Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lesli's Work Out

Happy Wednesday, Sister-Friends! First of all... thank you ALL for being too kind to me last week! It kind of scary putting a picture like that out there knowing that there are enemies & ex boyfriends lurking around every corner & for those that aren't pointing and laughing my hope is that I NEVER come across as braggy or arrogant. I like to think of this as a meeting place for us to struggle, survive & live to tell it!

With that thought in mind, last week I received a comment from a Fat Chick Friend...

The GG says:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 10:04:54 AM
“WOW you look AWESOME!!!! Dude, you can see the start of your six pack.. NICE!! I just had a baby (4 weeks ago csection) and bought the 30 Day Shred to help me lose the fat!! I think I will also do WW (always worked for me in the past) How often do you do it? How often do you do cardio? Way to go! You look great!

Hi, The GG! Great question!

Before December I NEVER worked out, so we can definitely call me a BEGINNER. Ok that's not entirely true... I would walk around Marshall's for cardio. I started with The 30 Day Shred By Jillian Micheals.

from December to February I did mostly levels 1 & 2 ~ Roughly, 2 months of only the shred. When I got stronger, I would do 2 in a row.

then I added Cardio in to supplement the little bit of cardio in the shred. Typically I would spend 20-30 minutes jogging on the treadmill in addition to doing the shred.

by March I felt ready to start Sculpting, so I added in The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga & The Biggest Loser Power Scuplt & Jillian Michaels' No More Trouble Zones. this was also right around the time where I kicked my workouts up a notch and worked out 1hr in the morning and 1hr in the evening. mostly, I wanted to see what if I could do it, and I found out that I could, but it made me exhausted in my day to day life.

now I stick to an alternating pattern of Running {different mileage throughout the week}, yoga to properly stretch my muscles out & strength training so I can bulk up. I'm kidding. I only lift 3-5lb weights, but I strength train to make my muscles leaner & stronger.

~ My Advice ~

1. Throw out your excuses. There's ALWAYS going to be an excuse to NOT exercise. On any given day I can think of 1,000,000 things to do at my house or at work. Throw them out... you want to be fit & beautiful, right?

2. Make a work out plan that will work for you. My plan works for me now. Where do you have an extra 30 minutes in your schedule? It did not work for me to work out twice a day & carry on a normal life, so I had to scale back.

3. Set Goals & achieve them like it's your job. I have a weekly goal to get at least 6-7 hours of exercise from Sunday - Sunday. When I started treating exercise like it was something I HAD to do, it became a habit and apart of my routine. Remember, back in December I HATED working out and NEVER did it.

4. Enjoy becoming the new you. There is no magic exercise that you can do tonight, and be skinny tomorrow. There, I said it. It's going to take a lot of hard work and your muscles are going to ache and you might hate every minute of it, but trust me on this one... when you're healthy and you start seeing results, you are going to love the new you. And you should, you've worked hard for it!

~~~~~~Let's Come Together ~~~~~~~

Tell me about y'alls work out routines. I want to hear what y'all do ~ what you LOVE, what you HATE, what all of us HAVE to try!