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My favourite weight loss quotes

Monday, February 14, 2011

Forget all about "A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips", these are SOOOO much better!

"Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!" - Author Unknown

"It's hard. It's hard to move that lard." - Wal, Biggest Loser Australia

"The best exercise for your abs is walking. Walking away from the kitchen!" - Chalene Johnson

"Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork." - English Proverb

"If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner." - H.S. Leigh

"Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks!" - Author Unknown

So those are the mantras, and the couple fun ones I love are:

"I've been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I've lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet." - Erma Bombeck

"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is." - Ellen [Degeneres]

"Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake." - Author Unknown

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ONLY1EMPRESS 2/14/2011 4:43PM

    I've been quoting a lot of them to myself for some time... Some I get from watching TV or fitness DVDs, some I find around the Internet here and there but http://www.quotegarden.com/dieting.
html seems to have quite a lot of them in one place!

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QUILTINGQUE 2/14/2011 4:21PM

    I love those - many I hadn't read before!

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MIMIDOT 2/14/2011 4:15PM

    Those are neat! Where did you find them all? They are so true.

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Ohhh this is going to be tough!!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

So for the past couple days I've been perusing my arsenal of DVDs and videos to separate them into categories for the next few weeks of workout...

Yoga/Pilates/Ballet - this bit was easy because those are all quite straightforward. They are all either straight yoga, pilates, ballet or a fusion of the three.

Weight training/Muscle toning - some were quite straightforward like Jari Love and the SWAT workout but then you get some that you're like "Is this weights or cardio?" Things like the 30 day Shred and The Firm for instance... I've decided to include anything that uses weights or resistance bands at least 75% of the time; I think 'cardio toning' ones should be OK too.

Cardio - For a hardcore cardio lover I must admit that choosing suitable workouts stumped me. I suppose it has to do with the fact that I'm not allowing myself any of the videos I used in the past two months (which I blogged about in my last post), nor am I allowing myself anything in that vein becuz they ARE my favourites and I don't want to encourage any overuse injuries. So, no videos where the major focus is boxing, kickboxing, walking or plyo. I did not realise how DIFFICULT that was! Most trainers incorporate these elements because they work and provide great results.

After a massive re-organisation, the only thing left is dance videos. I'm not completely thrilled. I think it says something that I've had them all in my collection at least 6 months and not used them once!!! While I CAN dance freestyle, and LOVE to dance, organised choreography is not my friend. It took me a good couple weeks just to get the grapevine down! emoticon Well, as Chalene Johnson says, "Even mistakes burn calories!" I'll give it my best shot and see what happens. I've got a wide enough selection anyways - Hip Hop Abs, Jennifer Galardi, Clubland, Ministry of Sound Pump it Up series, Yoga Booty Ballet Live and Zumba. LOTS of choice so maybe I'll even find some new faves to love!

  


It's so hard to say goodbye... (DVD/video reviews)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

My only way of working out is at home with DVDs/videos. I have over 100 of them from various sources and it's always a challenge for me to add a new one into the rotation because I have SO many favourites! I am addicted to cardio but for the next few weeks I'll be switching up my routine to more weight training and yoga/pilates/ballet type stuff and not so much cardio *sniff* On the one hand I'm excited to be able to try new things, but on the other I'll miss my old friends!

Videos in the past 2 months were:

1. Turbo Jam - Cardio Party Mix 1, Mix 2, 20min Workout and Ab Jam
I was addicted to this series the moment I pushed play. It's fun and you can make it as easy or as difficult as you like and gets you sweaty and the most amazing toned arms! This was the only workout I used to get in shape for my wedding in March 2010. I dropped 10 pounds in 3 weeks with it and got nice and lean looking. Forever grateful for that.

2. TurboFire - Fire 30, 45, 55 EZ Class, and 60; HIIT 15, 25 and 30; Abs 10; Stretch 10
In the same vein as Turbo Jam but a bit more amped up, especially with the high intensity interval workouts.

3. Cathe Friedrich Cardio Core Circuit
When I first tried this I was disappointed I hadn't tried it sooner! It's an unbelievable cardio (and core) workout and my calves and core always feel it the next day. Doesn't feel like it gets too much easier in between which is good and I'm happy that it doesn't require any equipment. I'd like to definitely see more of her but most of her workouts use a step which I don't own.

4. Leslie Sansone - 3 mile Super Fat Burning Walk, 4 mile Super Challenge and 5 mile Fat Burning Walk
I initially thought that these would be too easy for me as I love things like TurboFire and Insanity which are both SO different in character from a 'simple walk'. I thought this might be more for the elderly or very unfit or overweight so always passed on Leslie. However, I'd read so many good things about this series on SP that I decided to try just one walk and I was HOOKED! I couldn't believe that it's fun to walk in your living room but it's true (for me anyways). It flattened my stomach (must be all those knee ups) and is a good solid low impact workout for days when my body needs a break from all the plyometrics. Now I try to fit it at least one walk every day but it's tough with so many other DVDs to try!!! emoticon

5. Kendall Hogan - 10 minute Cardio Shape Up
I'd never watched Exercise TV but found the website about a year ago (which has an amazing array of videos) once I started hunting for diversity in my video collection. I love Kendall Hogan since then because he is so upbeat, positive and energetic and his workouts are powerful even though they are so short.

