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August program: JM, are you kidding me?

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Yes, my August is about more active time, less couch time.
I logged 475 activity minutes this week.

I'm now 7 days into JM's 30 Day Shred, currently at Level 1. Since I had time today and I was curious, I decided to do a Level 2 workout after I was finished with my Level 1. OMG, it really does get harder!

I do like what I see. This workout disk will not render itself useless after the 30 days are up. It can be taken up a notch by adding intensity to the moves and by increasing the dumbbell weight.

Onward.

  
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DAWNO64 8/11/2010 2:19PM

    I'm too scared to try the Shred - I love Jillian when she's kicking OTHER people's butts!

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ISHIIGIRL 8/11/2010 12:19PM

    I love 30 day shred. I interchange it with other dvd's to keep it fresh. I've been doing it over a year and its still relevant to my st and goals.

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GRACEFULIFE 8/9/2010 12:01AM

    I've considered doing her 30 day slimdown plan. I guess I might if I ever get utterly bored with whatever other workout choices I have. It's good to hear the thing might be challenging, or at least able to be made challenging.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/8/2010 11:48AM

    Onward & Forward. I know you got what it takes and emoticon



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BREWMASTERBILL 8/8/2010 11:24AM

    A funny, when I used to run 5 days a week, I'd pass by tons of ladies walking and talking on their cell phones. I was going to get a shirt made that said "If you can talk on the phone while you're doing it, it's not exercise". But I thought maybe that wasn't the best way to be neighborly emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/8/2010 7:36AM

    Sah-weet! I love to hear that you're getting your butt kicked. Stick with it and you'll be kicking JM's butt. emoticon

If it's not kicking your butt, it's not working.

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FITKAT2010 8/8/2010 6:30AM

    You are a very brave woman!

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KNITTABLES 8/7/2010 11:26PM

    Good luck and I know you will get it done. Congrats on your workouts.

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CARTOONB 8/7/2010 11:06PM

    I've done JM's 30 day shred and you will be (pleasantly?) surprised with Level 3. A friend borrowed my DVD, returned it two months later with the comment "Jillian does not play nice and I do not want to play with her anymore!" LOL!

Enjoy!

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August program: Can't quite seem to get it straight

Friday, August 06, 2010

First off - note to self: Never eat cookies right before a cardio workout. Really not a good idea (even if they're organic oatmeal raisin).

Okay, now that I've got that off my chest, back to the task at hand.

I'm quite puzzled as to why my whole world seems to be upside down this month. Maybe I'm trying to accomplish too much all at once.

My work situation has been quite stressful since I got back from my vacation. Nobody really had time to properly work my desk and many things got half-done or remained undone. Consequently, for the past two weeks I've been scrambling, trying to dig out.

In order to give a better picture, I'll also mention that life with my teenager has been and continues to be quite trying, which definitely contributes to my high stress level at this time.

On top of it I decided to make these huge changes concerning my commute and also my food.

While all this might not pose a problem for some, it turns out to be a problem for me at this time. I seem to have reached my limit.

So back to the drawing board.
Work and my customers must come first. Doing a great job here pays my bills and this point is non negotiable.

I also do not want to change my new commute. It is different, it puts me out of my comfort zone, and it is here to stay.

Since one of my goals this month is to reduce my inactive time (namely sitting and couch time), I will keep doing the JM 30 Day Shred plus I will do my cardio power tae class twice a week.

So this month the focus clearly is on moving more (and getting my stress level down).

That leaves food.
I did quite well during my 50 Day Challenge when I tracked calories daily. Seems like working so hard at eliminating all the artificial stuff plus getting all those fruits and veggies in every day puts me over the top.

Okay, I'm going back to tracking calories every day. Of course I'll avoid the junk, and if I fall short on vitamins and nutrients I'll take a multi. That's it. End of story.

Maybe once my new activity routine becomes a bit more familiar I can take another crack at this.

Since weight loss is probably about 90% eating and 10% exercise, I'm not sure if losing weight should really be my priority this month. I know I know, I need a plan, I need to specify... but guess what, I'm not perfect and right now I can't.

Here I'll insert this quote:
"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.Ē
Ė Burrhus Frederic Skinner

So, I'll be maintaining this month (keeping it around 128), I will move and I will tone. (And I'll survive!)
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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 8/11/2010 10:43PM

    Good luck with scaling back your stress, that's so important. Focusing on maintaining your weight this month is fine. It's hard enough just to do that, gaining weight back is remarkably quick and easy and hard not to do! So relax, you are doing great!

