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JE Day 37 Chest Abs and Cardio~What am I doing here and where am I going?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well, I am still at it 37 days later. I am really liking this program. I never would have believed that I would like heavy lifting, but I do.
Today's workout was difficult. It seemed harder for me probably due to lack of sleep. You will never win trying to reason with a teenager,LOL! She kept me up late voicing her opinion, so to speak!
Anyway, as I sit at my desk and reflect on my workout today I realize that I am becoming stronger every day. When I first started lifting I thought 5 lbs was a lot. Now I am doing 13-15 lb dumbbells and not even thinking about it.
One of the most interesting things about this particular journey so far has been my husbands amazement at how much I am lifting. His comment the other day was. I noticed your dumbbells are about maxed out! Yes, my dumbbells are almost maxed out! I will have to buy more plates for them or get a new set.
As I was at Zumba for my cardio last night I couldn't help look at my reflection in the huge mirrors hanging on the walls. My muscles were clearly visible but I am not sure I was happy with what I saw. Did I see a 47 yr old who was in amazing shape or did I see a slightly overweight woman attempting something unachievable? What am I really trying to achieve anyway?
Well, for starters I am attempting to maintain a 70lb weight loss. Going up and down the scale with the same 5 lbs is difficult.
I am attempting to achieve a healthy body. I suffer from scoliosis in my right shoulder and have endured days of relentless pain from the constant muscle spasms. Lifting heavy had build up those muscles in such a way that I am not suffering any spasms at the moment. That is HUGE!
I gave myself permission to those these last few lbs I have been struggling with. I am excited to see where this all leads. I haven't seen much scale movement, but my pants are fitting really weird, in a good way. I have never had my pants fit like this. All baggy in the but but still fitting snuggly around the waiste. We shall see as we progress how this all pans out!
I am attempting to try new things. I put a lot of time and effort into researching body building before I decided to take the plunge. This program just fit. It has been a really great thing. I don't know if I will continue the program after the 12 weeks. I get bored easily. But I will continue lifting heavy. I am falling in love with it!
I am attempting to be a healthy role model for my girls. It is hard to find good role models for children but by eating healthy and exercising I can ensure I set a good example for them.
So, all in all I am really going down a path of trying to find balance. A happy medium. I am really attempting to be the fittest I can be and still lead a normal life.
I will never be a bodybuilder, but I will not go back to that overweight gal I was 5 years ago either.
Trying this 12 week transformation has been fun. I will continue to do it for the next six weeks. Where this takes me from there God only knows, but I am ready for the challenge.

Keep Sparking everyone!


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APMAC_D 9/27/2011 3:55PM

    WOW just WOW you are doing an amazing job and I am so happy you are seeing changes. Keep this up!!!!

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FLGIRL1234 9/27/2011 3:38PM

    Good for you for sticking with it. I know just how you feel with the back and forth with the same weight. It is very frustrating but as long as we keep moving forward then we are winners. By the way, your background picture on your Spark Page is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to go there like ummm right now!!!!! lol

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/27/2011 3:33PM

    Glad you are not suffering with the spasms since you started the program, that is awesome! I also like lifting heavy. Well you have been doing awesome & its great that your DH has noticed too.

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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

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...
Hope you like the links. I love the blog for jen-fits-playground and can't wait to get the gloves.

Keep Sparking!


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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!


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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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