Hello lovely friends, welcome back to Liv Riley! Today I wanted to share with you my fitness goals. If you follow me on Insta you know that last year around November I started a fitness routine after many many years of being inactive. Seriously, it has been the best decision. I really started to work out as an experiment. Let me explain. I was, and still am, on this journey of rewriting my story. I won’t get to into it but if you’re interested in knowing more you can read this blog post I wrote last year. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do anything I wanted if I tried really hard. I’ve never thought of myself as a fitness loving person but I really wanted to, so I just went for it.
I started with a program called Body Boss. It’s a HIIT (high intensity interval training) work out plan that encompasses a 4 week pre training plan (so that you don’t die attempting the 12 week work out especially if you are out of shape or are not used to the exercises) and then a 12 week plan. It’s a 3 times a week work out but really its 5 times a week because on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s you are supposed to do some sort of light cardio. The first 4 weeks were pretty depressing to say the least because I had never noticed how weak and out of shape I was. But I pushed through, hallelujah! I promise you that the first 4 weeks made a huge difference in the way I felt about my body. Of course I didn’t lose much weight if any and I still don’t have abs but it sparked something in me that I didn’t know was there. I truly loved the Body Boss program and dove into the 12 week course.
I loved the way I felt after getting through a really though work out where I felt that I was going to throw up or pass out (lol I enjoyed the pain, how weird!). I felt so proud of the discipline I had created by forcing myself to exercise 5 times a week for those 4 weeks.
And then… the holidays came around and I took about 2 weeks off… but I got back at it because I actually missed it! Yes I missed sweating, burning, aching but most importantly the sense of accomplishment I felt after.
January rolled around and it’s always a month where I get my life back on track and try to create new productive habits. I am working out 3-4 times a week. I normally do Monday-Thursday but Mondays can be a beat down so I often do Tuesday-Friday. Here’s what my work out schedule looks like:
Monday: Rest (Sciaraffa move night Monday tradition lol. Every Monday Raymond and get in bed early and watch a movie).
Tuesday Cardio: Run 30 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes of the elliptical, and 10 minutes on the bike.
Wednesday: Body Boss (usually leg day: a series of squats, lunges, burpees etc.)
Thursday Cardio: Run 30 minutes on the treadmill. You guys yesterday I ran a mile in 7 minutes! OMG that’s a huge accomplishment for your girl who in November could barely jog 3 minutes at a time without dying.
Friday: Body Boss (arms and abs: a series of push ups, crunches, sit ups, planks etc.)
Saturday: Maybe hit the treadmill but honestly I have worked out 1 Saturday this month and that is because I missed Friday. Maybe take the pups to the park and jog a bit.
*The number one tip I can give you is to get a good play list that pumps you up. When I run I listen to my YouTube playlist and sometimes to an audio book which is really productive. You can also watch your favorite Netflix show and make the time go faster.
Since I am only doing Body Boss 2 times a week, and the program calls for 3 times a week, I am behind on the weeks but I am actually considering pausing Body Boss and just focusing on cardio to help me lose some weight and then pick it back up since I am only on week 4. Not sure yet, but if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!
I first heard of Body Boss through my friend Brooke who started the program and loved it. I definitely recommend it to get you started and on track to achieving your goals. I told myself that this is the year where I get serious about getting in shape and being fit. So far so good. If you have any tips for me I am all ears!
I hope that you jump on this fitness journey with me and we can keep each other accountable. It’s always better to do it with other people. Thank you so much for stoping by and let me know what your fitness goals are this year and if you don’t have any yet, start with baby steps and see how you feel. It will probably suck at first but if you can get past the first couple of weeks you will fall in love with it too!