Sweats – My fitness Routine and DVD Challenge

Well I figured today would be a great day to share my personal fitness routine with y’all especially since this blog is supposed to be about my sweats and eats. ;-) I like everyone else in the world have a crazy hectic schedule and I have had to learn to fit in exercise and make it a lifestyle and not a chore. At first it was very hard and I had lots of days where I did not want to go to the gym or run. Don’t get me wrong I still have them but I have to admit I have truly grown to love exercise! I find that I personally need it on a regular basis as it is now a stress reliever for me and I start to get agitated when I don’t get to do it or my plans get derailed (honest just ask my husband).

In my weight loss story I mentioned that I started working with a personal trainer when I hit the 200 pound mark (November 2012) and I am still currently working with her. If you are questioning whether or not you should hire a trainer I personally cannot advocate it enough, at least in the beginning to educate yourself. I have truly learned so much from her and she really helped me get over my intimidation of free weights and has taught me proper form. I will be straight up and say yes it is expensive but to me this is my health and I am putting myself first, so I am willing to pay for it. It has also personally inspired me to want to learn more about exercise and how our muscles work, etc. One of my goals this summer is to study and earn my certification in personal training. Whether or not I decide to switch careers down the road and train individuals or teach group fitness on the side is up in the air but I still think this will only help me in my own personal fitness journey. I will let you know how it goes as I study this summer.

My work schedule changes every 12 to 16 weeks and can include evenings where I don’t get home until 8:00 or later. This can be challenging not to mention keeping up with a toddler, a husband and a house hold. One of the questions I get from people all the time is how do I fit in exercise? Honestly I have had to make time to exercise and yes that includes getting up early, like 4:30 am early.

In an average week this is what I typically do 5 to 6 days a week:

  • Monday – Wakeup at 4:30 am and work out with my best friend for about 45 minutes. Then later that morning I work with my trainer for an hour with a 20 to 30 minute warm-up on my own beforehand.
  • Tuesday – I was doing pilates on Tuesday evenings but now I have to work all summer and won’t be able to make it. Instead I am incorporating exercise at home and will either be a workout DVD, 3-4 mile run or pilates routine done in my living room.
  • Wednesday – Wakeup at 4:30 am and work out with my best friend for about 45 minutes. In a few weeks I will be working nights this day as well and wont be home until close to 10:00 so an morning workout is a must.
  • Thursday & Friday – work with my trainer for an hour with a 20 to 30 minute warm-up on my own beforehand. If I can make the Friday night pilates class I try to go if we have no scheduled plans.
  • Saturday’s and Sunday’s – These are always an up in the air days as one of them is a rest day, it just depends on what our weekend plans are. Often times I will go for a 3-4 mile run while my daughter naps (my husband is home with her) and come home and incorporate a variety exercises like jump rope, kettle bell or pilates moves, etc. It depends on what area of my body I think needs some work.

Lately when I workout with my friend in the early morning we would run 3 miles or workout in her small gym at her townhouse complex. However I have been inspired by Brook Not onĀ  A Diet, who is an inspirational blogger who has lost over 170 pounds on just weight watchers and working out at home! She has written about her fitness DVD challenges like Jillian Michaels 30 day day shred and others. Last week she posted that she is starting a new one called 6-weeks to a 6 pack which is another DVD by JM.

Jillian Michaels DVD

I personally have never done fitness DVD’s in my own home because I always felt silly and didn’t want any family members watching me. Honestly I am over all that now because I know I just need to get the exercise in so who cares. So today I went out and bought the 6-weeks to a 6-pack DVD and tried it out for the first time. I must say I actually really liked it and the 30 minutes flew by. Look my husband came home from errands mid-workout and took a picture of me mid-workout having never seen me do a DVD by choice at home.

mid workout

I have now decided that I would like to challenge myself to exercise with this DVD and follow along with her 6-week challenge and I have even gotten my best friend into it. We are now going to workout to it on our scheduled days and each keep up with it on our own when we are not together as Jillian recommends doing 5-days a week for 6-weeks to see the most results.

Well of course everyone likes stats and pictures so they can see the before and after. Originally I was only going to post these photos of me wearing my shirt post workout to show my front and side view.

Before Photo Jillian Michaels Clothed Front Side View Clothed

However when I saw them I realized it does not tell the whole story and I look fine fully clothed. So I bit the bullet and had my husband take before photos without the shirt and I am posting them here. This is definitely exposing but I need to be honest and show that I am not embarrassed by my body.I have worked very hard to get to where I am and losing over 130 pounds is nothing to sneeze at.

Front View no shirt Unclothed side View Before Back view Unclothed

I was fat my whole life so I have extra skin and I am working to tone up as much as I can. Eventually I am planning to get a tummy tuck to remove all the lower skin you can’t see and tighten the upper area but I am really trying to be smart about it, take my time and get as fit as possible before I do such a major procedure. In the mean time I am excited to start this challenge and see how much progress I can make in the next 6-weeks. I don’t have my current measurements yet but I will post them as soon as I can but my current weight as of Saturday was 155.8. I hope you enjoy following my progress and if you have any questions please contact me or leave comments!

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Comments: 5

  1. Lauren May 21, 2013 at 7:42 am Reply

    So proud of you for posting those pictures of yourself! You look amazing and definitely should be proud of how far you have come!!! I am so excited to start doing this workout DVD with you! Nervous to do it but ready to try something new! This post motivates me to keep working out and stick to it!! You have definitely inspired me to work as hard as I can on myself:-) so glad we do our morning workouts together!! Your routine each week is awesome!!! I am still trying to figure out my routine and I think I pretty much have it now! Ready to start this Jillian DVD with you:-)

  2. Lauren May 21, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

    Oh and I need to take photos of myself before I start the video with you and have measurements taken!

  3. Patti May 21, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

    Tessa;

    I am proud that you were ready to show the world how you really look after losing 130 pounds. You still look great. It shows everyone that you can still look good.
    Great job.
    Where can I find some simple exercises for beginners.

  4. Brooke: Not On A Diet May 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Go you for trying something new! Like you mentioned, I love my DVD challenges. :)

    Also, I know how hard it is to post those types of pics! But like you said, why be ashamed of our bodies?! We worked hard to make them look this good!!

    • tessa May 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply

      So true! So far everyone has been so positive and supportive that I feel good about posting them now. I can’t wait to hear about your progress in a few weeks. :-)

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