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Week One of the November Challenge 2008

Sunday, November 09, 2008

I think that I did well on week one of our November Challenge. I only went to the gym three times this past week. (a big difference from previous weeks where I was going all seven days) I did two to three hours of water exercise every day that I went to the gym. The other four days of the week I did large amounts of walking with my sister or my husband. We either walked around our neighborhood or walked around the local shopping mall. I listened to my body and skipped the weight machines this week due to back pain. (I intend to go back to doing the machines when my back feels better) Instead, I used 6 pound dumbbells twice this week at home and water weights during my water workouts at the gym. I did not think that I would continue to lose weight when I started practicing moderation in my workouts, but I still lost one pound. I was really afraid that if I did cut back on the large amounts of exercise (yes, I know that I am being compulsive in the amount of exercise I am doing) that my metabolism would come to a total standstill and I'd stop losing weight. Since I am severe hypothyroid, this still may be something that may happen this week if I'm not careful. My measurements were the same as they were last week and that pleases me. All in all, I am pleased with the way the first week played out. I am ready and excited to start week two of the November Challenge!!! Go Fowl Play! We can do this!

  
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CINNIEMAY 11/10/2008 11:32AM

    Sounds like you are doing very well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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November Challenge Goals

Monday, November 03, 2008

I'm very excited to begin the November Challenge. I'm re-dedicating myself to healthy eating, fitness and taking care of me.

Here are my goals for November:

1.) Do 5 lunges/squats on land
2.) Take time daily to relax and lie flat - to rest spine and knees
3.) Use moderation in aerobic exercising and doing weight training. I'm not training for the Olympics or world competition!
4.) Finish my Christmas craft project

November starting weight 248
November goal weight 241




  
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1AVERY 11/5/2008 10:29AM

    Great plan. I should put my goals in writing and then I can see them daily to keep me on Track. Thanks. Teri.

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CINNIEMAY 11/4/2008 12:49PM

    Sounds like a great plan!!!!!

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October Challenge Reflection

Monday, November 03, 2008

As I think about my part in the October Challenge, I'm pleased with my overall progress. I can now do 3 lunges/squats on land. I still need to work on using moderation in my exercise but I did ramp up my intensity a bit on weekends. I am really pleased that my abs are much stronger. I was very successful with that. I do need to modify some of my exercises to keep from arching my back and beware of anything that stresses my spine.

I'm really pumped about doing the November Challenge! Look out November, I'm re-dedicated to healthy eating, fitness and taking care of myself. I can't wait to get started!!!

  


October Challenge Week 4

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This week I did lots and lots of exercise and I'm sore. It's time to change to easier exercises for a few days and listen to my body. I'm only going to do walking on Saturday and Sunday along with lighter hand weights. (They will probably think something is wrong when I don't go in to the gym. I've only missed 3 days in the past 3 months.) I think by Monday, I'll be okay to do water aerobics again but I need to watch those exercises where I arch my back. It aggravates my spinal problem, which may be part of the reason my back is so sore.

I think I haven't eaten enough calories this week because I seem to be on a plateau. As of Saturday I'm only .2 pounds down. Last week my weight didn't drop until Tuesday so we'll see. That's okay, a loss is a loss no matter how small. I am getting healthier and that is more important than the numbers on the scale. My BMI has dropped 2 and my % of body fat by 1. YEA!!!

I also need to elevate my legs more to get rid of the residual swelling from my surgery in the spring. Working out so strenuously without elevating only compounds the swelling. This week I will try not to be so compulsive about my exercise and focus on recovery time. I know it will be hard because I love the feeling I get from exercising but I must take care of my body. I think ice packs will help too. I will get a therapeutic massage on Tuesday to help with the soreness in my back. I will also do more stretches for my spine, hips and neck.


I want to avoid the pitfalls of over training. I think that was where I was headed before I decided to step back and take a look at the big picture.


October Starting Weight 255
Current Weight 248.4
Waist 39
Hips 49
Neck 14.5
Arm 16
Calf 17
Thigh 27
Chest under bra area 38

  
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CINNIEMAY 10/28/2008 7:14PM

    Slow and steady wins the race!

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1AVERY 10/25/2008 4:51PM

    You are right to take it easy you really don't want to over do it and end up not being able to do anything. Sometimes the weigh scales are not all they are cracked up to me either so don't rely on it. How are your clothes fitting etc. If you had surgery your body is not back up to 100% for 1 year that is what my doctors are telling me. Your energy level and body need time to recover. You are doing wonderful just remember that. You are on a good track and a break every once in awhile won't hurt but help your body mend. Take care and keep up the good work. Teri.

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October 2008 Challenge Week 3

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week three of the October Challenge is drawing to a close now. This week I think I have hit a plateau but for some reason, I'm not real worried. I'm just going to keep on with my Spark People program of eating and exercising. I think I'll try a few days of eating at the lower end of my calorie range before Tuesday's weigh in. I have faithfully been targeting my abs (one of my October goals) and I'm working on doing squats (another of my October goals). I have pumped up my aerobic exercise quite a bit too. In fact on Friday of this week I did 200 minutes and was ultra stiff on Saturday and Sunday. I'm noticing that I do tend to get carried away because the exercise feels good at the time but later I'm a hurting puppy! Moderation, moderation, moderation, moderation, moderation!!!

Starting Weight October 255
Current Weight October 250.2
Goal Weight October 248
Waist 39
Hips 49
Neck 14.5
Arm 16
Calf 18
Thigh 27

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CINNIEMAY 10/19/2008 6:08PM

    Just don't over do it You can hurt something but you have a good plan.

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SJOHN914 10/19/2008 11:04AM

    200 minutes is amazing! emoticon I'm sure you'll bust through your plateau in no time. I find that switching up on your calories from day to day does seem to help. On the days I don't work out, I try to eat at the lower end of my range.

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