Sunday, January 22, 2012
Overall, I enjoyed this DVD very much. The girls looked great in matching outfits, and I REALLY liked that they were REAL woman. They look healthy and very fit, not super skinny models wearing tiny shorts and sports bras.
I've read some reviews that other sparkers wrote, saying the music was annoying. I didn't have an issue with it. It really wasn't very loud and Coach Nicole was giving directions through out the video, so I really didn't pay much attention to it.
I also liked that all the ladies were showing every exercise in varying levels of intensity. Beginner, intermediate, and as Coach Nicole calls it, "a challenge." Every part of the workouts can be modified to your ability.
There are several choices when it comes to working out with this video. The first, is a "28 day workout plan" which allows you to follow along with an interactive calendar. You will go through a mixture of cardio and ST with built in rest days. I think this is a really cool feature because it gives you a no-brain workout plan for a month. How can you NOT like that?!?
You can also design your own workouts. There are warm ups and cool downs. There is a cardio workout, cardio/toning, and sculpting workouts. They all range in length from 12 to 30 minutes. Or, you can run ALL the programs at once giving you a 84 minute workout incorporating all muscle groups and balancing it out with cardio.
I've been working out regularly for over a year and a half, and I really didn't find the cardio workouts very challenging. They would be great for beginners, and I did enjoy them, because it wasn't the treadmill or elliptical. It just didn't get my heart going like I'm used to. It will be great to use the cardio when I'm in a rut with my workouts and just want to take it easy and do something different.
My favorite part was all of the sculpting, toning and strength training. Maybe because I'm totally lacking in that area ; ) I tested all of these workouts, and I felt I got a really good workout doing these. As I said before everything on this DVD can be modified, using weights, no weights, lifting your arms or legs lower or higher, however you need to do it. I really feel I got a very good total body workout.
Overall, I enjoyed the video, but if you want more intense cardio, this isn't for you. If you need switch up your cardio and amp up the ST, this is a GREAT video to get. Remember, these are MY opinions based on MY skill level, or lack there of.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
I just thought this was a great reminder to never give up. Even when you think it will never get better, it will. Just keep going and you will see all of your hard work pay off.
Friday, January 06, 2012
2009 vs. 2011
I really just wanted this to look at when I'm having a REALLY bad day.
Monday, January 02, 2012
I hope everyone had a fun and happy holiday season, but now it's time to get back to business. I came through Christmas with a 3 pound loss, but I wasn't so fortunate with New Year's. I know I can't actually gain 3 pounds over 3 days, so I'm not logging it. When I weigh next Monday, I will consider that my actual weight. If I did actually gain it, it was worth it.
I had a great time this weekend with my best friend (MADTHENURSE) and her family. It wasn't some over the top New Year's blow out, it was much better than that. Our family's, including her brother and sister with their families and her mom, all spent the evening together talking, laughing and of course eating and drinking a little too much! There was "good" choices, like the 15 pound veggie tray and the 10 pound fruit assortment, but No! I wanted the 10 layer taco dip, with whole wheat tortillas! I wanted the chocolate fondue with the peppermint marshmallows, and oreos to dip. I wanted to eat my weight in Gouda with crostinis. There were 40 different types of cookies, some of which the main ingredient was butter... you know... the ones *I* ate! The wine was delicious, but the company was the best! So I'll take the weight gain, if it's true weight gain, because I made the choice to eat those foods, and I don't regret one bite!
I had a doctor's appointment on 12/29, and my main goal was to discuss my weight loss and my right foot that's been hurting me for more than 2 months. Well, after an exam and an x-ray, it turns out I have tendonitis. UGH! So, the "cure" for that is ibuprofen, icing the area, and to generally "take it easy." Yeah, no good! Doc said I could do low impact workouts, which is ok, because for Christmas, I got a Yoga DVD and Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Not sure how low impact that is, but we'll see. She also said I could walk a little, but if it starts to bother me, I need to back off. For now, running is not a possibility *sigh.*
I also talked to her about going back on the "detox" diet that I used when I first started my weight loss. This was MY idea of detox, it was not something I read about, but for the first 6 months, I gave up everything I considered "not healthy" for me. No coffee, chocolate, pizza, pasta, cereal, or bedtime snaking. These are all triggers for me, and I thought If I could give them up for 6 months, I'd rid my body of the cravings. It worked and I lost a great deal of weight in that time frame. I started incorporating those things back into my diet and I feel I've done really well with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying all of those foods. Because my weight loss has slowed, I asked if she thought "detoxing" again would help to jump start things. She said that a 2 week detox would be a great idea, especially since in the winter, your metabolism slows down. That's definitely something I will be planning to do in the next few weeks.
We also discussed my goal weight. I'm 5 feet tall, 5'1 on a good day, so, according to everything I've read, a "healthy BMI" for me would be no more than 127 at the very top of the scale. 127... that's an incredibly low number to me, and it's caused a lot of stress since I started my journey. I'm 36 years old, I've had 2 kids, and I don't need to wear a bikini. After talking to my doctor, I've found out that the BMI charts that we find online are just a guide. YES, it's a very important tool, but the doctor also has a BMI tool that not only uses your height and weight, but also takes your age into consideration. She said most charts we would find on-line do not use age as part of the assessment. After inputting my info, we discovered a normal, "healthy" weight for someone of my height, and AGE, would be between 140 and 150 (150 being the very MOST I should weigh), and she said I shouldn't go any lower than 135. Based on this info, I changed my goal weight to 140, and If I get lower, great! My plan is to maintain between 140-150.
***THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MY DOCTOR AND I DECIDED FOR *ME* THIS DOESN'T MEAN IT'S RIGHT FOR YOU. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR OWN PHYSICIAN ABOUT YOUR GOAL WEIGHT***
Everyone's been posting goals for 2012, so here goes...
-- My main goal will be to get to my goal weight of 140, which means another 50 pounds
-- I will continue with running (foot injury willing) so I can sign up for, and run the Turkey Trot this year and break 40 minutes
-- This will be the year of strength training so I can decrease my body fat percentage. I also just bought a new scale that I can keep track of this as well as my BMI.
-- Finally, I just want to improve my overall health and fitness level.
Ok, Sparkfriends, it's 2012, let's make this year better than the last!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I've been a part of SALLIE51's challenge (see blog) since August. At that time, there were 20 weeks left till the new year, and my goal was to lose 30 pounds. There we some bumps along the way and I had to revamp the challenge to lose 20 pounds by 2012. As of yesterday morning, I DID IT!!!
It's Christmas Eve 2011, and I weigh 190 pounds!!! That's what I weighed when I finished college... when I met my husband... 12 years ago!
I'VE LOST 117 POUNDS, IN 18 MONTHS, WOOHOO!!!
I hit my goal a week early, so now I have to focus on NOT gaining over the next week. I've got Christmas celebrations, and a New Years Eve trip out of town, so it's going to be difficult, (what on this journey hasn't been?) but I'm going to do it!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
I'll let you all know what the weigh in results are on January 1, 2012!!!
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