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My At-Home Fitness Journey

With four kids at home, it's not always possible to get to a gym. Here I share my at-home fitness journey with you, including workouts and my favorite gear!


At-Home Fitness

Recently, I took a break from this blog to focus on my health. I was having a lot of flare-ups with my interstitial cystitis, and I was in pain more often than not. With interstitial cystitis, however, working out can be problematic. Anything that can stress my core muscles can cause a flare up, and let’s be honest, most workouts stress the core. I am, however, determined to improve my health, and I want to share a bit of my at-home fitness journey with you. 

With four kids at home, it's not always possible to get to a gym. Here I share my at-home fitness journey with you, including workouts and my favorite gear!

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Step 1: Yoga

This meant that I needed to start slowly. I did a 30 minute Yoga for Beginners DVD each day. Once that started getting easier, I moved to a second yoga DVD. Now, I’ll be honest with you, this video overwhelmed me at first. The instructor moves quickly and doesn’t walk you through things like the instructor does in the first video. The instructor in the first video also gives a lot of tips as you move through the video that really help me make sure that I do things correctly. The second video, however, is more challenging. Both still have a place in my fitness routine. 

Step 2: Strength 

Next, I started to work on building some strength. I started this kettlebell workout a few times a week. Now, you can but Kettlebells on Amazon for reasonable prices, but I’ve also seen them at Dollar General or TJMaxx for cheap, too. (Just because I earn a small commission if you shop through my Amazon link does not mean that I want to overpay, so if you can find them for less elsewhere, buy elsewhere). Now, I will be honest with you, between my bladder condition and the four kids that I had back-to-back, I had some trouble with some of these movements when I starte. I kept with it, though, and now I can say that I don’t pee when I do this workout anymore. Once this workout started to become easy, I had my husband create a few workouts for me. 

Husband Created Workouts

Staying Motivated

Now, there are still days where flare-ups prevent me from working out, but I am getting stronger. For me, focusing on what I can do now that I couldn’t before helps keep me motivated. Also, knowing that my children are watching helps keep me going. I still have a long way to go, but by taking one step at a time, I will get there. 

Cute workout gear also helps me stay motivated.  I love these capris from JustStrong. They help me remember that the goal is not a number on the scale. The goal is to be strong, both physically, and mentally. Plus, they have generously given my a coupon code to share with my readers. Use code JESSSTO10 at checkout to save! 

With four kids at home, it's not always possible to get to a gym. Here I share my at-home fitness journey with you, including workouts and my favorite gear!

I also have a little round-up over on Amazon with the clothes I love, the gear I have been using in my at-home fitness journey, and a few items that help me get the kids involved in my workouts. For me, it’s a bit easier to have them do the workouts with me than it is to try to keep them entertained with something else. 

I would love to hear your at-home fitness tips. Please share them down in the comments.

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  • Easy chicken stir fry for dinner tonight! I used chicken, veggies that I prepped earlier in the week for the kids’ veggie tray and the Stir Fry Sauce from @nomnompaleo. I can’t use orange just though, because it’s bad for my interstitial cystitis, so I used the juice from one of my kid’s juice boxes.... adapt and overcome, right?
  • Yesterday was a struggle with my health. I wanted to work out, but I knew that my body needed rest. It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to recover.
  • My three year old made me this crown and insists that I wear it all the time. She says it’s because I’m the Queen. 👸🏼👸🏼💁🏼‍♀️Clearly, she gets it.... 😂🤣
  • This week has been a rough one. The negative nancies were out in full force, but at the end of the day, their negativity has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with their own struggles. All I can do is offer kindness is return and keep doing what works for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • There’s a 💯 percent chance that I would have completely forgotten that today was cinco de Mayo had I not gotten an email from @nomnompaleo today linking me to this recipe for Instant Pot Carnitas. So, clearly, I had to make it, and it’s SOOOOOO yummy! 😉
  • Me: I have so many things to do this week. 
Also Me: Why don’t I made homemade sun butter cups for the PTO bake sale this week....🤦🏼‍♀️
The recipe is from @daniellewalker
  • #momhack I usually keep a veggie tray in my fridge. The kids pick out what goes in it (this week, they wanted some fruit in there too). Then, when they ask me a snack for the 10 millionth time in a day, I tell them to pull out the veggie tray. Sometimes, I load the center up with cheese cubes, too. It’s easy and healthy. I prep it once and reload it as needed throughout the week.
  • Will workout for 🍕🍕Wall sprint intervals, followed by 4 rounds of the workout on the second slide. And this shirt from @bejuststrong is super breathable and comfortable. Use code JESSTO10 at to save 10% and try it yourself!
  • Stomach bugs, head colds, sore throats, ear infections, and flu 😷 have all invaded our house in the past few weeks. Most days, I haven’t even hit my step goal, let alone my workout goals. But that’s part of the process too. Knowing when to rest is so important, and I still struggle with it. Today, I was able to get back to my workouts. I did two of the equipment free workouts from my latest blogpost. 10 second sprint intervals and the squats-pushups-pull-ups workout.
  • I’m a little, okay, a lot slow to the podcast thing. So far, the @kidsbiblestories podcast is a nightly family routine. (My kids LOVE it). Today, I’ve started listening to the Rise podcast by @msrachelhollis. Who else listens to podcasts? I’d love some recommendations
  • The amazingly talented @elizabethbaxter is sharing what she uses for her photography setup in her instagram stories. If you’ve you ever been curious what equipment others are using to get those amazing shots, it’s worth checking out! (You should totally be following her anyway, because she is super talented, so sweet, funny, and mom to some exceptionally cute little dudes)
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