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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm back! The cruise was fabulous, eating TONS of naughty stuff but I was in the fitness center every morning so I was able to keep the weight gain at bay. Visited my parents for a week after and that was the real danger zone. My mother cooks like a chef and though she claims to be health conscious, it became quickly apparent that she has no realistic concept of what that means. She has been unsuccessfully fighting obesity my entire life and this is my first time really seeing the reasons why. She is either completely ignorant of healthy nutrition concepts or she is totally in denial. I fear the latter. She also has a billion excuses not to exercise. Before I left, I dusted off an old Leslie Sansone VHS tape that my sister gave her years ago which happens to be PERFECT for her current fitness level. I also set her up with a walking kit (pedometer, light weights, book) just in case she and my dad can stop bickering long enough to take a walk together (because she hates doing anything alone). They are so cute. Of course she thinks I'm now too skinny but.....

Anyway, back to me. After eating totally on my own (without calorie counters, logs, etc) I came back only two pounds heavier. I'm thrilled! I got an electronic body composition analysis while on the cruise and it read like this.

Body Composition Current Target
Percent Body Fat 24.8% 22.0%
Total Weight 120.0 lbs 116.9 lbs
Fat Weight 28.8 lbs 25.7 lbs
Lean Weight 91.2 lbs 91.2 lbs
Fat Weight to Lose 3.1 lbs
Metabolic Rate 1259 cals 1259 cals

Losing 3.1 pounds of body fat is certainly a goal I can achieve before the end of the year. The target stats they have for me are a little higher than I'd like but we'll see how this all pans out. I had a bit of trouble getting back into the swing of things when I came back on Sunday but Janis Saffell snapped me out of it this morning with her Strike Zone DVD. Fabulous!

Missed my SP buddies something fierce but I've got tons of stuff to do this week so I'll have to catch up with everybody slowly. Later!

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SWEETALEE 8/1/2008 11:56AM

  Welcome back Sue, we did miss u. Where was your cruise to? Hope u have some pictures for us to see. I dont have my family around but before my pregnancy, my hubby was complaining I'm too skinny now and I still had 22 more lbs to lose. Its actually quite funny reading about your mum but it must be a bit frustrating for u. Chat soon

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COOLTWINMOM3 7/30/2008 3:52PM

    You Rock Sue!!

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CURL643 7/30/2008 8:09AM

    You are very inspiring !

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KFAYJAY 7/29/2008 10:19PM

    That is great!!! Not a big feat to challenge.

And aint that the truth abt parents. First they talk abt you needing to lose weigght and then when you do then they say you are too skinny.

My mom, use to say dont lose anymore weight....cuz she was use to me being the way i was and then when i lost (previously) then that was her subtle way of saying I was getting too skinny...which i wasnt but to her I was.....

I am glad you had a wonderful time. I have yet to go on a cruise, kinda low on my priorities, but I dont want to be an old hag before i go on one either and can only play shuffleboard and bingo!!!! LOL!!! Peace!!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/29/2008 9:09PM

    Only a two pound gain is awesome and you will lose that before you know it.

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Bon Voyage!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Quick hit and run. Going on vacation (a cruise), won't be back online until the 20th or a bit later. Will miss all of you. Be good.

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    Have a great vacation and tell us all about it when you get back.

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SMILES4383 7/10/2008 9:19PM

    Have a WONDERFUL VACA......we'll be thinking of you while you're gone....and we'll be right here when you get back!

Have FUN.... emoticon

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COOLTWINMOM3 7/10/2008 7:16PM

    I am gonna miss you Sue!!!!

Have a great time!!

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Here I go again

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I'm changing things up a bit. I know, I do this every week but, progress, you know? In an effort to try come back from my starvation mode episode, I've have been doing lots of reading. On the food front, the suggestion is to do a gradual refeed (increasing your calorie intake) to convince your body that there is plenty of available food. That, to my absolute SHOCK has been working. I've increased my food intake and the scale has started moving down again.

As far as my workouts (which are what got me into this mess to begin with) this seems to be the problem. When you drastically increase your workouts, especially your cardio (as I did), your body can sometimes perceive this as extreme stress and respond accordingly. What is your body's stress response? Well among other things, the over production of cortisol. What does cortisol do? Among other things, INCREASE FAT STORAGE! Talk about shooting myself in the foot. I've even read that too much cardio can even cause muscle loss and that the secret to fat burning is to do short amounts of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and longer amounts of weights.

