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ChaLean Extreme - Day 2

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Technically, Day 2 was yesterday and it was a rest day. Initially, I wasn't going to take the rest day and was going to do some light cardio but my shoulders were screaming with achiness during the night so I decided to not push it.

However, today was Burn Circuit 2 and I've gotta say, it felt a lot harder to me than Burn Circuit 1 did.

First of all, I think it felt harder because I felt that I was making better weights' decisions. There was only one exercise where I felt I should go lighter.

The other reason I thought it was harder was because it involved a lot of lunges and with the osteoarthritis and the rheumatoid arthritis in both of my knees, lunges (and squats) can be difficult. However, that said, here are the exercises that I did today with the weights I used and the number of reps:

1. Sumo Squat w/Bicep Curl - 8 lbs, 12 reps

2. Lunge w/One-Arm Tricep Extension - 5 lbs, 12 reps

3. Dead Lift Row - 10 lbs, 12 reps

4. Sumo Squat w/Overhead Tricep Extension - 10 lbs, 8 reps (This is the one that I'll go lighter on next time.)

5. Dead Lift w/Double Row - 10 lbs, 11 reps

6. Bowler's Lunge w/Single-Arm Row - 10 lbs, 10 reps (I didn't make it to 12 because of the actual lunge not the weight that I was using.)

7. Bicep Curls w/Abductor Balance - 8 lbs, 12 reps

8. Forward-Lean Lunge w/Double Row - 10 lbs, 12 reps

9. Triple-Threat Push-Ups - 3 reps (Triple-Threat Push-Ups are tricep, wide hands and wide feet. Where I did 6 push-ups 2 days ago, I actually did 9 today since each push-up set is made up of 3. I did all of them on my knees.)

Workout Time - 45 minutes
Calories Burned - 234

Tomorrow's workout is Burn Intervals and Ab Burner. Sounds tough but I'll do my best as I always do.

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ITSMAYHEM 1/9/2014 5:22PM

I hate those Bowler's lunges!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/9/2014 11:29AM

    Sounds like it's a good overall conditioning program. Love the reviews you're giving on it. It sounds like something, maybe I can do too.

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JMOUSE99 1/9/2014 10:52AM

    emoticon I'm very impressed!

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_LINDA 1/9/2014 7:54AM

    emoticon Very impressive you can do this!!

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MGNAGEY1962 1/9/2014 7:10AM

  Love Chalean. Did this workout twice & may be doing it again after T25.

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TRYINGHARD54 1/9/2014 5:50AM

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ChaLean Extreme Program - Day 1

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

So, I did the first workout (Burn Circuit 1) in the ChaLean Extreme program this morning. Some of it was tough and some not so much. Here are the exercises I did with the dumbbell weight, number of reps and comments:

1. Sumo Squat w/Hip Lift - 15 lbs, 8 reps - much too heavy. Chalene says if you can't do a minimum of 10 reps, go lighter.

2. Lunge w/Posterior Fly - 5 lbs, 12 reps - did 12 reps per side and found that 5 lbs was too light on the right but was fine on the left.

3. Push-Up w/Leg Lift - 6 reps on knees, no leg lift. I can barely put any weight on my knees as it is so the leg lift was definitely out of the question. However, I have to do the pushups on my knees until I can build up some arm strength to do them the proper way. Up to ChaLean, I've just been doing wall push-ups.

4. Dead Lift w/Posterior Fly - 5 lbs, 12 reps - I chose 5 lbs because of the posterior flyes but I'm going to try 8s next time.

5. Lunge w/Core Rotation - 15 lbs, 12 reps - This one felt too heavy. I'll try 10s next time.

6. Bench Press & Lower Leg Lift - 10 lbs, 12 reps - I didn't do the lower leg lift because I do the bench press on my bench and I'm always afraid I'm going to fall off unless I keep one foot on the floor and the other on the bench.

7. Squat w/Side Bend - 15 lbs, 11 reps - I found the 15s too heavy for this one as well; I'll try 10s next time.

8. Forward-Lean Lunge w/Double Arm Posterior Fly - 5 lbs, 12 reps - I'll try 8s next time.

9. Chest Fly w/Hip Lift - 8 lbs, 12 reps - As with #6, I didn't do the hip lift thing.

Workout Time - 45 minutes
Calories Burned - 209

Tomorrow's supposed to be a rest day but I may do some light cardio if I get up early enough.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANISMKW 1/8/2014 10:51PM

    Good adice about the weight in #1 and I would keep the 2 sides equal in #2... the weaker one will catch up if you keep at it. Good for you!

