Do you struggle to find workout time in your busy life too? Lately, with my Freelance Writing business taking off and keeping up with social media for my blog, I have been neglecting my fitness a bit. I do not feel right if I go more than 2 days without a workout and last week I let myself skip workouts for 4!!! Not cool, Chelsea! Since I am always so busy, it seems like the only time I get during the day when I’m not busy is during Rosie’s nap time. So I created this Quiet workout. It really works all those muscles and gets me sweating with just two rounds!! (so i usually go 3) Just repeat according to your own fitness level 🙂
For maximum results:
- Push Yourself! If you think you can only do 2 rounds – try for 3
- Drink at least 16 oz a half hour before you start
- Get that protein in after – greek yogurt, turkey lunch meat, or a hard-boiled egg are my go-to protein snacks
- Put on your favorite show or some music. It goes so much faster if you are half-distracted from the burning muscles. I literally can’t workout if it is totally quiet!
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When I first decided that I wanted to try to lose some weight, I was 60 pounds over my pre-baby#1 weight and had no idea where to start. So, of course, I started with Pinterest. I researched like a mad woman. I was surprised to find that I knew almost nothing about healthy eating and working out. I kind of thought it was a no-brainer, if I eat less, I will lose weight. Well, growing up in a family of big meat and pasta fans, I never really learned how to portion control or structure my meals without bread or pasta. There is a wealth of valuable information on Pinterest about how to eat healthy, but I still struggle with making good choices on a daily basis. The biggest issue I had in the beginning though was following the “diet” guidelines. I tried tons of different diets and just couldn’t stick to them. They were too complex and the cooking was too advanced for me. It wasn’t until 6 months into my journey (and starting over 6 or 7 times) that I realized the problem was all of the plans I was following. They weren’t working for me because they were made to fit someone else. It was then that I sat down and made my own plans. Now everytime I start to get bored with my routine or fall off the wagon, I change my rules, but I always follow the same guidelines.
The plan I follow is simple. I always set only 10 rules, this way I don’t get overwhelmed with all of them. I make the first 4 rules easy health rules that I have trouble following like “drink 8 glasses of water a day”, “veggies and fruits every day”, or “workout at least 3x a week”. These are more of a reminder of what I should be doing. Then I set 3 rules that target my weaknesses. Some examples are “no second helpings”, “stay away from white bread”, “no ramen noodles”. This is where I usually address unhealthy habits I have been letting myself fall into. The last 3 rules I focus on are challenges, a few I have done in the past were “no alcohol”, “work out 6 days a week”, and “run 3 times a week”.
The part about setting your own rules that is the most important is posting them up somewhere in your house where you will see them all the time. I put mine on my fridge or my pantry door, but in the past, I have put them up on my motivation board too. If you do not have a motivation board yet, you should consider making one. Even in my tiny home, I have one set up by my front door so I see it right away when I step out of my bedroom and when I am walking out of my house. The picture to the left is my motivation board, I print off inspiring things I find online and change them up every couple of months. I have also seen people who post their healthy rules in their planners, journals, and the lock screen of their phones.
I truly believe that taking the time to create and write down your own rules can be the turning point of your journey like it was for me. Living a healthy lifestyle is tough, but it can be done and moderation of unhealthy things is easier when you have a plan to follow.