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February 2/13-2/19 plan

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blogging is back :D

Ok, so first fitness since I find that most fun

2/13: rest
2/14: Turbo Jam (40 minutes); TJ Sculpt
2/15: Insanity Fit Test; Zumba
2/16: Insanity Plyomettric Cardio Circuit; TA Sequence I
2/17: Insanity Cardio Power & Resistance; Zumba
2/18: Insanity Cardio Recovery & Max Recover; NYC Ballet
2/19: Insanity Pure Cardio &Abs; Jog 30 minutes

I'm following my nutrionists portion guides and working on focusing less on calories and more on fulness ratings.

8 hrs comes naturally now after the Spark sleep challenge

I'll commit to group tonight, and every day for the rest of the week I need to do a mood log and commit to one DBT/CBT exercise per day.

For every day of wise-mind eating I get a small prize (I have a bag of goodies) and for every 4 days I get a slightly bigger prize (again, another goodie bag).

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/11/2011 12:31PM

    That is one tough workout !!!

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C-MERRIE11 2/17/2011 8:05PM

    My goodies range from free samples from Sephora to coupons for at-home mani/pedi time to an at home face masque to buying an itunes song to stickers. Really anything that will excite me through the day to do it right :) I did do a little initial investment money wise, but not much. My four day prizes are a little more extravagant. I 'borrowed' on myself in my budget (my husband is a whiz with balancing budgets so we figured it out) and have a bag of slightly bigger things I wanted/needed. I dont intend for this system to be a a forever system, just until things become natural. Sometimes I feel satisfied with just putting a big star on my calendar. On really hard days, though, I am sure to follow through with the prize.
Thanks for all the encouragement, all of you!!

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LINDA! 2/17/2011 7:58PM

    You rock!! emoticonHave a great weekend and keep up the amazing spirit.

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NPA4LOSS 2/16/2011 9:23AM

    emoticon Great idea about the Goodies. I have a calendar with stickers for each day I exercise. My Goodie rewards tend to be wanting to shop for clothes these days. emoticon

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MORRIS1989 2/15/2011 10:00PM

    I am curious about the goodies too. Good for you on your sleep habits best wishes to you. You can do it.

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MISS_FIT_ 2/15/2011 7:56PM

    great plan!! i am curious about your goodies!! it's always hard to come up with cheap and easy non-food rewards!! and it's great to hear the sleep challenge worked- i started this month but got off track with the journaling. good luck with insanity! emoticon

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My January plan, week 2!

Monday, January 10, 2011


I want to report that I followed my plan from last week wonderfully! Yay!

Which means:

1. I followed my exercise routine
1,B. By doing the Spark Bootcamp Challenge videos, as of Tuesday when I joined the team, and
1,A. By following the workout schedule I set for myself (I did make a few minor adjustments and lightened the load on Friday and Saturday since I felt I was burning too many calories- yup, I said it)

2. I slept about 8 hours each night :), felt great

3. And I ate in my calorie range, between 1500-1900 cals each day.

After every four days of wise, conscious eating I get to pick a prize out my goodie bag. So, tonight I'll be picking out another prize :)

School started this week, which for me means only 1 class and the comprehensive exams. I'll also be working two jobs, but I'm not worried since neither are loads of hours. Overall I feel good about this semester. The biggest challenges will be 1) Finding a job for once I graduate 2) Condo shopping in the city, and more seriously 3) a family member close to me is donating an organ, so going in for surgery soon 4) and my grandfather and law will pass soon from cancer.

There are certainly some big challenges on the road ahead, besides the stresses of school and such, but I feel more able than ever to embrace them. I feel more steady than ever before, and others are benefiting from that steadiness, not just me and my waistline.

For now, here's my plan for this week (it will be pretty redundant from last week- I'm going to become the most boring person on earth, repeating the same goals again and again to myself, but all so that I give myself the time to learn them, while at the same time interjecting them with new challenges them here and there to tweak, prod and stimulate change and growth)

1. Follow my workout plan for each day, as follows
1, A. The Spark Botocamp Challenge video each day
1, B.
Sun.- Bootcamp video
Mon.- TA Cardio Dance (50min), TA post-pregnancy matwork (45min), Bootcamp video (10min)
Tues.- Bootcamp video (10min), Zumba class (50min)
Wed.- TA Cardio Dance (50min), TA post-pregnanc matwork (45min), Bootcamp video (10min)
Thurs.- TA post-pregnancy matwork (45min), Bootcamp video (10min)
Fri.- Zumba Cardio Party (42min), Bootcamp video (10min), TA post-pregnancy matwork (10min)
Sat.- Run/jog/walk hills and sprints (30min), Botocamp video (10min)

2. Sleep about 8 hours each night, as possible

3. Eat within my calorie range of 1500-1900 cals each day

Thanks for the support!!

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LOTROGIRL 2/12/2011 11:35AM

  Awesome!! Glad to hear you're doing well!
I think I might have to use some of your ideas in my own journey towards recovery:) We can do this!

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    Keep up the good work girl! you can do it! Recovery IS possible :)

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RACINGSLUG 1/16/2011 9:40AM

    These are excellent goals, and it sounds like you're poised to face this semester's challenges with a realistic and positive attitude. Keep up the great work!

