As Tim Gunn Says…

Yesterday was just one of those days where a workout seemed almost impossible to fit in no matter how hard I tried. I was so ready to hit the gym hard after work – maybe get a longish jog in on the treadmill, row for a bit, attempt a few minutes of walking lunges – but it just was not in the cards. A monthly conference call wasn’t on my calendar and I didn’t find out about it until later in the morning, so I was kind of stuck. It was also an end-of-day call, so I knew I’d be lucky if I got out of here by 5pm and would only see the gym as I drove by it on my way home.

Of course I lamented about my dilemma on Twitter and of course my awesome Twitter friends pulled through for me. The awesome Whitney (@Whitgetsfit) suggested that I work out during The Biggest Loser finale. And a plan was born.

My husband left for work around 6:30pm, the baby went to bed at 7:30pm, and I started working out right at 7:40pm. I first did the upper body section of Jackie Warner’s Workout DVD, which I’m not too proud to tell you guys still had the shrink wrap on it…from three years ago. Whoops. The workout was actually great because it mixed strength training with short bursts of cardio. You may like it even more if you’ve watched Workout on Bravo (I did…remember, I’m a reality show ho!) and I just have to say: whoaaaaa Rebecca! Her little bikini top left little to the imagination, her lipgloss looked like it was applied by someone from Penthouse, and although her hair looked great, she looked like she was ready to go out instead of workout. There were also various ‘oh yeahhhhs’ and ‘that feels soo good’ that almost made me blush, but if you can get past all of that, you may like the variety of exercises and the trainers performing them.

That little workout lasted for 20 minutes and ended just as The Biggest Loser began. My plan was to do strength training during the show and then switch to cardio during commercials – for the entire hour – but that didn’t happen. 😉 I used my heart rate monitor to time myself on cardio and just did various moves during the commercial breaks for the first 15-20 minutes of the show. I’m glad I stopped when I did, because 9pm came fast and my body wasn’t quite tired enough to sleep right away. Not going to bed at a decent hour tends to be a problem for me since I wake up at way too early o’clock, but I managed to fall asleep around 9:30.

If you’ve made it this far with me – thanks for hanging in there. I do have a point here and I’m getting to it now. 🙂 It would have been very easy for me to just say “forget it, I’m not working out”, but I didn’t. I knew I had to do some weekend damage control and I didn’t want to let an unexpected conference call ruin my momentum or excitement of working out. I made it work.  I know it’s not always possible to find the time to workout, but for me, trying just a little harder made a huge difference. I really did want to just veg on the couch after the baby went to bed, but I want to lose weight even more

I know I won’t always win these little mental battles and there will be days when I will absolutely sit on the couch and watch tv, but it feels good to have a little victory under my belt. Kind of a way to remind myself later that I can do it…that I’ve already done it! Liz talked about Non-Scale Victories yesterday and I think I’ll add this one to my list.

Do you have any examples of how you’ve ‘made it work’ ? Let’s make Tim Gunn proud!




  1. I love his catch phrase 😀

  2. Good for you on finding the motivation to workout last night! I’ve been struggling with finding the time to workout lately too. I found a 12 minute tabata plyometrics workout from Jill Coleman onDemand that I love, but I was looking for something different. I ordered Tracey Mallett’s 6 minute quick blast book from Amazon yesterday. The idea is that you do your workouts in 6 minute intervals and do them whenever you have time in your day. I’m hoping to do one in the morning, another one or two while dinner is cooking and then I can enjoy evening TV guilt-free 🙂

  3. Veronica says:

    Great blog post. So many days lately I have been using the excuse not to go to the gym after a hectic day. I need a plan B. Investing in a good workout DVD would work. Thanks for the kick in the butt!

  4. WOW! That’s awesome, Elyse! I’m going to have to come back to your Half Marathon training schedule when I get to that point! It looks awesome!

  5. This is something I need to work on. I am not great about working out at home – our only TV is downstairs and it makes me self conscious to do it with hubby nearby on the computer. I need to get over it!

  6. Great job!! I suffer from intense guilt if I don’t do 3.5 miles a day. As for going the gym..I truly truly enjoy that, so there is no chance in heck I’ll miss it! I admire that even though it was a struggle you did it girl. This was a NSV, and you should be very proud!

  7. What a great post and a great reminder!

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