And just like that, May is almost over! I’m blaming the weather for the fact that it doesn’t feel like we should be entering into June yet. Hopefully Chicago will get it’s act together and give us more of those glorious #SummertimeChi days this next month!
As for fitness, I’m definitely still not “back on track” if I compare this month to the first 3 months of 2019. But that’s one of the reasons why I love writing these recaps. Because it reminds me (and hopefully you too!) that being healthy doesn’t have to mean 5 or 6 workouts every week until the end of time.
In February, I wrote about how “something is better than nothing” – because it was for that month! Sneaking out to the gym for a quick 30 minute cardio workout could easily fit into my work-from-home schedule without throwing off my productivity, and it was a great daily mental break.
But these past 6 weeks have changed that approach, thanks to our sweet little puppy Luna. She’s been great – but getting a puppy is hard no matter what. Not only have I had to get used to early wake up calls and tummy issues in the middle of the night, but potty training/long walks/playing/making sure she doesn’t get into trouble/etc. takes a major toll on my productivity. Don’t get my wrong, we love her so much – but work takes longer, sleep is more precious, and workouts get knocked off my priority list faster than they did earlier this year.
So to combat this, I’ve finally been focusing more on nutrition. In a real way, not just in a “these snacks are healthy so it’s okay that I eat the whole bag” way. I’ve been meal prepping at the beginning of the week so I have veggie packed lunches ready, as well as planning dinners that have a balanced mix of fat, protein, and carbs. (This one is a favorite around here!)
In addition, I’ve been trying to make my workouts count. Since I can’t exercise every day, I want to work really hard when I do get the opportunity to sweat! You’ll see what I mean in the breakdown below. Let’s get to it!
I wanted to focus on nutrition and get to more workouts than I did in April. Check and check!
Our little Luna-y toon was definitely the biggest obstacle this month. We recently discovered that she’ll sleep until 6:30am most days if we cover her crate though, so things are looking up!
# of workouts completed:
12 as of today, but I have one planned for tomorrow which will make it 13 for the month!
I seriously love Studio Three so much. For the first few months of taking class there, I pretty much stuck to the yoga studio only – but this month, I went to Torch (twice!), spin (Backstreet Boys vs. N’sync – SO FUN!), Hi Def, and 3×3. I even got to take my brother with me to a Torch class! Also, if you’re intimidated by the treadmill and rower in that one, look for their 45 minute format on the schedule. It goes by WAY faster than an hour!
Lincoln Square Athletic Club
Remember how I told you about the Bodypump class? I went twice again this month and it’s such a good workout!! I definitely work harder in that class vs. on my own upstairs at the gym.
I actually just bought another class pack to Club Pilates because it’s honestly the best workout for when you’re not really in the mood. Come on, you guys know what I mean. Those days when you KNOW you’ll feel better after moving your body, but the thought of running makes you want to crawl back in bed? Plus, I can’t stay away from my favorite teacher Linda. Her classes are SO creative and fun – I always leave feeling better than I did coming in! I recommend the Flow 2.0 and Cardio Sculpt 1.5 classes!
At Home Workouts
Froyo To Fitness circuits are the best at the gym, but so many of them are amazing for an at home workout! If you’re on a budget, her guide is a no brainer. I can’t recommend it enough!
Want to track your workouts, too?! My FREE 2019 calendar also has a note from me, questions to help you reflect, an intention, and a “repeat after me” mantra for every month. Click here or below to download!
I definitely want to complete a few more workouts than I did this month. Other than that, I’d like to continue pushing myself to do harder workouts when I can go and keep a focus on nutrition, especially when I’m at home. That way I can enjoy myself more when I’m out! No one wants guilt creeping into their summer, right?!
PS. You might also like my introduction post about my 2019 Workout Planner, The Best Discounted or Free Fitness Classes/Gym Memberships, and The Best At Home Workouts.