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It has come to my attention....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

That August 26 was my Sparkiversary. What better time to reevaluate goals and see where I am now in comparison to where I was? As far as weight goes, I am exactly where I was a year ago. Not an encouraging thought, but at the same time I did NOT gain, which IS mildly encouraging. Let's take a look at last year's goals and see how I did:

1) "My ultimate goal is to get back down to 145lbs." Obviously, that didn't happen.

2) "I will get back to training at least 4 days a week." This has actually happened for the most part. There have been some bad weeks, but on the whole, this has been successful.

3) "I will connect." I can happily report that this goal was a resounding success, thanks to YOU! Thank you so much!

Now for the reevaluation part. I sat down this morning and really spent some time thinking. Obviously, last year's goals did not happen. Why is that? I decided to really get to the heart of what I wanted and this is what I came up with:

1) I want to be able to do at least 20 "real" push-ups.
2) I want to do handstand push-ups.
3) I want to run a half marathon.
4) I want to keep up with my running buddy and not feel like I am holding her back.
5) I want to wear cute clothes.
6) I want to have daily devotional time without exception.
7) I want to be a fit and active mother.
8) I want a busy schedule but a peaceful mind.

Funny how my motivations have changed over the last few years. These are the current desires of my heart, and only one deals with appearance. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for my plans to achieve these goals in bite-sized, manageable pieces. Here's to another year!

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BEAUTIFUL8186 9/8/2011 8:54AM

    awesome goals! Put your mind to it and it will happen! Were all here for support!

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DDOORN 9/5/2011 1:09PM

    What SUPER focus you have on what "matters" to you!

You're well on your way to making it happen...woo hoo!


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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/1/2011 9:08PM

    Great goals!

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LYNNANN43 8/29/2011 9:46AM

    It is amazing how our goals evolve & change!

Best of luck with every one of your new goals!

Happy emoticoniversary!!!!!

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BOBBYD31 8/28/2011 10:43PM

    happy sparkaversary!!!!!!! success is not always in the scale but in inches, how you feel and what can you do today that you could not do last year at this time are some other good measurements but not inclusive. our healthy journey is in baby steps, when you have set backs move on. i think you are doing great, keep it up

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    Great goals.

Happy Spanniversary!

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What a week!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

So much is going on this week that I don’t even know where to begin. I guess a little backstory is a decent place to start. Prior to this week I had become restless and – quite honestly – bored with life. My job – rather, my boss and her scheduling – have become frustrating. I think Supreme 90 – though amazing – was creating burnout and therefore dropped off. My eating? Ugh, don’t even get me started. Suffice it to say that I basically took ~2 weeks off from every healthy habit I ever had. Which brings me to this week. I felt terrible. I knew why. So, I started this week out much better. I still haven’t gotten my eating under control (I don’t know why it’s been so hard for me to do!), but I have resumed running and feel much better for it. My next 5K is officially September 25 – the Great Race. However, that little update is NOT what has me in such a tizzy this week.

I started back to school this week. It was a hard decision to make (we cannot afford to do both infertility treatments and send me back to school), but I was ready. It’s about time I get my dang degree! Haha. Anyways, let’s just say that God really seems to be working in my life right now. The decision to go back to school was difficult to live with at times, but now I am so glad it’s what we decided because a certain opportunity has arisen at my hospital that would be out of my reach if I hadn’t started school. Suddenly, our quality control officer (basically infection control, patient and staff safety, and education all fall under this position) up and resigned as well as the head nurse for our ER. I have no interest in the ER position (though HR told me to think about it), but I have TREMENDOUS interest in the quality control officer. In fact, I’ve said before that it’s a shame Karen wasn’t older and retiring so I could take her job. Haha. I submitted my resume and cover letter and was told by the HR head that I was a serious contender yesterday. We had an impromptu “meeting” (NOT interview) about everything yesterday afternoon. Anyways, in addition to THAT position, our HR head told me they were creating a new position within the next few weeks for which I am one of three being considered. From the description he read me, I would be ecstatic to land either one of these positions. They are both right up my alley as they both incorporate education to a huge degree, just in different ways. Now, I’m not supposed to know about the second position, so I had to spout off here......(that also means, if you know me IRL, please keep this to yourself!) I am freaking out! We’ll see if he was just blowing smoke…… I hope not, because my hopes have begun to soar. In addition to the amazing opportunity either of these positions provides, the Holy Grail for me would be a Monday through Friday daylight job. I have said it before, but it warrants repeating. Nights kill me.

