Happy Friday, friends! Today, I’m partnering with my favorite brand EVER Athleta and ShopStyle and sharing my updated FITNESS ROUTINE! BUT, first and foremost, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and love on Wednesday. Procedure #19 wasn’t easy, but it was better than 18, and we couldn’t have done it without prayers. THANK YOU! She is doing so well that she actually wants to go to school today, so that’s a huge PRAISE! She is so tough. This girl is SO TOUGH! Thank you for the love.
Okay, today, I’m so excited because it is another “routine” post! (I love reading about other people’s routines!!)
In case you have forgotten, here are the other “routine” posts I’ve done this year: first, I shared with you our MORNING ROUTINE and then, I shared with you our BEDTIME ROUTINE, and then our THERAPY ROUTINE and then, our Pre-Op ROUTINE, and then, our MEAL PLANNING ROUTINE.
This post is the best of both worlds. First, I’m getting to share with you my favorite pieces from Athleta, which as you know IS MY VERY FAVORITE STORE, plus, I have a new fitness routine so to speak, and I’m excited about that too! Back in May, I worked with Athleta for the first time and gushed like crazy over how much I love their brand…
…I wear Athleta EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Yes. Seven days a week, 365 days a year, I wear something Athleta at some point during my day. Maybe it’s because I worked out? Maybe it’s because I was outside with my kids? Maybe because I just wanted something comfy on? Whatever the reason, whatever the season…I’m wearing their clothes. I love them.
I’ve had a lot of you guys ask me lately to share my new workout routine because I’ve changed it up! Let’s backtrack a minute before we dive in…I’ve always been a very active person. I started dancing when I was three…
…continued dancing and started running in high school as well. I have tried many different types of fitness classes/workout routines/ways to exercise over the years, and some things I always go back to while other things are just seasons in my life. For instance, I started practicing yoga when I was about 18 and have never looked back. It’s my favorite form of “exercise”. There was a season when running was my favorite thing…
…I ran long distances every week (over 20 miles at a time on Saturdays!) and completed two full marathons…I haven’t run over three miles in years and am perfectly fine with that. That was a season. When Kensington was six weeks old, I started a stroller-based workout class and attended four days a week for three years…
…that was such a sweet season because I was able to workout with both of my babies in tow.
After three years of stroller classes, I decided to join a gym!
My kids were getting too big for the stroller classes, so I found a great gym with an amazing kid’s area and started going to a HIIT class twice a week with an awesome instructor. I ended up doing that for 7½ years! WHOA!
I can’t wash this top fast enough! I want to wear it every day!! TIGHTS//TOP//TANK//SPORTS BRA Now, my top is available in other colors but no longer in black, for a similar top in black, check out this one.
Then this last May, I changed it all up again. All of a sudden, I realized that going to a mid-morning workout class wasn’t working for me. My kids were all in school, so I wasn’t using the childcare any longer, I was working so much more than I had been 7½ years prior, so cutting into my work day by going to the gym was getting annoying for me…and therefore, I was either skipping the gym or just cranky the whole time I was there (thinking about all I needed to do when I got home). I started talking to Erika about it and she was in the same boat. What used to work so well for us, just wasn’t working any more. We didn’t need child care and we needed all of our time during the day to work, but I was really worried about changing things up because I loved my actual class so much, and I adored the teacher. I had myself convinced that I wouldn’t ever find anything comparable. I mentioned this to my friend Lauren and she suggested I try one of the early morning classes at our gym. You know I love getting up early, but if you saw my MORNING ROUTINE post from April, I loved getting up, drinking coffee and working all snuggly on my laptop from bed, I was not a “get up and go workout” kind of girl…BUT she told me to try it just once. So, I did. AND I LOVED IT!
