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The Wedding Workout

by Meghann on September 4, 2012

Good Morning!

Happy Monday Tuesday!

I officially kicked off The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises “The Wedding Workout” this morning.


Ever since I wrapped up New Rules of Lifting for Women at the beginning of summer, I’ve been looking for a new workout challenge to sink my teeth into. My wedding is coming up in 4 months and I figure now is as good of time as ever to kick my strength training up a notch. Toned arms and shoulders on my wedding day? Umm.. yes, please! I tested out both A and B workouts last month and they both seemed challenging enough. Why not give it ago.

To gear up for my wedding day, I have a plan. My goal is to complete the 8-week long “Wedding Workout” program while simultaneously training for my 70.3 at the end of October. After the 70.3, I’ll shift my focus to CrossFit, cut back on my other sports (minus running – that would be like giving up breathing), tweak my diet, and get in tip-top shape to walk down the aisle. I’m not trying to get “skinny,” I’m not trying to lose weight, I just want to feel fit and strong on the happiest day of my life.


I would love to start CrossFit now, but I can’t make the commitment while training and I would prefer to save up a little money before I start. I’m cutting back on races this fall to afford the membership when I start. Now I just have to cross my fingers it all works out in the end!

Instead of bringing a paper and a pen to the gym to record my workouts, I plugged all the information in a Google spreadsheet on my laptop. I was able to pull the spreadsheet on my phone via the Google Drive app and insert everything as I chugged along this morning.

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So much easier to carry just the phone around. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Before the workout, I spent 30 minutes doing intervals on the treadmill.

  • 5:00 warm-up
  • 2:00 @ 8.0
  • 1:00 @ 4:00
  • (repeat)
  • 3:00 cool down

Just enough to get the legs moving.

Once i got home, I made a delicious bowl of oatmeal to refuel with.


In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 water
  • scoop whey protein
  • raisins
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon  

On top:

  • almond butter
  • granola
  • figs


I’ve almost ate an entire container of figs in less than 24 hours. I need to slow down before they’re all gone.


Maddie love!


Let the short week begin!

1 Beth September 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’m going to need to get some figs. You are really piquing my interest with them!

2 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

BOGO at Publix!

3 Glenneth September 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

great idea about doing the spreadsheet on your phone and updating. love it and will have to borrow that. thanks!
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4 Michelle in Michigan September 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

LOVE the Maddie pictures and the pics of the new family member last week!! Did you pick a winner of the Trojan contest last week?? If so, I missed it!!

5 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Yes, I did. I was trying to keep the entries for the giveaway discreet, so the winner was contacted privately through email over the weekend. I will say that she was very excited about winning the prize. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Dana September 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

Over the holiday weekend I finally got dragged into the 21st century and got a smartphone. My boyfriend went with an iPhone, but your blog convinced me that a droid phone was the way to go. Just downloaded Google Drive too!
Thanks! Do you use any other apps regularly? (Look at me using the word “app” like I’m an old pro – I’m secretly terrified of how complex this phone is.)

7 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

If you’re a google girl – you’ll love the Droid! My favorite apps are Instagram, Picsart (for creating collages that I post on Instagram), Yelp, IMDB, Twitter, and Facebook.

8 Katie September 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

What happened to the trainer you were working with?

9 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

It didn’t work out. Turns out I wasn’t a fan of online personal training. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’ve never before tried figs, but you seem to be so in love with them — I’m definitely going to be picking some up the next time I’m out shopping!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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11 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I will warn you up front that they’re not for everyone. Try them on a salad or roasted with honey and ice cream. ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Thanks for the heads-up Meghann!! I appreciate it and will totally do so! ๐Ÿ™‚
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13 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

what kind of whey protein do you use? i can never get my protein to blend well into my oatmeal and it always tastes chalky.
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14 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I use the chocolate generic whole foods brand. I’ve never had a problem with it, I really like the flavor.

15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

I really want to try crossfit too, after my marathon, but I looked up membership near me and it’s more for one month than I pay for my entire yearly gym membership! I laughed and closed the web page immediately…
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16 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Yeah, that’s the main downside. Hence why I’m saving up for it and only starting a couple of months before my wedding instead of right now.

17 Lindsay September 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

If your main concern is the cost, I’m surprised you haven’t attempted to get a Crossfit membership for free through your blog. It is the kind of thing, in my opinion, that really adds to race training and is best as a 1-3 week type of thing.

18 Meghann September 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I’ve thought about it, but I’m not a fan of soliciting stuff when I don’t have a relationship with the company/box/whatever. I’m happy to save and pay the fees when I get to it.

19 Ash Bear September 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

This is a great idea. Maybe this bridesmaid will do the same thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to fit more than one day of strength training in during marathon training. I think the key is to make the 2nd day an arm/abs day so it won’t kill my legs. If there are any exercises that you especially love send them my way ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Annette @FitnessPerks September 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Love the spreadsheet idea!

P.s. I totally weight trained throughout training for my 70.3 & I think it’s why I hardly got super sore or really tired legs. score!
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21 Maria September 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

That’s a smart idea about making a google doc to pull up on your phone! Good thinking!

22 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I think it’s a good idea to hold out on CrossFit until after your 70.3–can you imagine swimming, biking, running, strength training, *and* CrossFitting? Yikes!
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23 Meghan @ After the Ivy League September 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I’m kind of obsessed with the organization of that spreadsheet. Such a good idea! Oatmeal looks delicious too…now I’m craving it for dinner!
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24 Laura September 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

FYI. You inspired me to get one of those running GPS watches. I’m really excited for it to come in the mail this week ๐Ÿ™‚
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25 Angela September 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Did you find a cross fit gym in Tampa? I recently joined south Tampa fit, which is like a cross fit/ boot camp hybrid gym, and I love it!! You should check it out.

26 Meghann September 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

I”m looking into a box on my side of town. I have a friend who goes to South Tampa Fit and loves it, but it’s just so far from where I live, I’d love to find something that isn’t a 20+ minute drive away.

27 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I like your treadmill run…it’s easy to remember. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you definitely don’t need to lose any weight, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with admitting you want to shake a few pounds for your wedding day. It’s a BIG day! Maybe that isn’t your goal at all, but I do think some health bloggers are afraid to admit that sometimes!
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