Get Fit Fast, Week 2: How to Overcome Your Fitness and Motivation Challenges

So here I am in my second week of my toning regimen and I have to admit, last week wasn’t my best. My goal was to get 30 minutes of cardio along with doing the Prevention Magazine workout, which I talked about in my introduction to the series, five days a week. In reality, I did three days of cardio (30 minutes on the treadmill walking mostly at around 3.5 mph with a slight incline) and I incorporated the workout two of those days (I did both workouts A and B).

I found each workout to be a challenging and (un)friendly reminder how badly I need to strengthen my muscles. Although that isn’t the best feeling, I look forward to my progress and to getting stronger each time.

Am I disappointed in not meeting my fitness goals last week? Yes, of course I am. I don’t know if anyone watches The Biggest Loser — that is one of my favorite TV shows, and this season is dedicated to “No Excuses.” I kind of adopted that as my mantra as well.

With a Little Help from My Friends

I could go on how and why I didn’t get all of my workouts in last week, but what good would it do? For me, I think about how this is a new week and I am going to move forward and not dwell on what didn’t happen last week and focus on positive energy moving forward.

So I have been thinking about how I can be successful in meeting my fitness goals the next six weeks before my vacation to Nashville with my husband (and no kids).

I have always done well with working out with another person, someone to hold me accountable and to make it more fun. So, this week I challenged my husband to commit to working out with me 3-4 days a week doing these couple-specific exercises. He has graciously accepted the challenge and although we haven’t done these exercises together yet this week, I am looking forward to starting this with my hubbs.

What Works for You?

So for this week, my exercise routine will specifically involve the following:

  • Monday: 30 minutes on the treadmill
  • Tuesday: Strength Training Workout A
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes on the treadmill and couple exercises with hubby
  • Thursday: Day off
  • Friday: 30 minutes on treadmill and couples exercises
  • Saturday: 30 minutes on treadmill and Strength Training Workout B
  • Sunday: Couples exercises

This is a pretty ambitious schedule — trust me I know: I have a 4 year-old daughter who really likes her mommy’s attention as well as my 5 month-old son (who also likes me a little). Getting the exercises in is going to be a challenge this week, but we are up for it. Wish us luck!

What are some of your fitness challenges and what are you doing to overcome them?

Photo credit: Panda.*

Other posts in this series:

Need to Get Fit Fast? Follow Along as I Try it Myself
Get Fit Fast, Week 3: My Favorite Workout-Friendly Foods