Get Into the Groove*

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First things first, I need to discuss my 365 photos. I am still taking photos everyday, and I’d like to think I am getting better at it. But, as I may have mentioned previously, the weekly photo overload is not necessarily the best way to highlight my burgeoning talent [ha ha]. Anyway, I decided that instead of doing a post that just includes all of the week’s photos, I’ll just use the photos where they seem to be appropriate to illustrate my posts. We’ll see how that works for awhile.

Now, onto other things. I thought I’d give a little update this week on where I’m at with my fitness. My weigh-in on Saturday showed that I was up 0.6 on the scale, but I attribute that to going in with wet hair and having eaten breakfast right before. So, not overly concerned. Especially since on Monday morning when I weighed myself at home (I weigh everyday), I was down three pounds. As of this morning, I am up a pound from that…but still doing pretty good. I hope to see that change at WW on Saturday morning.

The big change this week though is in my workout routine. Every couple of months, Eric switches up what I’m doing at the gym. We try to keep my workouts short and sweet based on the fact that I fit in my workout between leaving work and going to school. So, as of Monday I am doing a new routine. This is a circuit workout that was published in the May 2009 issue of Oxygen magazine, called “Tone your entire body Fast”. It’s a four-week program, and they give you a beginner 20-minute program and an intermediate/advanced 30-minute program to choose from. I’m doing the 30-minute, which is basically just doing an extra set of everything. For week 1, I’m following the workout on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and then doing cardio. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I just do cardio. Here’s the breakdown…

Three sets of 12-15 reps

  1. Dumbbell squat
  2. Push-up
  3. Bent-over row
  4. Shoulder press
  5. Hammer curl

I did it on Monday and it was a pretty thorough workout, so I’m excited to be doing it. And I like that each week is different. That keeps my body guessing and having to work at it. I’ll let you know how it’s going, when I switch to next week’s set of exercises.

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In an effort to give myself a little incentive to lose the five pounds I’m working on, I’ve put myself on a spending freeze of all non-essentials until I reach that goal. It’s already proving to be interesting. But, I figure that it will be a good reason to reach that five pound mark fast! I’ve also been noticing that when I pay more attention to my appearance (i.e. dressing well), it gives me a feeling of wanting to get moving and taking care of myself. It works the opposite way as well…I think the two things are rather interrelated. So, here’s to investing in myself! Today I am wearing my new pants that are actually long enough! Yay! And also my new seamless undergarments…so thankful to finally be removed from both forms of fashion faux pas hell. Feeling pretty good today!

*And if Madonna can go from a cheese puff-eating, undershirt-wearing material girl and become a toned yoga goddess…so can I.

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