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Friday, February 20, 2009

today's workout:
bent over row/barbell 4 x 12 65 lb
wide grip pulldown 4 x 12 70 lb
single arm DB bent over row 3 x 10 22 lb
seated row 3 x 12 70 lb
close grip pulldown 3 x 16 45 lb
incline bicep curls 2 x 25 25 lb
hammer curls 4 x 12 25lb
ball rollout 2 x 15
clamshell crunch w/ball 2 x 25

55 minute spin class

Crazy day today, no time to write. Had a great conversation at the gym today with a woman having trouble making/keeping a commitment to workout on a regular basis. She said she uses me for inspiration, but she's just had so much going on at home. I tried to tell her that makes it even more important to get to the gym. For those couple hours you're there, you can concentrate solely on yourself, and forget al the problems facing you for the other 22 hours. To lose yourself in the moment is the most relaxing thing you can do for yourself. I hope she takes that to heart...it's really late gotta get in bed so I can get up in time to do my scheduled leg workout before spin class.

  
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LWINTER 2/20/2009 6:35AM

    Exactly what I tell my daughter who has just lost her job & is frantically scrambling for another without much hope--it's even more important for her to take care of herself now so she can fight the good fight!

I am working an hour more per day & a 6th day a week during tax season (work in an accounting office) and I am a Nazi about getting my exercise time! If I don't, I'm dead--used to just let myself work to the point of exhaustion and then melt onto the couch, but no more of that!

Thanks for the good words, Di.

Lauren

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What in the world?!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

So, I'm flipping through the channels and see Dr. Phil professing to have the answer for weight loss. Naturally, I'm intrigued and decide to stop and watch. What I find is a chubby Dr. Phil do a rip-off of The Biggest Loser with his own group of obese "contestants". Of course he puts his own spin on it with "the 7 Keys to weight loss" and of course you can find those keys by buying his book...It really is annoying to see people exploited by a pseudo-shrink. He really shouldn't be on TV as he's sunk to a version of Jerry Springer/Maury Povich that is repulsive and laughable. But of course during the short time I'm watching I hear one participant say "I'm trying my best", which of course translates to, I'm making an excuse to fail. Later in another segment, the same person says "If I want Popeye's Chicken, I'm gonna eat Popeye's chicken! I can work it into my program." Then I see that these people have pre-packaged meals sitting in front of them. All the while Dr. Phil is spewing the "change your lifestyle" rhetoric. Well, how is eating in that manner a lifestyle change that anyone can sustain for a lifetime? Of course it can't so you have just one more unrealistic approach to weight loss.

Today's workout was cardio: 60 minutes spin class.

I must say that my new approach to working abs (no crunches--core work instead) is making it's presence known. Yesterday I did ball roll outs and today I really feel it. Additionally, I've been struggling in spin class with fatigued quad muscles, couldn't figure out the reason, then it dawned on my that it's the "core" exercises--I don't relate quads to core...

  
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LWINTER 2/18/2009 7:58PM

    I have his book, even pumping it 60 times a day didn't make me lose weight, LOL! Only when I made up my mind that I couldn't live the way I was anymore, did I get something done.

I sent him an email awhile back, asking if he would do a show about people who have lost weight with no program or special diet. He never replied!

His loss, he could learn a lot from SparkPeople.

Good health to you today!

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It's time to stop "trying"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Anyone who says "I'm going to try" to lose weight, eat well, exercise every day...whatever, just stop! If you're "trying" you're merely giving yourself an out, an excuse to fail. You know, "well I tried"....but instead of using words like "try" change them out for action verbs that suggest nothing short of success--"I will", "I am", "I did", these are the words of success; words that give direction and definite action. All the other times I tried to lose weight "trying" was always involved, but this time I said I was going to do it, and that's exactly what I did. Now, you can't just mouth the words, you must believe them, buy into them, and then make a plan of how it will happen. Sharing my "plan" with other family members/friends, was my ownership in the process. It took my thoughts from being a dream/wish, to a planned event with a time frame and instructions/rules for success. I'm constantly asked about my journey and the keys to success, and while the simple answer is eat fewer calories than you burn, and of course make sure it's a two prong process with exercise and nutrition equal partners. Many of those people then respond with, "oh I could never do that much exercise." or "my family won't eat healthy foods, and their junk food is in the house, so I can't eat properly." Again, these are just excuses, we all have obstacles of one kind or another, we al are surrounded by unsupportive people who are threatened by our efforts, but some choose to battle through and overcome, instead of allowing these outside factors derail them. I didn't start out where I am now, it's been a long process and a learning experience. I've evolved and re-invented myself along the way. I took responsibility for the process and made myself the sole owner of the results. No trainers, no dieticians no gimmicks, or pay-to-participate programs. If I had used any of those things, I would have become dependent on them and used them as a crutch. But what would happen when they were gone/finished? I would have reverted back to my old ways, as I'd always done in past efforts. Changing my lifestyle meant being able to rely on myself to stay motivated, keep focused, push harder. Whenever I see programs advertised, even good ones, like Weight Watchers, I want to scream at people to not be drawn in, that all they need to lose the weight can be found within themselves. Any information can be found here on SP if you need to fill in the gaps of your expertise, but SP can't be responsible for you. Many of these programs and their celebrity spokespeople are totally irresponsible and merely propagating the cycle of yo-yo dieting and thus continued failure. For we all know that any diet works in the short-term but eventually you must go off of them because they cannot be sustained for a lifetime. Things like Jenny Craig, LA Weight Loss, and now the ridiculous cookie diet may all actually allow people to lose weight, but without exercise they are merely fat on the inside. The fat cells they had may shrink, but they are still be there and when
the dieter tries to eat real food the weight will come back plus more.

