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Whew! Woo!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

First of all, whew! emoticon I just completed Jillian's No More Trouble Zones full 40-minute circuit training workout. Lemme say...that is a crazy hard workout. You will sweat and shake and ache in many many places. BUT it feels amazingly awesome to complete it. That's where the WOOOO comes in.

Now I'm going to have a protein shake and some water and relax for a bit, then go for a scenic bike ride through some trails by a river. emoticon

Note: This DVD is full of strength training and cardio because Jillian believes that strength training doesn't burn enough calories so she always combines cardio with strength training (usually through circuits). Below are the ST exercises in this 40 minute (7 circuit) workout (which I created a "workout" for on the fitness page so that I wouldn't have to keep entering this whenever I do her DVD):



I know it's small. emoticon I hate that SP takes the quality down THAT much. Anyways, you can still read it if you try reallly hard. Also, you can go to my "shared" fitness and food trackers for April 7, 2010 and see it plenty big! Also, the list of the exercise, reps, etc. isn't listed anywhere that I know of. I went through the DVD once and wrote down everything so that I'd had the name of each exercise. If you get the DVD and decide to enter the exercises in your tracker, feel free to copy mine (editing only the weight you use -- Jillian uses 3lb dumbbells, so I figured that was good enough for me).

  
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POORGIRL_DIET 5/11/2010 6:44AM

    well done for completing it but your right you need some cardio to burn the calories and strength exercises to stop the wobbly bits.

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FANTASTIC731 4/14/2010 8:30AM

    nice job on that DVD!

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SM-ARTGIRL 4/13/2010 9:10AM

    Generous of you to share the workout with us all, thanks!
Love that you did an intense bike ride after an intensive workout!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/9/2010 10:26PM

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Cheering you on!!!

1 HAPPY SPIRIT

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CSULLIVAN83 4/9/2010 12:03AM

    Oh my that is a load of exercises! You should be tired! emoticon emoticon

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MARYMAC45 4/8/2010 8:38PM

    Fantastic, you are doing great!

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 4/8/2010 8:27PM

    Micharm, Haha, thanks! Yeah, and because I wasn't feeling too sore (as I usually don't until the next day), I decided to punish myself with an intense bike ride instead of a leisurely one. There were hills and turns and fast speeds. It was wonderful, but I'm definitely feeling all that exercise today. emoticon

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MICHARM 4/7/2010 9:34PM

    Great job in completing it and then going for a bike ride! You are a MACHINE!!!! Way to go! emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/7/2010 1:05PM

    That's the one of her set of 3 that I haven't done yet! I love the other 2, so I might have to pick up this one too.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/7/2010 12:52PM

    I think I'm going to have to pick up one of her DVDs and challenge myself to do it--sounds like a great workout.

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 4/7/2010 12:44PM

  I know, right? I just about DIED the other night when I did it.

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MEGANC1988 4/7/2010 12:31PM

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 4/7/2010 12:27PM

    That workout is crazy but so amazing! You do hurt in places you would never expect and you totally want to dye but after doing it only a few times, I noticed major improvements in my toning. I need to start doing it again. I have 3 of her DVD's plus a couple of the biggest loser one's. I like them all but I think this one is my fave.

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 4/7/2010 12:23PM

    I tried her 30 day Shred DVD a while back and loved it. This DVD I just bought and she also has a few more. I like her because she isn't the typical exercise DVD girl with a peppy voice and blonde hair and silly girly-ness. She's badass. She's tough and she just tells you to work because you're working to be stronger, tougher, sexier. I just love her more REAL encouragement over other exercise DVD types. I like how she refuses to accept excuses on Biggest Loser (and with any of her workout DVDs) and she tries to push everybody past the limits they both consciously and unconsciously set for themselves. I think everyone would do much better in fitness if they actually pushed themselves instead of backing down when it gets tough.

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You should definitely pick one up. Don't expect to be able to do everything on the DVD the first, second, maybe even third time around. Most likely you will have to rest, but as long as you push yourself, you will finish. And most importantly, get better, get stronger, and get healthier.

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HOLLYBEE110 4/7/2010 12:08PM

    Great job! Her workouts sound hard -- everyone who writes about her DVDs sounds exhausted afterward. Maybe I should grab one at the store...

