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lots of sun, less than lots of ST for UV 1

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The UV Project: 6/1- 6/5
(report back Monday 6/6)



emoticonWhat can you do? If you canít see yourself (insert exercise here) every day, you shouldnít be doing it to lose weight in the first place.

emoticonGet out and mooooove:

What do you love to do for cardio? Get out and move a little each day, and do some serious cardio at least twice. How many minutes/what was the intensity for the past 5 days? (keep track for next week!)
M: bodystep 60
T: run 60
w: run 30
T: yoga 40
F: bodystep 60
S: run 60
S: run, bike, ST 80
380 cardio min

Work your muscles:

emoticonLower Body/Upper body/Core or a mix- Try to fit in 2 days of ST before Monday and tell us about it. (keep track of reps/weight for next week)
I don't know why I can't fit in ST. I'm doing lots of push-ups and other moves with my own body weight, but nothing serious with free weights. I thought this challenge would make me. Fail for week 1. will do better next week.

If youíve never tracked a bite of food, itís time to start! It doesnít need to be perfect but losing weight is a science. Tracking food (whether you go over or not) is vital to getting fit and healthy.
I don't track. It makes me cray-cray!!! I go with mindful eating/ intuitive eating. whatever you want to call it. Thsi week I focused on freggies. 8-10 a day was my goal. easy as pie!


Drink it! It hydrates you, curbs hunger, and makes your skin look fabulous! Have trouble remembering? Buy a 32 ouncer (Nalgene, Camelbak, etc) and fill, drink, repeat. Congrats on drinking 8 glasses!


Get at least 15-30 minutes of sun exposure 2-4 times this week. Vitamin D is essential for those healthy bones we are building (wear at least SPF 15) Reduce stress and enhance your mood with a 30 minute walk in your neighborhood!
Ran outside 3 times. Friday was spent outdoors on a fieldtrip with my Kindergarteners. A farm where they got to hold lots of baby animals. The city kids had a blast!

Read a fitness article!
spark spark!

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AARONSGIRL420 6/10/2011 10:02AM

    Looks like you have cardio down girl! And Way to o one the freggies (I am having a hard time with that).

Great week, keep it up!

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SHELLEY81 6/6/2011 9:17AM

    I totally failed on the ST this week too! Let's bring it this week!

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UV Project Baseline

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My husband saw me writing this and asked if UV stood for "Ultimate Victory." yep. it sure does!
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Where I am now-
My current stats
Weight: 154
-are important because it helps us see the bigger picture. Some times the scale is at a standstill but that doesn't mean our bodies are!
So we need to keep track!

-upper arm:11.5
Post a "before picture" of yourself in the team picture area!
I'll put one in the team area. This is me after a run today.

And start thinking about how you will take on the next 3 months. Sure, we are going to be hot, sweaty, and vulnerable to unhealthy food choices.
It's summer. It's vacation time. Don't let this get in your way! Focus on the awesomeness of YOU!

My biggest summer weakness:
patio drinking, BBQs with friends and family, ice cream, baking yummy goodness with the fruits and veggies from CSA. just cuz it's local and organic doesn't mean I can load it with butter and sugar and eat the whole pan.
Biggest issue: I'm getting nervous that the heat and humidity is going to get in the way of my running progress.

Getting fit and feeling fabulous and strong and MILFish is important to me because I like exercising. I feel better when I make it a part of my daily life. Now that I've gotten the food under control I am starting to see serious progress. I want to keep it up and go further than I ever thought I would/could. Of course I want to be hot for my husband and healthy for my kids. But I have loads of selfish and good reasons too. I am starting to surprise myself and do things I never thought I could. The running improvement in May has been incredible, mentally and physically. I like the why I feel in my skin. I am happy. And that overflows into all aspects of my life. I like the compliments I'm getting. I like that people are starting to think of me as a real athlete.

And last but not least- what do you want to accomplish over the next 3 months? Tell us at least one fitness related goal-(anything goes!)
I'm running my first 5K in June and the Warrior Dash in July. I think I'll add swimming to my goals for August. I'm get more precise closer to that time.
And I want my thighs not to touch. That would be amazing.
And I really need to figure something out with ST. I'll get to that in 2 weeks when school is out.
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AARONSGIRL420 6/1/2011 6:15PM

    emoticon @ Ultimate Victory!

I'm right on your heels with weight. I like checking up on you, it seems you are a few steps ahead of me and it gives me the motivation I need to push me through when I feel like not going at it that hard.

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LIOCORO 6/1/2011 6:00AM

    Yeah, ultimate victory! You look so awesome and your baseline for the challenge looks awesome, too. I had to laugh when you said that you want to be MILFish, lol! That's an unusal statement for a goal for sure, but I love it! emoticon Go rock the summer!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/1/2011 1:09AM

    Are you kidding? You already look amazing and MILFish! I saw your progress pics and woot woot -- you are a hot mama!

