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#65 - "There's No Stopping Us Right Now."

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yesterday was my designated day for Body Rock. Haha. Earlier in the day, I had talked myself into doing it, but due to cramps (darn you, TOM!), I decided to do an easier Body Rock. (This is huge for me since my cramps can get really bad. I usually don't move much during the 2-3 days that I have them.) Anyways, when I got home, I decided I wanted a more challenging workout. So, I did "Wide Awake" (BR):

50/15 Interval; 3x through; 14 minutes total

1. Prisoner Jump Knee to Elbow - 16, 16, 16
2. 10 Mountain Climbers & Jump* - 4
--> I aggravated my hamstring (I think) again, so I decided to substitute bike
crunches for it instead.
2. Bike Crunches - 21, 20
3. Squats* - 23, 22, 20
4. Under Toe Touch with Half Burpee* - 5, 4, 4

*Modified exercises.

I was so glad that I ended up doing something more difficult because I felt great afterwards (minus the hamstring). Yesterday, I almost felt like talking myself out of it, but I didn't. Why? I think I found something I like to do. I like Body Rock. I love sharing my scores with you all, and I love the positive feedback you all give. I love pushing myself. Sure, it's tough, but I like it. I don't want to miss a workout. Heck, I want to do one today, but I have an event after work. Plus, I like three a week because it gives me something to look forward to.

This morning, I did my usual walk (47 minutes). This time, I added sprints. So, for the first 20 minutes or so, I just walked. Then I got a little crazy. Haha. I added sprints until I was done with the workout. It was fun! (Never thought I would say that!) It gave me a little boost! I was happy. My cramps weren't too bad. I was beaming after my work out. To be honest, I've always wanted to be a runner, and now, I am taking small steps towards that goal.

Please don't ever think that you can't do something. Don't ever think you can't get healthy, or you can't run. You can. Just take small steps, and believe in yourself. Get crazy sometimes. Listen to your body. Eventually, you will get where you are going, so don't ever give up. emoticon

  
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JEANNINEMM68 7/2/2012 11:09PM

    You go girl!!!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/29/2012 11:23AM

    Very encouraging. That is really great you worked out despite cramps....go girl! I am impressed you skipped the lighter workout for a tougher one. I am going to do a BR one today, and I'll share later how it went and which one I did.

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JADAKNOWLES 6/28/2012 8:52PM

    I'm so proud of you! Runner you are :) Sending you love and encouragement! emoticon

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WINNIE1978 6/28/2012 8:07PM

    Good job getting in a good workout!! emoticon

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SBRAN833 6/28/2012 5:22PM

    Keep it up! :) I'm slowly working on that whole "running" thing ... :) You can do it!!

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ASHESS85 6/28/2012 3:38PM

    I know how you felt with the cramps...they are usually the thing that stands in my way when I want to work out. You rock for pushing through and working out anyway!

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LIABOOTY 6/28/2012 11:23AM

    This is an awesome blog and emoticon for not letting TOM to stop you from working out

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POOKASLUAGH 6/28/2012 11:18AM

    Great job!

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DRAGONFLY02 6/28/2012 10:15AM

    Awesome blog! Isn't it great how good you feel after working out? The other day I got home and was so tired and head-achy, I just wanted to lay on the couch and do nothing. But instead, I went for an almost 4 mile walk with my boys and felt great after. I was so glad I did it instead of giving up.

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 6/28/2012 9:55AM

  What an inspiration! emoticon for conquering TOM!

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#64 - Weekend Update and Monday's Body Rock.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I really think I am beginning to get the hang of this "journey". I'm eating healthy every day. I haven't had a soda in two weeks. I've exercised 13 of the 14 days since I've started. I watch what I eat. I aim for six glasses of water. This time it seems so much different than the last. I feel more determined. Maybe it's because I go on vacation in two weeks, I go to the doctor at the end of July, and I'm in a wedding in August. Who knows? All I know is that things just feel different, and I really like it.

Weekends used to be the hardest time for me. I'd do so well during the week only to destroy my progress every weekend. Not any more. I got a second job for the summer (Saturdays only) where I do a lot of getting up and down, walking, and climbing stairs from 9a - 5p. I take breakfast, lunch, and snacks; I also bring water bottles. Last weekend, I only brought two bottles of water, so once I went through that, I was craving more water. I've never craved water before. In fact, I used to hate water. Now, I'm getting used to it. Anyways, by the time I am done with work, I'm exhausted. Although I don't add this to my fitness minutes, I consider this fitness for the day. I think this job has really helped me stay on track during the weekends.

