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Overcoming: moving in June continuing into July

Sunday, July 06, 2014

June was a good month for staying active. I was able to do a walk and/or run almost daily. This took some planning to get up early many mornings to avoid heat and/or humidity. I was pleased to be able to put in some miles even most days of our traveling. I also ran a 5K race on Saturday, June 28. I've still been building up strength and endurance from sickness in April, so my target was set to complete the run in under 40 minutes. I was very pleased to complete it in 38:23.

Even with all the increased WO minutes and continuing to follow healthy eating, my weight still fluctuates in a 4 pound range. I am pleased with the fitness and nutrition progress I am making. I just wish I could see the number on the scale go down. I have a lot of clothes that I have not been able to wear because of the weight gain last year. I hate to think about buying new clothes when I know I'm working to bring it back down. The progress of weight loss is not going down as quickly as I had hoped.

The BL Sizzling Summer Challenge has been wonderful to provide me with additional motivation and accountability. It's because of that challenge that I pushed myself to get started again on the ST I had been planning to do. It is also helping me to watch my eating even closer than what I had been doing. I am very thankful that I was introduced to this challenge.

My summary for accomplishments in June: weight fluctuated within a 4 pound range and ended the month about the same place I started, put in 81.25 miles, total 1599 WO minutes, did not do bodypump at all but began to build up ST endurance, daily averages were 4.4 veggies, 2.23 fruits, and 10.3 glasses of water.

Target focuses for July: lose at least 3#, put in at least 2 miles a day, aim for 90 miles total, target a total of 1750 WO mins., start doing BP 2-3X week, increase daily average of veggies to at least 4.6, maintain averages of water at 10 glass and 2 fruit daily.

My plan: run/walk 6 days a week alternating days of 2 and 3 miles with increasing longer runs on Saturdays, encourage DH to walk each evening at least 1 mile, Bodypump at least 2X-3X week or replace with other ST, WO with DVD when able, complete 3-30 minute WOs a day whenever possible.

To WO three times a day can sound like a lot. However, for me these are not necessarily hard WOs. It those seem like I need several days of this timing with exercise to begin to get my weight to come down. Everything else - my eating, getting plenty of veggies and fruits, no soda, extremely limited amounts of sugar and processed foods, plenty of water, and sufficient sleep - are pretty much in line where they need to be. Hence my main focus of adjustment this month is my exercise.

I have my usual tracking calendar printed for July. I have included on it the weekly challenges for the Pink Panther challenge team I am with. These calendars have played an important role to keep me on track even when we're traveling and away from home.

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcomer!
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KALIGIRL 7/7/2014 8:30AM

    Excellent plan!
Here's to continued success.
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Overcoming: May much better, moving into June

Monday, June 02, 2014

May was definitely a much better month for me than April. It's been a long process getting over the upper respiratory infection. I still have some coughing from it. However, I can notice improvement every week and I have most of my energy back. I have built up my distance running to 3 miles a few days a week. Now I need to focus on faster pace and endurance with fewer and smaller walk breaks. I am also just beginning to get back to doing some BodyPump. One of my targets is to be able to do the full WO without breaks by the end of June and begin adding weight again.

So here's the summary for accomplishments in May: lost a couple of pounds (almost down to where I was before had to stop doing WOs), put in 61 miles, total 1135 WO minutes, did not do bodypump at all, daily averages were 3.9 veggies, 2.35 fruits, and 10.16 glasses of water.

Walking and jogging were the main WOs I did. I had hoped to do some ST and more aerobics, but I just wasn't ready for it. It did feel great to be able to be outside and increase the walking to more running.

Targets set for June: lose at least 4#, put in at least 2 miles a day, aim for 80 miles total, target a total of 1750 WO mins., start doing BP 2-3X week, increase daily averages to at least 5 veggies and water up to 10 glass, maintain average of 2 fruit daily.

My plan: walk at least 1 mile each evening with DH (he has been gradually chosing longer routes for us so the amount is increasing!), run/walk 6 days a week alternating days of 2 and 3 miles with increasing longer runs on Saturdays, begin Bodypump again at least 2X week and 3X by end of month usually on 2 mile days, WO with DVD when able.

