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Pinterest Challenge

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Have you ever pinned something awesome on Pinterest and then completely forgotten about it? It's like you're planning a fantasy life because you never actually try to achieve it. I'm guilty of this with my Exercise board. I'll see great pins, whether it's inspiration, healthy recipes, workouts, etc., but I hardly ever try them out. "Tomorrow," I tell myself.

Or, maybe you have tried things on Pinterest, only to discover that they don't really work out for you. Either what's required of you is too expensive, time consuming, or ridiculous. In reference to recipes, I've heard of people posting the wrong ingredients and cooking times just so people don't get their special recipe. They do this so people see their pinned picture for a recipe, and they get recognition on their blog and whatnot. Or maybe they're just trolls. WHATEVER the case, that's frustrating, right?

I've decided to actually try out the pins I've put in my Exercise board. That way you'll know what works, doesn't work, the challenges the pinned link doesn't mention, etc. This is also a way to inspire me to exercise often. I have a hard time staying motivated when it's just me doing workouts. I do so much better when I have a buddy, but I don't have one right now. So, I think this challenge will work for me, especially since I'm competitive.

The first pin I'm trying is skinnyms.com's Summer Arm Workout. My arms have ALWAYS been a problem area for me, even when I was at my thinnest and healthiest. So, this is perfect for me, right? It's a 7 Day Challenge, which I'm already skeptical about. I seriously doubt I'll see much difference in just seven days, but that's the point of this blog, right? It says to start this on a Monday, but I'm just going to refer to them as Day One, Day Two, etc.

This is what I did today:
Perform 3 circuits of the following routine.

Tricep Push ups – 12 reps
Rest 20 seconds
Bicep curls – 12 reps
Rest 20 seconds
Tricep Kickbacks – 12 reps each arm (Complete 12 reps total for each arm. It’s O.K. to either perform one type or combine the three types of kickbacks in the video…only 12 reps total per side)
Rest 1 minute

The tricep push ups were the hardest. I had to do them on my knees, and I'm not entirely certain I had a straight back. But hey, I did them, so that's good, right? :) I used five pound weights for the other workouts, but I'm wondering if I should add more weight because it was a little too easy.

What I like so far:
*The videos that show how to do the individuals workouts are helpful.
*I like how quick the workouts are. Good for people who don't have a lot of time.
*The workout was still relatively challenging, but not too complex.

What I don't like so far:
*Not sure if it's challenging enough to make a difference in just seven days, although this is just the first day.
*Something about their website makes my computer freeze up. It's like the website is still trying to load, and it takes forever just for me to scroll down. Although, this could just be my computer/I'm impatient.

I think the next time I post about this will be when I finish this workout plan. I'll post before and after pictures then, too.

If you want to try this workout plan along with me, here's the link:

Wish me luck! :)

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/9/2014 1:13AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I really hate that I'm a yo-yo-er when it comes to losing weight. I've recently gained some weight this last year, and I can't believe I've let this happen again. I get distracted and very busy when I'm in grad school, and I don't realize how much eating unhealthy food hurts me. I'm the type where I can eat an unhealthy meal and easily gain a couple pounds from it. And those couple of pounds are very hard to lose. It makes me feel like I'm being punished for indulging, and I hate that. I don't see anything wrong in eating off a healthy diet once in a while. In fact, I think it can help jump start your metabolism when you are on that plateau. But I don't understand why I'm so prone to gain weight so easily.

Okay, enough sob story. The point of this blog post is that I'm going to try again to get back to where I was, or at least close. A friend of mine is also doing a weight loss challenge with me. We're hoping to each lose 15 pounds before the end of October (I think we chose around Oct. 20th). Since it's going to be getting colder soon, I'm really hoping to be able to fit back into my jeans so I don't have to buy any more. If we both lose that weight, we're going to reward ourselves with a thrift store shopping spree. I have the motivation I need, and I have someone doing it with me, which is extremely helpful for me.

So, as frustrated as I am with myself, I know it's not going to get any better unless I change. Wish me luck!

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DEEEBEE 9/24/2013 11:31PM

    I have the exact same problem you do. Why is it (rhetorical question!) so easy to gain (for eating just a little bit bad) yet so hard to lose. If I eat too much at one meal, it takes me a week or so later to get back to where I was. So frustrating, isn't it? I just keep on trying to eat the best I can and exercise daily. I AM losing inches and had to take in a pair of shorts I bought at the beginning of summer. Just no weight loss. Have fun on your shopping spree. I love thrift stores.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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LEANDER_HERO 9/24/2013 1:14PM

    Thank you for your encouragement, BUSYGRANNY5! :)

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/24/2013 10:56AM

    You've got this... keep on keeping on...

