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Home Gym Necessities On A Budget

I don’t know how it happened so fast, but 2014 is right around the corner and people are starting to think about their New Year’s Resolutions!

At the top of the list is ALWAYS something like lose weight, get in shape, or workout more, right? I’ve been there year after year trying to lose the weight that was holding me back. (But more on that later…)

I’ve always been more successful at home rather than having to go to the gym. I have no idea why! Maybe its a comfort level thing. I’m not afraid to look crazy or workout my ass off in my living room.

Today I’m going to share with you the essentials for having your own home gym while on a budget! I promise that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be successful at home. You also don’t have to a ton of equipment. Or a lot of space, I do workout in my living room.

Here are the essentials:

1- A variety of hand weights/dumbbells. Its best to buy them one set at time getting heavier as you start to need them. Typically at Walmart or Target you will pay a little over a dollar a pound but check places like TJ Maxx or Ross, even second hand stores – you can find a them a little bit cheaper. Price Range: $5 and up (depends on weight)

2- Yoga Mat! This is a serious must have even if you don’t do yoga! It will add some extra cushion when you are stretching, or doing ab work or push up. If you have hardwood floors like me, it also helps to keep some of the dirt away because no matter how much I sweep there is still dirt everywhere!

I also buy these at Ross or TJ Maxx! They usually have cute patterns and great prices but I’ve also purchased them from Walmart for about $10, I can’t understand paying more than 15 bucks for one of these. Price Range: $7 and up.

3- Some sort of timer. Essential for doing HITT or tabata style workouts. Personally, I just use a free app on my iPhone called RoundTimer. But you can find an actual timer basically anywhere, this one from Gymboss is very popular because you can clip it on your clothes so it easy to access. Price Range: Free and up. Approximately $20 for a Gymboss timer.

4- Workout DVDs. I’ve found the best way to get a full body workout consistently is by using at-home DVDs. There a MILLIONS of them out there…seriously, millions. Right now my Walmart has an entire section dedicated to workout DVDs that are only $9 each! I think the best way to stay focused and have fun is to have a variety of workouts at your fingertips. I’ve also bought them at yard sales or used from my bookstore. There also some available for free on YouTube.

Some of my personal favorites include ones from Bob HarperJillian Michaels, and The 15-Minute Solution series.

You could also purchase one of those at home programs like Insanity (which I tried) or P90x, if that is something that interest you. Some of them like Insanity don’t require any equipment, although I would recommend a yoga mat to cushion under your hands. Price Range: Free and up

That’s all it really takes, of course you could invest in some more expensive things, but its not necessary. Although my current wish list includes a nice sturdy treadmill.

I’m actually getting a little bit excited to starting getting back into shape after the baby comes!

IMG_3730.jpgGood Luck!

Any body else do at home workouts?

What are some of your favorite non-essential pieces of equipment?
Mine include my punching bag (gift from my hubs last Christmas) and my one and only  kettle bell! I need to use them more often!



This Week’s Workout Schedule

Hiya Friends!

How was your Monday? Mine was pretty good, in fact this whole weekend was pretty good.

Once I made the connection between my thoughts and how it was affecting my actions and outlook things quickly turned around! Saturday morning, I woke up before Blake and went for a little jog/walk with my dogs and even hit the gym for a little bit of weight lifting. Confession: I hadn’t been to the gym in almost 3 weeks! I’m ashamed.

Sunday was spent cleaning the house…it really, really, really needed it.

The best way for me to get back into the swing of things is to plan, plan, plan. I’ve scheduled out all my workouts for the week, and I’ve got a good idea how the next several weeks will go (more on that tomorrow!)

workout schedule

I’m looking forward to this week! Especially Saturday, there is  FREE stand-up paddle boarding at the park! I’m so stinkin’ excited! I’m also trying a new class at the gym Group Power Hour.

Group Power Hour will transform your whole body within one hour with the use of weight bars and dumbbells. Starting out with a 15 minute warm-up that gets the body going, the remaining 45 minutes with both strength and tone your major muscle groups with the use of free weights.

Sounds like my kind of party! My new goal is try a bunch of the classes before July 18… so I can if its worth it to keep my membership at the gym. I’m on the not worth it side of the fence right now, but that’s a whole other topic.

Its dinner time so I’m outta here!


