Tuesday, November 29, 2011

back to the basics

Instead of avoiding it any longer, I just have to admit it.

I have not been focused on fitness lately. I can just feel its toll on my body, mind, and spirit. I felt uncomfortable on my clothes allllll day yesterday. Talk about a workout motivator. There are about 569874564 other things that needed to be done around my house, but I just had to put them all in the back of my mind and GO WORKOUT.

I pushed myself harder than I have in a long time. Partially because I'm tired of nothing fitting correctly, and partially because I haven't been pushing myself...at ALL.

Immediately after my workout, I felt great. I then saw this photo in my husband's office.

Why yes, that is me. Talk about reaffirming my motivation. No, I will probably never look like this again. Considering this was 5 years ago when I didn't give a flying flip about what I ate, exercise, or healthy eating...I honestly have no clue how I looked like this. None. 

What's the point of all this?

It is time for me to refocus. Remember what I love and what I want to blog about.

What does this mean for you-the reader? Expect more workouts and "skinny" dishes. I'm all about home workouts and hope to supply you with some information and skills you can use with me! I have somehow reached 70 GFC followers, and plan to do a fitness themed giveaway at 100 GFC followers OR for New Years...whichever comes first.

In the mean time, I have designed a 12 week fitness plan to get me back on track. But as always, you can workout all you want, but if you can kill healthy living by what you put in your mouth.

Again, my workouts involve a small amount of equipment (yoga ball, free weights, resistance bands), but can all be done at the gym as well. I was blessed to be handed down an elliptical trainer from my fabulous aunt, so you will have to fill in your choice of cardio. JUST MOVE.

The plan consists of 30 minutes of cardio followed by strength training. Once you get the pattern of the first 2 weeks down, you will be set for the total 12 weeks.

Week 1
Day 1: Cardio + Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Cardio+ Lower Body
Day 3: Cardio+ Abs
Day 4: Cardio+ Shoulders/Biceps/Back
Day 5: Cardio+ Lower Body

Day 6 (optional): Yoga

Week 2
Day 1: Cardio+ Lower Body
Day 2: Cardio + Chest/Triceps
Day 3: Cardio+ Abs
Day 4:Cardio+ Lower Body
Day 5: Cardio+ Shoulders/Biceps/Back

Day (optional): Yoga

See the pattern? I will post Week 1: Day 1 on Friday (12/2)  so you can plan and prepare for Monday!

I invite and encourage you to join me.


Megan said...

Good for you for finding your motivation and getting back into fitness and healthy eating! Just don't obsess about it - that's not healthy either! Looking forward to hearing more about it!

ps - giving away a healing lotion prize pack on my blog - you should come enter!

cssolomon said...

I know exactly what you're talking about. I have been neglecting the gym for a couple of months now and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained all the weight that took me 6 months to lose! So, I am getting back on track. If you don’t give up, you haven’t failed :) I came across your blog through mommyblogs under Oklahoma bloggers. Looking forward to reading your blog! :) Have a great week!

Jess and Jeff said...

I might just do this with you! Thanks for posting! :)

Shiloh said...

This sounds like fun. I love to run, and sometimes I do sit ups and pushups, but that's about it. I need to vary things a little I feel.:)

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

stopping by from a link party. I defiantly need this. (Ok I horribly need this!) Im a new follower and cant wait to start.. thank you :)

Ps.. feel free to link this up to my Friday link party coming up!

LV said...

It takes a lot of will power to accomplish what your are doing. It is a lot easier putting on pounds on than getting it off. Best of luck to you.

Deborah said...

Oh honey, I know exactly what you mean. Your picture is gorgeous and I am sure you still look great.

Coley said...

I am the SAME way. I just had to have an in-depth conversation with myself about getting back on track and losing that extra 'fluff'. I've been doing great and feel SO much better physically and mentally. Kepp up the good work!

Ms POSH said...

Following by from the Thursday Hop to say hello.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I need to start working out!

Amy said...

I hear you, I have been in holiday mode for a few weeks now, indulging here and there and neglecting my exercise...good for you, getting motivated! So glad you shared at Shine On Fridays!

Trish@MomOnTimeout said...

I am so there! I need a serious kick start right now because I am doing NOTHING these days besides walking my 5 year old to and from school. Aaarrggh! Thanks for the reminder :) Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursdays. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to this past week.

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