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My First Yoga Class

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Since today is a holiday for state workers (YAY! Election Day!), I get to work short days this week, 8:30am-4:30pm. That means that I will be able to get to the gym by 5:30pm instead of 7pm, which opens up a few more classes for me this week. As i said last week, I was excited and nervous to take my first Yoga class yesterday.

I've done Yoga before. I have a Yoga for Weight Loss DVD, as well as an AM Yoga DVD, and I've done tons of research of new moves online. The best thing about Yoga is that there's plenty of research you can do to self-teach yoga at home. This especially cool for a big girl who is afraid of the skinny chicks in most Yoga classes. I use Yoga most days as a stretching tool, so, to be perfectly honest, I do yoga for at least 10 minutes nearly every day. And another great thing about yoga? The more you do it, the better your balance and flexibility get. Still, I always wanted to try an actual Yoga class, and yesterday was my chance.

So I walk in, nervous both because I forgot my Yoga mat and because, well, it was my first time in a class. One thing I love about my gym is that there are very few "perfect" people there. My gym is full of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness abilities. And when you walk in the door, you're treated as just another gym goer. They don't analyze your body fat upon walking in. People don't usually stare as you're sweating your arse off on the elliptical or picking the indoor track over the treadmill. I get a lot of smiles and hellos from people now that they know me as a regular face there, and it's just a wonderful environment of support.

So, someone points me in the direction of the stash of yoga mats at the gym and I squeeze into the back. The girl next to me is plump as well, and I feel good that I'm not the only one who isn't a perfect size 0. (In fact, I doubt there was a single person who could fit that description, except maybe the tiny, tiny instructor! *lol*) To the left of me is an older woman with oxygen in her purse who warns me, "Just ignore me...I grunt and groan a lot!" *lol* There's one guy in the class, an older gentleman, who, the instructor announces, is already married. (To which he replies, "But my wife isn't here yet!" *lol*) Safe to say, this class is full of the same clientele I've seen at the gym - diverse. I feel a little better.

The instructor walks in and hones in on me as the only newbie. She asks if I've ever done Yoga before, and I tell her that I've only done it at home, I've never taken a class. "Cool!" she says, "Then we don't have any newbies here, not really." It's strange to think of myself as a veteran of sorts when I've never taken a class, but I love that I'm not being singled out for my newness.

We start by massaging our feet and legs, and then it's on to the moves. We held them a LOT longer than I normally do, but I was able to keep up with just about every one. I was even surprised that i didn't stumble or break my pose on my tree pose, like I normally do. I ended the class the way I end any good yoga session. Relaxed, limber, and feeling taller. I told one lady that I always feel thinner after yoga. "That's funny." she said, "I always feel sore! EVERYWHERE!" *lol* She then confessed that she was 60 years old (she didn't look it!) and that she was new to it. I told her that the more she does it, the easier it gets and she said, "That's what I'm hoping!"

After class the instructor came up to me and said, "So, how'd you like it?" I told her it was great. "Well, I hope you can come back!" she said. "You have a LOT of flexibility!"

Let me just say that a compliment like this from an instructor is always my favorite kind. I'm always so nervous when class begins, and when I get this kind of compliment, it makes me feel more self-confident, more sure of my abilities. Too often I doubt myself. Sure, I can get through poses every day that many people have trouble with because I've worked on them, but I always worry that I'm doing it wrong, that what I think is "good" really isn't at all. And then when I get that "at-a-girl" from the instructor I'm assured that I can keep going, keep doing what I'm doing and keep getting better. My foundation is built by me, it's secured through the support of others, and I continue to build from that. (This is also a very important part of Spark!)

Today I weighed in for the last time before Sunday. (I had to, our Biggest Loser challenge weighs in on Tuesdays and today was our final weigh-in.) Back down to 344.6. So bye-bye bloat weight! I knew I didn't gain 3 pounds of fat in 2 days! *lol*

So what's on tap for today? Well, first I have to pee. *lol* Random, I know. Other than that, there's a short trip to the store...stupid flies are buzzing around here (we have a screen out so they're headed in to survive the winter) and then maybe a trip to the movie store for a flick to watch, oh, and voting and the gym! I think maybe we'll hit both line dancing and Zumba tonight, and I need to do my ST tonight.

Have a fun Tuesday! Don't forget to vote!

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CORTNEY_NAMASTE 11/4/2010 1:47PM

    Can I just say that I LOVE yoga. I have been doing it off and on for a couple of years and there is nothing more relaxing or meditative than Yoga.

I will say the best thing about YOGA is that it is all about you. There is no perfect way to do a pose. You just have to breath inside yourself and do what feels right.

I hope you continue with it. It is very self actualizing.

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ERIN4771 11/4/2010 8:53AM

    glad to hear you enjoyed your yoga class!!! it really is a great way to increase flexibility and de-stress....hope you continue to go....besides the side benefit of losing inches and stronger core are pretty sweet as well!!

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MNGIRLIE 11/2/2010 4:06PM

    Really glad to hear you enjoyed your yoga class! I've been contemplating trying out the cycle/yoga class at my gym. Seems like a weird combination, but it was recommended by a couple people.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/2/2010 3:43PM

    Great job! It is nice to be complemented on things you may take for granted.

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SEEHOLZ 11/2/2010 3:21PM

    I did Yoga today- I haven't done a class in 2 weeks- it felt awesome. Yoga for me is a lot about the ego and letting go of expectations and accepting that Tree might suck one day and surprise you another... good for you for going!

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KITHKINCAID 11/2/2010 2:14PM

    Way to go Yogi! :) emoticon

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FLWRCHLD97 11/2/2010 12:52PM

    Woo Hoo! I'm glad you enjoyed your yoga class. I'm going to be joining one soon with a friend - I can't wait!!

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XTMONT 11/2/2010 12:50PM

    Awesome! You've inspired me to try a class!

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MEGSFITNESS 11/2/2010 12:46PM

    I love dancing I hope you have a good time tonight :)

"My foundation is built by me, it's secured through the support of others, and I continue to build from that."

put that there so you can read it again :) it's true!

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MRSSIBRAT 11/2/2010 12:46PM

    i had my first yoga class a couple weeks ago and i loved it too!

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BECKYQUIGLEY 11/2/2010 12:37PM

    I love your descriptions of the people around you in the class. Sounds like such a great class! I hope to hear that you go again!

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LILMISSRED79 11/2/2010 12:17PM

    I love this post! I've been wanting to try yoga myself but I always let my nerves stand in my way. You are awesome!

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ERIN1128 11/2/2010 12:09PM

    Way to go!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/2/2010 12:03PM

    emoticon So glad you liked your class.

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MAGPIE17 11/2/2010 11:50AM

    I'm happy to hear it was a good experience! I haven't been able to get to my yoga class in a month, and it's driving me crazy; planning to go tomorrow and Saturday to help me get back in the groove! Enjoy zumba and line dancing tonight!

