Baby got back (and belly, and jiggly arms)

I admit it . I am getting chubby. My clothes are getting too tight and I would rather wear yoga pants because they don’t feel like they are strangling my legs or making me look like a sausage. There is clearly only one solution, aside from buying a new wardrobe, I must start working out and eating better. Sounds easy enough right?

The before picture makes me sad. So sad that I can’t bring myself to post it. Let me just say this…Chris, who is 5’11 and weighs 195 pounds and I have the same hip size. I am 5’2 and 140 pounds. I look like a pear.

I was working out in the summer using Jamie Eason’s program,and eating really well. I only lost a few pounds but I felt amazing and my pants could zip up without a fight. Jamie’s program lasts 12 weeks and is a lot of weight lifting with 30 minutes of cardio a day. She also provides a menu and some great recipes.

As much as I enjoyed it I got side tracked at week 6 when we went up to the cottage. Too many hamburgers and the lack of a gym caused me to derail.

I started to think that I needed to get back on track. Immediately after that I decided I needed a bowl of ice cream. These eating habits may be why things are getting a bit snug.

I didn’t want to start all over again so I started looking for a different solution and discovered the 30 x 30 program by Lauren Gliesberg. I chose it mostly because the program is 30 minutes a day for 30 days. Hence the 30 x 30 name.


30x30 Cover


For $13.50 I figured I would give it a try. I started yesterday and I must admit I thought it was going to be easy. It wasn’t. I was winded by the end of the first circuit. Turns out burpees are my arch nemesis. After 4 minutes of those I felt like I could throw up.

The whole routine took 23 minutes.

By the end of it I felt great. I felt like I had accomplished something.

The program includes pictures of all the exercises and has a workout/food journal.

I used to track everything I ate to make sure I didn’t consume too many calories. I am not as into that right now. It became a bit of an obsession and it was not healthy. This log just tracks what you eat so you can see your habits. No calorie counting.


There is also a section that says “Today I was great at…” I really like that. It gives you the chance to reflect on the positive things you have done throughout the day.

When I woke up this morning I was sore. But I was also excited to start day 2.

As much as I am doing this program for myself I am also doing it to be a good role model for my kids. It’s so easy for me to tell them not to be lazy and to go outside and play while I sit on the couch and eat chips. It’s time for them to see that being healthy takes work, commitment, and as much as I hate to admit it, it takes support from others to keep you motivated and on track.

I am not one to tell others about my fitness goals. I am not a fan of working out in front of people, even my husband. So why on earth am I writing about it? To keep myself accountable. In my mind if I tell other people I am going to do something then I have no choice but to complete it.

I will be posting an update once a week to show my progress.



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