I am so anxious to get into a smaller size pants I could scream. I have been telling myself that I’m a size 12, even though I’ve actually been a 14 for at least a year now. It’s amazing how I’ve managed to blame every pair of pants I own for their “weird sizing” instead of taking a look at the root issue.
I noticed last weekend that one of my pairs of jeans has gotten quite loose and I was thrilled. This morning, I raced over to Target (love their jeans!) to try on the size 12. I pulled them up with ease. The thighs looked great. Butt looked fantastic! And then I zipped them and…epic muffin top. Siiigh. I guess it’s just a belt for me for now. I have always had a very straight shape, so my waist is pretty thick compared to width of my hips. I’m hoping that there’s a little bit of an hour glass somewhere in there and that I’ll find it soon!
I know I’ve said it about 8 million times, but I seriously love my Body Sculpt class. It’s essentially a circuit training class and the only equipment we use is hand weights, mats and exercise balls. What I like most about it is that it’s given me an arsenal of really basic but effective strength training moves that I can do on my own. I thought I would share my typical work out with you guys. I hope you’ll find it useful and maybe it will give you some ideas!
Cardio: 30 mins on the treadmill
- 20 minutes running
- 5 minute warm up + cool down
Strength: 15(ish) minutes
I like to use 6lb weights hand weights for this, but the low weight ones tend to walk off from the studio I like to use in my gym. The body builders in the “real” weight room are still a little intimidating. Depending on what’s available, I’ve used anything from 5-8lbs for these.
- 10 lunges w/bicep curls (2 reps)
- 10 squats w/shoulder press (2 reps)
- 10 tricep presses (2 reps)
- 15 crunches (3 reps + 5 to make it an even 50)
- 10 leg lifts (3 reps)
- Side planks – hold as long as you can on each side
- 15 wall pushups (2 reps) I do these in the shower 🙂
What does your typical routine look like? Is there anything here that I’m missing?