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Week 3 & 4 of MuTu: A Few Failures, Latest Results

Written by Tiffany H

So you might have noticed it’s been a little bit since my last MuTu update.

I chalk that up to life.

Motherhood, actually. Well, the motherhood part of my life, which, right now, IS my life. πŸ˜‰

I have pushed through though, and exercised during the week with a fussy 4 month old and crazy, almost two year old running around under my feet and between my legs. The weekends have been my downfall. Due to Hubby’s long work hours and recent weeks of overtime, we’ve been left with Saturdays and Sunday afternoons to get all our work/errands/family time/etc done. That along with juggling nursing, naps, food, and play time for two little ones, I’ve been way too spent to do my 4th intensive workout and the core workouts.

The Workout

Week 2 was continuing the core workout which consisted of two sets of floor, focused ab workouts (core phase 1) totaling about 16 minutes. I actually enjoy these!

Week 3, however, included a 23 minute intensive workout, along with two sets of core phase 1, totaling about 40 minutes of exercise.

How do I explain the transition…. Well, let me share part of the text I sent Hubby from the puddle of sweaty mud my body became on our living room floor after the first intensive workout: So…who, in the world, in their right mind, does and makes all us MuTu Mamas do squats and lunges to WARM UP?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?! *freaking out, bawling emoticon* That was after the “warm up” and ONE of the 3 rounds included in the 23 minute intensive workout, which was about 3,540 squats and lunges total. I almost died. My life actually flashed before my eyes. (It was very boring).

Kudos to you if you got what movie that was from. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m a little embarrassed to say I had to take almost two weeks to be able to get through the whole week 3 intensive workout. I made sure to let my body have a break by doing the intensive workouts every other day (hence why I couldn’t get my 4th in over the weekend) and doing at least 1 of the 2 sets of core workouts daily. I was impressed with how much easier it became every time. Previously I hadn’t considered myself 100% UNfit, but after doing that warmup and the first 5 minutes of the intensive workout the first time, you bet I changed my mind about that. πŸ˜›

Week 4 was the same intensive workout, which I did 3 out of 4 again, and a new core workout (core phase 2). This one also was enjoyable and I could feel defunct ab, core and arm muscles actually having to work. πŸ˜‰

The Diet

So this is where I not only fell off the wagon, but I was driving it and we went over a cliff. πŸ˜› (I crack myself up). It probably wasn’t THAT bad, but it was pretty bad. My sweet Aunt died, and we made the 4 hour trip to be there for my uncle and family. On the way down we stopped at a health food store and had an organic wrap that was pretty good, but after that it was all hazy, but clearly not very good. In fact, I vaguely remember a run to Arby’s at 10PM the one night because Hubby and I were so busy trying to wrangle the babies for 3 hours of calling hours and then a funeral, that we didn’t get to eat much. And then it was hard getting back into a routine after the sleepless nights and I couldn’t remember to get meat out of the freezer the night before so then we ended up having to eat something ‘quicker’ which usually isn’t the best. Then I had horrible cravings for my Hubby’s famous Reese’s milkshake. We did use the cleanest ice cream we could find, organic PB and Justin PB cups, but I can hardly say that it’s clean. It’s just not dirt. πŸ˜›

Even after all that I am down two pounds, which is pretty exciting to me considering I haven’t seen an ounce under 158 since sometime during the middle of Baby Girl’s pregnancy. πŸ™‚

My goal for my diet is to have a plan the night before of what I’m having for breakfast, as that’s a huge stumbling block for me, and also get some kind of meat out of the freezer for the next day.

Summary

So do I still recommend MuTu? Yes. But it’s not for the fainthearted. I personally do not LIKE exercising. I have a hard time not feeling like I could/should/want to be doing something else – laundry, cleaning, making breakfast, lunch, supper, writing, playing with the babies, etc. Scrubbing the shower rates higher than exercising in my book, and that’s saying something. With my previous walk workouts I would try to fold clothes during the walk parts. I do, however, acknowledge the importance of exercising. You can diet till the cows come home, and you can lose weight (great!), but you’re not going to be strengthening any weakness, prolapse or muscles in the process. In fact you might lose some by no longer lifting that fork to your mouth so much. πŸ˜‰

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About the author

Tiffany H

Hi! I'm Tiffany, mama to the handsomest little boy and sweetest little girl, and wife to the best man ever. I love my Savior, being a housewife, mama and personal 'bakist' to the hubby, living naturally, and making real food taste yummy. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my crazy, happy life. Join me on the journey, let's get to know each other!

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