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3rd week in...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Well, tomorrow begins the 3rd week of my program. I did the pyramid upper body today & abs. I am gradually & cautiously increasing my weight so that I don't over do it... and it is getting progressively more difficult.. doable, but difficult. I realize that this is the nature of lifting weights, getting beyond your "comfort zone" in order to progress.

I have found that to get beyond my "comfort zone", I have to really focus, and concentrate on the muscle being worked and not the "effort" I am putting into the movement, if I want to get through the reps/sets.
Tomorrow is cardio day; I am looking forward to that... I don't know what workout I will do yet, but it will be something fun...
Parting Thoughts....

"The outcome of any effort is measured by the effort that was made to accomplish it... so challenge yourself and give it your all.. you'll see results sooner than you think"...

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CLASSYLADYMAY 3/17/2008 4:28PM

    Hey Girl! you are doing great!!! its the same thing i am doing but been at this longer than you.. lifting werights will so help you with losing weight , i know we love to rush thru it and do something else but you got the right way.. taking time and doing it right!! Keep going i am so proud of you!!!! hugss Geri.. thnaks foir being a good friend too

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/17/2008 12:22AM

    Congrats on another great day and getting to your 3rd week mark. Good luck on your cardio. I am so proud that you have stucking to it and working hard. Have a great St Pattys day and don't forget to wear your greeen!!

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Can you say,

Saturday, March 15, 2008

My, my, my.... I love TJ, but tonight I was s-o-o glad when that video was over. I haven't been getting enough rest, so I was tired before I even did the video. However, with that said, I can at least say that I've completed week 2 of my "Body for Life 6 day rotation, alternating days of weights and cardio; day... so tomorrow is my "free day". and I get to eat whatever I want to eat, in moderation... I have earned it!!! I am looking forward to having lunch with my son.
I am going to Whole Foods to buy some broccoli rabe. kale and some other fresh veggies!...the vegetable arrangement looks like a work of art it's so pretty. I shop at 4 different stores, so tomorrow morning will definitely be a busy one! I will try to remember to wear my pedometer..

If there comes a time, and there will, when you are working out and feel so challenged that you just want to quit, just remember that the results you achieve through all of that "hard work", will last far longer then your workouts.. FOCUS... You'll see, it will be worth it.....

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RENA1965 3/16/2008 11:52PM

    Hi Jazzid,
Keep up the fighting spirit! I also loved the last part of your entry and thankyou for adding me as a friend. Your welcome to e-mail if you need a pep talk or a ear to listen to your problems
cheers Rena

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/15/2008 7:59PM

    Great parting thoughts you are soooo awesome!! Keep fighting the fight!!!

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MRS_TOAD 3/15/2008 4:51AM

    I love your parting thoughts. Can I quote them on my Spark page? Keep up the good work and try to get some rest today. :) You are an inspiration!

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Step interval today

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today is cardio and I did Gin Millers' Intense Moves Step workout... It is an interval workout that last approximately 45 minutes. The workout goes like this:

2 minutes steady state aerobic interval
1 minute high intensity, anaerobic interval {similar to the HIIT principle}

Then you recover at intervals performed at your steady state, or lower intensity. This effort interval + Recovery Interval = One Cycle.. Gin leads you through a total of 10 cycles.

This workout is tough, but fun; and her music is in-sync with the intervals, making the moves easier, at least "mentally".. and although the workout is hard, it goes pretty quick...

Now I am completely worn out and ready to go to bed, but I can't for another 2 hours...
I have been trying to get enough meals in for each day, because my workouts use so much energy. If I don't eat enough I am going to burn out...I want to eat around 1400 to 1500 calories a day....so I'm thinking breakfast will have to be at least 300 calories and each snack, should be @ least, 250 calories X's 2; lunch should be 300-350 and dinner 300 and 1 more snack for 250 calories (1400 calories); or, I could make it easy and each meal could be around 250 calories each X's 6 meals.. (approx.: 1500)
I will end with a few words that have given me that "extra push", when I am contemplating if I should exericise:

"JUST DO IT".... Works every time!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/13/2008 1:03AM

    Glad to see you are jazzing it up!!! Keep up the great work and have fun!

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Lower body day....

