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JE LiveFit Day 30 Chest and Abs~ Exhausted

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today was Chest and abs. I am completely exhausted! I think it is because I did not sleep well last night. I had to modify some of the WO to do it at home so for the cable crunches I did a weighted crunch. I could have done a decline crunch on the bench with resistance bands but I opted for the weighted crunch. I used 5 lb weights and I was pretty tired when I finished this workout. I didn't get in my cardio but that is ok. Yesterday I ended up walking a little under three miles during the course of the day and I went running last night with my husband and daughter. I did about a mile and a half and then they were ready to go home.
I sort of messed up my week. I should have been doing legs today so I could skip cardio and then tomorrow run again but legs are on the schedule so I will have to either skip legs and do cardio or stick to the schedule for this week. I think I may skip legs and do cardio and then do legs again at the end of the week since it is my lagging body part and I am going to skip that exercise to get back into a better routine. Sunday will be my rest day and then I can get back to a normal routine fo six days on and one day off.
Nutrition wise I am doing ok except for those stinking tootsie rolls in the candy bowl at work and then I had a meeting last night and they had cookies. I was starving so I ended up eating one. It was way too sweet and didn't even taste that great. That is what happens when you don't consume sugar on a daily basis,LOL!
Tonight is parent teacher conference and then rest. Hopefully I can get to bed at a decent hr. Sleep is so important!

Keep Sparking eveyone! and good luck if you are doing LiveFit!


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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/21/2011 12:40PM

    Well great job on the workout. Sunday is my rest day too. I went to bed a half hour earlier than normal, and it seemed to help.. so I think I will stick to that schedule. Get some rest before tomorrow. I was soooo exhausted from Chest/Abs workout too which I do not get, because it seemed simple enough...Have a good day!

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JE Phase 2 Day 1 Back and Cardio

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Yay, it is the start of Phase 2 and so far so good. I was not prepared at all for today's workout so it took a little longer than expected. I am going to go running with my daughter this evening so that will be my cardio. I did Zumba last night for the first time in about 4 weeks. It felt great to get back to cardio.
I miscalculated that there would be a full six days of workouts so instead of starting yesterday morning ( which I should have done) I will have to cut out a day to catch up. I will be cutting out my lagging body part and taking my normal rest day on Sunday. For me it is usually just an active rest day because we are very active. I will no doubt get in a nice long dog walk with my family that day. I was looking at the nutrition for this phase and it looks like no carbs after midafternoon. No carbs with dinner. We are on a budget and I am struggling to get in enough protein as it is. When we are between grocery shopping days I tend to lean more towards low cost alternative such as beans and rice, LOL! We had lentils for dinner last night and although beans are a great source of fiber and protien they are also higher on the carbs. I really don't like the thought of having protein shakes for all of my snacks so I am trying to mix it up. I accidentally made a huge batch of barley on my prep day. I thought it was brown rice but when I opened up the rice cooker, it was barley. I have been trying to come up with something to do with it. I made a barley, cucumber and tomato salad with it and that is my midmorning snack today. I threw in about 2/3 cup of edemame to up the protein. Hope it keeps me full until lunchtime.
What do you do when you are low on groceries?
I did take my measurements the other day and haven't had a chance to post them. Here are my results (going from memory since they aren't in front of me, I left them at home).
Starting measurements...

Chest 37 1/2
Neck 13
Chest 37 1/2
under chest 31 1/2
arms L 11 1/2 R 11 1/2
waist at bb 33
hips at belt line 38
hips eight inches lower than belly button 39
upper thigh L 23 R 22 1/2
lower thigh L 20 R 20

Neck 13 1/2
Chest 36 1/2
under chest 31 1/2
arms L 11 1/4 R 11 1/4
waist at bb 32 1/2
hips at belt line 38 ( oops skipped this one!)
hips eight inches lower than belly button 37
upper thigh L 22 3/4 R 22
lower thigh L 20 R 20

So overall a little change. I can definately see a difference in my upper body. My Zumba instructor pointed out my arms yesterday, so at least they are noticable to someone else too!

I need to be better about not cheating on my nutrition but this has always been an area that I struggle. I don't expect perfection from myself but I do need to not be so tempted by the candy bowl at work, especially after lunch!!

I have always been a little afraid of heavy lifting because I just didn't want to look like a body builder. I think I can safely say that you can have defined muscle tone and still look feminine and good.
I hope everyone doing the challenge is loving it like I am.

