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This Week's Home Workouts - 4/26

Monday, April 26, 2010

4/26 - M - Squeeze Stronger
4/27 - Tu - Defining Shape
4/28 - W - Cardio Barre
4/29 - Th - 30 Minutes to Fitness + 10 Min Pilates
4/30 - F - HIIT 40/20 + Butts & Guts (Floor Work Only)
5/1 - Sa - Yoga Meltdown #1
5/2 - Su - Off

Zuzana of BodyRock.TV strength trains everyday so I'm going to take her advice. :)

  
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TSWARTHOUT 4/29/2010 10:53AM

    WOO HOO...you go girl:)

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DARLENEK04 4/27/2010 10:17PM

  Hey girlfriend, how are things going? Great I hope.

I am so behind....not even funny....I am so desperate to get
in some more exercise I am going to mow the back yard...

Have a good week..
Darlene

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JREA24 4/26/2010 6:56PM

    Go for it.

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Body Parts Moving at 52.7 mph...Is Possible

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

COPIED FROM YESTERDAYS FITNESS TRACKER NOTES...

Since I've reached my goal weight and I'm working hard to maintain my current weight and not lose it...I don't worry about how many calories I burn while exercising. I may start tracking it since I'm doing Insanity now so that others can get an idea of how many calories I'm burning as an example for themselves. Not sure yet...

OK so I'm decided to track my calorie burn and other stats. I track on my Garmin 305 because it's the bomb. :)

Fit Test Results:
Switch Kicks 81
Power Jacks 30
Power Knees 89
Power Jumps 20
Globe Jumps 6
Suicide Jumps 11
Pushup Jacks 20
Low Plank Oblique 34

Time: 22:08, Max Speed 52.7 m/h
Calories Burned: 121

When I went to do my fit test, I didn't feel like it. I did the best my body could do at that moment. Had I not decided to do Insanity then this day would have been a step aerobics day for sure and not a circuit one because I just did not feel like going high impact. Anyway, those are my numbers and I am not happy with them because I know I could have done A LOT better if not for mood.

I'm sure next Fit Test will be better. :)

Oh and I'm switching my days off from Sunday to Tuesdays because my husband usually has his doctors appointments on those days and I can't get my workouts in.

Notes:
Shaun T is very motivating and I like how the pace of Insanity goes so fast. See my speed above? That's fast. My favorite exercises from the Fit Test are Power Jumps aka Tuck Jumps which I learned how to do from Cathe and Push Up Jacks...pure love.

  
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CONCHALEA 4/21/2010 10:22PM

    It's great that you've met your goal! Way to go! I'm rooting for you to keep working out to maintain your weight.

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DARLENEK04 4/21/2010 10:07PM

  You go girl........I am so proud of you for reaching your
goal.......

Hang in there...

Hugs,
Darlene

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PODOBA01 4/20/2010 2:52PM

  I've seen the commercials for this workout program and they look really tough.

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Rant...P90x...Rant...STS...Rant...Rant...B
ody Fat...Indecisive...Rant

Monday, March 08, 2010

Today I sat in a corner of my home gym for three hours. Three hours. I kid you not. I am kind of bummed that Summer is right around the corner and that I still have so much work to do on my body. My mind is in the right place, but some how I feel so unorganized.

I am currently debating on whether I should go ahead and start P90x now since it is one of my goals to start and complete. If I give P90x my all and the entire 90 days I can probably reach my goal faster, but I'm not so sure. I've been watching results on Youtube from those who have done 90 days and from those who put in a year of P90x. If I keep doing what I'm doing...circuits, drills, straight strength and plyo for a year by rotating them all around I think I can reach P90x results in a year just by doing what I'm doing for a year.

I'm also wondering if I should just keep going with Tom Venuto's advice and cycle my carbs and just keep working at burning the last 10% percent of fat I have left to burn. I am not big on working out for more than 40-50 minutes a day anymore. I really don't think that sh!t is necessary if you ask me. I work hard in the home gym. I bust my butt. I push my body to its daily limits. I've been doing circuits and they have proven to be my best friends when it comes to blasting fat.

I've also been doing some Zuzana workouts here and there and those work for me as well. I do Zuzana workouts to work on my speed, to become more fit. I'm still slow, my endurance is up there, but not as high as I'd like it to be.

I do Yoga now and I've always thrown in Pilates to help me with my balance...core strength is very important to me.

Plyo is my thing. Some people complain about the impact, but it is a serious calorie burner and I love that.

I guess it's time for me to move onto P90x...what do you guys think? I think it's the hardest program on the market today. Believe it or not, but CLX is not hard for me. I've done it for a month, got bored with it. I get the same results from doing 30 Day Shred...all three levels back to back five days a week and running 3 miles a day, three days a week. Rubbish. I hope nobody jumps on me for this, but if they do I'm standing by what I say because these were my results.