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READINESSISALL 11/2/2010 11:50AM

  Glad to hear everything went so well. I'm sure you felt like such a bad@$$ with all those complements on your flexibility and being a pro! Way to go! It looks like you have found a fitness activity that is really perfect for you!

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ATROTTIER 11/2/2010 11:49AM

    Happy Election Day! Your first YOGA class went so great! I'm so happy for you and to get a compliment too - yaaaa YOU!!! I love yoga, it's challenging yet the after effects of it are incredible, more incredible than the after effects of any other class because it affects all parts of your body and soul - simply amazing! I hope to hear more about your next classes!! Have fun today!

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LIS193 11/2/2010 11:48AM

    Glad your first class was such a great experience. It's fun when you have a diverse group.
Have fun with the Zumba. I'm about to have a go at that and I'm afraid of tripping over my own feet...

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SARAWALKS 11/2/2010 11:31AM

    emoticon that your first class was so good! Yoga really started my body awareness journey back in the late 70s & I had such good teachers who could modify the poses to help even those with injuries or physical disabilities. Those really skinny yogis can be intimidating however, I know just what you mean. So exciting that you are doing this! Have a great day "off!" emoticon

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KELLISOR 11/2/2010 11:31AM

    I'm glad you had a good first yoga class experience!

I love yoga -- have been doing it for years. It breaks my heart when people tell me about bad experiences with it. So I always hold my breath a little when I see something like "My first yoga class!" and I'm so glad yours went well!

Also, it takes courage to walk into a yoga class for the first time. Congratulations on having that courage!

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KARVY09 11/2/2010 11:27AM

    Glad your first class was such a positive experience. I'm hoping to go to my first class on Saturday and hope it goes just as well as yours did!

Have fun at line dance and Zumba!

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October Recap - November Goals

Monday, November 01, 2010

For the record, I hated October.

Weight Calculations:

Weight October 1st: 351.2
Weight Goal for November 1st: 343.2
Actual Weight November 1st: 347.2
Weight Lost in October: -4 pounds

Dare I even record the measurements? *sigh*
Body Measurements:
(Oct 1st - Nov 1st = Difference)

Waist: 48 - 48 = 0
Hips: 59 - 59 = 0
Neck: 15 - 15 = 0
Thigh: 25.25 - 25 = -.25
Calf: 21 - 22 = +1
Upper Arm: 15 - 15 = 0

Total inches lost in October: I actually gained .75 inches. *bangs head on desk*

Okay, so let's review. What did I do wrong? What happened? Did I go back to my old ways and start eating everything in sight? Did I hit the Chinese buffet once a week?

The answer? Nope. I didn't. I hate mindfully and healthfully a good percentage of the time. I worked out a lot. I also spent the entire month of October in a stand-still, never-ending TOM, and STILL I managed to hang on for dear life.

All last week the weight seemed to be dropping off of me. And then I ate some Mexican food Saturday night after trick-or-treat. I had pizza both Friday and Saturday. And I gained a pound. And then yesterday I hate popcorn at the movies, and I ate french fries too. And I gained 2 more pounds. So I guess what I'm saying, the only thing I can figure is, too much salt = a sad, unhappy, not shrinking Esther.

Nutrition & Fitness
10/1 - 1787 cal/80 minutes of cardio, 1442 burned, ST
10/2 - never finished tracking/65 min cardio, 1157 burned
10/3 - didn't track/0 fitness
10/4 - 2151 cal/55 min cardio, 899 burned
10/5 - 2282 cal/57 min cardio, 937 burned
10/6 - 2281 cal/33 min cardio, 698 burned
10/7 - 2319 cal/0 fitness
10/8 - never finished tracking/135 min cardio, 1805 burned
10/9 - didn't track, but I know I did well as I was with Becks/180 min cardio, 968 burned
10/10 - didn't track, 5k day, but I ate well/3.12 mi in 56 min, 422 burned
10/11 - didn't track, but I know I had a BAD BAD day that day/25 min cardio, 168 burned
10/12 - 2133 cal/0 fitness
10/13 - 1645 cal/45 min cardio, 611 burned
10/14 - didn't track/21 min cardio, 139 burned
10/15 - didn't track/0 fitness
10/16 - 5k day, didn't track but ate well/3.1 miles in 52 min, 489 burned
10/17 - didn't track/0 fitness
10/18 - 1834 cal/33 min cardio, 335 burned
10/19 - 2022 cal/45 min cardio, 740 burned
10/20 - 2454 cal/34 min cardio, 320 burned
10/21 - 2050 cal/0 fitness
10/22 - 2438 cal/240 min cardio, 4202 burned
10/23 - didn't track/25 min cardio, 165 burned
10/24 - 1720 cal/0 fitness
10/25 - didn't finish tracking/0 fitness
10/26 - didn't track/18 min cardio, 381 burned
10/27 - 1956 cal/60 min cardio, 1052 burned, ST
10/28 - 2217 cal/60 min cardio, 1064 burned
10/29 - 2149 cal/100 min cardio, 1225 burned
10/30 - 2607 cal/60 min cardio, 322 burned
10/31 - 2183 cal/20 min cardio, 132 burned

So what's to see here that I don't like? First of all -- lack of tracking. I can't tell whether those days I was just busy, or if I didn't want to track it because I was "bad."

** So for the month of November, goal #1 - Track Everything Every Day!

But, as for my calorie counts and calories burned...Spark had me set at a range of 2000-2400 or so to begin with, and then I dropped down the amount of cardio I planned on doing, which brought me down to 1900-2300 roughly. I just went and reset my calorie burn goal again to a range I tend to stay around more often and like (in my head) better - burning 4000 calories a week, which means I'm back up to a calorie range of 2190-2540. *smacks head on desk* This was a lot easier when I couldn't do much...I rarely hit my calorie burn goal in the beginning, and now I almost always surpass it. Could it be that I'm not eating enough? I still have this mental break at 1800 or 2000 calories. I keep thinking, "But I'm a girl! Why do I have to eat like a friggin' man and stuff so much food down my throat I want to vomit every day?" *sigh* I don't know, but whatever I tried this month did NOT work.

** November goal #2 - Don't think, just do. 2190-2540 calories in per day, 4000 calories burned per week. Period.

So, since we're exercising to burn 4000 calories a week, I need to burn about 667 a day M-Saturday. I tend to give myself Sundays off for Ethan's football games. Unfortunately, however, his team lost their semi-final game yesterday so football is over for us. *sad face* So it's time to stop being a wimp about it and put that day back on the docket. Exercising every single day will take me down to a goal of 571 calories burned per day. Definitely manageable because I don't have to do it all at once!

** November goal #3 - Stop being a wimp! 30 in 30 is back! 30 days of November, 30 days of exercise - now GO!

As for the lack of measurement movement. One thing you might notice in there is a severe lack of any decent ST schedule. Now, granted, there are more days of ST I did than are there. My only gripe with Spark is the difficulty of tracking my ST exercises through the app, so there are times I just don't track it because it takes so much time. Of course, I'm going to track it all this month, so that's not going to be a concern. But there was a general lack of ST in October because I was working on timing for my 5ks and then was considering HM training. No more. I want to lose weight and inches. I want my 24's to come up over my fat arse! (excuse my language, but those stupid pants are TAUNTING me!)

