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I will be back...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Today it was the day for the elliptical machine. I printed out the 30 minute elliptical workout from spark pages and tried the workout for the first time. Honestly, it was soooo challenging for me. Just way too difficult. I did manage to finish it though. But this was how I was feeling at the end of the work out:



I guess I was already a little tired when I began. But I just pushed through the whole workout with only one goal in my head. And it was this:



Now I feel like all exercises should be named something like this:



Really really tired now. I know I need to look for another easier workout to do on the elliptical trainer.

Still panting... and I will be back, tomorrow. And no, I don't regret that workout. But I do want to find something more manageable. emoticon

  
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NAYPOOIE 11/26/2013 12:01PM

    Love your exercise equipment names.

By all means, find something manageable, but every once in a while, go back and try the killer workout again.

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CHRISTASP 11/26/2013 11:09AM

    LOL about the names. I think you're very wise in looking for what works for you and not taking on too much.

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Today I tried something new again

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I've not been doing very well with running. Shin splints are killing me. Hence I decided not to take my legs for granted anymore. I remember not being able to do any exercise when I had knee issues. Now with persistent shin splints I know that running or even speed walking is not for me.

Hence, yesterday I went swimming.Today I rode the stationary bike. I tried spark people's Stationary Biking Intervals. It's an awesome program. Tells you exactly what to do and it made my workout so much easier. I rode for 30 mins and felt great! Following the program made it more interesting to sit on the bike for 30 mins. Otherwise, it would have been a little boring for me, even with good workout music.

Tomorrow will be elliptical. Have a great weekend spark friends.

  
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144AUTUMN 11/24/2013 4:24AM

  You can do it!!!

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144AUTUMN 11/24/2013 4:23AM

  You can do it!!!

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WOUBBIE 11/23/2013 10:07AM

    Good for you for finding alternatives!

I understand that "barefoot" style running is less likely to cause shin splints, but you'll have to wait until you heal before trying it, and you'd need to start gradually. Good overview here:

http://beginningbarefo
ot.com/2012/06/06/barefoot-runn
ers-dont-get-shin-splints/

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DENVERSUZ 11/23/2013 9:53AM

  Great job! You have to go with what works if you want to stick with it. Glad you found something. :-)

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My 3 month progress

Friday, November 08, 2013

It's been slightly more than 3 months since I've started working out regularly. By regular, I mean at least 4 times a week. I notice that I have my lazy days - the days where I don't want to work out as much. The days where I sit around thinking about the workout for a long time rather than just getting off that couch and working out. Hence I've come up with just one strategy to cope with during these days: Like NIKE says, Just Do It. And hence, I just do it. I coax myself into starting off with something easier and almost always, I end up doing more than I had planned and at the end of it, I feel much better. I mean MUCH BETTER. When I sit around and think about it, I can waste hours of my precious time just contemplating whether I should work out or not. So whenever I feel like that, I just go ahead, put on my workout clothes and shoes and JUST DO IT.

It was my daughter's 3rd birthday 3 days ago. I had so much stuff to do after work. Grocery shopping, shopping for her party, getting her cake... And so I decided, I won't workout that day. Then we celebrated her birthday. And my husband clicked some pictures... And guess what? Wow. I look thinner in the pictures that I did in my previous pictures about 2-3 months ago. That motivated me to get that workout in. And so I did. We were over with the party at 7pm. It was late. I had planned to sleep early. But that picture really motivated me. It was the first time that a picture of me has motivated me. And I went to the gym, did an hour of workout and came back feeling good.

It's just a reminder to myself. That even when I don't feel like it, even when I think I'm too busy for it, I still can do something. Something is still better than nothing. I'm working towards progression, not perfection. So I forgive myself for the times I had not taken care of myself as much as I wish I had.

This picture was taken 2 years ago.



This pic was taken 3 months ago.



This pic was taken 3 days ago.



There's some difference rite? I am not imagining it am I? :) Have a great weekend everyone.

  
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VALERIEMAHA 11/11/2013 4:46PM

    OMG!OMG!OMG! You are an INSPIRATION!!!
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NONIE_C 11/9/2013 4:00PM

    emoticon And thank your for inspiring me!

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TRIKERBON 11/9/2013 7:44AM

    Absolutely you can really see the difference! Good job! I like your comment progression not perfection!

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JENNIFIER615 11/8/2013 10:41PM

    WONDERFUL PROGRESS!!!

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STARDUST_1970 11/8/2013 10:25PM

    Awesome job!! You look great. Keep up the great work.

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LIVINMYDREAMS 11/8/2013 6:49PM

    That is so wonderful! Great job!

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HABITATVITALITY 11/8/2013 6:18PM

    Wow, there is a HUGE difference in your weight from just a few years ago - whatever you are doing keep doing it! Thanks for sharing. I love the "just do it" motto. I procrastinate about exercise also, but when I just do it, I feel so much better and you are right we always end up doing more for some silly reason! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 11/8/2013 3:29PM

    You look great! Keep up the good work!