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MOONSTORMER 6/1/2011 12:05AM

    awesome picture - go for the "ultimate victory!"

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MICHSTATE 5/31/2011 11:46PM

    You look great!!! I just decided the other day (while running my marathon) that my new goal is to be able to run wearing only a sports bra on top!!! Which might need to wait until I am done nursing, but I need to lose the belly in the meantime. I like your goals too!!!:-)

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REDDIRTRUNNER 5/31/2011 9:23PM

    "Ultiamte Victory"!! Absolutely!
Love the picture and love that you want to be "MILFish"! Yah me too!
Excellent job on your goals girl! It just get's better from here. emoticon

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May's proving Grounds

Monday, May 30, 2011

Every Day - 1 Challenge... ready? Yes I am! I made big goals for April, but didn't change my routine until the last week. Time to actually DO more. Can't keep thinking about it. Nike was right. Just do it.

May was a great month for me. health and fitness galore. I didn't blog everyday about this, just kinda edited as I went along.

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Yoovie said: I did.
4. Do something that makes you feel strong: Ran 4.5 miles today. PR!!!!
5. Do something that makes you feel free: used 5 lb on ST instead of 3s strong=free?
6. Do something that makes you smell really bad: Bodystep at 6am. I was drenched by the end
7. Do something that makes you think hard about your goals: I ran today without my husband. He usually pushes the double stroller. not an easy task! I made a mental list of all the reasons I am pushing myself as I pushed that beast around the neighborhood. Keeping my goals in the front of my mind and heart.
8. Do more than you think you can handle: 4 mile run with the family. Perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day. AND I went to Bodystep.
9. Do something to release excess tension/stress/anger: Family bike ride on my rest day. This will be followed by guilt free red wine. And I scheduled a Thai massage, nice Mother's Day gift! Just thinking about it releases some stress
10. Do something you can brag about later: I ran 2 miles in 88 degree HUMID heat. People out on little walks were stopping and staring. no joke. I felt like a badas$. And then when I got home I ran up and down the big hill around the corner. 3 times. Because I told a sparkbuddy I would. Oh, and then i went and did 100 push-ups, 100 tricep dips, 100 second planks, bicycle crunches.
11. Do something right for all the wrong reasons. I bought some uber sexy stuff to wear and used that as motivation today during the workout. but is that really for the wrong reasons??!
12. Workout at a different time than usual: I had a meeting after work and got home way later than I'd like. I still did a 30 min ST dvd. woo-ha!
13. Do something that makes you feel like a gladiator:agreed to Bodystep training in fall. crazzel!!!
14. Work on your core. OK. done. side planks with twists
15. Surprise yourself. I signed up for a Warrior Dash with gym friends. I don't think other people in my life would expect me to do that. I love that my gym rats know I can!
16. REST
17. Break a personal record. 6 mile run! hoo-rah!!!
18. Workout first thing in the morning. fail. I go the gym at 6am twice a week. too bad the 18th didn't land on one of those days. I did go for a run after work and did lots of 100s. just not at sunrise.
19. Add 15 minutes: I was going to take a rest day today. I wanted to plop on the couch and drink wine. That would not be very Proving grounds-ish of me so I went for a walk and came home and spent about 20 min doing some of my own ST stuff. It wasn't the most intense workout or anything, but it was 15 minutes + some more than 0.
20. Workout your lower body: lunges, lunges and then some more lunges
21. Do something that makes you feel sexy or beautiful: I ran in the rain this morning before we left for an out of town wedding. I saw no one. No other people out. It was incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Then I work a size 6 dress to the wedding and monster heels. Sexy!
22. GO HARD OR GO HOME. After a long night out and a longer drive home, I ran again. I'm an addict.
23. REST: Thank you
24. Break a personal record: Plank on hands: 2 min 21 seconds. booya!!
25. STRETCH longer than normal: done and I actually likes it
26. Mid-Week super killer cardio day! went to Bodystep on a day that i usually don't go. Fun to see different people in a class.
27. Practice your balance: airplane poses in a hotel room on vacation.
28. Pushups: I went to a spin class with my best friend on the day of her wedding. rockstars! We had to get to the class early to sign up for a bike, we had plenty of time for some ST. I even tried tricep push-ups on my toes. I can do 3. yikes.
29. Obliterate your brick wall: rest day, oh wrll, it happens
30. Enjoy the holiday: I did a little too much enjoying over the weekend. food and booze. I needed some major burn today, not rest. I went to bodystep AND just got home from a 5 mile run. I am ready for summer!
31. Make a JUNE plan: Keep the momentum. Healthy and thoughtful choices everyday. Mindful eating. Be present.
Here's my cheesy little tribute to Oprah: I am living my best life right now.
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Happy Summer Sparklers!!!

