02/17/17

How I Fit Workouts into My Crazy Schedule

Happy Friday y’all!!

Yay for the weekend!! I am actually super excited for this weekend because Monday is a holiday and we are doing a fun mom’s “stay-cation” in Grapevine. We are doing a wine/dinner tour Saturday then of course hitting the town and just having fun!! Stay tuned to Instastories & Snapchat for all the festivites…

Today’s post is all about my love/hate relationship with working out!

Since last summer, I’ve slacked off the workout wagon. Well, I like to think of it less as falling off the workout wagon and more as jumping on the chinese delivery/french fries/ranch dressing goes on EVERYTHING wagon. This wagon is delicious, but this wagon is my downfall.

This past November, we booked our “official” Honeymoon Trip to Mexico!! Yes, we are finally going on our Honeymoon two years later… there is a back story but to sum it up briefly, I was that mom that couldn’t leave her kid for more than two days!!!! #separationanxiety

So right after the wedding, we celebrated in Shreveport (casino city) for a couple days! Classy 🙂

So, now that I have a goal ahead, I started getting my butt back in gear and preparing for the dreaded “bikini season“! With my crazy work schedule, a 5 year old, family time and blogging, its pretty challenging to fit in a workout! I told myself… NO MORE EXCUSES!!! I’m not focused on losing weight but more about toning and feeling good. Since I personally need a kick in the pants and since some of you have requested a workout post, I figured I’d  share my top tips on how to fit a workout into your busy schedule and how to actually stick to it.

 TIP #1  MAKE A SCHEDULE & COMMIT TO IT

One of the most cited reasons to skip a workout goes something like this: “I am just too busy at work today; I can’t make make it to the gym.” I call BS! If you unexpectedly had to pick up your child from school and had no back-up plan, how would you deal with the situation? Cancel an internal meeting? Take some work home with you? Do some hard prioritizing? The truth is that when we really need to, we get out of the office at the time that is necessary. Make a schedule, stick to it, and remind yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping. I am a big runner & I love a great 2 mile run! If I skip my run in the morning, I will pack a bag with running gear/headphones and take it to work on the days I plan to pick up Ridge. There is a neighborhood right next to his school that I will get a quick two mile run in before I pick him up two days a week. I HAVE to pack a bag so that I don’t have any excuse NOT to run!

TIP #2 CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Mornings can be rough with little ones. As a parent, I find this to be the best time to exercise, though. Pre-plan and prepare breakfast the night before. Wake up 30-minutes early and get a quick 20-30 minute workout done or run the neighborhood! The energy boost you get from exercising and becoming more fit will more make-up for the lost 30-minutes of snooze time, plus this allows more time for coffee!!! 🙂

TIP #3  FIT IN SHORT WORKOUTS & MIX IT UP

Ideally, we’d all have time to workout for 90 minutes a day, five days a week. However, let’s face it. Ain’t. Nobody. Got. Time. If you know you have a super hectic week where you just can’t make your favorite 90 minute yoga classes, don’t forget that it isn’t all or nothing. There are easy 10-20 minute workouts that you can do anywhere.  If you can’t schedule those full-blown sweat sessions, still schedule 20 minutes at home where you do a simple circuit of sit-ups, lunges and push-ups, for example. In general, mixing up your workout routine is not only better for your body, but also better for your state of mind.  Personally, I can be a creature of habit and will sometimes end up doing the same workout class for weeks in a row.  However, after a few weeks I’ll burn out and all of a sudden feel bored of the routine, and eager to make excuses.  To prevent this, find a group of workouts that you enjoy, rotate them throughout the week, and don’t be afraid to periodically throw in a new workout class into your schedule.

TIP #4 CATER TO YOUR OWN LIKES & DISLIKES

By now you might be thinking, “I hate running!”—and that’s okay. We each need to be realistic and to know ourselves. One person’s running is another person’s yoga, weight training, or dance. Flexing your self-discipline muscles is often necessary when it comes to exercise, but make it easier on yourself by choosing a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste. Not sure what you love to do? Don’t be afraid to experiment with different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.

