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Dollar Store DVD review and Christmas gifts

Thursday, December 30, 2010

As I woke up to freezing cold temperatures and several inches of snow, I realized my outdoor running was going to have to be put on hold again for awhile. So I went for a workout dvd.

My daughter picked up a workout DVD for me for Christmas at the dollar store,lol! It was .88 Tuesday so she got quite a deal!!

Anyway, I decided to give it a try. For only .88 cents if I do it once and never again its really not a loss! Well, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The dvd is called 30 minute express Below the Belt. It was a good lower body workout incorporating squats, lunges, crunches, inner thighs and butt.
I found the presentation pretty good. It wasn't really polished. It was more like following along with an instructor in a gym class and the people who were participating in the dvd were not perfect. They were regular joes ( but I liked that). One thing I really liked about the dvd was that everyone worked out at their own level. She had lots of modifications to follow and I did work up a sweat.
The things I did not like in the workout were that for me, after doing P90X last week, this wasn't really very challenging, It was a great beginning to intermediate workout. After 30 mins I wanted a little more.
I didn't have a plan after the 30 mins so I left it at that and decided to give one of my Christmas presents a try. My Altus stability ball.
I had to inflate the ball and it took me 20 mins to get it all set up. The dvd that was included will not work in my dvd player so I will have to find a good stability ball workout. Maybe I will start with Coach Nicole.
One other nifty little thing I got was a Heart Rate Monitor. The New Balance HRT fit +. I am really liking it so far but I have to fiddle with it some more to figure out the calorie burning function and to get the heart rate monitor to work while I am working out. It has a lot of great features. It has a heart rate monitor, a pedometer, a chronology counter, time, date, age, pace setting function. I am sure there are more but I haven't had time to fully immerse myself in it yet. I am still trying to figure out the calorie counter and how to set the heart rate function while I workout. It doesn't help that I forgot to wear it the last two times I worked out. I am really looking forward to figuring it out and utilizing it in my fitness routines.
On another note I wanted to share that before I started P90X I took some measurements. I forgot to remeasure on Sunday but I did it last night and everything was the same except my arms. They measured .5 inches smaller to 11.5 inches. That may be wrong but I will remeasure again on Sunday.
This week wasn't the best workout week for me. I really killed it last week with the P90X and this week has been a little off with all the days off and the wacky schedule. I hope next week is better. It better be since we are off to a new year.
I plan on taking my measurements every week ( hopefully at the same time and date). I am not really looking at the scale so much as I am building muscle and toning and losing inches. That is one of my New Years resolutions.
I hope the New Year finds you all continuing to strive to reach your goals, no matter what they may be.
Keep Sparking, Paige

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KIRSTENRPH 12/31/2010 5:02PM

    Hey Paige!
Interesting blog !
I love finding a good fitness bargain!! (my favorite is a 30 min resistance band DVD workout with adjustable bands--for $15 at Walmart (or wasa it Target?) I also got some fairly cute "Zumba" shoes at Walmart (Look a little like the official ones, and VERY comfortable)--on sale for $5!!
Tell me, WHAT is P90X that everyone talks about?? Is it a DVD workout??
Also--do you have any good suggestions for a stability ball workout? I've had the ball for several years but don't really do anything with it (except roll around and play--hahahaha!!)

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CARLA-216 12/30/2010 2:49PM

    Awesome fitness goodies for Christmas!

How are you liking P90X?

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NANCYRUBIO 12/30/2010 12:01PM

    Great informative blog. Keep up doing what you are doing. Like the measurement better than the scale Glad you realize muscle weights more.
Slowest Loser Team

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This is the Best Winter Workout Ever!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snow shoveling. I got a cardio workout in and I used every muscle in my body ( I can feel it). I did it for 45 mins this morning and am scheduling another workout this evening. Can't get better than that. And the best part? Totally Free! Wahoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENRPH 12/31/2010 4:55PM

    Hahahaha!! Love your positive attitude!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/23/2010 7:22PM

    Yup. That is definitely hard core.

Personally, I like when the sun melts it for me.


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CHOESCH 12/21/2010 5:51PM

    This is some heavy snow too! Way to go! I did the BL Power Sculpt this morning - but I have been tempted by the piles of snacks and goodies here are work. About every hour we get another treat from someone. I gave in and ate 3 chocolate covered cinnamon bears (YUM)! I can't even justify it! LOL! Maybe I'd better do some shoveling tonight! How many inches of snow did you guys get? We had about 6 when I left my house this morning. I will be glad when the holiday is finally here! Hope you are ready!

