My workout routine & Must-reads

Question of the month: How often do you work out? What’s your preferred method of exercise?

My optimal formula to achieve and maintain my goal weight is: Low-carb diet + workout 3 times a week. Unfortunately – once you fall off the fitness wagon, it’s hard to get back on track. I’m still not where I want to be – but I’m getting there. I’m currently eating healthy around 4 days out of 7, and working out twice a week.

I work out on our Life Fitness Elliptical Machine. We invested in a professional-quality machine for our home rather than purchasing gym memberships. This was a great choice for us – my husband and I both use it when the kids are asleep. I do a 25 minute session in intervals (1.5 minutes slow, 1 minute full-speed) while catching up on Youtube vidoes. If I’m feeling energetic after my cardio (which has not been the case recently…) I do this ab routine.

What’s your fitness routine? Do you work out regularly?


  1. Shadowy Lady
    January 31, 2013 / 6:56 pm

    I work out now more than I ever have even with a 5 months old in the house. I was motivated first to get my muscle definition back and now I actually enjoy working out.I work out 5-6 times a week. It's a combination of interval training DVD's, group exercise and boot camp as well as salsa dancing.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 4:38 am

      That's so inspiring! I can't wait to get to the "enjoying working out" stage…I'm still at the "happy when I'm done stage" which is better than nothing I guess LOL!

  2. Sam
    January 31, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    My preferred method of working out is definitely going to the gym (I need to get out of the house) and taking a class – any class will do! I switch it up to from Yoga, to kick boxing, to ab classes – it's about what I'm in the mood for and what works with my timing.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 4:40 am

      All that variety sounds lovely! I remember trying out so many different classes at my work gym (pre-kiddies)…from kick boxing to spin and yoga. But now – if I have to go out of the house to exercise, it probably won't happen LOL!

  3. Lilly
    February 1, 2013 / 12:32 am

    So true – it's very hard to get back on track, which is totally the case with me. But watching YouTube while on the treadmill did help me stay on it longer 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 4:42 am

      YouTube is AMAZING 🙂 I used to listen to hip hop music – now I just put 2 or 3 videos on…and by the time I'm done watching, workout is done – EASY 🙂

  4. alison*elle
    February 1, 2013 / 12:58 am

    I so wish I had my own elliptical… that's one of the reasons I even go to the gym! If I had the space I'd get an elliptical and set up my own weights and I'd be good to go right in the comfort of home!xo, alison*elle

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 1, 2013 / 4:44 am

      It has made a huge difference being able to workout easily at home. We were debating between a treadmill and an elliptical – but decided the elliptical would be a better investment because it has less impact on our joints – which is better in the long run.

  5. Mehreen
    February 1, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    im with you on the eatling low carb…its what works for me too…but oh how i love carbs!wish i "loved" working out…. but i'm not there

  6. Kristen
    February 4, 2013 / 9:57 pm

    i've been telling the hubs that as soon as we get our own place we need to buy either an elliptical or a treadmill. i hate going to the gym but i would totally work out while i watched tv.

  7. Kristine Remsen
    April 22, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    I usually go with a high-protein/low carb diet, two days of workout, and another two days for roadwork. I found it easy to not fall out of practice, probably because I usually hit the gym after work since it’s in the same building. There’s also a pool, which I use sometimes in lieu of a workout day or roadwork. :)Kristine Remsen

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