So that’s what’s up. I appreciate any prayers/encouragement/suggestions you may have – even if you think I may not want to hear them.

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MOONMANSON 8/30/2011 3:26PM

    I don't know how I don't kill when I'm on nights.

Hope you land one of those positions! I am still about a year out of even thinking about trying to change job roles.

Good luck hitting those 8 goals!

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CBAILEYC 8/28/2011 1:42PM

    Sending you tons of good job juju!
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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/28/2011 6:25AM

    I am glad you have gone back to school. If you are like me, you are excited and scared at the same time.

The job news is awesome! Sending lots of good thoughts your way - I hope you get the job you really want. Keep us posted!!

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SHERYL_B 8/27/2011 7:01PM

    Good Luck to you! Sometimes life works in wonderful ways!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 8/27/2011 1:57PM

    Wow, these job opportunities sound amazing! I hope one comes through!

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Supreme 90 Day Update - Week 1

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I have a week of Supreme 90 under my belt, and let me just say - wow! I love this program! It's tough but not enough to kill me. And because it's different every day, it's so much easier to keep coming back - unlike my previous attempts at 30 Day Shred and such. Each day makes me give the absolute last of myself, but when it's over there is this immense sense of accomplishment.

I already told you about Chest/Back and Ultimate Ball. The remaining four days of the week consisted of Tabata Inferno (intense cardio), Shoulders/Arms, Cardio Challenge, and Legs.

Tabata was one I was both dreading and anticipating. From all accounts it is a brutal assault on the entire body. It did not disappoint. Burpees, running in place, jump lunges (the bane of my existence!), and mountain climbers were just a few of the exercises. It was 45 minutes divided into periods of 20 seconds of exercise and 10 seconds of rest for 2 minutes and then 1 minute of rest. That 20 seconds is intense, and the 10 seconds is barely enough time to reset for the next exercise. Let me stress, though, that it was not impossible, just extremely difficult.

Shoulders/Arms was tough. I had no idea there were so many ways to hit the triceps, and I also had no idea how much some of those ways could hurt. The bad part? I think I strained my upper back just a bit. I needed an extra rest day after that one.

Cardio challenge was the first dvd that I had to pause to complete. I don't know if it was truly harder than Tabata or it was simply the progression of the dvds, but I could not maintain this pace. The kicker about that? It was 30 secs on, 30 secs off. But it KILLED me! Good thing I have a few days before the next time I hit it.

Legs was an all-around intense leg workout that hit your bottom half from every angle. My *ahem* rear was sore for days! Loved the workout, however, I felt the cooldown/stretching (the same for every workout in this program....) was not enough. I continued to stretch for another ~5 minutes or so to really work out some of the tightness.

Now, you may notice that I posted the update for week 1 two weeks after starting. That would be due to life. I took an extra rest day after Tabata, TWO after the shoulders/arms.....and then my basement flooded. THREE. INCHES. DEEP. Did I mention that my basement is my gym? So, now that's cleaned up, and I'm going to start over. Yep, from the beginning.....but with two changes: 1) I'm going to track what weights I use on each disc. This will help me monitor progress. 2) I'm going to add some running in. I miss it. Lots. And I just signed up for my next 5K (Great Race in Pittsburgh - September 25). Also, many of the reviewers of Supreme 90 complained that there wasn't enough cardio.

Off to do chest/back again!

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JADUNN68 8/5/2011 11:02AM

    Love S90D and especially Tabata Inferno :) I think the S90D has a lot of cardio; however, you need strength training, too.

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DDOORN 8/2/2011 3:39PM

    WOW! Sounds like you are TRULY putting yourself through the paces!

Woo HOO to YOU!


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CBAILEYC 8/1/2011 12:18PM

    OhGosh! So sorry to hear about your basement! That's one thing I don't miss about living back East - flooding basements!

Thanks for the update on and your take on Supreme 90. Tabata sounds intimidating, but check you out working it like you own it!

Keep up the great work!

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MIAMIA7 7/31/2011 6:26PM

    Way to go on these workouts! Glad you are still running but do be careful to not over due it. Keep it up.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/31/2011 4:31PM

    I am doing the Great Race too (well, walk for me)! I hope to see you there!

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ANDROMEDA1967 7/31/2011 3:58PM

    I would rather do jump lunges than burpees--can't stand them!

