Ever since giving birth, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with working out. Finding the time to have a consistent workout schedule has been very difficult. Although balancing motherhood and work has been tough, I think I’ve finally come to a place where I’ve found a workout routine that works for me! It might have taken a while, but I’m proud to say I’ve been pretty consistent with it for the past few months!
More than the weight loss itself, I’ve never felt so strong and confident in my body- even pre-Chloe. I think the key thing is to find something you enjoy and look forward to doing. Instead of making working out a chore. I know you’ve probably heard that before, but I entourage you to find alternative workouts. Try something other than the treadmill, maybe sign up for a fun class! Everyone has something that can work for them, but here’s my fitness routine that I’ve been working on for the last six months:
If you follow me on snapchat and Instagram you know that I’ve recently discovered boxing. Although it has been all the rage for the Victoria’s Secret models and instagramers, I never had the guts to try it. I’ve always felt intimidated by the idea of it. It sounds like such a tough sport, but when I found Beastie 24/7, a local boxing studio in my neighborhood, I couldn’t help but get addicted to the workout. This studio is different because they do a mix of full body cardio and some yoga, but the core of it is boxing. It helps that the instructors are always playing hardcore hiphop music, which helps me get in the zone for a killer workout. Boxing is such a great full body workout. It hits your arms, abs and your core. I’ve also seen an extreme improvement with my love handles (yes I have them too- I’m just good at hiding them!) I think it’s the motion of twisting your body side to side that really tones your obliques! I usually box 2x a week, but I wish I had more time to do it! I’ll alternate it with a session of running or pilaties.
I’ve been doing Pilates for the past 3 years. I stopped during my pregnancy but I’ve recently picked it back up again! It’s very targeted towards certain muscles, while boxing is full body- which is why I love being able to mix the two. It allows me to max out my workout for the week. I go to a studio that does core-ology. We use a Pilates reformer, but it really targets the core. Which is why I’ve been wearing so many crop tops recently! As seen here!
That’s usually the extent of my workout. On a good week, I work out 3x a week. The key thing is to not be so hard on yourself if you miss a workout. Since my schedule is so demanding, I can’t work out as much as I want. But I balance it out with healthy eating. Which I’ll be posting a video about soon!
So the moral of this post is 1) find a workout you love- look beyond the gym! 2) find a schedule that works for you & don’t be so hard on yourself if you miss- we all have busy lives!
Click here to read my Byrdie feature about how I lost 40lbs after my Pregnancy!