Work it out weekends: Take 1


As I outlined in my goals for the New Year, I am planning to get back into a regular work out routine. What better way than to do this along with the encouragement and mental support of some lovely ladies that have begun the new decade with the same goals.
Wishcake has started  the “Work it out weekend”-posts and in an effort to hold myself accountable, I am joining the endeavor and am planning to post every weekend about my efforts during the week to become healthier and fitter.

I think I am off to a good start. I’ve been working out at the gym at least 3x a week  since the new year started and it makes such a huge difference in my energy level already, even after barely two weeks.  I can hardly explain.

I have not yet found a new class that I’d like to attend regularly. I am doing a mix of cardio and weights right now, timewise adding up to about an hour and fifteen minutes. My newly passed down, very own Ipod helps with motivation. I’ve already put a workout playlist together (however, any suggestions?) and I enjoy the opportunity to consciously listen to some music again during my workout.
As you can imagine, there is only one person that decides on our “home playlist” 95% of the time and – what a surprise!- it’s not me! (Ok, fortunately, I can say that J and I have a very similar taste in music, which definitely helps.)

Here are my goals for the coming weeks:

  • DRINK MORE WATER. This is a major issue for me; I just don’t drink enough water during the day. I have been trying to substitute with (pots of herbal) tea during the winter months, but I still need to get this under control. I am planning to finish at least one 32oz. bottle of water at work (additional to the tea) and another one when I get home. (Expect me to spend an extensive amount of time at the bathroom. I might have to blog from there.)
  • WORK OUT AT THE GYM at least 3, better 4, times a week.
  • Lose up to 8 pounds. Even though I don’t feel I necessarily have to lose weight, I wouldn’t mind shedding a few pounds.  My main goal though is taking care of the “squishy-ness”. I might be slim, but I am not toned or firm.
  • Shop and eat more consciously.
  • Keep track of my calorie intake – just for the heck of it. As you know, sometimes we easily kid ourselves into believing that what we’re eating is healthy, when, in fact, it is not. (HELLO unhealthy, but oh-so-delicious Cesar Salad.) I am trying to get a better sense of how much calories I am consuming vs. burning with the easy food log journal on

And on that note, I am off to the gym. Wanna join?


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  1. I’ve been watching what I eat since New Years. I still cannot exercise, but at least I am doing the food part.
    .-= Maribeth´s last blog ..This & That =-.

  2. funny! I just started WW again, I also need to lose 7 pounds! grrr. I just love food way too much! :) We might be looking at a gym next weekend, just hard to spare the time if you spend 24 hours on the train every week. haha. I have no energy left but that might be why. so we see, I love drinking water, i drink it constantly. It is just so good for you! :) stick to your goals!!!

  3. Yay for iPods! They make life (and exercising) so much easier! Keep us updated about your progress. I have had a somewhat good week (exercise wise but eating wise it was a huge fail!).
    .-= Stefanie´s last blog ..Losing it: Week 3 =-.

  4. first of all yay for working out more. that’s always a good thing. i do understand that you wanna be more firm and toned. don’t we all do? but why in the heck do you wanna loose 8pounds ? get that body toned and in shape then u don’t need to loose anything and get too skinny. but it’s good to have more energy. when this stupid cold that i have, again, is over i will start again. i started off pretty well this year with working out, but had to stop during the weekend since my lung won’t do it.

  5. The water thing gets me, too! If I drink too much, I’ll have to go to the bathroom, and since I’m a teacher that can be difficult to do. I can’t just leave my students in the middle of class!!

  6. gah! Welcome to the skinny-but-so-NOT-in-shape club. Keep it up! *cue the attempt at a solo cheerleader routine*
    .-= Spatzi´s last blog ..Work It Out Weekends: Week 2 =-.

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