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~ Day 25 ~

Thursday, January 28, 2010

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Love this workout!... emoticon

Stats:

Time: 45:19
Calories:311
HR: 135/165 % of Fat burned: 36%
In zone: 31 minutes

165 = 99%
135 = 81%

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I did this workout on my reformer... This was a great lower body workout ... very challenging, it will take time to master these moves.

This workout was: 30 minutes long...

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I love...



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~ Dee ~


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BILL60 1/28/2010 8:36AM

    Good work!! Let's keep it up and maintain a focused attitude. You rock!!

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IMFIT4ME 1/28/2010 2:36AM

   
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~ Understanding Weight Loss Plateaus ~

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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... do you sometimes feel like this picture?... me too... maybe this article will help emoticon

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Obstacles to Strength, Endurance and Weight Loss

By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide

Updated January 24, 2005

Almost everyone reaches a weight loss plateau at some point in their fitness lives. The reason is that the human body works hard to keep energy intake and output in balance. In other words, your body does not like to lose weight (not a revelation, huh?). After your initial weight loss, your progress will slow down and eventually stop even though your exercise and food intake is consistent. The bottom line is that the very efforts you make to burn more calories may eventually slow it down.

Problem 1. Lowering your calories too much
Fact: It takes calories to burn calories. When you decrease your food intake, your body simply lowers its metabolic rate in response. This still allows the body to function properly, but ultimately your body requires fewer calories which creates hunger and prevents you from losing fat.

Solution:
Keep your calories slightly below your maintenance calories so that your energy and metabolism remain high. A deficit greater than 500-700 calories makes it much more difficult to maintain your lean body mass. To determine your approximate daily caloric needs, use this formula:

Men
kg (body weight) x 24 = kcal/day

Women
kg (body weight) x 23 = kcal/day

note: kg = pounds divided by 2.2 (i.e.: 180 lbs / 2.2 = 81.8 kg)

You can also calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate to determine how many calories you need to function, and then use a calorie calculator to add in calories you burn through out the day and with exercise.

Problem 2. Loss of lean body mass
Fact: Muscle burns fat and losing muscle means burning fewer calories. Lean body mass uses five times the calories as fat mass so, if you lose it, your metabolism drops and your weight loss stops.

Solution:
Make sure your exercise program is combined with a fully nourished body. You can accomplish this with a diet that creates a safe calorie deficit along with some type of multivitamin to help with any nutrient deficiencies.

Problem 3. Weight loss
What? But you thought that's what you wanted! However, what you may have forgotten is that when you weigh less, it takes less calories to move your body. A loss of any amount of weight will lead to a reduced energy requirement.

Solution:
Make sure you start (or continue) a weight training program to help increase lean body mass, which can help compensate for the loss of calories.

Problem 4. The 'Adaptation' Phase Ends
When you start a new exercise program, your body responds because it is required to make numerous changes to adjust to different workloads. So, your muscles are rebuilding themselves and this consumes all kinds of calories. But, at some point your body will stop adapting to the new workload and, as a result, you burn less calories for the same activities.

Solution:
Don't let your body get used to the exercise. Maintain your body's adaptation period by changing the intensity, duration, frequency and/or the mode of exercise and include interval training if necessary.

Problem 5: Exercise Efficiency
The more you do something, the better you get at it. As your body becomes better at performing your exercises, it can actually use fewer calories during the exercise. Think of it this way: trained athletes often use fewer calories than untrained athletes with similar body types and workouts. So, if this describes where you are, consider yourself a trained athlete and read on!

Solution:
The solution to this is the same as for Problem 4; don't get used to the exercise. Concentrate on more dramatic changes such as trying brand new activities. For example, if you use the treadmill for two weeks, switch to something different like the rowing machine or the bike. Don't forget to make changes in your weight training routine as well!

Problem 6: Over-training
Just like not eating enough can lower the amount calories you burn, so can over-training. When you exercise too much, there is a point of diminishing returns when an increase in exercise energy expenditure is negated by an equal decrease in non-exercise energy expenditure. In other words, when you increase your exercise intensity, your body responds by decreasing the amount of calories you burn during the rest of your day.

Solution:
Take time to recover. If you reach exercise burnout, this is a great time to take a break for a few days, or try something gentle like yoga or a stretching routine. After you've rested, get back to exercise but lighten up your original routine and increase your intensity only as necessary.

7. Enhanced Physical Condition
As you get into better shape, your body is more efficient and it costs fewer calories to operate. Improved health means a lower resting metabolic rate and fewer calories are burned during normal daily activities. Part of this is because your cardio-pulmonary system is more efficient now and you have a lower resting heart rate.

Solution:
Congratulations! You're officially in shape and healthy. Focus on that and feel good about yourself. Concentrate on changing your routine as described in Solution 5.

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BERKLEYGIRL 1/28/2010 12:12PM

    Great info, thanks. I haven't hit it yet after 6 weeks but I am living in fear of hitting the dreaded plateau. I literally can't sleep for worrying about it. Hopefully when it happens I'll remember this!

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CLAIRESML 1/27/2010 2:49PM

    Thanks for posting this article.... I have been plateaued at down 20 for three weeks now; very frustrating. Enlightening info. emoticon

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NANNER2121 1/27/2010 2:30PM

    Guilty of #1 AND #6
(yes I know better and I'm working on it)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/27/2010 2:14PM

    Great article!!