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My Schedule, My Plan

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Starting work this week has been incredibly difficult....and already by the third day I'll be managing the place by myself (seems a silly choice by the manager, but whatever). This week, so far, I haven't gone to any Zumba class, nor have I strength trained (I haven't been to the gym AT ALL). This new schedule (which hopefully won't be the same next week - I'm working a lot more this week because of Easter) is really annoying and making it terribly difficult to find time to workout. I did Zumba at home once (using 5 of my class's songs/routines and doing it on my back porch). Doing Zumba at home is much less satisfying. I enjoy the class because there are people to laugh with, talk to, watch, etc. It's more social and it keeps me wanting to do it. Zumba is a Party! Zumba at home is lonely. But I will try to keep doing it and I'm going to try to make a new schedule for myself for going to the gym in the morning (which I don't really like to do because I'm an evening person). I should be going to Zumba on Friday night (only OFF day) and Saturday morning (before work).

Tentative Workout Schedule:

emoticonSun - Cardio before work.
emoticonMon - Cardio/ST before work.
emoticonTues - Cardio before work.
emoticonWed - Cardio/ST before work.
emoticonThurs - Cardio before work.
emoticonFri -Zumba @ 5:30-6:30pm. ST before/after Zumba.
emoticonSat - Zumba @ 10:00-11:00am.

Until I know what my more permanent schedule at work is going to be this is only temporary. I think it helps to write it out, though.

  
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JULIA75 11/27/2010 5:45PM

    Hi,
are you still using that plan? It's a pretty tough one, and most people will fall off for a few days now and then. (I know I do, again and again.) Don't let it get you down if it happens to you! Hope you're doing well.

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KELLIE881 4/1/2010 7:14AM

    You can do it! Your plan sounds awesome! Keep it up!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/31/2010 12:47PM

    Hang in there--just find ways to keep moving even at work. It's tough fitting in workouts when your work schedule isn't settled. Stay flexible and committed to keeping active, you will make it!

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NWFL59 3/31/2010 12:16PM

    Sounds like you have a plan and know how to work in your needs within your schedule demands. emoticon

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 3/31/2010 10:25AM

    Thanks, Labyrinth! I will try to make it work until it does.

SparkyRobert, I stand and walk all day at work, so I probably don't want to do that before or after work (unless I have a partner). But I will figure it out. I'll probably just try to get up earlier and head to the gym for an hour or so and give myself enough time to shower and cool down/relax before work.

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JBDIAS 3/31/2010 10:23AM

    Try walking also Good luck.

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SPARKYROBERT 3/31/2010 10:19AM

    It'll balance out. You could try to get a walk in if cardio is too much to fit in on any given day.

Hang in there!

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LABYRINTH 3/31/2010 10:16AM

    It's so hard to adjust your workout schedule to a new job. Perserve and it will happen... just have faith in yourself.

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A Body Cleanse that isn't crazy

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Women's Health Mag explains why detoxing by fasting or drinking a foul-tasting liquid is NOT the answer. Instead a sensible diet full of fruits, veggies, lean proteins, etc IS the answer. It even includes a sample diet that will cut out unnecessary sugars, saturated fats, etc.

www.womenshealthmag.com/nutri
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WONDERWONDERWHO 4/5/2010 8:19AM

    Have you tried this?

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NELLIEJO1 3/31/2010 1:37PM

  Thanks for this. It's very close to what I already do daily but it is nice to have someone else plan three days for me! I would also suggest switching their dinner and lunch so starches are digested earlier in the day.This has really been a booster for me.

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CAROLTTG 3/30/2010 10:41PM

    Thanks, I have been wanting to try a cleanse, but it just didn't seem healthy. I will check out this article!!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 3/30/2010 3:00PM

    I'll have to check out the magazine, looks like it has a lot to offer the healthy conscious:) Thanks for passing along the helpful info.

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DRAGONFLY519 3/30/2010 12:49PM

    Thanks for the info, I will check it out....

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SEATTLESIMS 3/30/2010 12:38PM

    thanks, I will check it out!

