Sunday, January 12, 2014

Workout Worksheet

This week, we started sleep training with our 6-month-old baby girl. Sleeping through the night has allowed both her and me to be on a more predictable schedule, which makes my Type-A-self flap with excitement. Before I get any hate mail (wait, I don't have that many readers), yes we are sleep training our daughter, and no I don't care your personal opinion on that. We do what works for our family. She is actually doing amazing at sleeping through the night and is the happiest little camper. (Now that I say that she is probably planning her first wakeup mid-baby dream).

Anywho, now that I am getting more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep, I feel like more than a shadow of my formal self. I am starting to think about getting back into a workout plan. But, let's be honest: even before I had a baby I wasn't great at working out. So, let's just get that straight. I cannot fall on the excuse that I have a baby, so it's hard for me to work out, because even when I was single and without children, I had a hard time (at times) getting into a work out routine. 

I am bound and determined to understand my personal psychology behind my approach to working out (or lackthereof). In doing so, I asked my Facebook friends what keeps them from working out. Their responses ranged from not having enough time, not having enough motivation, not having enough money, being prone to injury, or just being flat out lazy. 

I decided to be honest with myself about why I want to workout, why I haven't been working out, and what I feel like I need to happen to make my plan to workout successful. I like to write things out (duh), and it helps me organize my thoughts and devise a plan of attack. 

I'm sharing with you my "workout worksheet" if maybe you too need to write it out.

Personal Workout Psychology Worksheet

1. What are your fitness goals? I would like to tone and strengthen. I would like to concentrate on my waistline and arms. I would like to feel strong and energized. I would like to be a positive role model for my daughter.

2. What is keeping you from working out? Motivation, cold weather, busy schedule, mommy guilt.

3. What is motivating to you? Results, seeing progress in photographs, fitting better in clothes, having energy to be active with my family. 

4. How have you failed before? Overdoing it, not making the time, not having the time, over-scheduling my time, getting sucked into lazy activities (tv, naps), getting a personal trainer and not liking my "individualized plan"

5. How have you succeeded before? Being realistic with goals, not being "weight"-oriented, scheduling ahead of time working out, incorporating healthy food choices

6. What is your plan of attack? 
- Working out 3-4 times a week
- Stepping away from the scale
- Incorporating Paleo eating habits
- Busting out the schedule
- Rotating between workout videos and two different gyms, and classes if possible. 

7. Short term goal? One month of following the above plan of attack.

8. Long term goal? Confidence in a bathing suit this summer.


  1. You got it! You can do it. I do a little exercise circuit in J's room when I get him up from his naps this makes him laugh and burns some needed calories for mommy. It is as follows:

    20 jumping jacks- these are sooooo funny apparently
    15 standing push up using the side of this crib
    20 sit ups with feet tucked under his crib
    20 calf raises while holding onto crib

    Repeat as may times as you can! I have faith in my bff xoxo

  2. Oh and Yay to sleeping and yay for me figuring out how to comment!! You motivated me to also update my blog so THANK luamumtli!!!