Workout Plans – The Good, Bad & Ugly

workout plans

I finally made up my mind, I need workout plans for this spring (like now!). Lately I feel like I can barely move! This really has an effect on me when I try to get up every morning, especially when I am too achy and tired to want to get out of bed.  A few weeks ago, I tried to do a new exercise routine with a former Jazzercise instructor.  This wasn’t Jazzercise, but a fast moving exercise DVD. No wait… it was more like the modern dancing of today and I have no clue how to do some of these moves! After trying it three times, my upper tops of my legs were sore.  I was so sore after trying it the first time for an hour, I could barely move.  I knew I had not started out slowly like I should have. I did try another two times, but the thought of trying to continue these fast motion dance moves really was getting me frustrated. 

Having workout plans are not new to me…true story!  Quite a few years ago, I used to lift weights and workout to various exercise videos on a regular basis. I always kept fairly active with my work also until I got a position that required me to sit all day at a desk a few years ago.  That job was for two years and it mentally and physically wreaked havoc on my health! Years before that, I was in outside sales…what a change! I have since gotten a new job that I was blessed with that is more active, but I know it’s not enough.

I recently started looking around for workout plans that would encourage me both physically and mentally so I would stick with it.  I went to Amazon and found a DVD called “Prayfit” by Jimmy Pena.  He actually has two DVD’s out, but I decided on the earlier version for now because it is better for starters according to the reviews there. 

What I really think I’ll like about this DVD is that the moves are simple…no fancy dance steps!  Now there’s nothing wrong with dancing, but I am not coordinated enough to concentrate on my muscles and learn new dance moves at a very fast pace.  Some of you may prefer the dance moves, it’s entirely up to you. There are plenty of these DVD’s for sale as well!

To keep myself motivated, I am going to do before and after pictures of myself during this process.  “Prayfit” is a 33 Day Body Challenge that I want to take on. Of course if I get some of the desired results I will stay with it for as long as needed.  I need to lose weight and get more toned as shown in this picture of my grandson and me planting seeds.  He is standing next to me and still my body can be seen quite a bit behind him…not my most flattering shot, but none of them are with about 30 pounds to lose. 

before diet

I will get on my scales each day to weigh in and update my progress with pictures on this blog. 

Here’s the funny part, I haven’t gotten the DVD yet, but it should be delivered by Tuesday…April Fools Day!  Hey, really I’m serious about this and if you’re interested too…let’s do this together.  You can wait and see my results, or purchase “Prayfit” and try this out with me now! 

I hope to hear all your comments about the workout plans I have including the good, bad and the ugly (and maybe some encouragement?)

Thanks, and God Bless!



  1. I finally started on April 2nd. Great workout!! But today I am sore but not too sore to start again on the 4th! I decided to rest one day and continue…right or wrong, I did what my body was telling me to do. I did not want to blow it like I did last time. I will not give up this year…I am determined!! The Prayfit DVD was great…not too fast and just the right workout and I feel soreness over various areas which is good!

  2. Friday was the 4th and I ended up working late and was literally too tired to workout after work. But I have worked out for the last two days, the 5th and 6th! I have been doing the easier version along with Haley. Yesterday I tried to do jumping rope with actually jumping from the floor but I felt I wasn’t ready yet! So today I am back to following her completely in the workout and felt I could keep up now. I keep forgetting that I am a lot heavier and older than I was before…eeek! Speaking of weight, I haven’t lost anything yet but will keep weighing in and keep you updated.

  3. I worked out yesterday the 7th and decided to workout with the “Music Only” version of the DVD. It wasn’t as good as it is with the words! If the music changed when the sets were finished that would help! If I am not looking at the DVD constantly, I lose my place. So I tried today with the words and much better! I still haven’t lost any weight yet, but I do feel more vibrant than before and more flexible!

  4. I worked out on Wednesday the 8th and 9th but skipped the 10th because I had a super busy schedule in town and didn’t get back until late. It isn’t good to workout too late or it tends to keep you awake for too long. My double crunches seem to be getting more challenging.

  5. I worked out Friday and Saturday but am skipping today. I have lost 2 pounds so far…yay!! 🙂

  6. I skipped Sunday because late Saturday afternoon I started seeing flashes and floaters in my eyes. I had a problem two months ago with seeing a new long floater in my right eye, but this was happening in my left eye now. My eye doctor told me to watch out for them and to call if there were any more. I decided to stop working out because I was getting a headache when I was doing the stretches. Anyway my workout is n hold until I get this condition under control.

  7. I worked out yesterday to most of the DVD except for the pushups and stretches. I am still not wanting to do much to irritate my detached vitreas. I also did quite a few reps of dumbbells for my arms. I think that the pushups did a number on my shoulders so I am avoiding them. I have had an injury to my right shoulder in the past and has affected both so this may have contributed to the soreness.

  8. I have discontinued for now working out. Unfortunately I have tendonitis in my shoulders and need to heal. I’m not saying that this video is going to do the same to you, but just start out slowly. Do not try any of the exercises unless you consult your doctor first especially if you’ve had past injuries.

    Maybe next summer?

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