Health & Fitness over 7 years ago by Liz Adams

My New Fitness Routine + Progress

liz adams shares her fitness goals and ways to get healthynike sweatshirt and fit bit altarealistic fitness goals for the new yearfit bit alta for holidays 2016be the best version of yourself in the new yearfitbit alta for holidays \the best holiday gifts for 2016For those of you that follow me on snapchat, you’ve seen my new(ish) fitness routine and goals for getting my butt in shape. I’ve been determined to get in the best shape of my life before we get pregnant with baby #2. I felt so proud of what my body could do and create after giving birth to Charlie. I realized that the best thing I could do for my baby is be the healthiest and strongest version of myself and this has been the motivation behind my recent determination. 

Before Dave and I got married, I religiously took barre classes at The Dailey Method (probably 5 times a week). I felt amazing at our wedding but after doing the same thing for 1.5 years my body kind of plateaued after giving birth to Charlie. I was having a hard time finding the motivation to switch up my routine and realized that I need someone to hold me accountable to see any changes. 

I’ve never had the body type that is naturally thin. If I eat like shit for a weekend, I’m going to gain 5 pounds. My metabolism doesn’t work unless I make it work. I knew I needed to do something that really pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone. I decided to sign up for a trainer and I am so grateful that I did.

Signing up for a trainer is a commitment, both in time and money. It is expensive. But, it is the first thing I have solely done for myself since having a baby. It feels good to wake up early and do something for me. Our first session was a fitness test and it was a RUDE AWAKENING. Reducing body fat has been my biggest goal (my problem areas are my hips/thighs, stomach and arms) and on our first day I was in the POOR percentage and my weight 133. I left feeling pretty slothy and excited to set some goals. 

My goal has been to lose 15 pounds and significantly decrease body fat. We do measurements every 6 weeks and within those first 6 weeks my goal was to lose 1.7% of my body fat. I’m now in the AVERAGE percentage (I called Dave and yelled I’m AVERAGE!). Erin (my trainer) put me on a schedule of 3 sessions per week, 2 days of cardio per week, 1 day of active recovery (yoga or walking) and 1 day off. I’ve been pretty regimented with this, especially with our sessions and cardio. I don’t usually make it to yoga so most weeks I either walk or take two days off. We just had our first assessment since starting and I was so excited with the results…

I lost 1 lb and 3% of my body weight!! The 1 lb loss is because I am gaining muscle but I could not be more excited about the loss of body fat (especially since the goal was 1.7%). I also lost 4 inches off of my abdomen and 1 inch off my thighs. It was even more motivation to keep doing what I’m doing! I wanted to share an example of what an average week looks like. 

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I work out with my trainer. 1 day is dedicated to lower body, 1 day is dedicated to upper body and 1 day is dedicated to butt and core. We also do 4/5 minutes of cardio circuits – either jump rope, the rower or the air dyne machine (death). 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – I do cardio two of these days. My trainer has me doing 30 minutes of intervals and I usually choose to do this on the stair master or elliptical. On the stair master (my personal favorite because I sweat so much!) I do level 6 which is 2 minutes on level 6, 2 minutes on level 10 alternating for 30 minutes. On the elliptical you do 1 minute at a pace where you can have a conversation but still feel resistance under your feet, 1 minute as hard and as fast as you can! Usually this is level 7 and level 12/13 for me. 

I also bought the new Fitbit Alta which has been so much fun to track how much I chase after Charlie all day long. I’m really strict about getting those 10,000 steps in and holding myself accountable. I’m going to start sharing the exercises I do with my trainer on my snapchat/insta stories. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to go into the holiday season knowing I’m taking care of my body before the start of a new year. My new year’s resolution is ALWAYS the same and I’m proud of myself for taking the initiative early. If you have a friend who is looking for the same motivation, I highly recommend gifting them the Alta or even a cute Nike sweatshirt 🙂 sometimes it is the little things!

If you have any specific questions, please leave them in the comments! 