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/6/2010 6:56AM

    128? Unless you're like 4'10, I gotta think that's close to a goal weight. So ya, stress about your weight is about the last thing you need where you're at. I think if I were in your shoes, I'd do the same thing, even if I had lots of weight to lose. The minute you're feeling overwhelmed, scaling back until you're not overwhelmed is a fine idea. Pretty soon your incremental changes will be second nature and taking on more won't be a huge deal, as you said. Baby steps. I think it's admirable that you haven't chucked the whole plan out the window.

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FITKAT2010 8/6/2010 6:10AM

    Just a thought to consider: How much of what you are going through right now fact vs experiential? Don't answer that just yet. Just keep it in your mind.

When you make a commitment to betterment for yourself Murphy comes up and throws catpoop in the proverbial fan hon. This is what you have been unwilling to truly look at.

If you are honest with yourself here the situations have not gotten so much worse, they simply are bothering you more right now.

The work situation is speaking tons. If you want my take on what you may be going through right now you can SparkMail me.

You can do this. It isn't the mountain that you are climbing that is so difficult. It is what you are carrying with you on the trek. emoticon

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LILABE11 8/6/2010 3:08AM

    It sounds like you're adjusting your goals in really logical, thoughtful ways. Don't stress too much. Maintaining sounds like it makes sense this month while you prioritize, and it's good you know your body well enough to maintain. I think the "criss-cross" effect works best when you're not juggling everything and you let some things naturally fall into place.

In terms of tracking, food tracking has been great for me. I've tracked almost every single day for the last two months and I feel great. I don't obsess over it and I try different things, sometimes I track the night before and then adjust, sometimes I eat almost a whole day and then track to check if I have calories left and figure out snacking.

Good luck!

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GRACEFULIFE 8/6/2010 2:06AM

    I had several months in which I had just decided to maintain. Something else happened and my weight started to drop... which just told me that it was time for that again. Worked out fine!

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KNITTABLES 8/6/2010 2:01AM

    Hang in there, and good luck to you.I love your quote. So true.
Good luck with work and catching up on things. Great job on the exercising and getting off the couch.
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile but I lost your link now I found it. emoticon

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August program:ďIt's different from what I've done beforeĒÖ

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Okay, I was just about halfway through writing my blog and, surprise!, I got kicked out and lost everything. Very frustrating. From now on, Iíll be composing my blog in Word. Well, I guess Iíll try to recreate it, but Iím really frustrated about this.
Starting overÖ

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ďIt's different from what I've done beforeĒÖ

Öthatís what I wrote on August 1, when I posted my goals for this month, and it doesnít even scratch the surface.

From a nutrition standpoint, Iím working on eating clean (or at least cleaner) this month. This means, no processed foods, no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners.

I did get my 5 fruits/veggies in today, thanks to a salad at lunch. With that salad came broiled salmon, which helped with my protein. So, today I did fine.

JULABELLE, the smoothie idea for breakfast is great. Iíll have to give that a try tomorrow morning. Maybe I can throw in some protein powder (does that count as processed?). Tonight I made lemonade, from real lemons, grown on a real California lemon tree (my coworkerís) and it was delicious and a great hit.

So my changes on the nutrition side are merely an act of fine-tuning. Surprisingly, what really throws me off is my decision to change my car commute to a combination of car (to the park and ride), train, and walk (from the station to the office).

I canít really describe what and how, but somehow, I feel this change has thrown me out of orbit. Completely. Entirely. 100%.

You see, for the past 20+ years, every weekday morning, rain or shine, feeling good or feeling bad, Iíve been getting into my car, ready to battle rush hour traffic. How exciting is that? (Not!) I really was in desperate need to change things up a bit. So this change-up really is a good thing, and Iím certainly not going to abandon this new and more active way of commuting. But old habits die hard.

What surprises me is the fact that such a subtle change seems to completely uproot me. Amazing. Especially since this is a positive change.

This is getting way too long Ė I'm sure I'll have more thoughts on this later.

I'm continuing my JM 30 Day Shred and logged a total of 70 activity minutes today.

Comments:
Thanks to my faithful readers (you know who you are). Your input and support means more than you'll ever know.

  
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JULABELLE 8/5/2010 9:22AM

    Have you ever read the Dance of Anger? I read it years ago, and it really describes what you are going through here - Change throws everyone in a tizzy, and people will fight tooth and nail to resist change.

