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Jillian Michael's 30 day shred - day 9 (and some other stuff)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

i've made it! every day! woo-hoo! i even got out of bed early on christmas day to get it done. my focus is now on not skipping new year's day. even if i'm hungover, i will complete the workout!

tomorrow will be my last day on the level 1. i'm nervous and excited about what is waiting for me in level 2. i'm doing pretty well with level 1, some days better than others. i can almost always complete the cardio portion without wanting to collapse. my lunges and squats are getting lower and i can even do a few sit ups.

my goal for the end of the 30 days is to be able to do a real push up and use my 5 lb weights for all the strength. right now i'm swithching between those and the 2 lb. and of course, to complete it in 30 consecutive days. so far so good!

i'm currently reading "the amazing adventures of dietgirl". what an awesome book! i read about it here on one of the daily blogs and reserved it from my library. i finally got it last week. it's so inspiring. and though dietgirl is a lot larger than me (she was 351 when she started her journey) i can totally relate to what she is going through and how she lives her life. if you haven't read this, i strongly recommend it.

tonight i'm picking up the biggest loser 30 day weightloss, or whatever, from the library. i have already read the book and decided i would work on this challenge in january. i'm going to start it sunday the 3. the 1st is not going to work cause i have a big family dinner. and a birthday party the 2nd. alcohol is going to be eliminated for the majority, so why set myself up to fail the first day?

speaking of alcohol, my b-day is jan 25. my mom- in-law is jan 18 and my sis-in-law is jan 26. lots of reasons to drink in jan. so, if the occasion arises, i'm going to allow myself beverages on those 3 occasions. plus we're going out to eat and i don't think that's included in the bl 30 day thing. hopefully by then i'll be in a rhythym and be able to behave myself and make smart choices.

i was hoping to be able to do "the spark" stuff in jan. but i won't even get the book til freaking jan 15th, or so. wth?! i preordered it from amazon and it said it would be released jan 4. now sp is saying today. wth? so i tried to cancel my preorder and amazon said i couldn't. and it will be arriving between the 11th and the 15th. i'm so annoyed! so i'll do the bl thing and study "the spark" until i'm done with that.

i'm going to complete my new year's goals this week then i'll share them with you all.

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GETHEALTHY231 1/2/2010 3:58PM

    Great job following through on your goal! Keep it up! I'm impressed and you have motivated me to do the same streak of 30 days with a kickboxing DVD I have. This is day 3 for me! Thanks for the motivation - we can do this! It actually feels great to know we can just do it!

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DARCEYOH 12/29/2009 2:12PM

    9 days is impressive! Keep it up!

Dietgirl is a good book, even if it.... wait won't tell you the ending.

That's weird you won't get the book til then. Mine says the 4th-7th, and shipped out today.

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jillian michael's 30 day shred. day 2

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

i saw the dvd for the 30 day shred on sale this weekend so i picked it up. my goal was, and still is, to complete it in 30 consecutive days. omg! it kicked my butt yesterday! i did it in the morning and i could already feel it in my arms when i was cleaning house. all i could think was how great today was going to be! lol! i had to use my 2 lb weights when i was doing the strenght training portion of the circuit this morning. i feel like a whimp! but i did it! i finished. woot! i still can't complete the jumping jack and jump rope portion of the dvd. i have to stop for a couple seconds and get water. but i won't give up! i'll complete it. i can just imagine what level 2 will be like.

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/29/2009 11:25PM

    I just purchased this DVD for myself as a Christmas present. This seems like a great challenge and what a great idea. I think I might try it. Thanks for the motivation!!! emoticon

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DARCEYOH 12/22/2009 5:12PM

    Even if it's just a couple of days, being able to do it for that long is a great achievement! I couldn't do the jumping jacks, nor do full complete jump rope moves. But I did modify them enough to continue through it.

Oh how I hope that that's under the tree this year! It's one of my favorite workout dvd's!