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went out with a couple of friends. Before we met up with them, he suggested we go walk on the beach since I was really sore from Friday's Body Rock. He was like "let's go to the beach for a walk to help warm up your muscles." Aww! So, we walked for about 25 minutes, then we met up with our friends. I had ONE martini (Yay me! Haha. I usually have two-three.). Afterwards, we went danced for probably about an hour. We had loads of fun. I'm thinking about suggesting it again this weekend. :)

Sunday, I ended up taking a rest day. My body was exhausted. I drank my water, and I watched what I ate. I even took a nap! Haha. I'm thinking about taking a rest day every Sunday, but I will evaluate how my body feels that day.

Lastly, I did a Body Rock yesterday. It was intense. I decided to go all out since I start TOM this week, and my cramps get really bad to where any movement is just too much. However, I'm going to try to do a lighter Body Rock on Wednesday. Hopefully, I am able to get through that and my morning walks. Anyways, here's the workout if you are interested:

"Dripping With Sweat"

http://www.bodyrock.tv/2012/06/22/drippi
ng-with-sweat-real-time-workout/

(I didn't do the ab bonus. The workout was crazy though!)

  
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JEANNINEMM68 6/27/2012 10:35PM

    You Go Girl!!!!! I am so proud of you know send me some of your will power!!!!

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WINNIE1978 6/26/2012 6:04PM

    I'm glad that the "journey" seems to be getting a little easier for you! Great job with stay ing on track this weekend. The weekends are the toughest for me too!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/26/2012 3:51PM

    You are doing really awesome! emoticon

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CHODGES83 6/26/2012 2:16PM

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POOKASLUAGH 6/26/2012 1:26PM

    Yay! You sound so happy and determined - you can do this!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/26/2012 12:21PM

    The walk on the beach and dancing sound like a really fun summer night! Sounds like you are doing great. Congrats.

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SUGIRL06 6/26/2012 11:07AM

    Sounds like a great weekend!! I like taking Sunday as rest day too. I love having a whole day without work or exercise or anything! We do our grocery shopping though but I would move that to a different day too if my hubby would let me! LoL.

Glad you are finding it easier to live healthy. It is the greatest feeling when you realize you are doing it automatically and because you want to.

And thanks for the bodyrock link! Never heard of it!
~Ang

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 6/26/2012 10:48AM

  You are doing great!I hope you enjoy your rest day, it is well deserved after all that hard work.

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FITNESSMONSTER8 6/26/2012 10:48AM

    13 out of 14 days of exercise is awesome! The weekends are always the hardest for me, so good job staying on track. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/26/2012 10:28AM

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Awesome job so far!! You are doing great things!! :D

Keep up the fantastic job! BodyRock sounds haaaard! Yeesh!!

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DRAGONFLY02 6/26/2012 10:24AM

    Sounds like you're doing GREAT! Keep up the good work.

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#63 - Quick Body Rock Update.

Friday, June 22, 2012

After work, I came home and did the Body Rock "Bikini Bunny Workout". Let me tell you it was quite tough especially with forty pounds of extra weight on you. I tired out around the fourth exercise (1st run through). Here's why:

- 50 seconds on/15 seconds rest; did routine twice.

1. Push Ups (2x) + Burpee + Tuck Jump - 5, 7
2. High Knees (10x) + Mountain Climbers (10x) - 3, 2
3. Push Ups (2x) + Jump Over Bag - 5, 5
4. Frog Jump + Push Up - 6, 4
5. Wood Chop, Knee to Shoulder (Left) - 28, 32
6. Wood Chop, Knee to Shoulder (Right) - 30, 31
7. Bicycle Crunches* - 26, 25

*Originally, you were supposed to do knee raises with the equalizer, but since I don't have one nor do I have anything stable to do it on, I decided to do the crunches.

Like I said, this one was tough. I modified the tuck jump to a jump, I did my push ups on my knees, and I did not jump in on the burpees. Instead, I brought one foot in and then the other. I started wheezing pretty badly in the first round, and honestly, I really thought about quitting several times. However, I took a quick break (1-2 seconds), and I pushed through. I'm really happy that I did because I feel great (although tired! Haha.).