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~ Day 24 ~

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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I really love this workout... Right now, since my Achilles tendons are bothering me, I skipped all of the jumping and high impact stuff... What I really like is that she included a heavy bag workout... I tried it tonight. emoticon and it was so much fun. You know Cathe, she has a knack for syncing her workouts to music and this one is no exception. If you've done her Kick, Punch and Crunch workout then you know what I mean!

I don't have a heavy bag, but I improvised... I did some of the work just like I would do any boxing/kickboxing workout minus the bag... but I have tall radiators in my home and I got 2 large pillows and put them on top of the radiator so that when she did the punching bag drills, I just punched the pillows... sounds lame I know, but it worked.... emoticon... She uses "pink" 12 ounce gloves so that adds more intensity to the workout... Next time I think that I will use the 12 ounce weighted gloves I got from my 10 Minute Kickboxing Solution workout...

emoticon shout out to Sue aka MELTNSUE, "I wish you would consider trying out this workout, I really think that you would love it"... and it is very challenging.... I have both of Cathe's MMA workouts, but by far, I like the Boxing one better than the kickboxing one.

... anyway, here are my stats:

Time: 66 minutes
Calories: 461
HR: 134/174 - 154 = 98% / 134 = 80%
In my zone (... between: 110 -150) = 45:35
Fat burned: 36%

... from my Polar F6 (... I love this HR monitor emoticon)
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...so ends another day... I am feeling great.. Dinner was simple, but good; I fixed oven fried catfish for dinner and 1 cup of green
beans... emoticon

See ya tomorrow emoticon ~ Dee ~

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/27/2010 1:13PM

    Love dinner!! I don't know if I could handle the workout though. LOL.

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MARVELOUS50S 1/26/2010 11:15PM

    Great workout.

Char

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~ Day 23 ~

Monday, January 25, 2010

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NOMORELIMITS 1/25/2010 9:59PM

    yes Lord!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/25/2010 9:56PM

    We all need it. Wonderful rest.

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~ Pilates accessories/tools to tighten your core, and my wish list ~

Monday, January 25, 2010

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Many of us are concerned about our abs/core and are continually trying to find safe and effective ways to firm and condition it. Pilate exercises have always been noted as being a very effective method for conditioning the core on the mat and on the Pilates reformer.

Since I have started doing Pilates I have heard about other Pilates equipment/tools that can be used to enhance the Pilates experience. One such piece of equipment that I have always been fascinated with is the Step Barrel. This unique piece of equipment is used for core and lower body work, however, this is a pretty high end piece of equipment and is expensive.

Here is an example of a professional Step Barrel:



... and a clip of how you use it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyGRxSh6Juo&
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... this particular model cost: $450.00, however, I found a cheaper alternative

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... this is called the "Pilates Arc"... and it cost: $159.00



... check out what exercises can be done on this one:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba7jFgo_N3g&
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...here is a description of the Pilates Arc:

Why do top-level athletes like Natalie Coughlin love the Pilates Arc™? Because it’s a versatile, lightweight, low-cost Step Barrel for Pilates that is perfect for professionals or home users!

Designed for personal training or group exercise programs, the Pilates Arc features a patent-pending asymmetrical shape…

Three durable, lightweight exercise tools in one:

* A classic Spine Corrector. You’ll appreciate the improved comfort and ergonomics - a gentler curve on the barrel and a more rounded step.

* An Exercise Arc. With a gentle curve on one side and a steeper curve on the other, its asymmetrical shape is extremely versatile for different uses and body types.

* A Wedge for your Balanced Body Reformer. Slide it onto the shoulder rests, and use it to provide back support and stability for a variety of strength and mobility challenges.

Comes with free instruction booklet and 23-minute workout DVD, a $39.95 value.

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~ Dee ~

  
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SMILES4383 2/24/2010 3:49PM

    I SO HAVE the half-barrel. Love, Love, Love it.
and the reformer
and the circle
and the pole (not the box)
and the malibu chair
and the mat
and about a gazillion workout videos/dvd's
and we won't even mention the books.
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We ARE on the same page.
Good minds .....

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NOMORELIMITS 1/31/2010 12:19PM

    I love new workout toys!

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MRS_TOAD 1/27/2010 11:52AM

    This is now on my wish list. Let me know when you get it, if I haven't already notified you! emoticon

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NANNER2121 1/26/2010 9:58PM

    Oh no, I'm soon going to run out of room in my basement with all these items. Guess I'll have to choose which one I "need" the most - you post waaaay tooooo many to choose from, but don't stop. The information you provide is excellent and most welcome.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonplus my aerobic step, balance board, pilates mat, dvds, books, workout flash cards and tapes!

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MADAMEAJA 1/26/2010 9:40PM

    Cool. I may have to splurge on a pilates arc too!

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FIRESTARINFINI 1/26/2010 8:58PM

    Man oh man. I love toys. My next goal is to get a Bosu. It's good for balance (I have a terrible sense of balance). But for Pilates I want a magic circle! Looks like this arc is good for the teaser though. Looks like it's good for plank too!

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