Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Well I did it. I kind of can't believe it, but I did. I do feel a bit stronger and toned. I am going to try to continue the 10-minutes of exercise a day and definitely try to continue the 30 minutes of cardio 5x's a week. Of course when I have the opportunity, I will try to squeeze in more!
My new challenges for March are the 'Mix It Up Challenge' (use 3 things in my inventory of exercise equipment per week) and the 'Spring Into Spring Accountability Challenge' (weight & fitness challenge with weekly weigh-in and weekly fitness minute goals). Both challenges will be tracked on my blog in separate posts. I'm looking forward to incorporating new things into my workout and focusing on some of my 'problem' areas this month. Gotta get ready for Spring!
Monday, February 28, 2011
It's time for the Pushing 40 Team's 3rd Annual ***Mix It Up In March Challenge!***
Last month the team was told to take inventory of anything that could aide in their assistance to lose weight. This month, it is time to put our inventories into ACTION!
Everyone participating in this challenge was told to post their inventory to their blog or to the message board thread. The goal is to mix up our exercise routine, try new things and educate ourselves about other kinds of exercises that we could be doing.
1- MIX IT UP! 2- USE IT! 3- LOG IT!
I will try to use 3 things from my inventory list per week -or- do a new SP video, DVD I own -or- read some new articles on a health subject that interests me. I will keep a log for the month of March 2011 on this blog entry.
March 1st thru the 31st
WEEK 1: elliptical machine, resistance bands for hands/ankles, 3 lb hand weights
WEEK 2: elliptical machine, 3 lb hand weights, exercise ball, SP New YOU Bootcamp Video Day 4, resistance band. I went through my 3 ring binder of torn out workouts from magazines. I organized them by 'type' of workout (upper body-arms-back, lower body-butt thighs, core-stomach-back, and at the end I put the articles that had full workouts. This binder is now pretty much in order and downstairs by my elliptical machine. If I do not have my laptop nearby to do a Spark workout video, I can grab this binder and do workouts from there. I'm hoping this helps in adding new things to my strength routine.
I knew my list would be long, as I have acquired things over the many years of trying to lose weight and then giving up. I just didn't realize how much I have. There should be no reason for me to not lose weight and utilize the resources (magazine articles, books) and equipment I own. Well, the only reason I can foresee right now is making the TIME to use all these items. So, here is my list (*Updated for the 2011 Challenge):
MY INVENTORY LIST
-Elliptical Machine -Ab Max/Ab Roller
-Mini Trampoline - (2) Exercise Balls/Medicine Ball
-Weighted Jump Rope
-Weighted Ankle/Wrist Weights
-(1) 15 lb hand weight
- set of 3 lb hand weights
-resistance bands for hands/ankles
-5 lb kettlebell
-resistance band/pully that attaches to door knob
-pedometer -workout mat
*Countless articles ripped out of magazines & stuffed in a folder
*Binder of Exercises - ripped out of magazines and in page protectors
*Book-Buns Of Steel Total Body WorkOut
*Weight Watchers Flex Points Information - an online fiend of mine had re-joined and sent me her extra information
*Personal Training Work Out sheets from 1995 when I belonged to a gym and lost 15 lbs
(includes Body Fat Analysis print out, which they did by placing electrodes on my body)
*Original Deal A Meal Program (cards)
Dance Yourself Thin
Slim, Strong & Firm
Fight Cellulite Fast
Walk Yourself Fit
The Abs Advantage
Dancing With The Stars - Cardio Dance
Body For Life Women Workout
Walk Away The Pounds- Walk & Jog Power Series
Vicky's Weight Off Workout
8 Minute Abs
Pilates Workout For Dummies
Yoga Booty Ballet-Hip Hop Abs
Yoga Booty Ballet-Core
Crunch Fat Burning Yoga
Complete Yoga Fitness For Beginners
Just My Size Yoga
Balance Ball Core Cross Train
Yoga For The Kid In All Of Us
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I did not sleep well Friday or Saturday night and think this is why I was so unmotivated this weekend. Yesterday I did not do the elliptical (which was planned), but I also didn't have the energy to do the bootcamp video. Today I was unmotivated too, but I forced myself to get in my 30 minutes on my elliptical (I stepped the program up to the next level and did pretty good!) and then did 2 bootcamp videos to make up for missing yesterday. I am so close to finishing the 28-day bootcamp. I feel like I am ready to try new exercises though. The bootcamp videos are starting to bore me a bit after dong them for a month. Some of the videos I like better than others and will incorporate certain exercises that I really enjoy. I'm just ready to move on and try some new things. I can't believe it's almost March! Looking forward to Spring getting here so I can get out for walks!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I did Day 1 & 2 of the BootCamp videos today, so I am finally caught up with the 28-Day BootCamp Challenge. I'm bummed I got sick last week, but am glad I had the motivation to bounce back and work hard this week to catch up. I highly recommend the 28-Day BootCamp Challenge to anyone trying to get 'sparked' to get into the habit of adding 10-minutes of exercise to your life daily.
Believe me, this has not been easy. In the beginning I was very discouraged because I could not do a lot of the exercises in the bootcamp videos. I still can't do some of them, but I try my best. That's all anyone can ask, right? This challenge has taught me that I *can* fit exercise into my day, even though there are days that it is next to impossible. (I've had a few of them the last couple days as a matter of fact!) And although I have not lost much weight (a couple lbs), I definitely can feel the difference in the way my clothes are fitting and the strength and stamina I am gaining.
Before this challenge I was basically just doing my cardio on the elliptical about 3 times per week. This challenge has taught me I can add another day or so or even a bit more time to my elliptical sessions. Lastly, I was not doing any strength training/toning sessions before this challenge. The reason being I felt I did not have the time and I did not know what exercises to do. Well, after this challenge is over I am going to continue strength training/toning sessions and do my homework and find strength exercises to target my problem areas (inner/outer thighs, flab under the arms, abs, and glutes). I'm excited to start new strength exercises and incorporate some of the ones I learned from the bootcamp videos.
As for eating healthier, that is an on-going challenge for me. I'm trying, but I need to try harder. I need to find better, healthier snacks, better meal planning and more breakfast ideas. This is something I keep saying I'm going to do, but just have not made the time to do. Hopefully soon this will be pushed to the top of my to be done list.
Thanks for following me on this challenge......5 more days to go! I can't believe it!
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