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HUGE blessing!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thank you for your prayers, and even though my morning started off a little rocky (finding out my PT test would NOT be 6 October, but instead 27 Sep before I leave for Hawaii)... I was super blessed when I did my practice PT test after class...
19 Pushups (meh, could have argued 20, but still passing)
48 Situps (min is 38, max is 53...with adrenaline test day, might get more)
who knows my Abdominal Circumference, I measured at 34" but we always measure ourselves more...
1.5 mi run: 13:55 !!!

Seriously. I couldn't believe it. I wanted to cry.

I haven't run that fast... since... like college! :D

Here's to a week of working out and maintaining injury freeness! Today was my last day of binging (I know, not smart but I'm an emotional eater, what can I say? :P)

And tomorrow starts strict Paleo.
G'night!

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/20/2011 5:48PM

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So happy for you - I know how hard you've been working to do well on this and you are going to be so awesome by the time the "real thing" rolls around!
Just take it easy and don't re-injure yourself.
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BRENDARK 9/20/2011 8:05AM

    Thanks everyone! :D

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CONRADBURK 9/20/2011 7:47AM

    Good for you. You are very fit! Remember to stretch after your exercising to prevent injuries. Stretching is an often neglected, but important part of exercising. You are awesome! Your success is inspiring me even more to work out and eat healthy!
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Thanks :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I just wanted to say thanks for supporting me and encouraging me through my injury. I thought I was getting better, but during FX45 tonight, I definitely could feel it. So I'll be taking my "weekend" off (I don't have class tomorrow--the advantage of having class from 6am-3pm).

I had to move rooms (again), this is my third room--here's hoping third times a charm. Thankfully it's a nice place, it's off base in a Comfort Suites... so the advantage is staying in a hotel (I almost wrote Sweet hotel, but didn't want to do that bwahaha). And this has a mini fitness room. I'll be checking it out tomorrow. Probably doing lots of strength training to work upper body and some abs... and yeah. Sadly the Dragon gym is closed today (it has some sweet arm cardio stuff), but I might head to the main gym to do some rowing.

Yeah, I went over my calories today. Emotional eater right here... :D MEH.

Time for bed. SLEEP! Waking up to no alarm. Priceless.

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/16/2011 4:36AM

    Yay! Days off and time off to rest your injury.
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Prayer request!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hey oh, you might remember my mention of the calf injury... maybe. Did I say it in the last blog? I can't remember.

Anyway... I tried to take it easy yesterday in Circuit 30/Cycle 30, and Zumba... today it wasn't as great as I wished it would be. Today was my Ct5K workout (which is now basically, trying to jog for 30 minutes) but I knew my right calf was acting up... so I tried to just do a mock fitness test: 1 min of pushups and situps, and the 1.5mile run time. I did 45 situps (min is 38, but goal is 54), 20 pushups (min is 18, goal is 25), and my run time was horrible! My last time was 14:30, this time it was 15:58! :/ Thankfully, if I had to test today (test is Oct 6th), I'd barely pass-- 76% (need 75%)... but I could do so much better!

So... please pray for wisdom with working out (knowing how to take it easy), and pray for healing! I really need to take my test because I'm already behind because weather cancelled my last attempts to test...

Thanks :)

  
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CONRADBURK 9/16/2011 4:30AM

    I still get the cravings to eat in the evening, but last night I stood looking into the refrigerator and chose the celery instead of the nuts or dried fruit. I ate 2/3 cup of celery, and this saved me from going over my allowed calories! The crunchy, chewy celery was just what I needed. It was very satisfying to chew.
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ALPINESALLIE 9/15/2011 9:21PM

    You are definitely in my thoughts & prayers Bren! That sounds painful! Hopefully it's ship up soon!


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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/15/2011 6:29PM

    Praying for you!
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Please do take it easy. It is hard, I know, because we don't want to let up and see any "gains" we've made go away, but maybe you need to find some alternate cardio for a few days that does NOT involve being on your right leg.
Be careful to give yourself grace. And go to God for some guidance, and then listen to His direction.
Take care. You will be lifted in prayer today!
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CONRADBURK 9/15/2011 7:55AM

    Your calf injury, if it is a pulled muscle, should heal in a week or so. Be careful to give it complete rest for a few days then try some light stretching. You should be stretching after every workout to prevent injuries. I do a huge amount of stretching! It is so important! One of the most overlooked components of fitness is flexibility.
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2213?!?!? Geesh.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

That's right. That's my end of day calorie count. Good thing I didn't eat that Kit Kat bar...or that cinnamon roll. ;) (just a note, my calorie range is 1350-1550).

And *mindlessly* eating that entire pint of Blue Bell Pecan Ice Cream didn't help (hello 760 calories!) But you know... you press on right? Right.

Glad to say that I did do my 30DS today at lunch, level 1. Except this time I had 2 1-gallon water jugs to use as weights. Lemme tell you, you add weights to 30DS, and it makes a world of difference! And let me also tell you, gallon jugs are not as easy to act as water jugs as you might think! I bought some 2L bottles of sparking water to see if they work a little better. Although, unfortunately the next 4 days, my lunches are being minimized from 90 minutes to like, 45 (realistically). So... I might have to do 30DS before my workout classes, or before my runs, or something. I dunno. Guess I'll figure something out. But by next Wed, I should be back to 90 min lunches :)

I messed up my calf yesterday in step class. It hurt to walk today, but I still did 30DS, Circuit 30/Cycle 30, and about 20 min of Zumba. I did take it easier than normal... didn't burn as many calories as I normally do...but I'm hoping it'll be okay by tomorrow... tomorrow is run day! :D

Scheduled my PT test for Fri 7 October. A waist measurement, 1 min pushups, 1 min situps and 1.5mi timed run. This will be the first real PT test in 3 years. wOw. So I gotta start really training now...(working on those pushups and situps)... so I can be ready. I think it'll work out though, cause hubby's PT test is the 1st, so when I get back, we can both keep training for it.

