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100 Days of TaeBo!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Today marks my 100th straight day of TaeBo Basic. That's really an accomplishment considering I was in the hospital yesterday. I had really bad stomach cramps after finishing my run on Thursday night. I hardly slept, and the cramps just got worse on Friday, so I had my husband take me to the emergency room. They don't know exactly what was causing them -- either a virus, or my calorie restriction along with not drinking enough water. I can definitely do better on the water end, and work on getting in enough healthy calories each day.

I was determined not to miss my 100th straight day of exercise today, but I was concerned that I wouldn't feel well enough to do it. Well, I felt great this morning, and I got through it just fine.

Today was my weigh in day at Weight Watchers as well. I was only down .2 lbs., becaue my weight spiked 3 lbs. on Monday. Not sure why. I spent the whole week trying to get it back down, which explains why my doctor told me I haven't been taking in enough calories.

I need to find a consistent plan that works for me. I've explored calorie counting, WW points counting, raw veganism, Paleo, intermittent fasting and some others. How I eat each week is really determined by what's going on in my life. This week, I haven't had much time to plan meals, so I'm a bit out of sorts. Looking forward to getting on a consistent schedule in the coming weeks.

This week, I'll be focused on upping my water intake, and being consistent with my meal plan.

Starting weight loss goal: 91.6 lbs.
Weight lost thus far: 21.6 lbs.
Lbs. 'til goal: 70 lbs.

  
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AATKIN01 8/6/2012 9:26PM

    congrats on 100 days! emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 8/6/2012 2:47AM

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ALOHAEV1 8/5/2012 12:36PM

    100 days with TaeBo... emoticon

I can think of better ways to spend Friday night, high five on pushing through.

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LADYDARYA 8/5/2012 10:37AM

    Congrats on the 100 days in a row! emoticon

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LE7_1234 8/5/2012 12:47AM

    Fantastic!!!

Hormones can cause spikes. I spike 2-4 lbs at ovulation--which is pretty much all water (my thirst goes way up then). It could also be some reaction to the running, or extra salt in some food, or a whole array of things that don't mean you suddenly gained fat.



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KAYBEE37 8/4/2012 5:10PM

    Wow, congrats about 100 days in a row of TaeBo! That's an incredible commitment. And I think that TaeBo is a really great way to exercise.

I also hope that you feel better soon. I think your desire to not skip a day is fantastic, and I wish I could be as motivated, but of course, if you're hurting, then sometimes you have to cut yourself some slack. I really hope you feel better soon, and congrats again on your dedication to fitness.

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RAPUNZEL53 8/4/2012 3:49PM

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End of the Honeymoon? Could it Be?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Preparing to go out on my evening jog. Stomach is hurting a bit, so it might be more of a walk, but I'm looking forward to a little alone time with my podcasts. This was day 98 with TaeBo Basic, and I'm starting to think our honeymoon period is coming to an end. I'm starting to get that 'stale' feeling, which is usually the point where I drop off. Instead, I'm going to be exploring some options for other workouts I can do in the mornings. I hate to let go of my TaeBo streak, but I think it's served its purpose -- to get me moving in some systematic pattern. I've got momentum, and have made exercise a habit now, and I think it's time to graduate to bigger and better things. Don't want to lose my muscle tone though. Any ideas?

  
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ANNROSE126 8/4/2012 11:05PM

    GOSH SPARKFRIEND,

THE OPTIONS ARE NUMEROUS!

LOTS OF PEOPLE LIKE A 2O-30 MINS. YOGA OR PILATES OR YOGALATES ROUTINE IN THE MORNINGS TO GET THEM GOING FOR THE DAY.

IT WOULD ALL TAKE RESEARCHING BY YOU AS TO WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO.

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MIRRORBALLMOON 8/4/2012 12:03PM

    I'm a bug fan of Jillian Michaels workouts. My faves are 30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism.

