It’s a Wednesday but I have no new wedding blog! Why? Not because I’m doing nothing for it, but because I don’t want to burn myself out posting it. Nope. Today, it’s all about my workout routine. (Okay I lied it’s wedding DRIVEN. But not planning related.)
That’s right folks. We’re talking about Korynn’s super basic bitch gym routine that she’s doing 3-4 times a week.
As a note: I am not a medical professional. Anything you see me talk about here is what I do for myself after speaking with my personal doctor. I advise you to speak to your doctors before starting a diet and exercise plan.
Disclaimer aside, let’s get to it.
I’m working on focusing less on the number on the scale and more on my energy levels and dress size. I want to be able to do walking tours without being winded on my honeymoon. And I would like to lose at least three dress sizes before the wedding. If I focus too much on “losing x pounds” or “being thin” I’ll go crazy and beat myself into a corner. Nobody wants that.
However, I AM quantifying my journey as pounds lost for simplicity sake. It’s hard to reply to people when they ask what exercise I’m doing for the wedding with “I feel happy and more energized.”
Chris and I so far go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 6am before work. We spend on average 45 minutes to an hour there before we have to leave to get to our respective jobs.
I almost always start with between 20 and 30 minutes of cardio. Either on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical. Now I don’t know about you, but at 6AM it can be hard for me to focus on a treadmill when all I want to do is sleep. I love sleep. What helps me is Zombies, Run! I’ve used the app since they first came out with season 1 way back when. It’s great for me because I love audio dramas, and mixing it with my own music keeps me awake and focused. It even has a treadmill setting, where you can log your workouts at set speeds. I adore it.
After my cardio, I’ll do some other super general exercises. Switching it up every week is how I’m doing things to keep it fresh and interesting. I’m not comfortable with a lot of weight lifting, not yet anyway. The below are my exercises for this week.
- Step-ups – 15 per leg
- Walking lunges (holding 7lb weight in each hand) – I do the length of the mirrored wall in the gym twice
- Medicine ball presses – 2 sets of 10 holding a 10lb medicine ball
- Tricep dips – 2 sets of 10
- Leg raises – 2 sets of 10
- Sit-ups – 2 sets of 10
- And then I would follow all of this up with stretching and cool-down.
But what about diet?
Well I’m glad you asked. I’m not following a specific diet. I keep my calorie intake to 1,500 a day or fewer as per my dietician’s suggestion. I watch sodium, carbs, and sugars the most. My family has some hereditary health problems so I’m keeping on top of that. I’m not looking for diet suggestions, as I’m working with a trusted and fully licensed dietician referred by my primary care physician. Fad diets like Keto or Dukan do not work for me. The “flu” that most people experience does not end for me. The last time I tried the dukan diet and was doing it properly, I was actively sick for a stretch of about four months. My doctor was pretty mad that I didn’t clear the Dukan diet with him first. And for good reason.
But yeah. All of that aside, as of right now I’m down a total of 8.3 pounds, and I feel like I have much more energy.