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Plans for the BLC Break

Monday, April 01, 2013

It's been a long time since I posted a blog -- and I've been writing a bunch in my head without getting them down.

Thanks to a BLC challenge -- here I am -- blogging at last!

It's been a wonderful experience being part of BLC21. I have put in more fitness minutes than I would have otherwise -- and I am now jogging 30 minutes straight, having completed training with Spark and following the Run Your Butt Off Program that MRSVK11 introduced me to. I've also added Body Pump classes to my week and this will add a great weight training element to my cardio.

Here are some of my thoughts for the BLC 8-week break:

To keep the momentum -- I'm planning to "stick with what works." For me that includes the following:

Eating well
Tracking -- a must!
Working Out -- Spin, Body Pump, Hooping, Walk/Jog/Hike
Continuing with BLC habits of LCW, Weigh In on Wednesday, TNT, and weekend challenges
Prayer and Worship
Learning more about Brain Gym and Mindful Yoga

Setting up e-cards to arrive two times a week with encouraging words, reminders to keep the healthy fires burning. If anyone knows a good site for that -- where you can pre-schedule when a card will arrive (and it's free) -- I'd love any suggestions.

I'm at a crossroads weight -- a weight I've often arrived at and then went up from rather than down. So, here are some words to myself:

No self-sabotaging. Don't get lax or overly casual with your eating.
You can win this!
You can achieve this!
Many others have done so . . . you will join them!

Remember the quote from a teammate's Sparkpage:
"If you're tired of starting over, STOP giving up."
~From FLGIRL1234

Will probably work on these a bit more -- but wanted to make sure I posted -- both for my own sake -- and to bring on more points for my team (Hi Team!!!!!!)

Wherever this finds you --

Smiles for you!

Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What . . .

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MRSVK11 4/4/2013 4:33PM

    emoticon on running for 30 minutes that's so emoticon I tried to run again yesterday but my lower back still hates it so I'm working on a back strengthening and stretching workout and will try again in 5 pounds. Hopefully I won't have to give up on my running another marathon dream.
I have a crossroads weight too. was stuck there for weeks four years ago, again last year and and so far a week this year, I plan on blasting through it this week emoticon I refuse to be stopped!!! emoticon
It sounds like you've got a great plan to blast through your cursed number too! emoticon
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    You are going to break through this weight this time and move on down ! You are worth it and you are making smart choices !! I will be at mine this year also.... the one I never get past....... you know it ! I still need to lose some more though !



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LUXITTA 4/2/2013 6:00AM

    You can do it! If you need support know your friends are here to help you!

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UMBILICAL 4/1/2013 11:05PM

  Thanks for the smiles - they are powerful

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Simple Diet Journal #37 -- No Damsel in Distress Quote -- BeFit 90 Days 4 to 9 and Walk/Jog 5k Wk 2

Friday, January 25, 2013

We all know how fast time can go by at times. I can't believe I'm already up to Day 9 of BeFit in 90. It seems to be flying by. Learning -- once again -- that today's decisions impact tomorrow's realities.

The combo of BeFit in 90 with my Run Your Butt Off program is working out great. While there is a cardio portion to BeFit -- for me, it all feels like strength training, toning, and stretching -- which I need! I am still doing modified Burpees and that plank thing (where you go down one arm and push up and do the same on the other side) -- but, I shall perservere -- and look forward to my upper arm strength getting better.

Walking/Jogging my way to a 5K is going great. I can really see progress here. I'm doing 3 minutes walking to 2 minutes jogging for 35 to 40 minutes. The last few days, I can see that I'm ready to jog/run again after 2 minutes, so I've added 2 rounds of walk 2: run 2. My mindset is still to go forward slowly and not rush the plan -- just don't want to get injured -- not worth it.

Started to read some running blogs and found out about shin sleeves. The running store near me had some by CEP -- and I like them so much, I've started wearing them a lot. It's sooooo cold here that having them on really feels great. They are staying up -- just as all the reviewers gushed they do -- and I'm hoping they will prevent injury.

BLC21 is now in Week 2 -- gosh I have a great team with the Mighty Mocha Hunters! I am so inspired every time I go on the chat thread. A blessing!

This weekend has no major food-centered events -- yeah! Last weekend had more than enough challenges in that arena. But, as one of my new favorite quotes from a Mocha teammate says -- I am no damsel in distress!

