I decided to try an at-home workout this morning because I have had this DVD for a week and needed a day to give it a try!
Ashley recommended it to me, and I ordered it off Amazon within 10 seconds!
I’m glad to have a nice basement space to do workouts. I just moved the ottoman out of the way and lit all the lamps for a more cheerful brightness.
Faith is actually one of the queens of anywhere workouts and is so creative with hers. I tend to be more all-or-nothing with workouts (not ideal, I know!) and crave higher intensity running, cycling, walking and things. It’s really hard to motivate myself to get my heart rate up in my living room and have it stay there! I have contemplated buying a treadmill for when the baby comes. I think not having to leave the house would be invaluable (because I love going to hotel gyms when you don’t have to leave the building!) However, treadmills are SOOO expensive (even used!) and I
think hope on most nice days I’d be just as happy outside with a stroller, plus my gym has really cheap childcare starting at 6 weeks. So I don’t think the treadmill would really get its money’s worth. Thus, DVDs might become much more of the norm around here for those first few months. And any kind of free TV workouts too!
Summer Sanders’ DVD was pretty good. It was a bit more strength than I had hoped for (since I’m doing Pump twice a week) but I think if it had been all cardio bouncing it might have been too much. I did the longer (45 minute) Second Trimester workout. It ended up being a pretty good total body workout, and all the squats gave me a good burn. Pre-pregnancy I would have found it too easy (I didn’t break a sweat, but my muscles burned at times), but now that I’m itching for lower impact anyways, it was great.
I was sad to hear in the first few minutes that I needed a resistance band and couldn’t find mine anywhere! So I improvised with two jars of jam from the pantry : )
Sometime during the DVD, Summer said the word “chicken” and all of a sudden a SALAD with chicken sounded great for lunch! First home lunch salad in ages!!
The chicken was actually a grilled herb-y breast that we had stuck in the freezer as leftovers about a month ago, so I defrosted it and sliced it onto a bed of arugula blend along with half a cup or so of Rancho beans, avocado (YUM!), goat cheese (DOUBLE YUM!) and a dressing made of lemon juice and olive oil.
Confession: I’ve been using lemon juice from a bottle. And it’s been AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember how I would lazily complain about loving lemon juice but hating the process of slicing, de-seeding and storing fresh lemons? This little bottle has been wonderful to have on hand. I’m using lemon juice so much more, and the ingredient list = “organic lemon juice.” Call me a bad chef, but this is one shortcut I’ll be taking for a while. Considering the fact that the only way I will eat green things right now is with a dash of lemon juice, it’s been worth it.
Fruit cup on the side! Kiwi (fur and all) and strawberry.