The Past Two Weeks in Workouts: Working in Weights

This past week, I took a break from blogging. The kids have been acting up a lot lately and we’ve had a rough week or so, which meant every time I had some down time, I wanted it to be just that. Down time. Not time for working on something.

Thankfully, Friday seemed to take a turn for the better with a trip to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. It was the first day in awhile that we had more smiles than screams and I was thankful.

Emme on the Bulgy ride at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
The kids spent the rest of the weekend 
with my in laws, so now we’re doing all right. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

Doug and I spent some time putting the garage back together now that the rafters are finished and Sunday we both had some time to relax on our own and then enjoy the evening together.

Carnitas nachos and Francisco Libre drink from Zona Rosa in Los Gatos

This drink. These carnitas nachos. Zona Rosa does it right!

Since I didn’t get my workouts out last week, this week I have two full weeks for you, which is sometimes fun to see anyway. Plus, I have more to write about than just Pilates because I’ve been making the extra effort to get in the workouts I need for ME, not just what I teach my classes.

I’ve made it known that since I’ve been teaching Pilates everyday–which is not what my body needs to stay fit–I’ve had a difficult time fitting in my own mix of workouts and I’m noticing the difference. Since I can see the difference in my body now, I’m working hard again to get what I need in so that I can be my healthiest self.

Here’s what the last two weeks looked like:

6/15-6/21

Monday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Tabata 4 rounds + Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility– Teach Pilates + Treadmill run 10 min HIIT and 15 min Steady + Jog to Karate 1 mile
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates x2 + Treadmill HIIT 20 min
Friday: Active Rest – Paddleboarding and kayaking
Saturday: Active Rest – Paddleboarding and kayaking

Emme playing in the sand at White Pines Lake

6/22-6/28

Monday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Tabata 4 rounds + Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Cardio + Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates + Treadmill run 2 miles
Wednesday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates + Workout 2 
Thursday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates x2
Friday: Strength/Flexibility – Teach Pilates
Saturday: Cardio: Run to farmer’s market: 2 miles
Sunday: OFF

You can see that most of my cardio I squeezed in around teaching Pilates while the kids were still in kids club at the gyms I work at. I was happy that I managed some additional exercise besides that too, like paddle boarding and kayaking while on vacation. There was definitely time spent relaxing by the lake when the kids allowed it too!

Drinking a beer at Utica Lake

Fitnessista is starting week three of her summer shape up this week, which is an amazing program to follow if you’re trying to amp up your fitness routine. I’m behind since I couldn’t squeeze the weights in during our vacation week, but this week I got in one of the workouts. It felt so good to lift something heavy again even if the only time I had to do it was while the kids watched TV (which they turned off before the show was over because they wanted to workout with me!).

It’s been forever since I’ve lifted weights since I’ve been focused on getting cardio in, but now that I’ve been getting that done, my goal is to get in weights once a week. Pilates is excellent strength training, but since I do it all the time, I need to mix it up. I pushed myself and used heavier weights than I’m used to and it felt great!

I’ll be back to blogging again this week, including an exciting giveaway for you, so stay tuned!

Have you tried stand up paddle boarding? Such a great core and back workout!

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