Monday, May 23, 2011

Starting A New Fitness Program!

My weight has been an up and down struggle for me since my early teen years. I am sure there are plenty of people out there who can relate to that. My senior year of high school I got tired of being chunky and lost 25 pounds to get to 128 pounds. No crazy fad diets, I just cut out junk food and soda and kept my portions under control. I felt awesome and I was able to stay around 130 for quite a few years after that. Once I got married the weight started to creep back on and by the time I became pregnant with our first son in 2004, I was 142. Two years later when I started my pregnancy with our twins, I was 152. And by the end of that pregnancy I was up to about 190. Fortunately the weight always came off really quickly for me with nursing and being on a dairy/soy free diet for my infants. However once I start eating all foods again, the weight gain starts once more. When I got pregnant with our 4th son in 2009, I was the heaviest I had ever been hovering near 160. And at 5'4", that is not a healthy weight for me.

My youngest in now almost 18 months old and I am weighing in at 145 pounds. Honestly, that is not too bad considering I have had 4 babies in 5 years (3 pregnancies). Losing and keeping baby weight off is hard enough and on top of that I just kept having more babies which didn't do anything positive for my weight or body. And I swear there are some parts of my body that look like they exploded post-children. It is yucky and I want to do something about it. My biggest problem is finding the time to exercise with 4 children. They are usually up by 6:00am and then it is non stop go-go-go until they are all asleep at 8:00pm. Even though 3 of them are in school for 2.5 hours in the morning, I still have the little guy home with me and he is pretty much attached to me. {sigh} So breaking out my Wii Fit or a 45 minute workout DVD is not really an option. The only time I have to myself is at night and once 8:00pm rolls around I am way too exhausted to exercise.

So when I was given the opportunity to try out the 20 Second Fitness Program I jumped at it. This program guarantees that with just 4 minutes of intense exercising every day, you can see results. Well 4 minutes is definitely something I can work into my busy schedule. It is called 20 Second Fitness because you do each exercise in 20 second intervals. The program consists of 6 DVDs, set of resistance bands, jump rope, food guide and a wall calendar to track your progress.


I really am so excited to get started with this and plan on sharing the journey and my progress here with you. Today is Day 1 for me so I will be doing my workout a bit later and I'll try to follow up tomorrow with how it went and some more information on the workout. I don't plan on posting every single day because that would be a bit much but I do plan on posting at least once a week and more if I can.

Right now I am going to share the most difficult thing I have ever shared on this blog, my measurements and a before picture. I apologize for the blurriness, my husband took these last night with my iPhone while we were both exhausted after the twins' birthday party. Sorry, no bare belly pictures or anything, no one needs to see that.

Weight: 145 lbs
Waist: 34.5"
Hips: 40"
Thigh: 23"
Arm: 11"

You can kind of see that post-child belly a little bit and that is one thing I desperately want to get rid of. Before kids I had a pretty flat belly but like I said, some areas just exploded and won't go back. My goal is to get down to around 130 pounds and shed some inches. I think fifteen pounds is very attainable and I am really optimistic that this routine will work for me and help me get into shape again. Stay tuned!

Check out these other great bloggers who are using 20 Second Fitness!
Maggie at My Little Review Corner
Paula at Frosted Fingers
Shasta at Faithfully Frugal and Free
Rachel at Yellow Tennessee
Kim at What's That Smell?
Alison at Being Alison

I was given a 20 Second Fitness Program kit free of charge in order to try it out and report back on my progress. I received no monetary compensation and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Always check with your doctor first before starting any fitness routine or program.


  1. I actually think you look pretty good.

  2. I'm with Penelope -- I wouldn't think you overweight at all from those pics!

  3. You ladies are so nice, thank you! I hide it well under my clothes. ;) Honestly though I am much more concerned about the extra inches on my stomach, hips and thighs than my actual weight number.

  4. You are beautiful inside and out! Still, I know this took some big balls to post! Let me know how you like the videos. I need to lose 3X as much as you do and I could use a few good ideas! : )


  5. Good luck I can't wait to see your progress!!!!

  6. I never realized we are the same height! Good luck Marianna. Can't wait to follow your progress!


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