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Cardio Mania Day 2~6,457 KCAL Down 13,543 to Go!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Overall, I am feeling great. A little sleepy but I feel really good, plus I weighed in today and I've lost 4.1lbs. since my last official weigh in. I really believe that this challenge is going to help me hit my August weight loss goal!! YAY Me!!!

Another reason that I'm feeling good is because of the energy that is running rampant among my team.

We're not all doing the SAME thing, but we're all doing SOMEthing...we're not all on the SAME level, but we're all working to get to the NEXT level. So every single minute and calorie that is spent and burned is counting towards a greater good.

This challenge is not just about pulverizing L.I.P.S. (that's a given)... It's about the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS supporting each other as we work towards challenging ourselves to maintain lifestyle changes that will make us even more fit and healthier....YAY Team! You too Snikwad!

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KITEFLYINGAL 8/21/2007 7:49PM

    I just spent the morning whining about how hard it was to exercise and then I come over here and read your blog and now I am ashamed of myself (smile)
You have worked so hard to get where you are today and I can tell how happy you really are.. I take inspiration from this..
Thank you,

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68TOGO 8/21/2007 9:07AM

    Whooo hooo...keep it up.

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RHONDA_J 8/21/2007 9:01AM

    Yay You! You're doing GREAT!!! Keep up the GREAT work!

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IMENOUGH 8/21/2007 8:50AM

    I'm chasing you girlie! You keep pushing and I keep pushing!! You're such a motivation to me!

Congrats on the weightloss! I'm hoping to lose at least 5 pounds when this madness is over. :-)

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SNIKWAD 8/21/2007 1:26AM

    Thanks Sweetie!!!

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JANEYJAYE 8/21/2007 12:55AM

    Woo-hoo! You go, D! I'm digging your enthusiasm!

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Cardio Mania Day 1 ~ 212 mins. in one day ~ WOW!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Today began the Cardio Challenge and I am so proud of how I hard I hit it today...YAY ME!!!

First of all, I AM NOT and I repeat I AM NOT a morning person. Yet, when my alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. I jumped out of bed, put on my "workout clothes" and headed straight to my TV to do my Tae Bo Boot Camp. Afterwards I had so much energy, that I cooked, cleaned, downsized my closet (which yielded 3 large bags of casual clothes to give away!!!), Sparked and then got ready for church.

After church I visited with my family, but was watching the clock like a hawk...didn't want to be late to my 4pm Step Aerobics class (a major calorie burner for me!!!). So at 3pm, I hopped in my car to head for the Y. When I turned on the ignition, I noticed that the clock said 4:01 pm (WHAT?). I thought to myself, what is wrong w/ that thing...there must be something wrong w/ something in my car (not automotive-ly/mechanically inclined). So I pulled out my work cell phone and it said 4:01...(WHAT?)...then I pulled out my personal cell phone and it said 4:01!!! I looked at my watch and it had 3:05...I thought what in the heck is going on...did I somehow mysteriously get warped into the Twilight Zone from getting up so early?

Then it dawned on me...I had my battery replaced in my "Sunday" watch yesterday. The sales lady so graciously volunteered to set the time for me...she must have set it wrong...I had not even checked the time after she replaced the battery. So one of two things happened here:

1. This sales clerk is a secret member of the LIPS team and she set my watch an hour behind, hoping that it would cause me to miss Step Aerobics and mess up my cardio plan for the day...HMMM


2. I have one of those watches that doesn't have any numbers...just tick marks...maybe it was an honest mistake...and I should have checked it before just dropping it back into my purse...HMMM

Anyway, thankfully I have a back-up plan for all of my workouts this week. So instead of doing step aerobics, I did the stairclimber (not as many calories burned as Step Aerobics--but still a good workout for me).

I have not been on this machine in over a week and oooh how I missed it. While working out, I was jamming to Kanye West, Beyonce and T.I. (so once again the folks at the Y got a free show!). Along with "walking it out" and running on the stairclimber, I was doing some upper body Tae Bo moves. Before I even realized it I had been working out for 45 minutes and decided to push it to the limits (I could hear the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS cheering me on). I rocked that thing for a full 62 minutes!!!! YAY ME!!! So that had me even more pumped to finish the rest of my scheduled workout.