Picking A Workout Plan

YES! Another week is nearly over! I’m pumped for the weekend, its my mother-in-laws birthday so I will watching people golf. Then Sunday we are going hiking again, yippee!

So let’s talk about picking a workout plan…

Finding a workout plan can be quite daunting. A quick Google search will bring up hundreds of results…all claiming to be the best. They are all different! Its seriously overwhelming.

The key to picking a workout plan is picking one you enjoy that will get you the results you want. That’s right the number one key to picking the perfect workout plan is to find you enjoy. The fact is that you if HATE the plan you most likely won’t stick to it.

When looking for a workout plan you want to keep in mind 4 areas for improvement: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, and flexibility. Basically, you want your lungs to be strong and you want strong muscles that can work for a long time that are stretchy! (Please keep in mind I am no expert, if you would like an expert’s advice… see a doctor or trainer!)

Personally, I’ve always struggled to hit all four areas. I tend to be higher on the cardio side than anything. It comes with being a runner, but lately I’ve been trying to focus on the weight lifting. Still lacking in flexibility…so I need to step it up there.

There are plenty of place to find good quality workout plans, your local library or bookstore will have a good selection. Health and fitness magazines from the grocery store plus there tons of them online. You can also use a set of DVDs like the Insanity program or Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. Or you could have one personally tailored for you by a personal trainer.

One of my newest favorite websites for finding workout plans is www.BodyBuilding.com. This place is amazing! There is so many plans to choose from and they have a ton of information. Every workout plan is accompanied by video clips for each move, nutrition plans, and even supplement (vitamins, protein and things of that nature) information if that’s something interests you. They also offer a little quiz based on your personal information to help narrow things down.

I recently decided to step up my weight program to try and build some guns muscles. The first program I picked was not the best one for me. It had a lot of moves that require a lot of different machines and truth be told it was a pain! One, I don’t have a workout partner so I felt unsure about doing things that require a spotter and secondly, my gym is very busy. I was spending a lot of time waiting for machines. Not cool. My first thought was to just substitute things so that it was more accessible for me.

However, while I was researching I found a new plan! Its perfect! It doesn’t have junk that hate…like burpees or box jumps. Its well rounded -3 days of weight training, 2 days of full cardio, and 2 days of rest/yoga. It also includes extra cardio on two of the weight days which I really like because it gives me the extra calorie burn. Here’s a link to the plan.

I’m really happy with my new plan. It uses all the different cardio machines (bikes, treadmills, elliptical, Stairmaster) so its not the same thing everyday. Today I used the spin bike for 40 minutes and it was killer! I was soaked…if the plan hadn’t specific to use the bike I would have just run like I always do. This plan uses a few machines but it also uses dumbbells which are easy to access and I can even do it at home if I can’t get to the gym.

The last tip I have for you is- don’t be afraid to try something else. If you are currently spending hours on the elliptical but not happy with it try Zumba or Spinning. Keep trying until you find something you really like. You have to try new things until you find the one that works for you. Feeling stuck into a workout plan is the worst! I always have to keep my workouts fresh.

And that’s all I have tonight! See ya later!


A Couple New NSVs


Lately, I’ve been little bit down because of a number of things. One of the main reasons, it because I feel like failure for not losing any more weight recently. I know why I’m not losing weight, its not hard to figure out but getting to right point again mentally has been a struggle. This week I’ve really put my blinders on, its definitely helping and now I can share you with some non-scale victories (although the scale is moving in the right direction!).

Eating Out:
I had lunch out three times this week. All three times I picked healthy and delicious meals! This is a big deal! I often find that when I’m eating out I either want to eat what/how my hubs eat…with fries and coke. Or I want to “indulge”…we eat out way too often for it to a special treat worth indulging in.


Two delish salads! The right was a Cashew Chicken Salad and the left was called a Rudy Salad.

Today I had a sushi date with two friends from work! I ordered a Spicy Marqui- it had yellowtail and avocado plus a little siracha on top. (Should have take a picture!) I also had Vegetable Yakisoba, although it was probably a little higher in calories, I feel like I made great choices!

We have one more dinner out planned this weekend! (And then we are going to see Star Trek!)

Running has been tough lately! I’m pushing my self to run faster and keep a steady pace but I’ve had to take walk breaks occasionally because I’m getting stomach aches (uhm…tmi…gas). I think because I am running after work when I really want to be eating dinner…I’m still working on figuring this schedule stuff out.