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LINDA! 1/12/2011 10:43PM

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FIREFLYBRIDE 1/12/2011 2:19PM

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NEELIXNKES 1/11/2011 11:00AM

    emoticon Keep pushing forward! emoticon

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 1/10/2011 4:18PM

    Awesome work, you met your goals last week so you just know that you can do it again this week! Keep it up!

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SWISHSTARNAN 1/10/2011 3:46PM

  great job! keep it up!

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January Plan, starting Tuesday 4th

Monday, January 03, 2011

My plan for January:

1. Follow 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge:
-Do Bootcamp 10 minute video 1x/day starting 1/4/2011
-Do cardio workout 5xs/wk

1,A. My workout schedule for 1/2-18 will look like this:
Mon.- TA Matworkout (55min)
Tues.- TA Matworkout (55min); Zumba Cardio Party (42 min); 10 Minute bootcamp video
Wed.- TA Matworkout (55min); TA Cardio Dance (40 min); 10 minute bootcamp video
Thurs.- TA Matworkout (55min); Zumba Sculpt (50min); 10 minute bootcamp video
Fri.- Elliptical Trainer (45min); Zumba Instructional Video (60min); 10 minute bootcamp video
Sat.- TA Matworkout (55min); TA Cardio Dance (40min); 10 minute bootcamp video
I'll check back to share how it went!

2. Sleep 8 hours each night as possible

3. Eat 1500-1900 cals/day
-for every 4 days of eating wisely I'll get a small reward (I have a small bag of goodies to choose from)
-If I eat wisely 90% of the time for the next three months I will get a bigger reward= highlights
-My means of following this meal plan will be to follow the proportions given to be my nutritionist and to report my eating to my nutritionist on a nightly basis

To gain greater balance in adversity I will continue to rely on dbt skills, journaling, and group therapy.

I had a hard time keeping with my meal plan over break. The craziness of family sent me on autopilot and I simply didn't care what I ate. I feel though that I was able to bounce back pretty quickly once I realized what was going on. I am ready to take on this month!

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MBUSSAN210 1/6/2011 7:44PM

    I've been looking into Tracy Anderson and her training method. Your info and success makes me even closer to investing in her program.

Great plan for the new year.

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ELLIEFUNT 1/5/2011 6:58AM

    What a great plan! Think I'll check the library to see if they have that mat workout.


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AMARAN 1/4/2011 2:50PM

    Good goals, sweetie! You can do it! I like that you have nightly accountability with your nutritionist. I'm sure that is helping you. I'm going to sparkmail you privately... I've got a secret. emoticon emoticon

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NEELIXNKES 1/4/2011 9:11AM

    Looks like a good plan! emoticon

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LANCE65 1/4/2011 8:44AM

    wow, great plan... Looks like you are on your way!

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C-MERRIE11 1/4/2011 1:57AM

    Thanks to both of you for the encouragement!
TA Matworkout is the Tracy Anderson Mat Workout DVD. It's her take on pilates, yoga and traditional weight lifting. It's really been a great way for me to do muscle work. She focuses less on heavy weights and more repetition, fluidity, and control. It's been a great change of pace with some nice results.

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APPLESKI25 1/4/2011 1:55AM

    Wow! Sounds great! What's a TA Matworkout? I'm doing the bootcamp challenge too! Some days I know that will be my only exercise, but at 10 minutes, there's no excuses!

Good luck! I'll be checking up on you ;)

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MORRIS1989 1/4/2011 1:04AM

    You will take this month!!

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I did well today!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


1. I exercised! and enjoyed it :) (ie, I danced instead of the elliptical machine)
2. I ate within my calorie range (barely tho, hehe)
3. I thought 'two steps ahead'- ie, rather than thinking what would temporarily help me, I made decisions based on dreams and goals I have (does this decision get me closer to them?)
4. I went easy on myself- kind words, understanding, rather than judgment and meanness (like not thinking 'it's too late')


Merrie Christmas!

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 12/29/2010 6:01PM

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BLEGNER1 12/23/2010 10:10PM

    Way to go Keep it up emoticon

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BERRIMOUSE 12/23/2010 10:06PM

    Way to go sparkie. Happy Holidays emoticon

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    Its a great Outlook...Way to go....Spark on to Success!! emoticon

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Getting back on track

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Yesterday in blogging I reflected on a lack of motivation I was experiencing. I felt at a loss for why I was feeling that way. Well, through the evening I wrote in my journal a bit and was able to figure out a bit better what was slowing me down. I had already hit on it in a previous blog, but I feel clearer now about the matter. I wrote about how I was feeling pretty discouraged about my prospects with actually seeing results and I was feeling less motivated about trying. I am feeling overwhelmed about getting back on track and am worried that it was already too late, the damage was done. It felt easier to assume that I wasn't even trying, by eating what I want, than to feel like I had actually been trying (ie motivated), but failing.

ie, I'm tired of feeling like a 'failure.' I want to feel like I am actually succeeding, but every way I turn I feel like I'm failing at meeting my goals. So what's the point of even trying?

Maybe I need to tone my sights down a little and move EVEN slower :)

Two steps forward, one step back.

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 12/29/2010 6:07PM

    Great idea, I'm always changing my goals. I'll start off all motivated and set difficult goals, then lose the motivation and feel like I'm failing. But the truth is, my expectations of myself were just too high in the first place. If I saw someone else with those same goals I would think they were being way too hard on themselves, so why do I think it's ok to set them for myself?!
Take it easy and be nice to yourself. Remember to look at things objectively as well.

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