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New Year's Resolution: COMPLETE!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Today, as I was doing my strength training exercises, I remembered the resolution I made last January: to do five pushups. I decided I would try and see my progress. I got down on the ground, put my hands into position, and, to my surprise, I was able to push myself up easily! Well, maybe VERY easily, but still, I could do it with a lot less effort than all those months ago. I decided to go ahead and try for a total of five and BAM! I did it!!!

I even tried again and did five more! They aren't the best looking pushups, but I can tell that I have progressed a ton. I was pretty surprised. I hurried to tell my mom, but she didn't have as much excitement as I did. Haha! I was worried I wouldn't even accomplish my resolution before this January, but I even have months to spare. Now, I can work on my form, and continue toning my triceps. I think what especially helped was my new job, which requires me to lift heavy boxes.

Have you reached your New Year's Resolution? January is creeping up awfully fast, so you'd better get crackin'! Hahaha!


Losing 60 Pounds--What Does That Look Like?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

When I weighed myself this Easter morning, I was shocked to discover that I've lost 60 pounds! This has really made my day. :) I was wondering what 60 pounds looks like, and I borrowed this idea from some blogs I saw. Hopefully my math is correct. :) It is weird to think how much I've lost when I think of how much that much weight would be in, say, butter.

60 pounds = 240 sticks of butter
60 pounds = a bushel of wheat
60 pounds = 12 five pound weights
60 pounds = 7.06 gallons of whole milk
60 pounds = an 8-9 year old child
60 pounds = 480 large eggs

This was a fun little exercise to do, and it makes the weight I've lost feel more tangible and real rather than something that just disappeared.

Happy Easter! :D

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LEANDER_HERO 5/1/2011 5:46PM

    Thanks, everyone! NH_MOM: Yeah, isn't that cool?! :) Congrats on your weight loss as well!

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NH_MOM 4/24/2011 8:40PM

    Where I used to work they had 50 lb bags of sugar. I lost 55 lbs to get to my goal. One day I picked one up and then realized that was about how much weight I had lost. It is amazing when you think in those terms. Congrats!!

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THE Pants: The Sequel

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I started out my weightloss journey with the goal of being able to fit into my favorite jeans: a light-washed pair of AE flare jeans. Once I could fit into them, the next goal was being able to wear them comfortably. I fit that goal, and then I wore these jeans all the time. Now, guess what?
They are too big for me!!
I can't believe it. I can still wear them; they are just pretty baggy. Below are some updated pictures of me in my favorite jeans. I have an older blog post that has the before pictures, if you are curious.

What a difference! And to think I thought I'd never be able to fit back into these--now they are falling off of me!!
I hope that if someone is reading this that has felt like I used to, they will have some renewed motivation to keep going and shoot for that goal.

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B_SHELTON 2/2/2011 11:08PM

    but i love when they get worn in ^_^ sadly I like baggy jeans :P

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LEANDER_HERO 2/2/2011 3:24PM

    LOL Beaki! hahahah Well, thank you! :) I am proud of you, too, Beaki!! I am so glad that we stuck to our goals, and it was so nice having someone else who is trying to be healthy go along for the ride. Yes, mine tend to shrink after I wash them, too! With these, though, I had just washed them. If I wear them a couple times, they are even baggier!

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B_SHELTON 2/2/2011 11:36AM

    LOL meg im sorry I have to say this your butt looks nice in those jeans ::blush:: i had to say it good job!!!! XD I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! not just looking nice... but getting to a goal that means something to you. yeh all my sixe 10 jeans are baggy on me now! SUCKS jeans cost so much. I just bought more but hopefully when they shrink in the wash they will fit me better, lolol

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LEANDER_HERO 1/30/2011 2:47PM

    Thanks, everyone! :) Your comments mean a lot to me. emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 1/30/2011 2:06PM

    Oh Wow! Fantastic! Nothing better than achieving and going past a goal! You have definitely inspired me!

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SIMPLERLIFE66 1/30/2011 1:20PM

    Congratulations! I, too, have a "skinny jeans" goal. I'm not there yet but you're giving me inspiration.


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