I should be ST 3 times a week. Now my PT was nervous about me upping my ST routine AND sticking with 3 days a week. But I can still do my PT ST schedule 2 days a week, and reserve that other ST day for at-home ST exercises. I can squeeze in more crunches and pushups and such.

** November goal #4 - Strength Train 3 times per week, no excuses! At the end of the month, I should be able to report having done:
1800 crunches (150 per day/ 3 times per week)
40 REGULAR push-ups (10 per week)
360 modified push-ups (30 per day/ 3 times per week)
80 squats (20 per week)
80 lunges (20 per week)
24 planks (2 per day/3 times per week, working toward a 60 second plank)
4 "modified" planks (1 a week, timed, to start)

(Okay, from everything I've read, Spark's "modified" planks are actually more difficult. Most places consider those the regular planks, and the ones on hands, like I do, the actual modified version. So I'm working my way toward pulling these into my routine.)

Finally, one last thing. I hate my scale again. HATE. I hate this plateau crap. I hate that it's become so difficult to lose weight even though I'm moving my butt like I've never done before. I hate how bloated I feel right now from a month and a half long TOM. And I hate what that TOM fluctuation seems to be doing to the scale as well. So...

** November goal #5 - Weigh-in once a week, Sundays, in the morning. Report that weight, good or bad, on Spark's tracker. Hiding is done, we need to know what's happening here because we have too far to go to hide from "bad" weeks now! Oh, and stop trying on those stupid 24s. A watched pot doesn't boil, and you can't will those stupid jeans into fitting. You can try them on the Sunday weigh-in before Thanksgiving, and then again before Christmas day.

Okay, Esther...breathe. October is over. November is here. You had some amazing pumpkin soup today with yummy big chunks of veggies in it. You need to remember to drink your water and just stick to the plan. And when all else fails, just go for a walk to clear your head and remind yourself that the numbers can't convey to your Spark Friends how DIFFERENT your legs feel now. Those stupid numbers don't show how your breathing is easier, how you feel more confident in a room, how you may get frustrated but more times than not, you push through that and move on. And someday very soon, this period WILL end, and there's a possibility that it could take a few pounds with it...or not. *shrug* Just know that it's a factor in the seemingly lack of progress right HAS to be! Get some rest on your day off tomorrow, go back to your Zumba class and have a blast, enjoy clearing your head at a teacher-taught Yoga class tonight, and remember that above all else, I love you for the person you are, the person you are becoming, and the person you know that you want to be. As hard as it is to wish for tomorrow to come quicker, as much as it hurts hoping it would go faster, focus on today, on the time you have with your kids, on the time you have with yourself, and on every small step you make every single day to make your life, and the lives of those around you, better in every way.
Love, Esther

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MAIA2011 11/4/2010 3:37PM

    My October was not all I had hoped it would be, either. Here's to a better November!

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READINESSISALL 11/2/2010 11:52AM

  I, too, didn't like my October, but I can't help but be impressed with YOU!!! 4 lbs is awesome! A loss is a loss! I definitely know one thing and that's that your determination and thoroughness are paying off. You do such a good job of analyzing things, and really preparing to make this a lifetime change, not just a quick loss. Keep up the great work--you rock!!!!!

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SUGIRL06 11/2/2010 7:48AM

    I wasn't a fan of October either... No tracking is a problem here sometimes too! I love your goals for this month. You can do it!

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HARMONYBLUE 11/1/2010 8:15PM

    Do you workout with a HRM? SP was totally overestimating my calories burned which I realized when I bought my HRM. The never-ending TOM is awful. That totally doesn't seem RIGHT!

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SARAWALKS 11/1/2010 7:09PM

    I agree, 4 lbs. a month is great! Wish I had been able to do that in October (as of today, 2.5 lbs). I've plateau-ed and seesaw-ed, but take pleasure in the different feel of my body and the fact that I am able to do more without being as tired!
I agree with KITHKINCAID that taking the long view may be a key.
PLUS remember we ALL "love you for the person you are, the person you are becoming, and the person you know that you want to be." You are
emoticon and an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 11/1/2010 5:37PM

    You're doing great and such an inspiration! I hope TOM gives you a break soon...I can't even imagine what that's like. You're gonna kick major booty this month I just know it! emoticon

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CHICAT63 11/1/2010 5:11PM

    4 pounds is 4 pounds gone, bye-bye, see ya, so long !!!! You will rock November, 30 in 30. You can do this !

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TIGERJANE 11/1/2010 4:43PM

    30 in 30 - woooo!

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ATROTTIER 11/1/2010 4:21PM

    Novemeber is your month! You have a great plan in place and seriously losing 4 pounds is still a wonderful accomplishment especially being a mom and running around with those kids all the time. I love that you aknowledged where the problems may lie but didn't sell yourself short b/c that is important to keep loving yourself in all achievement great or small. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 11/1/2010 4:16PM

    I think you were amazing this month. Nothing that you're doing right now is "easy" in my books and you deserve credit just for that.

Couple of tips - take 'em or leave 'em - but they come from my nutritionist and they've helped me and a couple others on here. Zero out your calorie burn. Go to your goal page and type in "0" for the number of calories you intend to burn every week. Still track everything - and the fitness counter will scream at you that you aren't eating enough for the number of calories that you're burning, but if you just assume that you ARE going to exercise every day, don't count that against your food. While you're doing that, go and set your goal of 230 pounds for 2 years from now. Nice, long, slow weight loss goal. Now - that will bring your calorie level down to a comfortable level for losing weight at a slow rate without exercise. However, if you DO do exercise (which you will every day) it's like gravy and I found that as soon as I did this I started losing really well - about 2-3 pounds a week again. It's also a built-in "oops" meter since you can afford to eat a little above your calorie range every once in a while and that exercise you're doing will catch those extra treats. Trust me - you won't starve. I'm still eating about 1950 calories a day - more in this past week - and I'm still in line to drop another pound this week - hopefully. Hope that helps!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 11/1/2010 4:05PM

    You rock - keep going! emoticon

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_MSAPRIL17_ 11/1/2010 4:00PM

    4 lbs in October is awesome!!! Don't let yourself get down...if we could do it ALL at once, we would...but the truth is that we can't. You're doing what you can when you can, and that's what's important.

Hang tight, you are doing fantastic!! Plus, look how accountable you are being? That's HUGE right there.

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CALLIKIA 11/1/2010 3:51PM

    Right now, I'm at the "just manage what you've got" stage. My head is a mess after this month. I want TOM to end! I had a meltdown in the mall yesterday because I couldn't figure out what I wanted to eat vs. what I should eat and I was stressed over it taking me so long to decide. So for the next month, I'm going to just stay on target as best I can with what I've already got.

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ERIN1128 11/1/2010 3:49PM

    Hang in there babe, I think you're doing great...4 lbs down in a month is nothing to sneeze at. Try not to beat yourself up - you're getting healthier by the day!