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MICHSTATE 5/31/2011 6:01PM

    Very cool!!!! Good job!!!:-)

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REDDIRTRUNNER 5/30/2011 9:22PM

    AWESOME!!! You totally rocked MAY!!! emoticon

Love the size 6 dress with monster heels!! What's up for June??

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    I remember reading YOOVIE's blog about that. How cool that you did it! I'm very impressed and wondering when I'll finally make the decision to be THAT determined and driven.

YOU ARE emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/30/2011 6:07PM

    Acceptance of Challenge = SUCCESS!!


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what if you were this nice in real life?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I get a lot of motivation from other people's success story blogs. I give em the little emoticon or emoticon comment and it makes me want to go out and do the same. (or more since I'm super duper competitive)

I love the supportive and positive parts of the Spark community. So I've been thinking why people aren't more like this in real life? Why don't we go around emoticoning and emoticoning each other? with real words instead of just cute little emoticons that I used think were stupid and now I love.

I give compliments. When I notice someone got a haircut or a new shirt or a cool coffee cup, I say something. I know lots of other people do too. But lots don't. warning: I'm going to stereotype and generalize. Why do we, as women, not lift each other up in real life? Are we all jealous? Insecure? Petty?

I have a friend at work that doesn't says anything positive to colleagues. I've worked with her for 6 years and I have never heard her say, "You look nice" to me or anyone. I'm not the only one to notice this. I think it's weird. And sad. It's not that I need her to say, "hey, you have lost a crap load of poundage and you must be working hard." But throw me a frickin bone. It just bugs me that she never says anything complimentary. don't be that girl. I love the look on a girl's face when you tell them they look pretty. And mean it when you say it. It can make someone's day.

Just some things I'm thinking about... Try it first thing tomorrow morning. Tell someone they look good.

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FRACTALMYTH 5/21/2011 12:27AM

    What a great idea! I'm terrible about noticing people's new haircuts and such... but I have noticed when you tell someone they look nice - you both end up feeling great!

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AARONSGIRL420 5/18/2011 6:46PM

    This may be cynical of me but sadly, the pessimist in me does think that most of humanity is a bit self centered and not nice.

On the flip side, not that long ago, I was at Wally-world (like calling it that) and there was a stunning woman just minding her business, grocery shipping, dressed sharply in dark wash denim, bright blue top and coral orange necklace that just put everything together so beautifully. I Had to say something. I told her that her outfit was beautiful. She smiled and said thank you.

I do wonder if she thought I was odd to compliment her, during a grocery run of all things, but I guess it really is the little things that people remember. I hope that it brightened her day.

Sometimes I wish I was like that all the time...a bit nicer.

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SCHOLLINLYNN 5/18/2011 4:41PM

    i've been thinking about this a lot lately as well, and sometimes people give me weird look hen I compliment but who knows maybe I just made there day

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KAREN951 5/18/2011 12:25PM

    You're so right about this! It's one of the things I love about Sparkpeople - it's great to have a place where people are so supportive and this kind of kindness is appreciated. Because so often in my real life, it's not - and I'd come to accept that as the status quo. But now I realize it doesn't have to be that way - and I probably need a better real life environment!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 5/18/2011 11:23AM

    So true, so true. I like to give compliments & enouragement to others, too. But you know, I'm funny when the shoe is on the other foot. When I RECEIVE compliments, sometimes I have a hard time accepting them. I'm so hypercritical of myself that it's taken me a long time to learn to just say "thank you".

As for weight loss, I personally LOVE hearing when people say, "Wow, you've lost weight." It makes me feel that all my hard work shows. But someone once told me that they don't like hearing it because it points out that they were once larger. People are so different, aren't they?

Anyway, I loved your blog. I do think it's nice to sincerely say something positive to people. Have a great day!

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SHEL1181 5/18/2011 8:30AM

    So very true! Women are so insecure and jealous....I know that's a huge generalization, but I know in the office I work at the women are just plain not nice to each other, and we have several backstabbers. Why can't we all just get along and make each other's days brighter? A smile goes a long way emoticon

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CAROLEHZ 5/18/2011 7:03AM

    I try to give compliments. But it's more family and friends that I do it with. I have a friend that gives the best most genuine compliments. She is so much FUN to play golf with, "OH CAROLE what a great shot". not a compliment but..One day at the grocery store I was feeling crabby and a woman came into my line of site. I thought she was going to cut me off with her cart ( probably what made me crabby) or some other annoying grocery store shenanigan but instead she smiled at me in a way that just made all of my crabbiness drain away. Just a smile but I still remember it.

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LEASIM1231 5/18/2011 5:56AM

    That's why the internet is so great! I try to give compliments to people. I find that I used to do more when I lived in America. I guess people take it weirdly coming from a 'foreigner' now. I had a wonderful work environment before where we all complimented each other on new clothes, new hair, purses, idea, etc...but I agree with your point...I sometimes have more contact and am more encouraging to my online friends (people I've never met before) than the ones I see on a daily basis...