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LINDA! 12/21/2010 4:32PM

    Yes, shoveling is a tough workout!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/21/2010 3:06PM

    Way to go! I love shovelling snow for an extra workout.

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CARLA-216 12/21/2010 1:58PM

    Shoveling snow is a workout and a half! While I love to workout, I'm glad snow shoveling is not something we have to do a lot of here. emoticon

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THEATERCHICK18 12/21/2010 1:09PM

    fun! Wish I could shovel the snow but we live in a townhouse area but its not snowing here yet either... come on winter weather!! hehe.

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TDLEE9674 12/21/2010 12:34PM

    Shoveling is a great workout

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 12/21/2010 12:30PM

    That is hilarious because I now have to shovel my snow and my uncle told me it was a good cardio workout. So true. I totally forgot how much work it really is!

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K10BETH 12/21/2010 12:18PM

    Definitely a wonderful workout! I did it plenty when I lived up north. I'd rather run when it's still 68 today in December. Shovel sunshine emoticon

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KLONG8 12/21/2010 12:17PM

    Well, that's the best take on shoveling snow out there. It does burn those calories! Dress warm!

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Count Your Blessings and a Plea to see your doctor

Friday, December 17, 2010

Last night my daughter was in our church Christmas Pageant. It is always a rendition of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" It warms the heart to see your kids really get the reason for the season.
After the pageant was over we enjoyed a Happy Birthday Jesus cake and some Christmas goodies. As we congregated, one of my friends came over and reminded me of a dear lady who was suffering.
We had found out on Sunday that a dear member of our congregation had brain cancer as a result of her breast cancer she had had several years ago. She had been unable to stand or walk and they finally found 20 lesions in her brain. This in itself is a sad and sorrowful outcome but that is not the worst of it. This dear, dear lady has a heart as big as all outdoors. You see, she is a foster mother. A few years ago she was awarded Foster Mother of the Year for our state. She has adopted 8 foster children, making her the mother of 10. Her two oldest children are hers by birth but the other 8 were children of her heart. The youngest is 2 or 3. She is a very special lady and now her prognosis is terminable. They gave her 4 months.
So as I sit here this morning grateful that I have good health I ask you to go see your doctor. I am also grateful that I have good health insurance. My dear friends diagnosis has been alarming to say the least. As woman we tend to put our own health on the back burner and say I'll get to it. Please, Please, please. If you have been having any kind of symptoms or if you haven't been in for your annual checkup, schedule one now. If you haven't taken the time to do your mammogram or pap test please call your local health department. If you don't have insurance they can give you vouchers for free screenings. I have been losing inches in height recently so I have made an appointment to see my doctor to determine if I have osteoporosis, which is hereditary.
Strength training I here is one of the best ways to battle this so I am grateful I have been doing this as well as the other exercises to keep me strong and vital.
I value my time on Spark with you all and hope you take the time to value yourselves.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

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DAWNO64 12/17/2010 5:04PM

    What a wonderful woman, to love so many children.

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CHOESCH 12/17/2010 3:36PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend - it sounds like she is an amazing woman who has touched many hearts and saved many lives. I will pray that she is comforted at this time and that her children will rally around each other and be there to take care of the little ones. We just never know what life is going to throw at us. Your advice is sage...we truly do need to take the time to take care of ourselves. I appreciate you and your willingness to share your heart with us. Thanks so much for being my spark friend!
I wish for you an amazing holiday!

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LILY_SPARK 12/17/2010 1:20PM

    I'm sorry to hear that she is having to go through pain and treatments again.

As you said, it's a wonderful thing when people can be treated like humans and have the health coverage we all deserve.

I enjoyed that kind of care greatly when I lived in Europe in my early 20s. As my health care is whittled away more and more, I surely don't get to the doctor, dentist or eye doctor as often as I should. I don't have the $200 to see the dentist (it has now been over 2 years) for the full xrays, cleaning checkup. When I got to the eye doctor this year, it was just because I really couldn't see out my old prescription anymore! I used all my $2k emergency fund with my 2 injuries (for medical copays) and am living paycheck to paycheck. If anything else happens, I'll be at the mercy of welfare.

So, yes. Thankfulness for health and coverage for those who have it is something to remember.

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SCS9261 12/17/2010 12:19PM

    We often forget to take care of ourselves as women because we are so busy taking care of others.

I am keeping your friend, her family, and you in my prayers.


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It's Bread and Jam Day

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My work team has a tradition at Christmas time. We provide a somewhat healthy breakfast for our department. It is called Bread and Jam day! We all pitch in and purchase yummy bread from the local bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company. All of the ingredients are listed on the label and there are no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.

