January was a tough month: tons of snow, work has picked up, wedding planning has gone turbo, eating clean has been a challenge (no eating out, no junk, no alcohol, limited sugar, I think I had chocolate once), and I’ve been adjusting to my routine of going to the gym with much more regularity.
The payoff has been great though. I lost 10 lbs. this month! It came off slowly, gradually, but it’s stayed off over weekends which is always my weak point. My mood has been better, I’ve felt more confident, my clothes are fitting better, my hip feels the best it has in months, and I’m really finding out that all this sacrifice isn’t so terrible.
My first step was to find a pilates studio I really liked on the recommendation from my orthopedic doctor. I tried many and still have a few more I want to check out. Pilates is hard but feels so great. It’s like intense physical therapy. I always thought yoga was more for me but now I realize it’s not. I love yoga but pilates actually feels like a work out and it’s doesn’t create weird pain and injuries like yoga has for me (wrists, ankles, knees). Yoga is the best for mental clarity but I’m finding that feeling fit and powerful from pilates makes me feel mentally strong in a different way, in a way I think I need more right now.
I’ve been doing my Bride Arms Workout three times a week and am really starting to see a difference. And I’m rocking a great playlist for it too! I’ve been doing cardio (specifically the elliptical) 4-6 times a week as well.
All this stuff does take time though. The biggest adjustment for me has been getting used to going to the gym on weekends.
Here’s my workout breakdown for the month of January:
13 days of weight training (Bride Arms Workout)
19 days of cardio
6 pilates classes