Well yesterday I worked extra late and was not feeling so hot so I hit the hay early and skipped my workout. I’m all about being flexible…but I still wanted to get in a double workout this week and today was the only option because there are no classes Friday nights. First I did bootcamp, then got ready to do 3 easy miles on the treadmill. The first treadmill I got on was super bouncey and I couldn’t handle it….the next FOUR I tried didn’t work! Two wouldn’t turn on completely….and two kept saying start up error! The universe was telling me to go home but I shut it up…tried the last open treadmill & it worked! Those three miles were brutal and slow…like really slow…but I did it even though I wanted to quit the whole time. I’m pretty proud of this, my brain kept saying you’ve already done enough tonight, but I pushed through. I burned 928 calories tonight!


Overall Feeling Good:
This morning I woke up and I just felt great! I’m with only 3 pounds of my lowest weight! If Heidi Klum complained to me about being up 3 pounds, I’d give her the crazy eyes….so I’m officially giving myself the crazy eyes. I felt skinny this morning…I think I look pretty skinny in this picture even though you see my belly outline…which is mostly due to those pants being to small (long story short: I tried on two different sizes and kept the wrong ones). (Please forgive this gross bathroom picture, I promise to never post one like this again!)

I’m trying to remember this feeling so I when I’m looking at menu, I can remind myself that just a few days of good, healthy food makes me feel fantastic!

Its not all about the number on the scale! In fact, I’d say its mostly not about that…its about feel good and loving who you are!

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to my friend at Losing With Cooper! Check out her blog! She lost weight while on vacation!!!!

Alright I’m out of here! Check back with me tomorrow because I’m having a giveaway!! And it’s a good one…!

May Goals

It’s a fresh month! I love the start of a new month because it feels like a new start.

I really need a fresh start right now. I really need to focus and buckle down on my weight loss goals and get to my goal weight! I’ve been in the same weight range for months. Since February to be exact, its good news that I’m not gaining weight. I’ve fluctuated a little bit within about 5 lbs either direction of 182 lbs. However, I would like to get down to a healthy weight according to the BMI scale which is around 160 lbs for woman of 5 feet 7 inches.

I know I can do this, I’ve already lost 50 lbs, I know I can lose 20 more. If you follow me on MyFitnessPal, you know that a few days ago, I said the time to lose this weight is NOW. Fortunately, Ashley at Coffee Cake and Cardio posted a 7 Week Weight Loss Challenge so I jumped on board for a little extra social aspect to this game.

The best way for me to stay on track is to set a few goals this month and keep myself accountable.

May Goals:
-Keep food in check on the weekends, the weekends are not an excuse to overeat.
-Get in 5 minimum workouts each week.
-Blog daily. (Also a part of my plan to make the most of each day!)
-No soda. I recently started drink soda again on occasion…NO More.
-Enjoy the outdoors more! Hiking last weekend was a blast! I want to do something like it every weekend.

So that the plan! Lots of plan lately, but that what helps me to succeed! Now its time to fold my one load of laundry and read a little bit.

Let Me Explain

Hi Friends!

I’ve been a little distant from the blog lately, and I have to apologize. I didn’t mean to take a little hiatus but I had to work though some stuff, so let me explain.

First of all, I finished the Sugar Detox two weeks ago, which was great! Cutting out sugar and refined flours really helped me to drop a few pounds and I reached my lowest weight ever…and finally met the 170s on the scale!

And then the next day and following days I went a sugar rampage! Its embarrassing really. At a BBQ with friends, I scarfed down about 1/4 of Boston crème cake. I was finding myself eating more sugar and sweets than ever; yogurt, granola, chocolate chips, chocolate covered bananas….junk junk junk.

All this was in days of the Diet Bet ending which scared me, I didn’t want to lose my money! I was up a few pounds and knew it was some bloat and left junk in my system so I agreed to do a juice fast with my mom from the Reboot website. This is the program made by the guy, Joe,  from the Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead documentary. My mom has a similar auto-immune disorder and her doctor suggested she check it out and maybe try it. Long story short, I lasted about two days, made it back to my goal weight for the bet, and then gorged myself on pizza and Arby’s. ARGH!


So what happened after all this… I’d like to say there was big monumental moment but there isn’t. I just realize I’ve had enough.

