Friday, January 18, 2013

work it out

So, I joined a gym.

And it just so happens to be the most amazing gym I’ve ever been to!!  It’s just the local YMCA, so I wasn't expecting anything fancy.  But I stopped by for the first time last night and was blown away.  Just check out the pool!

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I wonder if that slide is just for kids….

Yesterday I was complaining to a friend that I’d gained a few pounds over the holidays, and that I’d completely lost motivation for getting back on track with eating and exercise.  My friend suggested I check out Jamie Eason’s free online program.  I was skeptical at first.  I mean…she’s a bodybuilder!  But after spending some time on her website and browsing through her 12-week program (which includes daily workouts and an eating plan), it started to actually seem doable.  Even for me!

So last night I completed work out #1, and boy are my arms killing me this morning!  But in a good way.  I’m excited to get back in there tonight.  And being excited about going to the gym is totally foreign to me!

To anyone else needing a little boost of motivation, this should do the trick.
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I hate love her.

So what motivates you to put down that donut and hit the gym?  Any tips would be much appreciated!  Oh, and happy Friday!

36 comments:

  1. Wish I would have seen this post before I had McDonald's for lunch.

    Seriously, that gym is awesome. A slide?? I think that's where I would be all day every day.

    Lucky!!!

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    1. I know.. it's so cool!! I can't wait to take Tony's daughter there. :) It's going to be hard to commit to this work out plan though. I commute to work almost 2 hours a day each way.... insane, i know. Plus we have Chloe every other night so it will be hard to make it to the gym on those nights. This may call for some 4am morning workouts.... i'm cray cray!!!

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    1. Thanks!! I have Vegas to motivate me now!

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  3. I had my gym induction the other day, feels great to know I'm going to start getting fit again!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Bekka! It does feel really good. Everytime I see my belly in the mirror, I just think "you are going to be gone soon!!" :)

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  4. I wasn't motivated to work out at first (September), but after seeing results I was WAAAAY more motivated. It also helped that I had to pay for my work out classes. I felt obligate to go, lol.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Sarah! I can't wait to see results. :)

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  5. That pool is incredible, I want to go down the slide too. Knowing that I will be going to Hawaii has definately helped me stay motivated to work out. Happy Friday!

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    1. Finally got to use the slide! And it was amazing!

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  6. I used to be MUCH more in shape than I am now, but I made a deal to work out with a dear friend (at 6AM 3 times a week) which is super helpful. I also maybe made a bet with my boyfriend about who could get back in shape more quickly...probably my biggest driving factor ;)

    I believe in you!

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    1. Thanks, you are too sweet. :) making a deal with my boyfriend would work...if he had any weight to lose, which he does not. But he has been going to the gym with me so that helps.

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  7. wow that gym looks amazing!! i want to get in that pool! that victorias secret model makes me sad! lol

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    1. It's so fun! And she shouldn't make you sad when you look exactly like that!

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  8. That gym looks amazing! What an awesome pool! :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Francesca! It is really nice. :)

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  9. Love the pool! Good luck!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  10. i totally refused to watch that fashion show this year, lol!
    i was shocked to see that pool belonged to a Y! amazing! i want to join the Y instead of la fitness where were at. it takes so much to get me going to the gym. especially at this time of the year, all the business intimidates me!
    you go girl!

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    1. I didn't watch it this year either. :) I used to work out at LA Fitness when I lived in Seattle. It was ok but they were always out of towels and the locker room always seemed dirty. The step class was fun though!

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  11. Yay! That's exciting! What motivates me is setting small goals like running a mile without walking or being able to do a certain number of situps without stopping, or accomplishing a pull up! You go girl!!!

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    1. That't a great idea, because I don't even think I can run a mile at this point!

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  12. I got to Gold's Gym which is pretty sweet but your YMCA's pool takes the cake!!

    xo Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

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  13. You're totally inspirational, Rach. I'm doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, and to be completely honest, I see a slight change (I'm on Day 15) but nothing too intense. I should step it up, eh?!

    LOVE that pool! Dare you to go on the water slide...

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    1. I have Jillian Michael's 30 day shred also... I only used it 3 or 4 times I think. It was so long ago. I have really been sticking to Jamie Eason's plan though. I am SO sore! My whole body feels like a giant bruise. Tonight is shoulders and abs.... yikes!

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  14. That pool! I would go and just hang alllll day.
    Work out classes always help to motivate me - having a set time that you sign up for, and someone motivating you throughout the workout - has made all the difference!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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    1. Thanks, Emily! Yes, I am excited to try the yoga and zumba classes. :)

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  15. holy cow, the YMCA? why have i been over-paying this time?! and i'd so go down that slide, kids get out of my way haha. and yaaay, free programs! thanks for sharing this, i've really wanted something like that just didn't want to pay for it haha.

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Haha thanks for the comment. :) I have not swam in the pool yet! But yeah it's so affordable. I guess we're lucky because this Y was recently updated. :)

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  16. that is amazing.. and I thought our Y was nice.

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  17. Thanks for the motivation and if I had access to a gym like that I would be there everyday. It looks like a lot of fun.
    I am following you now and would love for you to follow along.
    Jillian
    http://puzzlemecomplete.blogspot.com/2013/01/ww-they-say-she-looks-like-me.html

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    1. It does make working out pretty fun!

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  18. I want to go to this gym!!!! This looks amazing!

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  19. I wish my YMCA had a pool like that!

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