Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Are we there yet?

Do you remember being a kid and asking on a trip "Are we there yet?" Or maybe you have kids that are at the age where they enjoying those nagging words on trips, "Are we there yet?" 

I feel like that is me right now... continuously wondering am I there yet? When I realize I am not there... I get down, discouraged, but still try and smile. You see friends, it seems for the past two months as I have added more and more running to my schedule I am not losing any weight. My eating is good... not great, but good. It gets discouraging when you realize how hard you are pushing yourself but how little results are coming from it. In talking with this matter with my friend over at The Fit Mama Lifestyle last night on our run... the light bulb came on.


Common sense, right? I know I need to change it up... but I really enjoy running! :) My time is so limited. By the time dinner was cooked last night my boy and I had to leave to go run. When I got home he was asleep and I just wanted to relax.. so I got on the computer to read for about 20 minutes then I had to go clean up the kitchen from dinner. Oh mind you, this is dinner that the husband had to eat alone because I was so pressed for time... Then I showered and literally fell into bed. How do I have the time to add more?

However, as I continue to ask myself am I there yet and realize I am not.. I know I have to make changes. I am ready to add some weight lifting to my routine... but what do I do if I am not going to the gym. What can I do from home? How many of you have been very successful just from doing what you need to do at home? 

When I get down I have to remember how far I have come.. I still have a ways to go and honestly really just want to lose about 20 more pounds to be happy with me... but... I have to focus on what I have already accomplished... but still have my eyes facing forward to what I need to do.

The left was me in March.. the right was me in June... I haven't changed much since June. 

So my questions for you are:

1. As a working mom- how do you find time to get in all of the workouts you need to and still enjoy your family time at night? Family dinner is important to me... and seeing my husband more than 30 minutes the whole day is to.. Where do you find your balance? (Morning workouts is out of the question for me because of husbands' schedule)

2. What 'weight lifting' routines have you had success with at home? What have you used? 

Thank you SO much for the feedback! 



  1. One of the really important lessons that I had to learn was not to focus on how far I had to go, but to celebrate how far I had already come. It sounds like you are making great progress and even though it is frustrating to not be at your goal yet, don't let that get you down. You're doing great!

    If you aren't able to make it to the gym, there are tons of work outs that you can do for circuit training or strength training. I personally would recommend adding foundation movements, like push-ups, squats, pull-ups and burpees into your routine. I would also say to go check out Fit Villains page on FB. She is a workout from home queen and has amazing stuff! Good luck!

  2. Casey- Thanks... I agree about looking back to how far I have come.. I think it is just getting harder now because I wonder if a part of me is just more comfortable now... Thanks for the advice.. The past two days I have been doing push ups and sit ups.. I guess I forgot to add that on Monday I start CrossFit... I am sure that this will help.. I am going to that FB page now!!! Thanks Casey!

  3. You are doing FABULOUS! Hang in there!
    When I first started weight lifting, I bought the Body For Life book and followed their 12 week program because it broke it down as easily and simply as I had ever seen. You just need dumb bells to do it at home. Once I got stronger, I moved on to more advanced programs, but I thought it was a good starting point. Also I think Jillian Michaels 30 day shred is a good starting point for at home strength training!

    You look amazing! Focus on your progress, you will get there! :)

    1. Thank you. I have seen some people with awesome results from the 30 Day Shred.. I need to try and get more dedicated to doing workout videos.. it is SO hard! Thank you for your kind words.

  4. You are doing wonderful!

    I am a mom to a 2 1/2 year old and do many of my workouts early in the morning, I get up early and am home before he has to leave for work. I too find family dinner important and never want to lose that. I also take advantage of gym childcare or push her in the BOB when running. Naptime is another great time to get in workouts.

    1. I dropped my gym membership when I started running outside. I just felt like it took so much of our evening family time getting to the gym, working out, then home... It wasn't really worth it. I will need to reevaluate this in the coming months.. For now I am going to try doing these workouts at home. Great plan you have.. and man, I want a BOB! I wish I had read up on those before I got my JEEP!

  5. Great blog sister SPA! I've lost 150+ lbs now over the past two years... from a high of 350 to now 195ish.

    Here's my two cents <3 You really should incorporate cross training! #One to prevent injury... helps to move those muslces in other ways then just running. #Two body weight exercises are great if you don't have time or access to a gym.

    I do pushups/burpees... have a TRX suspension trainer that I work on my pullups... I've noticed that it really is true that you seem to burn more if you encorporate strength training with running/cardio.

    I work Mon-Fri 40 hours... I have a gym membership which allow me access not only to the open gym but to classes as well!

    Here's what works for em... I found that I really had to sit down and write out a schedule for working out... it's just like any other appointment... you would never "no call no show" to work... so don't do that to your "gym appointment" either :)

    Mon: Tennis w/hubs and my son (we spend about an hour of running around chasing stray balls... not very good at it yet hehe)

    Tues: hour circuit training class at the gym
    (changes up weekly)
    Wed: cardio and strength(arm day)
    Thurs: hour circuit training class at the gym
    (changes up weekly)
    Fri: cardio and strength(legs day)
    Sat: walk/run/hike outside or cardio at gym if bad weather
    Sun: rest day!

    Here's some ideas for lifting routines... I normally do 3 sets of 15 and expect to be exhausted by the last rep :) So choose weights accordingly... every so often will need to gradually increase weights as you improve

    Arm workout ideas: can be used w/dumbells or bar
    concentration curls (biceps)
    regular bicep curls
    tricep extentions

    Squats, squats and more squats :) Weighted or not, do a ton of em!
    Box jumps
    Walking lunges

    The legs you don't need a gym for... the arms you can do with body weight only... or buy some equipt for home :) Don't forget the burpees! They are a great overall body exercise!

    Check out "bodyrocktv" on Facebook for some great workouts to change it up at home :)

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    1. Thank you so much. First of all- AMAZING! Great job on your weightless.. What an awesome story of success you have. I am so proud of you. Thank you for your comments and the exercises.. I am realizing, even though I don't want to admit it, I am making excuses.. If you guys can make this a priority in your daily schedule.. I can too.. and I will! Thank SO much.

  6. You're doing great! You said you can't workout in the mornings due to your hubby's schedule? What time does he leave for work? I get up at 4:15AM to get my workouts in...then night time is reserved for the family. I also find if I "schedule it" then I will do it. If it's not part of the schedule then most likely I'm not going to get to it. I feel your pain's hard to balance you time with having a family. :-)

    1. 415.. HOLY COW! See.. there is my problem. I don't wanna get up THAT early. My husband is a firefighter, so he works 24 hours shifts.. And i run.. usually every night. I run a daycare from home and my first child gets here at 6am.. and last child leaves at 5pm.. When he works, I don't get to bed until like 2am sometimes. I need to work on that.. I just don't sleep... but maybe I can work it in to 6am ... now that I am sitting here thinking about it.. when my first arrival gets here, I should just squeeze it in while she goes back to sleep.. I love your dedication... I hope I can find that.

  7. Great job on your weight loss girlie!! I don't have any children but I know it's hard to find time between life and fitness. What I try to do is have one day (typically Sunday) where I just focus on my husband. No working on, no talking about working out, just us. Good luck on your journey!!