Got a question about makeup, relationships, careers, cats or anything else? If you do, ask MBB! I’ll try to help, for what it’s worth. I’m not an expert in anything, but sometimes it just helps to have another opinion. Hopefully someone else reading might have some insight, too.
Here’s a question Kellie asked in the comments a few days ago…
“What time of the day do you squeeze in workouts Karen? Still trying to figure that one out for myself! And that soup looks bomb! Would you mind sharing the recipe? ?”
I just started working out again regularly after a looong hiatus (my doc didn’t want me doing more anything more strenuous than brisk walking when I got pregnant with Connor), and to be completely honest…getting back in the saddle has been a struggle, but here are a few things that have helped.
1. What time of day do you have the most energy?
For me, it’s mornings. Not right when I roll out of bed, but after I’ve been awake for an hour or two.
I’ve actually tried working out immediately after getting out of bed, and my body straight refuses to do it, LOL!
2. Schedule your workouts on your calendar
Hook or crook, I need to be sweating for one hour at least 3-4 times per week, and for that to happen in the mornings, I have to get up early enough to have breakfast, tend to Connor, and write like a maniac for at two hours (because I also feel better when it comes to writing in the morning) before my workout.
That’s why I schedule my workouts on my calendar, because it’s like etching them in stone, and it forces me to act accordingly and efficiently.
Because if I’m not strict about it, something always seems to come up, and I end up putting off my workout ’til the afternoon, but by then I’m usually exhausted.
3. Join a class of some kind
Seriously, I think it’s the easiest way to commit to an exercise regimen, because then you have a block of time that’s sort of out of your hands, and you can’t push the deadline even if you want to. The class is going to happen with or without you, and I think it’s also much easier to exercise with other people.
If joining a class isn’t an option, try something where you have to follow along with someone else, like in a workout DVD or a Youtube video.
4. Establish a reward system
Let’s get real — if I don’t bribe myself to exercise, I’m just not gonna do it. 🙂 That’s why reward systems work me.
I use a small desk calendar and cute stickers. Whenever I finish a workout, I put a new sticker on the calendar, and after I fill a page with stickers, I can reward myself with a small treat, like a lipstick or earrings.
It’s simple and old-school, but it works for me!
As for your soup question… 🙂 I used this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, but I tweaked it a little by adding a can of drained corn.
It turned out great! — but next time I think I’ll add another can of beans, because I like A LOT of beans in my soup.
OK, Kellie, I hope there was something in there that was helpful.
Does anyone else have any questions for me? I’ll do my best to help.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,