Health & Fitness over 6 years ago by Liz Adams

What Keeps You Motivated? My Current Fitness Mood…

How to find a workout routine and stick with it. Liz Adams shares her favorite cardio workout routines.I’m sort of in a transition period with my workouts/fitness goals. From September through the middle of May I worked out with a trainer 3 days per week with 30 minutes of interval cardio twice a week. I was consistently working out 5 days per week and was definitely in the best shape that I’ve been in for awhile. You can see an example of our weight workouts here!

With a move on the horizon and a baby on the way, I’ve had to make a few changes! Obviously I had to end my gym membership which meant I had to say goodbye to my trainer, Erin (I misssss you!). *Seriously, if you are interested in making a change in your routine and want to invest in a trainer I can’t recommend Erin O’Brien at Equinox Lincoln Park enough. None of this is sponsored* However, my goal from the beginning was to be in the best shape I had been in when I got pregnant again so mission accomplished. I’m also the type of person who gets antsy after doing the same thing for awhile so a part of me has welcomed a change.

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BUT, have things changed? Not really, yet. We are kind of in this weird limbo as we wait to move. It feels like there is so much to do and at the same timee we are just kind of waiting. At the moment I’m letting myself take a little break from intense exercise. The first trimester was rough for me, however I still managed to workout at least 4 times per week (my trainer always said to be active more days than you’re not!). Now that I’m feeling better and the weather has warmed up, I don’t really want to be in the gym so I’ve been coming up with ways to do my workouts outside. I still love to do my interval workouts on the treadmill but I’ve been taking it down a few notches. It just kind of feels good to not put so much pressure on myself. Let my body grow and be with Charlie while still doing some weight training and being active every day. 

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If you follow me on instagram you’ll notice that I’m usually doing cardio at the gym 2 days per week. I have been steadily running for 30 minutes and increasing my speed gradually every 5 minutes or I’ll do intervals on the stairmaster for 30 minutes at a lower level (usually level 5). On the other days I’ll take what I’ve learned from my trainer (see examples here) and make up my own workouts or I’ll do a Tone It Up video!

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So let’s talk about staying motivated? It’s tough, right? I’ve been told that it takes 21 days to create a habit and I definitely believe this to be true. Once you start noticing your body change, it is pure motivation to keep going! Now that I’m taking a break from my routine from the last 6 months I’m struggling to find the motivation to get back with it again. I think it is more of a consistency issue. I need something to hold me accountable. 

I’m really trying not to have pregnancy be an excuse. So here are a few things that motivate me to live a more healthy lifestyle:

  • Set realistic goals. Noting happens overnight. My trainer told me it takes a month for you to notice a difference in your body. Two months for your family. Three months for your friends. Everything is a process and you can’t set yourself up for failure. Slow and steady wins the race. Know your limits. For me, I am not going to live a completely healthy lifestyle 100% of the time and that’s ok! If I put forth 100% effort a few days a week then I’m happy!
  • Eat healthy 4 days a week. Like I mentioned above, make sure you’re focused and in the zone more days than you’re not. That means 4 days of the week, try to be regimented and the other three days give yourself a break. Once you start to feel good about those 4 days, you’ll realize that indulging isn’t as great as it used to be and those 3 days won’t be as indulgent. 
  • Drink water. Lots and lots of water! One of my most asked about questions is about my skin and I swear this is because I drink abnormal amounts of water. I once read that Lauren Conrad drinks the number of ounces of water that she weighs in a day. So I try to drink 130 ounces. It helps keep you full, keeps your metabolism in check, aids with digestion, balances your pH levels and makes your skin glow! 
  • Buy some new workout gear. Sometimes I wear workout gear all day with intentions of working out (and I don’t) but just the act of wearing workout stuff makes you feel like you need to be TIGHT. Can you relate? My favorite brands are Outdoor Voices, Alo, Nike, Zella and Lululemon. Also just ordered some stuff from Bandier and I’m excited to try!
  • Give yourself some love. Limit your screen time. Get more sleep. Read more books. Drink the rosΓ©. Go out with your friends. Get outside. Ditch your healthy meal for date night. Give yourself a break. Enjoy the process! The best thing you can do in this life is invest in yourself. You only get one body and one life to live so do it well! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 

So what motivates you? What inspires you to do good for yourself? 


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  1. What motivates me is the confidence I feel with my body and my mind. It is also the best therapy and I love how a good workout will really clear my head. Its the one aspect of a few aspects of life that I have full control of which makes me feel like my goals are within reach if I work had at it.


  2. Love the peek into your workout routines and healthy mindset! Not sure where you’re moving exactly, but I love Fit4Mom classes. They have prenatal Fit4Baby classes, Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre with the kiddos, and Body Back for postpartum moms. Having set class times and the community support of other moms has helped me stay motivated — and the results!! I’m in the best shape of my life, even after two kids!

  3. Liz,
    When you move to the suburbs, go see Lenny at Pilates by T in downtown Hinsdale. She worked with me all though my pregnancy with my second. She is amazing, and I think she is solely responsible for the fact that I had the world’s easiest labor. Haha. But seriously, she is very knowledgeable about what is appropriate during pregnancy, will help strengthen your pelvic floor for labor, etc.

  4. I love the tip to be healthy/workout more days than you don’t. That’s such a easy way to break it down. Great post, Liz!


  5. You go mama! I have always been a healthy eater and worked out but this first trimester of pregnancy has been kicking my butt. I need a nap everyday and have had zero energy and been making bad food choices because the smells of cooking makes me nauseous. If you have any suggestions for cute clothes for pregnant women, I would love some ideas. I would almost rather just buy a bigger size than invest in maternity clothes.

  6. You recently shared on instagram the exercise bands that you use. Do you mind sharing those again?

  7. I’m a goal oriented person and slightly OCD so I love signing up for a race or two each season. Then will make a training plan/work out schedule for it! Having it all written down helps me tackle each day at a time and also helps me with healthier eating habits by preparing to fuel myself for the day at hand.

  8. I love this post! I generally enjoy working out and it’s a big part of my life. However, in some parts of life (for me, often around moving apartments too! You have to change gyms, routines, instructors, etc– it takes adjusting!) it takes a backseat. I love the idea of just sticking to a general “be healthy and work out more days than you don’t” principle. Because that IS enough and I think it’s important to be kind to yourself all the time, but especially during those times when some of your healthy habits have to relax a little to allow for other big things. Thanks!!

  9. What are you doing now that your pregnant for workouts? I feel like my heartrate is so much higher now that I am pregnant and im scared to do my old workouts even modified! I have been using the app Aptive, they have great workouts with music to go along and they recently added a pregnancy set of workouts for each week of your pregnancy. I kind of feel like they are too easy but then I look and see my heart rate is up! I am definitely on the struggle bus though getting back to being motivated.

  10. You look phenomenal girl and I love the last part you said about loving yourself because if we take it too seriously then we would lose ourselves in it and miss life!

  11. I remember days, when I would set some pretty difficult goals for myself and it never worked. I would do it, but would never do it again haha

    So now, when I think that less is sometimes more and being realistic, it works out great !

    And also, yess, don’t ever forget to drink water, helps with everything !

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