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Workout Plan for the Week

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ok, so it's almost mid-week. But here's my plan - past, present and future!

Saturday - run - done!

Sunday - swimming - done!

Monday - swimming - done! Although I didn't get my upper ST in....

Tuesday - run - done!

Wednesday - cross-training (either stationery bike at work or Leslie Sansone)
Lower ST

Thursday - run

Friday - Get up early and do yoga
Core ST

Saturday - long run & Upper ST (since I missed it).

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HEARTS4ME 3/31/2011 7:28PM

  Woof! you go, girl!!!

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FITFORJESUS 3/31/2011 5:22PM

  Sounds like a Wonderful plan!

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YATMAMA 3/30/2011 11:48PM


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OFFDREA 3/30/2011 5:46PM

    Looks like a good week Kathy!!! Keep rockin those runs out!

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KITHKINCAID 3/30/2011 4:01PM

    You're working out a heck of a lot more than I am right now. Way to go. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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SYN-CA 3/30/2011 1:06AM

    Hell YA! WOW. You're da man....WOman! Great week....

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ROEANDGO 3/30/2011 12:09AM

    Great plan! I can see why you've lost 85 pounds!!!

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ANNEKATHLEEN 3/29/2011 9:10PM

    Fantastic! Lookin' good!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/29/2011 6:28PM

    I love it when a plan comes together! God bless & continued success! Dee

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KSGROTHE 3/29/2011 5:28PM

    Great plan! I noticed you're swimming and running (and possibly riding a stationary bike). Have you considered doing a triathlon? I think there are "mini-triathlons" available that are much shorter than others.
Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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CALLIKIA 3/29/2011 4:53PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan! Happy running!! (and everything else!)

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    great plan partner! you've got this!

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MUSTANGMISSY 3/29/2011 4:45PM

    Great plan! You go girl!

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Affirmations - A Peek Back and Looking Forward

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

MAIN CHALLENGE: Revisit Week Two Affirmations
What worked, what didnít? Share some of the successes and challenges you had related to your affirmations during PUSH.

My Week 2 affirmations were:

"I will train for my 8k with joy, and eagerly anticipate each training session. I will push through the hard parts and just know that those parts will make my run easier in the race. I will finish the race easily and with a smile on my face. I see myself crossing the finish line with Jenn and drinking that free beer afterward. I will train to be AWESOME."

These affirmations really helped me, and got me out of my corner of fear and to start training for my 8K. I saw the 8K as something that I truly could not do Ė if you had seen me last year, dead last in that race, not even walking through the finish line because I was so embarrassed Ė you might understand. But that is not who I am NOW.

Writing those affirmations gave me courage and strength that I didn't know I had. I do believe that sometimes if you "fake it", you do make it. Truly. I think that may be what affirmations are all about. Writing down our dreams, hopes, diminishing our fears, sort of like a flashlight in the dark. And if we say them enough, we start to believe them, and act on that belief. We start to become who we want to be.

I am not done with my training yet and Iíve already run my 8K distance. This is so awesome to me, and inspiring. Not only did I run this distance, I ran it at a much faster pace than Iíve ever run. This shows me that ANYTHING is possible.

BONUS: Look Forward

Create two new affirmations for other areas you would like to improve/enhance this spring.

I am not defined by mistakes that Iíve made. I am not who I was, I am being remade. I am NEW. I am chosen and holy and I am dearly loved. Dreams DO come true. I am going to break these chains that bind me.

I will give up who I thought I was and who I thought I had to be, because neither of them believes that I can be MORE. And I can. I will no longer live in the shadows of shame, believing that I canít change. Because God doesnít see me the way that I do. He sees me as so much more.

(both new affirmations inspired by and have lyrics by Jason Gray's song "I Am New")

His video and full lyrics can be viewed at the link below, I highly recommend it.


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GOGOMAMA 3/31/2011 2:11PM

    Great affirmations and stick-to-it-tiveness!!! I love your drive to keep pushing and do better without letting past fears get in the way! You are awesome! emoticon

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CALLIKIA 3/29/2011 4:57PM

    "Writing those affirmations gave me courage and strength that I didn't know I had. I do believe that sometimes if you "fake it", you do make it. Truly. I think that may be what affirmations are all about. Writing down our dreams, hopes, diminishing our fears, sort of like a flashlight in the dark. And if we say them enough, we start to believe them, and act on that belief. We start to become who we want to be."

