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Changing Up My Fitness Routine

Monday, January 16, 2012

One of my goals for 2012 is to do 20,000 minutes of fitness. I've been a runner for a few years now and I seem to get my runs in easy enough but I've found that my body has become too efficient with running and it does not push my fat burning engine as much as I would like. I think my body has learned how to run efficiently enough and not burn the calories I wish it to.

One of my new goals is to change up my exercise routine. I bought Coach Nicole's new 28 day Boot Camp DVD this weekend and tried it this morning. By the way, with the current coupon on SP the price is very reasonable for a DVD. I found I am not as limber and agile as I had hoped. I have some work to do. I love that there are short routines, longer routines and different fitness levels for each routine. She is very easy to follow too!

So my new plan, in addition to running is to mix it up, DVDs, gym classes, kettlebells and of course continue to run and train for another half marathon. I will contine to write my workouts in my daily planner so I have a plan at the start of each day!
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THEEASYKILL30 3/24/2012 12:07PM

    I know this is a bit of an older post but I find it so intriguing. After about 2 months of regular fitness, I found I was plateauing a little. I was still losing weight but not as quickly as I was before. Plus the exercises (SP's kickboxing workouts) I was doing were getting easier. I just took up running and it seems to be helping me deal with the plateau issue. Now, I've got to think about what I'm going to do when my body figures this out too. Thanks for helping me think ahead.

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THINRONNA 1/30/2012 5:38AM

    You have a great plan! I think that you are on the right track for sure...I always find you so inspirational! Thank you for that.

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MAIDAMONTREAL 1/16/2012 10:19PM

    Good idea to change up the routine. Best of luck. Also hope you reach your 20000 minutes this year. I wish you the best with everything.

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ANNA907 1/16/2012 10:00PM

    I have the coupon for Coach Nicole's new video. I guess I probably won't get it till next weekend now. Was going to try today. Since I've been doing another bootcamp with her I'm figuring I should be able to use the video even though I have to be careful with my knee. Great job on changing it up. I always try and vary it on the elliptical and treadmill. I'm also definitely not limber or agile!!! Great job!!!

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FITKAT62 1/16/2012 6:20PM

    My body is a very quick learner so I have to change it up often.

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ON2VICTORY 1/16/2012 5:34PM

    you sound like me. I lost alot of weight when I first started running until my body got it figured out. I have since added crossfit and kettlebells into the mix and it seems to be working. we are very adaptable creatures for sure. Great job on changing up your routine!

Robert


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CELIAMINER 1/16/2012 4:44PM

    I'm trying that, too! Today I tried a new HIIT DVD with Cathe Friedrich and found that it's a good level for me. I can't quite keep up safely on some of the intervals using the step, and my jumps aren't as powerful as hers, so I have room to improve.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/16/2012 3:22PM

    Great going!!! A very ambitious way to keep your body moving!!!
Enjoy all those choices.

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BRANDI.FEY 1/16/2012 3:20PM

    Sounds like a great plan. Good luck!

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HS1056 1/16/2012 3:01PM

  Oh yes! Change is good for our bodies! They catch on quick! emoticonLOL


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SHERIO5 1/16/2012 2:31PM

    That's right, keep your body guessing!

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Goals for 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I've had my goals in my head for awhile and have been meaning to put them down in black and white but it has been just one more thing I've procrastinated doing. As part of the 5% Winter Challenge we are encouraged to write a daily blog identifying a new habit we want to develop, how we will develop it, ways to keep us on track and how to improve upon them. I am finding this to be one of the more difficult challenges. Why? Because I'm not a blogger! I've been with Spark since July 2011 and have only written 3 blogs. My family, friends and co-workers will tell you I'm the quiet one. I don't say much therefore I don't write much. My daughter even accuses me that I don't talk much on the phone. I'm just not a talker. So...one of the new habits I wish to develop is to write more, open up more, be honest more. Ways to keep on track with it, hmmm. I'm still thinking on that one. Daily blogs are a start. Making a list and blogging on it later is also a start.

For my 2012 goals:

1. 20,000 fitness minutes this year. That is roughly 60 min per day. In my first 6 months on Spark I had 9400 minutes. Not bad but I can push a little harder.

2. Start making appointments for my workouts. If I write them in my calendar book, I'll be able to stick with them better.