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CANOGAPARKGAL 11/1/2010 3:45PM

    Four pounds is a really good loss for a month. And you're getting back on track so emoticon.

Have you thought of tracking your sodium? You can add it on the Nutrition page. And if you'd like to join a team for that there is the Lowering Salt Intake team. We'd love to have you.


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MEGSFITNESS 11/1/2010 3:36PM

    The love letter at the end is perhaps the best part :) Well done, Esther! And It'll be even better done in November.

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/1/2010 3:35PM

    Lets make November ROCK!!!!


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KARVY09 11/1/2010 3:34PM

    Thoughts that came to mind:

Salt ain't fat.

Calf +1 = rockin' muscles from jogwalking

Tracking always, always works for me to see what happened. I can figure out if it's salt or if I had a ton o' carbs or fat. Or if my body loved me cos I ate *just right*.

Make sure you have your goal weight set at -2 lbs per week on Spark because even if you'd be happy losing just one per week, or you have a super-realistic goal, SP will calculate your ranges based on that. Better to aim high and fall short!

Sometimes the estimates for calorie burn on SP are waaaaay off for bigger people. When I was 275 lbs it said I was burning way more calories running than I actually was. Now that I'm down some poundage, the estimates are way more accurate.

Sure you don't want to change your weigh-in day? I always thought people who weighed in on weekends were a bit masochistic! ;) Nothing wrong with being kind to yourself and weighing in on Friday morning! As I said before, salt ain't fat!

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Weekend Plans and Rest Days

Friday, October 29, 2010

Wednesday was my SIBCCT night, and I burned over 1,000 SP calories.

Thursday I followed my son's lead and started out on the stationary bike, and reminded myself how BORING it is and how much I hate it. We set our time for 30 minutes, but I did not want to be tied down to that thing, especially since it wasn't doing CRAP to raise my heart rate that much. I stopped after 10 minutes and switched to the elliptical. The machine set an automatic 60 minutes on the glute workout, and I just figured I'd stop whenever I wanted to. I didn't want to stop. Like, at all! It hurt, yes - my legs were still sore from the day before, but it also felt so great. I went for 35 minutes and then figured I was ready to go home. (I could've pushed more, but I knew I was sore still and I didn't want to injure myself.) I did my Yoga stretching to end the night and headed home...and then had a blowout with the Hubs. *sigh*

Yesterday was a bad day as far as things happening to me, but a good day for me because I pushed through them and did what I needed to do for myself anyways. Today I woke up SORE SORE SORE in my legs. Thank GOODNESS I stretched or I likely wouldn't be walking today. Funny thing is, as sore as I am, I still feel good. I can feel the muscles in my legs! I can feel my skinny girl legs under that hidden fat, and it felt good to know that I might one day have legs I'll be proud to show off. Still, being this sore signals only one thing for me today -- REST.

I have a little something to say about rest days. They are SOOOO important! I know you all know that, at least in your head, but let me put it to you this way. Having spent 6 months doing this I know that if I continue to push myself, I won't see results. My body will be in shock trying to keep up with me. And while I think it's great to push through a tiny bit of soreness, when your muscles are so sore that it's a little difficult to get up and walk, that should signal to you that they need their rest. It's an important part of the process. Today my weight is up from yesterday and the day before. Why? Because I pushed myself. This is NOT a signal to not work out, by all means. It's a signal that it's important to let my body spend the day doing what I have taught it to do, what it knows it needs, rest, repair, and kill a few fat cells along the way. So on the docket for today? Rest, relax, be me, and drink LOTS of water (because it's so important in the repair process...muscles need water to rebuild themselves!). If I handle this right, I should be able to get to the gym tomorrow and crank out my last day of cardio and ST.

So, weekend plans.
Friday - REST! I would *love* to go to a movie today. I haven't yet woken up Hubs. We're supposed to have our "date day" but with the fight last night, I'm both a little nervous about it and SURE we need it. I'll wake him up in a minute. We DO need to hit the grocery store, though.

Saturday - Workout at the gym in the morning. Football practice at 1pm. Trick-or-Treat with the boys at 6pm. I tried contacting a friend about possibly watching the boys for a couple hours so we can still go to our Halloween party, but she hasn't gotten back to me so I doubt that will happen.

Sunday - Wake up early. Pack lunches, and head to Belpre, OH for the big midget league semi-finals game. Our number 6 ranked team is going up against the number 2 ranked team, so my hope is that they do the best they can and DON'T get slaughtered! EEP! Of course, I secretly hope they'll win, but this is a TOUGH team, so I don't know what to really expect. Depends on if our boys are on their game (so wish Trick-or-Treat wasn't the night before!) and if the other boys are on theirs. I'll let you know how it goes.

Ooh, some things upcoming that I'm excited about....
I have a short week this week thanks to the holiday (state workers get November 2nd off for Election Day) so I'll be getting off at 4:30pm, instead of 6pm. That means I should be able to make it to the gym for the new Monday night Yoga class at 5:30pm. I'm so nervous! I do Yoga on my own because I was always afraid to walk into a room of skinny chicks and bust out some half-shaped yoga poses, but both the atmosphere at my gym and with my new self-confidence, I'm determined to get some REAL instruction on Yoga poses. Have to remember to take my Yoga mat to work with me so I have it for class!

Another new class at the gym starts on Wednesday. The best part? It's not until 7:35pm! Our gym rarely does late night classes (only ones I can get to are the 2 Zumba classes that start at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday) so this is a HUGE step in the right direction for me! I think I actually "yipeed" out loud at the front desk of the gym last night when I saw the announcement sheet! *lol* Anyhow, Wednesday night, 7:35pm - Pilates! I've NEVER done pilates, so I'm excited to try it. I hope it goes alright! (Funny anecdote - My 11 year old son saw the posting and said, "What is pilates?" The guy at the gym said, "Do you know what yoga is?" Logan nodded and the guy continued, "Well, pilates is like yoga on steroids!" *lmao* The best son didn't get it! *lol* I did though, and it made me giggle!)

So next week, I'm switching it up.
Monday - Yoga
Tuesday - Zumba and ST
Wednesday - Pilates
Thursday - DANG, I have to work! *pouts* I'll probably do a lunch walk, maybe fit some Yoga in too.
Friday - The gym. SIBCCT anyone? HRM....

I'm half tempted to show up for line dancing tonight at my gym at 5:30pm. I never make it in time but the instructor dude is so nice. It's VERY low intensity, so I think I could manage even with a little soreness, but I'll play it by ear.

Know what I love? When exercise becomes something you enjoy! I'm excited about classes! I'm excited again to try new things at the gym! I'm excited about my new ST routine (even if it does take forever right now! *lol*). I *love* that excitement.

