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This week's focus is on exercise. Exercise and I have certainly not always been friends. I tend to go in and out of workout phases. The outs usually end up making me feel flabby and lethargic. After celebrating for the last few months (eek) I've gained ten pounds. Happens fast, but after all of the hard work I've done I'm determined to work it off (and fast). I'll be starting week one this week to jump start my metabolism. Too bad my fridge is full of yummy cheese and bubbly wine. Sigh.

My Fitness Plan:

  • Monday: Download My Fitness Pal (although not entirely accurate, I enjoy the accountability and it helps me to see what I'm putting in my body). My username is homemadegrits if you want to play along with me.
  • Mon/Tues/Thurs: My go-to workout video is 30-day shred. I sort of loathe it, but it works!
  • Wednesday/Friday: Yoga keeps me relaxed and is amazing for stretching and elongating muscles. I love long and lean muscles. Not so into really buff arms.
  • Saturday/Sunday: Family hikes and running with the help of this app.

  • Notes: When it comes to protein powders for after workouts it's important to look for all natural ingredients. Avoid powders with high fructose corn syrup and sucrulose. This whey protein from Vitacost (sign up through the vitacost link and you get $10 towards your first purchase) looks like a good one.

  • We are in the process of planning a beach trip with friends in September. Extra motivation to get in shape! I'll be using the Getting Healthy Log to track my weekly progress. I like visuals. The more the better!

    I would love to hear your thoughts on fitness. What works for you?


    1. I've been really good about exercise lately. I have to have a plan or else I start slacking. When I committed to doing the 30 Day Shred last Spring, I really did it well and it worked quickly (I always notice definition in my legs first . . . tummy last haha). I did it 6 days a week until I'd completed 30 days.

      Right now I'm using a running app, but after clicking on your link, I realize it's a different one than you have. Mine's called Get Running and I'm on week 5. Tomorrow is run for 8 mins, walk for 5, run for 8, walk for 5. I've actually been enjoying it. Had a tough time with week 3 but got over the hump and now I'm doing pretty well. I still struggle depending on what I've eaten, how much water I've had (but too much = cramps!), how much energy I have that day, etc. The other day it was really warm and sunny and I was MISERABLE! So hot and I had to FORCE myself to finish my 5 minute runs. And then I start thinking about how people run marathons and half marathons and I feel LAME. ha.

      Don't worry about gaining 10 pounds cause when I saw your bday pics, I thought LESLEY IS SO SKINNY. You don't need to be any skinnier!!

      love you.

    2. Why do you say that about myfitnesspal? I'm curious because my sister uses it and loves the app and wants me to try it.

      The exercise thing is easy for me ever since I started running with a few neighbors. Early in the morning before our houses are awake. I haven't lost any weight (or inches) though. Exercise to me is about heart health & keeping me sane.

      1. i just mean that there is a lot of emphasis on fat and calories which i don't really keep up with. i worry more about sugar and unhealthy carb intake. it's awesome though!

        thank you for the exercise tips!

    3. 30 day shred def works and i wish it didn't get so boring! I bought ripped in 30 by her as well and it is really good if you need to switch things up. similar but diff. enough. but still I hate workout videos! ugh. but I can't take my girls to the gym anymore bc they always get sick there, so its running or videos. And my feet bones don't let me run everyday:(

    4. Well, I also want to lose weight, we work together! (


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