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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Well as you can see below I was working on a 40 day crusade...Then this weekend happened, didn't feel well. So I didn't work out. LoL. I know...anyways. I realized that sometimes I set my expectations WAY to high. So I'm giving myself 2 months to get rid of this weight and start maintaining. I have the rest of my life, so no sense in rushing it. :)

So my new plan is called Mission: Skinny Christmas. Cute huh?

Mission: Skinny Christmas

My Diet
Based on my height, weight & activity level I should be getting anywhere from 1200-1500 calories daily. I plan to use the zig zag method for my calorie intake. On light workout days, I will eat closer to 1200, on harder workout days I will eat closer to 1500 calories.
I will steer clear of processed white refined foods. It makes me feel bad. I will fill my diet with lean protein (chicken, fish, seafood, turkey), complex carbs (veggies, whole grains, wheat products), fruit (high in nutrients and good form of quick energy), healthy fats (staying away from trans & saturated fats) and water (at least 10 cups a day).
I will allow myself one cheat meal a week. Nothing crazy though, just a little splurge.

My Fitness
I have created an exercise routine. I will follow it. However, if Iím sick & miss a day I will continue with the day missed. No skipping. And not feeling bad for missing a day.

My rotation consists of:
5 consecutive days of Cardiovasular Exercise & Light Resistance Training
1 day of Flexibility/Rest
1 day Heavy Resistance Training

Everyday I will complete take the steps up & down 8 times (equivalent of a 30 minute brisk walk) & do the Ab Ripper 200 video when I get home (except for my flexibility/rest day)

Staying Focused
I will blog everyday. Just on my progress, feelings and what not. I will keep track of my food on spark as well as logging my fitness. Taking 5 minutes out of my day is no big deal.

Tracking Progress
I will not be weighing or measuring until Christmas day. No excuses. Just focus on making positive changes and getting back to normal.

I will be posting my rotation once I've completed tonight! Wish me luck!!

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KRHEMMER 10/30/2007 1:02PM

    What a great attitude you have. I tend to fall into the mind set of wanting to have the weight off right NOW and freaking out instead of taking it slow and steady. This time I am trying to take it slower and I have also given myself a deadline of Christmas to have these last pounds off. Good luck to you!


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Day #3....40 Day Crusade....October 24th

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Planned Workout:
Kickin Core
Booty Sculpt & Abs
Total Time: 75 minutes (30 minutes strength, 45 minutes cardio)

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
Lunch: Tuna Salad in Lettuce Wrap, Sliced Apples & Sliced Cucumbers
Dinner: Grilled Salmon, Green Beans & Carrotts, Whole Wheat Couscous
Dessert: Mochachino Sugar Free Pudding
Snack: 100 Calorie Kettlecorn

1.) Workout: Kind of....Did BSA, got 15 minutes into Kickin Core & stopped. I had a headache...still do. I will make up for it this weekend though!
2.) Food:
3.) Food log:
4.) Multivitamin: Check!
5.) Water:
6.) Studying:
7.) No weighing or measuring:
8.) No eating after 8:
9.) Achilles Heel:
10.) Sleep:
11.) Blog:

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CELIASYEAR 10/24/2007 9:03PM

    Sorry to hear you have a headache, Gina! But don't let that blow your efforts. You're doing great and have a history of doing great. You must have an awful lot of workout videos. If you have time, send me a spark mail with the ones that you recommend. I'm bored with the gym sometimes and wish I knew which ones I could do at home and get that same RUSH.

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Day #2....40 Day Crusade....October 23rd...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Advanced YBB
Lower Body Jam
Total Time: 87 minutes (27 minutes strength, 60 minutes cardio)

Breakfast: Toast with cinnamon/splenda
Snack: Sliced apples with fat free cheese
Lunch: Progresso Vegetable Light Soup & Turkey & Cheese Sandwich on Whole Wheat
Dinner: Chicken Fajitas (chicken, mushrooms, green & red peppers, onions) & 2 whole wheat tortillas
Dessert: Mochachino Sugar Free Pudding
Snack: 100 Calorie Kettlecorn

1.) Workout: Check!
2.) Food: Fabulous!
3.) Food log: Check!
4.) Multivitamin: Check!
5.) Water: 11 cups
6.) Studying: Check!
7.) No weighing or measuring: Check!
8.) No eating after 8: Check!
9.) Achilles Heel: M&M's...but I resisted!
10.) Sleep: 8 hours
11.) Blog: Check!


Day #1....40 Day Crusade

Monday, October 22, 2007

Today was great. Good stuff.