Know what else I love? I spent about an hour this morning talking to a neighbor. I met this girl at Shoney's when Hubs and I used to go there Friday mornings for breakfast. She struggles with her weight as well, and when she saw me again she immediately wanted to know how I did it and how much I lost. She kept apologizing for "bugging me" but I assured her that helping her would make me feel so proud! I want to pass these gifts on to others. So this morning I told her to take some baby steps, give me a call when she needs to talk or wants to walk, and to never be shy about asking questions. I *might* just turn her into a new workout buddy! *lol* (I haven't told her that yet, though! ;) )

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy Halloween and don't eat too much candy! (But seriously, one tiny Snickers bar is not going to undo everything, so don't stress TOO DARN MUCH! ;) )

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ROSIEP7 10/30/2010 9:44PM

    I love pilates! Have fun with it - and expect some sore muscles the next day!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/30/2010 12:49PM

    You are doing a wonderful job! I love your enthusiasm and it has rubbed off on me, I am ready to start something new! Thank you!

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CHICAT63 10/29/2010 6:53PM

    You sound like me anything new I like to try it !!!! What is love without the blow-out and the making up *wink* I know it ain't easy at times but I am sure things will be better. I really laughed out loud when I read that your neighbor could be your new potential workout partner, *lol*. You are a great inspiration and I am sure teacher.

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KITHKINCAID 10/29/2010 5:20PM

    Fight with hubby or not, you sound so happy! Great work - you're in a really good place right now and it wasn't easy to get to, so congrats!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/29/2010 4:22PM

    I'm so excited you're trying yoga!! :) Pilates and yoga arent really much alike honestly, outside of the shared similarity of them both being mat workouts. Pilates is VERY core centered which is awesome! I had a personal trainer for a while who would do a lot of pilates centered workouts and they were always great. I'm sure you'll dig it. It'll be a great supplement to your strength training.

I'm glad that you're very smart with your rest schedule. You can't get burnt out or injured, then you'll be resting for WAY longer than a day or two a week!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/29/2010 12:41PM

    you are just OOZING w/ happiness!!! I can tell that you're feeling happier/more confident/stronger! :) :)

I love pilates, for the record. I'm excited for you to be able to try it now!

happy halloween to you! I def OD'd on the snack foods at my all-day halloween snack party at work, but feeling like I do right NOW I can promise I will NEVER ever do that again. UGHH junk food hangover.

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GOZEKIGRL 10/29/2010 12:15PM

    great plan! yaaaaay rest days! friday's are my rest days. totally. =D

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RIGBY31 10/29/2010 12:04PM

    OMGosh your timely! I'm having a rest day today after really pushing my workouts this week. I didn't eat enough calories all of yesterday before going to the gym and had to leave early. Plus other *body parts* are feeling the stress. So A-OK to have a rest day!

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ATROTTIER 10/29/2010 12:00PM

    Thanks for your comments yesterday on my blog - that was the Mommy coming out towards me and I needed it!!!! LOL I'm already starting to throw away food when needed...on Fridays at work we have free bagels and I always treat myself to one, but this morning I ate one half more slowley than I normally would and then waited a bit and looked at the 2nd half and threw it away...I was full and content and I didn't need it!! Yippee!

I love classes too!!! I'm so excited that you have some good ones coming up. I took Yoga for 2 semesters at the college last year and beginning of this year and FELL IN LOVE! Yeah, it's super tough but it feels so good at the end mentally and physically. Just be super careful when you try the pilates class, I did it once and I messed up my back for 2 weeks...I rushed myself and wasn't careful so please be super careful but I hope you enjoy it!! emoticon

Happy Halloween! Have fun this weekend! emoticon

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MEGSFITNESS 10/29/2010 11:53AM

    hehe! line dancing on rest day? Sounds like fun to me :) Yay for active recovery.

I seriously read the rest of this but I'm running late right now so that's all you get =P I hope you're doing well!! Have a great weekend! I drop off the SP radar on weekends so I hope it goes well for you and for the boys on Sunday.

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CANOGAPARKGAL 10/29/2010 11:05AM

    You are really smart about your workouts, and the need for cool downs, stretching, and rest days. Enjoy your weekeind. emoticon

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Another One Bites the Dust

Thursday, October 28, 2010

...another pound of fat, that is! That's how I like to think of my workouts sometimes - me, blasting away those calories, calling my muscles into battle against those lazy little fat cells that do little more than take up space in my body. A big workout, like my SIBCCT last night, is full on war against fat!

Okay, okay. So I know you all are wondering just what exactly I did last night at the gym. Right? ...RIGHT? You see, I have a little secret to tell you...everyone pull in a little closer to the screen...can't have this getting out! PTs would KILL me if they knew I told you! ;)

...You can be your OWN personal trainer!

Yep, I said it. PTs of the world -- please don't kill the messenger! Last night, after a little online research and a firm plan of action in my head, I challenged myself to another round of Self-Induced Boot Camp Circuit Training. And the big secret can too!

emoticon How It Works

emoticon Boot Camp - Think military drills. Even if you aren't in the military, one viewing of G.I. Jane, or one of the countless other movies that deal with boot camp training, will have you feeling more in the know. And the best part? Little to no equipment needed!

emoticon Circuit Training - Just watch Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, or one of the many circuit training DVDS, or visit a Curves gym just once, and you'll start to see how this works. Bursts of cardio mixed with bursts of ST exercises. Lather, rinse, and repeat. Don't know what kind of ST to do? Just think about ways you can use your body as a counter weight - no equipment needed! Surf through fitness magazines or online or through Spark! And make sure you find exercises for each major part of the body.

emoticon The key? Push yourself and KEEP MOVING! Always moving, always keeping your body guessing, always pushing yourself to stretch the idea of what your limitations are.

Last Night's Program
I downloaded an app for my iPhone that beeps at me every minute (or however long I set it), so I turned that on and got started.

emoticon Warm-Up
First up is always the stretching and warm-up. Get those muscles loosened up and get warmed up. You don't want to go from 0 to 160 in 2.2 seconds. Not great on an engine, not so great on your body either. Don't know what to do? Seriously, Google is your friend! My warm-up was a little different last night because I really wanted to push to burn more than 700 calories. I stretched and then did 25 minutes on the elliptical machine.

Circuit 1:
emoticon Running/jogging.
Just don't stop! For 60 seconds straight (or however long you decide), go at the fastest pace you can. Aren't to running yet in your fitness level? No problem! Walk as fast as you can for 60 seconds. Get that heart rate up!
emoticon Squats.
I did 12. I wanted to do a full 60 seconds, but I didn't take into account the time it would take me to get to each station, so my timer was a little screwed up. If that happens, just go with it. Count to 60 in your head or set a specific number to do.
emoticon Push-ups.
Again, challenge yourself. It will all depend upon where you are physically. I did 15 modified push-ups. (I tried the regular kind and got to 2! *lol*)
emoticon Crunches.
I did 20 regular floor crunches followed by 12 bicycle crunches. (I used to *hate* bicycle crunches, and in a way I still do, but they work, darnit! One of the best abdominal exercises out there as far as I've experienced!)

Repeat this circuit 3 times.