6. SP 28-day Bootcamp
Did the videos every day in conjuction with all of my others and this helped to keep me consistent.

7. SP Jump Rope Cardio
My bonus video from the 28-day challenge, I've always liked it anyway because it gets your heartrate up nice and high and gets you sweating (even without a rope).

8. Denise Austin's Non-Aerobic Trim and Tone Workout
VERY old school (from the 80's!!!) but my goodness! SO effective!!! The 30 minutes move very fast so I don't get bored, it's challenging enough without getting you sweaty for those days you don't feel like a sweatfest *LOL* but you WILL feel it...that day, AND the next!

9. Debbie Siebers - Start it Up, Burn it Up, Mix it Up, Tone it Up, Cardio Core Express
Debbie is nice and friendly but is a HORRENDOUS cuer. You never know what moves are coming until the moment she does them and even her sidekicks at the back sometimes get tripped up by this. My workaround is to continue to do what I'm doing for one more round before I switch so that way I'm not fumbling around and wasting time.
The music can be a bit boring so in conjunction with the lack of cuing I would crank my own tunes and mute this. It would only work for the standing portion though because once you are on the floor and your eyes are off the screen you have no idea what's going on. She seems to be a better cuer on the floor anyway.
Her workouts also feel long to me. A 70min walk with Leslie feels shorter than a 50min workout with Debbie for some reason. For those people who like even reps on each side you would not be happy. She doesn't always keep track of the reps she does, especially when she gets chatting to her sister, so you might feel one arm or leg worked more than the other. My workaround is to keep track of when she does that and switch to the opposite side first the next time I do the video.
Despite all of this, I'll keep using certain videos from the Slim in 6/Slim Series in the next few weeks because the moves are simple to perform, it's another solid low impact workout, the quality of the weight training is fantastic and I've got some nice muscles popping out because of it, and the results are what keeps me going back to it even though it's not what I'd call fun. You can make it easier or more difficult by using lighter or heavier weights so it can grow with you if you have the patience to let it.

  
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ONLY1EMPRESS 2/4/2011 2:18PM

    Yes they are related to length - so Fire 30 is 30mins etc.

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BUTSWEETER 2/4/2011 1:18PM

    Thanks for reviewing! This is maybe a silly question, but are the Turbo Fire titles related to length?

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SOPKAMANJU 2/3/2011 5:00AM

    emoticonTaank you for the review emoticon emoticon

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The cutest lunch boxes ever!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My new bento boxes arrived from Japan this morning and I couldn't be more pleased. Makes taking lunch to work even MORE fun!



Bushi, the Samurai
Marie, the French maid

  
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HONEYBEEZ 1/22/2011 7:16AM

    Your bentos are adorable...wish I could get them here. Mine is a rather plain looking ceramic bento...but I love it anyway....something different from the ordinary lunch box. I'll have to check out the ones from bento and co.

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ONLY1EMPRESS 1/20/2011 7:33AM

    I got mine from Bento & Co in Kyoto - http://en.bentoandco.com/
Bushi, the samurai warrior and his geisha Maiko were only available on there exclusively as they deal with the manufacturer Hakoya directly. Maybe they will be available elsewhere shortly but the rest of the range can be found in other bento shops. Just Bento has a list of stores - http://justbento.com/shop or maybe eBay might have as well. Search for 'kokeshi bento'. emoticon

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SPARKER59 1/20/2011 7:10AM

    They are AWESOME!!! Where in Japan did you order them from?

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KAILYNSTAR 1/18/2011 9:11AM

    emoticon
I love it! They are so cute!

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BUTSWEETER 1/18/2011 9:02AM

    Aw! I want one!

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GRAMMIE1959 1/18/2011 8:12AM

    cute

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GARDENCHRIS 1/18/2011 7:15AM

    they are cute! emoticon

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ANIME77 1/18/2011 7:08AM

    There so kawaii yeah you i'm jealous.

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The Latin Vibe

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm definitely feeling the buzz. Back home from visiting my favourite Brazilian restaurant and my system is not used to more than a modicum of fat/salt/sugar so I can feel it all buzzing though my veins right now. I'm not stressed or panicked or feeling guilty or planning to"work it off" tomorrow in a frenzy. I'm feeling like a nice normal in control person who had a nice night out and deserved it. Yay me!!!

  
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VKKESU 1/18/2011 10:11AM

    Good for you !! That's the way it should be. I'm the same way unless I have those nights too close together which starts the sugar withdrawl again. :) Keep up the good work !

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