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28 Day Work Out Challenge

Thursday, March 18, 2010

After great success with the 28 Day Challenge of kicking the sugar habit (I am still sugar free), I decided yesterday to start my own 28 day work out challenge.

My daily rules are:

1) 30 minutes of cardio
2) Strength training
3) Core work

I've listed my menu of options for work outs on a previous blog and have made copies of those options to put in my car, home, reading book, office and gym bag. I can't go anywhere without seeing that list . . . HA!

Yesterday was a great first day of the challenge! I know this will instill great work out habits for me and I'm ready for this challenge.

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SINCEKINDER 3/18/2010 2:14PM

    Good for you!! emoticon You can do this!

Great job on your other 28 day challenge.

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New Plan of Action

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The current plan is not getting me where I want to go so I'm changing things up a bit. I can't keep ramming my head into a brick wall and wonder why I have a headache .... HA!

First
Change up my work out routines. No more "rest" days . . .
I'll be honest here, I don't work out hard enough to have rest days, so I must get it moving 7 days a week.

Second
Talk to Dr. Kalish about what is and isn't happening with my body. Explore options and do as he prescribes and take whatever tests he recommends. An appointment shall be set for next week.

Third
Continue to eat healthy by eating the colors of the rainbow and drink water, water, water.

Fourth
I must get back to my old sleeping habits. I used to sleep 9 hours a night - I truly need that much and lately I've only been getting 8 to 8.5. I can feel a difference.

Cardio - on any given day I will do a combination of any of the following, as long as it totals a minimum of 30 minutes per work out:
Walking
Step Class (30 Min.)
Belly Dancing Class (60 Min.)
Elliptical Trainer
Stair Step Machine
Bike Riding - outdoors
Wii Tennis

Strength Training - 3 sets 15 reps & when possible 7 to 8 lbs weight - once they get too easy I add another set or more reps. Some of these I'll do everyday but I must do a combination of at least 3 days a week:
Backward Lungs
Forward Lungs
Situps (50 a day, everyday)
Squats/Plie Squats (50 a day, everyday)
Side Lunges
Bicep Curls
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Dumbbell Side Bends (50 a day, everyday)
Push ups on Knees
Roll ups
Tricep Extensions (overhead)
Wall Push ups
Back Extensions
Tricep Kickbacks

Okay, that's it for now. I'll print and post this plan of action at the house and at the office.

  
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JENNYBETHIN 3/17/2010 9:40PM

    You make me feel like such an exercise weinie... Good for you with all that hard work! I'll have to work my way up to something like that.

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Captured on Film

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Captured on film and asking myself, REALLY?!

Last night I picked up a batch of photo's from a trip I took in July 2008 . . . I know, I know - talk about taking forever to get them developed (I'll spare you the long story of why). Anyway, the photo's were great - many were of my snorkeling adventures and climbing a waterfall. Yup, that's right, I snorkeled (love that activity) AND I climbed a waterfall (what an amazing and difficult adventure).

As a side note: I did these activities at probably 225 lbs+, weight has never stopped me from going on an adventure!

Anyway, I found myself completely ah struck by one of the photo's I am in - I sat and studied it for a good amount of time. All I could think was, I look awesome - I don't look like that anymore - but I looked awesome there. What's the difference? What happened? Where did that chick go? Did you leave her at the waterfall?

Well the thing is, I weighed about 10 lbs less (it makes a difference), I was tan, very tan (yes, I fake baked before my tropical adventures - I won't do it again) and I was on vacation - rested and having a fabulous time. SERIOUSLY, I miss that chick. She was a hottie ...

I found a new resolve last night, get back at it - find that hottie - set her free! She's in there waiting to get out and flaunt her curves. I had almost given up hope on the gym situation, I was disappointed in last nights step class, it was clear the instructor did not want to be there. I pushed forward and completed ALL of my work out & pushed through class though but left feeling it was time to say good-bye.

So, this blog wasn't really inspired by that photo, it was inspired by being captured on film at the dinner party I hosted on Saturday night. I scanned the digital camera and saw a couple of photo's of myself and thought, "AHHHH, no way, WTH!?" I did not look like that hottie climbing a waterfall - not even close.

Enough! I'm done with the self pity, being upset about the scale, and not being my own cheerleader. I need to take action or sit down and shut up. I'm putting together my work out routines TODAY, calling Dr. Kalish's office to set my appointment, setting rules for myself that include more sleep and getting this show on the road.

Being captured on film is just what I needed. I shall be that hottie again!

Update after post:
I viewed the photo's again from the dinner party (Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww) and YES, I've got some work to do! I'm ready, able and starting in 40 minutes.

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MRSSTRONGE 3/17/2010 4:40PM

    I started up SP this last time (after a series of failed attempts) because of a photo that was tagged on FB. I can't stand to see photos of myself anymore... about the only photos I cling to are the ones from my wedding, three years and 25 lbs ago! Seeing that photo that was now viewable by anyone on my friends list made me desperate to change what I had become... a sad girl who let her weight determine who she was. I'm glad you found the motivation to continue on that journey.

