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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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It’s my day of birth!

Yay, today is my birthday! So far, it’s been pretty wonderful. I’ll update more tomorrow :) Until then, how about a gift from ME to YOU for my birthday?!

Below are three, yes, THREE different workouts that are great for when you can’t make it to the gym, or maybe you’re on the beach somewhere and want to kick your own butt with something other than a run on the beach. Whatever the case may be, I guarantee that these will get your blood pumping! Enjoy! (See below for links to websites demonstrating the moves).

For your reference, see below for some links to webpages that demonstrate some of the lesser-known exercises!

Shoulder Taps

Burpees

Lateral Jacks

Speed Skaters

Mountain Climbers

Jump Lunges

Plank to Pushup

V-Ups

Supermans

Until then, I’m off to twirl around in my awesome new apron my coworker gave me from Anthropologie  :) Have a wonderful day!

-Melissa

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