Friends, I love, love, love working out early in the morning now!! I am so glad I tried that one class! Now, four mornings a week, I’m at the gym. FOUR! I have this new routine where I wake up early, drink one cup of coffee and do my quiet time and then head to the gym (while Andrew does cardio at home and then goes to his gym when I return). Now, it’s early, do not get me wrong! I am waking up at 4:10 and at the gym by 5:20 every morning, but when 6:15 rolls around and the sun starts to rise and I’m done with my workout, I feel like a new person! I have so much more time during the day now, I don’t have the “I have to go to the gym” dread hanging over my head all morning and I’m actually working out MORE because it really fits into my schedule so much better. Plus, I’ve met two new instructors that teach these classes, and I love them too! I also really like the new friends I’ve made in these morning classes. It really has been such a blessing to me. Two days a week, I’m doing a HIIT class and then the other two days, I’m doing a weight-lifting class. On Fridays, I do some sort of cardio or yoga at home.
Last week, I wanted to take you along with me during the week so you could see my new routine PLUS, of course, I’m wearing Athleta in every picture because IT’S ALL I WEAR!!
Here we go…
Hello, Monday morning! I was up and at ’em at 4:10! Wake up, drink coffee, read Bible, get ready for the gym. I love Athleta’s tights because they cover the waist perfectly and don’t cut you off in the middle. They’re so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them all day long. I’m wearing them here with this tank (it comes in so many colors!) both in an xsmall.
Our gym is FREEZING! You could hang meat in there! Because of that, I always wear a sweatshirt until I warm up. You are missing out if you’ve never worn an Athleta sweatshirt. I cannot even describe how soft they are. I’m telling you, you will never wear any other brands. I bought pink, but it does come in multiple colors. This one HERE is very similar too and also available in multiple colors!
Andrew walked through just as I was taking pics. Monday morning selfie for you!
Look who I found in the parking lot bright and early?! (Or should I say dark and early?!) It’s always more motivating when you know you’re meeting someone at the gym!
I got to class and started getting all of my stuff together.
Back in the car after class SO EXCITED to have my workout behind me!!
I took a quick pic with this cutie and drank one more cup of coffee before officially starting my day.
Tuesday morning came in a hurry…
Isn’t the back cute?!
Then, I topped everything with this top. You’re going to see me wearing it again this week because it’s so comfy!!
Back in the parking lot before the sun came out!
This top isn’t a sweatshirt, it’s like a roomy little tee that just drapes over everything so nicely!
A quick pic right before we all headed to school. I love my people so much!
I woke up Thursday morning super happy that the cute top was clean and ready to be worn for the second time that week!
On Fridays, I skip the gym and do something at home instead! I either practice yoga, ride my stationary bike, go for a walk or do a fitness video off of my phone. Last Friday, I enjoyed the beautiful weather and walked three miles. I’m wore my fun pink shorts and that black tank again for my morning walk.
So, here’s the deal..I personally think working out comes and goes in seasons, and it works much better if you roll with it instead of beating yourself up over it. There are times in life when one thing works really well (whether that’s a class or a schedule or an instructor or whatever!) and then, there are times in life when you need to change things up because if working out is complicated for you, you won’t do it. Anytime I start to realize I’m not working out very often, it’s almost always because I’m either burnt out from that particular type of exercise or it’s not convenient for me…and if it’s not convenient for me, I won’t do it. My main goal every day is more about being active and less about hitting a certain number of calories or minutes spent “working out”. (I’ve done several posts about how I stay active throughout the day HERE.)
So, that’s my new fitness routine! What do you do to stay active? I’m always interested in everyone else’s routines too!! Please comment and share if you’ve found your “thing” and it’s made working out easier/more achievable.
A huge thanks to my favorite store for being a part of today’s post! I’ve been a true fan of Athleta for so many years, so it’s so fun to partner with them and hopefully, encourage all of you to think about shaking up your workout routine! I do not just wear these clothes for exercising, these are truly the clothes I live in.
I’m off to enjoy my weekend now! I hope all of you have a fantastic first weekend in October!!! Sending you lots of love this weekend! xo