A Week of Sweating

I recently did a “week’s worth of dinners” post and I realized I’ve never done one about my workouts. My workout schedule is pretty set in stone after so many years of doing it. I keep track of my workouts on my Google Calendar to keep myself accountable, but I’m at a stage in my maintenance journey where I really don’t need to.

Keeping track of fitness is a great motivator for losing weight. Recording your workouts, or calories burned, or mileage run, is a huge NSV! Don’t sell yourself short by thinking the time you put into it doesn’t count. It all counts.

The following is not necessarily what I do each week, but it’s a pretty accurate representation of my fitness. In the coming months this will change drastically because I’ll be moving my workouts outside. I’m really looking forward to resuming my biking to work on a routine basis now that the weather is better!

A Week of Sweats


A lovely recovery swim from the previous days’ weight workout. This particular Sunday I did 52 minutes in the pool. Here is that workout:

50 lengths freestyle

10 lengths breaststroke

10 lengths freestyle with buoy and hand paddles

10 lengths with kickboard

8 lengths freestyle

6 lengths breaststroke

Total: 94 lenghts, about 1.25 miles. 

Calories Burned: about 350



Rest Day! Mondays aren’t always a rest day but I try to schedule it that way if I can to “recover” from the more intense weekend workouts I do. Also, who wants to workout on a Monday after a long day at work? Not me. Mondays are also pretty crowded at the gym (I think people are trying to burn off their weekend indulging).


This is my “long strength training” day. I try to get in a run as well, but not always. I listen to my body. This particular day was not the best workouts I’ve had. First, I got to the gym and discovered I’d forgotten my running shorts at home. I had my compression tights but they are really hot and uncomfortable to wear in warmer weather. Second, I also forgot a sports bra. That was not good! I ended up having to just use my regular bra, which did not work that well.

I started with a run and it also wasn’t great. My right knee hurt, my left shin hurt, half way through my right foot got a bad cramp. It was just not fated to be an awesome workout. After running I hit the weights the best I could despite my sour mood. I’ve increased the weights on some machines and it’s a great motivator!

Yep! That says 75 pounds. Go me. All in all, not the best evening, but I was glad I worked out.

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:25
Calories Burned:  664


Spin class!

I tried a bunch of different classes at a few different gyms and found one that worked the best for me and that’s the one I try to go to each week. All winter I’ve been going to this class because I really like the teacher a lot. Her music selection is different and a lot of the stuff I like (not the “norm”) so it’s refreshing. Her classes are challenging.

Sometimes I’m sore from Tuesday’s weight session and I wish Tuesday and Wednesday could be swapped, but with a class it doesn’t work that way.

This particular spin class was difficult but fun. It was a different instructor and she’s very challenging. She said “You came to work tonight, so work!” And she was right! It was a lot of speed intervals mixed in with some very very difficult hill climbs that were killing me! It was good though.

Time: 1:34
Calories Burned: 686
Mileage: 20.2 miles!

I went back to spin because it had been pouring out for a week. I didn’t mind going back to spin once in awhile because it’s definitely a challenge.


Rest Day! I’m resting up for the weekend activities!



Oh, my Friday night swims…I love thee. It’s the perfect way to decompress after a long, stressful week. It’s relaxing and energizing at the same time. This time my swim routine was as follows:

30 lengths freestyle

10 lengths breaststroke

10 lengths freestyle with buoy and hand paddles

10 lengths with paddleboard

10 lengths freestyle with leg buoy

10 lengths freestyle

10 lengths breaststroke

Total: 90 lengths, about 1.25 miles

Calories Burned: around 350


Saturday mornings are my most intense workouts. It used to be the “long” workout of the week, but ever since I reduced my cardio and increased the weight lifting, I haven’t had to spend as much time in the gym to get the same results.

This particular Saturday I ramped up my mileage to 3 miles total and it felt fantastic. No issues! I think all the strength training and lower body exercises I’ve been working on all winter have really improved my stability and lower body function.

After my 3 miles I spent the bulk of my workout lifting weights and stretching. I was really happy with my number.

QUESTION: What does a typical week of fitness look like for you?

4 Responses

  1. You have so much variety! That is awesome, and I bet it helps stop boredom.

    My typical week looks like this:

    M- Boxing – 1 hour – 400-450cals
    T – Weights – 35 minutes
    W – Boxing – 1 hour – 400-450cals
    T – Off (I’ll go for a run if I feel like it)
    F – Weights – 35 minutes
    S – Off or run – if I run it is 30-45 minutes depending on the distance
    S – Weights – 35 minutes

    So from this you can see that I love boxing and weights, and like running a little bit. Running is something I have to be in the mood for, so I don’t push it. Boxing is a class, so that is set in stone. The rest moves around if I am tired/sore/sick.

    1. Yes, my workouts have always had a lot of variety. I think that helps keep it interesting, and I change it up often. I think that’s part of why the routine has worked for me. It does get difficult to try and fit all of those things in when the summer comes and I do more things outside.

      It looks like you have a very balanced schedule too! I didn’t know that you liked boxing so much. That sounds really cool. Is it kickboxing?

  2. My typical week goes like this:

    M – Ballet class, 60 min
    Tu – Weights, 60 min
    W – Rest or really easy cardio
    Th – Weights with trainer, 60 min and ALWAYS HARD! LOL
    F – Rest
    Sa – Weights
    S – Rest or maybe an easy run

    I hardly do any cardio any more, except for what I do to warm up before weights. My trainer is going to get me going on a sprinting program, so hopefully that will get me excited about doing cardio again! 🙂
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    1. I love seeing what other people’s schedules are like! It sounds like you have a very well-rounded routine. I bet the ballet does wonders for flexibility. Let me know how the sprinting program goes. That kind of stuff always interested me and I’d love to try it.

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