Circuit 2:
emoticon Jump Rope.
I suck at this, but that's okay. The key is to keep moving, like I said. So for 60 seconds I was either jumping or fiddling with the rope, but when I wanted to stop and scream at myself, I just kept going. (One bonus of including at least 1 thing you're not so good at...if you repeat this workout over several weeks, you'll actually start to see and feel improvement. I kept telling myself, "Wow...I suck at this, but it'll be interesting to see how I can improve!")
emoticon Shadow Boxing.
Okay, so I'm lucky in that I have a boxing room at my gym that's generally pretty empty. I had the whole room to myself last night. I would punch the bag while moving around it and shuffling my feet. But you don't need gym equipment to do this either. Shadow boxing means boxing a shadow, something that's not really there. Just be careful not to overextend your elbows when you punch (that means don't ever lock them...listen to Billy Blanks on this one! It can be harmful, and the benefits of concentrating on your arms to make sure you don't lock them actually causes you to use those muscles more!), otherwise, beat that air like it stole your cookie and you had already worked it into your calorie count and had been looking forward to it all day! But don't stop moving your feet either.
emoticon Speed Bag.
Okay, I've worked a few months on trying to figure out how to work our speed bag at the gym, and do you know what I've learned? It's all about your core! Squat just a bit to form a steady base for your body (may not be possible if you are actually punching a real speed bag), tighten your abs and hold them there throughout the motion. You can use those abs in a sort of rocking motion to keep a steady pace on the speed bag (or air speed bag).

Repeat this circuit twice. (I would've loved to have done 3 times, but I was POOPED! already!)

Circuit 3:
emoticon Walk/Run.
Okay, let's face it...I was WORE OUT by this time! So I walked a lap around the track as fast as I could still manage. The wore out part means you're working it!
emoticon Ab Crunch Time!
I ended my circuits with a rather intense crunch time. Core is so important to me right now. Normally I would say you should add in some sort of arm work and some sort of leg work too, I said, I was pooped! (I generally do lunges at this point and would probably add in planks or bear crawls.) I did 4 sets of 20 - 2 different kinds - with a 6 lb. medicine ball on the reclining ab bench to finish it out.

I only did this circuit 1 time.

emoticon Cool Down
By this time you should feel pretty spent. I don't know that I've ever seen someone after an intense workout go, "Give me more!" If you've got more to give, do some more circuits! But always remember your 5 minute (or more) cool down. For me, this is always just a simple walk for 5 minutes. I don't worry about pace, I can go as slow as I want. If you're on a treadmill or elliptical, you might want to decrease your speed by 1 (or .5) (or on the elliptical, slow your pace by 10 strides per minute) each minute of cool down. The key is to let your heart rate come back down gradually by continuing to move at a lower intensity than before.

emoticon STRETCH
OMG, please, please, please do NOT forget to stretch! Stretching is the key to ending muscle soreness, and after such an intense workout, you're going to need it! Yes, I am sore today, but I can move about and perform daily functions without extreme pain or muscle cramping. I also like to think that if I end my workouts with the same stretch routine every time, it's like sending a message to my muscles -- Thanks for what you've given me, but now you can rest. And it should last at LEAST 10 minutes.

(Of course, I didn't quite rest...I proceeded downstairs and spent an HOUR doing the ST routine the PT set for me. (OMG! *lol*) I'm hoping that once I get the new routine down it won't take me quite so long to complete.)

My warm-up on the elliptical was 25 minutes, my circuit was 25 minutes. Added together with the yoga stretching I do to end my workout, I burned 1,052 SP calories in an hour-long workout! That's one heck of a calorie burn!!

Now, please keep in mind that I'm not a professional, but this is just a taste of what my SIBCCT looks like, in case you were wondering. (Or at least what it looked like last night...I change it a bit every time.) The thing I want my Spark Friends to really know and realize, the thing I think most of you miss out on, is the "create your own" style workouts that I really do have a blast with from time to time. It's freeing and empowering to create your own and, my thought is always, as long as I'm moving and doing the best form I can maintain, then it's pretty darn good for my body, right? I use the tools I've learned from countless exercise classes and DVDs along the way, the stuff I read here on Spark, the stuff I see all of you do, and the exercises I read about in fitness magazines to design my own fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants workout!

You see because...I get bored. And one thing I've learned from my 6 months here, the reason it's different than before, is because I refuse to let myself get bored. I have to try for more, better, different. I have to have something to look forward to and learn or I get bored and want to give up. So circuit training like this lets me switch it up. I don't have a chance to get bored during my cardio segment because it's already over and I'm moving onto the next move. The first time I did this SIBCCT was because I got bored on the elliptical. I forced out 20 minutes, and then went and did pushups and planks and crunches, and then I did the rowing machine...and when I got bored on that, I went and did lunges and squats and crunches again, and then I went to the bike...and I got bored with that and moved onto the cable machine. I went from completely bored to completely's like being able to mix-and-match your favorite things, your calorie burners, the things you do because you feel you should, and the things you do to challenge yourself.

So there's my report from last night...and I have a challenge for you. Take one of your workouts this week, and switch it up. This can be done at all fitness levels. Seriously, you can do 3 minutes of cardio walking in place followed by wall push-ups, or you can do a sprint at your fastest speed followed by diamond or pull-ups even! I know that some of you like the instruction from a certified PT or your DVD instructor, but maybe try it, just once, and see how it feels to make up your own thing. (And someone test this with your HRM to see how the real calorie burn is. I just have to go on how I feel during and after.)

Today, I hope gets better soon. So far I've had my eye scratched by the cat, forgot my cell phone at home, and opted for a McD's breakfast that, well, was NASTY! (guess I don't like that anymore! *lol*) Oh, and I have no clue what to do for my workout tonight considering my Zumba class is canceled. *pout* Guess I have all day to figure it out!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 10/29/2010 9:21AM

    I love circuit training and switching it up. It's something I really missed while I was training for my half.

Sounds like you got in a really well rounded workout. I love how hard you pushed yourself!

Once I figure out my new gym situation and where different machines are located, I'm going to plan one SIBCCT day a week. It'll keep the muscles guessing as well as my mind.

Hope today is better.

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BAYBELIEVER 10/28/2010 11:47PM

    Love the information and suggestions! Thanks for sharing! I, too, was worn out just reading about this! How many calories do you suppose I burned?? (JK, JK, I did my swim and a 20 minute walk today)

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MEGSFITNESS 10/28/2010 4:34PM

    Wow, that's an awesome workout :D I don't know that I can match your calibur but I'll damn sure try! What program do you use on your phone to measure the time???


p.s. what HRM do you have? Don't say you don't have one!!

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KITHKINCAID 10/28/2010 12:38PM

    You have a point. Just this week I was thinking that I need to switch up my routine because I'm starting to get bored. But the payoff is so huge every week it's hard to give it up. I just need to find new ways to challenge myself. And I think once I'm done with my 5K next weekend I need to reassess the number of days a week that I'm running. Maybe I'll cut back to one, stick with my one swim day and one Zumba day then add in something else along the ST line of things...