Keep Sparking!


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KERLESS 9/20/2011 1:05PM

    emoticon Woohoo for someone noticing your muscles! Sounds like you're doing a great job! I'm nervous about cutting out those dinner carbs. I've got another couple of weeks before having to do that though. I say, if you're working on a budget, you're working on a budget. Just do what you can. We have been buying our protein in bulk from Costco. You can find good prices for chicken, fish, and turkey. Keep up the great work!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/20/2011 12:39PM

    Congrats on the inches lost! Great job on the workout. I jusually opt for fat free cottage cheese w/fruit on those low grocery days, beans are great! Even though we are not supposed to have carbs after afternoon, I will still have a small portion with dinner (none after 7pm though). Have a good day!

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JE Day 25 LiveFit Legs again

Friday, September 16, 2011

I am a little sore form yesterdays Chest and Triceps and I can't really feel my pec tear so hopefully it was a strain and not a tear. Shoulders and Abs tomorrow. Hope I can get through it.
Today was lagging body part day again. My legs are my lagging body part so I am right on track with Jamie's program.
I am really liking the legs WO. I love that quivery feeling when I am done.
I didn't think my biceps got much of a WO the other day but I can really feel them today. I feel really weak just typing this, Ugh! It may be from the barbell I was using. That did workout my shoulders today. A little added benefit, I guess, LOL!
I hope you all have a stupendous weekend. I am really looking forward to it!

Keep Sparking,


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SISTERSPARKLE 9/16/2011 1:55PM

    Good work! I think legs will be my lagging body part too, when I get to that week. I certainly had the hardest time with the legs workout this week, if that is any indicator.

Have a great weekend!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/16/2011 1:29PM

    Great job with the workout! Phase 1 is almost done. One more workout. I think I will start phase 2 on Sunday since Saturday will be my rest day. Glad your pec muscle is not painful anymore, hopefully it was just a strain. Have a great weekend!

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SISTERSPARKLE 9/16/2011 1:25PM

    Good work! I think legs will be my lagging body part too, when I get to that week. I certainly had the hardest time with the legs workout this week, if that is any indicator.

Have a great weekend!

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JE Day 24 Chest and Triceps, Note to Self~Must warm up first!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today was JE Day 24 Chest and Triceps. I must remember to warm up. I don't know why I think I am invincible and warming up is not necessary. I started off with a bang and did fine with my push ups. I was pretty dang proud of myself doing them on my toes and all but when I went to do the incline DB Flys I felt some pain. Not like a soreness but like I had ripped something. I did not feel it before this, I did not feel the muscle rip as I was exercising but in my haste to completed my WO I must have inadvertently ripped my minor pec muscle on the right side. Needless to say the rest of my chest WO did not go as planned.
When I got to the triceps my left back muscle, not sure which one, but it is a minor one, started screaming at me to, Just on the tricep kickbacks.GRRRH! I had to go from doing 20 lbs on the right side to 6 lbs on the left. So Very Fustrated!
I am glad this week is about over.
Oh yeah, another note to self. Do not measure AFTER you workout. You will not see the results you are looking for due to muscle swelling from the WO. Duh!
So after a disappointing WO today and a fail on the measuring I can only look up from hear.
Nutrition wise I think I am on track. Must try to avoid the candy dish after lunch. This seems to be my biggest weakness right now. I always crave chocolate after lunch. I think it has something to do with stress but the only thing available is the candy bowl. I need to stay away from that thing!
I have had a couple of recent friend adds. Thanks guys! CANOOCHIE and MCKERI. Can't wait to see your results as we progress through this challenge.
Anyone who is thinking about doing this program, it is a challenge but in a good way. It sure does mix things up and I am really liking the definition in my arms right now. I can't wait to start Phase 2 so the fat can start melting off my trouble areas and I can see the muscle definition in my legs.

Keep Sparking and LiveFit!


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SISTERSPARKLE 9/15/2011 4:13PM

    Oh, I hope you feel better soon! I've been checking out your spark page and you have come such a long way! Way to go! I'm also a Utahn. I live in South Jordan, so not too far from you. I added you as a spark friend so we can cheer each other on!

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SISTERSPARKLE 9/15/2011 4:07PM

    Oh, I hope you feel better soon! I've been checking out your spark page and you have come such a long way! Way to go! I'm also a Utahn. I live in South Jordan, so not too far from you. I added you as a spark friend so we can cheer each other on!

