Strengthening my body and finding time for everything

Before and during my pregnancy I had more time for my workouts. When I decided to train for a triathlon, I knew that it would be time consuming. Right now I get up at 4:30am to be at the gym by 5:00. Depending on the day I do my swim, bike, or run. Come back home, get ready for work, drop my son off at daycare (daddy gets him ready….love him!), and it’s off to work. Once I get home about 5:30 (I loathe traffic), I cook dinner or help my husband that is preparing dinner (if our little one is asleep). By the time I get to sit down and relax, I am ready to go to sleep.

I am not going to lie, there was a part of me that was ready to say “Screw it!” and not do the triathlon. I wouldn’t have to worry about doing certain workouts on certain days and worry about a timeline. Luckily I got out of my doldrums and I am back on track! I just realized that I have to adjust a few things:

Less TV: I am a reality TV junkie! I get sucked into watching the train wrecks of people’s life. But I do have a DVR and need to put it to use much more. I am thinking about making Sunday’s (my rest day) the day where I catch up with my shows. This will give me more time during the weeknights to read (my favorite hobby) and pick up other hobbies I am interested in. Plus, more time with my hubby and our sweet boy!

Setting a sleep schedule: I need to get my body in the routine of going to bed around the same time every night. After I workout, my endorphins are going and keep my going until noon. Once I get off work and get home I am a sloth and that is not cool. If I set a sleep schedule for myself my body and everything else will fall into place.

One more thing I need to throw into my 6 days/wk workout: Strength training.

Before I had my son and during my pregnancy I had more time for my workouts.
I have never been one of those girls that has been afraid of lifting weights. I know with the proper weights + reps + cardio = ONE BANGING LEAN BODY! It is important to incorporate strength training into your workout. A lot of runners have issues with having weak bones and longer recover times due to the lack of strength training.

So after much research and help from a Twitter Buddy, Kylo Anderson (@KTA78), I am incorporating yoga into my workouts. In a previous post I had mentioned that I did yoga but it was an exercise that I never stuck with. I always say yoga as extended stretching (good for me because I hate to stretch). Well, obviously I was wrong. Yoga does increase flexibility (benefits of stretching) but it also *drum roll please* STRENGTHENS YOUR WHOLE BODY!! That is great news for me because I definitely not as strong as I use to be post-pregnancy.

Incorporating yoga into my routine will take time(and me getting up when my alarm goes off!) but the results will be well worth it.

By the way, check out the Kylo’s site: http://www.kyloyoga.com/

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  • Black Girls Run!

    Kudos on balancing work, baby, hubby and tri training! I'm still trying to figure out how to create balance, and I don't have nearly as much on my plate. I know it would be advantageous for me to work out early in the morning, but I just can't pull myself out of bed. So, I end up running in the evening and not getting home until after 8.

  • Anonymous

    I have tried to do the evening workouts but I just can't. I feel less energized and I usually get disappointed because I know I didn't give it my all. Even pre-baby and hubby. There are so many times that 4 am comes tooo quickly but once I get into the grove of things, the groginess is gone. I also feel more accomplished because I think " I just ran x amount of miles and people are still sleeping. HA!" I swear it's 10% physical and 90%mental!

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