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ITSMAYHEM 1/8/2014 9:58PM

I really am still bad at lunges. Between my balance and weird double jointedness. Today was my 2nd week for BC1 and my arms are tired but my legs aren't this time. Who knows! Can't wait to see what this brings all of us for the new challenge! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 1/8/2014 7:07AM

    That is great you are able to perform all this!!
I will never do anything beyond wall push ups or be able to lift more than five pounds as that is the limit my surgeon put on me because of my elbow replacements. I shudder to think what it will be after this right arm gets fixed again. I was already having trouble with it from before the accident -its always been my weakest arm.
Keep up the great work!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/8/2014 12:22AM

    Sounds like a great workout. I'm glad that you are able to customize the weights to what you can do. Hope you had fun and it continues to be fun for you.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/7/2014 9:21PM

    Great commitment to yourself starting a new workout routine. I like how you evaluated and wrote what you did so you have a baseline which you can look back at to measure your progress.

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SEATTLE58 1/7/2014 7:59PM

    Awesome!! emoticon I sure wish that I could do that, but I just better be thankful for what I can do! You are doing so good, I'm so happy for you. You'll see Onederland before you know it! emoticon emoticon Karen

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ROCKPORT9 1/7/2014 6:40PM

    Good for you! I find that age and RA has limited me. I can not do a good lunge and pushups must be from knees as feet have been affected by RA. I applaud you trying this new exercise regime and modifying to your needs. emoticon hugs, Laurel

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ChaLean Extreme - Before Photos, Measurements & Fit Test

Monday, January 06, 2014


Weight - 212.7 lbs
Neck - 14 inches
Chest - 41 inches
Bicep - 13.5 inches
Waist - 38.5 inches
Belly Button - 48 inches
Hip - 47 inches
Thigh - 23 inches
Calf - 14.5 inches

Pushups - 7 on knees
Crunches - 10
Squats - 40
Forearm Plank - 7.8 seconds
Overhead Shoulder Press - 8 reps using 8 lb dumbbells
Bicep Curls - 12 reps using 10 lb dumbbells
Flexibility - 8 inches

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_LINDA 1/8/2014 6:59AM

    Good luck with it!
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/7/2014 12:53PM

    Love those before pics. Can't wait to see the after pics! Have fun with your new program! Please give updates/reviews. I'm always on the lookout for new, fun programs too.

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Reflections, Resolutions & Inspiration

Monday, January 06, 2014


I've been keeping track of the number of days I exercise for the past decade or so. Here is my list:

Year Days Exercised
2000 152
2001 278
2003 239
2004 145 (diagnosed with RA)
2005 35
2006 25
2010 270
2011 177
2012 236
2013 325

As you can see, I did significantly better in 2013 than in all the previous years. Other positives include:

- I lost 11 pounds in 2013. It's not a lot but I'm happy with it.
- I completed the exercise program Supreme 90 (a P90X knock-off) and with the completion of it, I lost 3 inches off my belly.
- I surpassed my FM target of 12,000 minutes by about 200 minutes.
- I completed 3 sessions of BLC with my wonderful Amazon Warrior team.


I honestly can't think of anything (other than Justin Bieber emoticon ) that I'd like to leave behind. Overall, I think it was a very good year.


- I've increased my FM target to 1500 FM per month.
- I'm going to do the ChaLean Extreme exercise program.
- I'm going to continue participating in the BLCes as I find them very motivating.
- I'd like to lose 15 pounds this year and finally make it to Onederland.
- I will eat healthily 90 percent of the time.


So many things inspire me but I have to start with myself. I always tell people that because I'm a Taurus, I'm stubborn but I'm mostly stubborn with myself (persistent). I started this journey in 1998 and although it's taking me longer than I had anticipated due to life getting in the way, I have not given up and I won't give up.

Tracking the number of days I exercise on the calendar helps keep me motivated to keep going. I put smiley face stickers on every day that I exercise.

My SparkFriends inspire me especially those who have the same challenges as I do.

My family inspires me especially my dad who at 83 still hikes 8 kilometres every other day and travels several times a year and is fit and active.

The BLCes inspire me to do my best all the time so that I don't let my team down.

Trying new exercise programs inspire me to try new things and to keep active.

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_LINDA 1/8/2014 7:01AM

You had a fabulous year!! Here is to building on that!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/7/2014 12:52PM

    WOOHOO! A very successful year indeed. WOOHOO! Great job on the weight loss last year and being so much more active. You've more than doubled the exercise minutes over the years. Congrats!