My scores are terrible, but I'm not going to let that get to me because in reality, I'm overweight, and I'm out of shape. Hopefully down the road I will improve on them. You have to start somewhere. :)

  
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HELENKATHLEEN5 6/25/2012 12:06PM

    I've been wanting to try Body Rock workouts..sounds like they're a good one! And that's right, you have to start somewhere, and when you see improvement you should feel proud and awesome! :)

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ANAJAMA 6/24/2012 7:40AM

    yay on pushing through!!! :)

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DRAGONFLY02 6/23/2012 10:24PM

    Wow, that sounds tough! Which makes you amazing for finishing!

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MNGIRLIE 6/23/2012 10:29AM

    That sounds super difficult! You did great! Even if you're not too happy with your score it's a good motivator and starting score!

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EMFRAPPIER 6/23/2012 6:14AM

    emoticon Awesome! Body Rock workouts are so hard!! I'm usually lying on the floor by the end. Great job getting it done! I need to start bodyrocking again emoticon

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KRYANPRINCESS 6/22/2012 9:49PM

    This is a great post!! Body Rock workouts are killer!! WTG!!! Great modifications too! High Five!!!

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SBRAN833 6/22/2012 8:24PM

    Hey you did it - keep it up and the endurance will follow!! I'm trying my fit test for insanity in a few mins - and i'm not going to lie, KINDA SCARED lol

You're doing awesome !!

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WINNIE1978 6/22/2012 6:54PM

    Don't let bad scores get you don't... that just leaves lots of room for improvement! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/22/2012 6:35PM

    You finished the whole thing!! Awesome!! :-) I have to do modifications a lot too.

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TARAFROMTX1 6/22/2012 6:15PM

    Wow, just reading all that made me tired.. that would have kicked my butt and then some! WTG!!!!!! Your doing Awesome!!! emoticon

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#62 - Support.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I woke up this morning to 167.8 pounds. I've lost about four pounds since I started last Monday. This is great... in some aspects.

I say this because every time I have hit 167, I usually quit/fall apart. I don't know why, but I do. Maybe I see the scale moving, and I get scared? Honestly, I wish I knew because it's frustrating. 167 just seems to be a wall I can't break down.

While I am a little nervous about it, I've decided to do my best today. I've gotten my morning walk in, and I have eaten healthy (breakfast, mid-morning snack, and lunch). I plan to get a Body Rock in as well as a healthy mid-afternoon snack and dinner. So, I have plans for trying to break through, but I still just feel scared.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, how did you overcome it?

I don't plan on stopping exercising or eating healthy like I usually do. I plan on continuing because honestly, I feel great. I feel like I'm slimming. My belly isn't bulging (as bad as it usually does). I like this feeling. I just need a little support today.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/25/2012 3:27PM

    Seems like when I get to my certain weight usually 265 the scale stops moving also. Good news for me is that I am at 259 now. I just want to keep moving and hopefully that will keep me going on the right path. Don't know what it is but those numbers can mess with your head. Good luck!!!!

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WINNIE1978 6/20/2012 7:11PM

    I can relate... my number seems to be around 150 though. I managed to get below it twice (once years ago and once this past December)... but I always end up going back up a couple of pounds.

Hang in there!

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CHODGES83 6/20/2012 4:31PM

    you are doing emoticon Keep sparking!


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ASHESS85 6/20/2012 3:13PM

    I can relate! I do the same thing at 179...just end up creeping back up. I would love to just be out of the 180's for good!!! You are on the right track girl...just don't give up and be consistent!

P.S. I need to listen to my own advice! lol

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CLHENDY1 6/20/2012 2:59PM

    Yep! This has certainly happened to me. The best thing to do is stay consistent and persistent. You're feeling great and you don't want to lose that feeling, so stick with it and eventually the number will match the effort.

You're doing awesome!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/20/2012 2:09PM

    Not this exactly, but just coincidentally, 167 is a weight that has meaning for me too...unfortunately it's always the weight I seem to return to after I've lost weight and gotten down to the 130s, 140s, or 150s. Even more unfortunately, THIS round of weight gain put me higher than that - I'm in the 170s now. :( Ugh.

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POOKASLUAGH 6/20/2012 1:50PM

    I think we all have a mental barrier to get through. Once you get to the other side - and youc an, if you keep plowing through - it does get a lot easier!

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SBRAN833 6/20/2012 1:33PM

    CONGRATS on the loss girl!

... But Happens ALL. THE. TIME... these 10 pounds, I have pretty much been losing for the past year, but I am with you, time to push through and meet our goals !! :)

Most of the time my STOP SIGN is when people start to actually take notice, say "hey lookin' good, are you losing weight, ect" ... I guess my subconcious convinces me that it's okay to slub off... not this time!!