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MEGANC1988 3/30/2010 12:32PM

    Cool, thanks for sharing!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/30/2010 12:26PM

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MZLADY77 3/30/2010 12:23PM

    That is true! Fasting and detoxification is just temporary thing, and will gain weight back! Usually lots of veggies and fruits works. You can make smoothies with various of fruits and veggies combine together they are delicious!

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LEOLO_1 3/30/2010 12:19PM

    Great article... I always wondered about cleansing and fasting....

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ABETTERCHERYL 3/30/2010 12:17PM

    I was just reading that article last night because I had been thinking about doing a detox. After reading that, I'm quite sure I'm not going to do it.

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SPARKLYGIRL66 3/30/2010 12:15PM

    Good one..thanks for sharing that info with us!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 3/30/2010 12:13PM

    I just read an article about this also! It was in a natural health magazine and said the same thing! I will have to get the article for you to read. Great info! emoticon

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 3/30/2010 12:12PM

    PTCAKES: Well, because it really isn't a detox diet (as they are normally done). It's just sensible food choices. No extra sugars, saturated fats, etc. It's healthy foods that naturally have fewer calories in them. I suppose you could say it's a detox from BAD foods. :)



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ANNE7X7 3/30/2010 12:09PM

    Totally agree!! There is nothing like natural food for our bodies!!

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BRANDILYNNELIZ 3/30/2010 12:08PM

    Going to have to check out that link as well. Thank you for sharing. : )

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PTCAKES 3/30/2010 12:05PM

    Thanks for posting the link. I never thought much of the detox diets. But this one makes sense.

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I feel extremely lucky, extremely grateful, and a little bittersweet, too.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This quote by Wentworth Miller is precisely how I feel right now. I found out that a part time job opened up in a local deli in a grocery store. While the job is NOT the job I desire, it is a JOB. I will need money for grad school (coming up in August) and I currently need money for daily living. I feel like it's a wonderfully lucky thing that I was able to walk in, talk to three different people, and get hired on the spot (they even decided not to have any further interviews or so they said). (Although, I have known these people for a while, so they kinda know that I'll be a good worker.) But it is in a deli, where there are strict food safety rules and regulations to memorize and follow to a tee. I'll be wearing a hair net (I think I can rock that with a hat), I'll have a uniform (I had to buy khakis today after going to 4 different stores), and I'll have to greet customers and get their food items (like meats, cheeses, and such). I'm okay with most of this. I don't fancy being on my feet for 8 hours straight on most work days, but hey, I know plenty of people who do it, so maybe now I will be able to appreciate (and hate) it properly.

One of the problems I have with this new job (which I officially start on Sunday) is that my hours will be day to evening (around 11am-7pm - I'll be closing the deli!) and Zumba is during this time. I will miss at least 2 or perhaps 3 Zumba classes a week. Since there are only 4 a week, I'm kinda upset. I just got back to it after being sick. :( I just keep thinking to myself "Look at the bright side. You will be making money. This will be nice." This doesn't really suffice for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to Zumba.

Oh well, such is life. I wanted a job, so I should have expected it to be one that doesn't fit into my schedule. Then, in August (if I last that long...gosh, I hope I do), then I'll have to work around my grad school AND work schedules. That'll be fun. Nothing like real life slapping you in the face to wake you up from your trip down fantasy lane. (I say I live in fantasy lane because I currently live with my parents - moved back after college so that I could get a local job, make money, and then go to grad school - and they don't really make me pay any rent or utilities and I can pretty much do as I please. I suppose this will still be good for me, considering I can just save up money for grad school and have my own pocket money for minor expenses.) Ah, real life. Ready or not, here I come.

Wish me luck!


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NEWYORKORCHIDS 3/30/2010 12:10PM

  I'm with Cheryl - try the videos or Youtube. I *almost* couldn't read this blog because you mentioned my future husband (Wentworth Miller) and colors started swirling and music started playing and then we were running towards eachother in a field of wild flowers...

Anyway - I'm with you on - it *is* a job. And hey, my brother worked part-time in the deli...if he can do it, so can you (and I'm not just saying that to be nice...my brother is just about as dumb as you can get).

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ABETTERCHERYL 3/30/2010 11:44AM

    Good luck on the new job and I'd still try to do Zumba at home using the videos or Youtube. It won't be the same but it will all add up.