Here's the full quote from Marjimac -- this will be with me for years to come!

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"Here's why I pack my snacks at home and why you should too--if I leave home without them, I'm quietly planning to eat something tempting, delicious, and probably not nutritious whether I admit it to myself or not. I'm at the mall, I'm hungry, it's lunchtime--of course I have to eat at the the food court. What I am supposed to do? Starve?

Did I know when I left the house that I'm be out past lunchtime? Most likely. But hey, I have to eat the Mrs. Field's cookie because I'm so hungry! Yeah right. If you want to eat at the food court, plan for it. Make it work in your eating plan. There really is no "oops". You're not a damsel in distress stranded in a sea of fast food. You knew the logical consequences of leaving home without food you could eat."

Warm hugs on this verrrrry coooooold day from a Damsel who is N.I.D. (not in distress!!!!).

Learning to be fierce, fabulous, and determined in new and fun and healthy ways . . . .

Smiles for you!

Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What . . .

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TRANSFORMIN2012 3/13/2013 8:32AM

    I love reading your blog posts! Your humor and attitude are so enjoyed by this D.N.I.D!

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MARJIMAC63 2/2/2013 12:55PM

    WOW!!! I'm quoted in your blog post. How flattering is that??

Thanks for the recognition!
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    haha ha ha ..... this is very funny and I love the NO Damsel in distress.......

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on your be fit in 90 and the run to walk accomplishment !! Awesome job


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Simple Diet Journal #36 -- BeFit 90 Days 2 & 3 and Walk/Jog 5k

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Today is Day 3 of Be Fit in 90 -- a rest day. I'm ready to go further, but have decided to follow the plan as written, just to see. So watched the 20 second training tip about the importance of warming up -- and 'tis done.

I really have been liking it so far. It's very easy to do at home as, so far, all you need is yourself, some space to stretch out and move around -- but not too much, and dumbbells. A friend lent me P90x once and without a pullup bar, it just didn't make sense for me to do that program.

For BeFit in 90 -- Each day has 4 segments -- begins with a 4 minute warm-up, c. 10 min tone/dumbbells set, c. 10 minute cardio -- day one "boot campy", day two "MMA", and 4 to 5 minute cool down -- day one "stretch and flexibility", day two, "yoga".

Some of the exercises require a lot of arm and core strength and are beyond my ability to do multiples -- so I modify and do as much as I can, looking forward to the day I'll be rocking this plank maneuver where you go into plank and then go down on one arm, go back up to plank, and go down on the other arm. For me, that's tough to do at the pace these incredibly fit and buff people are doing them -- but I'm trying! Also often happy that I'm at home trying this stuff!

I already mentioned this on the Be Fit in 90 team forum -- but the trainers voices (love the main woman's accent!) are easy to listen to -- and they're encouraging.

The fact that it's only 35 minutes makes it very easy to incorporate for me -- at least for the first 2 days! Here's to 88 more days of easily incorporating 35 minutes!

Walk/Jog 5k mixed with Run Your Butt Off Program --

I'm between Stage 2 and 3 of RYBO (I'm doing Walk 4, run 1.5 minutes) --
Stage 2 is 4 minutes of walking to 1 minute of running (repeat 4x) for 3 or 4 weeks
Stage 3 is walk 4: run 2 minutes (repeat 4x) -- suggested to do for 3 or weeks also.
Stage 4 is walk 3: run 3 (repeat 4x)

For the SparkPeople Official 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program -- it's a faster pace program (although it may seem that way for me because I didn't start with the other plan, which has the 1st five weeks of only walking)

I completed Week One of Training (simultaneously, of course)
Week Two has Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 1.5 minutes. Repeat 5 more times. (Total workout time: 27 minutes). Guess it's RYBO Stages 2-4.

So, have talked mainly about working out today. But, my nutrition is on my mind, too -- to stay on point, to know that this day leads to my success! And yours, too!!!!

Quote for the day:

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
Jim Rohn

Smiles for you today!

Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What!

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ZOEANAEL 1/24/2013 8:24AM

    I'm so glad you like BeFit!
I also modified some of the exercise, like the up-down plank I do it on my knees. And the push-up too!

In less than 90 days, we will feel so proud!

