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2010 Couple Goal: Exercising and Being More Active

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We're trying to reach our health goals with sustainable change. It's been hard to make some changes and I still have to make myself keep to my exercise routine, but it's easier when you do it as a team.


Biking is a great option and I'm on the hunt for a bike.


My Fitness Goals

By mid June, I'd like to:

So not only do I want to lose a bit of weight, I'm trying to get more muscle. changing and improving our diet is a huge help and I hope to complement it with an exercise routine.

I'd also love to increase my energy levels, sleep better, and become more flexible.

His Fitness Goals

My husband's goal is to lose a 1lb/week until he gets down to his ideal weight. Right now he's ahead of schedule and he's losing 1-2lbs/week. He'd like to be under 200lbs by mid June.

He's mainly focusing on controlling what he's eating. He hasn't developed a work out routine and knows that's something he has to get done to help him reach his goals.

How I Work Out

My focus with working out is being consistent with the routine. I want to be able to keep my habits after I reach my weight goal, so I focused on getting practical routines.

Two Minute Jump-start

The Belly Off Diet has a quick routine that is great for me on weekday mornings, no matter how pressed for time I am. It's only 2 minutes and it's a little jump-start to my day. For those curious, here's the 2 minute routine:

I'm using the beginner rountine over at Nerd Fitness. My biggest problem is time. What I've tried to do is get some exercise in very day, whether it's structured or not. Steve's plan is great and very easy to follow (but not do – it's definitely a workout!)

If you want to skip out on the video, here's the routine:

  • 20 body weight squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 walking lunges
  • 10 dumbbell rows (using a gallon milk jug)
  • 15 second plank
  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • I'd say pretty successful with keeping my workouts, but I've skipped some days.  To improve it, I'm trying to incorporate in the middle of my work day as a way to energize myself. I can't always fit a workout first thing in the morning and after 5pm I don't feel like working out unless I have a partner.

    I'm also trying to get more activities included into my workouts. I'm not a big gym person and I like to mix things up a bit and I'm walking and jogging more. There are plenty of parks around Raleigh and we're really close to one that also includes a bike trail. I'm searching on Craigslist for a decent used bike and trying out that since the weather is getting nicer.

    Your Thoughts on Fitness

    Nerd Fitness is a great resource for me and if you're looking for information onbodyweight exercising, join the rebellion. I'd like to get your thoughts on improving your fitness. What's your favorite way to stay fit? What has been the hardest for you?

    Photo Credit: Dustin Diaz

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