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....and another day down.....YEAH!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I wouldn't call it a streak yet, maybe tomorrow....got up at 5AM without hitting the alarm - got 7+ hours sleep, but for whatever reason, still felt tired. Didn't hit the snooze though....just laid there and let the darned thing ring for four minutes. Got the critters taken care of, started coffee, and tried to convince myself that I would like Jillian more first thing in the morning....I lied to myself. I'm still a bit sore for the first couple attmpts at thirty day shred...and the jumping jacks are just not happening. I'll continue with doing the sprints on the treadmill instead. Only made it through a warm up and 15-20 minutes and then a cool down, but I got another 23 minutes in tonight, so I completed all three of my holiday streak challenge goals.
It's almost 11PM though, and though tomorrow is a short day at work, I get to sleep untill 7 (if the critters allow) and then have a ton of stuff to do since I have meetings after work and won't get home till late and still need to get to bed at a decent hour to get my sleep...wish me luck!!!

  
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TEAPOT57 12/1/2010 5:41PM

    I also am not a morning person. I have been tried after working out I thought it was suppose to give us engery. I have a hard time staying awake somedays . This weather can make anyone tried it has rained here the past three days. YUK! I can't wait till spring,hope I have shed at least ten to fifthteen pounds by then.
You are doing good getting your rest and not hitting the snozze button and your exerciseing keep it up.


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MERRYLYN 12/1/2010 12:00AM

    I try to get my exercising done early am, but some days are harder than others. I hear you.. those jumping jacks are killers. arg Glad you are keeping at it though. Just think, it is December already.. only 4 more months until Spring!
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MEADSBAY 11/30/2010 12:26PM

    I'm not a morning exercise person either, and just reading the words jumping jacks makes my bladder hurt!
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MIMIKK7 11/30/2010 7:34AM

    emoticonWishing you the Best of Luck everyday! Exercise in the morning is a chore no matter what you decide to do! emoticon emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 11/30/2010 4:55AM

    I cannot exercise that early in the morning either. Jillian is hard no matter the time of day I choose to do it.
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AMYSTRONG 11/30/2010 1:14AM

    emoticon That's my biggest battle everyday and sometimes the emoticon wins. You're doing so good, so proud of you!

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_CYNDY55_ 11/30/2010 12:31AM

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Eleven Months of Sparking and Finishing the Year Strong!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

WOW! It's almost the end of November already. I just looked at the joined date on my Sparkpage, and it says that exactly eleven months ago today, I joined Spark. Well, truth be told, I still don't remember stumbling across the Spark page or how the Spark bug hit me so hard. I really didn't start following the program until Jan 2nd of 2010. I have been looking back on this year with much gratitude for all that Spark has done for me. Not only have I met my goal and been able to maintain it for over 3 months, I have made many, many, many dear friends who know and understand me better than my own family at times. You all are definately my lifeline and support in this journey and I am truly grateful to have you in my life.

I've not just been looking back, however. I've also been looking ahead. Yes, I am at goal weight....even after celebrating a long birthday week AND Thanksgiving this month. I also intend on staying there. The winter is my least favorite time of the year. I REALLY HATE THE COLD!!! The lack of hours of sunlight doesn't help any either. This has thrown a wrench into my fitness minutes which until now has been primarily running. I also have some other goals physical and other life goals that I want to apply my Spark skills to. Two of the biggies that are standing in the way of much of my success are.....getting enough sleep and getting up without hitting the snooze. So, with the onset of winter, I am shifting my focus. I know that realistically, I'm not going to see any great increases in my mileage or decreases in my speed, but I can refocus on the sleep and then the snooze factors. Double up on my efforts to stay consistent in my fitness, whether it is running (on the treadmill, track - or even outside), strength training, cross training etc etc etc. I need to emphasize my core strength and I really should expand my sports interests. I am currently looking for local skating rinks as an alternative to running.

I'm taking this a month at a time to get through the season, so those are my big three to close out my first year on Spark and make it through the holidays. Lofty goals, but all I can do is give it my best shot - realize that I am not perfect and go for it. I am bound and determined to finish out my first year on Spark below goal and with a healthier lease on life than I have even now.

Watch for the next installment of goals - coming to a blog near you Jan 2nd 2011!!!

  
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_CYNDY55_ 12/1/2010 4:00AM

    Happy December 1St! Have A Great New Month!
Happy Holidays And Fitness Too!
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TEAPOT57 11/29/2010 11:51PM

    You are such a inspiration keeping within your goal weight for three months. Now you are setting new goals. I know you will follow though on them to. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 11/29/2010 10:25AM

    Good for you! You have done and are doing a great job!


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MIMIKK7 11/29/2010 7:37AM

    You are emoticon! emoticonwith setting new goals for yourself! I love the skating rink option. I wished I had one available to me. Good luck in all the goals you have set for yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 11/29/2010 7:12AM

    WooHoo! Well I got up and at 'em early - hope you made it up too gf.
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MRSUKYANKEE 11/29/2010 6:02AM

    Great post. Best of luck with your goals! I like them (though I've never been a snooze button hitter). I might take on your sleep goal as it's something I struggle with as well. emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/29/2010 12:04AM

    Skating rinks! What a creative thought!

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Thanksgiving Resolution - Day One - Goal Met!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Okay, I did it! Day one of my Thanksgiving - Holiday Season Fitness Resolution - Goal Met. I set for myself the goal of at least doing 30 Day Shred or 3 miles (road or dreadmill or fitness center track) everyday throughout the holidays....I may make it, may not, but I'm gonna give it my all. Check back on me and keep on me...I know how easy it is to get complacent and I just can't do that.

I have to say, that 30 Day Shred should keep me working (HARD)...I started phase one of the three phases, and honestly couldn't keep up. Plus Jillian has us doing jumping jacks, and although my knee handles the running quite well now, jumping jacks are not particularly safe...maybe if I build strength, but the sideways jarring pressure causes pain after 3-4 jumping jacks, so for that part I take it to the treadmill for a sprint. Honestly don't know if I'll make it all the way through level three this next 5 weeks, but I'm giving it my best shot and well take it from there.

  
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AMYSTRONG 11/29/2010 12:36AM

    How did the rest of your weekend go? I didn't do so well, I indulged and feel it.

I like the challenge you set for yourself. I set one too , to exercise everyday but didn't do anything on Thursday. So I'm glad I exercised the other three days.

I did the 30DS and you'll surprise yourself when you get to level three. Your body should be ready for it.

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TEAPOT57 11/28/2010 8:45PM

    You go girl I know you can do it . I can't run but I can do jumping jacks. That gets your heart rate up. emoticon
Take Care and just do the best you can .
Hugs Lorraine

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WINNINGSPARK 11/28/2010 12:06PM

    WooHoo! I have mine started also....bootcamp videos and dancing everyday. Did the video already and got very very hungry....lol! shall dance before the day is through and blog all about it. Good for you with Day 1. Now keep it up for day 2 - tired or not.....here we go!
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CYCLINGSANDY 11/28/2010 10:20AM

    May God bless your endurance and strength as you give it your best shot!

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MIMIKK7 11/28/2010 9:48AM

    That is all you can do is give it your best shot! You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/28/2010 8:48AM

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....and....we're off!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

.....and running, figuratively. The holiday season is in full swing. Thanksgiving was nearly a blur...thanfully, I did most all the cooking. I did use 4 pieces of bacon in the green beans (but that was in three pounds of beans). The mashed potatoes had milk in them, but it was skim, and only 1 Tblsp of butter for 5 potatoes worth. I made the stuffing from cornbread, brown and wild rice and walnuts and chopped apple, no fat, no butter - it was great and got awesome reviews. The turkey was smoked, and all skin and fat was trimmed off. The wrost of it was the croissant - the piece of pecan pie and the piece of pumpkin pie, but today I was back on plan....so, what is Thanksgiving for.

The real test will be to stay in check now through all the festivities leading up to Christmas. I am still trying to get my fitness routine together. Facing that treadmill is tough, so I am trying to get myself more interested in the strength traing and intervals. I picked up 30 Day Shred today will doing some Christmas shopping. I am hoping that it will "spark" my fitness through the holidays - along with as much as I can force myself onto the dreadmill, and the reward of some runs on the track at the fitness center.

Wish me luck folks - and keep me accountable. I will try to report everyday what I did for fitness....don't expect alot...just help me keep moving. My schedule (with the retail job and church obligations) really won't let up now until after the 1st of the year. I'll consider it a victory if I just manage to keep a little balance and don't let my program fall apart.

  
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WINNINGSPARK 11/27/2010 9:52PM

    Okay. You and me both - let's both do this daily fitness thing again no matter what because I still need to finish this race and you're way up there ahead of me so look out and move over before ya eat my dust gf....
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TEAPOT57 11/27/2010 9:26PM

    I am proud of you with your eating for Thanksgiving. I took little helpings of everything I liked and when it came to dessert I took a little piece of peach, and pumpkin . I had to have a little taste of my daughters pumpkin cheese cake.
You are doing everything right when it comes to eating and exercising so I can't see you backsliding. You will exercise when you can wither it be strength or your dreadmill .
Stay healthily seeing I have a cold somehow. I am hoping I will be able to workout tomorrow after church. Suppose to go shopping today at the Outlet mall but it was to windy and snow. All I have been doing is sneezing and blowing my nose and coughing some.
Take Care and Keep up the good work.
Hugs and Love Lorraine

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MERRYLYN 11/27/2010 2:12PM

    Your Thanksgiving dinner sounded really yummy! And you are right, Thanksgiving IS for pumpkin pie at least. I had a small piece with whipped cream... yum.
You will stay on track. I feel very confident that you will do that. Look at what you have accomplished so far... you wouldn't want to waste all of that hard work!
I have the Jillian 30 day shred. I use it along with others to break the boredom.. and the treadmill.
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SPWHITESTONE 11/27/2010 2:04PM

    It sounds like a great plan to me! I'm going to follow your lead and make sure I get my exercise in everyday. I'll need it to deal with the stress of the holidays!
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MEADSBAY 11/27/2010 9:49AM

    Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great plan!

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SPHAPPYHIKER 11/27/2010 1:36AM

    Wishing you the best! You have a good plan going.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/27/2010 1:15AM

    ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~Wishing You All The emoticonWith Your Fitness, Through The Holidays! A Happy
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I Defeated The Dreadmill!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Well, it's been a L*O*N*G time since I have managed to stay on the dreadmill for a solid 3 miles, but today emoticon, I DID IT! emoticon I hate that thing! Last spring when I started running, I began my journey doing run, walks on the treadmill, but as soon as I started the C25K, I moved my runs outside. For me, it was just easier (not easy, but easier) to run outside, and soon, I grew to love me time on the road. It doesn't help that it's a short treadmill that is set at an eight - ten degree incline. I could force myself to do a mile or a mile and a half, but mostly, I've been using it for 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile speed work. I finally gave in today....I HATE the cold, so when the temps were climbing today, I decided that I'd go for a run outside, and just when I got all dressed and ready, it started to rain and the winds started picking up. I couldn't bear the thought of missing another run, so I hauled it downstairs and off I went. I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed my run, but I do feel a sense of accomplishment and somehow, now I know that I will be able to maintain the stamina I've built up. I don't know if I'll be able to improve upon it, but that will have to be okay for now. Maybe I'll have to concentrate more on the strength training over the winter and take advantage of any day with tolerable temps to try to get outside. The point is that when faced with losing the ground if made this year, I CAN make myself get through a 3 miler on the dreadmill. Who knows, I may be able to improve upon that over the winter. I don't expect to, but I can be content until I can once again get outside and RUN! emoticon

  
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WINNINGSPARK 11/25/2010 1:05AM

    I hated mine so much I sold it after about 15-20 years of never using it. I learned it was absolutely obsolete and had a hard time selling it. Some guy bought it that wanted it for a movie set....lol! So good for you for pushing through. That's the way to win this thing.....and keep it up.

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MERRYLYN 11/23/2010 8:37PM

    There sure is no love lost here for the lowly 'dreadmill' is there? I have one too... I dust it mostly, but as you said, with the weather getting so cold it is time to actually use the thing. arg It is just so boring and makes me feel kind of like a hamster in one of those little exercise wheels in his cage.
Around and around and going nowhere. Glad you conquered the beast. It was 22' here today and windy. Supposed to be a storm coming tomorrow afternoon.

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KANSASROSE67 11/23/2010 12:41PM

    I need to remember this blog! I LOVE running outside and I'm doing about 12-14 miles a week outside now (starting running in April). We got a used treadmill because I don't want to stop running in the winter, but I HATE it. So far I've been running outside in the cold but I know there will be days when that just won't be possible. Your blog reminds me that I need to just pull up my big girl panties and get on the stupid thing...it's better than no run at all. Thanks!

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DELPHYNE 11/23/2010 11:55AM

    I'm having such a battle with the dreadmill right now! Thanks for the reminder that I CAN get over it when I need to!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/22/2010 11:54PM

    The treadmill is not my favorite place to run, either, but sometimes it's the only way to get it in. Good for you in making it through the whole 3 miles on that thing--that's an accomplishment!

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SPARKIE1964 11/22/2010 11:50PM

    It's ironic that I started on the dreadmill (LOL) when I began C25K. After completing my 1st 5K, though, I started running outdoors & haven't turned back. I seem to be walking more than running as I've slowed down to take in the stunning fall landscape. With winter upon us shortly, I'm dreading indoor running. You give me hope! I am also considering giving some gym classes I've never dared a whirl. Tonight, I did step & sculpting which was loads of fun. May give kick boxing a try too...

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MRSUKYANKEE 11/22/2010 3:46AM

    I hate the treadmill as well. I just can't run straight and so feel completely awkward and not quite as fast. I've determined that the only reason I will use the treadmill is due to snow or ice - I can deal with rain, wind, cold by managing my layers. (Especially as my dog needs to go out anyway so why not be warmer running than walking). Good job working through the "pain"!

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DONNAGRACE1164 11/21/2010 11:50PM

    I feel the same way about biking... I'd much rather be outside... I don't have an exercise bike at this point... But I'm thinking that I may need to try to invest in one - or a treadmill - with the winter months just about here... I've been doing 10.7 mile bike-rides and I hate to get out of the practice of doing them just because it's cold & snowy or wet outside... I have the Sparkpeople DVD's I've been working with too... But just like you need to "push yourself" to do your 3-miles on the "dreadmill" -that's about how I think I'd feel on an exercise bike... but I'll probably have to do it somehow... (get my own -or join a spin class at the local Y or park-district or something...;-)

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TEAPOT57 11/21/2010 10:54PM

    Hi Lorraine ,
There is no place near you that has a inside track that you could run on in the cold weather?
Strength training is just as important as running. You just love to run so you keeping running weather it is on the threadmill or you call dreadmill or outside in the fresh air, or maybe on a inside track if they have one near you.
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BE_STRONG 11/21/2010 10:21PM

    You did it! I just got a treadmill for the winter. My mother had one that she wasn't using and told me I could store it for her for the winter. I've used it once and did one mile on it. I don't like it, but... it is better than returning to a couch potato. Now I've got to make the time to get my workouts in. I've been really lax lately and the scale is showing it.

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NELLIEC 11/21/2010 9:40PM

    You gotta do what you gotta do!

At least you did it and you do have that sense of accomplishment!

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SPHAPPYHIKER 11/21/2010 9:39PM

    Walking/running outside is so much better than on the treadmill. I always dread the bad weather or winter cold when I am back to walking indoors. I have to find different ways to make the routine a little more interesting. I am thinking of making a collage of pics that I have taken of my walks from this summer and fall and put them on the wall so I have some thing to look at that is a little more exciting than a brick wall.

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