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BROOKRIVERS 1/19/2013 11:38PM

    Wow -- thanks everyone! Iron sharpens iron, eh?!

And, for Skinniesomeday's question:
Hi there!

Re: your question about Be Fit in 90 -- it's a free 90 day workout program on youtube. I found out about it through another Spark friend and decided to check it out.

Here's a link for day one:

Here's a link for the entire system -- the top video is Day 90 and then you scroll down until you get to Day One:

There you go :-)

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TRANSFORMIN2012 1/19/2013 7:36PM

    Talk about motivation! You have motivated a very sluggish me to get it in gear today! Thank you!

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MRSVK11 1/19/2013 5:29PM

    emoticon emoticon I completed RYBO stage 2 X4 today I rest and start week 3 tomorrow.
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    I love all this information !! I need a new program to start and I am so interested in this be fit in 90 thing....... Is it a DVD or a program on here...... let me know please !!
thanks so much for sharing !!

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SPATTEN2001 1/19/2013 10:42AM

    Keep up the good work ... looks like you are making great progress.

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Simple Diet Journal #36 -- BeFit 90 Day One and Walk/Jog 5k

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How I love Spark!!! I'm always learning about new things that are positive and helpful and health-building!

Really loving my workout plans for BLC21. Completed 3 days of Walk/Jog 5k (and a variant with Run Your Butt Off). I'm really liking it. Today at the gym another woman was jogging next to me. I don't usually "compete" with others at the gym -- but I did find her very motivational. She ran for 30 minutes straight at a 5.0 pace. Having her right there next to me really gave me a vision for the future -- and helped me complete the jogging portions of the workout with a new ease. She has no idea of this, of course. But, what a gift this stranger's presence proved to be today.

Also started BeFit 90 -- it's a free 90-day workout series on youtube. Takes about 30-35 minutes to do 4 segments. Learned about it from ZOEANAEL -- and decided to check it out. Was unsure at first if it's something I can do and stick with my Run a 5K program. But, now that I completed day one -- I think it'll be a good fit and not too much. It does include rest days -- which will also help in being able to do both and not feeling like I'm overdoing things.

Still in love with Kale -- enjoyed a big bunch of freshly-baked Kale Chips this afternoon. Yum!

Smiles for you today!

Health, Peace, and Living Fully No Matter What . . .

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BLKLILY 1/20/2013 9:10PM

    You are so emoticon and full of life; never change.

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FLKAIN 1/18/2013 12:40PM

    Are you making your own Kale chips?

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CHUM48 1/17/2013 8:06PM

    Thanks! Right back at you!

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Simple Diet Journal #35 -- Walk/Jog 5K and BLC21 starts Tomorrow!!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inspired by MRSVK11, I looked into 2 different walk/jog to Run 5K programs. There's the one on Spark -- and then there's the Run Your Butt Off program. I started yesterday and feeling pretty good about it. I like the slow pace build up, because I'm just not interested in getting injured.

I'm doing a combo of 4 minute walking and 1 to 1.5 minutes running. So far so good and I'm feeling really psyched. Forcing myself not to try and jump ahead of the program so that I can experience it as written -- although for Run Your Butt Off, I'd not even be doing any running yet -- but with all the Spinning and other cardio I do -- I know I'm ready for a start that has some running. Thank you MRSVK11 -- can't wait to see myself being able to run 30 minutes straight.

And . . . although I feel like BLC21 started a few weeks ago, the official beginning is Tomorrow and I'm so very pumped. The Mighty Mocha Hunters are awesome (and a shout out to the Rangers, too!). I am READY!!!!

Smiles for you today!

Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What . . .

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BROOKRIVERS 1/17/2013 7:46PM

    You all are so awesome!!!

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FLKAIN 1/17/2013 2:11PM

    Run Brookrivers Run!!!

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MRSVK11 1/17/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon emoticon I skipped the the first week too so we'll be on the same schedule and can be one anothers emoticon As an on again off again runner (I ran a marathon 5 years ago) I'd also recommend sticking to the program, even if it seems easy, to avoid injury. GOOD LUCK!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    This sounds like you are in a good place and GOOD for you !! I have never run in my life and I can see that walking really probably only take me so far but I've had trouble with my knees and chins for years so I'm terrible scared of injuries !! I can't wait to see how you do and maybe just maybe .... I'll try one day ????? Good luck to you

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