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GETHEALTHY231 12/22/2009 3:49PM

    That is amazing - I hope your report back and tell us in 30 days that you met your goal of 30 consecutive days! WooHoo - go for it!

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KATIE4KIDS 12/22/2009 3:38PM

    How long are the workouts? I've wondered about it, but have been too nervous to get it!

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SHANNA_SUNSHINE 12/22/2009 2:51PM

  I love that dvd and have told so many people about it. It is a butt kicker! I can see my actual elbows now. They used to be encased in fat and now I have elbows!!!! Next up for me: Knees:)

Great job. You've so got this!!!!

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KOPSBABY 12/22/2009 2:44PM

    Good for you for sticking with it. Those jumpking jacks and jump ropes are a killer. I don't have that dvd but they're still a killer. Stick with it, you'll be glad you did.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

so my mother in law says to me, did you lose weight? yes! finally someone noticed! so that was a great feeling and rather motivating.

ok, so i know you're not supposed to buy clothes with the hope of one day fitting into them. and i really try not to. today i went to jcp to buy a pea coat they had on sale. i tried on the xl, it was a bit small with my sweatshirt on. but that is too big on me. so i tried the large. that was almost too small. so i bought the xl. when i got home and tried it on without my sweatshirt it was a bit too big, but comfy. and i know if i continue to lose weight it's going to be too big and by next year i won't be able to wear it. i hope!

so here's my plan. i can't wear it til after christmas cause i bought dh a coat on black friday he's wanted for awhile. if i wear mine he'll either know i got him one or whine that i didn't. lol! so i have a week to get into the large and hopefully return the xl for that size. this will hopefully give me motivation to get through the holidays.

sounds like a doable plan?

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MOMFAN 12/21/2009 12:14AM

    I had to buy a new coat for this winter. If it doesn't fit next winter, I will be buying a new one! You go girl, you can do this!

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CHEERFULJANE 12/18/2009 9:36AM

    I think it's a grand plan :)

Go for the large !!! You can do it !!!

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FITKAT2010 12/17/2009 8:53PM

    A new coat is a wonderful motivator, when it is in a smaller size. People noticing your weight loss is also.

But, there has to be more than that.

Make a list of why this is important to you.

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POPSGRYL63X 12/17/2009 8:10PM

    I like your shopping strategy! Happy Holidays!

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daily goal and food, inc

Thursday, December 10, 2009

today i am going to work out! i can't remember the last time i worked out. november something. before thanksgiving. ugh, this is why i'm suckage lately. i'm going straight to the library after work. then straight home to work out. no excuses! no putting it off til a little later. no kitchen to clean. i have no excuses!

on friday i watched "food, inc". i was going to do a blog about it, but forgot til now. i've read "fast food nation" and "skinny bitch", seen "super size me" and "fast food nation" (which did not do justice to the book) but this movie was just wow! it was more like the book ffn (it was produced by the author). it shows the horror of the food industry, the slaughter houses, the illnesses, the abuse to both animals and humans. it's awful! i cried, i gagged,was in disbelief, but i want to watch it again. it's a documentary, similar to something you may see on the discovery channel. it's something people need to know about and be aware of. it shows how you can get e coli from spinach. how animals are raised and then butchered in mass warehouse/slaughter houses. ew. you don't eat dirt, but you'll eat that steak.
then it shows an organic farmer who raises both cattle and chicken (maybe more) and how he butchers his meat. which the fda does not approve of. they'd prefer your cattle stand knee deep in manure before getting shot in the head.

it talks about the rise of organic foods and companies. btw, don't buy horizon brand organic dairy. they don't use actual organic methods. just fda methods, which aren't fully organic. anyway, the market for organic foods is growing very quickly. which is something that needs to happen for consumers like us to be able to afford it over cheap, low quality food and fast food. surprisingly, with the help of wal mart the market is soaring. the more organic food we buy the lower the prices will become cause the farmers are making more profit. the reason fast food and other processed foods are so cheap is cause they are so cheap to make. they have so many chemicals and the food is engineered to taste certain ways. it doesn't actually have to contain fruit to be fruit juice. their profit is huge! we as a nation need to turn this trend around and make healthy food more affordable to the masses.

if you have netflix "food, inc" is available for instant queue. i strongly recommend watching it. it's an eye opener. if you ever needed a reason to eat healthy and stop with the mc donalds this will help you!

i decided earlier that i would work on making my diet mostly organic and unprocessed for my 2010 goals. i've now added zero fast food. i'll allow subway if there is no other choice.

