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As stated in my Small Successes post, I began to workout, consistently, again this week. This has been a long time in coming. I hate to admit it, but I weigh the most I have ever weighed (except when pregnant). I have been eager to start to work out regularly again, but kept on putting it off because I was so tired because A had been waking up 2-3 times a night. As my clothes became tighter, I finally resolved to start.

This past week I started a workout and eating program called Transformation. It was started by Bill Phillips and is based on his Body for Life program. I was introduced to Body for Life years ago and actually completed the Challenge before I got married. I was the thinnest, healthiest and the most energetic I had ever been. I felt great. But, with the birth of my first came added weight and the loss of desire to workout with the intensity I had before.

The Transformation challenge consists of 18 weeks and several assignments. You workout 6 days a week; 3 days cardio, 3 days weight training. With this "program" you also learn to eat better. You eat foods in specific portions and you eat 5-6 times a day. The seventh day (Sunday) is a "free day" . . . on your free day you do not exercise and you do not have to follow the eating program.

Since starting this week, I have been so energized. Partly because I am just so excited to be on a regular exercise routine and partly because I am already gaining more energy. I have been waking up at 6 Am to workout first thing in the morning.

I love this program because it helps me to be very structured with my workouts. I will admit, I do not feel I have a great deal of will power and if I just said "I will workout this week", I would probably go for a walk for 5 min (or a leisurely stroll) and say "I exercised!!" The structure of the Mon, Wed, Friday weight training and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday cardio, plus with set reps and intensity levels makes me rise to the occasion, instead of settling for barely raising my heart rate.

Also, I love the eating program. When I completed Body for Life in the past and now again, it forces me to be more intentional about my eating. I plan all of my meals, not just dinner. I have been using the Eating for Life Cookbook and Saving Dinner. Both have great recipes that are healthy (and that my kids love too!!!).

So, wish me luck! I am posting this, partially, to help keep me accountable to it!


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