But I'm fortunate to have finally figured it out, and now I understand what is necessary to keep the weight off. I used to be petrified of what would happen after the weight was off, how would I keep it off. Would I be able to keep doing the things I know would be needed to maintain a healthy weight? But now, after over 3 years of adopting healthy habits and living them daily, I'm confident that I finally have made the changes and adopted them as part of my life, so that I will not return to that obese state from which I began.

today's workout:
bench press 3 x 10 75 lb
incline bench press 1 x 7 70 lbs
incline bench press 1 x 3 65 lbs
incline bench press 1 x 10 65 lbs
incline bench press 1 x 10 60 lbs
Incline chest flye 1 x 12 25 lbs
Incline chest flye 2 x 10 30 lbs
close grip push up on bench 3 x 4
close grip push up on bench 3 x 4
tricep dips straight legs 2 x 8
tricep dips straight legs 1 x 8 10 lbs
tricep dips straight legs 1 x 8 10 lbs
lying tricep extensions EZ Bar 1 x 12 35 lbs
lying tricep extensions EZ Bar 1 x 12 35 lb
lying tricep extensions EZ Bar 1 x 12 30 lb
lying tricep extensions EZ Bar 1 x 12 35 lb
tricep pulldowns/rope 1 x 16 45 lb
tricep pulldowns/rope 1 x 16 42 lb
tricep pulldowns/rope 1 x 16 40 lb
tricep pulldowns/rope 1 x 16 40 lb
ball rollout 3 x 12
weighted ball sit-up with side crunch 3 x 20 10 lb
ball single leg bicycle 3 x 15

60 minutes of spinning

  
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SHININGTHRU126 2/18/2009 10:29AM

    Well said!

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LWINTER 2/18/2009 8:06AM

    You put it all so eloquently! I believe as you do, that once we make up our minds, that we MUST change or perish (reaching our bottom), then we do it. Didn't someone say that you may have to fight a battle more than once to win it? I think that applies to most of us also. We've done this more than once, but that one certain time, when it is necessary to change or die, we do it. Too bad we all can't do it, without getting to that critical point!

Thanks for the good words and good health to you!

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Rock your workout

Monday, February 16, 2009

Well, today was week 3 of my current program, today's workout:
pre-exhaust super set
lat raises 3x12 25 lbs
w/db overhead press 3x12 40lbs
1. barbell upright row 1x6, 1x10, 1x10, 1x10, 1x8 50lbs
2. w/barbell overhead press 1x10, 1x6, 1x8, 1x6, 1x7, 1x6 50lbs
(the barbell exercises are done without putting the bar done after #1 and going to failure)
abs:
plank 3x 2 minutes
plank w/leg lift 3x20 seconds x 2
ball rollout 3x12
v-ups 4x20
Here are some ways to take the intimidation out of weights and conquer your fears:
When it comes to cardio, you can sweat your butt off like it's nobody's business. Yet when it comes to strength training you're not so bold. Your confidence plummets every time you get near a weight stack, so you haven't really gten into it. But to be a well-rounded health diva, you have to give that fear the boot and commit to both types of training.

Fear of not knowing what to do is one reason women shy away from the weights. Another scare factor: Gym jocks who dominate weight rooms. Women often don't like to exercise around men and don't want to look clueless in front of them. Even ultra-fit women may make you hesitate a little, especially if you're not as confident about your figure. Then there's that myth about strength training bulking you up Truth is though, women don't have enough testosterone to get big. In fact, weight training does the opposite by increasing your metabolism, toning your body and slimming you down. There are doezens of other benefits for women, including increased bone density. Sticking only to cardio might get you looking thin, but you'll also look flabby.

1. You could get instruction from a trainer(to cut expenses, pull in a friend and share the costs) or even have a fitness center employee show you how to use the machines and then beef up your knowledge by reading books and magazines, watching instructional DVD's or reading SP articles on weight training (that's how I got started).

2. Start with machines they require less body awareness so they're easier to use at first. Another option? Take a weight training or sculpting class.

3.Practice at home. If you feel self-conscious about strength training in front of others, start at home. Pop in a DVD or follow a program from SP, a book or magazine. By doing body weight exercises or exercises with simple tools like Dumbbells or resistance tubing at home, you can build co-ordination without anyone watching your. When your more confident, move to the gym.

4. Grab a buddy. Exercise is always more fun with a partner. But in this case lifting weights with a friend will help you feel less anxious and more confident.

