(This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support! As always, please see disclaimer here). Hello! Hope you had a great weekend. Just wanted to pop in real quick and document my workouts, etc.  If this week had a category, it would be "a little bit of everything." I just kind of felt like mixing it up and doing some random circuits that I made up. I also started carb cycling a bit this week. I'm always looking to try new things, so my goal is to decrease carbs to <50 grams twice per week (on rest days or active recovery days) and see what happens. I did intermittent fasting for a while, but I found that didn't mesh well with switching to early morning workouts - I would just get hungry and be crabby all day. I feel like carb cycling is a little more gentle, but might still have a similar fat burning effect. I'll do a post on it at some point down the road! IMG_4079 IMG_4083 I think I'm starting to see some definition in the arm + back department! In other news, my twins have been super upset the past few days. I suspect it's teething (as usual), but it's been a lot to handle. They've also learned how to say "no" in context. It's the standard answer to every question now. Lord help me.  IMG_4102 IMG_1652 See above - Twin A being sassy and Twin B looking sad. How many teeth do humans have again?? Anyway, back to workouts: Monday: 4/18 warm up: jump rope deadlift: worked up to 5 sets at 165# Tuesday: 4/19 3 rounds: 10 high, 24" step ups (each leg) 10 slow hand-release push ups (3 secs down, 1 sec pause at bottom) 20 jump squats 10 chest flies on the rings 10 in and outs 100 jump ropes 10 tricep dips on box Wednesday: 4/20 rest day! Thursday: 4/21 warm up: worked on ankle mobility - banded lunges + static squat holds 3 x 5 band-assisted ring dips WOD: every 3 minutes for 7 rounds 10 straight leg deadlifts (65#) 5 power snatches (65#) 10 overhead squats *I'm really not there yet with overhead squats, since my ankle mobility is not that great. Instead of adding weight, I use a resistance band (like this one - I have black). If you grip the band wide and pull it tight, you'll end up contracting your back muscles instead of "shrugging" while you hold your arms up. I'm hoping to add weight soon - but I'm taking my time in getting the form right so I don't hurt myself! Friday: 4/22 warm up: jump rope strength: power cleans - worked up to 105# WOD: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 .... 1 hang cleans (65#) front squats (65# - don't drop the bar in between cleans + squats!!) burpees took me 14:45 - I was moving very slow, this is WAY tougher than it looks. I definitely challenge you to give it a try. I was panic breathing the entire time! Saturday: 4/23 max banded pull ups x 3 max banded chin ups x 3 3 x 10 ring rows (with pause at the top of movement) supersets: 1. 3 x 5 floor press (65# - works best if you have bumpers - or if you have a bench, use it!) 2. 3 x 10 push ups 1. 3 x 15 glute bridges (65#) 2. 3 x 20 reverse lunges w/ 10# at each side 1. 3 x 10 bent over rows (barbell - 65#) 2. 3 x 10 bicep curls (35#) 3. 3 x 10 one arm bent over rows (20#) 1. 3 x 10 hanging knee raises 2. 3 x 10 "tick tocks" (35#) Sunday: 4/24 rest day/"crop fit" - I started a very small garden! IMG_4086 I cleared out this bed and planted all of the things that like to be planted this time of year - onions, two types of kale, lettuces, spinach, peas, beans, broccoli, thyme, rosemary, parsley + summer squashes. I'm going to wait a few weeks for tomatoes, peppers, basil, etc. I planted the kale and lettuces on the side using this bag method. We'll see what happens! Monday: 4/25 The "Bear Complex" without dropping the bar, you do hang clean + front squat + push press + back squat + push press = 1 rep. (except I did 7 sets of 5 reps instead of 7x7. I was trying to go heavier than normal, this is the kind of thing I usually do very light! Believe me, 65# is very challenging with this) 1: 45#   2: 55#   3: 65#   4: 65#  5: 65#   6: 55#  7: 55# then: 3 rounds of: 5 band-assisted ring dips 10 skull crushers (20#) 10 OH triceps extension (10#) 10 triceps pull down (I used a band) I'd love to hear about some of your workouts this week! Have you ever done carb cycling?  Anyone else starting a garden? I could use all of the tips I can get!