I did Cathe's STS and I must say that I love that program. It's not a good program to do if you want to lean out because this program is a bulking one for sure. STS makes your muscles big period. Muscles big, fat still there. The program has to be balanced out with a good cardio program mixed into it for one to get lean results and unfortunately, STS doesn't have a good cardio program to add to it. STS Cardio, to me, does NOT go with the STS program and if somebody says it does then that's straight donkey dust. Cathe came up with a roation for STS along with STS Cardio and it's a joke. It's simply not enough calorie burn and if you can get through the hardest workouts she has (which most can't - the HIITs and circuits) then you will want to do those workouts at least 3 - 4 times a week.

Anyway...I'm looking for some guidance here. Should I just nip it and invest in 90 days with Beachbody or should I just revamp my programs and refocus myself on what I'm doing because it is working...it's just taking hella long time or so I think. I am not discouraged, I have not fallen off the wagon and I will never give up...but sometimes I need to just stop and step back to think.

Lastly, I'm going to be going to school full-tim in the Fall and if that doesn't take away from my workouts I don't know what will. I plan on doing Zuzana drills everyday - 20 minutes or less to maintain my gains and progress. I'm thinking if I do P90x now I can shed the last 10% of body fat, do STS 3 month rotation again and by the time Fall comes around I should be muscle exposed...

OK..rant is over. No, I'm not crazy. I just needed to get that out even though I was all over the place with it. Thanks to everyone who read this mess. Ha! Please share your thoughts. Thanks!

  
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ANNAHEAL38 4/18/2010 2:18PM

  One guy that I work with has done insanity and P90X he says that he would do insanity over P90X... Just a thought

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NIKI8911 3/24/2010 4:12PM

    I'm thinking you have tried sooo many things & stay true to them to the end to see the results. Try the P90x & see how it goes. Let me know what you think because I think my FiancÚ just bought it haha. I'm considering it. But are you suppose to mix that with cardio?
Try the P90x, you're so good at evaluating everything!

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SHAYLADU 3/15/2010 8:51PM

    Hey girl you know I don't know heck I just ordered CLX LOL! Well I do have 30 Days or so to return it if I don't like it but I would say go for it. Go ahead and try P90X I guess I was a little afraid of it I dont know why and I figured CLX would be a good start for me will see. As for STS I am glad you said that its good information to know about the bulking part. I say go ahead and try it. P90X P90X P90X

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JANISLI 3/9/2010 9:37AM

    P90X is on my agenda for May 1. I am doing power90 now.
You have had great results. I say go for the P90X. What do you have to lose except the last 10%.
Good Luck and whatever you decide stay focused and committed.
janisli
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JINXSTORM 3/8/2010 12:27PM

    Well Im glad I read your rant (smile) because I wanted STS soo bad and was on the fence about getting it. I spent the money on CLX and was not happy with it. I was unaware that STS would bulk me up, I want to lean out not bulk up so thank you very much. Oh by the way go for the P90x, and keep us up to date with your progress.

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ALISHAB3 3/8/2010 11:15AM

    Do the p90x, after all what do you have to lose? Its only 90 days.

Btw, I agree about STS, I didn't get that one because its primarily a bulking program and I really don't need to bulk, I'm good at putting on muscle thats the easy part.

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VERONICAMITCH 3/8/2010 8:04AM

    I've been in that corner! ((hugs))
What you have accomplished this far is amazing. I'm just starting STS for the first time and I'm trying to figure out what I can do cardio wise to balance the strength. I wish I had Insanity instead of P90X. I agree with wannabfit34 though, if you have been doing the same workouts for a while, P90x would change it up for your body. ? I'm new so I know little, just wanted to give you my support and thank you for your inspiration!

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WANNABFIT34 3/8/2010 3:06AM

    I would say give p90x a go sometimes we just need a shake up in our workout. Your body may be getting used to your workouts this would be something a little different that would give you energy and a change of pace. I had great results with p90x and was doing a 2nd round and kind of felt I was in a rut so I picked up Insanity to change it up, after I finish Insanity then I will probably do a hybrid of the two to give my body a different challenge yet again.

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My March 2010 Goals

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Since I've been done with losing weight for a long time I have not been on my game like how I should be right now. I haven't gained any weight, but I am not as diligent about keeping up with my previous regiment. So, for the month of March I will bring back some of my good habits like...

- no white bread, no white rice and no white pasta
- no soda, not even diet
- no chinese take out at all
- track what I eat every day in my Iphone (it's easier this way using the Lose It! app)
- track my exercises in my Spark Fitness tracker
- wear my heart rate monitor each time I go to workout
- workout every single day, no rest days
- burn as much fat as possible
- build as much muscle mass a possible
- try to eat as clean as possible
- read at least two diet ad fitness articles a day
- do 20 pushups and 10 pullups everyday

And that's about it. So these are my March 2010 goals. All of this is doable because I did it before with no problems for long periods of time.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOU MARCH 2010 GOALS???

  
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BIGBABYMAMMA 3/6/2010 5:11PM

    Great goals!! emoticon

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BEKAH_IS_FIT 3/6/2010 12:05PM

    GOOD JOB! You've inspired me today! One of my goals for this month is not to let stinkin' thinkin' knock me off my fitness goals and I plan to do that by journaling, searching out positive influences and keep moving!

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FLYFIGHTER 3/4/2010 9:53AM

    LOVE it!!!