That's beautiful!

And I have a quote for your new affirmations:
"And no doubt it is more comfortable to submit to a blind enslavement than to work for liberation: the dead, for that matter, are better adapted to the earth than are the living."
- Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

I use that to remind me to FIGHT for my liberation. They don't say it will be easy, just that it will be worth it. I can be comfortable when I'm either there (where I want to be) or dead. :)

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CARILOUIE 3/20/2011 9:31AM

    What a wonderful uplifting blog!
Thank you!

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WOLFKITTY 3/18/2011 2:54AM

    Wow!! I kinda have goosebumps! :D


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PPLUNICORN 3/17/2011 12:18PM

    I love this!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

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PELESJEWEL 3/16/2011 10:54PM

    emoticon Awesome blog - I just "liked it"!

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TEMPEST272002 3/16/2011 1:25PM

    I love your affirmations & now I"m inspired. I know how powerful affirmations can be... but often forget to actually create them for daily life. I've been nervous about the triathlon training, but your blog has inspired me to write some affirmations of my own. Thanks for the reminder & inspiration!

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WCATAP 3/16/2011 10:09AM

    Good blog love the pictures. 8K you are really stepping up and you can do it. Good job. I finished my first 5k yesterday. A pathetic 47 minutes, mostly walked. But I am stricken with bad allergies and have taken the week off to try and get them under control.

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KSGROTHE 3/15/2011 3:23PM

    emoticon blog! You have such a great attitude!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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KITHKINCAID 3/15/2011 3:13PM

    We get to drink beer at the finish line? WOOHOO!!! :)

So proud of you!

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OFFDREA 3/15/2011 2:53PM

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SGTSUNNY 3/15/2011 2:50PM

    Great job! Your blogs are so inspiring, love the pictures. You are strong and in control!

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    gosh I love your pictures....oh yeah and I LOVE YOU!

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February Progress Report

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

February Progress Report:

Start weight: 216
End weight: 214
Weight lost: 2 lbs.
Total weight lost this year: 11.5 lbs.
Goal weight progress: 34 more lbs. to go to goal weight!
Onederland progress: 15 more lbs. to reach ONEderland!
Total weight lost: 84 lbs.

My goal was to lose 4 lbs. this month, bringing me to 212 lbs. I didnít reach that, but I know this month I will. Looking back at my calendar I see notes that I need to get more workouts in, and I definitely see a pattern of over indulging on the weekends. I need to stop that. I lost only 2 lbs. this month because I didnít push it like I did in January. I fell off the boot camp wagon, and also overate on weekends and didnít do as much strength training. This is good information to have, it serves as a map to where I would like to be, and how to get there.

My goal this month is to lose 4-6 lbs., bringing me to 210 Ė 208. A huge milestone for me will be reaching 213, which is the weight I was when I married my husband almost 12 yrs. agoÖour anniversary is March 13th, so I will DEFINITELY reach it by then, LOL.

(Yellow is good)


- Created and started a training program to run the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in April. This includes running 3x a week, cross-training, strength and yoga and a rest day.

- Started taking the stairs at work.

- Went out for a walk in the windy Chicago air with my two girls. With the remaining ice and snow, turned into an epic walk.

- I've incorporated weekly outside runs into my training.


- I went sledding and went down face first, on my stomach! Haven't done that since I was a kid.

- I ran at lunch even though I didn't want to and (accidentally) WITHOUT: my ipod shuffle; my HRM and my contacts.

- My favorite pair of black dress pants is finally too big to wear...I've been wearing them baggy for some time now, but now they are falling off and showing too much.

- My wedding BAND fits!!!! I'm 1 lb. away from my wedding weight and I tried it on and it FITS!!!! (This was the smaller band, the larger one that went above this one fit a few months ago).

- I ran in the snow.

- I went to a family party and didnít pig out.

- My underwear is falling down again, time to go down a size!

- I wore new sexy undies.

- I saw some family members I haven't seen in some time and they were shocked by how small I am now.


- I have been logging my food on the weekends even though it hasnít been pretty.

- I wore my sports bra to work to ensure that I go to the gym to get my run in.