3. Run 2-3 half marathons this year.

4. Continue tracking daily and increase my daily water from 8 glasses to 9-10 glasses.

5. Reach my goal by Spring! Work on maintenance and Have Fun!

  
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THINRONNA 1/30/2012 5:40AM

    Great goals! I need to write mine down too now that I am healthy again.
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/15/2012 4:15PM

    Love your goals, espeacially the marathons. Hope everything works out good
Anjay

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CELIAMINER 1/15/2012 1:09PM

    Love your goals, especially #5! I'm working to meet my goal weight by the end of March and enter the maintenance phase, where, as DIVEGODDESS put it, I want to continue to improve, not just maintain. Good luck!

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FUNKY5RED 1/15/2012 10:50AM

    You have excellent goals! All of them are achievable and I know you will do them. Good job!

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ESKAMO2 1/15/2012 10:18AM

    yea! go mom! I like the half marathon goal :)

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HEALTH4MICHELLE 1/15/2012 6:41AM

    Great goals! I know you can achieve them!

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IONA72 1/15/2012 2:10AM

    With you every step of the way! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/15/2012 12:13AM

    Great goals you have! I'm not a big blogger either so I know how you feel. You're off to a good start though! emoticon

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SHERIO5 1/14/2012 11:17PM

    Great goals!

Good for you stretching yourself, physically, and with your blogs!

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CANDOK1260 1/14/2012 11:11PM

    sounds like a GREAT PLAN

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MS_DOLLY 1/14/2012 10:02PM

    Wow what awesome goals for the year! You CAN do it!!!!

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TARAFROMTX1 1/14/2012 9:36PM

    Sounds like great goals!! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 1/14/2012 9:08PM

    Half-marathons! wow, awesome!
I don't dare put 20,000 minutes as my goal, I'm sure I would fail!

But the really important comment is - I LOVE your kitty photo - she is cuteness in a cup! emoticon

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100 Day Challenge

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shortly after I joined Spark People in July, I joined the 100 Day Challenge Team. I joined this team to make myself accountable and to make exercise a priority. I challenged myself to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day for 100 days. In the beginning I had to start over a couple of times but once I made it to 30 days, it had become a daily habit. Some days were hard workouts, an 8 or 10 mile run or a hard cardio workout at the gym. Other days were only a brisk 30 minute walk with the dogs. I continued my streak through endless 100 degree summer days and cold autumn mornings. When school started in August, I woke up each morning at 4:30 to get my run/walk in before work. Most days I did an evening walk too. The point is, I moved my a$$ everyday in some form of meaningful exercise and I met my goal a couple of days ago. I did 100 days of exercise!! emoticon emoticon What I learned from this challenge is that I am ready to continue the streak. Exercise is now a priority and I want to do something everyday. TV and sitting around is not important any more. Feeling good about myself is more important. I feel better when I move and exercise is an important piece of the weight loss journey. I am on track to reach my goal weight in March 2012. Let's keep moving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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JPIPELING 11/20/2011 7:38AM

    Wow it sounds so hard and not impossible by close...and then there you are with it completed and a life style change! Thank you for sharing that you restarted a few times. I do use the kids, husband and school work as an excuse sometimes. I am at 5 days a week but you have given me the push and inspiration I needed to move on! Thanks.

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WONDERJUL 11/19/2011 5:28PM

    emoticon You have made exercise a priority and reaping the rewards! Keep it up!

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SHERIO5 11/19/2011 10:37AM

    There you go!!! emoticon emoticon

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THINRONNA 11/19/2011 3:05AM

    Dana you are amazing! I am awed and inspired by your blog. As you know I have lost my way a bit over here and looking for a way to get back. thank you for the wonderful blog and congratulations on your wonderful achievement!

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ROXIT22222 11/18/2011 11:06PM

    Great Job on the 100 challenge! That's something to be proud of!!!!!

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FAITH2BWELL 11/18/2011 10:50PM

    Great job, keep up the good work. I'm encouraged.

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BLUESKY104 11/18/2011 9:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your achievement.

Great on being on track for your weight goal in 2012 emoticon

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HOPE2011 11/18/2011 9:38PM

    Yea, Dana!! You did it!! emoticon

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It really does work

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I've done this before...exercise, eat healthy, track what I eat and I've lost weight. I know what to do and I know how to do it. Keeping at it is the hard part. I stop exercising or stop tracking what I eat and the inches and pounds creep back on. Before you know it, you are back where you started which is my case.

After 5 weeks of my game plan, it does work!! Calories in vs calories out really does work (once I got completely serious and honest with myself). An added benefit is how I feel and the energy I have to continue doing what I'm suppose to do. I am beginning to see some progress, pounds and inches.

I love that Sparkpeople gives me the accountability and encouragement I need to keep at it. I want to succeed and remain a success.

