Exactly four years ago, I started the very popular “Let’s Get Fit” series of posts about getting in shape. I remember it was March 10th, I was way heavier than I wanted, there was snow on the ground and something in me just “snapped.” In a good way. I decided I was going to get in shape no matter what. And I did. By Memorial Day (the unofficial get-in-shape-for-summer deadline here in the US) I was down to my goal weight and felt amazing! I did it by working out regularly, cross training, eating as healthy as I could and it really paid off.

Doing regular posts about fitness really helped to motivate me and I’m looking forward to sharing ideas and motivation with you. This time around I don’t think I want to focus on losing weight. My goal weight used to be 130 lbs, which became an unhealthy obsession over time. Last year I changed it to a range: 130-135 lbs with the expectation that winter would put me a little over 135. For reference I’m 5’5″ and a healthy weight for me is 114-144 lbs. I’ll still weigh myself but I’m going to focus on muscle tone, energy level, and mood as measurements of fitness.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration this time of year, I hope you’ll follow my posts. I’m going to compile all the things I do that work for me: cardio-vascular conditioning, weight training, drinking enough water, getting a workout buddy, eating real food, not eating when you’re not hungry, reducing sugar, stretching, taking vitamins, promoting good gut bacteria, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, adding “hidden exercise”, setting accomplishable goals, getting outside (even in bad weather) and lots more so by the time the pool is open we’ll be feeling great!

Check out the original Let’s Get Fit posts if you’re curious:

Let’s get fit

Let’s Get Fit: Arms, Abs & A**

Let’s Get Fit: Start Slow and Taper Off


Let’s Get Fit: Spin to Win

Let’s Get Fit: The Treadmill: A Necessary Evil

Let’s Get Fit: Why Should Women Lift Weights?

Let’s Get Fit: How to Avoid Injury

Let’s Get Fit: Jazzercise! Seriously, Jazzercise.

Let’s Get Fit: How to Break through a Weight-Loss Plateau

Let’s Get Fit: How to make the number on the scale go down

What to do when you have an injury

Let’s Get Fit: The Final Reveal