Bridal Bootcamp: Part Two, Week One

Part One’s goal of the Bridal Bootcamp was simply to show up and make an effort. It consisted of amateur  drawings and charts hanging on my wall.  For the second part of the bootcamp (the middle six weeks) I am going to bring it up a notch and make this a little more tech-savvy (aka: bye-bye paper drawings). I may bring them back for the final six weeks (part three), but since I’m moving in three weeks we’ll just do spreadsheets:


  • Counting Calories: In Part 2, I am going to start keeping track of my calories, courtesy of my new app “My Fitness” (it’s a fantastic tool to keep track of each thing I eat). In order to lose a pound a week, I need to eat 1,300 calories a day. That seems extremely low, but for my current height and weight I need to at least stay under 1,800 calories in order to maintain my weight.
  • Increase Cardio: Running is my go-to cardio exercise, but since it’s so cold out (it was 23-degrees when I got up this morning), I need to find alternative ways to get in exercise even inside. I will have a gym in three weeks (yay!) so until then maybe I’ll do a video or take long walks? But after I have access to the gym, it’s go time! I have no excuse for no cardio!
  • Weight Train: I need to get MUCH better about arm exercises and leg workouts. My goal this week is to come up with a strength-training routine to do every-other day.
  • Push-ups & Crunches: My goal is do 100 push-ups and 100 crunches at least four times a week… obviously I did not give myself that goal last week (shown above) but that’s my goal moving forward.

Any questions? How are your workouts going? Anyone have any good winter workout ideas?

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  • I am wishing you luck, but I really liked your drawings. I hope you do bring them back, if they help you. They are a great visual though.

  • Good luck! I have given up running outdoors especially after it started snowing. I think it’s a lot easier once you have access to a gym. I try to make it straight to the gym right after work and it feels really good the days I make it. I mix it up and take classes on some days and run on the treadmill on others.

  • Re: the raspy breathing after running in the cold: get a balaclava! No, not the delicious honey-soaked pastries, it’s like a ski mask with one big hole for both eyes, covering the top of your head as well as your mouth and nose. It can get a little bit slobbery on the inside during a long run, but it’s SO worth it – totally saved my (asthmatic) cold-weather running routine!

  • I use My Fitness Pal app and really like it. Nearly everything I eat is already in the database for easy entry. You can easily scale back portions too. Plus, you can log online to fill everything in if you don’t have your phone handy. I also like the badges that you can link to you signature or blog. It helps with the accountability. I went through gastric bypass surgery in October and counting protein, calories, vitamins, and water intake are very important for me. This app makes that possible.

    I am now transitioning to focus on excercise and have been working a lot on the ellipitcals. Major difference for me. Last time I was serious about exercise was when I was getting married. I had a personal trainer and she really helped me focus on areas. Since my dress was strapless, we did a ton of upper body toning exercises. I worked with a medicine ball, did push-ups, squats and sumo squats alot. Maybe a trainer consult would be helpful in teaching you new exercises.