From terror to ease…I joined a gym…

So anyone who follows me on Instagram and/or is friends with me on Facebook saw that I joined Planet Fitness last week.  I posted that I did something terrifying!


After the birth of our second son, I have not been able to get myself in gear to lose the pregnancy weight (aka cookie and ice cream weight).  My husband is very encouraging in helping me get healthier.

While I was on “maternity leave” I had gotten into a good rhythm.  After dropping Ayden off at school, I would come home and take Fiona (aka Crazy Dog) for a mile walk, drop her off at home, and then go for another minimum of 2 miles.  I was just getting ready to start some weight training into that and do some of my old workouts, when I needed to go back to work.

In my mental state (if you’re new to, you can click here to see what caused my mental state), I was’t ready to work at night.  I needed very much to be home with my husband and son.  So, I worked just during the hours that Ayden was in school.  Which meant that my morning walks/workouts were gone!  And I was just too tired to do it in the evening.  Not to mention that there was no time in the afternoon/evening before Berkley and I went to bed.  Another thing that I have needed to do is to go to bed with Berkley (when we’re both home).  Priorities changed after what we experienced with Aaron.

Slowly, I worked back into my Tupperware business and working more/various hours at work and just like that, life got back busy again.  Before Aaron, I would stay up past midnight working on business things or watching TV.  So I had even lost that time and trying to fit EVERYTHING into just a few hours in the afternoon/evening after school and before bed was too much and not leaving any time for exercising.

Berkley would keep asking me when I was going to workout and to give him my plan.  And I just wouldn’t stop what I was doing to workout.  Even if I didn’t work while Ayden was in school, I would not put myself first and exercise.  I would work on Tupperware, clean, or run errands.

He kept asking me if I wanted to join a Gym.






Gyms cost money.  Yes there is a $10/month gym in town, but that $10 a month can be better spent.  I lost weight at home before, I can do it again (40 pounds after Ayden was born by just tracking food in My Fitness Pal and walking, but I wasn’t working or have my own Tupperware business).  I was always very adamant about NOT joining a gym.  The aforementioned reasons AND I could feel an anxiety attack coming on at the thought of walking into a gym.  Even one that says they have a “no judgement zone” (I call BS was my first thought)

People will see that I don’t know what I’m doing.

They will think I’m dumb.

I won’t be able to workout as hard as I can at home where I can grunt, yell, and roll around on the floor after a good workout.

The morning I told Berkley I would sign up, I was ANGRY!  While getting Ayden ready for school (I would be going to the gym after I dropped him off), I saw EVERYTHING in the house that needed to be done.  The floors needed to be vacuumed and tile mopped.  The laundry needed to be washed, dried, folded, and put away.  The kitchen counter was a mess, dirty dishes in the sink and the dinner table was cluttered.  Not to mention that my desk is in a MAJOR need of an overhaul.  Tupperware business needs some organization.  Delivery sitting in the box by the door needs to be bagged and delivered…the boring list went on.  With each task I noticed, I got more angry about joining the gym.

I even texted Berkley warning him that it just doesn’t make any sense for me to go to the gym.  The drive time is a WASTE!  And I won’t get home until an hour AFTER I would finish a workout at home.  And that Fiona wouldn’t get a walk (she NEEDS a daily walk).  He told me it would be fine and he would walk Fiona (even after working a super early/long shift at work).

Begrudgingly, I went to the gym after dropping Ayden off at school.  Almost pulling into the gym parking lot, I texted a friend I knew was on vacation, telling her what I was doing.  She made the mistake of saying she wanted to join a gym too.  She had a few excuse but after waiting 40 minutes in the parking lot, we signed up together.

And I am proud to say that today ended a week and a half that I have been going to the gym and I have been 8 times!  EIGHT OUT OF ELEVEN DAYS!!!!!  AND I LOVE IT!!!!!