I've learned to push myself harder. I read a blog from SABRINA1024 and she said "If it's easy, it's not worth doing." I've learned to push harder than I think I can go and I usually am able to reach that level and higher. It's called a "work" out after all, right? It is work!! I don't always like it, in fact I hate it most times. I don't beg to go to the gym or not feel right if I don't get my run in one day. I don't get that runner's "high" but I do like the way I feel after a good workout and I know it is what my body needs. So for now, I will continue to push myself and get stronger. I will enjoy the benefits of good health, more energy and overall internal happiness, not to mention a smaller pants size. emoticon

So thank you sparkpeople for giving me the tools and support I need to improve my life and my health!! emoticon

  
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IONA72 8/24/2011 5:42PM

    Your first paragraph describes me perfectly too.
I love the gym but find tracking food such a chore, although I know it works for me.
So easy to over eat when not recording it all.
Good luck on the journey.

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HS1056 8/15/2011 7:19PM

  We so often try to get there by making shortcuts, like not exercising or not tracking our food intake, etc. Somehow we think just maybe it'll work for me this time. But it never does. Not in a healthy, life-changing way. I knew for years the importance of regular exercise to live healthy but would always take the weight off by diets alone. All that did was create the yoyo syndrome. It came off, but it also came back and brought more pounds besides. Now with the help of SP and it's members I am doing it the right way. The pounds are coming off and I'm already reaping the benefits of more energy and being able to breathe normally without wheezing. I've met some great folks here who really have my back and I want them to know I have theirs too. We do need each other to make this journey full that we are embarking on. It's great to read about your positive attitude, my spark friend! Keep on Sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWANDIMPROVED 8/15/2011 9:57AM

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AIMLESS07 8/14/2011 11:33PM

    I am in the exact same position as you. I try to do this without tracking my food and exercise but IT NEVER WORKS. I started tracking my food 2 weeks ago and almost 4 pounds has come off.

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TECAVINESS 8/14/2011 9:41PM

    Spark is a great place to be. You get all the support you need. Keep up the good work.

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SHERIO5 8/14/2011 9:18PM

    Good for you Dana! Yes! I completely agree with everything you've said about Spark People and the results!

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CARANN56 8/14/2011 9:12PM

    Thanks for inspiring me. I also know all the rules - just need to apply them!



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The Lockout is over - ready to make my game plan

Friday, July 29, 2011

I am not a football fanatic but I do like to watch football. One thing I know about the game is that each week the teams have to make a game plan. They have to plan their defense and their offense. They have to push themselves and work hard to make it to the Super Bowl. It does not happen over night. My journey is a lot like the game of football. I have my coaches (my SP friends and community), my cheerleaders (my friends and family), my game plan both offense and defense (my actions and whatever the world out there throws my way), with the ultimate goal of making it to the super bowl (to become the healthiest me possible). I'm taking it one week at a time and pushing myself to the limits and beyond, adjusting the game plan when I find something does not quite work out. I'll keep you posted as to the weekly scores. Let's go team!! emoticon

  
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DANA48131 8/14/2011 10:15PM

    This is a fantastic analogy! Thank you for sharing, and GO YOU!!!

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SANDRINA08 8/9/2011 3:57PM

    Great Blog Dana! I'll be here cheering you on!
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KARBA29 7/30/2011 8:16PM

    Love your attitude!! emoticon

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HS1056 7/29/2011 4:42PM

  Great job on your first blog! I think this feature will be one of my favorites on this site. Here is where we can "get real" with ourselves and really gain a ton of insights. I see a lot of AHA moments in my future as I write my blogs and read others' blogs for inspiration. You GO SPARKFRIEND! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINDANCER99 7/29/2011 12:52PM

    I liked your analogies. Congratulations on your first blog. It sounds like you're off to a great start. Keep up the good work!

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HEALTHY14REAL 7/29/2011 12:50PM

    I love the comparison. Never thought about it like that!
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RNCMOM4 7/29/2011 12:43PM

    Yay, you did your first blog post! I love it, great analogy.

I just hope I have more successes than my team, the Detroit Lions, ha ha! Maybe this will be their year and mine. Hope the same for you!!!



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GETFIT2LIVE 7/29/2011 12:42PM

    You definitely can do this--one day at a time! Great job on your first blog post!

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CHICA_BORICUA 7/29/2011 12:34PM

    congrats on your first blog post.

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NWLIFESRC 7/29/2011 12:31PM

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MOHAW54 7/29/2011 12:31PM

    Congrats on first blog post -- good luck with your game plan !!!

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