Anything can be accomplished with the right mindset.

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WOLFKITTY 3/15/2011 1:04AM

    Wow!! Wow!
Congrats on *all* of your successes!


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CALLIKIA 3/7/2011 1:54PM

    *giggles* I told Hubs I have droopy drawers syndrome. Sounds like you've been suffering from DDS as well. ;) It's funny, I thought I'd be more excited about getting new underwear...and then I realize - nobody sees it. I don't much care! *lol* Still, necessary, right!? RIGHT!?! *lol*

Great job in February and in 2011 so far! Keep it up! Can't wait to read the March recap and hear about you hitting that magic number once again! :)

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CARILOUIE 3/4/2011 2:47PM

    I love the wearing the sports bra to work thing. I feel like changing bras is always the biggest hassle... I may have to invest in some non-uni-boob sports bras!

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WLLMS62 3/3/2011 9:21PM

    Congratulations. What an awesome story.

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KITHKINCAID 3/2/2011 7:53PM

    I LOVE YOU!!!! You are so awesome, even when your month isn't so great. So much to be proud of. Half of those Non-Scale Victories you could also put under the Fitness Achievements section, so huzzah to that!

I just bought new bras today. Losing weight actually boosted me UP a cup size! Haha! That was the nicest little surprise today ever. I went from a 42B to a 38C - the shrinking is finally happening in the right places!

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FREES1 3/2/2011 9:07AM

    you're doing great! sorry the scale let you down but its the least reliable support we've got so not to worry.. you accomplished so much! enjoy the shuffle!

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YATMAMA 3/1/2011 8:22PM

    I love your accomplishments!!

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ROBYNROSE26 3/1/2011 4:35PM

    Awesome, you are doing so great! You are an inspiration!

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JENJESS48 3/1/2011 4:07PM

    You're doing really great! Sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Just keep after it and the weight will come off.

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OFFDREA 3/1/2011 3:00PM

    Kathy you are doing soooooo awesome!!!! So very inspiring!
fb "Awesomedrea Wrong" so we can rock out with runkeeper together!

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CYCLINGSANDY 3/1/2011 2:39PM

    emoticonyou are doing so well. 2# is still 2# loss. You beat your other goals and that is great too! You can continue to succeed with your dtermination and efforts.

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SGTSUNNY 3/1/2011 2:39PM

    Great job last month and good goals for March! I was just thinking of my small wedding band and engagement ring might be fitting soon, very exciting. You have lost a lot of weight since you began. Be good and stay strong this month, up those fitness minutes and you will get your 4 pounds plus extra too!

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TEMPEST272002 3/1/2011 2:27PM

    I'm loving today's lists - especially the "above & beyond" category. I'm going to have to borrow that one!

I have no doubt you'll be wedding weight in time for your anniversary. Maybe you should try on the dress? You may weigh the same, but with your new fitness level, I wouldn't be surprised if you're smaller.

Good job moving forward in February. Here's to giving it our all in March!

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KSGROTHE 3/1/2011 1:58PM

    emoticon You're doing great!
emoticon for being such a positive person and inspiring us with your ability to find all the good things you've done each month!

- Karen

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    I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!! You inspire me everyday partner! Wedding weight here you come!!!!!!

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My 6-Word Success Story

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

YOOVIE, who if you don't know (what? go visit her spark page immediately) is a very inspirational Sparker and writer, wrote in her blog today about a wonderful Spark article about 6 word stories. The Daily Spark story can be found here:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=wha ts_your_6word_success_story

In this article the author challenges us to come up with our own 6 word success stories.

I came up with a few:

"From couch potato to joyful runner."

"Lost World's Largest Ball of Tape."

But my favorite one is depicted in the picture below:

"Lost 80 pounds. Gained new life."

In oh, so many ways than one. I love my new life. Thank you, Lord.

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GRACEISENUF 2/26/2011 2:20PM

    That's good stuff...VERY good stuff!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/23/2011 8:16PM

    Love it!

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ANNEKATHLEEN 2/22/2011 11:54PM

    You are simply fantastic!

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ILOVEPEOPLE 2/22/2011 11:22PM

    emoticon emoticon

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FREES1 2/22/2011 10:09PM

    Live that new life to the fullest while you are still young!
And congratulations!

