When I was engaged and planning my wedding, I realized I wanted and needed to get in shape. At the time, I was in my last year of law school, and for awhile, fitness and healthy eating just had not been a priority of mine. As my wedding date drew near, I started getting nervous about wearing a white dress (which isn’t the most flattering color on someone as pale as myself) and walking down the aisle in front of family and friends. I wanted to look my best, and I knew that I really needed to focus on my workout routine.
The problem was, I didn’t have a work-out routine. What’s a girl with a limited budget and limited time to do? I had access to my school’s gym, but using it wasn’t as convenient as I needed it to be. I searched and searched for ideas on the Internet. I knew I wanted to combine some strength training with cardio. Finally, I stumbled on the book Buff Brides written by Sue Fleming. It was so helpful!
The book was very well organized and provided specific directions for weight training. It was organized into a 24 week program and a 12 week program for those who find themselves in a time crunch. The book provides steps and illustrations to complete each exercise. Since I knew next to nothing about strength training, I found the illustrations and directions very helpful. In addition to the information on strength training, the book also provided suggestions for combining strength training with cardio. Because Buff Brides was so user friendly, I ended up following the program right up until my wedding using the exercises in the book and usually walking at a fast pace for my cardio. I did have to purchase some equipment: hand weights, an exercise ball, ankle weights, and a step platform. However, I could work out at any time in my own apartment. Sometimes, I was finishing my workout at 1:00 a.m.
Now there is apparently a DVD for those who prefer something like that to using the book, but the book is still available. Sue has also written other books for getting into shape, but I have not used those.
Several weeks ago, I had a baby, and so getting back into shape is constantly on my mind. Wish me luck! I’m starting back on the Buff Brides program next week, even though I’m not planning a wedding:) That’s how much I enjoyed it years ago!
Here’s the reason I’m out of shape. I think it’s a pretty good one:)
What are your tips for getting into shape?
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Please join us Saturday, March 3rd, from 10:30 – Noon for a book signing at the Smith-Byrd House in Prattville. If you or someone you know is getting married, our book, Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Writing Thank You Notes, will help with the all important task of writing thank you notes for the gifts that are received during this exciting time. Its companion book, Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Tracking Thank You Notes, is a helpful resource for tracking and organizing gifts and thank you notes. Both books will be available for purchase at the Smith-Byrd House. As an added bonus, scones and tea will be served for those who want to stay awhile. We look forward to seeing you there!
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What an exciting year 2011 was! It’s hard to believe 2011 is gone and 2012 is here. Toward the end of the year, we presented our book at the Local Authors Expo in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a neat experience because we worked on it for three years before getting it in final form. Thank goodness for the Internet! Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to collaborate as easily while we lived so far apart (California and Tennessee, to be specific).
Shortly after the Local Authors Expo, our book was featured online in The Birmingham News and in the print version of that same newspaper. Here is a link to the online version of that article.
We’ll be posting more information about our books in the coming weeks along with including information from local vendors. Thanks for reading, and we hope you are staying warm right now! Here’s to a new year with new opportunities:)
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