Friday, January 16, 2015

#Fitness Friday | Time to Get Back Into Shape

Getting and staying in shape for me has been a constant struggle. I can get on the workout wagon and even start to see some results, but,..somewhere...somehow...something always to throw me off.  Back in 2012 I was super proud of where I had come. I had joined boot camps, worked out on my own, ran my first (and last) 8K race. I had even achieved a personal goal of being able to do pullups/chin-ups.  Starting out, I couldn't even do ONE! I was slimming down and gaining strength. Now three years and 20+ pounds later, I am so eager to get back where I was.

It's been a slow start but I've been trying to get active and am hoping that joining the Fitness Friday linkup will help me get back and stay on track.

Since the start of the year I started off with a goal of doing daily planks which are great for promoting core strength.  I got the idea from one of my coworkers who had joined a Planking Challenge on Facebook.  I thought,that sounded like a pretty cool idea.  The challenge that she mentions starts out with holding the pose for maybe 20 seconds the first couple of days and then gradually increases the time each day.  I've set my calendar on my phone for a daily reminder to do planks for 30 to 60 seconds each day for this month. I haven'd done them every day, but just about every other day.  If you have tried planking you know that they are not easy. I start shaking around 20 to 30 seconds. LOL

Fitness Friday

This Week's Accomplishments

On Monday this week, I decided to step up my game and tried out a 24 minute cardio workout that I found On Demand.  I had originally planned to go to the gym, but it was so cold and rainy, I just decided to stay in and workout.  This workout involved a lot of squats and lunges. She definitely kicked my butt on that one.

Tuesday, my sister and I did a couple of dance workout videos on Demand.  Definitely got our hearts pumping and we had a blast laughing at each others moves. LOL! We also tried a 15 minute core fitness video that involved several variations on planking. I think this was a bit too advanced for us right now, but I surely plan to get up to par on those moves!

On Wednesday, it was time to hit the gym, even though I was tempted not to go due to the cold weather.  I spent about 20 minutes on the Stair Master.  It doesn't seem like you're moving to fast on these things but it definitely gets your heart pumping.  After cardio, my sister I did a few of the upper body weight machines.  The shoulder press is one of my least favorites but I tackled it head on.

We planned to work out today as well, but instead we ended up grocery shopping to prepare something healthy for dinner. My sis prepared a delcious stir fry with turkey sausage. It was yummy!

I'm finally starting to feel back on my game and am super pumped about my progress this week!  I am determined to keep this up and get back to where I once was.

How are you working to achieve your fitness goals? 
Join the Fitness Friday Link-Up(click on that handy dandy badge abaove) and let's get motivated together!

See you there!


  1. Replies
    1. Yes, I'm so glad there were left overs for today! :)

  2. Omgosh...that stir fry looks sooo good. Can you share your recipe? Kudos for recommitting yourself chica! You got this!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. Thanks, KLP! My sis prepared the dish so I will have to have her share this on the blog! :)

  3. It feels good to get started no matter how slow it takes. We can do this! Such a great idea setting alerts on your phone calendar.

    1. Yes we can, Kris!
      I definitely need that constant reminder. If I can't do it at that moment I just hit snooze on the alert so that it will pop back up later.

  4. The key is to get started, so you are on your way. Keep going girl!

  5. "The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Kudos to you for starting :) as you build strength and endurance you will be able to master all those super advanced planks.

    1. Thank you, Savvy Sammy! I'm so looking forward to mastering those advanced planks and my pull-up goal. No body will be able to tell me anything! LOL!

  6. Girl, lemme tell you...Fitness Friday is the equivalent to weigh ins at Weight Watchers for me. Keeps me accountable and on track. All week I think "what am I gonna post about? I have to have something to report on for this week!" You had an awesome start and what was most encouraging to me as I get back on my own fitness game and journey is when you didn't feel like going to the gym, you still worked out at home. There really is no excuse with the way technology is these days! Excellent post!!!

  7. You go girl! I have been finding it hard to work out with the cold weather and no gym (though planet fitness opens up by me next month!). I actually just bought something called Kutting weight sauna suit. It bought it to keep me warm, but it is also suppose to help with water weight, so we'll see how it goes!

    Quirky, Brown Love

  8. Once you start back it should be too hard to maintain it. About that stir fry, i'm sending my plate over lol

  9. That stir fry looks so delish! I felt myhand reaching for the screen lol!


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