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ANG76H 3/27/2010 12:56PM

  There's also ZUMBA videos on YouTube! ;)

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SANTANDERE 3/26/2010 11:20PM

    As I was reading your blog, I was thinking of telling you to try the Zumba tapes at home. This way you can do them at your convenience. I know sometimes is not the same, but if you can get into doing it at home, it would solve the problem for now.

P.S.
I am giving you the advice that I am trying to give myself...
Let me know if it works for you?

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SPARKLYGIRL66 3/26/2010 12:35PM

    If I were you I would get some Zumba DVD's and workout when it will be convenient for you since you are gonna be busier. Well good luck with everything!!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/26/2010 8:00AM

    Just being on your feet for that long will be a great workout. Maybe you can find another Zumba class that meets at a different time?



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LAGREBE 3/26/2010 5:17AM

    Get a pedometer, it will make you feel good to see how much you walked. You can even track it on spark, or on walk across the US(http://exercise.lbl.gov/index.ht
ml) Maybe you can cross America by August and get paid for it! Good luck!

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ANNE7X7 3/25/2010 10:35PM

    Like you said, that is sort of bittersweet... but I am sure you will be able to figure something that works for you. Sometimes life just happens and you've got to deal with whatever comes your way! And I have no doubt you will find a way to make it all work!!

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 3/25/2010 10:33PM

    Thanks for all the support, guys. I'm pretty excited! Hopefully, I'll still be able to meet all of my fitness goals.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/25/2010 10:11PM

    Congratulations on the job! Maybe you could even work some Zumba moves in while you're on your feet there, while cleaning up and closing, etc. And don't forget to count the calories burned from being on your feet all day!

And making your own cash might just make you feel more empowered all around!

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MARYMAC45 3/25/2010 9:36PM

    So happy for you. You have to be happy to have any job. Good luck!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/25/2010 8:55PM

    emoticon on the new job, but it's too bad about the scheduling for Zumba. You will find ways to fit in activity and keep burning those calories, it will just have to be a different way--DVDs or something else.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/25/2010 8:36PM

    Standing is a great calorie burner! I know it won't be the same as the classes, but what about the Zumba DVD's for home? I have seen them online for around $40.00. Good luck with the new schedule! emoticon

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FITCHICK421 3/25/2010 7:12PM

  You will do great at your body and think of all that $ you will be saving up. You'll be burning some calories too while walking around and being on your feet all day. :)

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 3/25/2010 7:10PM

    Oh, trust me, the hair net is the least of my worries. I was told I look quite nice in one. emoticon emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 3/25/2010 7:08PM

    Congratulations on this chunk of good luck. You have so many things going on -- don't stop and think too hard. Just keep enjoying your good fortune and I bet more comes along. Oh and don't worry about the hair net, no big deal if you are getting paid to wear it at a decent job.
Keep up the good work,
Pam

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Being active is good for everybody - including the kidlets

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New SP article. I don't have kids, but I know many of you out there do. Get the whole family involved in fitness and healthy eating!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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DALOV4U 4/7/2010 12:55PM

    Thanks for reminding me. My son (5 yrs old) is very particular about his looks; he motivates to work out by demonstrating exercises he did in P.E class

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SPARKLYGIRL66 3/25/2010 11:54AM

    I couldn't agree more with that article. We need to encourage our kiddies to get more activity at school and at home. But, it is also our job to set an example by being more active ourselves. Thanks for sharing with us.

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HOLLYBEE110 3/24/2010 6:39PM

    I totally agree! I remember the years where I was academically succeeding the most were the years that I was also the most active!

Middle School was filled with hours of video games and years of bad grades.

Go figure!

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JTREMBATH 3/24/2010 1:34PM

    My Grandchildren love their sports, they are always somewhere involved with it.

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LISAALLGIER 3/24/2010 1:01PM

  My kids love walking with me, and my 7 year old loves to do my dvd workouts with me, he is so cute, he can also show me up sometimes, I wish I had as much energy as he does. That is a great article. thanks!

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DEGODDESS 3/24/2010 12:53PM

    I dont' have kids at home, but this is a good article. Thanks!

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