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JENJESS48 2/22/2011 7:53PM

    Very cool. I'll have to cogitate some more on this one; I'm not the natural writer you and Jenn are. :)

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TEMPEST272002 2/22/2011 5:53PM

    Love it! "Transformed by commitment and healthy choices."

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YATMAMA 2/22/2011 5:50PM

    Mine was something like: Accountability + Activity = A Brand New Me!

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PPLUNICORN 2/22/2011 5:06PM

    Awesome!! Love this!

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    LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! You are amazing partner!

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KITHKINCAID 2/22/2011 4:26PM

    I'll have to think about this one...perhaps "Buff Body Born From Fatty Flesh" - hehe. I like alliteration.

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CHICAT63 2/22/2011 4:20PM

    emoticon so fantastic, amazing that we can and our doing it !

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JMEPAYNE 2/22/2011 4:13PM

    awesome! emoticon

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My boot camp workout

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our challenge this week was to create our own boot camp workout. Here's mine, enjoy!

MAIN CHALLENGE: Create a Boot Camp Workout
Create a HARD workout for the main challenge this week. Think Level 2 or 3 of 30 Day Shred, Cathe, Turbo Jam, The Firm, HIIT - things that REALLY push you. You can create a cardio routine, a strength routine, or a blend of both, but it should be challenging and at least 50 minutes long.

BONUS: Do Your Workout
For bonus points, do your workout and blog about it. I will do this on Wednesday or Friday and blog about it.


(Feel free to steal this and use any part of it that would be helpful to you).

‚ÄĘ Warm up with light cardio (Coach Nicole‚Äôs Walking workout, Leslie Sansone 1 mile, Walking, marching in place, etc.) (10 minutes)

‚ÄĘ Cardio: Coach Nicole‚Äôs kickboxing workout (10 minutes)

‚ÄĘ Boot camp: Complete all 20 exercises for a 20 minute workout, performing each exercise one after the other for 60 seconds each. (You can also repeat the series 2-3 more times for a longer workout.) Perform 10 reps of each, march in place for a few seconds and repeat 10 more reps until you've hit the 60 second mark.

o Jumping jacks
o Push ups
o Triceps dips
o Biceps curls (using 2-5 lb. weights)
o Side bends (using 2-5 lb. weights)
o Side planks
o Standing abduction
o Side twisting
o Burpees
o Walking lunges
o Jump rope
o Squat jumps
o Squat thrusts
o High jogs
o Stairs: Run up and down the stairs at my house
o High knee drill (running in place, elevating knees with each step)
o Ski jumps (lateral jumps keeping feet together)
o Crunches
o Reverse crunches
o Bicycle crunches

‚ÄĘ Cool down with 10 minutes of light cardio and stretching

Total workout time: 50 minutes.

Images from South Florida Sports Leage and USMC fitness boot camp.

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SKFEREBEE 2/24/2011 3:15PM

    This is perfect timing! I was trying to come up with some exercises I could do in the backyard while my son is outside playing, and many of these will fit the bill. emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/22/2011 6:51PM

    Nice job! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 2/22/2011 6:05PM

    You are going to emoticon this workout! Can't wait to hear how it went.

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SGTSUNNY 2/22/2011 4:20PM

    WOW! Great workout! You go girl! I think I will attempt some of these.

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UNICORN212 2/22/2011 2:52PM

    LOL - What are Burpees? Not sure if I have heard that term used in conjunction with exercise...

I wish I could do all of these! You rock!

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YATMAMA 2/22/2011 2:48PM

    You GO girl!!

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OFFDREA 2/22/2011 1:38PM

    BRUTAL!!!! Great job kathy!!!!!

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KITHKINCAID 2/22/2011 12:51PM

    holy crap. i'm gonna stick with running around the block :) i'm an ST wimp!

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BONJI40 2/22/2011 12:12PM

    Wow! Thanks for the ideas....I'm trying to come up with my own workout for the challenge too, and I'm at a loss!!

Great work!

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FREES1 2/22/2011 12:07PM

    awesome workout! you go girl!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 2/22/2011 11:25AM

    Great job! I love it!

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    Oh my goodness I love the picture! What an AMAZING workout! Reminds me of p90x and bootcamp mixed. Ya girl! ROCK IT!

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