Variety- the spice of life

I’ve been in a workout rut. Being pregnant, I have given myself a pass on my workouts. Sure, I’m still working out 4-5 times per week but the workouts are all the same.  I’ve been doing a lot of stair-stepper mixed with some EFX machine, and a little jogging. This has been going on now for the past 6 months. I haven’t swam in months. I’ve avoided spinning. I’ve barely lifted. I hadn’t even done yoga more than once since I’ve been pregnant. This week I decided to change that. On Monday I did a yoga class at my gym and today I did my very first Pure Barre class. I’m honestly not sure that I loved either one (mostly because I can’t do any ab work right now due to a hernia) but my body has been sore and I feel good about trying something new.

I can’t tell you how many times in my short personal training career that I’ve had people tell me that they have been consistently working out but aren’t seeing results. Usually the reason for this is that people get in a routine of doing the same exercises for months on end. Our bodies become very efficient in activities that we do regularly and therefore, we often stop seeing results. (The other reason is always diet)

As much as I’m a creature of habit, I also find that I like changing things up occasionally. I love challenging myself to new workouts. There is something both scary and exciting about being the new girl in class. As you may have figured out by my previous posts, I’m also always changing or tweaking my diet. This week I’m trying to limit my dairy and wheat.

I’ve found some amazing recipes on and I’m enjoying experimenting these new foods. Although I have “cheated” a few times (specifically today) I don’t beat myself up about it. There’s not an end to my journey. I know that regardless of what I’m eliminating this week I will enjoy that food again at some point in the future. Often it’s the change I need in order to get myself in check. Last week I ate a ridiculous amount of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and cheese (thankfully not together). It was time for a change.

I can’t tell you for sure what next week will bring but I do hope to try dairy and wheat free for a bit longer. I also really want to find a yoga class that I love. Until I do, I’ll continue to be the new girl in class and continue to try new things.

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