When I was in second grade, I got an apron, a tray and a little notepad for my birthday. I was SO ecstatic. I could finally take drink orders on my notepad while my grandparents were in town. Then I could wear my cute apron and use my tray to deliver the drinks. While you are probably imagining cute little seven year old Kara, which I was obviously! The story doesn't have a happy ending. On my first delivery of drinks, I spilled them everywhere and then proceeded to run in my room and cry out of embarrassment.
The point I am trying to get across is this - I have always loved taking notes. In my cubicle at work I have about 13 miscellaneous notebooks ready to use at any time. I can't even tell you how many I have at home. It's an obsession really, and one that I do not want to go away.
In keeping with my love of taking notes, I have always used a workout log. I created my first log in excel and haven't looked back. I've tried to just use a sheet of paper, or even one of my many notebooks, but it is so difficult for me to compare my last workout. A coworker then told me about an app that they used. I downloaded it, tested it out and promptly deleted it. My trusty workout log is where it is at!
I love Instagram. It is by far my favorite social media platform. I mainly use Facebook to keep in touch with family (I deleted almost 1800 "friends/acquaintances" not too long ago) and news. Husband and I follow several news pages and often refer to them in conversation. Then I just recently completely deleted my Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace. MySpace for obvious reasons. I mean, who uses it anymore? LinkedIn because I was tired of former coworkers stalking my page. And Twitter because I never used it. I tried my hand at SnapChat for all of 5 minutes. Didn't like it, so I promptly deleted it.
But Instagram I use daily. It is where I met my coach-turned-friend Jenna Fail. She alone has been life changing since she has been the a main point of my motivation in working out the past year. If you are on Instagram and want a daily dose of motivation and wit, then follow her now. Here's her Instagram page.
Not too long ago I read a post by someone, and I apologize but I cannot think of who it was, that was talking about how they kickstarted accomplishing their weight loss goals. This person has a couple hundred pounds to lose and is documenting their journey on social media. But, instead of setting super unrealistic goals, you know the kind I'm talking about, the ones where you feel defeated before you even begin working on them? She set her sights on smaller goals at first.
My husband and I decided that we wanted to start trying to have a baby in September 2015. We immediately scheduled an appointment with a doctor that works at a commercial association he manages. So bonus is that he knows our doctor! In that initial appointment he went through a bunch of information with us, and told us to call him either when we got pregnant or if it was taking around a year, that we should give him a call.
We had our first appointment scheduled on December 31st when we were 7 weeks and 5 days pregnant! It was at that appointment that we got into more details about what I could and could not do during my pregnancy. Below are a few rules my doctor set in place, and some that I have put in place now that I am in the middle of my pregnancy.
Several years ago, my husband hated to go to the gym with me. Why? Well, to be honest with you, I was kind of a brat. Why? I wasn't confident in what I was doing, and that made me feel crazy uncomfortable. Here I was dating (now married) to a guy that had grown up in the gym through his many years of football, both high school and collegiate. If you asked him what he hated the most about going to the gym with me? It was probably my attitude towards squats. I felt like my body was not meant to do squats. Think of someone who looks like they are awkwardly about to fall over, but you can't tell if they are going to fall forward or backward. Yes, that was me.
Well, fast forward to now, and I can say I am 100% more confident in going to the gym than I ever was back then; and my what a great feeling that is! (Shout Out: Thank you Jenna Fail for helping with that!!!)
In learning all sorts of exercises for chest, back & bi, delts and legs, my absolute favorite day is back & bi. More specifically, my two favorite exercises are lat pulldowns and low cable rows. I could do those every day!
If you know me, you know I can be super organized. I have to make a workout sheet for reference when at the gym. I need order when it comes to my workouts, and I haven't found an app that I really like. That and my memory isn't great to remember 5 different days of workouts. So, I made these nifty workout sheets in Microsoft Excel, and absolutely love them. Not only do they help me stay on track through my time at the gym, but it also helps me compare the same workout from the previous week. That way I can easily gauge my progress from week to week.
If you would like a copy of this in the Microsoft Excel version that you can edit to make your own, go to my About > Contact page and shoot me a message. I'd love to hear from you and help you out!
What ways do you keep track of your workouts?
Disclaimer: Yes, I am 6.5 months pregnant. However, I have adjusted my workouts, and am not focused on high weights. I am focused on maintaining a workout regimen. And, I am listening to my body. I am not continuing an exercise, or even a day at the gym, if my body is saying no. :)
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!