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LE7_1234 8/4/2012 9:15AM

    Even professional athletes take a break now and then. I think you've done an AMAZING job of setting a goal and sticking to it. And I think your body will let you know if you take too long a break!

I've been doing more yoga lately. Enough on the "power yoga" side to feel like a real workout--but still with enough of the stretching, meditative side to feel that I did something centering and balancing, as well. And it seems to mix well with running....



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CINDYWAGNER1 8/2/2012 11:03PM

    Change is a great thing. Check out other videos and see how you do. I bet a new spark will be born. Good luck!!

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A Little Cuter

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Well, I pulled out my slightly cuter workout clothes to run in last night. I don't know if I felt any better or not. They're not only cuter, but they're tighter, and a little more revealing... but they match. I guess I figure I'd rather be noticed for being plus-sized in cute clothes, than sloppy-looking in my 'bum around' get-up.

Hey, I got my running speed for 2 miles down by 2 minutes... it can't be all bad!

  
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TRACYZABELLE 8/2/2012 6:59AM

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WALKINGCHICK 7/31/2012 4:49PM

    Nice one hun! Its such a good feeling to get your training times down, and to do it in your favourite clothes is a special bonus. Well done, great job - here's hoping I can emulate your hard work :)

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Quit Looking at Me!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Well, yesterday I went on my 2nd jog this week here in my neighborhood. If you read my blog regularly, you know I'm a devoted TaeBo fan. I do it every morning, and I've pledged to keep doing it (or any other form of exercise) for the next 3 months (6 months total), and then I'll reevaluate and determine what my regimen needs to be after that.

I've decided that I need to add some jogging 3x a week in the evenings to up my cardiovascular endurance. I've actually enjoyed the 2 jogging sessions I've had this week, but I've found myself becoming very self-conscious while out there on the road. There's an area near me that has a sidewalk, and is a little more 'off the beaten path' than the main crossroads. But there's still traffic. Mostly cars, but foot traffic as well. I can't seem to stop assessing what the passersby must be thinking about my form/speed/butt/overall appearance as they drive or walk by.

I know it shouldn't matter. I should just get out there and do what I need to do for my own health -- devil may care. But I do care. I've worked out in the privacy of my own home for 3 months now because I don't feel comfortable exercising in front of other people. I don't even want my husband watching me.

It's a big step for me to put myself out there like that, but I know it's for my own good. I keep feeling that if I were 40 lbs. lighter, and had a cute little jogging outfit, I could feel a little more confident about strutting my stuff for all the world to see. I'd whiz by, impressing onlookers, and inspiring them to greatness. Right now, I feel more like a spectacle -- from my drab jogging pants and dingy T-Shirt, to my thunder thighs, to how slowly I jog. I'm stopping every couple of minutes to walk it out.

I know, I'm a work in progress. I'm trying to remind myself that whatever people may be thinking about your appearance out there, they'll think for 1.5 seconds and move on with their lives. I'm not going to allow it to deter me from reaching a higher level of physical fitness. I'll deal with the embarrassment, and have a story to tell. I know, I know. I should just get over it and enjoy my workout. And I am actually enjoying it, believe it or not.

I just wonder sometimes if I'm the only one who is tempted to shy away from getting physically active for fear of being judged?

  
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ALOHAEV1 7/31/2012 7:53AM

    emoticon Save your $$$ for something awesome for yourself don't worry about matchy matchy yuppy stuff. Keep up the good work.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/29/2012 8:57PM

    Heck yeah!! I used to "run" only at night in my neighborhood but I never had any reals goals, so that never lasted long!!

Now I've set myself the task of "running" a 5K, so I've started by "running" at the gym. I have not released myself into the wild yet LOL. I use the quotes because I really go "wogging" -- I walk/jog.

I like the air conditioning at the gym, the nice springy track and the 100% level path....and mind you my 5K time still SUCKS. I can never pull it in in under 41 minutes.

I don't appreciate those tiny little ladies in their matched outfits that lap me but I'm delusional enough to convince myself that I look like them...SOMEDAY!!!