I used to be a member of the YMCA more than 14 years ago and I remember dreading working out, felt like the time dragged on, and I never went consistently enough to see any improvement. Plus it was nearly 70 pounds ago when I “thought” I was fat.

I can confidently say with 100% assurance that I LOVE and look forward to working out!!!

Stay tuned for the new toy I got to go with my workouts!!!  YEEE

8 Week Journey…what’s the plan?


Ok, so yesterday, I told you all that I am on an 8 week journey to getting as fit as I can get for our trip to The Keys at the end of July.

I am 2 weeks in and that’s the longest I have been able to stay on a fitness plan….like, ever!

Some have been asking what workouts I am doing, and honestly, I have found them all on Pinterest.

Here is how I planned out my days.  I knew I wanted to tone up and I wanted to be semi-aggressive (pretty aggressive for me, though).  First of all, I need to be training for my first 5k race coming this October.  I really can’t tell you how many times I have started the C25k app on my iPhone and not made it past week 4.  I have started it over again (June 1st) and have kept up with it!  But I’m not to week 4 yet…so, the true test is yet to come.

Next, I knew I wanted to focus on toning 3 main areas of my body: my arms, my abs, and my legs.

And I knew I wanted a rest day.

SO, it only made sense to me that I needed to map out my running days (the C25k app suggests running every other day).  In addition to that, I planned to do some sort of cardio each of the 6 days to help burn some fat.  I went through Pinterest, and found three workouts for each of my 3 focus areas.  I get bored easily and need variety.  I also found this a good way to see which workouts I like and are effective and which ones are not.  Then I mapped out what days I would do each focus area workouts.  Since I wanted to maximize my workouts, I also added a 30-day arm challenge and a 30-day ab challenge (more on THAT later).  So here’s how it worked out for me.

Beginning Sunday, June 1st, I wrote down “run” every other day.  And I wrote down Cardio on every day, except for Saturday.  Second, I rotated my focus areas.  Sunday = Arms, Monday = Abs, Tuesday = Legs, Wednesday = Arms, Thursday = Abs, Friday = Legs (you get the idea).  Then I rotated each of the workouts and wrote down the initials by each focus area.  I had three workouts for each area.  Basically it would take me a week and a half to do the whole set of nine workouts without doing the same one twice.  Next, I wrote down “arm ch” and “ab ch” …(need I not remind you, I am a list maker, I must see what I have to do, in order to make a better attempt at actually doing it).  I also wrote a “V” and “Cal” on each day to remind me to take my vitamins (or see which days I didn’t take them) and write down how many calories I was over/under that day.  This way I had it all at one glance, and also I took notes (why I went over calories, why I didn’t do a workout, etc).  And the end of each day, I would mark off what I did, make notes about why I didn’t do something, then give myself a score of a smiley face, a so-so face, or a frown face.  So far, I haven’t given myself any frown faces. (I know it sounds silly, but I must stay on top of this so I don’t quit).

Ok so for Arms, I chose: (all links are below in the pictures)

Arm Workout, 20 Minute Arm Workout, and Sexy Arms Workout.


Lose Your Love Handles, 300 Abs, and 5-to-50 Ab Workout


Thigh Thinning Circuit, Your Best Butt Ever, and Sexy Legs Workout.

If this kind of regimen sounds interesting to you, I’ll do an overview at the end of this post.

What I have noticed about Pinterest is that almost everything looks appealing to me.  As for some of these workouts, after I did them, I just wasn’t quite feeling it.  So I decided to not continue doing them when they came around again.  Here is a quick review of these said workouts.

Basic simple arm workout! Most guys like to have a day dedicated to having nice, defined arms!

This workout seemed to beat me up a little (maybe it was ’cause it was the first day, maybe it was the burpees)

I didn’t really feel anything from it the next day (I go by sore muscles) so I decided to scratch it and have found a new one for it’s place.  It’s this oneThe "Awesome Arm Workout".  And I like it a lot better.