The department favorite is the Cinnamon Burst loaf. It is already gone! We also bought Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread ( the most decadent loaf and my personal weekness but I only had a small piece!), White Bread, Light Cracked Wheat Bread, Dakota Bread ( a bread full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds) and High Fiber Bread. I think I will have a piece of that with my two hard boiled eggs for lunch, nummers!

We also bring in our favorite topping such as peanut butter, apple butter, homemade jam, etc.
It is a great way to say "we appreciate you" and I personally feel good about giving something healthy and not a bunch of empty calories and sweets.
This is one of my favorite holiday time work traditions. What about you? Do you have any holiday traditions at your work?
Keep Sparking, Paige

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CARLA-216 12/16/2010 2:28PM

    What a neat (and yummy) tradition!

We have a bakery here that makes Dakota bread and I wonder if it's the same/similar. It's really good!

No special holiday traditions at my current office...

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I am a convert to eating more protein and my thoughts on RACHEL_MAC's Progress Pic challenge

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ok, so for a while now I have been stuck at 150 lbs. I would like to get back down to 146 but the scale isnt cooperating. I have upped my ST to about 40 mins almost every day and my cardio to three to four times a week. I have tried to get in more protein. I am averaging this week about 100 grams a day. My cal range is 1200-1500. I have noticed on my nutrition tracker that I am at about the top of my range but I have been sooo hungry!! Argh!
This might explain why I haven't lost any weight. I have noticed a lot of inches lost though. Funny, huh? My clothes fit so much better right now. My pants fit like they did when I weighed 146. As a matter of fact, my skinny jeans were loose. I think this is a victory in itself.

Have you seen the RACHEL_MAC Progress Pick Challenge? I have been following the people who are participating and I am amazed at how well everyone is doing. What an inspiration. If it wasn't for my cottage cheese thighs and stretch marks I would be tempted to post pics too!! LOL.
I did challenge myself to a running skirt challenge a few months ago. You can find that blog here...

I have been taking pictures ( not weekly, more like monthly) and if I get a chance I will post the picc. NO, I WILL POST THE PICS! NO EXCUSES! So stay tuned. I'll get em up there!! My husband took the last set and we compared them side by side and you could see some improvement. I haven't taken the next set yet, but I am determined to do it. I may not be brave enough to join RACHEL_MAC'S challenge but I am brave enough to finish my own challenge.
What about you? have you seen the challenge? Have you been inspired to join or has it inspired you in any way? Just the progress alone of eveyone was very inspirational to me. Here are a few pictures of me in the running skirt after I ran a 5K! Keep Sparking friends! Paige

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/16/2010 11:24AM

    Yup, I definitely get more hungry if I am rocking ST hard. But it always pays off. I do have to nail that protein or I just feel out of whack. 100 grams a day - that is way impressive. Good for you!

I love the Rachel Mac-ers - those folks are really demonstrating the spirit of this battle. Reading their blogs and seeing their progress is very inspirational. I love reading about what other folks are doing here to keep that fire in their belly burning.

Congrats to on loose skinny jeans! I can't think of a better Christmas present.


Go gorgeous.

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CHOESCH 12/14/2010 5:54PM

    I too have found that eating more protein helps stave off the hunger pangs and gives added energy. I have been eating hard boiled eggs for my morning snack along with 5 seed bread toasted. It is amazing how long I can go before I feel hungry again. It has especially worked for the holidays - there is so much junk everywhere at work and home that I could find myself snacking constantly! I have adjusted my training to an every other day schedule - run one day - ST the next. It is amazing how good I feel. I'm so proud of you! You have accomplished some amazing things and you are still going strong! Thanks for your great inspiration!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/9/2010 11:08PM

    You should totally join the Rachel_Mac team! Take a look at my blog as to my week one pictures went. I don't put my face in the pictures as its too personal for me. I was totally scared but it's an amazing tool to see how everyone's body transforms. It's totally personal and hard to swallow your pride but once you do it everyone's positive comments helps you to view your own body in a different way. Thanks for commenting on my blog by the way! The hair curling technique works! I'm lazy so anything simple makes me happy.

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LILY_SPARK 12/9/2010 1:03PM

    Protein *is* super-important, especially if ST.

For *me* and everybody might be different, the BIG change happened when I stopped that low wt/ high rep program for high wt, low rep. You have to be smart, though, and take your rest days, make sure joint pain is NEVER an issue, etc (cos as you well know, I broke myself in 2 places and still can't do the program that works best for me, although I can now do some things).

I'd rather have lower body fat and toss the scale out the window!

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