My Weekly Fitness Routine

fitness before and after

My whole life I have been affected by skinny bashing. Many people seem to think that being skinny is an entitlement and that being skinny means you feel beautiful and like you’re hotter than a bag of flamin cheetos, but that’s not the case. Growing up very skinny was filled with people asking me if i was bulimic, calling me anorexic, telling me to go eat another cheeseburger and even into adulthood telling me I don’t look like a “real woman” because I don’t have the curves of one.

People are beautiful for who they are not for what they look like. I’ve always tried to improve on my self as a person but media really does play a huge role in making people feel they need to be just as beautiful aesthetically. I personally have always tried to find a balance between the two. One of my long term goals has been to be “fit” not “thin”. In order to do that I maintain around 2500-2800 calories a day and workout pretty often. I feel like not only does it make me feel personally happier from all of those great endorphins but it makes me feel more confident and in turn more social.

To get me to my happy place I try to follow this fitness routine on a weekly basis but that’s not to say I don’t falter on occasion too. I’m only human 🙂

Sunday

1/2 hour of Yoga
Pinterest Pick < I choose one approx. 30 min workout from my goals board on pinterest found here that focuses on whatever I’d like to work on for the day

Monday

Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred

Tuesday

One hour of Pilates < Great videos for this can be found here and here
One mile run

Wednesday

Spin Class < This one is a new one for me but I think I will be adding it in weekly
Upper body/arms w/the dumbbells

Thursday

Circuit training < Give this one a try
Squats

Friday

More Squats
Have fun

Saturday

One mile run
Pinterest pick < I choose one approx. 30 min workout from my goals board on Pinterest found here that focuses on whatever I’d like to work on for the day
Plank until failure

Motivation is Important

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a day or two. Getting into the habit of working out is not an easy task; especially if you don’t have anything motivating you. Honestly, getting dumped (such a gross word) has been a major factor in me changing my habits as it’s not only given me something to do but it has given me that confidence back that left me when he did.  Whatever your motivation may be, let it drive you. Post pictures around your home of the goal body you’d like to reach; on the fridge, on the mirror, on your desktop at work. Anything that reminds you why you are doing it will help. Don’t forget to love yourself though. Just because you want that improvement doesn’t mean that you aren’t beautiful and loveable just the way you are.

Fitting it in Your Busy Schedule

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There are plenty of ways to make time for fitness. If you are not able to follow a specific routine than you just have to make due with the time that you do have. Waiting for a pot of water to boil for dinner? Do some jumping jacks, crunches, push ups, anything! They even have workouts specifically written for people who don’t want to set aside or lose that time. See Google for “Lazy Girl Workouts”. Watching your favorite show? There’s at least 20 minutes worth of commercials that you could utilize for getting that beautiful booty you’ve always wanted. Where there is a will there is a way; how bad do you want it?

Do you have a favorite workout that you’d suggest? Help me switch things up.

Disclaimer-*I am not a licensed fitness professional. This routine does not guarantee results for you just because it has worked for me. Please contact a physician before doing any demanding physical labor that your body is not used to*
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13 comments

  1. Emily Dodman says:

    What a brilliant post! I completely agree with the ‘skinny shaming’ thing- people don’t realise how difficult it is to maintain such a high calorie diet just to look healthy.

    I recently joined the gym and I’m not too sure if you have a gym membership, but a brilliant workout to exercise your bum and legs is doing barbell hip thrusts. The easiest way to know how to do it is via YouTube demonstrations but it’s such a great lower body exercise to incorporate amongst squats 🙂

    Emilythinks
    xxx
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    • Heather says:

      It really is quite the challenge especially when you’re active. I do have a gym membership but i’ve never heard of those. I’m always up for anything that works on my gadunk-a-dunk 🙂 I’ve done the hip raises which I think are similar but are more targeted for abs but I’m always looking to incorporate more weights in. Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Abbey says:

    Also have you tried results with Lucy? You get a 7 day free trial, it has loads of different workouts available that can be for specific target areas. Such as some designed to target your bum, arm workouts abs etc, there’s even yoga on their and now dance exercise routines

    • Heather says:

      I can’t say I’ve heard of it. I’ll give it a look, especially the dance ones those sound fun. I love Jillian Michael’s workout videos. Her Yoga one rocks too

  3. Stuti says:

    I am loving reading your post, I’ve been looking for some different yoga and Pilates sequences to do at home in the days that I’m not planning on running and I am going to try some of those that you have posted.

    I usually run for most of my workouts and am training for a half marathon but I know I need to incorporate some stretching and strengthening into my routine.

    I’m looking forward to reading most of your posts!
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    • Heather says:

      A half marathon? That’s super exciting! I am still trying to be able to run a 5k without struggle. I’d imagine any workouts and exercises would help but definitely some yoga just to be careful not to injure yourself. Last time I did a 5k I had really tight hammies and ended up in a lot of pain afterwards 🙁 Good luck on your run though!

    • Heather says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful! From the books and all of the articles I’ve read weight lifting is a great all around workout for gaining muscle mass (without making us bulky cause we’re not men) which in turn will speed up your metabolism and give you a great physique. It helps that it makes you feel like a powerful rockstar too 🙂 Good luck!

    • Heather says:

      Thanks Jamie, welcome and I hope you continue reading! Cassey really is great. I’ve followed quite a few of her pilates workouts and stretch sessions. She always gets me in such a good mood before my workouts.

  4. @WilliamLipovsky, First Quarter Finance says:

    The intro to your post reminds me of the insanely popular blog post from Zoella: http://www.zoella.co.uk/2011/03/why-are-you-so-skinny.html

    People are pretty ignorant when it comes to body types. Telling a slender person to “eat another cheeseburger” won’t help their body get bigger. All a cheeseburger will do is make them gain unhealthy belly fat (or do nothing at all).

    People think it’s okay to tell someone they are really, really skinny but in all reality it should be as inappropriate as calling someone fat.
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