Archive | June, 2012

Trying New (and fun!) Workouts

11 Jun

I recently purchased a 6lb. weighted ball (not exactly the same as a medicine ball but similar) from Target for about $17. Talk about fun! I love this so much as an alternative to weights. I mean, it’s a ball!! It’s automatically fun. 🙂 The ball came with a dvd of 2 short workouts and a link to another free workout.


In addition to those three I found that the wonderful world wide web had even more, different, fun and most importantly, free workouts. I googled “medicine ball” workout and then I sorted the results by time, 20 minutes or more and..Tada! YouTube to the rescue.

This is a GREAT workout. Remember to stretch because there is no stretch included at the end of the workout. I forgot to stretch my abs and I’m still feeling it three days later!

If you don’t have a weighted ball you could substitute a gallon of water or something similar and modify some of the exercises (you’ll see what I mean if you glance at the video).

I love this workout because it works out the upper body and areas that I miss when I just do elliptical and jogging.



6 Jun

But not the Kelly Rowland kind… Lol

Since last night I completely flaked on my after work workout I figured it was time to let you in on my workout journey.   Since about February I have been, more consistently than not, working out. Thanks to inspiration from my dad, my boo, and motivation from my co-wos who started inviting me along on their trips to the gym.

One co-wo invited me to join in on some classes at the gym, LA Fitness in Rockville MD. We took a step cardio class, a kickboxing class, and my least favorite: a spinning class. My butt hurt for days!! We were encouraging one another to stay on track and it was a lot of fun.

I was doing pretty well with my home workouts but I wanted to get out of the house and try some machines.  I decided in March to buy a membership at my local gym: Spunk Fitness!

I started out doing the Spunk 30 circuit workout and making the elliptical my best friend. I think I started at 30 minutes, increased my time to 45 and some days even completed 60 minutes all on the elliptical. Other workouts included yoga or cardio videos from

What motivates me: (Write down your own list because you’ll need to refer to it when that couch feels so good…)

  • The feeling you get AFTER you’ve completed a workout, even the 15 minute ones feel great.
  • The high fives from my friends
  • Feeling energized
  • Looking slimmer
  • Being tired of starting over, starting over, starting over.  This is it!
  • Staying healthy (No prescriptions!!)
  • Hot fun in the summer time (Not being self-conscious in a swim suit)
  • No Spanx EVER!
  • – I use the website sometimes but I love the the iPhone app.  It’s a free online calorie counter and diet plan.  My friends on MFP are a lifesaver and they push me to keep up with them!!  Love it!


Spunk Fitness Sterling, VA: It was raining.  I fought laziness and it was packed in there!!


Spunk Fitness Silver Spring, MD: Working my BFF Miss Elliptical!! I love the elliptical, burns calories so fast. I choose a program that changes incline and resistance, directions of pedaling and tells me to either push or pull with my arms. This workout feels so good!


Sunday morning: I streamed Jesus online (watched church from the web, Reid Temple! lol) and then went to the gym.  Three people in the whole place! No one in the weights section so I tip toed on over and finally started lifting!!


Stretching this afternoon!!  Because I had to run to an appointment, I checked out the gym in my apartment complex.   It was right there!  I can’t believe I’ve been living here for 10 months and never went over there! Probably because it was recently renovated but during my initial tour it looked like a crime scene waiting to happen… As you can see, it’s much nicer now (and the tv has OWN) lol!