Sunday, March 09, 2008

This morning I did my lower body using Cathes' Pyramid Lower Body workout; I explained this routine in one of my earlier blogs. Today, however, I upped the weights to:

Lightest: 8.0 lbs
Moderate: 11.5 lbs
Heaviest: 14.0 lbs

It was challenging, but not too bad, I may even have to add more weight to some of the routines next time to really exhaust my muscles towards the end of the workout...
Well, again it's mommie time; my son is with his dad... so I am going to look at some movies and fix some meals for next week..

"Don't let your sub-conscious thoughts derail your goals"....
Visualizing your goals, as in "seeing yourself" actually accomplishing your goal is a powerful tool to use. Because we are constantly sending out and receiving messages (negative & positive), it is important to focus on what it is you "really" want to accomplish, and reaffirm what these goals are by thinking, "positive thoughts" about them. Negative thinking unwittingly, allows the negative to happen, because it takes "energy" away from what you are trying to do.. For instance, when you say/think, "I can't lose these last 10 pounds", note that your sub-conscious thoughts are not based on "enthusiasm or motivation" and in fact, this "negative thought", and the energy it takes to think negatively, is hindering you from using "enough positive energy" to accomplish your goal... Instead, try saying to yourself, "I "WILL" lose these 10 pounds, and I "WILL" put as much energy into losing them as I need to".....

Practice saying whatever your affirmation is, everyday, while visualizing your goal(s) or the end result(s), and keeping your thoughts positive... In doing so, eventually, you will reach your goal!

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    Thanks for sharing this with us!! How true that negativity feeds inactivity! Your motivation drops to zero when you're focusing on the negatives all the time! Have a great, positive, productive day!!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/10/2008 11:25PM

    Thanks for the great blog!! It is so true that we think more negative thoughts. Thanks for getting me back on track on what I WANT AND WHAT I CAN DO!!! Hugs to you ang good luck!!

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MRS_TOAD 3/10/2008 12:48PM

    I WILL lose the weight. We WILL lose the weight and tone our muscles.
We all WILL together


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It's Friday and I had a Turbo Jam Party!!!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

My Turbo Jam package finally arrived. I opened it at work and could not wait to get home to try it out. The package contained 5 workouts and 1 bonus workout, for a total of 6; weighted gloves; a tape measure and a manual, with cards that you can detach from the book and refer to as needed. There are 11 moves in the Turbo Jam routine and they are all based on the basic Turbo Tuck, which essentially has you fully engaging or keeping your "core" or "abs" as tight as possible in a standing position. Even the instruction part of the video increased my heartrate.

After I learned the moves, it transitioned into a 10 minute routine using all the moves... From there I did the 20 minute workout, then on to the ab workout. The ab routine is 20 minutes, 10 minutes doing standing abs and 10 minutes on the floor.. I did the standing routine and about 2 or 3 minutes of the floor routine; the floor routine is advanced in my opinion, however, they did have 2 instructors doing modifications of each exercise.

This routine is a lot of fun, and challenging as well. I consider myself an intermediate/advanced exerciser and my heart rate stayed elevated throughtout this whole routine; and these routines were for beginners! I had to slow down from time to time to get my hr to within my training range! I will be doing more of her videos, and the best part of it, is that I have a lot of room to grow with her, because I haven't mastered the moves yet , this will take awhile; and even then, I can put as much or as little energy into the moves as I want to, depending on how strong and energetic I feel that day... What makes it really challenging is the fact that you also have to concentrate on holding your "core" in the Turbo Tuck position while doing the moves... this is not an easy thing to do, but I can see how it would really tone your abs. I burned 414 calories in 40 minutes!!!

I love this workout and Chalene's energy and enthusiam! I won't get bored with it any time soon!

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LASVEGASLES 3/9/2008 3:00PM

    I did Chalene's Turbo Jam workouts for months until my knees started bothering me really badly!

Just pay special attention to how you are positioning yourself and lean back on your heels to keep any weight off of your knees.

Everyone that I know that has used the Turbo Jam workout has great results, but the same knee probs.

Good luck with it mamacita!


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    That is so great that you've found something that will keep you motivated to work out, and that you have room to grow with! Good for you! Keep it up!!

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MRS_TOAD 3/8/2008 12:58PM

    I'm so glad it exceeded your expectations! Exercising needs to remain fresh... never boring. Let us know what your second workout is like! :)

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/8/2008 10:55AM

    Wow sounds like you had alot of fun. Which is the most important part of keeping your exersizing going. I will have to check it out though. Keep up the great job and enthusiasm!!

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