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Little known fact about Girl Scout Cookie Orders

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I recently blogged about my order of Girl Scout Cookies . . .
I can report now, I am cookie free as I donated them as recommended by an SP member.

The little known fact:
When placing a Girl Scout cookie order you can instruct the seller of the cookies to have the order go overseas to our Military men and women. It's a little known fact that the Girl Scouts should be telling us about but don't.
A close friend ordered two cases of the cookies and instructed the seller to have the cookies sent to the troops. My friend is a Vietnam Vet (served 2 back-to-back tours there) told me about this option AND said that there was nothing better than getting a package from the states, especially yummy treats.

I'm glad I donated my cookies locally but would have loved to donate them to the troops. Plus, I likely would have bought much more than I did.

So, if you don't want those Girl Scout Cookies that you have hidden in the pantry donate them locally and next year, order some for the troops. I know I'll be asking about this option.

  
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MENUNU 3/16/2010 11:36PM

    whoaaa goood idea.

My neighbor is a girl scout leader. Two words: Thin mints.

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JENNYBETHIN 3/16/2010 11:20PM

    Learn something new every day... Thank you!

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SLIMKIM2B 3/16/2010 9:21PM

    I actually did here about this. The option was listed right on the order form locally. I think it's great being that my brother, sister, and son are all military. My sister is currently deployed, I hop some of these donated cookies reach her ship.

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LUCKYMKAY 3/16/2010 8:40PM

    I never would have thought of that. That is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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SINCEKINDER 3/16/2010 7:42PM

    emoticon What an awesome solution!!! I'm proud of you!

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Hot off the grill and random updates

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring has sprung here in Alameda, CA and I love it. Although today I have spring fever and have been wishing all day that I can escape from the confines of the office walls. I walked to work and then back & forth to the house for lunch . . . it was perfect out. Spring is my most favorite time of year!!!

We finally bought gas for the grill over the weekend so it's grilling time. I love grilling proteins and veggies . . . delicious! Plus, I find it easier to cook in bulk on the grill, which makes lunches a breeze.

We, my husband and I, hosted a dinner party at the house on Saturday night for 6 guests. I had appetizers that I couldn't really eat, for many reasons, but I did that on purpose . . . I didn't want the temptations - it worked. For the main, I grilled chicken breasts (no bones or skin) and Tri-tip, it was fabulous. I also fixed fresh green beans with sweet onions and Jamaican Rice. Dessert this year really had me puzzled . . . I finally choose to do a apple crisp. What I did differently though was cut back on the sugar, added more spices and made individual servings. It was perfect! Everyone loved the individual desserts, not only because they were yummy but because they were portion controlled. I loved it because there was only one left over at the end of the night. YES!! We had wine, sparkling wine and plenty of sparkling water available. This year we consumed more sparkling water than any other beverage . . . A+!

Updates:
Although I did choose to eat sugar the night of the dinner party, I didn't sweat it and the next day just went back to my no sugar way of life. I had the best of both worlds and didn't think twice. Living without constant sugar in my diet has really been fabulous.

I'm still stuck in a work out rut . . . I keep hoping for some direction but not sure where to turn for that. SIGH. I'm going to put together a work out schedule that can be mixed up over time so I don't get used to it and hope that helps. Suggestions are welcome!

The gym is boring at this point and I only go for my step classes. I've even talked to my husband about giving him the membership and I'll go it alone outside the gym. We're still discussing this option.

Lately I have felt compelled to start running. REALLY? I haven't seriously run since my high school days when I was in sports year around but I feel the need to try. First stop, buying some running shoes.

My body rebelled against me for two days this week. I could barely walk and felt like sleeping a lot. It took a bit to get back on track and I'm still wondering what the heck happened.

I've decided to set up the consultation with a Dr. Kalish. That will involve swallowing hard and paying a hefty consult fee but I feel like I need to do it. GULP. I'm hoping he can help me find the key to furthering my quest to be healthy and at a more reasonable weight. I'm seriously tired of not loosing weight.

I love my new belly dance class and will continue to go and go and go!

I can now do 50 sit ups without feeling like I'm going to die. emoticon

I continue to be frustrated with my lack of weight loss but will never give up!

I'm in this to win this and failure is not an option.

  
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TSEWARD 3/16/2010 6:53PM

    Love your positives! And you have already taken a huge step toward your exercise goals....belly dancing is not easy! And you enjoy it! Yay! And kudos to the 50 sit ups without dying. What a feat! I feel like I am going to guy after 8 sit ups.

Never give up! You can do it! Sorry for all of the exclamation points....I am excited. Your dinner party sounds like a hit. Love the portion controlled crisps. It is amazing to me that when we really want to make changes, we are so creative and successful at maneuvering food situations to fit our goals. And you have done it!

Glad you are going to the doctor. Seems our bodies react badly to something now and then, and just rebel against strenuous activity. If you are okay with it, let me know what you find out!

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