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Sunday, March 16, 2014

My body is in motion and it is starting to seem like it will stay in motion. I am getting addicted to exercise again. I'm not there yet but it is close.

After two weeks of meticulous calorie counting and rigorous exercise I am down just 2 lbs. This is the first time I haven't had instant success and I am struggling with it a little. I have a lot of muscle soreness still and that is frustrating. I have spent a lot of time reading spark people motivation articles and finding motivation posters on Pinterest.

In spite of this I KNOW that results with come if I push through and stay focused on my goals.

My project this week is a goal board in my bedroom with motivation, my workout schedule and pounds lost chart.


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DEBADEAU 3/16/2014 4:52PM

    I'm with you! I've been working out daily for the past couple of weeks and it's starting to not be SO much of a chore. I may even admit that I am starting to like it! It feels good to get moving!

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ARNETTELEE 3/16/2014 2:11PM

  You can do it!

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

I thought last year that I could not be more sore than when I finished Combat. I was wrong. Insanity is far more difficult. I have made it to day 3 and only multiple hot tubs and a ridiculous amount of stretching is allowing me to walk right now. If you want a great workout, give it a try.

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ZRIE014 3/8/2014 12:49AM

  have a nice day

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I have hit a wall... not literally.

Friday, February 08, 2013

I'm not sure if I've ever had less energy than I did yesterday afternoon. I went for a walk with my dogs in the morning. It was a pretty good walk up a few hills in the snow, but nothing ridiculously strenuous. Didn't feel too bad. Then I went for a hair cut (10 inches off!) and I'm pretty sure my powers left with my hair. I'm pretty much Samson... except without the whole - slaying of an army with a donkey jawbone / wrestling a lion part.

I tried to do my combat workout in the evening with my husband but I had so little energy I couldn't even run on the spot. I was so frustrated that I couldn't keep up, 10 minutes in I actually broke down crying. SO embarrassing! I didn't really want to write about it and thus increase my embarrassment... but I guess that's the point of this place.

I've kept everything in for so many years and that obviously hasn't been working for me. So here I am. Tears, failures, successes, everything. I've found support and motivation here like I never have before.

Today I feel better. I'm fairly certain that my problem yesterday was not eating enough the day before. I'm a classic - eat when you're not hungry - girl. So in my effort to curtail that I didn't eat enough because I just wasn't hungry. I need to find a balance and still eat enough for the day. Now I know I will pay for it the next day if I don't.

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Holy Combat. I have NEVER been this sore!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I LOVE (and hate) Les Mills Combat. This is a team beach body program by the makers of p90x and Insanity. My husband has done p90x in the past and I thought about doing it. Then I saw what he was doing and pretty much laughed until I cried at the though of me doing it. Ridiculous.

When I saw an ad (on the side of the Spark website no less) for a program called Les Mills Combat I checked it out. As a lover of tae bo when the craze was on, this was right up my alley. When I saw it was by beach body I almost reverted to OLD-KIRSTIN (capitalized for gloomy emphasis) and laughed myself out of it. Instead I said SCREW IT!! I CAN DO THIS $HIT! (Capitalized for excitement emphasis) And jumped in.

Combat is a full program designed to be done either 5 or 6 days a week depending on the calendar you choose. I chose the 6 day option, since I'm lucky enough to have lots of time. The whole program is based on several different martial arts disciplines and you get to fight for either 30, 45, or 60 minutes on cardio days according to your schedule. It also gets progressively harder throughout the 60 day program.

I'm not every $hitting you, this is pretty FUN. I like punching and kicking my way to my goal. I feel like I'm fighting for my life back. And even though my punches are floppy chicken punches that probably wouldn't even hurt a child, it makes me feel powerful. And SORE. I could barely get out of bed the next day. But my husband encouraged me and I got up and did it again, and I really felt more loose and better after the workout. But then SORE again. Yes, mostly sore.

I'm also still getting on the bike at least 3 days a week to get some low impact cardio and strengthen my knee.

Down 2lbs this week, and also... a pair of my old jeans FIT! That felt pretty damn good.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/6/2013 1:07PM

    okay that sounds seriously awesome! I still have the original Tae Bo on VHS with no VHS player around. LMAO

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My Excuses... and Why They're Not Gonna Fly This Time

Monday, January 28, 2013

I have had some pretty creative excuses in my time. They're still rattling around in my head on occasion, but it's not gonna work this time. You hear that BRAIN?!? You traitor!

Here are some of my all time favorites:

1. I'm too busy to cook healthy food and work out.

This is hilarious! It's probably some of the best bulls&%# I've ever come up with. I work 2 days, 2 nights, and then have 5 DAYS OFF! (And this is a full time job) I have no kids, 2 dogs, and an kick ass supportive husband who does way more around the house than I do.
My friend recently lost a lot of weight and looks AMAZING by eating clean and running. She has 4 kids and had just been going though a tough time at home and works full time. If she (and thousands and thousands of other people busier than me) can do it, I can too.

2. I don't want to go to the gym or run outside because I'm embarrassed about how I look.

Well I could just get over it, suck it up, and go... but since I have a kick ass husband he bought me a treadmill about a year ago so I could run my little heart out without caring how I look. And then I wanted a yoga mat and some weights, so I bought them. And then I worked out hard for about a month... and then my back and knee started to hurt, so I quit. And the deal was that we would sell the treadmill if I didn't use it, but I kept insisting that I'd use it... and I started running again last week, but now:

3. My knee is grinding and clicking and killing me.

So since I'm firmly on the motivation train I decided that I needed a low impact activity and I have really loved spinning in the past. So we went out to the store and bought ourselves a spinning bike. And I found this great website with spinning workouts studiosweat. Check it out. (One ride and my butt is NOT ok, but at least I know that goes away soon enough ;)

4. I just love food too much.

There is so much clean eating food that is delicious. And I CAN still have foods I love. With portion control, in moderation, as a treat, within my calorie limits.

5. I don't have the self control required.

I know that I AM in control of what I do. I control the decisions I make, good or bad, and I have to own them. It is ONLY my fault that I've let myself slide this far. And while I can rely on support from my husband, friends, and the spark community, it will be ONLY me who fixes this. I DO have the self control required. I CAN do this.

I know there are lots more but if you're attention span is like mine, that's about all I can take for now. I'll add more of my awesome, hilarious, excuses as they pop up in my mind and you can feel free to help me bust them.

I'm pretty bummed about my knee, but I'm gonna spin like the Tasmanian devil until it feels normal and then introduce running again one day a week. I DREAM of running my first half marathon. It's driving me, and I'm not willing to give that up. I'm also REALLY enjoying my strength training with Nike+ Kinect. It has exceeded my expectations.

Until next time,

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REGULARSHOW 1/28/2013 5:11PM

    i love your optimism and you can do it!!!! =)

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TEACHFIRST268 1/28/2013 4:40PM

    You're taking responsibility, my friend! That's what it boils down to. There are no 'excuses', instead, there are choices.

It's at least 90% mental. Every step is a decision. In the beginning, we must be very conscious of each and every one of them. In time, they begin to turn into habits (at least that's what I'm hoping!!! Still not habits for me yet, but the choices are getting easier!)


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