(This post contains affiliate links, thanks for your support! Also see disclaimer here.) I thought this week might be a good time to check in with my post-baby body progress. The last time I really took a look at my progress was January. My twins are now 17 months old! I haven't really lost much weight, maybe a few pounds that fluctuate. I definitely feel stronger and a little leaner. I'm still about 7 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I don't really mind the scale too much. I've gained a lot of muscle, and I think a little more weight loss will come once the twins wean from breastfeeding. We are down to twice per day now, and it's probably going to happen sooner than later - definitely bittersweet! [caption id="attachment_485" align="aligncenter" width="510"]postpartum fitness                    14 months postpartum vs 17 months postpartum[/caption] I was just thinking about my mindset after I first had the twins. I was so self-conscious. I went from feeling like the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world, to feeling frumpy and exhausted. I know my expectations were unrealistic. I thought I would just "bounce back" after a few weeks - like the celebrities do. I wish we could all just accept that the timeline to get back in shape is most likely not 6 weeks for the average person. I'm hoping that through my real experiences you'll see that these changes take time and effort. I'm still not 100% where I'd like to be. I think pregnancy, especially twin pregnancy, is a lot for the body to handle. My body is now, and always will be, a work in progress. We need to be gentle with ourselves and not expect too much too soon. I'm just glad and proud to have gained so much strength and fit into my old jeans. At the end of the day - that's all that really matters! We've been loving the nicer weather and getting outside for some workouts! It's a nice change of scenery from the basement, plus it affords me the opportunity to workout when the babies are awake. Sometimes I need early morning & nap time for school work, so this is a great option. The twins have a great time running around and playing. They love to say "shoes" and their little faces light up when we get ready to go out. IMG_3795 IMG_3657 IMG_3691 Now onto the workouts! Monday: 4/11 Strength:  max chin ups x 3 max pull ups x 3 static ring holds, 20 seconds x 3 (I have these) push press - worked up to 95# WOD - 3 rounds: 15 box jumps 20 push press (45#) 15 ring rows 15 barbell good mornings cash out: 3 x 12 long sided barbell rows (I had a 25# plate on - see demo) 3 x 12 one-armed bent over rows (20# KB) Tuesday: 4/12 turkish get ups - did multiple sets with 20# KB until form suffered 3 rounds: 5 assisted pistols (each side) 10 KB cleans (each side) 3 x 10 OH triceps extension 3 x 10 dips 3 x 10 tricep pull down with band Wednesday: 4/13 5 sets of 10 back squats (65# - I don't have a squat rack) WOD - 3 rounds: 10 pushups 15 barbell hip thrusts (65#) 5 chest flies on the rings 10 reverse lunges (each leg) 10 single leg deadlifts (each leg) 10 goblet squats (35#) cash out: 3 x 10 hack squats 65# 3 x 10 glute kickbacks Thursday: 4/14 outside! 3 rounds: 20 KB swings (35#) 15 sumo deadlift high pull (35#) 10 burpees 10 sets of stroller sprints Friday: 4/15 Strength: max pull ups x 3 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 chin ups Power cleans: worked up to 105#. Couldn't get 115, though I tried!!! WOD - 5 rounds: 5 snatches (65#) 10 hanging knee raises 30 second plank 100 jump ropes Saturday: 4/16 rest day! Sunday: 4/17 max chin ups x 3 3 x 3 negative pull ups 3 x 10 ring rows WOD - 3 rounds: 14 push press (65#) 14 straight leg deadlift (65#) 7 burpees took me about 8 minutes, I was slow. 3 rounds: max ring hold max wall sit 10 hanging knee raises 10 lying leg lifts Monday: 4/18 warm up: jump rope deadlifts - worked up to 5 sets at 165! That's all for this week. Let me know if you did any great workouts in the comments! Always looking for inspiration :-)

(This post contains affiliate links - please see what that means here). Need some motivation for your Monday? IMG_2412 This was a really awesome, heart-pounding workout. I'm trying to get back in good cardio shape after struggling with virus after virus and my asthma this winter. It has not been easy, but I think I'm finally getting there! You'll need a pull-up bar, a kettlebell (I used 35#), a barbell and plates, and a box (mine is a homemade version of this), and an interval timer app (or this). I'm working on my pull-ups a lot, still using a band most of the time, but getting there! Warm up/Strength: 5 min EMOM of pull-ups - string together as many as you can each minute and then rest the remaining time. (My goal was 3-4 per minute) Workout:  Set your interval timer to go off every 2 minutes. You'll do this workout for time, and every 2 minutes stop what you're doing and perform 5 burpees. Getting this workout done fast = less burpees! 3 rounds for time: 10 deadlifts (125#) 10 goblet squats (I used 35# KB) 10 bicep curls (I used 35# KB) 10 step ups on box (each leg, I used 20" box) 10 bent over rows (5 each arm, I used 35# KB) + 5 burpees every 2 minutes.
  • I finished this workout in 13:39 and did 30 burpees.
Cool Down/Abs 3 x 1:00 planks   Let me know if you try it - or tell me about your workout!