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Turbo Jam ~ Day 1

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Okay - So I have jumped on the Turbo Jam bandwagon and am going to give it a try. I popped it in the first time last night. I am happy to report that unlike years ago when I "tried" tai-bo (by sitting onthe couch eating popcorn telling myself I was 'learning the moves') I got right up and did it. Boy, let me tell you that peppy little blonde had me out of breath in 10 minutes. Whoa!!! If I keep this up I will be a freakin goddess. I will come back and write as I progress.

Hopeful and optimistic.... emoticon

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KCHELED 3/2/2010 2:20PM

    good luck with it! i love turbo jam, and it's helped me branch out into more kickboxing type of workouts, like Les Mills BodyCombat. stay positive and motivated, and the music and moves will make it even more fun! emoticon

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Time to Get Serious

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I have renewed motivation and am serious about getting serious! I have made a few changes to try and hep me along the way.

- I have posted my (dreaded) measurements. Not so much because I think you all are just DYING to know - but to hold myself accountable - if I put them up publicly, what could be more accountable than that? I will measure myself every 4 weeks.

- I have posted (gasp!) pictures. Ewwwww. If that's not enough to motivate me, I'm not sure what is.... I will be updating with progress pics every 4-6 weeks.

- I have renewed my commitment to eat healthy foods, not just low-cal foods.

I have revamped my workout schedule in the following ways: 1) I will wake up early every morning (6 days a week) to do at least 30 minutes of cardio (was formerly doing it in the evening after my son went to bed.) 2) I will do strength training every night (6 days a week) and focus on different areas of the body to allow myself to heal. 3) I will do at least 3 core exercises after every strength training session. 4) I will continue to run on the weekends, training for my fist 5K in August.

So, I will see how this goes for 8 weeks. If I am not getting the results I feel I should be getting, I may look to a more structured program like ChaLEAN or Body or Life. We''ll see.

Here goes.... emoticon


Give me a freakin' BREAK already!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Okay. So I have been WORKING MY BEHIND OFF!! I have been sticking to my guidelines and eating well (with the odd meal out here and there) for the past 2 MONTHS, and my weight just fluxuates 1-2 pounds up and down. I am trying to keep in mind that this is a life change and to keep me healthy and all of that - but it is extremely hard to not see any results with the ferocity I have been keeping at this. It's hard to see people that joined after me just zip on past me. I know that everyone is different, but it's not like I am just sitting around WAITING for the weight to come off! Truthfully, I cried this morning after I weighed myself. I trained for a my upcoming 5K with the ferocity of a marine in boot camp all weekend and NOTHING! I have been good with my meals all week and NOTHING! Getting in my strength training until my thighs feel as if they are on fire and NOTHING!!! Since many feel that there is a technical aspect of this that cannot be denied - I have listed my "stats' below. Can someone please help me figure out what I could be doing differently?

Starting weight: 198 on Jan 13, 2009
Current weight: 186 on Apr 27, 2009

Daily caloric guidelines: 1,300-1,700

Cardio: 30 min 5x week
Strength: 30 min 4x week


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  I range my calories on high and low days. That's the only way I can get the scale to budge.
3 days a week I eat on the higher end of my calorie range and I have noticed a difference after 3 weeks.
good luck!

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    I know I'm WAY late with this comment . . . BUT!

Make sure you're eating enough!!!!! I do this ALL the time. I really get going . . . and I really want to make a big impact and my calories slowly go down and my weight stops going down!

Do you enter all your food and fitness in the trackers? Does your tracker say "you've gone over your calories burned by a significant amount"? Every time you up your cardio/strength training . . you need to up your calories as well. :) Sounds counter-productive . . but it's not. Make sure you're getting all your nutrients in . . (protein, carbs, fats (yep even those!)) because the correct balance of STUFF is what's going to help you turn on that metabolism and melt that fat away. :)

Also . . . if you've been training . . your body is going to become very efficient at what you do. When I started working out, one session with my trainer (60 minutes) would burn 2000 calories. :) Now? I'm lucky if I burn 600 calories. We work HARDER and do more . . but my body is much more efficient . . . so I need to switch things up more on my own and try new things to throw my body off!

so try things like sprint interval training, or hill training, or try a new cardio machine you've never tried before. How about a kick boxing class or things like that? :) You'll get it goin again!

Keep after it!!!!!!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/2/2009 10:27AM

    Hey, I am so sorry it's been so frustrating for you... When I started, I lost and gained the same 2 pounds for a month....

1) Are you drinking water? 1/2 your weight in oz?
2) Taking a multivitamin?
3) Taking measurements?
4) Giving yourself one rest day a week?
5) How long has it been since you've changed up your exercise routine?
6) Do you use the nutrition tracker every day?

Don't give up!!! If you keep on keeping at it, the weight WILL come off!! How do you feel? Are you feeling the benefits of a healthier lifestyle?

We're all here for you!


ps. welcome to the c25k team!

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SUNNYONE68 4/28/2009 12:36AM

    I'm sorry you are feeling so frustrated and I hope that the other posters are right in that you have seen some non-scale victories!