— I’m sick of weighing myself every single day, multiple times a day. During the Diet Bet, it seriously got out of hand, I’m talking 5, 6, 7 times per day. So I took the batteries out the scale and shoved it in a closet…where it will stay for an undetermined amount of time. The truth is, I don’t need it. I know when I’m eating right and getting enough exercise. I don’t need a scale to tell me, I know when its enough.

— I’m in a workout rut! I miss the way I felt when I was doing Bob Harper DVDs daily, I was starting to develop muscles and maybe even abs. I love running but I need the weights too. I’m not doing it on my own very well, so I made a big decision and joined a gym. I’ll go in to detail about this a little more later but I’ve already gone twice and I can tell this will help me reach my goals.

— I feel myself falling back into a sedentary lifestyle, when I’m not working out. With my new ad design job I sit at a desk all day long, then I come home and sit on the couch or go to bed early. Well this has got to stop, I’ve gone on a couple walks during my breaks at work but I need to increase this to every day. I also need to walk my pups more!


Speaking of the pups: I thought this was funny…Kia is a afraid of water and finds the only dry place when it rains and Mopar was out having a blast rolling in the mud!

— As for food…well maybe you noticed a new little badge on the side of the blog…I’m now a Diet To Go Ambassador! Next week they will be sending me a whole week’s worth of meals to try out! I’m super excited to partner with Diets To Go and I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with you guys. Until then I’m trying to eat up all the yummy fresh stuff I have in the fridge so nothing goes bad.

All in all, I’m pretty excited about all these new changes. I’m ready to no longer have a weight problem. I’m ready to be a “regular” sized person. I’m ready to live the kind of life I want to live.

Thanks for reading! Hope you have a fab weekend!

Friday Five: Lots of News Edition

Happy Friday!

Can I just start off by saying I really like the word edition, I don’t know why, it’s just one of those words I like to use!

Next, I hope everyone’s Friday is suberb so far. Mine’s pretty good, although I’ve been pretty clumsy, clumsy and coffee isn’t the best combination. But what can you do? Except keep a mop handy!

I have a bunch of exciting things to share so it’s time for the Friday Five!

1. Uh, I’m racing tomorrow! Looks like my race schedule is starting a bit early than anticipated, I signed up for a local 10k. I’m going into it with the mindset that its just a long run with a cool T-shirt at the end. To be honest, I don’t even know that much about the race, the website doesn’t even have a course map. That’s small town living for you! It will be fun to try it out, run a new course, and be out with other runners!

2.Sugar Detox. I signed up for a 7 day sugar detox hosted by Laura at Mommy Runs Fast. Now I’m like omg what was I thinking! Sugar is the elixir of life!

The truth is, I have way too much sugar everyday! I’m also getting too comfortable with my eating habits. I need to shake things up a little bit to help me get these last 10-15 pounds off! (Plus the three I still have to re-lose!) I’ll talk more about my plan for the detox this weekend, before I start on Monday.

3. New Clothes! I love being able to shop in a store and pick what I like, not what fits! Also, I’ve learned I don’t have to squeeze into something that’s too small, it’s ok to buy a bigger size. I look better and feel better when my clothes fit well.


The shirt and sweater in this picture are new! My hubby surprised me with gift card for our anniversary. So of course shopping was a blast, it felt like it was all free!

4.Finally Being Happy With How I Look. Yep, you read that right. Slowly but surely, I’m starting to fall in love with my body. It’s taken a while and it’s still a little bit of a work in progress, but I really am happy with body today. The reason that I want to lose about 15 more pounds is purely bout my health not my body image. It feels amazing to be able to say that!

5. New Job
Ok time for the best news of all! I’m starting a new position at my newspaper job on Monday! I’m so excited for this new opportunity, I’m moving to the Production department, where they do the promotion layouts and design the ads! It’s full time so I’ll be saying goodbye to the coffee stand, which is very bittersweet. I love the coffee stand, but I can’t pass up and opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do! (Although, I have
to admit there was a sleepless night, when I felt so guilty for leaving.)

It’s going to be so awesome! I feel like its the start of new life in way, you know the life of a 9 to 5-er. Except its 8-5, haha!

Ah, it’s a whole fresh outlook, of course! The possibilities are endless!

So here what’s going to happen! I’m gonna quit sugar, drop the last few pounds and start my career! ;)