Yesterday I woke up at 7:15 am to begin day 1 of boot camp…again. You may remember me briefly mentioning joining a boot camp 6 or 7 weeks before my wedding. Well, I was so excited about finally finding a workout I actually enjoyed (even though it was tough) and was really looking forward to making it apart of my daily routine. But, along with a wedding comes a lot of craziness, so once my deal ran out (I bought a Morgan’s Deal to try out the camp…smaller version of Groupon), I didn’t renew for another month. Now that wedding planning is over, I finally committed to going back for my last couple of months in Austin.

If you are anything like me and hate working out because it’s difficult or boring or you think you are too out of shape, join a boot camp. You honestly won’t regret it. I have never been someone who enjoys exercise (though I wish with all my heart I was one of those people), but I have definitely found the right routine for me. It combines cardio and strength training, so you are getting an all over body workout that mixes things up and makes working out not boring (say what?!).ย  The trainer I work out with is great! He is definitely not the military drill sergeant you might find at other boot camps, which is what I love. He has a great capability to remember everyone’s name, and he is always encouraging (though he still pushes you to do the most you can do). If you need to take a break, take a break. He makes you feel very comfortable going at your own pace and tells you not to worry about the rest of the group. This works for me, but maybe it won’t work for you. There are several boot camps offered around Austin (did I mention these are all done outdoors? So you can enjoy the beautiful city AND get a nice tan while getting a hot bod?!). If you’re interested, contact me, and I’ll share with you more info! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have tried many other forms of exercise. Joining a gym and never going. Buying work out DVDs and never using them. Jogging around my neighborhood. Nothing has worked nearly as well as this has. There are certain times the classes run, so you are forced to fit it in your schedule. You have someone leading the work out, so you are forced to do specific exercises and keep working your body out. You are amongst a group of people who all have similar goals as you do and who are all getting their butt kicked, so there’s that encouragement. Every class is different, so you don’t get bored, and the time moves quickly. I hated watching the time slowly tick down on a work out DVD, and running has never been my favorite thing in the world. Do something that combines it all. The best part of it was after only a few DAYS of working out, I was getting stronger! I could never do a push up before, and now I can do 10 in a row (maybe a small feat for you, but a huge feat for me). I could actually see muscle definition in my arms, which I never could before. After the weeks around my wedding of not being active, I actually missed working out and my body felt the need to get back into it. My body may be crippled in soreness today, but it’s so worth it to be healthy and feel good about yourself. Just bite the bullet, and do it already! ๐Ÿ™‚

I obviously can’t snap photos during my work out, so here are some unrelated photos of our (healthy) dinner cooking on the grill in our backyard. Like I said before, I want to actively appreciate the small moments and everything life has to offer. It’s time to really enjoy our last weeks here with a backyard and a house and everything else I will miss about Austin. It’s time to make time to cook healthy dinners and enjoy quiet time together away from the computer and the TV as we begin our marriage. It’s time to be healthy, in our bodies and in our minds. Pursue your life with a passion!

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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