Thankfully, I can say that although my plans changed, not only did I exceed my planned cardio minutes, I also exceeded my planned calories burned for the day...YAY ME!!!

At this rate, I will definitely meet and possibly exceed my 20,000 Calorie Burned Goal for the week...YAY ME!!!

So now off to bed...so that I can get enough rest to get up and BURN BABY BURN in the morning!!!

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APPLEBOTTOM4 8/20/2007 2:44PM

    Still laughing at the sales lady being a member of L.I.P.S.... You are such a GREAT TEAM LEADER!!! This competition is doing wonders for my inches. Thanks!!

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SNIKWAD 8/20/2007 12:14PM

    I'm betting that she WAS a member of the LIPS team ... ha! I will have to talk to my teammates about pulling stunts like that. But hey, at least they Play to Win!!!

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IMENOUGH 8/20/2007 8:41AM


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JANEYJAYE 8/20/2007 12:13AM

    You truly are the CC leader and we were cheering you on the whole way! I could hear the cheers to as I went to my spin class this morning and then went home to rest up for the uphill hike this evening. I feel great. My foot only hurts a little but as long as I have really good support I should be fine. YAY you for getting in your backup workout! You are still my inspiration!

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A leader is...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

...a person you would follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself."

Tomorrow begins the infamous "friendly" cardio challenge between my team CARDIO CONNOISSEURS and the opponents LIPS (Ladies Improving Personal Standards). I have to admit I am so pumped and my excitement is primarily due to the energy and enthusiasm that is being generated by my teammates.

CARDIO CONNOISSEURS is comprised of some of THE BEST people that you could ever meet on SP. Everyone is soooo supportive and has a motivating story to share. AND talk about determination!!! If you looked up the word tenacious in the dictionary, next to the definition you would see 8 x 10 glossy pictures of every single one of my teammates. I consider it an honor to be a part of this team.

So with all that being said, for this challenge, I'm bringing my "A" game. But I will not be alone, I have already received confirmation that my team will be FOLLOWING!!!

Listed below is my CARDIO COMMITMENT for 8/19~8/25

A.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.
P.M. ~ Step Aerobics 60 mins.; Water Aerobics 45 mins.
L.P.M. ~ Core Rhythms 45 mins.

A.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.
P.M. ~ Stairclimber 45 mins.; Treadmill 45 mins.
L.P.M. ~Core Rhythms 45 mins.

A.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.
P.M. ~Spinnning 45 mins.; Water Aerobics 45 mins.
L.P.M. ~Core Rhythms 45 mins.

A.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.
P.M. ~Elliptical Machine "Hands-Free" 50 mins.; Water Aerobics 45 mins.
L.P.M. ~Core Rhythms 45 mins.

A.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.
P.M. ~Spinnning 45 mins.; Recumbent Bike 30 mins.
L.P.M. ~Core Rhythms 45 mins.

A.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.
P.M. ~Water Aerobics 45 mins.
L.P.M. ~Line Dancing Class 120 mins.
****May squeeze in a Jerry Green's Workout for the fun of it!!!****

A.M. ~Spinning 50 mins.; Water Aerobics 50 mins.
P.M. ~Tae Bo 55 mins.; Core Rhythms 45 mins.

Planned Outcome:
1,375 mins. of Intense CARDIO CONNOISSEUR Style ~ Cardio Burning!!!

20,000+ Calories Burned (I'm still in on my weekly challenge w/ SNIKWAD!!! Plus, he is the mastermind behind this challenge)

Meet my 8/26 Weight Loss Goal


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MSDIVA1128 8/20/2007 11:36AM

    I have been making my pledge happen, as of midnight on the 19th.Did the gym thang before work this morning. Will be hitting the gym after work. will be posting my workout for the week soon. mind you it will not look like you and SNIK (LOL), but it will be very nice indeed.

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ATR1983 8/18/2007 10:09PM

    I am ready to knock them out of the water. I will definetly be follow your lead. You are a inspiration. We can do this.

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JANEYJAYE 8/18/2007 8:35PM

    I am so ready for the challenge (feet willing) and I will follow your lead. You are so inspiring and since joining your team, I have pushed myself even farther than I thought I could. Thanks!