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FLOWER1967 5/18/2011 4:17AM

    I think its womens own insecurites that make them that way. I do that all the time for friends or customers...its nice to make other people feel good. Great Blog !
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KRYSTAL333 5/17/2011 11:03PM

    You are so absolutely right! That's one of the things that makes SparkPeople such a great community...we're actually *nice* to each other, and go out of our way to build other people up...and they return the love! :-)

It does feel great to get a compliment, so why keep them quiet! I'm with you..gonna start sharing compliments more!

Great blog! emoticon

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MOETR345 5/17/2011 10:09PM

    Great thought! It is something we should all do more of.

This week I will try to say something nice to someone every day. And I only say "try" because I often work from home, so there are days where I literally don't see anyone EXCEPT my family (and I say nice things to THEM all the time already.)

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 5/17/2011 9:32PM

    Great blog! You're so right, most people aren't this nice in real life and it's a shame... I do think it has to do with people's own insecurities and jealousy and maybe if people realize that giving somebody a compliment actually makes YOU look and feel better they'd start being nicer emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 5/17/2011 9:28PM

    I love this! Funny story- I sold Mary Kay when I was home with my babies. One hting I learned through Mary Kay was to do this. Of course it had the intention of a sales lead the majority of the time, but I have carried this new skill with me beyond the land of lipstick. I compliment people all the time. I got used to telling women they had beautiful eyes, their makeup looked fabuolous, love the bag, etc and I still do it. Prior to MK I would be to "shy' (read: insecure) to do this. It makes me feel good too emoticon

Here's a little emoticon and a couple emoticon emoticon's for you Mandy!

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STORMYZCAT 5/17/2011 8:48PM

    I love to compliment people! You know how good it feels when someone notices you have lost weight, got your hair cut or colored, wearing something new...etc. I am the queen of trying to make other people feel better....why can't I ever compliment myself? I am always very critical of myself.
By the way...NICE BLOG POST! Have a super day~ emoticon

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DRAYRE 5/17/2011 8:44PM

  I always want to walk up to strangers and tell them they are beautiful but I feel like it would be creepy. I wish I could be more honest. I often wonder if I ever said anything if that would make that person's day. Maybe they really needed a positive comment no matter if it was from some weird girl in the grocery aisle.

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foam rollers: fad or worth it?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I am easily tricked by gimmicks: kitchen gadgets, cleaning gizmos, workout gear. I've been hearing lots and reading a little about foam rollers. Are they worth the hype? What's your favorite way to use it?

But, seriously, have you seen the infomercial for the Sham wow?? That thing looks incredible.

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RAFFERM 7/14/2012 8:51AM

  One of the things I have learned about foam rollers is you have to have someone teach you to use them correctly. I used them incorrectly and ended up with a serious injury. They work--but get some help!

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LEASIM1231 5/15/2011 2:43PM

    To me foam rollers are to curl your hair and I think they work great LOL. I will look up what they mean in fitness terms...

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AARONSGIRL420 5/15/2011 1:51PM

    Are you talking about an exercise gadget or a hair gadget? LOL. To me foam rollers are steam rollers for the, I'd say fad and don't waste the money.

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/15/2011 6:29AM

    Worth the money if you will make the time. Rachel Cosgrove swears by them and has a whole section of her book devoted to them. Move the lactic acid around and goes deep into the muscle. If it hurts when you first try it - do not give up, when it stops hurting the muscle is massaged and relaxed. Like everything else - to do it right takes time and some people cannot even be bothered with stretching.

Get one at Dick's Sporting goods, but be sure it is at least 3 feet long, shorter is harder to work with. They do come longer and shorter. You can sue them on your entire body - with practice.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 5/15/2011 1:40AM

    Have no clue but I agrees with you about the sham wow!ha

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DEVORA4 5/15/2011 12:13AM

  bought them wased me $ emoticon

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GEOPENGUIN 5/14/2011 9:56PM

    My problem is that the two I have bought are nothing like what is at the Gym. The ones at the Gym do give a good deep massage. The ones I've found at Target & Dicks are too spongy.

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REAL_FOOD 5/14/2011 8:27PM

    I have no idea what a foam roller is, but I'm of the mind that people were getting in shape long before it was invented and they'll be getting in shape long after they're all relegated to the landfill.

I'm largely a gadget-free person, though!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 5/14/2011 7:50PM

    FOAM ROLLERS ARE FOR REAL!! PT's use them, as well as other medical professionals. No runner should be without a foam roller- seriously! You can use it for the best IT band stretch that is impossible to do any other way!
Totally worth the $$. You can get a short one- don't need the long one.

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