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I had high hopes for January. With all the excitement around Commitment Day and New Year’s Resolutions, I was ready to tackle some new goals — and lose more weight to get closer to my goal range (depending on much muscle I put on/retain, that’s another 36 to 46 pounds to lose).

It’s definitely doable, and now that I feel like I understand how my body works, I think it’ll come a bit easier. On January 1, I set a goal to reach my healthy-weight range by June 1.

But January was a stressful month.

I ended up getting sick with a bad cold, I was completing some big projects at work, and we put our house on the market. Between keeping up with work and life demands, I felt frazzled. I was getting in my workouts, but, after being sick, it took me a while to feel like I was really challenging myself. (My acupuncturist told me to listen to my body, and respect my energy levels after my illness, so I did, but maybe was overly cautious for longer than what was needed.)

My trainer’s schedule also changed, so now we’re doing Monday and Wednesday workouts (we were doing Boot Camp classes three to four times a week). This opens a new door for me: I can mix in a few classes like Zumba and yoga and spinning on the days opposite of Boot Camp. And with Boot Camp only twice a week, I don’t think I’ll feel like I’m overdoing it, which was my excuse in the past.

The key is, I actually need to go to these classes and get in my workouts. Where I used to rely on trainer Shane so heavily before, now it’s time for me to step up and create a well-rounded program that works for me.

I thought I’d start by polling you all: What classes have you tried and loved at Life Time Fitness? I’ll add in a bit of cardio and DIY Boot Camp on my own, too, but I do best with assigned times and with the camaraderie of others, so I think a Group Fitness class or two would serve me well. Let me know in the comments below, or Tweet me: @clewisopdahl.

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