I started back in the gym in December. I had no intentions of starting the same regimen I used to follow (six days per week that included lifting, running, and yoga - some days were all three). I just wanted to start feeling better again since I was starting to feel bad about not doing much of anything. My at-home workouts weren't cutting it and let's be honest, I wanted to get out of the house a little bit. I love my kids, but being a stay at home mom has its way of making you feel like a shut in.
The current four day per week schedule I follow now is more than enough. I workout hard for 45 minutes to an hour and half depending on the day. I lift and do cardio at the gym. Some weeks I add in a yoga class of my own. A few days every week I do 15-60 minutes of yoga at home. Each week I teach a minimum of three classes, which is not the same as taking a class, but I do get to do a few extra sun salutations and warriors that I normally wouldn't do.
Just recently I made the decision to start watching what I eat a lot more closely than I had been. I've tried to eat well these last few years, but it has been a little bit of a rollercoaster with two babies and a whole lot of changes. The last month saw a change in my shopping list and I can already feel the difference these last few weeks have made.
Nutrition makes the changes from your workouts so much more noticeable, so much more quickly. It aids performance; your strength and endurance are affected by the foods you eat. Sometimes even more importantly it helps your body recover after a tough workout.
On Fridays I usually do a full body routine. Today I spent 10 minutes on the elliptical to warm up, straight into some cable pulls for my triceps and lats, then to the battle rope, punching bag, monkey bars, weighted balls, and a few dynamic moves. I really felt depleted today and needed something as a pick-me-up when I got home.
This smoothie has so much good stuff in it. It's a little ridiculous. Ingredients:
Avocoado (organic) - fat, protein, carbs, potassium
Simple Truth Greek Nonfat Yogurt - protein, and don't forget those live cultures (probiotics)
Silk PureAlmond Unsweetened Original Milk - protein, fat, carbs
Banana (organic) - potassium, carbs, fiber
Strawberries (organic) - vitamin C
RawGreen Organics Vegan Protein Powder - iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, omega 3, 6 and 9
plus a spoonful of real maple syrup and a splash of organic red tart cherry juice!