TIP #5  GEAR MATTERS

I spent the majority of the first 23 years of my life either at a dance/cheer event or en route to my next event. I was never big on what I used to call “cutesie” workout gear.  Admittedly, I used to roll my eyes a bit at the girls who show up to the gym in head-to-toe pink Lululemon matchy-matchiness.  I was always more of the girl who threw on a pair of old running shorts, a t-shirt and ran out the door.  However, after getting some amazing Nike gear for Christmas a few years ago, I was shocked at the enormous difference they made in my workout and immediately started hoarding them in troves.  For me, I am all about a good hoodie and some breathable leggings! I like to sweat… it makes me feel like I am getting a great workout!

Here are the 5 primary workout types that I do:

1. I’ve been a runner since I was young, and whether it’s on the treadmill or running my neighborhood, this is my cardio of choice.

2. Never skip LEG DAY! But for real, even missing one week of leg day I want to die the next day! I try to do it once a week with weight training and LOTS of squats!

3. I love spinning classes! Spin, Spin, Spin!!! Trust me, you will thank me later!

4. I LOVE barre method classes.

5. I keep 5-10 pound hand weights at my house so that on days when I don’t have time to get to the gym, I’m able to do some lunges, sit ups, and simple weight training at home on a yoga mat. My 5 yr old son loves joining in on the fun 🙂

Favorite Workouts

And of course, finishing a good workout with a yummy pick-me-up will keep you going all day!

What are some of your favorite workouts/classes?

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany

  • LOVE this your gorgeous workout cutie!!! Great tips and I am with you, so working on my bathing suit bod….I have 6 days, lol, going to Florida next week. Have a wonderful weekend sweetness!!

    • Thanks Andrea! Happy friday 🙂

  • Loved reading your post today! Making time for workouts is hard but sticking to a schedule is so important. Love tip #1! Happy Friday!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

    • Totally agree babe! Happy Friday 😉

  • OMG! LOL at ranch on everything…that is so me. I love this, I was driving yesterday thinking about how I really need to start moving more before Spring hits!! Great tips, maybe I’ll start with new gear to get me motivated! 😉 Happy Weekend! XOXO

    • Ranch is life! But I need to settle especially with summer around the corner 🙂

  • There is seriously no better work out than spin classes! They are my favorites too. You look great in this workout gear, and good for you for getting back into a workout routine.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • LOVE spin classes! Such a great workout.. Happy Friday 😉

  • I love that short sleeve hoodie! I need one

  • Love it, fit and fabulous mama! You are my she-ro and my inspiration should I ever have children! LOL! 😉

    • Haha kids literally keep you in shape too! I should have added that in there 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this gorgeous! I always tell myself I’m going to work out after work and then don’t do it. I’ll be using your tips for next week! & yay for honeymoon time!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Yay!!! Bring on the warm weather already! 🙂

  • Love this outfit! Tagged you in a blogging award! Feel free to check it out 🙂 https://styledbymckenz.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/blog-award-catch-up/

    • You are too sweet! Happy Friday 🙂

  • I love doing 5 minute workouts! I’m so lazy that’s the most I want to do, but I’m motivated to start working out again from your post 🙂

  • Steph

    Great tips gf!!!

    Happy Friday

    Steph xx
    http://www.dashingdoyle.com

  • Love the Post! You look fantastic! I am a total lazy bum when it comes to working out. I used the excuse of school and work but I do need to turn that all around.

    -Brandi Kimberly
    http://www.cutebrandik.com

  • So jealous of your mom party! But I’m excited for a long weekend and quality time with my family. Have so much fun! Love your workout clothes and motivation to get it done.

    • I’m so excited!!!! I will have one for you 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this inspiring post!
    Xo, CHRISTIANNE
    http://simplychristianne.com

  • Love your workout outfit! Look so comfy!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

  • I loved reading this. It was so inspirational to get my booty moving. I also love your workout gear. Gray is my favorite!

  • You’re doing so amazing 🙂 I really need to get back on my workout going but like you said – life is crazy busy! Cute workout gear always helps <3

    -xoxo, Azanique
    LotsofSass.com

    • Yes girl life is so crazy!! Happy Sunday!

  • Thank you I so needed this post! I’ve been making so many excuses, but I just need to schedule and stick to it!

    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

  • Great post girl! I’m just getting back in fitness and find this so helpful!

    Deepti xx | http://www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

  • Tip #2 is something I need to consider… also need to start getting back in the swing of workouts. Thanks for the inspiration.

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