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The Exercise Girl…Where Did She Go?


September 8, 2011

If you think I have fallen off the workout wagon, I’m happy to report I haven’t! I may not be posting a lot about my exercise routines and such lately, so I wanted to let you know health is STILL a major priority and I am slowly trying to convince Jeff to hop on my train, too–that boy loves anything and everything that is bad for you bless his heart.
We’ve changed our grocery store habits the past 2 months and that seems to help a lot…instead of 1 big stock up every other week, we’re making weekly trips to pick up loads of fruits and veggies and fresh proteins to cook for dinner.

My only fault–when I see a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or a bag of Doritos, those simply must go in our buggy. Afterall, if you can’t have even a taste of something that you’re craving, you’ll end up eating much more of something else in the long run which usually cancels out the “healthy aspect” of it all.

Now, as for my workouts, after the wedding, I am not going to lie…I was burnt out from it all. 4+ workouts each week with at least 40 minutes of cardio, plus 3 sets of weights for strength training, added to endless amounts of ab workouts, and I was a lady who needed a break.
However, now I am still working out 3 times a week, I am walking a lot more rather than running, and I am still using weights to keep my arms and legs toned, but not as high impact. All in all, I feel a lot better and this new routine is much more manageable with a busy lifestyle.
I’ve even bought some new workout gear recently…as yes, we all still want to look good at the gym while we people watch and pump some iron. Thank you Old Navy and Le Target for having a great sale on activewear 😉

For all you Nashville people, the Green Hills YMCA is where it’s at–it’s comical and you never know what you’re going to see.
Here are a few examples of a “normal” day:
1. Crazy-man-that-is-ALWAYS-at-the-gym breaking a stationery bike while still flexing his muscles in the mirror
2. Uber:prego woman on the stairmaster going so fast you think the baby is going to pop out right then and there
3. The “spinners” club with their crazy shoes and weird gear
4. The “old timers” who love to sport their YMCA t-shirts, sweatbands, and old school Reeboks…adorable I tell you
5. And then the girls that look like they are participating inthe Miss Tennessee pageant…AKA going to the gym to find me a man {now dont get me wrong, no shame in that, but it’s funny to watch the singles flirting now that I’m an old married woman!}

  1. I really have to start exericeing again too!

  2. Erin says:

    I need to exercise more too! I bought new workout clothes and the motivation from that only lasted about a week lol. Good luck getting started again!

  3. Mrs. H says:

    My husband is the same way! What's even more annoying is that he eats anything/everything that is bad for you and doesn't gain a pound. I do it and I gain 10! ha ha

    We too started shopping every week instead of every other weeks. It helps us not eat out as much anymore!

  4. I usually travel a ton for work which makes workouts … CHALLENGING. 🙂 I just don't love hotel gyms!

    Next week I don't have to travel at all, and I am so excited at the prospect of lots of workouts. Nothing like a great endorphin rush!

  5. B says:

    That's what married life does to ya 😉 Same thing happened when we got married, but I quickly explained to Hubby that I could not eat like him. ha! Good for you for keeping a good balance 🙂

  6. Shari says:

    My boyfriend definitely has started slowly changing his eating habits..but there are certain things i don't think I will ever get him to get rid of.

  7. Pamela says:

    Love the quote! I need to exercise more!!

  8. good for you for staying fit, post wedding!!! I need your strength workout! I am 60 days away from my nuptials now and have GOT to beef up my workout from just running!

  9. Caroline says:

    I need to get back into it. I just need motivation.

  10. Lauren says:

    I love following your blog and am trying to get back into the workout routine. Would also love your strength workout as I have such a hard time narrowing it down!

  11. Rachel says:

    Girlllll the GH Y deserves it's own reality TV show! The girls in full face of makeup there kill me! Ha!

  12. TayFrizz says:

    Ahh I love people watching at the gym! And it definitely helps to keep me distracted while I'm on the elliptical 🙂

  13. Day Old News says:

    I am really trying to get on the exercise band wagon. Proud of you!

  14. Kindra says:

    love the workout outfit! ive been on the workout kick too! just got done with the elliptical 🙂

  15. Tess says:

    New workout clothes make all the difference in the world. I just stocked up on some cheap finds at Tj.Maxx….but for some reason they haven't come out of the drawer!! I've been so bad these last few weeks, I really need to get on your bandwagon and if nothing else at least go for long walks!

    Keep up the good (and motivating) work!

  16. Blue says:

    Love your analysis of gym types… maybe I should sign up for one. There is not much people watching going on when running alone in the woods…

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