In my pre-baby days, I used to love the kind of workouts that were long and relaxed. Whenever I had a few hours to spare, I’d take my time and enjoy a casual jog around a new neighborhood or a lengthy bike ride to some eclectic coffee shop. Nowadays the one or two hours I have to “spare” are during baby’s nap time….which also doubles as time to clean, cook, do errands, and take a breather. So I’ve changed things up a bit.
As a mama, I’ve been gravitating toward workouts that are quick and efficient – usually 30 minutes or less. Call it Tabata, HIIT, interval training, whatever - I've been doing shorter, high intensity workouts lately and they have been awesome. I've lost my 32 pounds of pregnancy weight even with limited time for exercise. Aaaaand I have been able to exercise in my living room (bonus points) without any fancy equipment (BIG bonus points).
There are tons of apps, videos, and blogs out there with ideas for workouts, but mostly I like to come up my own workout routines based on what I feel like doing that day. I usually scribble my workouts on the back of a piece of junk mail with every intention of writing it somewhere more permanent, but I bet you can guess where they actually end up (and its not in some neat, organized folder). So I've decided to share them here instead. My workout from today is below, completed in 20 minutes during baby's nap.
Well hello. Thanks for stopping by. I'm Betty, and I'm married to a pretty fantastic guy named Brandon. We have a spunky toddler named Avery who has made our lives happier and busier than ever. She is actually the reason I’m starting this blog – in attempt to find some balance between being mommy, wife, and working professional. A little history on why I need this...
Before baby, I had always taken pride in my ability to find balance in my life. I exercised almost every day, cooked and ate healthy meals, made time for the important people in my life, pursued several hobbies, and was a multi-tasking queen. Nowadays, I feel lucky if I can check 2 items off my to-do list for the day (showering and eating lunch count as 2 items, BTW). Part of this is because I know how precious and fleeting this time is with my little girl, and all I want to do is soak up every moment with her. On the other hand, I’ve come to realize that I cannot be a great mommy if I neglect my own needs.
So my plan for the blog is simply this: document my journey in seeking balance through the crazy world that is mommyhood. Why? Because I’m a type A gal who likes to write everything down. Because I want to keep myself accountable for exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. And because mommyhood is an experience worth sharing.
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.