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Abs & Arms In April Challenge

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Pushing 40 Team's April challenge is to focus on our abs and arms this month.

~A & A In April Challenge~

Starting Measurements: 4/1/11: Upper Arm-11.5" Forearm- 10" Waist- 33.5"

4/1- Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls - 2 sets of 12 reps
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12
Single Arm Rows- 2 sets of 12
Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls- 2 sets of 12
Crunches with Ball- 2 sets of 12
30 minutes on elliptical

4/3- Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 15
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 15
Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls 2 sets of 15
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Pushups on the Ball 30 pushups
30 minutes on the elliptical

4/5- Biceps Curls with Band 2 sets of 12
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12 8 lb weights
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 12
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 12
30 minutes on the elliptical

4/7 Bicep Curls With Band 2 sets of 12
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 12
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12 8 lb weights
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 12 4 lb weights
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 12 4 lb weights
Boxer 2 sets of 12 4 lb weights
30 minutes on the elliptical

4/10 Bicep Curls With Band 2 sets of 12
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12 8 lb weights
Pushups on the Ball 2 sets of 12
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 12 4 lb weights
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 12 4 lb weights
30 minutes on elliptical

4/13 Boxer 1 set of 15 3 lbs
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12 8 lb weights
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 15 3 lb weights
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 15 3 lb weights
30 minutes on elliptical

4/16 Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Boxer 2 sets of 12 4 lb weights
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 12 8 lb weights
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
30 minutes on the elliptical

4/20 Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 15 8 lb weights
Pushups on the Ball 2 sets of 15
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
30 minutes on the elliptical

4/29 Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Crunches with Ball 2 sets of 15
Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extensions 2 sets of 15 8 lb weights
Single Arm Rows 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Standing Dumbbell Mini Rows 2 sets of 15 4 lb weights
Pushups on ball 2 sets of 15
30 minutes on elliptical

Ending Measurements: 4/30/11: Upper Arm-11.5" Forearm- 10" Waist- 33.5"

  
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JUNEBUG160 4/19/2011 8:10PM

    Looks like quite the routine you have. Great job you'll be doing fab by months end. emoticon

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The Exercise Dry Spell Is OVER!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I wanted to blog about this yesterday, but time got away from me. It was a very busy and productive day for me yesterday. When I woke up I felt rested and energetic. I am not a coffee drinker, but I had a cup of a Hazelnut International Coffee and boy did that wire me! (not in a feeling good way though.) I cleaned bathrooms, straightened out some cabinets, did some laundry, and then made time to get back on the elliptical in the afternoon. I was going to try a lower level and shorten the time by 10 minutes, but I decided to just continue at the Intermediate Level 2 for 30 minutes that I had been doing. I hadn't realized until I looked at the exercise log sheet that I keep that I hadn't stepped on the elliptical since March 13th!!!!! That is a 14 day exercise dry spell! Two weeks! I cannot ever let that happen again! I felt out of shape for the first 10 minutes of the workout, but it got better as I went on. I worked up a good sweat too.

There's a lot of other things going on around here, but I am trying to roll with the punches. I really want to lose a substantial amount of weight in the next 2 months----10 to 15 pounds would be so awesome, but I'm not sure that is possible. I am going to try my best though! emoticon

  
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MRSMILLER777 3/29/2011 7:47PM

    Put your mind to it and anything is possible! emoticon

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LILIVW 3/29/2011 11:35AM

    Great job! Your goal looks great and possible!

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Thank You Spark Friends!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I just wanted to create a blog post to say emoticon to all my Spark friends who have left comments on my Sparkpage, sent me a SparkGoodie, or private messaged me. It is inspiring and encouraging to know you are all rooting for me to get back on the exercise wagon.

I was definitely going to get back on the elliptical today, but I had a bad nights sleep again last night and then my family and I went to a home expo show (we are planning on remodeling our kitchen this Spring/Summer) and when we got back from that (2 hours later) we were hungry and I had a headache so I laid down for about an hour. After that I thought I would be 'elliptical bound', but it did not happen. I will be forcing myself to get in exercise every day this week. I gotta be a little harder on myself. The darn elliptical is in my basement for goodness sake! I WILL do this and am so grateful to have so many people behind me rooting me on! emoticon

Thanks again friends! emoticon

  
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EGRAMMY 3/27/2011 9:46PM

    I beet you got plenty of walking in at the home show. That's good

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ITS_REALITY 3/27/2011 2:03PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonA big thank you to you too!! I have a treadmill in the basement and can completely relate. Sometimes I just don't feel like doing it, but I know that consistency is key. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNEBUG160 3/27/2011 1:01PM

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LILIVW 3/27/2011 11:49AM

    Good luck getting it in this week - YOU CAN DO IT! Try not to get down on yourself for not doing it, just move on. Sometimes if I dwell too much on what I haven't done it brings me down and I don't want to do what I should do. I like Carter4414's idea to schedule it. We're all cheering for you!

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CARTER4414 3/27/2011 8:57AM

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It is great to know that there are people out there rooting for us, and that we are all facing the same struggles.

I remembered the last time that I got so busy, and I didn't do any cardio for a week. I finally had to say that "It will happen at 11:00 on Wednesday!" I even wrote it on my calendar.

