Last week's five-for-five challenge was a success but there were a few times when I thought I would crumble under the pressure of these two little saboteurs:
They alternated night-waking to test my need for coffee and desire to muster enough energy to exercise. There were a few mornings when I was unable to make it to the gym so I turned my living room into an exercise room during their nap time. I do have some miscellaneous exercise equipment but I also did my fair share of push-ups, tricep dips on a chair, running stairs and core work which anyone can do. You have to be resourceful and, of course, resist the urge to pay bills, do chores or nap yourself, but it can be done.
I also did Tracy Anderson's post-pregnancy DVD a few times and let me tell you, it's HARD. My abs were definitely sore the next day and the video targets your entire core and low-back as well as your hips, all which take a beating during pregnancy. I would highly recommend it for all you new moms.
For anyone else looking for a workout they can do at home, check out Tracy's web site for some of her other exercise DVDs. I'm betting you can't go wrong with any of her workouts. After all she is the woman behind the bodies of such A-list celebrities as Gwenyth Paltrow, Courtney Cox and Madona to name a few. I'm just saying. If you have a favorite exercise DVD or at-home workout please comment after the post and let us know what you like and why it works for you.
I really don't want to admit this but starting my day with the nutrient and antioxidant rich green smoothie gave me more energy than my usual cup of coffee. Has anyone else tried it yet and noticed the same thing?
But the most interesting thing I observed last week is that even when you KNOW you will feel better after making positive, healthy choices (exercising daily, reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption, and eating well) it is still hard sometimes to make yourself do it.
I find it helpful to really focus on how good my body will feel after I exercise or eat a healthy, balanced meal. Sometimes, but not always, that is enough to help me make the right choice.
How do you motivate to "do the right thing" when that is the very last thing you actually want to do?