So the challenge started out with a few bumps and setbacks but I am pretty happy with what I have accomplished so far.
For the month of January I planned record my food and water intake, meet my step goals and get to the gym 5 days a week. It wasn’t a perfect month by a long shot so about a week in I decided that it would be easier to try and increase my gym going to 5 days a week little by little each week (focusing on cardio), get as many steps as possible and record my water intake when I think of it.
Week 1 I managed to get to the gym 3 times and just did cardio. I used a new app called Aaptiv and did 1 green cardio workout each time I went to the gym.
Week 2 really put me to the rest. Monkey had several specialist appointments so we were very busy to start off with and then I needed to fit in some time for the gym/me. There is a fine balance of how many outings Monkey can take in the run of a week before things gets crazy. I managed to get to the gym 3 times again by making use of weekend nap times. This allowed Michael to study in a silent house while I got to take a little me time.
This last week of the month I managed to get to the gym 4 times. I tried going in the evening after amonkey is in bed and that worked really well. I dint think it will be my regular work out time because I like having the evening to spend with Michael but it is a great way to add in a work out on those days that leaving the house will just not work for Monkey.
I weighed in at the end of the week and managed to maintain from day 1. That is fine by me because I am making my health a priority and it’s a marathon not a sprint. I have been to the gym more in the last week than October to December combined and that is a win for me. I also have more energy, and sleep much better which is a win for the entire family I think.
As I said earlier in the post I would be focusing on cardio this month and getting into a routine. To assist me in not being bored with the regular pre-programmed work outs on the machines and to motivate me to push a little harder I tried out this new app called Aaptiv.
Aaptiv is an app that provides several cardio and resistance workouts with a trainer for to motivate you. You are able to choose from easy, intermediate or advanced workouts and you are able to filter your search by work out length, intensity and speed so you can quickly make a decision on what you will do next. The app provides a great playlist with each workout that should appeal to most everyone. I know I loved the reggae playlists, they definitely added positive vibes to my day!
After playing around with with for the month I found the resistance training a little confusing to listen too, but I loved the cardio and will continue to use it in month two to motivate myself to push a little harder every day.
My goals for February are the same as January. Increase water intake, eat cleaner, go to the gym regularly and I will add a resistance program. To be completely transparent for a year before my wedding I met with a trainer on and off for 3 month periods. I have all those work outs saved in a binder so I will be working on those this month.
How are your New Years Resolutions coming along? Have you held on or are you making so changes to your goals? Let me know in the comments below!