My January Weight Loss Plan

(Not me, but this woman looks so strong and tough!) Photo credit: Roman D.
We have a wedding to attend at the end of this month, so one of my short-term goals is to lose weight fast.  I’m not looking to shred a ton of weight, but I want to look and feel good in my own skin. Also, you know, pictures… definitely a motivating factor here.

Here’s my immediate fitness plan. After this month, I’ll transition to something more realistic to maintain, as this calls for six days each week. Four weeks of that is doable, but 52 weeks is a different story.

(Note: I don’t belong to a gym, so I made it a point to find workouts that relied on free weights, body weight, and resistance bands.)



For the cardio portion I’m doing a lot of walking. For one, I’m relying on my super awesome Fitbit Charge 2 to make sure I get my 10,000 steps every single day. Once I’ve reached that goal for the day, I’ll add a lap or two around the lake in our neighborhood (pleasant walk with a lot of adorable turtles and sassy ducks).

Sunday’s walk!
I really enjoy my walks. I’m not super fast, but I feel the burn regardless! It also gives me time to de-stress and listen to my audiobooks. Currently, I’m listening to My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem and loving it.

If it rains, I do this while I watch TV!



For the abs portion, I’m doing either my Pilates DVD or a number of online workouts I’ve found via both Pinterest and fitness blogs. This one always leaves me sweaty and gross, so it definitely works.

For arms, I’m going old school and doing the 30 day push-up challenge. I’m also doing a variety of arm workouts I’ve found online, like this one.

For legs, I always get a nice workout during my cardio sessions, but I sometimes supplement with a variety of lunges and squats.


Bottom line, though this particular phase of my health goal is short-term, I wanted to create a plan that was easy to follow, full of variety, and, therefore, achievable.

At the end of this month, I’ll post my overall weight loss. I’m excited to share the first part of my fitness journey with you!

What are your favorite workouts? Any strategies for sneaking in extra steps during the day?


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