SO here's the challenge. I'm a little confused about what workouts to do. I thought The FIRM would fit the bill for the HIIT but I did a rotation this week (thanks CoolTwinmom3) that included The Firm and it does not seem to have a sufficient amount of either (cardio or weights) to give me the results I need. After doing Jari and Cathe, I almost feel like I am wasting my time with the FIRM.

Nothing against the ladies, ( except of course the robot factor I complained about before) because they are excellent workouts but I suppose because I've changed my fitness from weight loss to muscle gain, they no longer do it for me. I suppose they are good for days when I am in a hurry or extra sore from my harder workouts. They would also be good for maintenance. I have read that you can maintain your fitness level by doing approximately half of what it took to get you there.

Anyway, back to the challenge. I got The Abs Diet for Women, Body For Life and Body For Life for Women from the library yesterday. Between them and my over 100 workout videos,I should be able to figure out how to tweak my workouts for maximum efficiency.

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MUNCHIEMA 7/8/2008 1:27PM

    Hi, I just joined the twins Mom group and it lead me to you (one way or another). I just read your blog entry and I was inspired! Thanks! Anyhow, have you tried the Reebok step workout? If so, what is your opinion of it? Thanks! emoticon

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SWEETALEE 7/8/2008 4:30AM

  Hey Sue, this is so true. I was told the same thing. Too much cardio can wipe out a lot of hard weight training time. Most of my strength training sessions before I got pregnant would be almost an hour. I've heard it time and time again, more muscle means less fat. But its one of the reason I like the Firm workouts, the interval training crossing over from weights to cardio etc., It is effective...
Overall for me. I am fatefully committed to Cathe, The Firm and Amy Bento's strength training workouts. I can pretty much say I will be sticking with them for a long time to come. The Firm works for me because after an intense workout with Cathe and Amy, its good to have something less challenging but still up there on the list of a good workout. Hope things work for u.

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COOLTWINMOM3 7/7/2008 10:36AM

    You crack me up Sue!!!
I think what is great that even though you change your routines, you are still learning as you go, which is important.
By the way, I just thought you should know that I just picked up from my library two weeks ago "Champions Body for Life" by Body for Life champions and challengers by Art Carey.
It is very interesting and I like the principles of the book so far.

If you would like...... I would be happy to help you change your routine for this week...
Give me a hollla!!
Take care

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SMILES4383 7/6/2008 3:02PM

    Cortisol is evil....that's for sure! Definitely find the workouts that give you results. Why waste your time....there are no re-do's.

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Take Two

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Okay, let's try this again. Jari Love Get Ripped 1000. Will definitely be an addition to my "shredding" collection. I am spent in a way that I haven't been in a long time. Could only get through half of it before I collapsed. That almost NEVER happens with me.

All the principles of using weights to burn off the initial carbs then cardio to burn the fat are all mixed into one DVD. Weights for a few minutes then intensive cardio for about 1 minute on and off all the way through a 60 min workout. For me it was an intensive interval/circuit training workout. LOVE IT. emoticon

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SWEETALEE 7/1/2008 4:15PM

  Hey Sue, I stopped by on Angela's page to say hi and after seeing your post, I read your last 3 blogs.

I don't find Cathe as tough as she's made out to be. I consider her to be an advanced instuctor yes, but you can actually do her workouts. She gives you a break in her weight training workouts. Amy Bento is good but she pushes u too hard with hardly any rest period.

But I have to agree, circuit/interval training is really the best. Its why I also enjoy The Firm workouts so much. Most of them are interval/circuit training.

I was amazed at how well I could squat with ease after working out for a while with the Firm.

I plan on previewing Jari's again, I did but cant remember why I didnt get any. Maybe after the baby.

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SMILES4383 6/29/2008 11:17PM

    Circuit training is the absolute BEST. Nothing is too difficult at a few minutes at a time...and 60 min over in no time.

(")_(") Terri

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I'm not worthy!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Just did half of Jari Love's Get Ripped 1000. What an extremely humbling workout for me. It took me 57 mins to get through31 mins of her workout. I had nothing left. I can barely type emoticon I'll write later when my hands stop trembling.

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KRHEMMER 6/28/2008 11:12AM

    I LOVE that video and do it at least twice a week. It is a great workout. I remember being where you are when I first started. It was so hard that I absolutely dreaded it and was wiped out for some time afterwards. Keep doing it and you will see awesome results guaranteed! That video has reshaped my body so much.


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