Fitness


Fitness goals for the new year

Fitness gear wish list: grey sweatshirt / striped leggings / sports bra / grey tank top / running shoes (my favorite!) / gym bag (under $90!)

Happy 2017! Now that the holiday season is over, it is time to get back to my fitness routine. Last year, my goal was to workout five days per week, and lose fifteen pounds. I was not able to stick to the five day per week workout goal, but I did lose ten of those fifteen pounds! So that is a win!

Since I still have five pounds of last year’s weight loss goal to go, I am going to set a new goal for 2017. This year I would like to lose another ten pounds. As far as my workout routine goes, I am going for a more realistic goal of four gym days per week.

I am still homeschooling my middle child, and she would like to continue homeschool next year, so I have to consider her school schedule when I create a workout schedule for myself. She is my number one priority during the day, so my schedule requires a little help from my Mom, who watches my daughter when I have other matters to attend to.

Here is my goal, fitness schedule:

Monday: The Drop. This is a cardio interval training class which combines plyometrics, core strengthening, cardio segments, and strength training without weights. It is a 45 minute class which is doable.

Tuesday: 30 minute walk around the neighborhood with my daughter.

Wednesday: Rest. Wednesdays are busy days for all three of my kids. I am a “mom taxi” on Wednesdays, No time for a workout for me!

Thursday: Spin. This is an interval class. Interval workouts should be done twice per week for a healthy heart.

Friday: BodyCombat. This is a cardio kickboxing class which is high intensity cardio. It targets all muscle groups, and burns about 700 calories. Love!

Saturday: BodyPump followed by Adv Step. BodyPump is a choreographed weight workout, and Adv Step is a cardio class. I am always sore after doing these two classes; but combined, I burn over 900 calories. Love!

When putting a workout schedule together, it is important to combine strength training, interval training, and cardio into the schedule. This was my goal when I devised this schedule. Fingers crossed I don’t get so busy I can’t stick to this schedule!

As for my weight loss goal of ten pounds, I am continuing to use the MyFitnessPal app from the app store. It tracks my calories and workouts; helping me stay on track. You can also have friends on the app which is a fun way to share your milestones, and goals, with friends who have similar goals. Feel free friend me on the app! I’m CathyLSG.

What are your fitness and/or weight goals for the new year?

My fitness gear wish list:


Nature walk in my Bzees

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Wearing: burgundy earrings / Chanel sunglasses / MAC lipstick / large grommet sweatshirt / burgundy tee /nail polish c/o Essie Satin Sister / light wash skinny jeans / shoes c/o Bzees (under $75!!)

One of my favorite past-times with my family is hiking, and going on nature walks. Normally, I wear a pair of running shoes when I hike or walk, and the result is a very dirty pair of shoes! I was thrilled with Bzees introduced me to their fabulous line of walking and outdoor shoes. These Bzees booties are the best!

Since I like a little bit of flair in my clothing, I chose this pair of booties by Bzees due to the soft, faux fur accents. Why not have a little bit of luxury while getting some fresh air?! The faux fur is extra soft, and it adds an extra level of coziness to the shoes. My feet and ankles are toasty and warm in my Bzees!

My arches are high, so it can be challenging to find a pair of shoes for walking or hiking which do not need my stiff, really uncomfortable orthotics inserted into the sole. Thankfully, there is a soft arch inside my Bzees which gives me all the support I need. Love that!

Since things can be a little dusty out there in nature, Bzees designed their shoes with easy clean up in mind. The outside of the shoes is made from a smooth, stretch fabric which is easy to keep clean. These booties wipe clean! So it always looks like I am enjoying nature in new shoes. Love!

We took these pictures while walking along the Saratoga Creek between rain storms last weekend. There was rushing water in the creek which was really pretty. It is so nice to see water in the Bay Area again! During the drought, the creek was dry as a bone. I hope this wet weather pattern continues!

You can find more fabulous shoes by Bzees online here. My pair, the “Horizon,” can be found online here. They run true to size.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Fall 2016 fitness routine and outfit ideas

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Indoor and outdoor fitness outfit ideas from top left: cobalt blue fleece / blue and purple print workout leggings / black and white fitness tank top / black and white capri leggings / blue Nike running shoes (my favorite running shoes!) / Nike ID running shoes

The fall season is here. For me, this means my kids are back in school, and I have a full schedule surrounding their activities; as well as homeschooling my fifth grade daughter. My challenge during the fall season? Fitting in my workout routine!

My fall fitness routine is not as robust as I would like it to be. During the summer I was able to workout five days per week at the gym. This enabled me to stick to me goal of 1200 calories per day, and lose the ten pounds I wanted to shed over the summer months. Yay for being ten pounds lighter! The fall challenge? Keeping the weight off, and possibly losing more!

I have another fifteen pounds I would like to shed. If I can lose fifteen more pounds, I will be back to where I was in 2013. I really liked my weight back then, and I would like to return to it! My challenge is fitting in workouts when I homeschool one child. I do not have free time to go to the gym, so my only gym time is on Saturday mornings. This means I need to get creative the rest of the week in order to at least maintain my current weight, and possibly lose more if I am lucky.

I know there are other Mom’s out there who are struggling with schedules, work, and attempting to fit in a workout. This is how I have been fitting in my workouts during the week, and maintaining my end-of-summer weight.

Monday: Rest (super sore from the weekend workouts!)

Tuesday: Walk/Run around the neighborhood 25 minutes, abs and push ups at home 10 minutes

Wednesday: Just Dance on the Wii with my daughter, 30 minutes. Squats and Lunges, 30 each side/leg

Thursday: Walk/Run around the neighborhood 25 minutes, abs and push ups at home 10 minutes

Friday: TGIF rest!

Saturday: BodyPump followed by Advanced Step. (This burns over 900 calories and incorporates weights and cardio, I die a little inside when I miss this workout)

Sunday: BodyCombat (I rush home after church, change into workout clothes, and dash off to the gym!)

This is my ideal fall fitness routine. I have not been diligent about sticking to it this season. My son is playing Pop Warner football and his schedule is quite full. This means I cannot always make it to my weekend workout sessions. My daughters have activities during the week, and my son has football practice, this can interfere with my weekday fitness goals. While I struggle to get in five workouts per week, I try really hard, and hopefully I can maintain my current weight without gaining back what I worked off over the summer.

As far as calories are concerned, I am still trying to stick to 1200 per day. I use MyFitnessPal to keep track of my workouts, and caloric intake. I love this app, if you have not downloaded it yet, please do. You will love it!

Since my workouts are not as intense this fall as they were over the summer, I am not burning as many calories. This means sticking to 1200 calories a day is quite a challenge! As long as I don’t go over 1600 calories in one day, I can maintain my summer weight. Fingers crossed this works through the fall season!

Now, about all that Halloween candy entering the house this month. . .hmmmm

How are you sticking to your fitness routine this autumn season?

Indoor and outdoor fitness outfit items on my wish list: