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MEMORIAL DAY CHALLENGE

Sunday, April 15, 2012



So the inspirational Juli has inspired me to start a challenge to look good in a swimsuit by Memorial Day. This is just the kick in the butt that I needed! So here are the terms:

*Weigh 2x a week
*Track food (my personal twist- track food at least 5 days a week, stay under 1500 cal at least 4 days a week)
*Workout 4x a week burning a personal calorie goal

I will add:
*Plan Ahead Meals and Exercise Each Week
*Curb Emotional Eating

It began for me April 11 and will run through May 28. I'm putting it down in black and white to hold myself accountable. So I have 47 days (6.71 weeks) to lose 7 pounds. Given my emotional eating tendencies of late, I need to kick it into high gear! It's time to get serious!

  
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PIGLETSMALL 7/27/2012 4:00PM

    You can do it. I just now you can. x

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SKYFYRE 4/17/2012 10:16AM

    Great plan, you will do it!

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MARLIE13 4/17/2012 9:19AM

    Looks amazing and I'm so excited for you! You will rock this challenge!

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PCOLAGATOR 4/15/2012 11:47AM

   
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Planning for a Successful Week

Monday, March 12, 2012


There are so many of them... there's only one of me.... and with the older 2 on Spring Break this week, I know I must devise a plan to ensure I meet my goals in addition to everyone else's needs. Supermom? Maybe not, but hey, it gives me something to strive for!

Nutrition Goals-
Stay in Sparkpeople Calorie Range & Track- 5 days minimum
I remember when this was not difficult for me most days, but since rejoining spark, I struggle more. So I have been trying to remember some of my former techniques for success without feeling deprived, and I came up with the following techniques to employ this week:
* Try to keep all meals & snacks below 300 calories, snacks preferably below 200 (with the exception of dinner, where I allowed around 500 calories)
* Switching to new lowfat coffee creamer
* Planning the menu ahead when possible, and not letting the kids talk me into junk food that will blow the plan (happened 1X last week when a certain little rapscallion talked me into buying a box of pop tarts in the grocery store... I planned to only eat 1, but when dinner was running late, that turned into 2... I know better than to buy any junk food I love in more than a single serve size! Well, it won't happen this week, little diet saboteurs!).
* Cutting back on portion size of treats

Fitness Goals

* Complete Sparks 5k training plan goals for the week
* At least 2 walks of 2 hrs or more
* Aerobics

Strength Training--- TBA... my free pass to the YMCA expired today... emoticon but we are applying for a mortgage & every purchase is questioned... so we may need to put a gym membership on hold for a while. I'm going to have Walt ask the mortgage guy if it's ok... in the meantime, I may try a free week at Lifestyles Fitness... I'll see how the week unfolds.

HAVE A SUCCESSFUL WEEK EVERYONE!

  
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SKYFYRE 3/13/2012 7:03PM

    Darn those little munchkins! I love a strawberry pop tart,... Sad I know.
Great plan, April, knock out the week in super mom style!!

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CHASINADREAM 3/13/2012 5:21PM

    This sounds like a wonderful plan!! I am also having a hard time tracking this time around when I found it so easy the first time! I must do it thought...it works and when I'm not tracking I struggle! Have a fantastic spring break! emoticon

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Me, A Runner?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My bunny friends may be shocked but I have decided to run MY FIRST RACE EVER! A 5k in 2 weeks.... and no, Hope, I do not plan on driving it! ;-) While fitness is truly one of my greatest passions in life, running never has been. Still, I think it would be exciting to join together with lots of other people excited about fitness for an event. I also like the idea of setting a goal for myself and achieving it. A final motivator is that both hubby and I have always wanted to run in one of the Disney marathons, and so we thought running in some shorter races first would be good training. Oh, and it is stroller friendly! So the whole family is coming! I had been concerned about my husband, who has not exercised more than 20 or 30 min total cardio per week for the last couple weeks. Due to his excitement of the race, he has now started training hard! Even my kids are training (although I think only my 7 yr old son can keep up with us... the other 2 will mostly ride in the stroller).

Gotta go to the gym now to finish up my exercise goals for last week. I'll be back later to post goals for the new week!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

  
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MARLIE13 3/11/2012 12:48PM

    Exciting!! Even more so that the whole family is excited and involved!

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Blogging Goals

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Exercise-

Cardio:
2 walks of 120 min or more- COMPLETED
"California Calorie Burner" aerobics- COMPLETED

Strength Training-
Burn Out Abs 3X minimum- 2 TimeS Completed
" " Chest- 1X
Burn Out Inner & Outer Thighs- 1x
" " Biceps & Triceps- 1x- COMPLETED
Burn out Glutes
" " back

  
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SKYFYRE 3/8/2012 1:07AM

    Well, Hello! Look who's blogging! Great goals! Rock'em!

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MARLIE13 3/7/2012 9:25AM

    Looks great April!

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HOPERY 3/6/2012 11:32PM

    Great goals! I should blog some goals too.

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Adventures in Exercise

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm back.

Warning... I have not blogged in perhaps a year, so I have much to share. This may be more of a mini novel...

Moving with little notice during holiday madness, working extra hours, and mothering 2 competitive children and a teething baby who wouldn't sleep through the night kept me away for a while. My waistline has expanded and a couple new wiry gray hairs popped out, but it WILL be only temporary (the waistline part, at least).

I have not been binging or completely sedentary during my absence. My main challenge with eating is that I stopped nursing a few months ago. Nursing burns about 500 calories a day, and I was enjoying extra food without consequence. Weaning the baby did not wean back my appetite, though. I was still super hungry and having that extra snack per day. Also, I do not have a gym membership here, and I have not been strength training, which normally affords me extra calories, as well.

I got back to using the tracker this week for food because I remembered that it has always worked for me in the past. I couldn't believe how the calories added up! I guess lately I had been eating like 2100 calories per day when I thought I was doing much better. I'm on day 3 of tracking, and I am happy to report that although the first day was very hard, it's getting easier. My appetite is shrinking! I am also encouraged that I have LOST 2 POUNDS this week! WOO HOOOOOOOOO!

This week, I kicked my exercise into high gear, and exercised 5 days, including two 3 hour walks, a 2 hour walk, and many smaller walks. I also tracked and attempted to stay within my calorie range.

My new neighborhood has a network of trails that is long enough to run a marathon and then some. There is also an atmosphere of exercise-- I have never seen so many people walk, bike, and roller blade to pick up their children from school. I enjoy joining in the parade! It has also been fun exploring, and there is still much left to see. It was picture perfect most of this week- the sky has been vibrantly blue with the sun shining brightly, exotic birds flying about, bees buzzing, flowers blooming, and a sweet fragrance filling the air (Alavert is my friend).

I did have one scary encounter with a snake sunning itself in my path! Many sticks fall from trees that form a canopy over the trail in spots, and I often kick them out of the way. I spotted what I thought to be a thick branch spanning the width of the sidewalk ahead. I am VERY glad I did not kick this particular "stick" out of the way. I stopped and thought, is that a snake or a branch? It was perfectly still. I continued to quietly stand and stare. It began to slither off the sidewalk and disappeared into the leaves due to camouflaging itself. I later saw an informational sign that said those woods are home to the Eastern Blue Snake, the longest snake in North America. However, this snake was more likely a rattle snake, as the blue snake is not able to camouflage itself. Don't worry... I will proceed with caution. ;-)

HAPPY SPARKING!

  
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LIVEYOURDREAMS 2/26/2012 11:41AM

    Thanks, Briegh. :-) Amee, nope, I don't live in the background pic... never even visited there! My neighborhood has the same flowers, though ;-).

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MARLIE13 2/25/2012 7:22PM

    Um...is your new background where you live? If so, extremely jealous here. We have snakes though too. I count them when I run on the trails in the summer. They like sunning themselves on the path too. So happy you're back!

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BRUIN2 2/25/2012 9:43AM

    Woohooo!! Way to go April!! Sounds like a lovely neighbourhood!!

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