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  1. I notice in your snaps that most of your workouts are early AM ones…how do you deal with fueling for those prior to working out and any tummy issues that may arise as a result?

  2. This is so great! Love your honesty and the inspiration you give me (I now have 2 little girls and it is even harder to bounce back)!

  3. Thank you for sharing Liz! This is exactly what I needed. Silly question, do you {or your trainer} have suggestions on alcohol intake? Curious if you had to adjust this to reach your goals.

    1. She says no white wine (too much sugar!) and everything in moderation. I’m a big beer/red wine drinker so I just try to limit my intake.

  4. These are amazing results, Liz!! You look FAB. Would love to have more posts like this; hearing what you’re up to and that you’re seeing changes is really motivating. I am a daily Pure Barre taker but could spice things up a little bit! Would also love to see what you’re eating, etc.

    I just broke down and downloaded Snapchat yesterday so I’ll look you up there 🙂

  5. Wondering how you got motivated. This is my biggest struggle. I know that I have goals I would like to achieve, but struggle every morning to get my butt out of bed. Any thoughts or advice would be helpful!

    1. Honestly, I was just so fed up with my body and sick of making excuses. I wanted my clothes to fit and look good! Once you start and you see a difference in your body it is all the motivation you need to keep going! Now I feel guilty when I don’t workout 5/6 times a week.

  6. You GO girl! Thanks for the update! Would love to hear about anything specific you are doing with your diet – for me, the two are so, so intertwined that weightloss/fitness doesn’t really happen for my body without healthy habits in the kitchen too! Recipes and updates on your snapchat have been great, but I’d love a full post/explanation!

    Keep kicking butt, Liz!

  7. This is great!! It is definitely so important to do something for yourself! And I have always been so afraid of the stair master for some reason, always sticking to the treadmill or elliptical. I’ll have to try it now!
    XO Lauren

  8. can you post more on food plans please!!! looking into different plans “clean eating”, less meat, less carbs and interested to hear others experience. You look awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Would you mind sharing what your strength training routines on Monday, Wednesday, Friday look like? I’ve been doing cardio intervals on the stair master too!

  10. Love this post about your progress! I have an 11-month old at home, and I’ve also been working with a trainer, just 2 days a week. I’d love to do cardio on the off days, but when I go to the gym I pretty much have to bring my daughter. My husband travels a lot for work, and when he’s home he leaves for the office early in the morning. So basically morning workouts are not an option for me. That’s been the biggest obstacle for me — hauling my daughter to the gym. But worth it all the same! I am also trying to be in the best shape I can before we have baby #2. And it feels so good to dedicate this time to myself.

  11. You always look great!! Good for you though– I definitely understand wanting to be in tip-top shape before baby #2. I am in the same boat!

    For reference, how tall are you?

  12. LOVED this post, Liz! If you can do it after having a baby, I definitely need to kick my butt into high gear and do it now! Good luck, loving following along on your journey! xo

  13. So good for you!!! Nothing can beat a workout that you have to be accountable for-and while hiring a trainer can be $$$, you’re making progress and that’s all that matters! Your health is your best investment. I too was a Dailey Method devotee, but after too many years I was doing more harm than good. Finding Orangetheory and sticking with it for almost two years has completely changed my shape! Lifting those heavier weights will make you feel like you can do anything! Keep up the great work!

  14. This is awesome! If you remember some of the specific exercises your trainer does with you during your sessions, it would be great to hear to try out! Congrats on all your progress so far!!

  15. This is amazing Liz! Love the ‘I’m Average’ call, made me laugh!! I’ve been slowly getting myself back into a normal workout routine and have considered getting a trainer, maybe that’ll be my gift to myself this year 🙂

    Blair, The Fox & She

  16. I love these post! Please keep them coming! I would love if you did a weekly post. I am also trying to lose weight before baby #2 and for some reason I am struggling big time with motivation.

