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August Wrap Up- Challenge Results

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hola Sparkfriends!

I've been busting my butt this month as a part of the "Getting HOT in August" challenge sparkteam. Had some victories this month, and some losses. Let's see what you think...

August 1st Weight- 148 August 31st weight-141
Waist August 1st- 31" Waist August 31st- 30.5"
Hips August 1st- 37" Hips August 31st- 36"
Thigh August 1st- 21" Thigh August 31st- 20.5
Upper arm August 1st-11.5" Upper arm August 31st-11.5"

I haven't had a 7 lb loss in one month since my first month on Sparkpeople. Part of me doesn't really believe it. My measurements didn't change that much, but my husband says he sees a difference. Maybe it's true that you are always your own worst critic.

I had some other goals non-weight related. I DID drink more water MOST days. I didn't cut down on my soda though. It's my Achilles Heel. Some people drink coffee in the morning, I wake up to a Diet Coke.

On the other hand I was super active this month, i went on a lot of walks with my son, ran 3 times a week, almost finished 30 Day Shred. I also really rededicated myself to strength training. Before I was using 30 Day Shred as my sole ST and I really don't think that is enough. Now I do lower body ST on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and upper body on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with Sunday off.

One other thing that I'm trying out is Clean Eating. Not so much that I ONLY eat clean foods, but I eat a lot MORE clean foods. I spent like 40 dollars on fresh fruits and veggies the other day and have been making some amazing meals that even my husband will eat (usually he shies away from anything that's green) I was also pretty psyched when I remembered that Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain store is about a 10 minute drive from my house. Planning on going there this weekend and stocking up on some grains and bread mixes. Yummy!

If anyone has some suggestions for good clean eating ideas, let me know. I'd love to hear them!

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AMBERNICHOLE3 9/1/2011 3:57PM

    Thats awesome you rocked August!!!!

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2BEEFIT 9/1/2011 10:43AM

    way to go! You are doing a great job!

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NATESMOM1910 8/31/2011 3:42PM

    7 lbs in 30 days is awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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CBAILEYC 8/31/2011 1:57PM

    Sounds like August was an emoticon month for you! Way to get after it, girlie!
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One of My Main Goals

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I got married in Sep. 2007 to a wonderful man named Joel (yes, my name is Joelle, Joel and Joelle, I know, it's horrendous) For our anniversary two years ago we were planning on renewing our vows (i know it seems weird after 2 years, but we had our reasons) and I bought this dress. Then of course, life happened, he lost his job, we got evicted from our apartment...blah blah woof woof....we didn't have the money to renew our vows.

After this I got pregnant, and gained a lot of weight. Seeing as the dress was a little snug when I bought it I knew fitting into again was no easy task. That was when I joined Sparkpeople. Since then I've lost 26 pounds, which is awesome, but i'm still probably 15 pounds away from being able to fit in we finally have the money to renew our vows, but I refuse to buy a new dress! I better get a move on, because summer is almost over and I think it might be a little chilly to wear this one in the winter!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/4/2011 7:11PM

    Lovely dress!!

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CBAILEYC 8/28/2011 11:12AM

    It's lovely, and I'm sure you're going to look beautiful in it!
Here's to getting into that dress!

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VETTRANGER 8/25/2011 7:07PM

    Its a good goal. I just recently got to the point where I can fit into a few thousand dollars worth of suits and other dress clothes that I had "outgrown". Great feeling! You'll get there too.

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CAT609 8/25/2011 7:05PM

    The dress is beautiful! Keep working at it. You will do it.
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KATEMETCALF 8/25/2011 7:04PM

  It's a beautiful dress and I don't blame you for not buying another. It is great you have lost 26 pounds already. Congratulations. It is a good goal to have and you are getting closer.

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Productive Weekend!