Haha!!


Sounds like you are an exercising BEAST!!! Good for you!





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1GR8FULWOMAN 7/29/2012 6:19PM

   
No, you're certainly not the only one, but it's so good that you are knowing the truth,
that you are a work in progress. You keep on keeping on. You're doing great!

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AATKIN01 7/29/2012 1:06PM

    You are so not the only one. When I first started jogging, I was majorly self conscious. I always thought people were staring at me when I ran. I felt like my form was probably hunch-back of notre dame looking, especially when I was tired... which was within a minute or two when I first started. But you know what, after a while, I got over it. As I got more confident (being able to run longer... not faster yet lol) I started not even noticing the people at all. I would get into a zone and just keep moving.

You can do it. Do give two cents to those around you. emoticon

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MUTANTQUEEN 7/29/2012 1:04PM

    Wow. "You look as ridiculous as I feel." That pretty much sums it up. Most people don't have the drive/courage to get out there themselves, but they'll judge others for doing so. Thanks for the blog link. I'll check it out now.

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LE7_1234 7/29/2012 12:39PM

    Nope. You're not the only one. One of the reasons I prefer running on the treadmill at home is I really hate how much I sweat.... (TMI?? LOL!!) And actually, I hated the feeling of being watched when I was 10 pounds lighter.

Some people are A$$holes. Like the guy I passed once who told me "you look as ridiculous as I feel." Ugh. Most people really don't care.

But some... Well, if you want some inspiration, here's an amazing blog--found the link here on someone's SP blog.
http://flintland.blogspot.
be/2012/05/hey-fat-girl.html>


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Halfway There!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Today is the 3-Month Anniversary of my 6-Month commitment to exercise EVERYDAY!

So far, I've stuck with TaeBo Basic in the mornings. I've persevered through sickness, schedule irregularities, baby births, vacation, touring schedules, interruptions by well-meaning family and friends, juicing, eating raw vegan, scale fluctuations... you name it.

I told myself that I would stick to daily exercise for 6 months, then evaluate my progress. I wouldn't ask, "why?", or, "Is this working?" I would simply honor my commitment to myself and demand consistency in this one area.

I'm down 20 lbs. so far, but the bigger reward is learning how that consistency has affected my perception of my efforts. I feel that I have the longevity and the 'stick-to-itiveness' to see my goals through, and to learn to maintain my success in the long term, rather than faltering after the excitement has worn off.

I've fiddled around with different ways of eating (I'm trying Paleo this week), and seeing what affect those things have on my weight loss efforts. I have learned that you can actually gain weight while exercising if you're not eating right. That's a pretty important piece of information.

I've gained lots of muscle tone, and increased confidence. I'm ready to up my exercise goals, and kick it into a higher gear for these next 3 months.

Thanks so much to those who have cheered me on thus far!

Total to lose: 91.6 lbs.
Total lost so far: 19.6 lbs.
Total remaining: 72 lbs.

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/28/2012 7:59AM

   
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I also have "food ADD" am always tweaking. I'm not as adventurous as you though! Glad to hear you have picked up momentum and are succeeding...

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MEME102 7/27/2012 8:11PM

    Such a good blog -- your statement 'I told myself that I would stick to daily exercise for 6 months, then evaluate my progress. I wouldn't ask, "why?", or, "Is this working?" I would simply honor my commitment to myself and demand consistency in this one area.' was very profound to me -- that's what I have failed to do in all my attempts -- to honor anything and while I've not given up ever - I just don't 'try as hard' as I had been. I need to dig deep and find that -- thanks so much for voicing what I needed to hear!

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ALOHAEV1 7/26/2012 7:53AM

    emoticon on your non scale victories!!! 20 pounds in 3 gives you braggin' rights...



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LE7_1234 7/25/2012 2:56PM

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JACRBUNCH 7/25/2012 12:35PM

    Great job. Keep going

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