We all have some major event that we want to look exceptionally hot for, am I right ladies? Well, I had a major event one weekend and I wanted to look my best. I was sitting with my friend telling her how I know I'm in good shape, but I just need to spruce up my workouts. This conversation was on a Sunday and I had five days to feel good about myself. So, my friend Heather and I came up with a plan, we called it Operation Look Hot By Friday (OLHBF). Heather was going to be my workout buddy during this operation (we like to run with each other a couple times a week) so it only made sense for her to be a part of OLHBF.
We sat down Sunday night to go over our week's schedule to make the official OLHBF plan. We both enjoy working out in the morning, so we decided to start our workouts at 5:30 a.m. every day. Trying to plan out what we were going to do, Heather mentioned how many workout videos she had and has never used. Our light bulbs came on. We decided every morning we would meet at my house (no later than 5:30 a.m.) do a 30- to 45-minute workout video.
Our next objective was what to do after work? We decided that for three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) we would meet at the gym for a 30-minute circuit workout. Wednesday was our fun night. Heather likes to line-dance, so she told me I was going dancing with her for our Wednesday evening workout. Friday was our morning workout, followed by a 5-mile run.
We wrote our game plan down and posted it on our refrigerators.
Every morning at 5:20 we would text each other to make sure we were up and ready to workout. After our workout we made protein shakes—fruit, protein powder, milk or juice and water. I used to never have time to make a protein shake; my breakfasts consisted of either a bar, yogurt or toast. I noticed I was fuller for a longer period after my shake than my old breakfast routine.
We were on our own for lunch. I brought either a tasty salad that I made, which was loaded with chicken or a sandwich (with extra meat).
I always snack on fruits and veggies, so that wasn't hard for me. What was hard (or I thought would be hard) was to work out after work. I've always worked out in the mornings. I can do an intense one to two hour workout in the morning, but I dread working out in the evenings. And I felt this way when we decided to break up our workouts.
The strange thing was I felt energized and excited to workout. Maybe it was because of OLHBF or because I had a buddy to workout with. Whatever it was, I was motivated to push myself. We did four sets of our creative circuit: deadlifts, squats, jumps, pushups, mountain climbers and lunges. (One example of our workouts we did).
Dinner was a lean protein (chicken) and veggies.
We did this for five days.
Friday night I slipped on my favorite skinny jeans only to notice they were a bit loose. My goal was not to lose weight, but just to feel confident in myself. I took a look at myself in the mirror and noticed a leaner me.
I was so amped that I called Heather and said, "OLHBF is a success."
Over the weekend I did my usually 6-mile run and yoga. But, Sunday night we sat down together and planned out our week. Now, every Sunday we get together to figure out our schedules. We meet every day for our morning workout and three days a week at the gym, or we run outside. Of course we still go dance on Wednesdays. You've got to make working out fun.
I encourage others to use OLHBF and step up their fitness routine.
- Set a realistic goal
- Make a plan
- Don't be afraid to try something new
- Eat right
- Have fun
My motivation every Monday is OLHBF.
Reach your goals in a fitness class.
Fara Rosenzweig is an online editor for active.com.