Remember what you told me when the scale goes down ... IT'S MOTIVATION TO KEEP GOING! :)

My only suggestion is that instead of setting yourself up mentally for failure, tell your inner voice to go away, and you will succeed day in and day out :)
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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 6/20/2012 1:30PM

  emoticon Yes this has happened to me, it can really be a mind game. I don't have any good advice to offer but keep on doing what you're doing and try not to get complacent. Complacency always sets in for me.

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#61 - Update.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The past few days have gone pretty well actually.

I have maintained my exercise streak (since last Monday) of doing at least 20-30 minutes of anything. Mostly, I walk. I even kept it up on the weekend although I didn't track it since I didn't really time myself. Yesterday, I even added a 15-minute Body Rock session (Ass Fire).

4 rounds, 3 times; 50 seconds on, 15 seconds rest:

- Prisoner Squat Jumps: 18, 19, 23
- Straight Abs: 31, 31, 35
- Reverse Push Ups: 10, 10, 10
- Step Ups (Alternate): 12, 16, 16

I don't think I did too bad. I'm planning on incorporating Body Rock, ZWOW, or Pilates at least three times a week. (However, my main goal is to at least get in 30 minutes a day.) Last night's Body Rock session made a difference. I lost .6 of a pound between yesterday and this morning!

Eating has been ok. This weekend was a little iffy as I was feeling munchy on Sunday. I'm working on it though.

I will have to say that I'm lacking in the sleep department. I planned on going to bed early last night, but Carolina baseball ( emoticon) was on, and I had to watch! :D

Overall, I feel like I am doing well. For once, it seems as though I had a pretty good weekend. Usually, the weekend is the worst in terms of food and exercise, but I somehow pushed through it!

For once, I finally feel like I am on track. I'm worried though because

1. I feel like I might be getting sick again. (Zinc, please work!)
2. My energy is still low. (I need more sleep!)
3. I'm having cravings for soda pretty badly this morning.

I go to Alaska to see my Dad July 11th, so I'm committing myself to exercise and diet until then. (I would like to go up there and continue my healthy habits!) While I am doing this for me, I know that me changing my habits for the better will excite my Dad. I hope he will notice as a few compliments will only help my motivation! Haha. :D

Anyways, that's the update. All's going fairly well. I'm a week and a day into this, and it feels great! Hope you all have a great day!

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CULAINA 6/20/2012 7:27AM

    That sounds awesome! I'm intrigued by the 'ass fire' though *grin*

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/19/2012 10:26PM

    Fantastic!!

Keep up the awesome work! Taking it day by day is the right way to do this! As soon as I start thinking, "oh crap. I have to do this the rest of my life?!" I freak out and get overwhelmed and want to binge. bah.

Keep up the great work, my dear!! You got this!

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WINNIE1978 6/19/2012 6:58PM

    I'm glad you are doing well! emoticon

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MISTYBLUE716 6/19/2012 3:26PM

    way to go! body rock type workouts are awesome!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/19/2012 1:34PM

    You are doing really awesome. Is ZWOW as hard as Bodyrock? I've watched most of the ZWOW videos. I did Bodyrock for a few weeks earlier this year, and it was killer and burned me out....but worked.



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POOKASLUAGH 6/19/2012 11:32AM

    My cravings always get really bad if I'm not sleeping enough. I think that's why my last two days were so badly off. I don't feel nearly so out of control today, because I slept enough last night. Sleep is so important! I hope you can get some rest soon.

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SBRAN833 6/19/2012 11:07AM

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Great job! Keep it up! :)

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FITNAPTURAL 6/19/2012 11:02AM

    You're doing awesome! Get more sleep! Try going to bed just 30 minutes earlier and make sure you lay everything out the night before. Sleep leads to better health and more energy so make it a priority girl! And definitely drink water. It may help with getting sick and the energy levels. You may feel more tired because you're dehydrated. Good luck!

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DRAGONFLY02 6/19/2012 10:42AM

    Sounds like you're doing a great job!! Keep it up and don't let any stumbles get you down.

That Body Rock session sounds interesting. I may just need to check it out.

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CAROLYN_ROSE 6/19/2012 10:29AM

    Great job!!! The weekends are always the toughest but it sounds like you fared well!

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EMFRAPPIER 6/19/2012 9:58AM

    Sounds like you're doing great!! Keep it up! emoticon

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