I'd say yes to the protein powder, but check out some protein powder from a natural food store (or take Kat's recommendation). Also - add some olive oil to the smoothie. It adds the healthy fat, and keeps you feeling full for quite awhile.

You are definitely on the right path. You are rockin'!!!

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WILDVIOLETS 8/5/2010 8:43AM

    Your doing admirably! Wish I had eaten something green this week...

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/5/2010 7:19AM

    "I canít really describe what and how, but somehow, I feel this change has thrown me out of orbit. Completely. Entirely. 100%."

Why? Certainly you can quantify it some way. Does it take too much time? Do you show up at work looking sweaty, wind blown and goofy (walking shoes with a skirt ... lol)? Are people giving you grief over it?

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FITKAT2010 8/5/2010 6:11AM

    As for the protein drink please check this out:Lifetime Life's Basics Plant Protein. Yes you can say it is processed, but nothing like the normal pulverized crap we've been ingesting all these years. Highly nutritious and delicious. I put 1/2 scoop with a peach, 1/2 of a banana 1/2cup hemp milk and 1/4 cup non fat yogurt in a blender with some water. Yumm!

As to the change you made-for the better: Don't underestimate the secret desire to stay where you do not want to be. We hate changes! We fight changes tooth and nail! Why? We are fearful of change. We don't know who we are and our ego is sustained by who we think we are even when it is wrong.

Hang in there hon. You are battling yourself and that is actually the only battle there is.



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August program: Day 3

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Eating was pretty clean today, however I only made 4 fruits/veggies.

Activity minutes: 70

That's all for today. I'm baking oatmeal raisin cookies and am busy in the kitchen.

  
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DRASADAF 8/5/2010 2:57AM

    gr8 job....

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ANA_BLOGGER 8/4/2010 8:39PM

    I loooooove oatmeal raisin cookies! :)
I'm sure they smell amazing!

Keep up the great work, and don't worry about those fruits and veggies! You'll get 'em next time! emoticon emoticon

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JULABELLE 8/4/2010 2:46PM

    Awesome on the eating clean. Have you thought of having a berrie smoothie in the morning with some spinach to get some of your fruit/veggie in?

Enjoy your baking!!

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/4/2010 7:06AM

    Mmmmm ... the only cookie better than oatmeal raisin is chocolate chip. I can guess which one is better for us though. Enjoy! emoticon

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FITKAT2010 8/4/2010 5:54AM

    Hmmmm too short a blog for you hon. Something bothering you?

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August program: Day 2

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Okay, Monday and the first day for my new way to commute to work. I can't believe how relaxing it is to just get on the train, sit down and - nothing. Then my walk from the station to work. I had donned my MBT's and I walked the 1.4 miles in 18 minutes (that is 4.6 mph). Sure I could not have kept this speed up for an hour, but still, I think that's awesome.

Took me 22 minutes for the same route on the way home. I was fighting strong headwinds coming from the ocean, and on top of it it was about 20 degrees hotter. (That's still 3.8 mph.)

Taking public transportation and walking take so much more getting organized. I'm used to just throwing everything in the car (my water bottle, my lunch, jacket, shoes, whatever). Now everything has to fit in my bag. Plus I have to take an extra pair of shoes. I was thinking I should just park all my dress shoes at work, this way they will be handy :)

Summing up my activity minutes for today:
40 minutes walking
20 minutes JM 30 Day Shred
60 minutes power tae

I'm really impressed with JM's 30 Day Shred. Level 1 and she kicks my butt. I'm sure it won't impress all the P90X users out there, but it's perfect for my purpose. The best part, I can do it in the very limited space that I have in my TV room.

Food was okay today - 1345 calories.
I did 7 fruits/veggies so that was fine, but again my protein suffered.
I'll have to sit down with my food tracker and work this thing out.
But not tonight. Shower and bed are calling.

  
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BREWMASTERBILL 8/3/2010 7:17AM

    Sounds like this plan has a lot of benefits that you're enjoying right out of the gate. Don't worry about us P90X knuckleheads, I'm sure JM could whip us around. I believe GL is trying a JM program soon. As for Dan, I think that would challenge his masculinity. emoticon

Keep up the great work.

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FITKAT2010 8/3/2010 5:26AM

    You did fantastic hon! Congratulations! Try eating nuts and/or seeds for protein. Yes they have fat, but it's healthy fat! Non-salted types of course!

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