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Self-imposed challenge: Try something hard

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 15, 2012 12:16 PM

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On my playlist this morning: Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
What I did: 35 minute run, Weights (10 minutes)

I don't believe in resolutions. They stress me out, so I never make any.

However, I will often set self-imposed challenges for myself in order to keep my workouts interesting.

And, since I seem to have hit a plateau in terms of weight loss, I'm instituting a self-imposed challenge starting today.

My challenge: Lift more weights.

During my crew days, some of my favorite exercises involved our weight room, where I did dead lifts, seated rows, and seeing how much I could bench press.

I love weights because I don't have to hop around like the Energizer Bunny, and I still feel like I get a good workout that makes me sweat.

Plus, I have this crazy desire to have arms like Michelle Obama (have you seen her flex?!) Those arms of hers are cut (Michelle, if you're reading this, I want to know what you do for a workout!).

Since I don't have enough time in the mornings to fit in more exercise, I'll be digging out one of my strength/weight training DVDs and using my good 'ole basement as my staging ground to start. But, I'll also be speaking with a trainer about the various at-home and at-the-gym weight lifting exercises I can do (and you can do, too, if you'd like!), and the effect that weight lifting has on your body.

Do you like to weight lift or are you afraid to try it? Are there any upper and lower body exercises with weights that you consider a must-try? I'd love to hear your thoughts in an e-mail (using our submit form) or in the comments below.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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