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CHRISTASP 11/8/2013 2:40PM

    Definitely a difference! emoticon

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TOPAZDRAGON 11/8/2013 1:22PM

    WOW! Lookin' good!!
"When I sit around and think about it, I can waste hours of my precious time just contemplating whether I should work out or not." I can SO relate to this. It's why I've started getting up when my alarm goes off at 5 and sort of blearily doing a sort of shuffling step aerobics routine for 30 minutes. That way I have my "at least 30 minutes daily" out of the way, and it's not hanging over my head. Weirdly, that generally frees up my evening to do more exercise, instead of thinking about how I have to do this bare minimum. Weeeeird.

Anyway! You look FANTASTIC! Keep up the great work!!

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WOUBBIE 11/8/2013 1:12PM

    Wow - what terrific progress! And, yes, doing something (anything!) is always better than doing nothing.

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ABAKER34 11/8/2013 1:01PM

    There is definitely a difference, keep up the hard work, it is paying off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBJAE 11/8/2013 12:53PM

    Yes ma'am there's a very noticeable difference! Way to go!

I agree with the whole "just do it" idea...many times I don't feel like doing anything but I put my workout clothes on and that's all I need.

So happy you're seeing and feeling progress!!

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I almost died on the Elliptical today

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Today was gym day. I decided to start off with the tread mill. I usually don't last very long because I get bored and so I have to hop onto something else after a while. I lasted 25 mins. Then I moved to the stationary bike. I had planned to work out another 30 mins or so. However, when I sat on the bike in the gym, the sun was glaring at my face and I didn't have my sunglasses with me. So I lasted exactly 1 minute on the stationary bike.

I didn't feel like doing the rowing machine. So I decided to try this thing called the elliptical trainer, which seemed more for the elite group of people who workout daily and are much fitter than me.

Within the first 3 minutes, I was dying. It was too much for me to handle. My thighs were aching - the kinda ache you get during a hard workout. One part of me wanted to quit at the end of 3 minutes. And another part just whispered "Go on. Let's see what happens if you don't quit when you think you're dying. Let's just see if you really die...." And so the workout went on... and I lasted 16 minutes. Got my heart rate up to 171 and whoosh... the sweat was pouring. Loved it.

And no. I didn't die, even though I was close to it, within the first 3 minutes. But after that, it was a smooth ride, till I had enough.

It was a great workout day!

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SLASALLE 10/27/2013 1:51PM

    I LOVE the elliptical ... it gives a MUCH better workout than the treadmill or stationary bike, as you found out!!!!

You're doing it right ... start small and work your way up. You'll be there before you know it!!!!!

Congrats!

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DENVERSUZ 10/24/2013 8:10AM

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STARDUST_1970 10/23/2013 5:28PM

    emoticon emoticon Great job..you pushed through the pain. That is a great accomplishment. Now, i guarantee you that you can go further on it now. Why, because you pushed through that pain threshold and have proven to yourself that you can do anything...Great job truly...Keep up the great work.

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HABITATVITALITY 10/23/2013 4:54PM

    LOL, that's so funny! It just goes to show what the body can do when the mind is willing - from 3 mins to 16 mins!! Congratulations! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 10/23/2013 1:15PM

    Good for you! I love the elliptical. It is so much fun and is a great workout. It gets easier. Make sure you were on a low incline and resistance. When I worked out at the gym it had a default setting of 10 % incline and a resistance of 10. Good luck.

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CHRISTASP 10/23/2013 12:21PM

    Wow. You are really unstoppable, trying out new things!

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SHARONCAPPS 10/23/2013 9:53AM

  Great Job! Keep going.

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ALISONCHRISTIAN 10/23/2013 9:52AM

    Good for you for trying something new! I have never been on an elliptical and they look pretty scary to me. It takes all of my concentration to NOT fall off the treadmill!

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NOTANINJA 10/23/2013 9:48AM

    emoticon Awesome job!

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Got myself a new jeans... a size smaller.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

So I'm finally out of the size 20 jeans. I've been a size 20 for more than a year now. I was bigger before that. My biggest was a size 24. Today I am in a size 18 jeans. Happy to be in the 'teens'. Really really happy! Here's a picture!

  
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NEWFLABULESS 10/23/2013 12:02PM

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ALISONCHRISTIAN 10/23/2013 9:54AM

    I love it when that happens! You look great!
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WHYNOTJ1 10/17/2013 10:01AM

    What a great feeling!

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WOUBBIE 10/17/2013 8:30AM

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Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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DENVERSUZ 10/17/2013 7:58AM

  So awesome, you look great!!!

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RSSSLHB 10/17/2013 7:08AM

    emoticon job emoticon

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CHRISTASP 10/17/2013 3:46AM

    Woo hoo! You look good!
I agree: beautiful face!

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YMWONG22 10/17/2013 3:01AM

  That is simply an awesome achievement! Congratulations!
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SPARKLETHYME 10/17/2013 2:05AM

    Wow, you have a gorgeous face at any weight but I'll bet those smaller jeans are a lot more fun!
Congrats on your success. Well done!
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1DRWOMAN 10/17/2013 1:44AM

    WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

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