September 13, 2010

A Wedding Year Resolution

Last Friday marked one year until our wedding! It was then that I decided that I really need to start taking better care of myself. As luck would have it, the owner at the office I work at is currently doing a partnership with a local gym, and the gym was offering all employees free full unlimited memberships. Free, as in completely free as long as we work there. Free to use the gym, take the classes, and use the childcare center (for those who need it) completely free at no cost. This came as the perfect time and opportunity for me, as we're trying to watch every penny we're spending. A bunch of girls went and got our free memberships and have started working out after work. Last Friday was our first night going, and man was I sore afterwards. However, today (Monday) wasn't quite as bad. The eliptical was a little harder to push, but, Mandie and I ventured through a full half hour, and then some weight lifting and core building to top it off. Tomorrow we're going to start a Yoga-Lates class, which I am super excited about! If anyone is looking for a gym in the Joliet area, I definately reccomend Hometown Fitness in Plainfield on Route 59 and Renwick. The gym is small, yes, but its hardly ever too busy that you can't find something to do. And, its really affordable, even without a free membership.

We also started a Biggest Loser Competition at work. We are going to weigh in every Monday for the next ten weeks, and everyone is going to put $1 into a kitty each week. Then, at the end of the ten weeks, whoever loses the highest percentage of body weight, wins the kitty! That will end up being about $100! So, if that isn't motivation to use the free membership, I don't know what else is!

So, I'm going to challenge you, and I also encourage you to post your weights here each week, and I will do the same. We'll all be in this together! Try finding a buddy to go with. This is always what works best for me. Also, find a routine, such as going in between two different classes or after work. You don't even have to join a gym if you can't join one for free, which most college campuses offer. You can find cheap workout videos at second hand stores or simply start walking. The trick to losing weight is doing more activity than you normally do each day and making better food choices. Instead of eating that big brownie, maybe eat some strawberries and a snack size chocolate bar if you must. (That's my secret weapon, since I'm a huge chocolate bar fan.)

Well, my weigh in this morning was 157 pounds. What was yours!?

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