1. Thank you! Yes, staying hydrated is one of the most crucial things when working out! Never hurts to reiterate it though!

    1. These are tips that have worked for others, and I’m positive they will work for you too! Any advice I get I’ll share in a post 🙂

  1. I need to lift more weights. I have been doing a few miles a day on the elliptical, and I have switched to a whole-foods plant based diet. Only real food; I don’t eat anything from a box!

    1. That’s great you’re hitting the elliptical! I have to work at doing that! I’m used to the treadmill. I use it every time I work out, 15 minutes of walking, building up until I’m almost to a jog! Then I hit the weights. I love the release of adrenaline from lifting weights! Good for you on eating real food! One thing I’m aggressively working on doing

  2. I agree on keeping track on your exercise. It will be rewarding to see the progress when you hit the goal. You can also use it to motivate yourself that you are making progress 🙂

    1. I’m already seeing some slight changes in my appearance. I feel that it’s only going to get better! Thank you for your response! Stay tuned for more progressions!

  3. It is so true, you need to look at each of your gains and keep moving forward. Sometimes it is hard to see progress in the beginning.

  4. Fitness and weight loss is such a journey. It’s good to find motivators along the way. Definitely keep up with the hydration and good luck!

  5. Hydration is KEY in so many areas of our lives! I try my best to drink the amount of water I’m supposed to but some days it doesn’t happen and I can tell!! OOPS!!

    1. I’ve slipped on drinking my quota of water as well a time or two. It happens! The key is to just get back on track!

  6. I’m hoping that I can get my butt into the gym this week. It has been over 6 months and I have to start over. It is worth it but it has been discouraging dealing with health problems.

    1. ah yes….the bad health problems! I’m sorry you’re dealing with them! Maybe ask your doctor what you can do to work around them? Just a suggestion! I have to use my foam roller on my back every night before bed, as well as ice when needed. Works wonders!

  7. “Keep pushing yourself.” – I’ll keep this in mind because I stopped exercising after only a day because of muscles pains. LOL. Thanks for all the tips!

    1. I found that by drinking a protein shake within an hour of working out and one before bed, my muscles are recovering quicker! I think there are pictures on google on how to use a foam roller to massage the achy muscles! Upping my water intake I feel is helping with recovery as well

  8. My stack is just shy of halfway. I’m getting close to where I want on my running and am ready to start strength training again.

    1. Thank you! The key is to work certain muscle groups on different days (ex: chest and triceps day 1, back and biceps day 2, etc). Start off LIGHT, to work on proper form, then work your way up, weight wise. You’re going to be sore, and that’s ok! That means you worked them muscles! If you have a Planet Fitness nearby, I suggest joining there. They have knowledgeable trainers who will be more than happy to assist! You can do it!

    1. Yes stay hydrated! Little known fact: staying hydrated during the cold months is just as important! Thank you for the well wishes! With the support from people like you and my family I’ll do great!

  9. I wish I could do some of these exercises you’ve been doing. However, upon advice of my doctor, I am not allowed any strenuous exercises. I am currently at my ideal weight so all I have to do is maintain. I walk a lot, that is my daily exercise. I wish you well in your journey!

    1. I’m glad you’ve consulted with your doctor on doing more strenuous exercises and they’ve advised you. Most people wouldn’t go to their doctor, then injure themselves. You’re walking for exercise and that’s amazing too!

  10. Exercise or going to a gym is an important thing to do. We will be physically fit and healthy as well.

  11. It’s been so long since I last went to the gym. I think it’s awesome that you’re focusing on your health. That’s my goal too, which is why I’ve been following a whole 30 diet since the year started and it’s been amazing!

    1. Good for you! I’m just beginning to feel at home at the gym, mostly because of how it’s laid out. The old gym I used to go to was small and it was laid out well

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