I'm curious about your working out? How often do you change up what you do? Do you track EVERYTHING on the nutrition tracker? I'd love to be able to help you ~ I hit plateaus where I waiver within a few pounds (I'm in one now!!) and it can really get to you.

Good Luck

~ Shaun

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WYOWILDDEE 4/27/2009 12:27PM

    You've lost 12 lbs. Good for you! I am proud of you for that! That is about a pound a week which is not bad at all. Maybe lower your top end calories for a week and see what that does for you but I bet you have seen many non-scale victories. Don't get frustrated... keep keepin' on, eventually, YOU will win!

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BAREADER 4/27/2009 10:47AM

    Oh, don't give up! You've lost 12 lbs., that's not nothing! Like Lillytame said, what about your measurements? I have hit plateaus also and they are not fun. But you are doing something, you are getting healthier and stronger. I know you want to be able to "see" the results of your hard work, but there are plenty of things going on in your body you just can't see. Try not to depend on the scale so much. I have really had to make myself stay off the scale AND stay away from the measuring tape except for once a week, they were becoming a problem for me.

Just don't give up, there are lots of places on here to find advice and many who are willing to support you.


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LILLYTAME 4/27/2009 10:41AM

    What about inches? Have you seen any results there? How do your clothes fit? Because with all the work that you are doing, maybe you are gaining muscle.

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Did somebody say 5K??

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sooooooooo... all this fitness stuff must really be rubbing off on me, because I cannot believe I am about to type to the world that I AM RUNNING A 5K! Yup - signed up for it today - no turning back now. It used to be that I would only consider running, say... if a very large animal were chasing me, but now I am actually looking forward to doing this. Geez, I hope I don't look like too much of a loser if my time is not that great. I went out this past weekend to 'train' for the first time (race is on May 30) and I ran 3 miles at 11 minutes per mile. I'm told by my runner boss that is not half bad. I have no idea if she is right or just trying to boost my confidence. In any event, I hope to get out at least once or twice a week to train. It's hard because it's dark when I get home, but I'll try and sneak it in on the weekends. Boy, I'll tell you - I can go forever on the elliptical but get me outside on the pavement and I feel like I have never worked out a day in my life! Fingers crossed that will get better. Well, wish me luck!


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FITOBSESSED 5/1/2009 12:21PM

    It is funny really-ever since I started running outside I realized I have a harder time on the treadmill. I guess I don't want to push myself that much. Once I ran out side and my sister has this GPS heart monitor watch. She let me borrow it when I did my run. I only ran two miles that day, but you plug it into the computer and it gives you a whole chart on where you ran-what the elevation was how fast you went. It is amazing-expensive, but non the less amazing. I found out I ran 10 minute miles. Which is funny because on the treadmill I do between 11 and 12 minute miles. I guess I am just not pushing it enough when I do run on the treadmill. That is why I prefer the outdoors-it is my natural pace.

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NEWONE2 4/15/2009 1:01AM

  That IS good! 3 miles at 11 min/mile...dude, I've been "training" since February trying to get up to pace like that and I still can't run the whole thing (close though, I only walked 2 minutes of the 5K last time I did it). So you are doing AWESOME! I'm excited for you that you're going to do a 5K race, and I totally know what you mean about only running if animals were chasing you, because I used to be the same way and now I feel like running is NECESSARY for my well-being. So good luck with it - you have lots of time to train and improve your time even more! emoticon

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OZZYSMOM+3 4/14/2009 5:47PM

  You go girl !!! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 4/14/2009 5:18PM

    Wahoo! I was the same way you were - I NEVER thought I'd enjoy running, but now I can't wait to get outside and train! Good luck!


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Holy Chit! I did it!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Oh yea, baby. I lost 10 lbs! Whoo Hooo. Hear that? Yes, that's me tooting my own darn horn. I am so loving it that when I got dressed this morning my pants were loose. Yay! No more looking like a sausage stuck in a casing (did someone say sausage? mmmmm)!!

I am so proud of myself. February was tough with it being my birthday month and more than a couple special occassions where I decided to cram as much food as possible down my gullet, and two times being sick and not being able to work out for several day-long stretches. And you know what? At the end of the day on the 27th (see previous blog) I DID cave and eat those damn cookies. So don't go thinking I am all that strict with myself. I am just happy that I am still moving forward - albeight slower than I had hoped. I guess I can't expect to step out of the shower one morning looking like Jennifer Aniston now, can I? (An interesting, unrelated side note: do you know that a magazine recently polled 1,000 women if they woudl rather have a miilion dollars or Jennifer Aniston's body, and almost 90% said they woudl take the body! And men think we are all about money, ha!)

I guess I had better get back to work, but thanks for reading and have a great day!

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FLUSTERED 3/17/2009 1:53PM

    I am so proud of you! But I've been telling you that. Haven't logged in for a while but loved reading this. See ya later. Love, Mom

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SPARKROZ 3/3/2009 1:15PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!!! You rock!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!

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WYOWILDDEE 3/3/2009 12:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHooray for you!!! 10 pounds is great! Keep up the awesome work! And it's okay about the cookies, they were for the celebration! emoticon emoticon

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KRYSTLELEE 3/3/2009 11:45AM

    That is Awesome! Keep up the great work!

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