The past couple of weeks I have increased my veggies by usually having two smoothies a day. The smoothies include 2 veggies (spinach or kale) and one fruit. I have one for breakfast and vary the fruit I use. My second one is an afternoon treat that includes half a banana and cocoa powder. Tastes like a chocolate shake! Sometimes I add a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. These give me 4 veggies. So having at least one at lunch and dinner I easily increase the number of daily veggies.

Water is much easier to take in than what it used to be. With the warmer weather I can easily drink 2-3 glasses after a running WO. I keep my 24 oz. water bottle with me all the time, wherever I go, so I'm always drinking from it. I very rarely drink soda anymore. At home my soda treat is seltzer water with root beer flavored stevia. I've just gotten to the point that I don't what to drink all those chemicals that are in regular soda.

I have my June tracking calendar printed and ready for use. This tool has been a huge help to keep me on target. I have also joined the Biggest Losers Team Challenge for the summer challenge. The requirements of this challenge will help keep me accountable as I report into the team. It will also add encouragement and motivation as I connect with others working toward the same challenges. I am very excited about being a part of this challenge. I believe it will push me closer to my maintenance target.

Looking forward to this summer and the enjoyment of continuing to connect with all my wonderful SP friends. Thanks again for being here!

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcomer!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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GODZDESIGN95 6/4/2014 10:16AM

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KALIGIRL 6/3/2014 8:25AM

    Excellent plan!
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Here's to a wonderful month!

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GINTEX 6/3/2014 1:24AM

    emoticon Wow Barb! It sounds like you have had a wonderful month - Many great accomplishments. I am so happy that you are joining us on the Pink team. You will be an encouragement to me and other team members. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Overcoming: April illness, ready for May!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

As April began I was ready for a good month of WOs and running. Through March I had gotten into the routine of Bodypump for ST 3X a week and was doing an additional WO almost everyday. I was looking forward to April and the prospect of warmer weather to be outside more. The first weekend of April we took a road trip. However, I made sure I at least did some walking each day even if I couldn't do other WOs. When we returned home I focused on increasing my running distance. Then it hit - the middle of the month I came down with a bad case of upper respiratory infection. I suddenly found I had no energy to do anything at all. With meds and lots of rest it still took me most of the remaining of the month before I felt like I could go out for walks. Even then they were very short and slow going.

Targets set for April were: lose 4#, put in at least 1 mile a day, aim for 50 miles total, total 1750 WO mins., continue doing BP 2-3X week, keep daily averages at least at 4 veggies, 2 fruit, bring water up to 9 glass average. These were all on task to be meet, except for doing Bodypump, when I got sick. There's no sense to figure totals or averages. I'm just ready to move forward again.

Coming into May I am finally feeling more energized again. I am starting to take longer walks with short intervals of jogging. This means my targets for the month have a focus of building up strength and endurance again.

Targets set for May: lose 4-6#, put in at least 1 mile a day, aim for 50 miles total, total 1500 WO mins., build up Bodypump to 2-3X week, keep daily averages at least at 4 veggies, 2 fruit, and water 9 glass average.

My plan will be build up to: walk at least 1 mile each day (preferably with DH), work running up to 3 miles 3 days a week, Bodypump usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, WO with DVD on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

Lord willing this will be a better month and He will help me to overcome the challenges April had. I am glad for the strength He provides when I am weak.

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcomer!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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Overcoming: March summary and April targets

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

March still had a lot of cold days in it. However, there were periodical breaks of warmer days to help get everyone through the snow days. It's the beginning of Spring now. Even though we may get hit with a few snowy days yet, the generally warmer days make a big difference in my attitude and motivation. We're even seeing signs of the first flowers coming up!! emoticon
Another emoticon that I lost 4 pounds in March. It was not a gradual loss, but it all happened within the last week and half. It was a challenge at times to stay with my plan, however, the final results are always worth it.

Targets focuses for March were: lose 4#, put in 50 miles, total 1500 mins. WO, continue to increase plank challenge, start doing BP 3X week, bring up daily averages to 4 veggies, 2 fruit, and 9 water, let body fast for 12 hours by not eating after 7 pm.

