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JE Day 31 and 32 a Bye and Biceps

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today was supposed to be Legs but I skipped ahead so I could get back on plan after messing up at the beginning of the week. So I actually did Day 32, week 5 Biceps/Triceps and abs. It was a killer workout and I do not know if I would do chest and biceps back to back again. My biceps are sufficiently exhausted and my abs really felt the workout today. I skipped the jack knifes due to time and ab failure. I am really feeling the abs after yesterday. My cardio today will be a late afternoon job. I am super busy with parent teacher conference and running kids to appointments but I will squeese it in somehow.
On nutrition I am really struggling with the carbs. This program is killing me with no carbs later in the day. My biggest weakness. I am not sure how to do this when I am doing cardio later. I feel like I need those carbs to fuel my WO. I do have a great green smoothie I like to have right before I run which give me plenty of energy so I will try and just fo with that and then not be tempted with the carbs.
I really like this program. My shoulders and arms are coming together really well. Lots of definition. My lagging lower body is doing ok. Today I put on a sports bra that has been a little tight and it fit like a glove! I was really amazed at how well it seemed to fit so there is some progress. Now to get my hips, glutes, and thighs to work the program too!
My hands have been getting eaten alive by all of the heavy lifting so I am purchasing some lifting glove. I found this great pair on this website. Here is the link www.femmefitalefitness.com/

I am getting the black and pink gloves. If you go to this gals facebook page she will post a coupon code for 10% off, I think...
jen-fits-playground.com/?p=1151
Hope you like the links. I love the blog for jen-fits-playground and can't wait to get the gloves.

Keep Sparking!

Paige www.femmefitalefitness.com/ jen-fits-playground.com/?p=1151

  
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TRISH2007 9/22/2011 3:37PM

    I couldn't survive without my gloves. You'll love them!

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OFFDREA 9/22/2011 2:22PM

    lifting gloves are a must!!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/22/2011 1:48PM

    emoticon on the workout!!! Enjoy the gloves. I like the pink & black color combo!

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IAMSHE-RA 9/22/2011 1:45PM

    I've been looking for new gloves! Thanks for the links!

You're doing great Paige! Diet is always the hardest for me. Running around doing errands and taking son to drum lessons, guitar lessons, friends houses, it takes a lot of time. Last night we ended up at Wendy's at 7:30pm. So not on program, but I figure my kids meal cheeseburger, fries and a diet coke was worth not fainting. LOL!!

You keep up the good work!

emoticon Libbie

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SMILEYBEE 9/22/2011 11:52AM

    Wow ... WTG!

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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!

Paige

  
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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!

Paige

  
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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,

Paige

  
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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!

Paige




  
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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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