Hello, friends! Today I’m coming to talk to you about something that I dread every single day and that’s working out. In my former life, I didn’t work out. Like — at all. I didn’t realize how good I had it until I passed the threshold of 25. It was almost as if my 26th birthday came and my body was like HEY, SCREW YOU! I know that sounds absurd, but let me be straight with you — this ol’ machine does not run like it used to. Frankly, I’m terrified to have kids for fear of ruining my body and not getting it back to what it once was. Heck, I’m already struggling WITHOUT said kids. <–these are my first world problems. Pathetic, I know. So, let’s get to the meat and bones of this post — my workout regimen.
My Workout Routine in 3 Steps
First things first, cardio. I wake up every morning and get in 4-5 miles. It’s super important for me to be held accountable, so I know if I don’t knock it out right away, it’s not happening!
Next up: push-ups. For a very long time, I was against push-ups, but only because I failed miserably every time I tried to do one. (read also: I don’t like to fail)
When Sarah challenged me to do the 10,000 Push-Up Challenge — I laughed at her. BUT! Never one to back away from a competition, I decided to try it. 10 push-ups a day led to 20, 20 led to 40 and then suddenly, I was busting out 100 push-ups before I even left my bedroom in the morning. Needless to say, I got hooked. Not only did I complete the push-up challenge, 100 daily push-ups is part of my morning routine! Trust me on this one — if I can do them, so can you!
And finally: Squats. There’s nothing I love more than knowing I rid myself of the pancake ass I had in high school. How did I do this? Squats. You see, many moons ago, Dane and I started to do Insanity right before he deployed, but basically, he deployed and I fell off the wagon. He came home from Afghanistan ripped and I looked like an oompa loompa. I’m getting off track here. Basically: Insanity incorporates many different types of squats and if I fell in love with one thing on those tapes it was Shaun T’s body incorporating squats into my life. Now, I do 100 squats per day in 4, 25 squat increments. My intervals are usually when I brush my teeth, when I finish my cardio, when I’m standing at the stove cooking and when I’m brushing for bed. You will be surprised at the difference in your body, firmness of your booty and how quickly it takes to get to 100. Trust me on this one. You can read all of my thoughts on it here: What I Learned By Doing 100 Squats Per Day
And there you have it! Are there days I don’t feel like doing any of the things above? ABSOLUTELY! I try not to kick myself on days when I don’t have energy or miss a workout. Sometimes I’ll skip all of the above in favor of a hike or run on the beach with Judy. What are your favorite workouts and what motivates you to stay fit?