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ATROTTIER 10/28/2010 12:25PM

    Love your training session!!! Sounds so intense but doable at the same time...I'm gonna steal it!! hehehe!!! emoticon

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RIGBY31 10/28/2010 12:25PM

    Wow, my heart was racing by the end of your blog! (I'm going to count that as part of my cardio this morning-jk). You are my inspiration to kick it up big time when I lose a little more and feel more steady on my feet. (I'm giving it my all walking-just started- and feel stronger already).

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TEAM-SARAH 10/28/2010 11:48AM

    Killer workout lady!! It's no secret that you don't need a PT to workout. It's the motivation, mostly. A lot of people just can't push themselves through a workout like that. They need someone to tell them what to do, when to do it and how hard to go. And of course a legit advantage is having someone there to correct your form and make sure that you are performing the exercises safely. BUT if you know how to do the workouts already and you can motivate yourself... then that's AWESOME because you get to save lots and lots of money!

Sorry your day is off to a less than ideal start. Sounds like you have a very positive attitude in spite of it all, so no matter what you're going to have a great day. AND I know for sure you can get in a fantastic workout all on your own.

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CHICAT63 10/28/2010 11:15AM

    Excellent blog, you are like me I get bored very easily ! I am always doing things differently. Like this morning got to the gym at 06:00 no employee, got home did a HIIT workout on the treadmill and then steps-up on the basement stairs *lol*.

You know, PT should be one of your goals Esther you would be an excellent teacher, counsellor and trainer ! Something to think about it, I'm just saying !!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSSIBRAT 10/28/2010 10:29AM

    girl you are a superstar!! you kick butt!! be proud of yourself!!

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CALLIKIA 10/28/2010 10:11AM

    Sara - The great thing is, if you stick with what you know, with exercises you've done before or ones you've seen instructed or performed, you're pretty well off. Try to jump rope! I totally sucked 100%...I'll let you know how that goes in a month! *lol*

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CBRED1628 10/28/2010 10:08AM

  Wow! I'm gonna try it.

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BARBARAROSE54 10/28/2010 10:06AM

    emoticon blog.

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SARAWALKS 10/28/2010 10:05AM

    WOW! YES YES YES! I am nowhere near on your level here but I am the same when it comes to getting bored & I enjoy self-selecting what I will do and thinking about how it worked or didn't. Staying proactive in your own process, rather than taking directions from someone else, seems so much more creative to me. However, you have to have some knowledge to do this safely - and obviously you do!
I suck at jumping rope also. maybe I'll try it again...
After the morning from hell, I hope you have the evening from heaven! emoticon emoticon

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KARVY09 10/28/2010 9:57AM

    Love this! You absolutely can push yourself and be your own PT! Great advice here.

Sorry about your eye and the Zumba cancellation and other morning mishaps. I know you'll figure out a good workout for tonight.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Okay, so last night I had a meeting with the nutritionist. Sure, my fault for giving her the wrong time and having to miss part of Zumba, but I didn't expect to be in there for an HOUR and miss ALL of Zumba. I literally tried talking faster as she kept asking me questions.

She's afraid I'll get bored. I told her I'm working on that.
She's afraid I won't know what to substitute. I told her I'm working on that.
She's afraid I'll slip on the holidays. I told her that I'm not as worried because I already planned them out in my head.
She told me to call her if I needed anything.

That was it, basically. Now, don't get me wrong, she's great. Nice person. Thinks if SP is working for me to just keep using it. Nothing real negative to say. Gave me positive feedback. I just wish it hadn't taken an hour to do. By the time I left it was after 8pm and I didn't have the time or energy to do anything else on the machines. (Not to mention that I got hungry. You see, when I'm working out, I don't get hungry until about 30 minutes or so after I stop. So I can put in a 2 hour workout usually and be fine the whole time. But once I stop, it's time to eat. I've trained my body to expect that, and after 18 minutes on the elliptical I had to stop and go to this meeting and then it was all over for me.) *sigh* And I missed the Halloween version of Zumba that I've been looking forward to all month. Seriously, people. I want to CRY that I missed it! My 11 year old son was even up there enjoying it and I got NOTHING out of the night except a business card. I don't know if you've learned this about me yet, but I *hate* wasted time!

Whatever. Okay. Trying to move on. (But seriously, with TOM making me so emotional, missing Zumba feels like I just missed my son's big play on the football field or didn't make it to my husband's speech when he was accepting an award. Hate when TOM blows things up and, even though I can rationalize that THAT is what's happening, I'm still so mad I could spit. Not only did I miss Zumba last night - I missed it all week! Thursday got canceled and there's no Zumba toning this Friday. *screams and pulls out her hair*)

I know this is a completely ridiculous reaction but my blood feels like it's boiling over it. Stupi TOM.

On another note, I've decided that my HM training is O-V-E-R. It just doesn't make sense right now. What makes sense to me is calorie burn and losing weight. My body is working like a machine right now and I really need to hop on that burn and make it happen! Stupid 18 minutes of elliptical last night and a wasted night that could have been a HUGE calorie burner. GRRRR! Now all I have left this week is today, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I had BETTER make something happen! Serious!

Does anyone else get annoyed when they feel like they missed their workout?

It's not so much that I'm addicted to Zumba, but I've just finally started feeling like I'm fitting in in my class. People talk to me now. They notice when I'm missing. They tease me (like friends do) when I don't show up when I'm expected. I like feeling like I'm apart of something and I'm so mad at myself for screwing all that up by giving the wrong time to the nutritionist. (I really hoped the weather would cause her to not show up. *sigh*)

Okay, so I guess I'm starting today annoyed. I have to remember that there will be times that these tools will come in handy. There will be times when I need these people to tell me what's next. It's a GOOD thing to have these resources, even though it might feel like a bit of a waste of time right now. Plus, my meetings are done for now so I can move on and get back to what I know. Plus, plus, I'm going to be saving a ton of money in the long run.

Keep reminding me of that, okay?

On tap for tonight? ST is a MUST! Plus, I need to burn at LEAST 700 SP calories tonight. Maybe it's time for another round of my SIBCCT (Self-Induced Boot Camp Circuit Training)!

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ERIN4771 10/29/2010 10:12AM

    i'm with you on the hate missing a work out, especially when it's thru no fault of your own.....sorry chica....but hey, still got friday, saturday and sunday!!!! keep going!!!!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/28/2010 8:53AM

    I hate it when I have to miss a workout that I am planning to do! That is why sometimes I end up walking on the boardwalk in the dark. If I can't get to the pool before it closes I have to do something! And I hate that there are all these hundreds of women (a slight exaggeration) doing water aerobics and just me, lone me, swimming laps in the one lap lane. They make the water so choppy I feel like I am swimming in open water. But, I figure it probably ups my calorie burn! So, I can relate!

While it wasn't convenient, though, I do think it is great that you have the opportunity to meet with a nutritionist! Ideas from everywhere are a good thing!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/28/2010 12:20AM

    I literally broke down into tears when I had a last minute proposal request that required immediate attention and kept me from the once a week HipHop class I was already dressed for. I have told my boss when a call was running long (thank goodness she is a trusted friend) "I have to go for a run now before I scream." SO I totally get it and I had an annoying day too all by the way-all work related. Doesn't sound like you got a lot from the nutritionist. Are you planning on seeing her regularly.

