What happened to the exercise challenge?

My husband claims that his lack of participation these last 2 weeks (apart from an unfortunate tumble down the basement steps, missing his chair last weekend and landing on his tailbone, AND a wicked callous on his toe) is because I have not been blogging about it. I guess he called me out on that one. Hubs interpreted my lack of blogging on the issue as meaning ‘it isn’t a *thing* we were still doing’. Guess what hubs ♡?….not so!

In fact, I have woken my tired behind up every morning between 5:30 and 6am to get IT done! To hubs credit, he is right in that I have not really blogged about it. When you fall off the stairs wagon, climb right back on!

Here are some revelations about our 123 day Exercise Challenge:

1. Doing a workout video at home is SO much easier than getting up, taking care of the animals, getting myself and my infant daughter dressed and ready, warming up the snowy car and driving 8 miles to the gym.

2. T25 is no joke. I started this workout 3.5 weeks postpartum and made it through week 7. At that point I had lost most of my pregnancy weight and my body was immensely sore in all of my joints so I stopped T25 and headed back to the gym and spin bike. (soreness turned out to be unrelated to the exercise but it got me back to the gym)

3. Pushing through the workouts on my tired days is worth it!

4. Yoga at least once a week helps round out the workout routine.

5. I miss the spin bike….a lot.

While I love getting a workout done in 25 minutes and not having to trudge through the 3 feet of snow we have here ☃; not to mention the single digit temperatures in the mornings, I really miss long cardio sessions with my iPod. And by long, I mean 35-40 minutes – I don’t get much free time without the baby.

Any one have any tips for getting more cardio at home?

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2 thoughts on “What happened to the exercise challenge?

  1. My husband and I have been on an exercise kick too. We get up every morning between 5 and 5:30 and work out for the duration of an episode of House – about 45 minutes. On the weekends, we try to get a “double” in. We have a treadmill and recently added an elliptical so we could work out at the same time. There’s a laptop with Netflix in front of us. 🙂

    We were also using an app on our phones for sit-ups, push-ups, and squats, going every other day for each one. But he went on a long trip and it got hard for me to keep it all up while also being single mom to 3 kids. I’ve kept up the cardio and I know I’ll get right back on the others when he returns. Or, at least, that’s the plan.

    Something else I’ve found helpful is MyFitnessPal. I set a goal and it told me the number of calories I can burn each day. Exercising increases my number of calories! 😉 It’s got a vast database of foods so I’m much more aware now of how much I’ve been eating. I’ve been using it for less than 2 weeks and I’ve lost 2.5 pounds. I hadn’t lost a bit prior to that – even though I’d been exercising every day for months!

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    1. Thank you for such a great response! (I love House!). I have been considering getting a spin bike or stationary bike for home but haven’t been able to justify the cost. My husband was a bike courrier for years and has a set of rollers in the basement he uses, but I don’t own a bike of my own and I don’t think his fixed gear would fit me without adjustments.
      I will have to look into myfitnesspal and explore free things on youTube. I also saw the 30 day plank challenge and may try that next. 🙂
      And by the way – GREAT job keeping up with the exercise! I love that you and your husband are doing it together too. I know I find it easier to stay on task when I have a partner to work with.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and work out ideas with me! 🙂

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