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DAUSTINFAN 12/10/2009 7:06PM

    I think you just convinced me to go rent the movie!

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CHEERFULJANE 12/10/2009 12:54PM

    Great blog. I wanna watch that. Sounds very educational. Will check netflix. I've seen the others you listed.

I stopped eating processed foods months ago. I feel and look so much healthier.

The FDA regulations are ridiculous. Films like this are a great way to educate people and get them to take action.

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are you ready!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

i'm reading this book, are you ready, by bob harper. in the first couple chapters it asks you to figure out how you got to where you are now and what makes you want to change your life.

so i'm thinking...i gained weight in my early 20s. i was about 30 lbs overweight then i decided to lose it all. i was unhappy. i needed a change. i got about 5 lbs from my goal weight and just started putting it all back on. plus about 50 for good measure. i'm not really sure what triggered the weight gain. this was 2005, i can't pinpoint a good moment or event that i can reflect on and wonder why. but i do know i've been very unhappy for the past few years. i feel like a failure in life. i'm almost 30 (in a little over a month) and i have very little to show for it. i have no kids, i've been married for 8 years and i have just now bought my first house. i know those last two things are wonderful accomplishments. but they are tarnished by the fact that it's taken me 8 years to get a house. and who doesn't have children within the first 8 years of marriage? ok, i'm sure there are plenty of people out there who fit into that category. it was never my intention.

i just feel like i've wasted my life.

i'm sure this unhappiness has caused me to gain the weight. i just don't know how to change it and who i am. or what i've become. i can't just go out and get pregnant tomorrow. i am not financially stable enough to do that. not to mention healthy enough. i'm not getting any younger, time just keeps slipping by. i've lost control of my life and i need to fix it.

i'm sure crying over this isn't going to help. but it seems to be all i can do. at least that kind of makes me realize i've answered bob's questions. i know why i am here today, and i know why i want to change. but i feel like i'm hitting a wall. i can't move forward cause i can't change what i'm so disapointed in. i keep looking too far into the future. it's too overwhelming. i need to focus on today. but today is so stressful. it's all about making ends meet, hanging on to a job, buying christmas presents, ect. the stress just keeps piling on.

i need to get around this wall and move forward. i have goals! i want to succeed! i feel stuck and i don't want to feel that way anymore. i know sp and all it's tools hold the tools to my journey. but i can't seem to figure out a way to really get started.

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ALLYBGOOD05 12/9/2009 8:57AM

    First of all, like everyone else has said, you are doing something about your unhappiness and that's the most important thing. Second, there is NOTHING wrong about NOT having kids in the first 8 years of marriage. My parents decided to wait 13 years before having me so they could enjoy married life...go on vacations, have parties, all without kids. Let me tell you something too...I am 22. I had my son at 20. I was not at all ready financially (or mentally for that matter, LOL) to have children. This stress sent me into a deep post partum depression. If you have been unhappy because of various circumstances, you're far better off waiting to have children. And if you don't think you're financially stable, you are blessed to have waited. It is very agonizing worrying about money while getting two hours of sleep a night and waking to a screaming baby. I also see nothing wrong in not getting a house right away. I understand your feeling, because a lot of people I went to high school with are now buying houses and I'm here with my son in our little townhouse, but hey, NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!