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Supreme 90 Day

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ruckus really made me feel like I could do anything, so I decided to ride that feeling right into my next fitness adventure. Monday I started a program that is starting to get a lot of buzz: the Supreme 90 Day System. The program has been dubbed “an inexpensive alternative to P90X.” I had always been intrigued by P90X, but couldn’t stomach the price tag – especially if it turned out to be impossible for me. Then SP reviewed the Supreme 90 Day system, and I became intrigued. In the box there are 10 DVDs, a schedule for which workout on what day, and a meal plan designed by Tosca Reno (those of you who are Oxygen subscribers are familiar with that name, I’m sure.). I decided to start it Monday, giving myself a rest day between Ruckus and the intense training I know would begin.

Monday was the DVD entitled Chest/Back. It was tough, but not impossible, and I LOVED it. There is definite room for improvement here for me (think decline push-ups and push-ups with dumbbell rows for example), but I didn’t feel out of sync or too weak. I felt like I was in a good place to begin. Afterwards I was riding high and STILL feeling like I could do anything.

Yesterday was Ultimate Ball – one of the ones I was really really really looking forward to. Core work is my specialty. I had this workout in the bag – or so I thought. Wow. It was tough – REALLY tough. There were several exercises where I really had to work slowly or even cut them short because I just didn’t have “it.” One-legged planks on the ball? Ouch. Pikes? I couldn’t quite get my “booty” up there all the way. Plank with hands on the ball? Grunting galore. Split squats? My quads were screaming! Guess I really have some room for improvement here. My goal is to get this DVD down as well as I originally thought I would by the end of this 90 days. That would be quite the accomplishment.

Today was a rest day, but tomorrow’s workout has quite the reputation for being insane. I also have a “date” to run with a friend from out of town tomorrow……Wish me luck!

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KASHMIR 7/25/2011 4:32PM

    Have fun running with your friend! Please update us on the DVD's, I too have always been interested in doing P90X, but it's just way too expensive even to buy it used.

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CBAILEYC 7/22/2011 10:28AM

    Thanks for this. Like you, P90X is interesting, but too pricey. I perked up at the SP review for Supreme 90, but still hesitated. My gym is supposed to (sometime soon hopefully) offer PDX 90 LOL based on these kinds of programs. I'm holding out for that one.
Sounds like you're off to a great start with this! I look forward to hearing how you progress.

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Do YOU play hard? (Ruckus recap)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Saturday I had the immense privilege of participating in Ruckus Pittsburgh. All I can say is WOW! It was tough (though not as much as I had imagined) and exhausting (in a GOOD way!), but it was also so much fun! A friend and I ran it, and though we did not get the best time (could it be because I kept taking pictures?), we had a blast! I just wanted to see if I could finish without dying, and I wanted to simply have fun. Both goals were accomplished. Oh, and did I mention I took photos? Here's a brief recap:

The "before" when we are both bright and shiny:

Take note of how white her shirt is and how bright yellow my shirt is.

The first half of the race was by far the toughest. There was a TON of running (in a field, mostly uphill) and several of these obstacles:

Each of these obstacles had three hills with two pits between them. And it wasn't like rock climbing.....it was just dirt. Surprisingly that made it much harder to get up.

This was just one of the mud pits.....and yes, I know I'm a dork, but I was having a blast!!! The first pic is my friend, and the insane one is me. :)

This pic is actually one I am proud of, believe it or not. These ranger poles were ~15 feet in the air. I had no problems with this obstacle at all. And though this pic accentuates how large my "assets" are, it also really shows some muscle definition! I have definition! My runs/workouts are really doing something!

My favorite pic of the day, though, was our "after" pic. We came; we saw; we played HARD!

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CBAILEYC 7/22/2011 10:25AM

    I don't know how I lost your blogs! I'm glad I found you again. That looks like so much fun! Yea, I'm as nutty as you LOL
Congrats on completing such a daunting, exciting event! You look fabulous!

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CEEDUZE 7/20/2011 11:09AM

    Holy moley! Congrats! That sounds awesome and frightening! Loved the pics.

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DDOORN 7/20/2011 8:56AM

    Wow! What a great way to cut loose, have a blast and celebrate your accomplishments!


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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/20/2011 5:46AM

    Awesome, Jen! That looks like so much fun! You did great!

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BOBBYD31 7/19/2011 7:25PM

    awesome day jen! looks like so much fun, next year we will have to work on getting a spark crew together.

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