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The Workout Challenge

In my quest to build up muscle and lower my overall body fat, I decided that I should brainstorm some sort of reward-based system to help me stick to my workout goals. I like rewards. I also like to have accountability with my workouts (hence group boot camp sessions), so I enlisted my husband to join me in this little endeavor. We decided that every week, we would plan what workout we would do each day (gym, boot camp, bike ride, etc), and if we were able to stick to the plan perfectly, then each of us got $10 to put in our “gift pot.” That means that by the end of each month, we could each potentially have $40 in our Gift Pots! Then, we would buy fun gifts for each other out of the money earned. So if I am super diligent and meet my goals EVERY week, then there will be $40 for Preston to use to buy me something special! It motivates us to work out, plus gives us fun money to spend on gifts for each other. Also, there’s a little competition in there to have more money in your pot than your spouse :)

So, I decided to share my workout plan with you guys for EXTRA accountability! Feel free to donate $10 to my Gift Pot as well, if I stick to these goals. Ha.

This week is “off week” for my boot camp, so most of my exercises will have to be at the gym or at home. Since I was out all last week with HORRIBLE allergies, I’m fairly certain that this workout schedule will kick my hiney. Good riddance, hind quarters.  I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on my progress as the week goes on!

What are some of the ways you keep yourself motivated to workout?

Talk to you guys soon!
-Melissa

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Post-birthday post!

You guys, I had such a wonderful birthday! Normally, I am not a big fan of my birthday. I love celebrating everyone else’s big day, but the attention that comes with my own birthday always makes me just a little uncomfortable. My husband knew this and set out to make sure that I had the best birthday yet, and he definitely succeeded (although I told him the ONLY thing that would have made it any better was if we had a four-legged friend joining us…but maybe next year :)).

It started when I came back from Florida to a SPOTLESS house, a car that had been cleaned and detailed by Preston himself, and a kitchen counter full of balloons, gifts, and cupcakes (my favorite flavors even!)

Please note the Justin Bieber balloon. It wouldn’t be like my husband to not do something funny when trying to be sweet :) His gift was also in a JB gift bag, too. That’s why I love him.

Yesterday, April 30, was my actual birthday, and it was truly a wonderful day. I had to work, but my department took me out to lunch and my wonderful coworker Sally got be the cutest apron from Anthropologie! I have been wanting this yellow apron for MONTHS, so needless to say I was excited (and didn’t take it off for the majority of the day)! After work, I came home and was finally able to open my gifts! I got workout tops, makeup & shoes from the families, and new tennis shoes from Preston! He bought be two pairs, and I can’t decide between the two. I have to make a decision soon, though, because I DESPERATELY need new ones!

After gift opening, it was time for my surprise dinner. Preston took me to Bob’s Steak & Chop, which is one of the BEST and nicest steakhouses (and restaurant in general). I was so excited! Bob’s was located inside of the new Omni Hotel, which Preston worked on last summer while it was being built. The hotel was gorgeous, and we got there a little before our reservations so that we could grab a drink at the hotel bar and look around for a bit. We stumbled across this cute outdoor patio with great views of downtown Dallas, so we decided to stop there and enjoy our drinks.

My sweet husband :)

Our view while enjoying our drinks

Then came dinner, which was phenomenal! I didn’t take any pictures because it was SO dark in there (gotta love ambiance), but trust me, it was delicious. We got Caesar salads, steaks, potatoes, and a surprise Birthday dessert that was some kind of Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae wonderfulness. We almost had to be rolled out of there, we were so full, but man was it worth it!

My 26th birthday could not have been any better, and I owe it in large part to my awesome husband. He really made me feel special :)

Today, it’s back to the real world…can you believe it’s already MAY? That’s crazy to me. I started the day off with a late breakfast consisting of coffee and a Dark Chocolate ThinkThin bar, because I was still fairly full from dinner (I’m not kidding, we ate a lot). I also just polished off lunch, which consisted of a random compilation of 2 eggs, a whole wheat seeded English muffin from Whole Foods, and some leftover chicken and brie from my birthday lunch yesterday. Delicious (despite how it looks!)

Tonight, it’s back to the workout grind at boot camp, followed by a fun birthday dinner with some friends from my old job :) It’s so hard to stay healthy on your birth-week, but I’ll do my best!

What was the best birthday you ever had? Do you like celebrating your own birthday?

Talk to you soon!
-Melissa

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