Week 2 of this routine, and I am still really liking it. Hoping to stick with it for 4-6 weeks, and then grab the next routine from that site. There are 3, so I could potentially keep myself on routines through the year.

Day 1 (aka arms) planned to do spin first. Snoozed, telling myself I could do just 45 of spin. By the time I was at the gym, I would have only made 30 min. Instead, I did 20 on an elliptical, and 20 on an inclined treadmill between a 3 and 9 incline. For the arms, I added bench presses, back arm over the head things, and tricep extensions.
1 hr 13 min, 540 cal.


Day 2 of week 2, I snoozed longer than I should have and missed spin class. Again. Ended up going to the gym by my work. I really like the layout there. I did the 5 minute warm up on tue stepper, at a level 5. Then I did the ab exercises, followed by 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. After that I added some more abs, using the machines. I did that one where you hold yourself up on your elbows and crunch your legs up from hanging to a sitting position. Then I did a forward bend with 60 lbs, and obliques with 48 lbs. 3 sets. I did 5 reps for the hanging crunches, in each set. For the other two, I did 12 reps each, including both sides for the obliques. 1 hr 2 min 470 cal.

Pretty sure I will still have another gain this week, as I’m not tracking and I know I have been going over. I have been telling myself that after my friends’ wedding, I will knock it off and get serious. I believe I plan to start that on Sunday. Until then I am still keeping with this program, so that I have something good going on for exercise.


Day 3 was not an easy feat.  I had the rehearsal dinner last night, for my friends’ wedding.  Didn’t get to bed until about 1:30.  I had lofty dreams of getting up at 5, just like a normal day, and going to spin class.  Ha!  I ended up snoozing til after 7.  I was somehow able to not talk myself out of going.  Made some coffee and got to the gym.  Did a 5 minute warm up on the stepper, doing the fat burning plus program at a level 5.  Gets the heart rate going well.

Did the leg routine, and unfortunately the Pittsford gym doesn’t have the lying leg lift machine.  I looked around for a substitute.  Attempted a very awkward attempt at using resistance bands, which probably evoked some laughs from any onlookers.  Then I found  leg weights that looked like they were from the 1970’s.  I strapped those bad boys on and did the best I could.  Even though this day of the routine doesn’t call for cardio, I ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes.  Started at a 4.5.  About 1/2 way through I went to a 4.7.  In the last minute, I went to a 5, and for the last 30 seconds, sprinted it out at a 6.

Then I went to go through a series of other leg machines, just adding in more leg exercises.  This routine is definitely beginner, so I am just adding extra reps on other machines, and I figure that each week I can just choose some random machines.  Do 3 reps on any machines I pick and do what I can to work out that area.   58 min 477 cal.  Not exactly going to melt off the chocolate raspberry torte from last night, but it keeps me from feeling like I am in a free fall.  I know my eating is not where I want it to be, but my exercise is still happening and I am definitely committed to turning around the nutrition after this week.

My friends are getting married today, and I could not be more excited.  They are two of the greatest people. They love unconditionally, they are humble, honest, loyal, and beautiful.  I am honored that I get to stand with them and celebrate in their love for each other.  Not many people get to have that in their life, and when two people find that it is always a wonderful thing to appreciate.  L’chaim.


All in all this week was fantastic, exhausting, and full of giving in to temptations with all the events, dining out, late nights, etc.  I still kept up with my workout routine, but that was the end of giving in for me.  I am lucky the 3 lbs gain wasn’t 10.  Now as much as I don’t want to have to be tracking everything, I am going back to it.  My commitment is to track on WW through the end of the year.  I will get to 75 lbs and I will get beyond it, on to 100 and to goal.

This was an amazing week, with my close friends getting married.  I couldn’t have asked for things to go better for them.  Now to clean my house and get back to a life without weddings.  I haven’t been in many weddings, or even attended many, but it really does take over your life.  It does it in the best way possible, but I will be glad for an end to all the fantastic (but not so healthy) eating and drinking.

I am really glad I kept the exercise up, so that I wasn’t in a complete free fall.  I want to add more cardio to the routine, which I hope to do this week.  This has been a fantastic summer, an incredible wedding and despite all the ups and downs in my weight, it was totally worth it.

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