Hello 2019! Time to check in on my fitness goals and keep that accountability in check with y’all. I shared a few times last year, updates on my fitness routines as well as some workout outfits that were well received, so here I am back again to keep it going in the new year. Read on to find out more about this monochromatic winter workout outfit plus my new year fitness goals.
I don’t really vary my workout outfits too much from season to season, but I do tend to wear less color with my winter workout outfits. I also like to wear some sort of layers, be it long sleeve workout shirts or pullovers, that I can take off during a workout, with tanks underneath.
I’m not usually a big sweater during my workouts, but every so often I surprise even myself and have an extra sweaty workout. I’ve noticed on days when it’s humid outside, it’s usually extremely humid inside the workout room, too! Of course, that causes a steamy, hot mess for everyone in the workout class. Those are the classes I wish I wore as little layers as possible. So I try to wear a tank underneath so I can shed the layers and cool off.
You might remember I quit going to Orange Theory and decided to stick to a fitness routine inclusive of barre and pilates reformer classes. You can read my last fitness update of 2018 here. I cut down on the heavy duty cardio and weight lifting, because I noticed I was gaining muscle mass that I didn’t want, but also didn’t need.
I joined ClassPass and have been loving the flexibility the app offers. I can do a handful of different classes and keep up the variety I crave, and need, to stick with my fitness goals. However, I did experience a little health hiccup that caused me to table working out for a few weeks at the end of 2018.
Early Thanksgiving morning I woke up with serious abdomen pain. Within 30 minutes, I could barely move off the bathroom floor and couldn’t keep anything down without getting sick. We quickly decided I needed to head to the ER, where I was diagnosed with a kidney stone.
I don’t wish kidney stones upon anyone! It was by far the most painful experience I’ve ever been through in my life. Although my chances of having a kidney stone again are drastically higher, since I’ve now had one, I haven’t had one again thus far, and hoping it stays that way.
After getting cleared by my urologist to workout, I slowly began back with my routine. I’ve been loving barre and pilates reformer. It’s been great for me in terms of getting stronger and more toned. I also try to go on walks at least once a week.
Initially, pilates reformer never feels that difficult, but then halfway through the class I realize how tough it actually is! By the end of class my muscles are usually quivering and exhausted right away. The last class I went to, according to my Apple watch, I burned about 450 calories in an hour.
Moving forward in the next few months, I’m hoping to make it to at least 3-4 classes a week. Right now I’m only making it twice a week. I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in my energy and productivity levels. Plus, being sore from classes is one of my new favorite feelings. Although sore muscles can definitely be a nuisance, they remind me of the hard work I put in the day or two before during my previous workout.
I don’t have any drastic fitness goals right now. I just want to stick with a routine and continue to tone myself up before the summer. I never thought I’d want to teach fitness classes, but I genuinely enjoy the group class environment and perhaps one day I’d like to teach for fun. But for now, I’ll be the workout class attendee and keep myself accountable with y’all by continuing with my fitness routine and small goals.