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Another Setback

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Last week I had such high aspirations for exercising and losing weight. Then, last Tuesday night the sleeplessness began. My 4 year old woke in the middle of the night and would not go back to sleep. She went to her Pre-K class and 30 minutes after I left I got a call on my cellphone saying she had been crying for the past 20 minutes complaining of a stomach ache. I knew it wasn't a stomach ache because she had been acting excited to go to her class an hour earlier. I think it all had to do with a bad dream the night before because when I brought her home she ate her lunch and was fine. Then nighttime came and she did not want to sleep in her room. Battles. Add to this the nightly wakings because our dog is on prednisone again and needs to go out to pee (one night he was out at 1-3-5am. So on Thursday my 4 year old gets sick. (sore throat, cough, fever, runny nose). She gets over it pretty much by Saturday and then my 8 year old starts with it on Sunday. Today was her 2nd day home from school. Oh, but back up a bit. Last night my 4 yr old wakes me up at 12midnight saying her ear hurts her. I give her Motrin and she goes back to sleep.....for 3 hours. She is then up from 3:30am until 6:30am crying. She finally gets a bit of rest, wakes up and eats breakfast. She seems better, but I had already phoned the pediatrician and got an appointment for 12:30pm. My Mom came to stay with my 8 year old while we went to the appointment.

So, the verdict is the start of pneumonia & built up earwax putting pressure on the eardrum. Yucky amoxicillin medicine (watermelon flavored, but still yucky) that she has to take 2x's a day for 10 days, nebulizer treatments 3x's a day, and ear drops 2x's a day to soften her ear wax. Add in my 8 year old's asthma treatments/meds & the dog's pill & ointment, I'm becoming a regular Florence Nightingale! (NOT!)

Needless to say I am more than exhausted and exercise is the LAST thing on my mind. My eating has been so off kilter too because I have a bit of this 'cold' they gave me and the addition of lack of sleep has not helped.

I just wanted to let all of my Spark friends know that I have not given up, I've just had a setback due to my responsibilities to my family. I hope that by the end of the week I feel rested enough to exercise and that this cold does not progress. I keep telling myself it could be my seasonal allergies too. Either way, I cannot wait to get back into a workout routine again and start getting these pounds off of my body! I *think* that I have maintained my weight loss from the past prior weeks....I hope so anyhow.

I hope to be back to sparking with you all real soon! emoticon

  
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BIBS4664 3/25/2011 5:27PM

    A journey has many twists and t urns. Hang in there.

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SCAROUSEL1 3/24/2011 2:02PM

    Hang in there. I hope everything gets better real soon.

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MARABOU 3/23/2011 3:56PM

  Hey there!And I thought I had problems...Wow you're brave, am proud of you!!Hope all gets ok for you soon emoticon

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CARTER4414 3/23/2011 11:52AM

    That sounds like a hell of a week. I hope that your family is able to find some rest soon. They all sound like they could use a few quiet nights.
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MRSMILLER777 3/23/2011 9:10AM

    Stay focused! emoticon Put on the mom superhero cape and make everything go as planned, oh you didn't get one either? Darn it, I guess that means you'll just have to stay strong and do your best! emoticon

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FUTUREYOGI 3/22/2011 6:17PM

    Oh dear sounds like you're having a heck of a week. I hope everyone is feeling better soon and you can find some time for you

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LILIVW 3/22/2011 6:08PM

    It is so hard to be tired and worn out. I hope your week keeps getting better. Love the Easter eggs!

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CITYGIRL27 3/22/2011 4:46PM

    Hope things get better for you ALL real soon! Hang in there. emoticon

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March Accountability Challenge

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Spring Into Spring Team's *March Accountability Challenge*

March 1st Start Weight: 146.4

Fitness minutes GOAL for Week 1: 150 minutes
(5) 30 minute sessions of cardio on the elliptical and (4) 10 minute toning sessions

3/2/11-30 mins cardio /8 mins Day 6 Bootcamp Workout-7-Minute Upper Body Workout w/ Dumbbells and 9 mins-Day 7 Bootcamp Workout 9-Minute Core Workout
3/3/11-30 mins cardio/ 10 mins toning
3/5/11-30 mins cardio/10 mins toning
3/6/11-15 mins balance/yoga - an introduction session @ our church's Health & Wellness Fair 'Move It!' Sunday
3/7/11-30 mins cardio

Week 1 of 5 March 8th Weight: 144.6
Actual Fitness Minutes: 172 minutes Weight Lost: 1.8 lbs
Week 1 Side Note: It was a busier than normal week. We had tickets in advance for an Italian Dinner Buffet @ our church. I am thrilled I lost anything!
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Fitness minutes GOAL for Week 2: 150 minutes
(5) 30 minute sessions of cardio on the elliptical and (4) 10 minute toning sessions

3/8/11-30 mins cardio/SP New YOU Bootcamp Video Day 4- 10 mins/10 mins toning
3/12/11-30 mins cardio/15 mins toning exercises
3/13/11-30 mins cardio/15 mins toning

Week 2 of 5 March 15 Weight: 145
Actual Fitness Minutes: 130 mins Weight Lost: 0
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Fitness minutes GOAL for Week 3: 150 minutes
(5) 30 minute sessions of cardio on the elliptical

Week 3 of 5 March 22 Weight: 144.6
Actual Fitness Minutes: 0 Weight Lost: .4 lb


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Fitness minutes GOAL for Week 4: 150 minutes
(5) 30 minute sessions of cardio on the elliptical

Week 4 of 5 March 29 Weight: 143.2
Actual Fitness Minutes: 0 Weight Lost:1.4
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Fitness minutes GOAL for Week 5: 150 minutes
(5) 30 minute sessions of cardio on the elliptical

Week 5 of 5 April 5 Weight:
Actual Fitness Minutes: Weight Lost:
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Final Weigh in April 5th!
Total Fitness Minutes:
Total Weight Lost:

  
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SMYLEERED 3/5/2011 12:08AM

    Good luck! You can do it.

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EGRAMMY 3/4/2011 5:38PM

    emoticon Good plan. Good luck.

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