Category Archives: Working Out

30 Day Workout Challenge: Squats

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I’ve always been on a fitness journey, and you probably know that having a baby is not going to change that for me. I will be starting a new 30 day workout challenge each month in an effort to get back into shape. Since I haven’t been given the official go ahead to start really working out yet, I’m starting small: with a 30 day squat challenge. I’ve done the 30 day squat challenge before and had amazing results, so I’m hoping for the same thing this time!

Since this is about accountability for me, and because I really want to see what kind of results I get, I’ll be posting my before and after measurements each month!

This month’s beginning measurements are:

  • Weight- 149 pounds
  • Bust- 39″
  • Waist- 35″
  • Hips- 42″
  • Thighs- 22″

Here’s a printable chart with the info for the 30 day squat challenge!

I hope that you join me for the 30 day squat challenge, but if you don’t, hopefully you’ll join me for another 30 day workout challenge in the future! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the workout challenge!

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Excuses, Excuses…

You know, since I’ve been taking getting healthy seriously, I’ve had other people tell me all about how much they’d like to be able to eat healthier, go running, go to the gym, or whatever they think they would like to do… But here’s the thing, they always have an excuse as to why they can’t.

excuses don't burn caloriesSo here’s the thing… You can make all of the excuses that you want, but excuses don’t burn calories. I’ll give you the list of excuses that I have heard and then I’m going to tell you something that is even more powerful than all of those excuses and what I’m hearing when I hear those excuses.

  • It’s too hot.
  • I’m too tired.
  • I’m hurting.
  • It’s too cold.
  • I can’t do that.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m too busy.
  • I don’t want to go alone.

I’m sure I’ve heard a million more, but these are the most popular… Or what springs to mind at the moment. But here’s the thing, what your excuses are really saying to me is that you don’t actually want to get fit. You don’t want to get healthier. There is something that you want more than you want to get healthier. Maybe you just want to be lazy…

A thirty minute workout is only 2% of your day. Are you really that busy? You can’t wake up 30 minutes earlier? You can’t prepare by laying out some sweats and sneakers for a walk or run? If you keep saying you can’t, all I can really think is that you are really good at making excuses…

Remember, excuses don’t burn calories… Work does! So stop making excuses, get off your ass, and work out. Wake up earlier and go for a walk. Go to the grocery store and buy healthier foods. Stop making excuses, just make a step in the right direction.

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Garmin Forerunner 15

garmin forerunner 15 running watch

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to buy a Garmin Forerunner 15 off of my marathon training partner. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it today. What the most important thing for you to know is that it is AWESOME! It’s a watch that helps you to truly keep track of how for you’ve ran, but it does sooooo much more, and we’ll talk all about it here today!

Today, I’ll tell you what the Garmin Forerunner 15 does, how to set it up, and all about what I think of it. Continue reading Garmin Forerunner 15

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Get Fit For Free

When you’re like me and you live in a small town, you can’t just drop everything and go to the gym… The closest gym to me is at least 45 minutes away, and gyms are expensive. When I began to realize that a gym wasn’t going to be my solution, I began to turn to exercise videos. They work for some people, but I honestly cannot bring myself to put a dvd in the Playstation every morning. Also, I realized that I got bored with the same routine, and was spending hundreds of dollars on dvds and random pieces of equipment that I was buying online or in a department store. And I wasn’t really using any of it. So, I decided that from now on if I wanted to get fit, I was going to get fit for free.

excuses dont burn calories get fit for free

My birthday this year was a sort of turnaround for me. I realized that some major changes needed to happen, so that’s when I decided to start walking. Yes, walking. While you need good shoes, walking doesn’t require the most expensive shoes, and you probably, most likely, already have a good pair of shoes in your wardrobe anyhow, so it is definitely a way to get fit for free. Now, there are MILLIONS of articles out about how walking is good for you, but there is one in particular that I LOVE that will tell you how to get the most effective calorie burn while walking… Find it here.

If you’ve been around for a while, you already know that I love 30 day fitness challenges… The key to it though is to pick one or two and to really stick with them. I always start mine on the first of the month, that way I never get confused about what day I am on. I love the website that I linked because:

  1. You can get fit for free
  2. They have handy printouts
  3. They’ve already done the homework for you
  4. They include rest days
  5. Other people have reviewed these challenges, so you know if they’re worth your time.

There are literally hundreds of ways to get fit for free, and I promise you, we’re going to start discussing them here. My favorite is running, as you can imagine, but I am also looking now at some upper body exercises as well, so stay tuned as I start going over those with you.

Also, I cannot stress enough, document your fitness. I have started keeping a fat loss journal, that I write down what I eat daily, as well as how I’ve exercised, and twice a month I measure so that I can SEE the difference in my body instead of getting frustrated with a number on a scale.

The greatest thing to do when you’re trying to get fit for free is to find a workout buddy or an accountability partner that will help keep you on track. I have a friend that I walk with in the mornings, and if it weren’t for her, sometimes I’d be lazy and stay in bed. I also have a friend, my marathon buddy, who messages me several times a day to check in and see how many steps I’ve taken, how many miles I’ve ran, and sometimes what I’m eating… We keep each other on track, which is really important.

Talk to you all soon… And I hope you will all join me on a journey to get fit for free!

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Running Buddy?

Since beginning my official quest to get in better shape (i.e. when I got my Fitbit) I have been very lucky to have an amazing group that keeps me accountable. I even have my very own accountability partner who keeps me motivated every single day, whether I want to get out and get moving or not. He’s such a good motivator that he convinced me to go along with his crazy plan of signing up for a marathon this year… A thing I am still a little scared of, but training my heart out for. What I have never had though, is a running buddy. I have no friends in the area who run, so I am always out there alone. And, it sucks to not have a running buddy… There’s no one there to tell you to keep going, there’s no one there to hold you accountable, you just have to do it on your own.

strive for progress not perfection running buddy

Let’s Find A Running Buddy

Thankfully, I found several good running groups on Facebook, and started adding friends, just to keep motivated when I saw their running posts in my newsfeed, and to be able to turn to them for advice. I found myself with quite a few running buddies online. Thank God, because it is so easy to lose steam and motivation, and I did not want that to happen.

One day, I saw one of my Facebook running buddies posting about some places and races that were near me, and about a marathon she signed up for that was the same day as mine. I don’t know why I had never checked out her profile before (maybe I was just lazy?) but I went and snooped. I was so excited to see that she lives in a city that is about 45 minutes from me. Could this be my new running buddy? I messaged her. Mostly about her training plan, and casually mentioned (or begged) her to be my running buddy for long runs one day a week, unless she already had a running buddy, in which case I completely understood.

This beautiful sweet woman wrote me back, I think just as excited as me, and asked me when I wanted to start running with her. We will start this Sunday… I could not possible be more excited. She is way more prepared than I am, she has a hydration plan, and she even has a coach that tells her how far to run (unlike my training plan that I found online).

I can’t wait to spend the next four months training with my new running buddy… I hope we kick each other’s asses every week until this marathon seems like a piece of cake. More than anything, I hope that we can learn from each other’s experiences… Lord knows, I have a lack of experience when it comes to long distance running.

I’ll have to update you next week on my first long run with her. Hopefully she doesn’t decide to kick me to the curb. 🙂

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