Cardio X
Ab Jam
Light Walk

Breakfast: Toast w/ Jelly
Lunch: Turkey & Cheese Sandwich on Wheat Bread, Apple Slices, Sugar Free Pudding
Snack: 100 Calorie Kettlecorn
Dinner: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, 2 slices of toast, Apple Slices

12 cups

1.) A+ on workouts. I did everything & more on my rotation.
2.) No cheating. Woohoo! Not enough veggies though. Will work on that tomorrow.
3.) Food log. Check!
4.) Multivitamin. Check!
5.) Water. Check!
6.) Studying. Check. Learning about strength. Took lots of notes!
7.) No weighing or measuring. Check!
8.) No eating after 8. Check!!
9.) My weakness. Those tiny chocolate bars my mom has in the living room. I could seriously eat 100 of them. LoL. I resisted though.
10.) Last night I slept 8 hours. Check!
11.) Blog. Check!

Ok time to get! See you tomorrow!

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ZIRCADIA 10/22/2007 9:15PM

    I love some sugar free pudding -- Jello really hit the mark with that crap! HAHAHA! :) Not ultra healthy or anything, but definitely a good alternative to sooth a sweet tooth for me!!!!

And to answer your question, things have been going pretty good. I've slowed down a bit at times lately, but I lost 5lbs in the past two weeks, so my measly 1lb loss this week shouldn't get me down.

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My 40 Day Crusade.....I'm BACK!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ok so I'm back to blogging over here. I know I said I would be blogging on blogspot, but I honestly forget about it because I don't log on the regularly. I check spark so often, it's silly not to post over here. So...I'm back.
So sorry for not being around much fellow sparkers, but life has been nuts. So I just haven't felt much like being cheerful. But I'm back. Let's just eating went to CRAP, my exercise was nonexistent and my attitidue was GARBAGE.'s time to change all that.

With my 40 Day Crusade. Time to get my a$$ back into gear and move alot. And eat clean. The eating has been the most difficult part lately. I never had such a hard time with food in my life. But it's time for me to get back in control. :)

So here is my 40 Day Crusade.

1.) I have written up a new workout rotation for 40 full days. It consists of 5 days of Cardio & Light Strength, on the 6th day is semi-rest (with flexibility exercises) & on the 7th day ONLY strength. So lots of Cardio & Strength. Time to burn some fat & gain some muscle. :) I'll be doing a routine with Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs, Yoga Booty Ballet and the X.

2.) Eat clean. The ONLY cheat day I'm allowed for the next 40 days is on Thanksgiving. And NO going hog wild then either. Make healthier food choices, and splurge on a little dessert. Nothing crazy! Lots of complex carbs, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, etc. Healthy Healthy Healthy. TONS OF WATER. As always. I'll be peeing like a crazy woman.
a.) Keep a food log here. NO CALORIE COUNTING. No sense in obsessing. Just watch portion sizes and log it here.

3.) Take a multivitamin everyday.

4.) Drink at least 10 cups of water.

5.) Every day I will devote at least one hour to studying. No questions. STOP PUTTING IT OFF. This is your life! Silly girl...

6.) No weighing or measuring. Period. Not til the end of the 40 days. No sense in obsessing over the numbers.

7.) Try to increase my daily activities. Move more. Not stting around on the computer all day. Study for an hour...finish up emails and then DO SOMETHING. laundry...walk the dog...rake leaves...anything. JUST MOVE!!!

8.) No eating after 8pm. No questions. Gotta kick that habit all over again. D*mnit.

9.) Identify my achilles heel. (your weakness) (Thanks to Tina for this one!) Whatever is truly hard to deal with that day, explain it.

10.) Sleep at least 7 hours each night.

11.) Blog everyday. Explain how the day was...what workouts I did, and of course give my food log.

So this 40 days crusade started today. I'm hoping this will help me loose these last 15-20 pounds and get me to my target weight zone, with a really healthy body fat percentage. I need to reach my goal weight, then start maintaining. End of story. It's time to stop sabotaging all my hard work and rock it!!

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LS6060 10/24/2007 11:18AM

    I love the idea of a 40 day crusade! I can't wait to see you accomplish it. I've been doing weekly goals for the past few months but maybe it's time i kick myself too and do a long streak. you've inspired me to make a list for myself to do my own crusade. plus i just got turbo jam and i am so motivated- you were right- it's awesome

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GI..GI..GINA! 10/23/2007 10:18AM

    Awesome! The key to this is creating your own plan. Something that is unique to you and the problems you face. So make an individual plan. Maybe post it on your blog, so I can check it out? We can help each other. 40 days is a long time. You're so right, we can get a lot done in that time period!

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CELIASYEAR 10/23/2007 9:20AM

    Okay, so here we go! Let's see, I'm blogging on October 23, so 40 days of this will put me at .... WOWEE! December 1st?!? I can get a lot done in 40 days, and spend Christmas gloating! I'm so WITH ya!

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ZIRCADIA 10/22/2007 9:13PM

    Sounds like a good plan!!! :) I may have to copy it when I get to a stage in my path that is more similar to yours -- trying to maintain weight while improving body composition... Right now I need the numbers because I still have a ways to go. :) GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

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