Friday, January 15, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Weight Loss Tips, Diets, Work Out Ideas

Here is the irony of my life right now - I have fallen of the wagon on a New Year's Resolution that I DIDN'T EVEN MAKE.

Most people make the resolution to lose weight and get fit.  This year, I did not.  I made the resolution to be better about budgeting, specifically when it comes to how Bruce and I eat (ie cook more, eat out less).  And yet, after a week-long vacation to Pennsylvania where all I did was eat cheese and pretzels, drink beer and consider shooting a .22 to be "exercise" I think I need to be intentional about hopping back on the proverbial wagon.

That is why I am so happy that this week Kelly is hosting Show Us Your Life - Weight Loss Tips, Diets, Work Out Ideas.  I am really looking forward to linking up and reading about some creative ways to get in shape and to eat healthy!!

I usually stick to two major forms of exercise - pilates and walking.


A couple of years ago I bought Shelly McDonald's Caribbean Workout Pilates series.  You can find it on amazon here.  I love it because there are two different levels and the workouts are only 20 minutes each.  I always think that I am going to be ambitious and do two workouts a day, but usually end up collapsing after one.  It's a good collapsing, though - the kind where you know you got a good workout and are getting stronger.


I looooove walking outside, but it's not always possible in Atlanta - Bruce really hates me walking alone at dark.  So during the summer and parts of spring/fall, I walk a lot when I get out of class or work.  I crank my music and walk at a pretty fast clip.  The great thing about being outside is that the terrain changes and I think I get a better workout when there are changes.  I usually walk for 45 minutes to an hour.

Also - and I am probably the only person in the world to say this - I love walking on the treadmill.  Get one where you can change the incline and you can get SUCH a great workout.  I like to crank the incline really high and then slow my pace, and then I'll bring it down and increase my pace, etc. etc.  It is really low impact (good for people like me who don't have much cartilage left in their knees) but still gives you a great workout.  If you hate the treadmill because you don't go anywhere, listening to music helps me and I know watching TV helps a lot of other people.

I can't wait to see what other people have to say!!  I am terrible when it comes to healthy cooking (until tacos count? they have vegetables, right?!) so I hope people post some good, simple and healthy recipes, too!!

Make sure to hop over to Kelly's Korner to see what other people have to say!!


  1. I love walking too! I can't wait till the spring arrives!


  2. I used to be a runner in high school, but since I went to college all I do is walk. Even 20-30 minutes of walking makes a HUGE difference if you do it everyday.

    Thanks for the tips.

  3. Thanks for the link to amazon for the video! I love pilates and will definitely check it out!
    Blessings to you in the new year!

  4. I am visiting from Kelly's Korner. I'll have to check out pilates, I have never tried it!

  5. I love walking too. I don't get walk outside much either

  6. Great tips.....Walking is my choice to but I know I should add a little weight training. it is a daily struggle.


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