Wednesday, March 11, 2009
3/11/09- 20 mins on elliptical / manual mode up to Level 8 - 328 calories burned
*Resistance Bands*- Bicep Curls w/ bands 2 sets of 15
*Read - SP Stretching Guide-Benefits Of Stretching* found here:
*Lying Double Knee Hug Stretch* - 2 sets held for 30 seconds each
*Child's Pose Stretch*- 3 sets held for 30 seconds each
*Neck Stretch* - about 10 rolls....this felt sooooo good, as I seem to have a lot of tension in my neck
3/3/09- 20 mins on elliptical / manual mode up to Level 7 - 289 calories burned
*AB Roller*- 15 minutes....I did 100 front crunches and side crunches/ 50 per side
This challenge runs from March 1st through March 31st.
*3 part challenge in which the goal is to mix up your exercise routine, try new things and educate yourself about other kinds of exercises that you could be doing.
MIX IT UP!
Try new exercises, workouts, read more about a topic (like Yoga, Pilates, something you've never done but you might like if you try it out),watch a Spark demonstration online for an exercise you've never done---then do it!
- USE IT!
This is where my inventory list comes in.
See my inventory list here:
Use 3 things from my inventory list per week.
This will help me to incorporate things I have that I haven't been using. At the least, use the SparkPeople demonstration exercises and do one of them. DO something new & different!
- LOG IT!
Keep a log for the month in '1' (one) blog entry on your SparkPage.
Blog about how I mixed things up for the week, what I tried that was new, what I used of my own). Use 3 different things from my list per week.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Today's blog entry is brought to you by the letter W and the #8.
I used to drink my full (8) 8 oz. cups daily when I was pregnant and nursing. (When you nurse a baby you tend to get really thirsty.) I sometimes would add a lemon wedge or a splash of juice for flavor. For some reason I got out of the habit of drinking enough water.
Today I read Habit #4 in Healthy Diet Habits in the 2nd Stage of the Spark Diet.
For me the most important reminders in this article were that water helps you digest your food better, gives you more energy, and makes you feel fuller. Also something that I need to do more of is drink orange juice or eat fruit in the morning.
"Fresh fruits and veggies are tremendous sources of water. Fruit juices, milk, teas and decaf coffee also count Watch out for caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can actually increase your need for more water; so a lot of caffeinated coffee or soda may do more harm than good."
"Have a rule with your water glass: once itís empty, it gets filled back up right away."
I've always done this.
Lately I haven't had too much trouble getting in (6) 8 oz. cups of water....but getting to (8) is a challenge. Maybe it won't be as difficult when the weather changes and it's warmer outside and I am thirstier.
Eating On Purpose
I also read Habit #5 Eat On Purpose. Some things I need to remind myself of that were in this article: plan for snacks, don't skip meals,less night time snacking and create a regular time/place for eating at home.
Today was another day where I woke up exhausted and could barely muster the energy to do anything this morning. I truly think I have S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Maybe I will research that a bit and post a blog about it. Thank goodness the gloomy winter is almost over!
I need my sunshine
I did not think I would get any workout in today because my 2 yr old had a speech therapy session from 12:45-1:45pm. BUt after the therapist left, my little one wanted to watch 'Caillou' again, so I did the same thing as yesterday and got in a 20 minute elliptical workout. Believe me, I really wanted to go lay down, but I pushed on and burned some calories on the elliptical.
I'm still tired though.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I usually don't write 2 separate blog entries on the same day, but today I needed to because I pushed myself to workout, when I really did not have the energy to. But I obviously pulled the willpower out of me from somewhere! Believe me, all I want to do is rest and play on the computer. But I posted on one of my teams about wanting to lose weight before Summer and how NOW is the time to lose the weight. Every year it's the same story with me. In January/February I say I will lose the weight before Summer. And every year, May rolls around and I still haven't made a lifestyle change that would help me take off these pounds! Well, NOT THIS YEAR!!!!! I am determined to wear my size 12 bathing suit (or 10....not sure what it is because I haven't worn it since I had my 1st child....so that's about 7 Summers ago!)
So, I did things a little differently today. I made no excuses that I couldn't exercise because of my 2 year old still being awake. After we came home from dropping her sister off at Kindergarten, she asked to watch 'Caillou'. I really didn't want to plop her in front of the T.V., but I knew she wasn't ready for a nap. I got her a snack and drink and put the show on for her. I then went in the basement (kept the door ajar to hear if she was up to no good), turned the radio on low and did an intense 20 minute elliptical workout. I burned 351 calories on there today! I was determined! Her show was over a few minutes after I was done with my workout. So she finished her snack in her chair in the kitchen, had a potty break and then I put her in her room for her 'rest time'. I'm calling it that nowadays because she does not want to nap. If she doesn't nap, at least she is resting /reading books/talking to her stuffed animals...whatever. At least I am able to go about what I need to do for an hour or so.
I decided that I was going to try out this DVD I borrowed from the library this week. It's called 'BallanceBall: Core Cross Training' with Tanja Djelevic. I borrowed this DVD because I have owned a stability ball for over 7 years (purchased it a year before I had my 1st child) and never really used it in a workout. I've only used a stability ball a handful of times, and one of those times was in a free class I tried at our community center. I think I was uncertain HOW to use it. Having a person show you in a workout is a great way to learn. Well, I love it and will definitely be incorporating more of the stability ball into my weekly routine. Today I did the Abs/Lower Back workout with the ball and it really felt !!!! I also like the woman in this DVD. A lot of times I will try a DVD out and not like the person leading he exercise, but this woman is very likable. I recommend giving it a try!
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