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THEFITNUTLIFE 3/3/2010 5:12PM

    Very ambitious goals. You are quite the inspiration and motivator. I have every faith you will succeed! Good luck :)

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LALMEIDA 3/3/2010 3:43PM

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KIMPENNEY 3/3/2010 10:59AM

    Ambitious goals, good for you!!!

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JAPOPE1 3/3/2010 7:24AM

  It certainly does seem like a lot to focus on in 1 month, but I'm sure you can do it!!!! emoticon

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SHANNONSTILLS 3/3/2010 7:24AM

  "read at least two diet ad fitness articles a day"
- Is this for motivation?

I have increased my cardio time.

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SNOWBUNNY2010 3/3/2010 1:12AM

    Good goals. You have motivated me to think about what goals I can set for myself for this month. Thank you and good luck.

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I May Have Beat HBP With A Little Help

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I haven't taken my blood pressure in a while, but took it today and it read 132/83. WHAT???!!!! I am on cloud 9. I've gone from taking 4 high end blood pressure pills a day to currently one minor water pill. My readings, when I was unhealthy, were around 230/120 or 242/122. No more excessive water weight, migraines that send me to the ER in the middle of the night, nausea, throbbing in the back of my head and numbness in my face. Simply amazing!!! I just had to share. I must say that this past year has been AMAZING!!!! I wore a bathing suit without hiding under a towel for the first time and I can fit into medium and small sized clothing -- whoa! I am so proud of me!

  
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VIAFREE 4/20/2010 10:24AM

    Wow now that is an inpiration to me. I too am working on the BP. Thanks for sharing

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SAVANTRICE 3/2/2010 5:14PM

  good luck to you! sometimes you really can outrun your genes. I'm dealing with borderline hypertension from my mom's side and am hoping with more stringent diet and exercise I can have these types of results :)

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HEALTHY4LYFE 2/28/2010 8:53PM

    I am so happy for you. I am currently on 2 and I so wish to get to the point where I dont have to take any. Woo Hoo for you!

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TMCH1512 2/14/2010 6:45PM

    Way to go! I fell off the SP wagon, wanted to check up on everybody! Congrats on your successes! emoticon

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CANDIDROP86 2/8/2010 8:36PM

    Great job...I have to catch up lol.

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BIRRRDY 2/6/2010 1:10PM

    Oh my gosh! Congratulations! That's fantastic!

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PEDWARDS414 1/28/2010 11:23AM

  That's fantastic!

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SABRINALG 1/20/2010 10:10AM

    Congratulations that is wonderful!!

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TEASINGTAN 1/16/2010 7:10AM

  Even though I'm much older than you Blackandi, I keep my eyes on you to keep myself in check. Currently I'm on 5 blood pressures and one depression, I was told I will probably be on them the rest of my life, but I'm determine to prove them wrong. I got rid of the man, getting rid of the weight, only positive cross my threshold, through my ears and out of my mouth and to strive for greatness for 2010 were my New Years resolutions. I have been as high as you and last check, last week was 137/79 (even the nurse had to give me a hug for those numbers and I really needed it too, no mess, no stress and your blood pressure will be less) so you can see that high pressure was left over into 2009 and I hope to continue in the right direction because I want to live for another 59 years if possible, if the good Lord willing and the creek don't rise. (LOL) I want to grow up to be just like you, so keep doing what you doing cause I'm rooting for you as well as myself to meet my goals this year too. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all that you do, to help motivate and inspire us oldies but goodies, sparkpeople and the newbies too. Again thank you..........Teasingtan aka Patricia emoticon

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LYFESTYLECHANGE 1/3/2010 2:26AM

    That's awesome. God will continue to bless you in more ways than you can imagine. emoticon

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HIGHVELOCITY 1/2/2010 10:18PM

    Wow is that impressive! Congrats!!

Sandy

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MAZZA64 1/2/2010 2:19PM

    emoticon well done
That is one of my goals for this year

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DARLENEK04 1/2/2010 2:13PM

  I have reduced my BP meds from 1 and a half a day to one in
the morning, my goal is get off altogether.

Way to go Andi...you rock.............Keep up the effort........
You are so worth it.



Darlene

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RIVERMYST57 1/2/2010 10:45AM

    way to go, you've given yourself an extended lifetime. may 2010 be a wonderful one for you. emoticon

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JODANGEROUSLY 1/2/2010 9:40AM

    Wow! Fantastic!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/2/2010 9:26AM

    What a great present you gave to yourself in 2009!!

It's Party Time!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 1/2/2010 8:36AM

    You should be proud of yourself! It sounds like you worked hard to get to this point and you also are saving yourself a lot of pain by making the migraines go away. That is a great bonus!!!

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SIDNEYOK 1/2/2010 7:09AM

    emoticon Congratulations on your blood pressure! That's awesome progress!

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FIT_ARTIST 1/2/2010 2:27AM

    That's great ANDI! I can't believe your BP used to be 230/120! That's just NUTS! Glad it's down. I've gotten mine down to... not as high as your though. I got mine down from about 145/90 to 112/74 -ish.
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PRIVATECHICK 1/2/2010 12:34AM

    sweet! congrats!!

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