I usually write fitness updates when I hit some big milestone or try something new that I love and want to share. Well, there’s no milestone here, just a lot of working my way out of a funk and trying to get back on track.
Summer was crazy this year and it really ended up getting the better of me. Dylan was in daycare all summer, so his schedule didn’t really change and that was helpful. Jackson, on the other hand, had a very busy and constantly changing schedule. He had a nature camp every other week, with swim and golf lessons during the in between weeks. We were all over the place all the time!
I know I’m fortunate to have a very flexible schedule but when you do a poor job of managing your flexible schedule, it becomes a mess very quickly, and mine got messier and messier as summer went on. Between work and mom life, I was exhausted by the end of every day and many days had not been able to make time to get in a workout. There were weeks I had maybe one Peloton ride, and if you’ve been around here for a while, you know that’s NOT normal for me!
That meant I also didn’t really focus on making healthy dinners and I was having more wine during the week than I needed, which also didn’t help with my sleep or really anything else as far as health was related.
By August, I was not feeling so great about myself. I’d been dealing with some health issues anyway, but my lack of focus on time for myself and my health had me feeling rough. My clothes were not fitting me any more, I was super unmotivated and I finally realized I had to make a change and do something different.
My New Fall Fitness Plan
I sort of decided that I’d get through our last couple of hectic weeks of August the best I could and then start something new. In about mid-August I randomly found Madeline Moves on Instagram and started following and really liking her. She has an app and does these Weekly Moves Workouts, where there are 5 new workouts every week. But she also does this Tighter Together Challenge a few times a year and I decided to join that.
This is week 3 of 4 and it has been a completely new thing for me with a resistance training-based workout plan AND focusing on my diet by counting macros – but I love it so far. I’ve never been great at focusing on my diet so this has been incredibly interesting to me to learn a different way to eat.
I’ve also still been able to integrate my Peloton rides into the workout plan, and it has been a good change to NOT do longer rides at least 5 days a week. I use it as my warm-up for resistance workouts, I do 20 or 30 minute low-impact rides for my LISS cardio and I’ve opted to do a longer ride on an “optional” day or two.
I’m going to do a full blog post on this entire program when it’s over. I’m actually planning to add a 5th week (probably repeating week 2 because I had to miss a couple of days last week) before we head to our 10 year MBA reunion so I’m feeling good for that! But so far, I’ve really liked this program and I’ve noticed a difference. I also plan to start Weekly Moves Workouts three times a week after I’m through with this program.
If you have questions on this plan and what it entails, let me know so I can be sure to include the answers in my review blog post!
It’s been a bit of a challenge to get out of the funk, but I think I’m getting there, which is a good feeling. How do you all get out of your funks?