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Day 238- Elliptical is getting easier!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Today I did another 30 minutes on the elliptical. It felt better today, so hopefully my body is remembering that I'm not all that out of shape. I feel like I went pretty fast, 70 rpms for most of it. My kids cheered me on today again.

I have to agree with my sparkfriend, SIBLEYHONEYBEE, that at this point, I have to say "no" to the treats. Cake, ice cream, oreos, donuts... they all get me started down a bad path and then I crave more. Last night another victory. Hubby brought home Oreos for Sean (he got a Rocephin shot). It was a Costco box. I have totally resisted, with the help of my kids. I did eat pizza last night, but that was just one meal off the diet. It was deep dish, so it was mostly the ingredients parts, not a whole lot of crust. (I'm a low carb person).

I'm still researching different ideas for when school starts to really jump start my program. For now, I feel like I am making progress at regaining the stamina I had not too long ago.
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MJ7DM33 7/24/2012 4:27PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/24/2012 3:08PM

    Another resistance! Way to go!! Enjoy the rest of your day and stay cool!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/24/2012 2:12PM

    Your workout sounds great. I'm glad that it was easier today. It sounds like you enjoyed it more. It is always fun to challenge yourself and that is hard to do if you feel like you are going to die the whole time, lol. Great job resisting the sweets. I LOVE oreos (groan). Last night my hubby brought home his favorite kind of pie from a local restaurant and I didn't have any. It actually felt good to know I said, "No," instead of giving in and feeling guilty about it. :) Yay! At some point we have to stop using junk food as rewards and treats. That is REALLY hard to teach children. Sigh.

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Day 237 Need to rebuild a little

Monday, July 23, 2012

I finally did 30 minutes on the elliptical today. It was hard. I feel out of shape again. My family was great, and cheered me on through each ten minutes. My new fitness goal is to get more routine at 30 minutes of cardio several times per week. The ten minute stints keep me at it, but I need some longer sessions to get back in shape again. I'm so lucky to have the elliptical too with the 100 degree temps outside.

I had a victory at work last night too. A coworker brought a danish ring from Panera. I love cream cheese danish. YUM! I waited until after this coworker left, and then put the leftover ring in the refrigerator without taking a piece. This was a huge victory for me!
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CINDYSDAY 7/24/2012 11:11AM

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/23/2012 9:17PM

    My children cheer me on when I workout too. I think it is the sweetest thing and reminds me of my motivation.

Congratulations on not indulging in the treat at work. We went to a birthday party yesterday and I didn't have any cake/ice cream. Some schools of thought say "everything in moderation" but I just have to stay away from sugar or it makes me want MORE of it so at this point in my journey it is definitely best to just say NO and stay on track.

Your exercise goals sound great. I think 30 minutes on the elliptical is a GREAT workout! Keep movin'!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/23/2012 8:46PM

    Way to resist the treat!! Hopefully your summer is winding down so that you will have more time to fit that exercise in. I know that you've been busy, busy, busy. You can do it!!

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Day 236-"Jump Start" ideas?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

When will this heat wave end? I guess it's good that I'm working so much. I can't have much fun outside when it's so hot and humid.

I did 20 minutes on the elliptical today: 5 min warming up and gradually getting faster, 13 minutes going fast (around 70 rpm), then two minutes slowly cooling down. The thirteen in the middle were hard, but I feel like I'm working toward something now. Over the next couple of weeks, I hope to come up with a plan for when school starts. I need some 60 day boost for myself. I plan to go 60 days straight eating well for one goal. I also plan to come up with some exercise plan for those sixty days. I want to look at my expected work schedule and write out my exercise for each day ahead of time and try to mix things up a bit.

Any suggestions on "Jump Start" workout plans that have worked for you?

I've heard of PX90, or something like that, and I just saw the "Insanity" workout commercial, which looks too hard for my joints. Any ideas, no matter how crazy, would be appreciated.

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/23/2012 7:42AM

    Your goals sound excellent! Maybe I will join you on the 60-day healthy eating challenge. I think planning your exercise is great. Maybe with the cooler weather after school starts you could sign up for a race and work consistently towards that goal with a running regimen since that is what you are passionate about. As far as strength training I think the kettlebell is a fun way to switch things up. I bought the Fit Yummy Mummy kettlebell workout DVD set and a 20 pound kettlebell.

~Melissa

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/22/2012 3:40PM

    I love Turbo Jam (and right now Turbo Fire), but if you are wanting easier on the joints, I also love the Yoga Booty Ballet series (can you tell that I'm a Beachbody.com fan?). YBB can be done with or without shoes and it combines some dancing with yoga and toning. Just a suggestion! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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Day 235- Thank you for the support

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I've kept my streak alive still. I did 10 min on the elliptical. All the support from my spark friends has inspired me to keep going. I may only be doing 10 minutes per day right now, but it's better than not doing anything at all!

  
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HSMOM2FOUR 7/22/2012 7:10AM

    You are fabulous!!!! 10 min of movement is still movement!! This is about getting HEALTHY - and you know what your body needs. Sometimes it needs GENTLE movement b/c it is sick or injured, sometimes it needs for us to give it all we've got!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/21/2012 7:20PM

    I find that it's nice to know that even when life is overwhelming I am still taking care of myself through exercise. It gives me some peace of mind when everything else is sort of chaotic. I'm glad to see you are keeping your streaok alive!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/21/2012 12:42PM

    It's great that you are still keeping that streak going! Keep it up!

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KAYTIE22 7/21/2012 12:01PM

    What a great streak! Applause! Applause! I know it's hard to keep up the pace and dedication to getting that exercise in everyday especially with your busy schedule.

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Days 233 & 234

Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm still barely doing my 10min/day of exercise, mostly quick walks or a quick 10 min on the elliptical. Yesterday was a nice walk with my daughters, today the elliptical. I've picked up lots of extra shifts at work to help with our bills. I'm finding it difficult to keep sparking, but I'm managing.

One spark friend yesterday was shocked about eight of us in a tent. We have one crazy tent. You can see examples at shelter-systems.com (I believe that's the website). It's a 20 foot diameter dome that's about 10 foot high in the center. It's made of plastic and held together with pvc pipe. We put four sets of bunk-bed cots (disc-o-beds in camping catalogs) in the tent and we basically have our own barracks.

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/20/2012 12:29PM

    Your "tent" sounds like an EXCELLENT way to go camping. I CAN'T sleep on the hard ground, but I think I could sleep just fine on a cot. What a great idea!

I'm glad you are keeping your streak alive even with your added stress. Don't stop Sparkin'. You would be missed! Your life is an inspiration to us all.

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~Melissa

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/20/2012 12:18PM

    You should post a picture of the tent! Have a great Friday!

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