Ok, so it’s been quite a while since I posted about my post-partum weightloss journey. I’ve got to be honest…life has been getting in the way! I actually gained 7 pounds. Eek! I went the wrong way! Though we’re back to school now, we recently took a month-long break from lessons, which means we kinda took a month-long break from any kind of structure that even remotely resembles a routine. Things have been totally crazy! Plus, it’s been so insanely hot outside…it’s Texas, and it’s summer…of course it’s hot! I have lots of excuses, don’t I?
So, here I am, dusting myself off, and getting back on the fitness wagon.
I’m going to keep up with my water intake goal, and try to keep on track with that one. That’s pretty easy, I can do that!
I recently found a fantastic program for homeschooling moms (though I personally think any busy mom could benefit) called “Homeschool Mom Fitness”. I have only been through one week so far, but, I feel like I finally have some hope for getting fit again! I’m back down to 229 pounds after my high of 230. My biggest problem with getting myself in shape has always been this preconceived notion that I have to find a big block of time every day to “work out”. I just isn’t there. I’m always doing something. I flutter from doing dishes to folding laundry to sitting at the kitchen table teaching lessons to…well, you get the picture.
There just isn’t any extra time in our schedule for a big block of half an hour, or even 20 minutes for me to take on my own. But, this program is different. Each week, there are 5 sets of 3 exercises to complete each day. You can complete them all at once, or just take them a set at a time. The first week, you only have to go 20 seconds per exercise. That’s 60 seconds 5 times a day…that’s all. The second week is 30 seconds per exercise. It increases each week. Even I can find a single minute here and there throughout my day. As I become more cognizant of my extra time through the day, I’m pretty sure I’ll be finding time to squeeze in exercise in spots I thought were totally jam-packed.
How to Work In the Work Outs
How often do you find yourself standing in the kitchen, waiting for something to cook? It takes a few minutes for those pancakes to cook on each side, but not enough that you can leave them and go do something else. You’re a captive. But…why not squeeze in a set or two of exercises while you’re there? You’ve already started your day out right!
You’re sitting on the floor with your baby while she has some tummy time. That’s a great time to do something a little entertaining for her…why not make it some exercise. My baby thinks it’s hilarious to watch Mommy exercise. I get a step closer to being a fit mom, and baby grins all at the same time. Everybody wins!
If you’re homeschooling…
These would make great P.E. exercises to do with your students. Work in a few with your kiddos. Now, you’ve covered a class subject, and you’re all better off than you were before!
We’re back to school here in our house, and our routine is back to normal. I feel like I have even less time to myself with all of our school work to oversee. But, I am still going strong, finding those few minutes here and there. It’s only Tuesday, and the hardest part of the week is still to come…we’ve got a swimming day scheduled tomorrow (how’s that to stay in a routine?). But, for once, I have confidence in my ability to stick with this program.
To learn more about Homeschool Mom Fitness, hop on over and check out their website. For one low price, you get lifetime access to all of the materials…there is no monthly fee. So, even if you do fall off the fitness wagon (it happens to us all), you still have access to the materials to get yourself back on track again. There is a fitness tracker, access to videos to show you the proper form for all the exercises, access to a Facebook group (which I have really enjoyed so far), and more. The program was created by a homeschool mom and her husband, who happens to be a certified personal trainer, so you know he knows his stuff! I really hope you’ll drop by, and check out this program. Join us, and let’s all get back in shape together!