Monday, August 22, 2011

This weekend was great! I feel like I got so much done, and got to enjoy the beautiful weather with my family. Let me just start off by saying that this was the first 90+ degree day for the Portland Metro area since last August, and WOW did it feel hot. I'm not used to it! Last night my husband and I even moved our mattress into the living room because that's where the air conditioner was (he was complaining that it was too hot to sleep)

Friday night I went on a big grocery shopping trip for the first time in over a month. There is nothing like having money and walking into Winco to spend it. The world was my oyster! I get really excited when I get to buy stuff, regardless of what it is. Bought some healthy foods for myself and my son, and some not so healthy ones (Oreos, Fudge Grahams, Twinkies) for my husband. I know your asking me, "why don't you just get healthy foods for everyone?" My answer is, he asked for the goodies in particular, I'm not just going to IGNORE that (although I want to) At least I cook healthy dinners for us all! emoticon

Saturday was record high heat of 96 degrees in Portland, however, here in Oregon City it said 98. whew! emoticon I met my friend and her daughter for a playdate with my son. So cute! That afternoon I baked two kinds of goodies: Vegan No-bake Protein Bars (thanks to Fit-Whit for the recipe) for me
, and some awesome Peanut Butter cookies for the hubby. Yummy!

Sunday my family and I went to the local high school track and I ran. I meant to run 3 miles, but we left kind of late and it was getting really hot. Then my son started to get fussy, so I just did 2 miles. Later I got a good upper body ST workout in while watching True Blood. Good times! All in all it was an awesome weekend.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

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CBAILEYC 8/22/2011 2:45PM

    I agree, great weekend! Wasn't that heat nutty? I know, we've been so lucky this weekend, I'm just not going to complain. We did, finally, turn on the a/c on Sunday. My sister lives south of Houston, TX, so she felt no pity for me at all LOL They're dealing with 100-105 for zillions of days in a row!

Way to go on the healthy shopping (my hubby does/gets the same kinds of things.. I -totally- understand!) and the snacks and your run!

Have a rockin' Sparkin' great week, lady!
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DIANAB-IN-OR 8/22/2011 1:47PM

    Sounds like a great weekend. It was really quite hot on Saturday! Now it's overcast and a little cool down here in the Willamette Valley!

Thanks for the idea on the Vegan No-Bake Protein Bars. I found the recipe and they look fab!

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Changing It Up

Monday, August 15, 2011

Since I joined Sparkpeople I've always read about the importance of changing up your workout routine so that your body doesn't get used to it, or as a way of plateau busting. I haven't really hit a plateau, but who wants to go through that frustration? I never thought I would stick with something long enough for my body to get used to it but I've been running the same route (with a few exceptions) for like 2 months now. It is 3 miles and it takes me about 33 minutes.

The point is that I want to change it up BEFORE hitting a plateau. I tried running 4 miles, and while I can do it, it's really difficult to even find an area around here that I can go 4 miles without ending up somewhere where I'm afraid I can't make it home. Nothing would be more embarrassing than calling my husband to pick me up because I ran too far and can't make it back. I'm also wondering, if I just add distance, is that really enough of a change? From what I've read, people suggest cycling (but I don't have a bike) or swimming (I can't afford to pay 3.50 each time I go to the pool) so I feel like I don't really have that many options. Also I LOVE RUNNING.

Here is my plan. Instead of worrying about finishing in a certain time, I'm going to add some sprints followed by some walking. I think that if I run a 3.5 mile loop while jogging for 2 minutes, sprinting for 30 seconds, then walking for 30 seconds until I'm finished it should be enough of a change. Thoughts? Comments?

I also decided that doing 30 DS is not enough ST so I am going to start doing Butt Bible (from Exercise TV) Level 1 for arms and level 1 for legs on days that I don't run. I think I've mentioned this before but never actually did it yet (Oops!)

Darn, i just read over this blog and it sounds like "me, me, me" I usually try to incorporate some motivation and inspiration for anyone reading...unfortunately this didn't really turn out that way... :(

Hopefully my extreme determination is motivating for someone out there. i've firmly come to believe that with the right amount of motivation you can accomplish anything, and if I didn't have my friends on Sparkpeople I would have quit a long time ago. So emoticon my friends, you have helped me succeed.

