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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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JE Day 22, Week 4. She's Got Legs and She Knows How to Use Them.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So today started off with JE Day 22, the beginning of week 4. Legs, my sadly lagging body part. I was not looking forward to this WO because I really screwed the pooch last week and went way to heavy and paid for it most of the week.
Today I am happy to report that is was a great WO. I actually went up a little on some of the weights from my last leg WO, where I had toned down quite a bit due to the disaster of last Tuesday, UGh!
so yesterday my DD turned 16. Needless to say we celebrated by eating out, a lot! LOL! She only turns 16 once, so we have a big party with her friends scheduled for the weekend. Yesterday I got her out of school a little early and we had lunch at The Olive Garden. I stuck with the lunch portion of the Venetian Apricot Chicken. I was pretty decent but lots of sauce. Should have asked for that on the side. I am sure it was full of unnecessary carbs.
I didn't plan to have an afternoon snack so I was starving by dinner time, which ended up being Thai Food. We had Po Tak, Pumpkin Curry, Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice, and Pad Thai noodles. Talk about carb loading, LOL!
Oh well, I also indulged in the candy bowl due to the no afternoon snack. Am I giving up, Hell no! I have put it behind me and am moving on. Started today out with a delicisous protein shake, my snacks and lunch are packed and with me for the rest of the day, so all should be smooth sailing.
Looking forward to tomorrows WO. I think it is back and biceps.
Oh, I almost forgot. I bought some power bands so I can get in more of a back WO. My Sparkbuddy KISS04BAM recommended them on her blog. They are from Amazon and they arrived in the mail yesterday. Can't wait to try them out.

Keep Sparking,


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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/13/2011 11:56AM

    Great job on the WO!! One day wont mess up your progress and you are jumping right back into the program (Good for you!) Have a good workout tomorrow. Let me know how the bands work out for ya. I will be using them for phase 2.

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JE LiveFit Day 18 Talk about a Lagging Body Part!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ok, today was Day 18 and it was lagging body part day. Talk about a lagging body part! Yes, legs ARE my lagging body part, apparently! My legs were still sore three days later after doing legs on Tuesday. I knew they might still be sore today because they were still sore last night. I decided to try doing them again today even with the soreness. I just took it really light. I figure some sort of a workout is better than none and I really want to stay on track.
Needless to say I did my leg workout but I went really light with most of the weights. I did not do the barbell walking lunges, I did dumbbell walking lunges and I ended up going really really light on the weights. I did have that shaky quivering when I was done so I know it did some good. We will see if it was enough. Hope I am not sore again tomorrow. Or do I? I think soreness means you are progressing.
For some strange reason today my upper back is really sore. Yesterday was chest and triceps. Once again, strange.
I was really bad on sticking to the plan yesterday. Today is payday so we were really short on protein and I was lazy in the cooking dinner so it ended up being heavy on the carbs and lower on the protein but I think that is ok every once in awhile. We had fresh tomato, basil whole wheat pasta for dinner with falafel for the protein.
This morning all we had was cereal and fat free milk so I had oatmeal with ff milk and I added the last bit of the protein powder I had as well. Hopefully I can get to the grocery store to stock up on supplies for the coming week.
If you are following this program how did it go for you? And if you aren't following the program how is your weight loss efforts going?

I hope you all have a very happy and production weekend!

Keep Sparking!


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SPONSKY120 9/10/2011 1:54PM

    hey! I totally feel you!! I am SO sore today!!! And I only used the barbell with very light weights as well! I think my form was suffering to! I just started week 3 and holy smokes I can tell she's beginning to up the intensity! I haven't noticed to much results, but I firmly believe that won't begin til phase two with more cardio to lean out. I hope so! Great job!

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LADYFOLDER 9/9/2011 9:34PM

    The Ability First race is coming up next Saturday. Will you be ready? Sounds like you're doing a lot of training...
Looking forward to seeing you.

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SUGARDAZE 9/9/2011 8:18PM

    I had the same problem with legs and they are my strong point.. I did the workout Tuesday and Im still sore today. I'm supposed to do them tomorrow and will do the same thing you did- same workout, but lighter on the weight. I do not want to risk being unable to sit, squat or bend for another week ;o)

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/9/2011 12:22PM

    Great job on the workout! Hope you dont have any soreness tomorrow. Im glad to get that workout over with. Program is going good for me.......thus far. I am just trying to change my meals/snacks every week so I dont get bored with the food.

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