  17. Awesome motivator! I’m 18 weeks with my first little, and have been battling with my body changing. I have a personal goal to be my fittest and get my body back afterwards. It’s funny how much you appreciate what you had when it starts to disappear right before your eyes!!! Do you mind sharing how tall you are?

  18. Congrats on the progress! You look great.

    On the elliptical, which level of resistance do you use for the sprint and which is at the conversational pace?

    Thanks for sharing! This is hugely motivational and makes me want to get my butt in gear 🙂


  19. 4 inches lost on your abdomen, that’s awesome! Just this morning I took my measurements to start tracking like this, it’s the best way to track results. And really, isn’t it just wonderful to feel strong and healthy? Good for you.

  20. Keep up the good work! Curious about your pre-wedding Dailey Method days, I have a wedding coming up in April and even though I go to Core Power 3x a week now I was thinking about adding in Dailey Method or Pure Barre to focus on toning. Did you find that it made a big difference in getting in shape? I’m not a huge cardio/running person and love barre classes!

  21. We’re thinking about trying to start a family soon and I definitely want to get in shape prior! Thanks for the motivation to keep at it!

  22. Thanks for sharing, Liz! I was wondering how your progress was going. I am getting married next November and just starting to get motivated to get my butt in the best shape of my life. Please continue to share your progress!! Seeing other people getting in shape is so motivating for me!

  23. I would like to hear more about what you’re eating. Especially the quick, easy meal ideas for all the mamas out there. 🙂

  24. I have a body type very similar to yours and have always struggled after leaving sports to maintain my body. Ive been very excited to follow and replicate some of the new changes you’ve shared. hoe do you combat hitting ruts in your workouts?

    1. Honestly, I think once you see your body changing you are motivated to keep going! I definitely still have bad weeks but I just tell myself that change doesn’t happen unless I work and I get back on the horse!

  25. I have the same shoes as you <3 super cute and comfy! It is always hard to loss a few pounds after you have been doing the same workout routines. I am currently trying to change my workout routine and this post help me get motivated!

  26. I really like this post Liz! We could be twins, size wise and I too would like to be in better shape before having baby #2. I hope you continue to post your success it’s definitely motivating. I just ran a 1/2 marathon, but it didn’t change by body. I need to start a new goal and plan to shape up with strength exercises. Good luck! I’ll be following along! 🙂

  27. Thanks so much for sharing Liz! It’s nice to see you put real numbers out there, and see that I follow a blogger not far away from myself. Congrats on all your progress! That is a HUGE accomplishment in such a short period of time. Do you plan on still trying to lose pounds or are you more focused on inches / BFP?

  28. Hi Liz!

    How did you find your trainer? I’m in Lakeview and have been considering getting a trainer as a present for myself since hitting my bonus at work – and I CAN NOT seem to motivate myself to go to all my classes at my gym! (CAC gyms) Do you have suggestions as to a budget that is realistic for a trainer?

    Thank you! I love reading all of your stuff and I follow you on Instagram and Snapchat!

    Happy Holidays

    1. Our neighbor actually works at Equinox and I told her I needed to get my act together! I asked her to set up a one-on-one with a female trainer and that is how I found her!

  29. This is awesome, Liz! I’m a personal trainer and nutrition coach, and I love when people experience the value in hiring a personal trainer when they are really trying to accomplish those goals after being stuck in the same routine. It’s definitely an investment, but nothing’s more important (especially as a momma!) than making sure your body is healthy and strong for yourself and your family. That new schedule and regime sounds like a great balance! Habits and routine are the hardest to nail, but it sounds like you are doing a great job 🙂

    I’m so glad I found your blog- I was actually just in Chicago this past weekend! Awesome city and I hope to be back soon. Have a great week, Liz!!

  30. I need to get on something like this ASPAP! I tell myself once i see my body with less fat I wont turn back because i’ll love the way it looks so much! Great job!

  31. Been following your fitness journey and am so happy for you!! I have a similar body type as you and I know how difficult it is to keep weight off. Are you still doing Tone It Up?