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JLITT62 10/27/2010 3:11PM

    I remember once being stuck in horrible traffic and not able to get to my kickboxing workout. I called my husband, who told me to have some chocolate.

I don't want chocolate, I wailed, I want to go to my class!

Me, I said that? REALLY?

So yes, I can understand your frustration.

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CALLIKIA 10/27/2010 2:01PM

    FYI - the nutritionist was just looking for holes in my plan to see if there was anything she could help with. She's great and if I typed out the whole convo I'm sure most of you would agree.

Also - it wasn't so much me striving for perfection. The last few days haven't gone well and I finally felt good enough to workout again. Plus, Zumba is like the cherry on my sundae and it was the Halloween one too! *pout*

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/27/2010 1:57PM

    Man, I can relate to this 100%. I get SOOOO pissed about missing workouts, and I get SOOOOOO pissed during the TOM, and man when they're combined..... UGHHHHHH


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KITHKINCAID 10/27/2010 1:52PM

    I agree with ARCHIMEDES - sounds like a bit of an odd nutritionist appointment to me. They're supposed to give you ways NOT to slip up over the holidays. Did she tell you ANYTHING useful that you can fit into your life now?

Sorry you missed Halloween Zumba - yes, that's annoying. I do get annoyed if my schedule doesn't go as planned - BUT, we have to be flexible I guess - that's all part of learning how to live this new lifestyle.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/27/2010 1:45PM

    I think it's ok to feel annoyed... as long as you don't let perfectionism interfere with your progress. What you experienced last night is life... and life happens... and it's one night, not your entire existance. I have to remind myself that I am not always going to be able to work out the way I want/need, but I can do the best I can in the in between. I have set my focus to time in the gym vs. calories burned because I've never been able to consistently burn 500+... but then again, that's me. Whatever I can accomplish in an hour is what I want to accomplish because I can't go insane to get where I am going just to slow up and gain it back.

I am so sad you had to miss Halloween Zumba, maybe there is other classes in the community with a Halloween theme? Love you Esther.

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FLWRCHLD97 10/27/2010 12:10PM

    Yup, I feel your pain. I HATE wasting time (I value my time and feel it's precious, at least to me it is) and I do get annoyed when missing a workout. Especially if it's a workout I've been looking forward to or needing (sometimes it is like therapy to me).

So, you are not alone. Hang in there, you are doing great.

TOM needs to die a long, slow horrible death (HA)! emoticon

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/27/2010 12:07PM

    it's ok to be annoyed-- its reasonable since she was interrupting your ROUTINE! :) I totally vote for some SIBCCT!!!!! DO IT. I dare you to burn MORE than 700 calories :)

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/27/2010 10:16AM

    This strikes me as odd, but why is the nutritionist afraid that you'll slip up or that you'll get bored or that you won't know what foods to substitute ? That's not their concern, that's yours. It's their job to give you the tools you need to help you become a healthier you.

Do you know what this person's qualifications to be a nutritionist are ? Are they certified by the state ? If not, then I would take anything they say with a grain of salt. Most states require that a dietitian or nutrition be certified by the state. Thus the need for some caution because anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.

Honestly, it is not their job to be worried about whether or not the program will work for you. Their job is to find ways to help make the program work.

That really does seem odd to me. anyway.... I'm sorry that you missed your Halloween Zumba, but there is no need to fret. I'm sure there will be other great Zumba classes between now and Christmas.

Do I get annoyed if a miss the workout ? Depends on the reason I'm missing it. If I have family or work obligations, no. However, if it's for something stupid, then yes.
While I do like being on schedule, I also know there will be times when I need to go off schedule and that's okay.

Personally, you might consider checking out other nutritionist.


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SARAWALKS 10/27/2010 9:59AM

    Oh I SO feel your pain! emoticon I HATE meetings with a passion & an entire hour of NOTHING would fill me with intense disgust, even though I am SO LONG past TIM that I don't remember what it was like! emoticon
Not a zumba addict (YET) but I have realized that I am totally addicted to my cardio & I get quite upset if life keeps me away from it for several days or makes it hard to get a good session.
You're making incredible progress! Here's a cheer for you..EsTHER, EsTHER, EsTHER! yaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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MRSSIBRAT 10/27/2010 9:56AM

    I know exactlyyyy how you feel! I get so crabby when I have to miss my workout over something I can't control!

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MAGPIE17 10/27/2010 9:49AM

    Oh, Esther, I hear you! I had an awesome plan for the week - Monday zumba, Tuesday yoga, Thursday run and ST, Saturday yoga... My zumba instructor wasn't there Monday, and I really don't like her sub, so no zumba; Tuesday morning found out my yoga studio's closed for the week, so no yoga Tuesday or Saturday...How much exercise have I gotten so far this week? A dog walk and raking on Sunday. That's it. I was so annoyed that I couldn't get my act together to do some other form of exercise Monday or Tuesday night.

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RACHELLY0724 10/27/2010 9:28AM

    I hear ya, but you know what, it's EXCELLENT that you feel this way - that you're so passionate and engaged in an exercise class that you get ticked for missing it! I think the nutritionist should give some credence to that, to your altered mindset and not cloud you with her own fears - you own this, and while I'm no expert, I don't think that worrying about what could happen a month or two months from now is going to help you - you're owning it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one calorie burned at a time.

You're rocking it sister! emoticon

and PS - I too am addicted to Zumba - there - I said it. emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/27/2010 9:22AM

>But think of it this way, thats A GOOD THING that you feel the way you do! Consider the alternative, you could have felt annoyed that you missed a night of sitting on the couch, watching tv and gaining weight! OH WAIT, thats what I did! LOL


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READINESSISALL 10/27/2010 9:19AM

  I totally understand what you mean. There is nothing that bothers me more than wasted time! BUT I think you should be really proud of yourself for still getting that 18 minutes in. A lot of people would have let that meeting messing things up stop them from working out at all. At least you did SOMETHING. You're doing a great job of using and getting to know the resources available to you. That way, when the going gets tough, you know where and how to reach out. Keep up the great work! I love the idea of self induced boot camp circuit training! You go girl!

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GEORGIA_KAY 10/27/2010 9:16AM

    Reading in between the lines of you being seriously annoyed, I can also see that you are SERIOUSLY committed to losing weight, exercising and getting healthier. I think that's absolutely awesome!
I don't blame you for being annoyed. When we work so hard at something we set up these little rewards for ourselves (as we're supposed to do) and then when something happens to make us miss out on our well-deserved reward we feel cheated. Completely normal reaction. I think you did the only thing any rational human being could do. You blogged about it and got some of it out of your system. You'll start to feel better now :)
You really are doing so wonderfully well! emoticon

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MERAINA 10/27/2010 9:12AM

    I feel... just wrong when I miss a workout. Last night I went to bed WAY early... no workout. But I do feel better this morning!

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