Today begins a new weekly series on Skinny Sometimes. I will be sharing (you guessed it) my weekly workouts. You may have noticed that me talking about workouts around here has been a bit sparse (that’s putting it nicely) lately. I was a little busy working 4 jobs. Now that I’ve cut back to only 3, I have more time to move my muscles.
I was busy every second of every day and not sleeping for the past 6 months. I did what I could, but it also would have been unhealthy for me to exercise on top of the little sleep I was getting. As I worked towards self-employment I had to sacrifice a lot. Time with my family and friends and also my health. I don’t think that this is okay to do, but it’s always been a goal and I was willing to do whatever it took to get me there within reason.
With that said, I cannot express how out of shape I’ve become. Recent conversation with Mr. Vetere:
Me: I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass.
Mr. Vetere: Yeah, you did. I can tell.
Thanks, babe. And no, it doesn’t make me upset. It’s true. I appreciate his honesty and I’m glad we can laugh about it together. I also really look forward to getting better abs than him and rubbing them in his face. #bamboozled
My only motivation to exercise is that I’m going to the Blissed In Yoga Retreat at the end of April. I’m not so much concerned about how I will look in a bikini as I am about not being able to keep up with the yoga and high intensity workouts. I know I’m going to rock the beach walk meditations.
I’ve been cutting back on cardio and devoting more time to strength training. I’ve been doing very short workouts that still leave me with sore muscles for a few days. Before each of the strength workouts I did a 20 minute warm up on the treadmill.
I’ve been obsessed with Cassey Ho‘s workouts lately. I did this thigh workout that looked easy, but was actually pretty tough if you’re out of shape. No, I’m not trying to achieve an inner thigh gap. If I gain weight, the first place it goes is my thighs. I was looking for a workout that targeted this area. I was sore for 4 days after this workout. I love how easy it was to follow and I have a few more of her workouts that I’m looking forward to trying next week.
My arms are by far the weakest part of me. I hate upper body workouts. I found this one and decided it was a good place to start. I just did 2 sets of this workout. For everything but the pushups, I did reps until I felt like I couldn’t move my arms anymore and moved on to the next exercise. Afterwards it was a challenge holding the hairdryer to my head. My arms weren’t super sore, but they were sore. It was a perfect place to start and next week I’m going to try something more challenging.
I also did this butt workout, I can’t find the original source, I found it on Pinterest. Long story short, I kicked my own butt.
I did this cardio workout, which I have done in the past. In fact, it’s the workout I was doing when I dove headfirst on the treadmill. I was much more careful this time. I ran a mile (the roughest mile of my life) before I started the shuffle intervals and I also jogged in-between instead of walking.
This ab workout. I had to do a modified version of the v-sits because it was challenging for me to do after the plank twists. If you’ve never tried plank twists, I love them. You really feel it in your love handles and I it really helps trim the waistline quickly.
I cannot express to you how much I did NOT want to do this. I really had to push myself through it. I wore my heart rate monitor too. I’m getting really annoyed by things on Pinterest that say “do this and burn 100 calories right now.” UH it doesn’t work that way. About 2 years ago, I wrote this post disproving that for Ashley’s blog.
I don’t own a scale, but based on how my pants fit, I know I fluctuate around 135. I’m 5’7″ and while I’m not in horrible cardio shape, I’m not in great shape either. This particular workout I burned 400 calories.
Lastly, I went back to Bikram yoga. I went consistently for a month because the new student package is ridiculously cheap compared to the “but I want to keep coming” package so I stopped for budgeting reasons. I decided that it was important for me to work it back into my budget because I’m going on a freaken yoga retreat where I need to do yoga on a paddle board. I don’t want to be that girl who loses her balance and makes a big splash disturbing the class. There is already a high chance of that happening if I’m in super good yoga shape.
I just went to my first class last night. It was pretty bad. I was nauseous every other posture. This has happened to me in the past if I wasn’t careful about hydrating and eating the right foods beforehand. That could have been the case, but again, I’m out of shape. I did make it through the workout and I’m looking forward to getting back into it. I wore my heart rate monitor to a class back in November and I burned over 500 calories. It is insane how fast my heart races during the postures. Especially during the balancing/cardio portion of the class. Yoga is badass. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I do not plan on wearing my heart rate monitor ever again to yoga. I only did once because I was curious. It’s a little uncomfortable during the floor portion and also distracting.
I look a lot nicer when I go to yoga class compared to when I workout in my basement. Right? It’s like 2 different people. My husband sees the girl on the right pretty frequently.
WOW! This post makes me seem fit! You know, if you leave out the bagillion times I mentioned how out of shape I was.
What workouts do you recommend?