Love your goals for the 2014. Love also that you had such a good year in 2013 that you wouldn't change anything. All your new goals seem very well thought out and achievable.

Have fun!

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BECCA315 1/6/2014 6:56PM

    Great exercise stats, and I agree with leaving JB behind... Good luck for the new year!

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Arizona - December 27 to 29

Monday, December 30, 2013

Well, we made it to Arizona. DH loves flying especially the taking off and landing parts (the parts I hate most ). We travelled well as a pair.

We were both pulled aside by security in Buffalo -- me for not having the toothpaste in the clear plastic bag with the other liquids and DH for having not one but two knives. One was a plastic knife that came with our breakfast and the other was his long-owned favourite key-chain Swiss army knife that he thinks of as just a handy tool and not a weapon. Unfortunately, the security guard did not see it that way. DH was slightly irked that a woman on our flight had knitting needles and apparently THEY were fine. emoticon

Our rental car is a white Mustang convertible which we drove with the roof down. It was a little chilly but the sun felt so good. The temperature when we arrived was around 72 or 73.

Our hotel room is spacious and the only real problem with it is that the bathroom can only be accessed from the bedroom.

On Saturday, we checked out downtown Tucson with the high points being getting lots of tourist information from the Tourist Center and going to the South Arizona Transportation Museum.

DH has gone to look at trains and to an airplane museum this morning and I'm using the time to catch up with everyone online and perhaps do some reading.

We went to Phoenix yesterday. Our first stop was a Mobile Home Dealership. Mobile Homes are a lot nicer looking than I thought they would. They look like real houses and they're not too expensive.

Our second stop was in Mesa to see the Chicago Cubs new training facility. Unfortunately, the gates were all locked but we did get a couple of photos of DH in front of the gates with the new facility in the background.

Our third stop was at the Heard Museum of American Indian Art & History. It was pretty interesting although after seeing the hundredth woven basket, a little repetitive. There was a Georgia O'Keefe show there but it didn't include her wonderful flower paintings. The exhibit was called Georgia O'Keefe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam & the Land and featured depictions of a lot of katsina dolls (Hopi-related) and frankly, I found them a little creepy.

When we got back to Tucson, we went to a recommended Mexican restaurant for dinner (El Charro). The best part of the meal was the appetizer which we shared that had guacamole and a salad that tasted really good.

DH had the dish that they're renowned for:

A deliciously grande pound portion of our World Famous
Carne Seca. Dried in the Sonoran desert sun, our marinated
lean Angus beef is shredded & flash‐grilled with green chile,
tomato & onions. Features guacamole, Pico de Charro, arroz
& frijoles refritos or Charros, flour tortillas.

But didn't love it. And, I had:

Sampling of Three Handmade Tamales: Pork Carnitas, Chicken Tomatillo & Fresh Corn

I could only eat two of them (I don't know which two) but the one with red sauce was too spicy for my palate (DH didn't find it spicy at all). The green-sauced one was a little spicy but I found that I could cool off my mouth by interspersing it with the white sauced tamale which wasn't spicy at all.

By the time we got back to our room, we were both exhausted and DH actually went to sleep before 9! I managed to make it to 20 to 10. emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/7/2014 12:45PM

    Sounds like a good time overall. WOOHOO!

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_LINDA 12/30/2013 11:49PM

    Hopefully you will see more interesting sites and have meals you can really enjoy.
Have fun!!

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TROPICGAL 12/30/2013 11:08PM

    Glad you are having a great time!

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JANISMKW 12/30/2013 10:08PM

    Sounds great. That's one part of the country I haven't visited and would love to see. Thanks for sharing!

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A-STRONGER-ME 12/30/2013 8:08PM

    Sounds like a great time. Lots to do and NO SNOW!!!!

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GLASSART43 12/30/2013 5:15PM


I lived in Phoenix for five years some time ago and while I missed the ocean, I loved the food:) The Heard Museum is one of my favorite places - they used to have artists in residence demonstrating wood carving, painting, ceramics, and so on. Tucson has a desert wildlife zoo that is pretty nice.
Hope you both get to relax and take in some sun!

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ROCKPORT9 12/30/2013 2:32PM

    What a nice trip!

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SEATTLE58 12/30/2013 1:58PM

    It's sounds like you had fun and learned some interesting things too at the same time. It's always so nice to get away and then to come home again. Glad that you could have a little R&R with just the two of you.

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