5.Have a plan! Prepare ahead of time. Walk into the gym knowing what equipment you're going to use and what exercises you're going to do. Without a plan, you'll move through your strength training randomly which may make your workout less effective and increase your anxiety. consulting a personal trainer and getting a customized program could help you feel less overwhelmed. Using a program designed for you by SP is also a great way to get a good workout that is well planned.

6.Us the right sets and reps. Beginner strength trainers start with three sets of 15 reps. As you get stronger increase weight and decrease reps.

7. Start light. Use a light weight at first. If you find it too easy, you'll know after the first set and can then bump it up. If you can complete your last rep and feel like you can still complete three more, the weight isn't heavy enough. Just don't overdo it or you could use your risk of soreness.

8. Whenever your strength train write down what exercises you did, how much weight you used, how many sets and reps you did and if you're on a machine what your seat height was. Knowing this will help you progress.

9. Follow etiquette. Nothing says "beginner" more than breaking the unspoken rules of the weight room. 1. Put away your weights, 2. wipe equipment after using it (you might even put a towel on any bench or equipment that you sit or lie on) and 3. don't hog machines. If somebody's waiting to use the machine you're on finish your set and let that person work in.

10 Exude confidence. If the weights are surrounded by gym jocks, have no fear. Instead, stand tall, smile and act like you know what you're doing. Those guys might love having a woman around, especially if you're pushing it. And most are so into themselves they really pay little attention to who's doing what around them. Many are even more than willing to help if you have questions or need assistance with anything (just don't interrupt their reps).Still shy? Head to the gym during off times when you stand less chance of encountering people who intimidate you. No matter when your go, just make sure you do it. Once you start lifting weightsk you feel empowered and believe you can accomplish anything!

  
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DEBBIEDAY 2/17/2009 3:19PM

    I've just started using the hand weights at home. Still not 100% sure what I'm doing but its a beginning. Thanks for sharing!!!
~Debbie~

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TRECECOOKS 2/17/2009 2:10PM

    I just LOVE lifting!!

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KALISWALKER 2/16/2009 4:39PM

    Good to know. I did shorter and more intense workout today.

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LWINTER 2/16/2009 4:18PM

    Thanks for the tips. I go to a rehab place & am going to have one of the therapists show me the machines that I can use without hurting my knees.

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Never skip another workout

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Even if you you've abandoned your resolutions, there is still time to commit to getting in shape--gyms are still running specials to lure new members, and some of your friends are likely to be entertaining similar ambitions, so you'll have company. With bathing suit season just around the corner we all might be eager to drop some weight, while 10 pounds in 10 days, is silly, a realistic approach can help guarantee your success. These rules can help you make your get-fit aspirations be-fit habits in no time.

1 Find activities that you enjoy.
Working out is supposed to be fun--not a chore--Yes, you should strength train, you should do aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up to at least 60% of your max, and you should be active most days of the week. The workouts you do, though, are up to you.

2 Set specific goals.
Clarify what you'd like to accomplish. do you want to drop 5 pounds or 5 percent body fat? If you want to get stronger choose benchmarks to help you guage your progress--doing 20 regular push-ups or moving up to 15 lb dumbbells for your biceps curls, for example.

3 Be flexible
so many people fail at getting in shape because they set a rigid plan that doesn't work with their lifestyle--and then they give up. Try developig a do-anywhere workout routine and be willing to adjust your goals if the gym isn't an option.

4 don't go it alone
Join a gym with a friend so you'll be accountable to someone besides yourself. Encourage each other to go harder faster, or longer, and congratulate each other when you do. For me personally, this is a big one. I met a few women at the gym, and though I workout on my own, I save their bikes in spin class, or I talk "workouts" with a couple other women. Knowing that they count on me to save their bikes, is a motivator to me on days when I start to consider "skipping" a day. Becoming a part of the "gym" culture is a big part of re-inventing myself.

5 Look the part.
Invest in a pair of quality athletic shoes and stylish exercise clothing that fits well. If you look good and feel comfortable you're more apt to stick with your program. I never go into a store without checking out the exercise clothes and my closet overruns with sneakers...that's my guilty pleasure, and it makes me feel good when I get dressed for the gym each day.

6 Recommit daily.
Making exercise a habit and reaching your goal takes work every single day, even if it's just reminding yourself why you want to be five ounds thinner or how good you feel after a jog. If necessary, write down your goals and post them somewhere prominent as a visual reinforcement.

7 listen to great music
Invest in an mp3 player and keep your music fresh. Nothing gets you going better/longer than listening to music, research has proven this out.

Use whatever works for you, but it's really important to workout most days of the week. Once that becomes a daily habit, the rest is easy.

Today's workout
60 minutes yoga

  
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JERSEYGIRL24 2/15/2009 9:59AM

    Good blog, thanks.

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LWINTER 2/15/2009 12:36AM

    It's all about building NEW habits!

Thanks for the good words!

L.

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CHANNEL1988 2/14/2009 11:56PM

    VERY nice, thank you! :)

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TAFODIL24 2/14/2009 9:03PM

    Great Ideas ~ Thank you for sharing!
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