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Sorry for the absence! It has been incredibly busy with the holidays, work, baby, family, events, etc, but I'm making time for you, my lovely readers now. Let me first just say how thankful I am for you. I started this blog as a way to 1) Let mamas know that they aren't alone. 2) Practice my writing. I write for work daily, but writing in my work "voice" is much different than my own "voice," but as I wrote and continued this blog, I have begun to see a community forming around me and I am happy to be able to be a part of it.
Finding time to workout when you have children is hard, especially when you're a working mom. You feel guilty enough for being gone so much. However, if you give up on yourself, you aren't being the best that you can be for yourself, your child, your husband, your friends, your family, and the list goes on. I workout during my lunch at work, but not everyone is able to do that. Maybe you don't have a close gym. Maybe you don't have a long lunch. Either way - maybe a lunch break workout doesn't work for you. Second option, gym with a daycare after work. My gym has a daycare included, but I work so much that I try to spend my nights with J. Third option, gym after baby goes to bed. This works well for those with a later work time. I'm in the office by 6:30am, so, no. I am firmly in bed by 9pm. If you try and mess with my bedtime, I'll cut you. Fourth option, workout at home!
Working out at home is not always easy. Motivation is hard to come by. However, I found an app that is AMAZING and makes your at-home workouts easier! VimoFit on Android phones syncs with Android Wear. You can set up the app, so it personalizes a workout for you based on your fitness level and the type of workout you want to do. The workouts that the app sets up for you are all things you can do at home (the only equipment needed is dumb bells). The app actually has a video of how to do the exercise with audio. It syncs with your Android Wear and counts your reps, alarms when it is time to go to the next exercise, and vibrates when it is time to switch sides. I have transitioned my GF diet to Primal, and with the Primal diet, HIIT workouts are recommended. I did an HIIT workout yesterday with the app and it kicked my butt. A definite recommend!
What do you do to stay in shape with kids at home?
What I listened to while writing:
Bloom by The Paper Kites
Pumpin Blood by NONONO
Billie Jean by The Civil Wars