well I am hoping that with no exercise next week since we are on vacation and I should be ovulating that we can make a baby! Here is to hoping! I have a work trip to Portland area in early May, and Rory was going to come up on Friday that week. That way we can stay the weekend for fun and we can see you guys. Will you be around?

  2. Hi Danielle! I just wanted to say thank you SO much for posting my tread workout - and amazing job! That hill is super challenging. Again, thanks for the kind words :) Have a great night!

    1. Hi Kristina! You are very welcome for posting the workout. And thank you for posting on your blog. I am gearing up for the harder one this week and I can't wait to do it. I needed a new more challenging change of pace workout and these have been amazing. Thank you again!