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Red and Yellow Beauty

I've been meaning to get back on track fitness/health-wise for a while now. Last year for several months I did really well, but then some work travel and honeymoon/fun travel interrupted my schedule and I never really got back into it. I'm really good at coming up with excuses, but my main excuse is that I'm just lazy.

Well, this week I finally got my butt into gear. With the boy starting his internship full-time and starting work later in the morning, I asked him to go work out with me at our gym in the mornings. They always say it helps to have a workout buddy, and they're right. It's especially helpful when it's your fitness-oriented husband who likes to encourage you!

So for the last 3 days, we've dutifully crawled out of bed at 5:30am so we could head to the gym about 6. I won't say it's easy, but it is easier than when I first started this routine on my own a year and a half ago.

We also invested in a couple of Fitbit Ones to help track and I've started recording my food intake again in MyFitnessPal. The truth is I eat too much. But it's so tasty! But if I want to lose the weight I've gained back and more, I need to start eating better again. And working out will also help so I don't have to starve myself.

In that vein, when I needed to go to the post office tonight, I decided to walk (It's about 10 blocks one way). The weather is beautiful and I needed the extra exercise thanks to a "helpful" coworker and the donuts he brought in this morning. The boy went along with me and on our way back I spotted some tulips. The tulips have been just gorgeous this year - these were no exception - and I had to stop to take a picture.

If you like my photography (and many of you tell me you do), PLEASE leave comments on my pictures throughout this year. I don't know if I'll be able to continue without that encouragement. Also needed will be suggestions for photography subjects or locations. I'm always looking for ideas!

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