Motivation Monday

Got my mojo back this week after a somewhat off week the week before. I did my usual favorite classes, but also mixed it up a little.  Matt and I are actually having a little weight loss competition right now, although we are still trying to figure out how to actually measure the weight loss.  We initially said that the winner would be whoever lost the most weight (percent weight loss) by July 31st, but now we are considering measuring in inches.  Reason being that we are both focusing more on strength training, which means we are both gaining muscle, and we know that muscle weighs more than fat, so we’re skeptical whether “pounds lost” is the best way to determine progress.  So anyways, we are still going back and forth on whether we are going by percent weight lost or inches lost.  Either way, the competition is on!  Winner gets a $100 gift card to Lululemon, and you know I want that! We are also both reading a really great book called The 4×4 Diet by Erin Oprea, a trainer and nutrition coach located in Nashville, who also just happens to be Carrie Underwood’s trainer, among other country celebrities. I’ve followed her on Instagram for awhile now, and I was excited to pick-up her book. It’s full of tons of great information, all backed by legit research and science. Lady knows what she’s talking about. I highly recommend checking this book out.

 Stats from last week:

 Monday 5/16: 40 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph) and 20 minutes of strength training on my own, focusing on chest and back and some abs

Tuesday 5/17: 25 minutes on the treadmill (5.8-6.0 mph) followed by a 30 minute step class

Wednesday 5/18: 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 45 minute power yoga class

Thursday 5/19: 20 minutes on the treadmill (5.6-5.8 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (mostly strength training with some short cardio intervals thrown in, and while this is usually a great class, I didn’t get a very challenging workout in this time…whah, whah, whah.)

Friday 5/20: Today was hilarious and awesome…Matt and I did a 50 minute, full body workout together that kicked our booties! We mixed some Tabata with strength training circuits and really challenged ourselves (using a lot of the techniques and moves from The 4×4 Diet). This would have never happened a year ago. I don’t think I’ve ever come straight out and mentioned it on here, but if you have followed along for awhile, you’ve probably seen the evidence in the pictures for sure. Matt has lost around 60 pounds over the last 2 years or so, and he has kept it off for probably over a year now. When we first started dating 11 years ago, we worked out together all the time, then Matt took a 10 year hiatus. Now he’s back in the gym and working hard and the results are definitely evident. So anyways, today was cool because I never thought I’d see the day where we were doing high intensity, challenging workouts together. Exercising with your spouse is fun and definitely motivating! In fact, I should totally get Matt to do a “Motivation Monday” post some time!

Saturday 5/21: 60 minute session at OrangeTheory Fitness, so you KNOW I got a good, full body workout

Sunday 5/23: Woke up sick…bleh. Pretty much rested all day, but did take a very low impact stroll around the neighborhood. It was such a gorgeous day too…so bummed to spend it inside:(

Happy Monday, y’all! It’s gorgeous outside (at least here in Tennessee), so get out there and enjoy it!

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