Updated: July 25, 2013

I did it! This morning I got to the gym at 8. Was I

tired? Oh yeah. Did I growl at a trainer who said 'good morning!' too

cheerfully? You bet. But I did it.

I walked on the treadmill for five minutes and then did my

favorite upper-body strength routine. I'm a back-to-basics girl when it

comes to weight training, so the moves are super-simple: biceps curls,

lat pulldowns, triceps dips (with my hands on a balance disc if I'm

feeling strong), chest presses, and lateral raises. I always do

resistance exercises in a circuit (with no rest between sets) to save

time.

After that, I pulled out the walking routine I designed for Workout Express in

the October issue. We plan our issues months in advance, so I hadn't

done it in a while-and I'd totally forgotten how challenging it is!

When I cranked the treadmill's incline up to 10, I swear I could hear

my thighs say uncle, but I kept going. Give it a whirl (the October

issue is on newsstands now) and let me know what you think!

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