What matters most is you're happy and healthy. For you, for your husband, and for your FUTURE children. You can do all this. There is nothing wrong with you, in fact, you are amazing that you are willing to step out there and take this journey. Good luck with everything. emoticon

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ZOLLINGERMOMOF3 12/9/2009 4:07AM

    You have made progress by deciding to make changes. Not accepting life as is...and that you can be healthier! You are in the right spot...keep blogging and reading the inspirational stories here on SP!God Bless! emoticon

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FITMYPANTSO9 12/8/2009 11:13PM

    You are going to be okay. Learn to accept yourself and what you are now....what you have now. Use the future as a goal to work too. Set small goals....and before long you will be where you want to be. When we look at the big picture....we can get overwhelmed. When we set one large goal...we have no way to get there and then we devastate our self-esteem more. These are not magic words to make everything better...but they are a way to get a footing to weight loss or any goal in your life. Sparkers are here for you and please email me anytime you need someone to listen or for some motivation and I will do the best I can to help. I know the support from our fellow Sparkers is a great help to me...it simply motivates me....it is a blessing from God. Thank you for sharing your story and struggle with us. emoticon

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CHEERFULJANE 12/8/2009 9:57PM

    You haven't had kids because you're smart. You're gonna be a great mother one day because you know that it takes your full commitment and financial stability. You're only 29 !!! You have plenty of time to have kids !! It doesn't matter how long you've been married for.

You have a house. That IS a MASSIVE achievement. emoticon

Looking ahead to the future is NOT a bad thing. It only becomes overwhelming when you don't plan in small chunks.

When I was 12 I made a decision to spend my 20's traveling the world and then settle in either the UK or US when I was 30 and then get married and have kids.
I did just that. I am 32 now and only got married last year. I plan on losing the weight and then having a kid or 3 :)

Don't stress. Take it one step at a time emoticon

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TRIGFROST 12/8/2009 8:31PM

    You know you have to go though,to get to the other side,

1. You're better off then some, Your mature. Not homeless.
& this is quite a [big deal] in the long run.
2. Steady on your feet..not broke.
3. people love you
4. You count your blessings your self .
5. you are working on your weight.
6. Focus on the Postitives, not down, look up.change your
direction...and talk..
7. Quite looking at the wall. look though the wall to the other side and walk, the wall will disappear...

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REAL_FOOD 12/8/2009 8:23PM

    And, yes, that is the oh-so-hot-and-gorgeous Jared. *drooling* So now he's on your page, too!

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REAL_FOOD 12/8/2009 8:23PM

    I can hear how discouraged you sound. You have the way, you have the will, but you're having trouble putting them both together.

The way to start anything is just to start. One day, one meal, one credit card payment, one baby-making session :) at a time...Whatever it is you want, you know how to get it. So you just DO IT for one day. If your weight loss is the priority, then sit down and make a plan for what you're going to eat and what kind of exercise you're going to do and then DO IT. Don't make it overwhelming and impossible...don't say you're going to eat three leaves of lettuce and a grape and do 60 minutes on the elliptical; that's a sure route to failure. Just sit down and write out maybe 3 breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners that you could eat over the next week. They don't even have to be necessarily low in calories. Just controlling what you eat at this point will be beneficial and you will see a drop on the scale, even if it's not 1400 cals or whatever crazy number spark tells you to be at.

For the fitness, my favorite way to get started is to get yourself an early Christmas gift of a pedometer. A decent one will set you back about 12 bucks. If you're not moving much right now, shoot for 5,000 steps a day. If that's a piece of cake, go up by 1,000 every day till you get to 10,000. That's how you do it...one step at a time.

You've succeeded before. I had, too. Lost 30 pounds on WW and gained it all back plus another 20 when I had my first child, who is freaking EIGHT! We lost the weight through mindful eating and regular exercise. We didn't gain it back because there was some big trauma in our lives, we gained it back because we were lazy and lost our focus. It happens.

But it can also change. You can't "undo" a family crisis, or the loss of a job, or the death of a loved one. You CAN undo mindlessness and complacency.

You can do it. I'm doing it every day and so can you!! It's not always easy, but it's worth it and the only way I can imagine living.


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