Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Project 10: Week One

Week one and I was not entirely successful. My goal was to work out 6 times in 7 days, and I did not reach that goal.  I do have an excuse... because we all need to use excuses... right???

I have been working out regularly for 2 months. Regularly, but not enough. I only work out 2-3 times per week and do not get nearly enough exercise the rest of those days to consider myself a fit person. So, after my post last week and committing to work out 6 times, my fitness studio informed me that my regular Friday night and Saturday morning classes were cancelled! And she NEVER cancels.

So, I learned a lesson: you need a backup plan. And because I did not want excuses to get in my way, I came up with that plan.

I work out twice per week doing circuit training at the fitness studio (and also at the studio twice per week doing Zumba). I have come to really love the circuit training. While the Zumba is fun and keeps my heart pumping, the circuit training is where I really see and feel a difference in my body.

These are the workouts that I really want to concentrate on, but unfortunately life just gets in the way sometimes where I can not get to the studio. My husband is running late from work, I have to work, there is a chorus recital, there is a dance recital... yada, yada, yada.

And this is where I created my backup plan. I needed to be able to set up a circuit at home for days I could not make it to the studio. I spent 2 days online researching my favorite circuit exercises. I created cards to lay out at stations for myself:

Circuit training works with very little equipment, so I made sure to pick exercises that only utilized the equipment that I already owned:

I then downloaded an app for my iPhone and iPad that would play my music and guide me through my own workout with audible commands: Circuit Timer by Vova Galchenko.

And, voila... no more excuses. I am now set up to do my circuit training at home if I need to.

You may be wondering why I don't just do my circuit training at home all the time. Well, let's just say I am not a self-motivator. If my wonderful friend, Tina, pulls into my driveway to pick me up to go workout... I am going. If I am looking at pile of laundry, a fridge of cold beer, a computer screen... and whatever other distractions I have at home, the chances are WAY less likely that I will go change into my sweats and start working out. 

Now go visit all the other wonderful ladies progressing through Project 10 and see if you can learn any tips from them....


  1. This is fantastic!! What a great way to set yourself up to succeed - I need to do something like this for myself!!

  2. WOW!! That is great! I totally need to do something like this as well. Heck I need to do anything. But what a great idea! Love it.