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NOEILAND 8/18/2007 8:27PM

    Hey D- You are absolute right, we are following your lead, like what I said in my Huddle, I, too have a game plan! We're gonna BLAST THEM AWAY! (oops, is that considered taunting?)

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MARSHBTOKS 8/18/2007 7:42PM

    A LEADER IS D710DANCE.........you are definetly leading by example..........I 'm also looking forward to this challenge and winning the darn thing..........good luck Dance..........

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Faint not...

Thursday, August 09, 2007

This week I am beginning to see the manifestation of so many things that I have been fervently praying for in faith. God is and has been so good to me. I know that I am so blessed!!!

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9 (KJV)

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KITEFLYINGAL 8/11/2007 12:07AM

    Hi Janet.. I am so excited! I had to rush over here and tell you my wonderful news.. I was finally able to get on a set of scales today.. my first time since joining Spark.. and guess what?? I have lost 15lbs!! I am so thrilled and I know I owe a lot of that to Spark and all the tools they are providing me. That and all the peer support.. and I want to thank you so much for posting your page.. every time I look at it it gives me hope..
Many smiles to you,

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KITEFLYINGAL 8/9/2007 7:02PM

    I know that God brought me here to Spark people. I have no recollection of how I found this site but it is the best thing that could ever have happened to me and I thank him for that. I have met 3 women in particular who encourage me on a daily basis. They keep me accountable too and make me want to do better. We are all fairly new here and you are a inspiration to us.. when we reead your page and see how far you have come.. thank you for being here and sharing with us.
God Bless,

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The Not-So-Secret Equation for Successful Weight Loss

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, LifeScript Staff Writer
Monday, August 6, 2007

No matter how difficult you think weight loss is, it actually boils down to a simple mathematical equation:
X amount of calories IN - X amount of calories OUT = X amount of calories contributing to weight gain, weight loss or weight maintenance.
If you’re trying to lose weight, your final “X” should be a negative number. But how do you know how many calories to cut each day to reach your weight loss goals? First off, you need to have a good estimate of your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which is the “base” amount of calories you burn each day. A very general formula you can use to estimate your BMR is to multiply your weight in pounds by 15. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, your BMR is about 2,100 calories, which means that if you consume 2,100 calories in a day, you will maintain your current weight. If you eat more than this, you will gain weight, or if you eat less than this you will lose weight. (Keep in mind that if your weight is mostly made up of fat mass, not muscle mass, you likely need fewer calories than this calculation gives. Why? The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Conversely, the more fat you have, the less efficient your body is at burning calories.) Once you know your BMR, you then have to figure out how and where to trim extra calories. The best formula for weight loss is to try and reach a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day, every day for a week in order to lose one pound. A pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, which is why you can lose one pound in seven days by reaching a deficit of 500 calories below your BMR for each of those days. Burn off 250 of those 500 calories with exercise and then eat 250 fewer calories and, if you stick with this formula long enough, you’ll see the weight start to come off – like magic (except it’s not).

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KITEFLYINGAL 8/8/2007 12:55AM

    I am in awe of you and what you have achieved.. you are truly a inspiration to me and your Spark page is filled with wonderful information.. Thank you for being here..

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MSDIVA1128 8/7/2007 11:53PM

    I just love your helpful hints. Keep em comin'

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A3JOY1908 8/7/2007 10:04PM

    I just was reading this earlier on sp today. Thats great that you passed this along. Thanks soror.

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FOXYLOSE30 8/7/2007 7:34PM

    Sounds simple but how unfortunate all of our bodies are not created equal. But thank you for the info.

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BIGSHOW2882 8/7/2007 11:32AM

    WOW!!! When you put it in Mathematical terms, then I can follow it!! LOL!!! (I am an Engineering Student and had to do a lot of math in my day). Thanks soooo much for the Equation!!! I needed it and I am on my way to weight loss! :-)

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NEWBEIN 8/7/2007 11:11AM

    Look at you edu-ma-catin' the Sparkpeople! : -) It's true though, it comes down to basic math and science. Keep being an inspiration for us all! Love ya.

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