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Monthly Must-Reads and my Exercise routine...or the lack of it

Question of the month: How often do you work out? What's your preferred method of exercise?

Ok, so it is a little embarrassing to admit that I don't really work out. I have a serious desire to get back into the gym, preferably with a really GREAT trainer, but it hasn't happened yet. 

I used to go to the gym 3-4 days per week, but for the last couple of years (more like 3+) I haven't been working out regularly. Once in a while I'll do something at home, for about 3.246 minutes.  Few months ago we purchased a treadmill and I've used it 3 times. Sad, I know! 
Now that we have moved it to our basement from the spare room I'm hoping to use it at least twice per week. Hey, everyone is got to start somewhere, right!? ;)

I'm eating pretty healthy though. I've been Gluten free for a couple of months now, due to allergies, but have lost about 4lbs which I'm not happy about. Not happy at all!  AND I'm trying to stay away from refined sugar!  I have the hardest time gaining weight, so this gluten free and refined sugar thing has been an interesting journey for sure.

So clearly no workout regimen here. At least not yet! 

What is YOUR preferred method of exercise?


  1. I'm a runner so I run 2-4 times a week. I supplement that with 2-3 days of weight lifting (Tina's Best Body Bootcamp is a good way to get started). In the summer I ride my bike to work (1.5 miles each way) as well.

  2. I totally need to work on incorporating more exercise into my's no fun and I need to find the middle ground.... Wanna trade my elliptical for your treadmill? :)

  3. Yes, it's tough to try to keep a regular exercise routine going once you've become an adult with responsibilities. I find walking in my neighborhood to be very relaxing and it has been keeping me fairly fit. I strive for 4 miles. I am trying to incorporate pilates back into my routine. My goal for the near future is to walk 2 days a walk and do pilates at least once or twice.

  4. How do you give up refined sugar - please tell me...I need to know! I guess it's willpower and I don't have enough LOL! I've been trying to cut down FOREVER (since I read that it's SO bad for your skin - acne & ageing!) but I just can't let go of my coffee with sugar - it's my ultimate treat and I have 1-2 cups a day...

    Having an exercise machine in the house makes such a difference - and a small start is better than no start at all...sometimes when I don't feel like working out - I tell myself "only 10 minutes" and I stick to it :-)

  5. I TOTALLY have to start working out again!
    My jeans tell me that every morning!!

    Love your Monthly Must Reads :)

    xo - heather

  6. I think it is great that you want to start up again! It is so hard to stick to a regular exercise schedule. I love Jazzercise because it is aerobic and strength training all in one class and then I am done. I think it is most helpful when women form an exercise community. If I don't show up for my Jazzercise class, then the friends I have met through it ask me where I was. It is motivating knowing that someone noticed when I didn't workout! Also, I want to go see my friends at the class. It makes it much easier when you don't feel like you are you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle all on your own. :) Love your blog, btw.

  7. I joined a running group, and it is way more fulfilling than running by myself! Sometimes it's pride that keeps me from quitting mid-run, haha. Because of my running group, I even wake up at the crack of dawn to go run with them. It's ridiculously motivating.

    Also, I would try to park a TV in front of your treadmill. Running goes so much faster (and is way more fun) when you're watching your favorite shows. All of a sudden, you get sucked into the show and you totally forget you're running!

  8. I don't work out either, but I want to start eventually, so I'm with you :)

  9. Anonymous2/02/2013

    Running can burn a lot of calories and if you're not wanting to lose a lot of weight that might not be a good thing. You should think about trying yoga!! I was skeptical at first, but I ended up really loving it! It's great for balance, core strength, flexibility, and muscle toning.

    The only downside of yoga (for me) is that I'm not very motivated to do it by myself. I really like doing it as a class. I recently moved and I haven't found an instructor I like as much as my old one. It's really important to find a good instructor!

    I really hope you find a work out routine you like! I work out 3-5 times a week and I always feel better when I do.


  10. Wish we have room for a treadmill in our small condo, I would be on it everyday!

  11. I'm a gym goer, but after taking more than a month off due to holidays and sickness, I'm finding it so tough to get back at it. I literally was counting down the minutes to get myself through the workout, but I know after a few more tough sessions, I'll be back to not hating it as much; which I'm sure is the same way you'll feel after a couple of basement treadmill sessions!

    Kate xo

  12. Carolina2/03/2013

    I totally understand what you say about not being able to gain weight. I'm sure it must be even more difficult for you with your new diet. Hang in there!

  13. I love running, but it isn't for everyone. I think the key to working out is to find something that you really enjoy. The Couch to 5k program is a great way to get started running and it would give you the chance to use your treadmill. Just google it and you'll see the schedule. I also really like Les Mills if they have that at any of the gyms around you. It's a great workout program. I use the DVDs at home from Jillian Michaels and have recently found and love TurboFire from the Beach Body program. I hope you find something you enjoy. It makes working out more fun than anything.

    And I'm thinking I may go gluten free. I have hypothyroidism and have read that gluten can mess with thyroid function. I'm going to have to look into it.

  14. Another runner here! I run with a club which keeps me motivated and we have a free timed 5k parkrun in a local park in our town on Saturday morning which has turned running in a sociable thing. parkrun is starting to happen in other countries too, there is one in Michigan now

    I do yoga to help with stretching and I have hand weights and a kettle bell at home which I'd like to use more often than I manage. I've also tried Insanity which was so hard!

  15. it definitley isnt embarrassing if you look THAT good!

    HAving a hard time gaining weight def isnt an issue for me! lol you look great :)


  16. I work out 6 days a week. 3 days I run (training for my second 1/2 marathon) and 3 days I do P90X 2. If it weren't for my amazing husband, I'd be 800 lbs. he supports me, motivates me and pushes me. Love him for that!!
    Any possible way you and your hubby could be work out buddies? Or maybe even your sis? It helps out to have someone to push and encourage you :)
    Good luuck, Lily!!

  17. so glad i'm not the only one who doesn't work out! phew.


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