#TransformationTuesday: Create a Workout Plan that Works!

Blog Collaboration w/Diary of A PR Socialite

Making time by Shekinah/DiaryofaPRSocialite.com

Life can get so busy sometimes that you forget that you even signed up to do a guest blog. So, if you forget that, how can you remember to work out and eat right?

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In the last few months, my work schedule has changed and this left me gaining more weight than I ever had in my life.  A friend of mine is a trainer, and she provided me with a few tips that have worked. I am generally on the run, so I like to prepare my breakfast and lunch on Sundays so I can just grab and go.

As far as my workouts, I just signed up at Blink gym. I also get in workouts right before or after lunch for my office. I will close the door; do jump squats, squats, lunges, pushups, triceps dips, and planks. This jump starts my body for the second part of my day. It also helps, if I have an event after work.  I’ve done my exercises so I can proceed with the rest of my day.

I am also able to walk to work (1.6 miles), and walk home so I get some cardio in there as well.  So, how have I progressed? I can go longer doing my fitness routines, I am down a pants size, and I will be able to look amazing in my bridesmaids dress in August if I keep up the good work! What are your goals?

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I know I need to but how? By D. Sanders/Sumofmanythings.com

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Single mom of three, income stretched to the max, overscheduled, full time job, owner and manager of two blogs…but I need to take better care of myself.  How?  I’ve known that I needed to take better care of myself for a long time but I’ve always struggled with how to make time to do it and to do it in a way that doesn’t break the bank.  I bought “Insanity” and did that for a while until I injured my back, then I was stuck in physical therapy. My routine of working out for at least 30 minutes a day went out the window after my injury. That was two years ago.  Since then, I’ve struggled to find the time to do it all and it shows. I’ve gained 30lbs over the last two years and I’m at my heaviest weight. To most people, I don’t appear overweight but I know I’m carrying more weight than I ever have so I’m not happy with where I am right now.  As I mentioned in my initial post about this challenge, I have to make time to take care of myself. (Check out my previous post here)  As a single mom, I have children who depend on me and I have to have the energy to do it all. 

I stopped doing “Insanity” and found a “CrossFit” class on Groupon.  It was for 8 sessions and I really enjoyed it but I couldn’t afford that hefty price tag of almost $300/month!  What’s a single mom with limited time and money to do? I joined Planet Fitness.  At $10/month there was no reason I couldn’t afford this and the gym even offers the 30-Minute Express Circuit. This quick workout combines 10 strength machines and 10 cardio step stations.  The circuit operates on a green light/red light system. When the light turns green, you begin exercising. After 60 seconds, the red light goes on, which means stop and switch to the next station. At the end of 30 minutes, you will have completed the circuit and received a full-body workout! 30 minutes and you are done!  There was no excuse! I could get in and out be confident that I was doing exercises that were beneficial to me.   I’m not a morning person but I realize I had to do it first thing in the morning, otherwise it wouldn’t get done.  So I wake up an hour and a half earlier, head to the gym, work out then head home to begin my workday.  Working out in the morning gives me a sense of accomplishment. I’ve already started my day off right.  I tend to eat better throughout the day when I start off with a good workout.  I work out five days a week and take the weekends off!   I’m in and out in 45 minutes and it only costs me $10/month!  

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I also learned my job has a wellness reward program. For every day you go to the gym, they reimburse you $1 on your next paycheck.  So after 2 weeks of working out consistently, my membership is paid for with an extra $10!  It’s a win-win! Check with your employer to see if they offer any discounts for employees. Wellness discounts are becoming more popular with employers now.  Having healthy employees keeps health care costs down and reduces the number of days, employees are out sick.  If you can’t get out to the gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do at home.  Check the “On-Demand” section of your cable service and find workout videos.  The key is to start somewhere.  Commit yourself to at least 3 times a week and get started.  The first two weeks are the hardest because you are developing a new habit.  Your body will ache and you’ll be exhausted.  Taking better care of ourselves physically is another act of self-care. After all, we have full schedules and plenty of people who depend on us.  We need to be in great shape and have plenty of energy to accomplish everything on that ever growing to do list!

How do you make time to work out?

As always,

Take care of yourself and one another,

D. Sanders