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/21/2011 4:23PM

    You ARE very motivating! It's inspiring to read about how you try new things and push yourself!

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But I don't think you have to worry about your blog being too selfish! Blogging is a form of self-reflection so I don't get the feeling that it's self absorbed. So, don't worry!

As for mixing it up....intervals are a great way to add challenge, burn more calories and keep your body guessing. Coach Nicole has great 10 min cardio videos that are free. The library also has fitness videos if you want to add something else to your routine. Netflix (if you have it) has a lot of streaming exercise videos.

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Keep up the great work, challenging yourself! I love your determination!

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CBAILEYC 8/16/2011 3:13PM

    Your idea to add in intervals is great! Intervals are a great way of changing up your usual routine and shocking your body just a bit by trying something new. I like it! For whatever that's worth... LOL
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NATESMOM1910 8/15/2011 9:12PM

    Have you checked out the videos on here by Coach Nicole? There's a ton of them. I use them for my strength training since there's such a variety. And you can add them right to your fitness tracker if you use it. As far as your running, I can't help ya there. But I definitely think you're on the right track with trying to keep your workouts fresh. emoticon

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I Hate Jillian, I Love Jillian

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lately I've been battling my love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels. While I was doing Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred, I was on a major "hating" phase. Level 2 has lots of planking...NOT my strong suit. It's hard on the arms! However, I persevered. Saturday I finally did day 10 of level 2, and yesterday I started level 3.

Now I'm LOVING Jillian. Level 3 (for me) is easier than level 2, and as much as I complained the whole time about level 2 being difficult (to my poor husband, bless his heart) I really see results. I've also realized that there is no shame in doing the easier moves. For instance, I can't do "jump lunges" unless, of course, I'm jump lunging my way to the hospital because I blew out my knee. Also, there are people that live under me, and for their sake as well as mine, i try not to jump too hard while doing things like that.

I am excited to finished 30 Day Shred so I can move onto something else for a while, but I might start it again in a month or two and see how much I've improved.

On a quick note, I finished my c25k training last week so now I'm just running for the hell of it. It feels weird not to be following a schedule or trying to run a particular amount of time. I ran my regular 3 mile loop yesterday, thinking of changing it up tomorrow and going somewhere new. It's also embarrassing to run by the same people house 3 times within 30 minutes. They're going to make a drinking game out of my running habits pretty soon...

Have a great week, y'all! emoticon

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NCREMEENS 8/11/2011 11:08AM

    I did one session of JM Yoga Meltdown - I couldn't handle any more. I thought yoga was supposed to be relaxing - she went balls to the wall! I was so sore for the next two days that I couldn't hardly sit down - it hurt to do it and I couldn't stand back up easily.She's crazy - but a great workout. I may try it again. I also did a session of 6 week 6 pack - whew!

Congrats on finishing C25k - I'm going to have to backtrack when I restart next week (the weather is finally cooling down!) You are an inspiration!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/10/2011 12:46PM

    Funny title!

Sounds like your fitness level is increasing if the exercises are getting easier!

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I have never done a Jillian Michaels video. You're making me want to try it! emoticon

Great job on continuing your running even though your training is over. Did you already complete the race? Have you signed up for a real or virtual 5k?

That's great! Keep up the great work!

Planks are so hard but they are so good and you are getting strong and fit!

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BETTIERAN 8/10/2011 12:18PM

  I am torn on Jillian so far! On the one hand, it is a damn good workout, but on the other, I REALLY dislike having someone bully me into working harder than my body is okay with, and I have horrible guilt problems when I don't make it through the set. I think I work better with a cheerleader rather than a drill sergeant.

(Also, jumping jacks are awfully high impact on my low back, I don't care what she says. :( )

Go you for finishing c25k! I used to wind my way through the neighborhood and would still find myself passing the same houses every day. Eventually I just expanded my acceptable area of running, even though it meant crossing a busy street.

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