my fitness routine

So yes, I lost a lot of weight. And yes, I cut back on a lot of what I eat. But I also work out. Like a lot. Which some may see as insane, or as too much. But it works for me.
Each day I do a total of an hour and a half cardio, split on the treadmill and the elliptical. If it's warm out I also go for about a half hour walk each day but obviously not during the winter months. In the morning bright and early I run for 45 minutes and after the kids go back to bed at night I am on the elliptical for another 45. I know that sounds intense and stupid and overwhelming... but for the most part when I'm doing these workouts the kids are all asleep (at night) or almost all asleep (in the morning, sideye Dom.). When I was losing weight last summer I just wasn't seeing the pounds fall off as fast as I would like (I'm inpatient, shocker right?), and so I decided to up the ante. I didn't do the two-a-days every day right away, I slowly eased my way in to it. Doing it twice a week, then three times, then every day. Having Matt work out with me at night has also been great. It's gotten him moving too and we watch shows together or I read or whatever... but we are together. It's actually a great stress-reliever at the end of a long day with kids and people climbing all over you all day and the noise! It's just nice to sweat for a bit and burn off some steam at the end of a day. Which is why when I got to my goal weight I didn't stop the two-a-days. Because I enjoy them.

My treadmill routine varies a little... But basically I just run. Some days I run slow, at a 5 mph pace (so slow!) and then the next day I will try to push myself, right now the fastest I can keep it up for 45 minutes is 6 mph. I hope to slowly get faster on the days I push myself. 

My elliptical routine is basically just I put the resistance as high as it can go and just go for 45 minutes. No variations there. This one isn't about fitness so much as just cardio for me.

Other than that (yes there is more), I alternate days working on my arms and legs and my abs. On my arm and leg day I do a whole bunch of arm raises, bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc. with two five pound weights. I also do leg raises and squats... four sets of twelve each. On ab day I do two one-minute planks and a bunch of crunches. 

I have been doing this daily routine since August. I've never missed a run, other than those two days on vacation, but I do sometimes miss the elliptical depending on the day, but that doesn't happen much honestly. It's become habit to me and I love it. I guess I kind of like to work out now... who would have thought it?

What about you? What is your fitness routine?



  1. i have 0 fitness routine and that's what's hurting me now. i need to at least do one a day haha. lucky to have things in your basement. i will work out with you NEXT WEEK :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  2. Upping my Krav game as of late. Hoping for some amazing before and after photos can we say that Wedding dress is gonna be "TO DIE FOR"! So glad that you have that time to get stress free. It's definitely important and if I could only get a treadmill in my house I would be the happiest girl in the world and a rower. Oh and by the way 5MPH is fast and 6MPH is my dream. I'm 4'11" and I'm technically RUNNING at 3.5MPH. So trust me you are fast sister! hehe!

  3. You go girl!!! I feel lazy reading this haha :)

  4. I cannot do night workouts. I get way too pumped up and then cant sleep! I try to hit the gym 3-4 days a week, 2 miles or so of cardio but mostly weights. I definitely have seen much better results with weights than I have wth cardio. That might be different with body type/fitness goal though. Ugh I feel SO much better after a workout. Now if I could only get my eating on track!... and stay on track! Summer is around the corner!!! "Summer bodies are made in the winter" :-P

  5. You're a bad ass!! And congrats on reaching your goal weight! I don't think you over do it, not that I am some fitness guru. I don't do anything. But Chris runs like 50 miles a week, and lifts 5 days, and I just sit here like.....I need to do something. What to do? How to get started? At least I eat pretty clean, does that count for something?

  6. Get it gurrrrl! I am in awe of your dedication to the two-a-days! Did the late night workout replace your wine consumption?? You were my late night wine partner from a far for so long! =)

  7. love this! this is fabulous. i think whatever works for you, whatever you enjoy - that's what you gotta do. and girl i run at 5 mph as well. i can't run for 45 minutes straight right now, at least not on the treadmill. it's a far cry from how fast or long i used to be able to run. but anyway, congrats on the weight loss and keep doing whatever you are enjoying!


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