I was very glad I did the ST challenges in February. That made it so much easier to change to doing Bodypump 3X a week. I started the month needing to take breaks in various sections of the WO. Throughout the month I have been able to increase the weights on some sections and now I need only 1 break in a couple of the sections. I can definitely tell the improvements that have come. I also opted to focus on BP rather than staying with the plank challenge.

The last couple of weeks I backed off on the running I was doing because my knee was bothering me a little. I switched to doing walking, mostly with DH. So I only completed about half the miles I had hoped to do. The knee is feeling better now and I am gradually working from walking into running again.

Summary of accomplishments for March: lost 4# (WooHoo!), put in 27.5 miles, total 1610 WO minutes, did bodypump 3X weekly, daily averages were 4.2 veggies, 2.2 fruits, and 8.35 glasses of water.

Targets set for April: lose 4#, put in at least 1 mile a day, aim for 50 miles total, total 1750 WO mins., continue doing BP 2-3X week, keep daily averages at least at 4 veggies, 2 fruit, bring water up to 9 glass average.

My plan: walk at least 1 mile each day (preferably with DH), work running up to 3 miles 3 days a week, Bodypump usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, WO with DVD on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

I have the April calendar printed and starting to track my targets for daily workouts, water, veggies, and fruits. This tool along with journaling everything I eat and details of my workouts has been very helpful in improving my focus to come closer to hitting the bull's eye of the set targets.

I continue to appreciate the teams and connections I have made here at Sparkpeople. This has made a huge difference in keeping me accountable and motivated. Thank you to all who have given support and spoken words of encouragements. I could not have gotten this far without all of you!

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcomer!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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STARLITNIGHT 4/15/2014 5:26PM

    You have a very sound plan, well organized, I love your energy!

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    Here's to a great plan and successful tracking!
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Overcoming: February summary and March targets

Friday, February 28, 2014

February was a big motivational challenge for me. There were days I struggled with not feeling well and days the cold weather got me down. I didn't get to the Y to run as often as I wanted. Some of those days I was able to do a WO at home and at least get a few more minutes accomplished.

I decided to focus on improving my ST with the challenges I set in place rather than doing BP. The plank challenge progressed too quickly for me but I did work up to doing 1.5 minute planks the final week. Even though I didn't do the squat challenge each day, I did increase to 240 squats a day (more than established in the challenge) and I started doing them with the added weight of a barbell. I followed a bicep challenge that I was able to increase the set of reps to 4 sets for each exercise and also increased the dumbbell weights.

Target focuses for February were: lose 4#, put in 45 miles, total 1350 mins. WO, start doing Bodypump 2X week, follow squat, biceps, and plank challenges for the month, increase daily averages to 4 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit and 9 glasses of water.

Summary of accomplishments February: no weight loss only 2# fluctuation, put in 20.75 miles, total 970 WO minutes, didn't do BP, increased to 240 squats with barbell, 4 sets of bicep reps with heavier dumbbells, and plank to 1.5 minutes, daily averages were 3.9 veggies, 1.9 fruits, and 7.9 glasses of water.

Targets set for March: lose 4#, put in 50 miles, total 1500 mins. WO, continue to increase plank challenge, start doing BP 3X week, bring up daily averages to 4 veggies, 2 fruit, and 9 water, let body fast for 12 hours by not eating after 7 pm.

My plan: run or walk each day with intervals on Wednesday and longer runs on Fri. or Sat.; Bodypump on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; aerobics DVD on Tues. and Thurs. and optional Saturday. Sunday is always a rest day from WO's.

I have my March calendar ready to print with the plank challenge and tracking for daily veggies, fruit, water, and workouts. Having a tracking calendar has been very helpful. Also, the past couple of weeks I have been journaling when and what I eat as well as WO's including how motivated I am and how I feel about the WO.

Some areas were closer to hitting the center of the bull's eye of the target than others. I look forward to fine tuning my focus to hit those targets better in March!

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcome!
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STARLITNIGHT 4/15/2014 5:25PM

    You sound so focused, keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 3/1/2014 11:08AM

    Love your SMART goals and plan for March - you are well on your way and
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