Blog friend Jen recently asked me how my exercise routine is going, so I figured it was probably time for a bit of an update. The whole going to the gym or going out running thing has never really been successful for me - because I am intrinsically lazy. If I have to make an effort to start exercising, it pretty much means immediate doom. Plus I huff, puff, beet-faced perspire and the last thing I also want is for anyone to watch me throw my body around either. It ain't pretty, folks.
What has worked (and what I've been doing pretty much for the last few months) is at-home exercises. So workout DVDs, free weights and my treadmill have been my go-tos. And getting a heart-rate monitor a few weeks ago really has given me some perspective on how well I really am doing.
In a nutshell I exercise just about an hour each day, every day, unless I'm traveling for work, etc. I either run/walk/do weird side-jogging or lunge exercises on the treadmill or some Jillian Michaels DVD (either one longer one like Shed and Shred or two of the shorter ones, like Ripped in 30). My heart rate monitor tells me that I am burning between 350-400 calories per workout (ladies who burn like 600 calories in 45 minutes, I have not idea what you gals are doing, but you need to tell me!)
Between this routine and making an effort to eat more whole real foods (vs processed, or going out to eat a lot), I'm noticing muscle development and able to maintain my current weight. So I've been pretty pleased.
But ... let's face it, we're all our worst critics and I've got a pooch that just won't go away and my underarms like to say "hi" when I'm waving. And I know no amount of exercise will make that stuff go away unless I change my diet. While I'm generally eating healthier, I don't monitor how much I eat and I know I am still consuming way to many carbs (my precious).
What's a girl to do? Right now, I have something ridiculous going on and have purchased my first Bailey 44 dress that just happens to hug about every curve and have that hanging in my kitchen. I figure that would be a nice physical reminder to myself every time I go in there to nosh on something - you want to eat those crackers with cheese and watch that dress gather dust, or you want this healthy yummy apple instead?
So that's where I'm at. Not trying to lose weight and not thinking I'm fat (I actually rarely weight myself), but I'd sure love to get more lean and toned. I'd love some muscle definition! And I know my muscles are in there, I know I've got abs, they just can't get out yet!
If any of you ladies have any advice on portion controlling, carb cutting or want to tell me I need to start on a program like Insanity or P90X to see some real results, I'm all ears! (And thanks in advance!)
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