Hey y’all, can you believe we’re already halfway through this week?!
One of my New Year’s resolutions (previous post) is to get active and back in shape. After gaining 60ish pounds with Eloise and not working out since before I was pregnant, this seemed like it was going to be a difficult one for me, but it’s actually been one of the easiest (the hardest has been drinking more water)!
I decided to share a few tips that helped me keep my motivation these past few weeks while getting back into it:
After Eloise was born, working out was super discouraging. I had never not been in shape so exercising felt foreign and way too hard. The pregnancy weight fell off anyway so I didn’t really have that push to get me going. Then the new year rolled around and I woke up one day REALLY wanting it. So now I love going to the gym. It’s my “me” time.
Not too easy where you don’t work up a sweat or feel a burn but you don’t want to turn yourself off from working out when you can’t walk the next day. My first day back I did 30 minutes of fast-paced walking on the highest incline and then some lunges and squats. I couldn’t wait to go back the next day and push myself a little further.
Have a plan
I’m not an expert in the gym, but I’ve been watching YouTube videos (Whitney Simmons and Cara Loren) before my workouts so I have an idea of what I’m doing. I used to feel so self-conscious and worry I wasn’t doing something right. Now I couldn’t care less. I’m doing this for me. I’m in there with a plan and will read the directions on the machine extra long if I need to. (lol)
Take a before photo
Just to track your progress and keep yourself motivated. Don’t worry, you don’t have to share it on IG.
Work out in style
Nothing says you’re going to kill it in the gym more than being confident in what you’re wearing… and maybe some coffee. My outfit is from Alo Yoga and makes me feel FAB. I’ve noticed on days I feel extra good about myself I go a little harder in my workouts. Not only that but I dig an athleisure look I can proudly wear around town too.
You’re worth it- do it for you!
*Thank you ALO Yoga for sponsoring this post*
Outfit: ALO Yoga
Hair: Morgan @ Morgantown Beauty Bar
Photos: Alex King