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*2012* Day 4~Jump Rope Anyone?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

So I did yesterday's & today's challenge videos and did pretty well. I miss my elliptical, so I got on it in hopes that it may have re-set itself like it has in the past, but no luck. I was on it for 3 minutes and it is at like 10 resistance (the highest level) and I had to get off. So I decided to use my weighted jump rope that I barely ever used (I got it as a gift in my early 20's and can count on 1 hand how many times it has been used.) I haven't jumped rope in a long time, so when I was unable to jump I just marched in place and then jumped back into it when I felt ready. So the 1st time I jumped 23 x's in a row, 2nd try 23 x's, 3rd try 24 x's and my last try was 26 x's. I had our kitchen timer downstairs with me and I did the marching/jump rope for about 8 minutes. I did take my asthma inhaler before starting, but I am so out of shape and it is a very cold day that I was still breathing pretty hard. But I did SOMETHING when I really wanted to do NOTHING! I think it's supposed to be around 40 degrees tomorrow in comparison to today's 20 degrees, so maybe I will take the dog and my 5 year old for a walk in the afternoon. Here's to another day of keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/5/2012 3:17AM

    Good job! Hope the day really does warm up and you get that walk in. My aunt mentioned it was freezing in your area!

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KAREN_NY 1/4/2012 4:03PM

    Finding a way.... emoticon

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*2012* Day 3

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I had a feeling that today was going to be a long day of shopping for me, but hoped to be back home before lunchtime.....that didn't happen. I did return all the items I needed to and picked up some good bargains (after Christmas items: wrapping paper, tree topper, NFL ornaments for hubby, some Xmas picture frames for gifts next year, as well as some sweaters for myself.)

That said, I did not get in my Day 3 video for the January JumpStart challenge or 30 minutes of cardio (not traditional cardio anyway). I did wear my pedometer and I logged 10,548 steps, so that has to count for something, right? I am tired and my thighs hurt from that 9-minute SP video from yesterday. Tomorrow I plan to catch up on the videos and add some more cardio in to my day, hoping to catch up to where I need to be.

It is very windy and cold here in Northeaster PA, so I am lying in my bed reading a book this evening. I hope I get some much needed sleep tonight! Nighty-Night and see you all tomorrow! emoticon

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GETFITNLEAN 1/4/2012 11:21AM

    It was so windy yesterday Samaara that it felt colder than 20 degrees. Today it is 20 degrees, but not as windy. On days like this I just want to stay in bed or curl up under a cover and read! But, I am determined to get moving! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/4/2012 5:10AM

    over 10,000 steps - you bet that counts. That's awesome! Good luck tomorrow with getting it all in!

My aunt told us it was 20 deg. Brrr... can't imagine it that cold. The worst it gets here is -2 Celcius, at night, which is a bit more than your 20 during the day

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*2012* Day 2

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today did not go as planned, however, I did make the best of it.

If you have been following my blog for awhile you will know that I've been having issues with my elliptical on & off for awhile now. The problem is that the resistance level does not change at all and gets stuck at the highest level (10) which is just way to strenuous for an entire workout. The problem had been intermittent for awhile now, but over the past 3 months I kind of stopped exercising and part of the reason was my temperamental elliptical.

So finally today my husband took it apart and he thought he had it fixed because he tried it before plugging it in and it seemed looser. Then he plugged it in and I got on it and the resistance was doing the same thing. He is going to try to work on it another day, but who knows when that will be. So no elliptical workouts for me for awhile emoticon

I guess I will have to find some other forms of cardio to do during this out of service period because I am determined to get back on a regular exercise schedule.

So instead of 30 minutes on the elliptical I did some heavy cleaning in our storage room this afternoon. It was in such a state of disarray because that is the the room I hide Christmas gifts in and all the wrapping paper. So I feel pretty good that I got a nice start on that storage area today. I also did 4 loads of laundry (folded & put away) and then did my SP 9-Minute Total Lower Body Workout video for the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge (WoW, was that every challenging!)

Tomorrow my 9 year old goes back to school from winter vacation and my 5 year old will be at my parent's house for the day. So, my plan of action is to return some gifts to about 3 different stores and hopefully get in the required workouts for the January challenge.
See you tomorrow! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/3/2012 6:09AM

    That is a lot of laundry...
Bummer about the elliptical, hope it gets fixed soon. Mean time good job on finding other ways to work out.

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Day 1~Happy New Year!!!! *2012*

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I've reset my weight loss ticker to zero for the first time since joining SparkPeople in 2007.
2012 is my new starting point. I am now 40 years old and have higher aspirations and goals to reach for myself. I have joined the January Jumpstart Challenge, which is similar to the Official Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge and the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge (of which I completed both and praise for helping lose weight in 2011).

Today, emoticon of 2012, I took the dog for a 40 minute walk around the neighborhood and then came back and did the 8-Minute Athletic Intervals Workout which is required for ! emoticon of the January Jumpstart Challenge. I have lost my stamina that I had gained in 2011, but I want that back and am going to work hard to get it back! I hate the feeling of being so out of shape that I can't keep up with Coach Nicole (who is SO awesome!) I will do this in 2012 and I hope many of my Spark Friends will share in this same enthusiasm and stick with me through my journey. We can do this together! Through thick and thin we can support, motivate, encourage and lend an ear for one another. Let's make 2012 the healthiest year yet!

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JUNEBUG160 1/2/2012 3:40PM

    emoticon. you know you can!!

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    Good luck in 2012. 365 days to continue creating a new you... +Mark

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/1/2012 3:24PM

    Good job! A great start today on your 2012 journey!

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I Will Do This In 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Today was the first time I stepped on my elliptical since 10/10/11. Way too long!
How I fell out of a routine of fitting in my elliptical workouts weekly is no surprise to me. I have been extra busy over the past 3 months and this happens towards the end of the year, every year (everyone in my family has a birthday throughout this time of the year & then Christmas hits!). This year not exercising at this time of year was detrimental to me because I worked so hard this past year to lose the weight that I did and now I regained it all back in such a short time. I am disgusted with myself, but I do know that if I can get back to where I was, I can be even more successful this time around. It will take determination, motivation, persistence, focus, support from others, and planning on my part. I MUST do this!

Tomorrow I plan on making a goal for the amount of fitness minutes I would like to reach in 2012. I was so very close to reaching the goal I set for 2011 and am angry that I did not make it. (my goal was 5,446 minutes) However, I am proud of myself because I did more exercise this year than any other years in the recent past. I was on a positive road to losing weight and getting healthy, but other things got in the way. In the new year I need to figure out a way to make my exercise and eating habits a priority over everything else. It feels good to be able to come here to SparkPeople and vent about my feelings. I just need to make this site more of a habit to keep me in check. I can do this!

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MARABOU 1/3/2012 9:58PM

  Hey we're all in this together, same story for me, but you've made up your mind and yes YOU WILL DO IT , here's to success in 2012,
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MARABOU 1/3/2012 9:52PM

  Hey we're all in this together!Just a few weeks back I was feeling down because I had crashed my eating plan and gained some of the weight I'd lost and was feeling so proud about.SP really helped me pull myself together especially reading the comments on my blog WOW!! I felt I wasn't alone and you aren't too .Here's to SUCCESS in 2010,

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MRSMILLER777 12/31/2011 7:55PM

    With determination emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/31/2011 1:13PM

    Don't forget dedication!

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SEPTLEFTY 12/30/2011 11:11PM

  I'm feeling what you say.

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