Monday, January 9, 2012

Motivate Me Monday! What are your New Year Resolutions?

Let's Link Up for Motivate Me Monday!
I am co-hosting with Ashley and Whitney! Even if you didn't participate in this weeks can still link up and tell us about anything in your life that is fitness related!

Thanks to everyone who joined last week!
For Love of a Cupcake
Today's Challenge/Topic is : 
What are your New Years resolutions?
How do you plan on sticking to them?

Well ladies...
I have made a few fitness resolutions.

I mean...come on...I only have 9 MONTHS before my wedding day! EEK!!
I need to get into shape!! And it starts NOW!

I plan to...
Eat more FRUIT!
And plan on working out more!

How do I plan on keeping up with these resolutions?

I've already started eating more fruit. Every day for either one of my mid day snacks or for breakfast (sometimes both!) I eat this! 
Fat Free Greek Yogurt, Fruit, Granola

And this is my workout. I had E make me up a workout routine a couple years ago...and this whipped me into the best shape ever (come on...don't you think E knows what he's doing?!)! It's pretty generic but boy does it work! And don't worry...if you decide to try're not going to bulk up!If you are worried... Instead of doing more weight...a good way to tone up is doing less weight with more reps. Now...when I first read this routine...I actually had to google some of these exercises lol! Don't worry if you need to do the same!

Training Routine

Cycle: 4-Day Split, Two Days On, 1 Day Off, Two Days On, Two Days Off
Goal: Shape and Definition

Day 1: Chest /Triceps

Hammer Strength Bench Press (Machine)  3 x 12 reps
Bench Flies 3 x 12 reps


Kick outs 3 x 12 reps
Pushdowns (Triangle) 3 x 12 reps
Pushdowns (Rope) 3 x 12 reps


Crunches 4 x 25 reps

Day 2: Legs/Calves

Leg Press 3 x 10 reps
Stiff-Leg Deadlifts 3 x 10 reps
Leg Extension 3 x 12 reps
Leg Curls 3 x 12 reps
Toe Raises 6 x 15 reps

Day 3: Off

Day 4: Shoulders

Dumbbell Presses 3 x 12 reps
Dumbbell Laterals Raises 3 x 12 reps
Front Dumbbell Raises 3 x 12 reps
Crunches 4 x 25 reps

Day 5: Back/Biceps
Front Pulldowns 3 x 10 reps
One Arm Dumbbell Rows 3 x 10 reps
Seated Cable Rows 3 x 10 reps


Straight Barbell Curls 3 x 12 reps
Alternation Dumbbell Curls 3 x 12 reps
Machine Preacher Curls 3 x 12 reps
Crunches 4 x 25 reps

Day 6: Off

Day 7: Off

Note:  Though this routine looks deceptively simple (the heaviest weights aren't used), believe me, it’s not so easy. This routine looks to maximize your pump and your results. Keep your rest period between each to a minimum (no more than 75 seconds). It should produce nice shape, some size, and overall definition.)

I am so excited to start this workout routine again!
And if you've been keeping up with these MMM posts...a while back I took a photo of myself and will compare it to what I look like after this routine! (maybe I will post them!)

So I am super excited for next weeks challenge! Pinky over at Pink Persistence created an INSPIRATION BOARD last week! (click HERE to view her post about it).
Here is what it looked like.



Create your very own INSPIRATION BOARD! It can be a hard copy or a collage on the computer! (I might make both...we all know Pinterest is amazing!)

Do you have any ideas for one of our challenges??
Let me know!

Now let's link up...
Now grab the button and visit my co-hosts Ashley and Whitney!

Have a wonderful day!!


  1. hey girl! great work out plan!! i totally agree with less weights more reps.. :) :) thats what jays has me do at the gym too. works! :)

  2. This is a great work out plan! You can do it! Your breakfast/snack looks delicious!

  3. good luck with your work-outs! i know you can do it girlie and 9 months is more than enough time

  4. I have to do that too! I need to loose some weight for my wedding dress. Ahhh!

  5. girl, where do you need to lose weight? you look amazing already.

  6. Thanks for the follow on my blog! I hope you enjoy reading! This is a great idea, and I'm doing something similar so I'm linking up! =) See you next week!

    Sending you sunshine,

    Rachael @ You Me and Natalie

  7. what size weights are you using for your arms? I have 5 lb to start out with....


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