TIme to close the computer and get to bed! I gotta take advantage of not having hw, and really letting my body recover from these crazy workouts (yesterday I got like 7.5hrs sleep--I could do waay better!). PLUS, I have to be in class by 0545 tomorrow!

Aloha!

  
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ALPINESALLIE 9/14/2011 5:48PM

    Ice Cream & Oreos are definitely my kriptonite! But at least you stuck with the exercise side of things! Just don't beat yourself up too badly! You go girl!

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CONRADBURK 9/14/2011 7:27AM

    I know how you feel. I can't control myself with ice cream either and never buy any. It just calls my name from the freezer at night! LOL Now I eat lean protein for a snack, like a chicken breast. This fills me up without all the calories.
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CINDYTW 9/13/2011 10:46PM

  Good luck!!

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Two-a-days...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Two-a-days are rough. By nature, I suppose they're intended to be that way. When you work out pretty hard, twice a day. For me, it means adding Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred to my lunches... and continuing with my relatively intense (through the week) workouts.

Today was the first one, Level 1 at lunch (without weights tho, so not too bad)... and then Step class this evening. I thought to amp it up a little and try using 3lb weights through the class, I have a feeling I'll definitely be sore tomorrow...

Perhaps I should have picked up this regime sooner... since I only have 15 full days (including today) to work out and kick butt before heading home (in which case I'll then have 16 crazy last days in HI, and I'm scared to eat a ton and not work out at all) and then I'll find myself in KY.

Anyway. Gotta start sometime. Definitely took some Jack3d before the step class. I wasn't going to, but I was super tired (late night last night to study for my final test today)... and I really wanted to do the whole afternoon nap thing, but it didn't work out. So I took some Jack3d. Didn't turn me into a superhero, but I'm sure if I didn't have it, I wouldn't have pushed as hard.

And I have to confess, this is really the week before my period, which means I tend to overeat on junk food... which started today. With 3 mini heath bars, an almost 2oz bag of potato chips, and some cereal (I know cereal isn't normally bad for you-but doing the Paleo thing, it's a no no). I wanted to get ice cream, but I stuck with the chips. Needless to say my calories are through the roof, and my weight crept up (I weighed myself today after step class...and updated my weight tracker). I realized--there's not point hiding it. I gotta be honest with MYSELF and see those numbers on my calories to see how bad crap really is. You know? And I need to admit to myself that I've gained a few lbs back... to snap out of it. I hope it works. I'm a big fan of the motto, "Every moment brings a new choice." Just along the lines that ok, you had a crappy breakfast, doesn't mean the whole day is shot. Or whatever, I used to do that a lot. Eat bad in the morning, than throw the whole day out the window and eat whatever I wanted and not care...but now I realize, well I had a great breakfast, a not so good lunch, and I'll still be over my calories, but I can still have a good dinner... You know? Although, I do have one last cinnamon roll from my NC trip... I gotta eat it... before it goes bad. ;)

We'll see how tomorrow goes. Eating right. Making good decisions. And doing 30DS with one gallon water jugs as my weights. :D

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/13/2011 11:54AM

    Hi BRENDARK!
You are doing GREAT!
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You are amazing and awesome!
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Don't worry about those extra calories - they are in your past and the little "gain" was probably a bit of water weight due to the sodium being high (chips!).
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And as for the eating all the good food once you get home here to Hawaii... well.. you kind of have to get the special stuff you won't have for awhile... everything in moderation!
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You are doing this! Here's to YOUR SUCCESS!!
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CONRADBURK 9/13/2011 11:23AM

    You are one step ahead by knowing what you are eating. I find that planning a full day ahead of time what I will eat is very motivating. I also don't buy anything that I can't eat on the Paleo Diet, which helps when I get a snack craving. I have found that a 3 0z serving of chicken breast makes a great snack and is only around 100 calories. This fills me up and keeps me from overeating carbs. I love the Paleo Diet! It is wonderful!
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ANNALISSAS 9/12/2011 10:22PM

    That mentality of having one bad meal for the day and then letting it ruin the rest is so hard to break. It was probably one of my biggest downfalls when trying to get started. At least you tracked and know to avoid it now, good work! I like your quote, "every moment brings a new choice" that allows for endless fresh starts and better choices. Keep up the awesome push with the two a days and get plenty of rest to recover!

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BRENDARK 9/12/2011 9:36PM

    Thanks girl :) I have to keep reminding myself... LIFESTYLE change :) I'm just scared...my last 16days in Hawaii are gonna be crazy...not to mention me wanting to eat all the delicious food I won't be able to eat for a while! :D

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CINDYTW 9/12/2011 9:22PM

  Wellwhatever you are doing has to be sustainable. If it is too hard you won't be able to stick with it! Do what you can do, allow yourself a few slips, as healthy as you can mae them, and move on!

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