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This one I LOVED.  Maybe not at the time I did it, but I did feel some nice sore muscles the next day.

arm workout #exercise

LOVED LOVED LOVED this one.  I did it after a midday C25k run and it kept my heart rate at maximum of my “zone” the whole time!  I didn’t do the Finale, because I didn’t know what Curl Presses were and frankly…I was done!

Lose Your Love Handles....yes please

This isn’t a bad one, but again, I didn’t really feel my abs burning the whole thing or anything the next day.  I’d rather do other various ab exercises (especially planks).  So I think I will scratch this one.  I gave it 2 tries.

Girl's Home Ab Workout for Sexy Stomach

This one was a keeper.  I could still feel the affects of this one 2 days later.

5 to 50 Ab Workout

I liked this one too.  It has a variety of moves and really pushed me.  I couldn’t finish all of them, but I tried.  I had to keep reminding myself that I am at the beginning of my journey and I won’t be able to do everything yet.  But I am working toward it.


To be honest, I didn’t try this one.  I kept a note (glad I did, cuz I couldn’t remember why I didn’t do this workout).  My legs were way too sore from the “cardio” workout I had tried to do on the previous day.  Since the day before wasn’t a running day, I tried to just do a cardio workout (from a workout app on my phone).  But I got bored after 10 minutes and ended up going for a walk.  But maybe I should consider that “cardio” workout for my phone for a leg workout.  So I have yet to try this one.  It was supposed to be done yesterday, but I did something different.

Glute workout

Ok, so technically this one was for the butt and not the legs, but I figured it could help the legs in the process.  I did like this one and had sore buns the next day.

Sexy Leg Workout That Only Takes 15 Mins!!!

Oh yes!  This one had me yelling at the exercises.  I hate wall sits.  But like planks, I hate them but I love them.

As I mentioned, I did something that wasn’t in the plan for yesterday and it was this one.

The Lean Legs Workout   I know these work.. So im interested to see If this workout plan works!!!!

I won’t be keeping this one around because my knees HATE lunges.  Which works out for me cuz I hate them too.  I might keep the curtsy lunges around if I need to bump something up.

This is my arm challenge and ab challenge.  I was not able to keep up with the ab challenge and I have decided that starting tomorrow I will be switching it to a plank challenge.  Planks are so much more effective.  I had to skip a couple of days of the arm challenge due to sore muscles or feeling like I was going to be sick at the end of a couple workouts.  So I’m just picking up where I left off.

Ok so here’s how the calendar actually looked in list form.

Day 1 – Run (C25k week1day1), Cardio (usually an extra 15 minutes of brisk walk), Arms (Arm Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge.

Day 2 – Cardio, Abs (Lose Your Love Handles), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 3 – Run (C25k week1day2), Cardio, Legs/Butt (Thigh Thinning Circuit), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 4 – Cardio, Arms (20 Minute Arm Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 5 – Run (C25k week1day3), Cardio, Abs (300 Abs), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 6 – Cardio, Legs/Butt (Best Butt Ever), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 7 – Run (C25k week2day1), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge (REST focus area)

Day 8 – Cardio, Arms (Sexy Arms Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 9 – Run (C25k week2day2), Cardio, Abs (5-to-50 Ab Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challengs

Day 10 – Cardio, Legs/Butt (Sexy Legs Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge.

 Then it just repeats from there.  So far, it seems to be working for me.  I took my measurements today after the first 2 weeks and I am down 1.3 pounds.  Down 0.5″ in my right arm (left arm stayed the same), smallest part of my waist is down 0.5′, my biggest part of my waist (right under my belly button = my problem area) was up 0.25″ :(, my hips were down 0.5′ and my butt was down 1″.  My thighs remained the same.  Altogether that’s a decrease of 2.25″.  So yeah, I’d say something’s working so I’m going to keep going (making changes where I need to based on my notes) and see where I am in two more weeks.  And maybe (just maybe) if my progress pictures are good enough to show, maybe I’ll post those too.

This is the plank challenge I chose.  I will start it tomorrow.

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