1 Week Fitness Challenge (Updated Daily)

I am so incredibly excited to kick off this challenge!! I will be updating this post daily with the next workout, personal recap and recipe links. If you haven’t read my post about “diet”, the goal is to eat clean and healthy, with a focus on cutting back on sugar. Do what’s sustainable for you.

Head over to my Instagram to enter the AshwoodWest.com sports bra giveaway (pictured above) and tag your favorite workout buddies for extra entries!

Cari, from The Pragmatic Unicorn is also here for you! Feel free to direct comments to her here or over on her site!

If you’re a mama like me, and overwhelmed by the idea of doing any type of workout while wrangling kids- you’re going to LOVE Cari. Most of her workouts are done with her toddler on her hip. She will motivate you to dump excuses.

Let’s do this! Click the day to be directed to the workout.

Warm Up

Day 1:

15 minute bodyweight workout:  This is a full body workout that requires no equipment (except a wall and maybe a chair) and will get your heart pumping!

What I ate:

Breakfast: Mushroom and broccoli omelette with avocado, whole grain toast and a little Earth Balance.

Lunch: Mixed greens, roasted cauliflower, egg, avocado, cucumber and roasted chicken.

Dinner: Lettuce Wraps from Chrissy Teigen’s book, “Cravings” and brown rice with kale and edamame.

How was the workout?

So, I had a good laugh at myself today. I finished the video and thought, “That wasn’t so bad, I’ve still got it!”…and then I realized I just did the warm up. Dear Lord! I really loved this workout for an introduction to the challenge. I’d say the most challenging for me were the dips into toe taps- which surprised me. I think it says a lot about my loss of flexibility and lack of stretching since having little ones. There were a couple times I wanted to stop and give up, but seeing Cari push through with Massimo on her hip really inspired me; plus he’s so darn cute!!!

My take-away for the day:

This was the first day in probably 2 years that I’ve made myself 3 actual meals, and didn’t just pick and eat toddler scraps all day. I didn’t realize that until I was actually making each meal. I always make dinner, but breakfast and lunch are kind of survival eating. Carving out the time to not only eat nourishing meals, but also take 20 minutes to exercise was eye opening. It’s self care that I don’t usually grant myself- and it felt really good.

Day 2:

Strength Workout “Pushing” exercises:  This strength workout is comprised of two circuits that work the pushing muscles…quadriceps, glutes, chest, shoulders and triceps. Various dumbbells required.

What I ate:

Breakfast: Two over-easy eggs on avocado toast

Lunch: Almonds, hard boiled egg, an apple and string cheese (not pictured because I was on the go!)

Dinner: Crockpot Chicken Marsala from DashingDish.com, served over edamame fettuccine.

How was the workout?

Pushing exercises are my favorite, (maybe I just hate cardio..) so I actually enjoyed this workout. I tried it during the day and realized weights and toddlers don’t mix, so I ended up doing it in the evening. I did it in front of the mirrored closet doors in our room and that was really helpful to me so I could keep an eye on my form. I woke up super sore from yesterday’s workout, which actually felt good. Excited to press in to day 3!

My take-away for the day:

Often times when I tell more seasoned moms how exhausted I am, they tell me to carve out time for myself. I used to always think, “HOW?”- and honestly the thought of working out when I actually had down time just seemed horrible! I’m learning that these small choices towards self care (meal prep, short workouts, being more intentional with my days etc.) makes me a better mom, and also helps my mood and energy.

Day 3:

Cardio Tabata!  This is a quick, 10 minute workout that will leave your breathless and sweaty.  Prepare to work! No equipment needed.

What I ate:

Breakfast: Banana Coconut Green Smoothie from Buzzfeed

Lunch: Leftover lettuce wraps

Dinner: Skinny Lasagna from Dashingdish.com (highly recommended recipe!)

How was the workout?

Intense, but fast…I’ll take it! I did Tabata to get in shape for my wedding and I was so strong! This workout filled me with so much motivation. I’m the kind of person that needs to see the end in sight on a workout and I will push my hardest. I knew this was under 10 minutes of my day and really gave it my all. This is a fun one to do with toddlers, because there’s a lot of “mama, what are you doing”- and I like to respond with “Dancing!!! Dance with me!!”.

Day 4:

Strength workout “Pulling” exercises:  This strength workout is comprised of two circuits that work the pulling muscles…hamstrings, back and biceps.  Various dumbbells required.

What I ate:

Breakfast: Weelicious Sunflower Butter Bran Muffin and a banana (I made them for my toddler, but he woke up at 5:40 this morning and that’s what mama ate too!). They’re nice and healthy, and I just ate an egg later in the morning for some protein.

Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken

Dinner: Sweet potato hash with red peppers, chard, chicken sausage and over easy eggs.

Day 5: 

Yoga stretch. Today we’ll take a break from the intensity and rest our muscles with light yoga and stretches. These movements will help aid your muscles in recovery from the previous days’ workouts. No equipment needed except a yoga mat.

Day 6:

Full Body Dumbbell workout!  We’re going out strong with a full body weighted workout that combines strength with metabolic movements (cardio).  Then we’ll move into a quick circuit of compound movements (working legs and upper body simultaneously).  Finally, we’ll end on the floor with some lower intensity moves that work the core and the legs.

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