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CARLA-216 9/15/2011 3:15PM

    I hope your pec feels better soon. You better warm them muscles up before putting them to work!

Sending you good thoughts to keep away from the candy bowl!

PS: I'm thinking about doing this program when I get home from my trip.

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KKINNEA 9/15/2011 2:59PM

    I hadn't even thought about warming up - duh! Good thing I'm only on day 9!

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IAMSHE-RA 9/15/2011 2:22PM

    Me too!! I always make that mistake. Although when I ripped a muscle in my shoulder not too long ago and I WAS fully warmed up. You never know, but yes we should make it a point to warm up. I hope you are feeling better soon! You are doing great!

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FIT-WHIT 9/15/2011 2:15PM

    Ooooh yes, warmup is sooo important! I always jog about 3-5 minutes before any ST workout, and then try to do some active arm stretches (like windmills, swinging arms across the body, etc).

I hope your pecs feel better soon!! I did that same WO this morning and it's a toughy. All those chest flies really suck.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/15/2011 11:01AM

    Well that is a bummer about your pec muscle. Hopefully it is not too bad. I also dont warm up ALL the time, and just jump right into it. I will from now on. You are doing great though.

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JE Day 23 Back and Biceps

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I am proud to say that I can actually walk today after completing yesterdays legs workout. I am a little sore, but in a good way.
Lots of technicalities this morning lead me to be in a bit of a rush to finish my morning workout but I got 'er done!
I used the new power bands I bought off of Amazon for the upper back lat pulldowns. I attached the band to a rafter in my basement. It gave me the mobility I was looking for but I was a little disappointed with the intensity of the actual exercise. I had to use a few different bands to find the one I wanted. I ended up using the green. The red did not seem intense enough. I will have to update you on how I feel tomorrow. That is the only real way I can tell how effective they were. I did not feel quiver after completing my reps and I actually added a few to make sure I "felt" it.
I did really well on the rest of the WO and my biceps are still on fire 4 hrs later, so I will most likely be sore tomorrow,LOL! But in a good way!
I am ready to add back in the cardio. It has been so hard since I stopped doing the cardio. I hope I am up to it because I hardly have time to finish the WO now. I will most likely have to split it up and do cardio later in the day.
Right now the cardio plan is to do my ST WO in the am and then to get in a run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays with Monday being Zumba and Wednesday being some other form of cardio. Wednesday's Zumba class has been moved to 6:30 and I can't make it.
I don't like the way my pants are feeling even though my husband says I 'look fine'. and my MIL mentioned I looked toned and healthy when I saw her last month.
I just am trying so desparately to keep within my weight range and get back down to a weight I feel comfortable in. I refuse to weigh in until we are into the cardio version of this program.
Well, that's it for today Spark friends. I'll check in with you all tomorrow!

Keep Sparking!


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CANOOCHIE 9/15/2011 6:47AM

    hello sweet;)
I totally understand your thoughts on the pants not feeling good.

Mine arent small just not as loose as i would like being 2 weeks into a diet...

On the flip side though i have always been so scared od st instead always opting for cardio cardio and more cardio!!

I love the way it feels and i always shrink. The thing is though I always seem to gain it all back later!!
I think the inches - weight will come off soon. We our on a journey to getting fit for life, no more of this yo yo crap!!

If all else fails and we stick to this for the 3 months and it doesnt shrink us sufficiantly then atleast we will have tighter booties lol


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KERLESS 9/14/2011 7:41PM

    I came across your blog on the team site, I'm gonna add you as a buddy, let's cheer each other on! Sounds like you're doing GREAT! I'm missin' cardio too! Hope you have a happy and healthy Thursday! -Keri

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SISTERSPARKLE 9/14/2011 3:39PM

    Thanks for the idea for the resistance bands for the lat pulldown! I do my workouts at home too, and don't have a lat machine. But I do have a chin-up/pull-up bar. And I can't even do one. I wasn't sure what I was going to do. But now I have the answer! Thanks!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/14/2011 2:31PM

    Great job on the workout! Maybe you can use two or more bands to get the resistance you need? Not sure. I know what you mean about time when working out. I will have no choice but to do it all in one session unfortunately,(have too many people in my house and no room to myself in the a.m.). I may have to eat at home (dinner) on the cardio days so I can do everything that I need to. Will see. Have a great day. You are doing awesome on the program!

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