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Day 6 Bootcamp

Friday, January 08, 2010

Your Day 6 workout video for Friday, January 8, can be found here:

Also, do 30 minutes cardio of your choice today as well.

Your Bonus Challenge for Friday (optional) is to limit your caffeine intake today. Turn to natural energy boosters instead. Too much caffeine can leave you irritated and jittery. After the "buzz" wears off, you could end up feeling more tired than before. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee or a sugary, calorie-laden soda mid-afternoon, try taking a short walk, doing a crossword puzzle or breathing deeply for a couple of minutes. Eat slow-digesting protein and whole grains at lunch to help prevent afternoon drowsiness, and avoid overloading on simple carbs mid-day.

I was just having my only cup of coffee for the day! when I read this. So the cup is going into the 'fridge for tomorrow! I only drank about 1/3 so I am going to consider the bonus challenge as a success today!

**I am such a DoDo sometimes - I found alternate Cardio Videos for Sunday but I am not sure who else had as much trouble as I - I am posting the 3 alternates here for anyone interested.

I really like this one!

There was even an alternative to the Jumping Jacks!!

I haven't looked at these, but you can if you are interested:

and www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness

**edit: Is it only me or is the balance ball kind of big for this? Trying to get the ball behind me was tricky to say the least. I did manage to do the exercise - just curious if anyone else thought a smaller ball might work better?
I really can't believe how much fun I am having with this BootCamp this year!

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SMB19191405 1/9/2010 3:05PM

    Maybe your ball is too large. There are different size balls and I have two of the them. I agree - one of the balls was just too large for me to do the exercises comfortably (if you can call exercise comfortable). Anyway - I had to switch to the smaller ball. I guess we are just too short for those larger balls. :)

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BARNABABY1 1/8/2010 11:45PM

    Thank you for the alternate cardio videos...I couldn't do the other one at all because I just can't get both feet off the floor at the same time!

I also could not do half of today's video. My arms were not long enough to hold the ball behind my back in a way that allowed me to raise it up at all. I also had no arm length left to push myself up off the ball - they just reached the ball as I sat on it! But I did what I could!

I think this week has gone pretty well.... I definitely have room to improve for next week and am looking forward to the challenge!!

Let's keep up the great work!
Mary Ann emoticon

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EMMABE1 1/8/2010 8:52PM

    Glad you are having fun - but how they thought I could do it -well!!!!!!
I have just gone back to my own exercises!!

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MARTY19 1/8/2010 6:06PM

    I am not happy lately with this particluar bootcamp. Maybe just because I don't feel good.

Love you,

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_VALEO_ 1/8/2010 5:19PM

    Like you, I was having my second cup of coffee when I read the optional challenge (yikes!)... But I can't function without it in the morning! And it is such a habit than I had a third one after going back home!
I'm having fun too -so much easier for me than last year, that I'm actually enjoying it, and I can do also my cardio.

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KNITTABLES 1/8/2010 5:03PM

    I have cut my coffee in half today, instead my usual 4, I had 2, so i considered to have met this challenge. Good jog posting the fitness video, I have down loaded all of them, thanks for sharing. We rock this bootcamp don't we. Cheers

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    Good job on putting away the coffee. I would have had an issue with that challenge if I was doing the boot camp. My morning coffee helps warm me up and gets me going at 5 am.

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Day 5 Bootcamp

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Your Day 5 workout video for Thursday, January 7, can be found here:

Also, do 30 minutes cardio of your choice today as well.

Your Bonus Challenge for Thursday (optional) is to also do the Lower Body Stretching Video after your Bootcamp workout. You can do it later on, but you have to make sure your muscles are already warm, so right after your cardio workout would be best! Here's the video link:

I completed today's BootCamp but I was confused - the Bonus Challenge Stretch was already included in the BootCamp video? emoticon

These would be so much easier if there was a BootCamp DVD so I could pause when I have to roll around and also to see what to do next.

Anyway, I have completed Day 5 BootCamp - video, bonus video & cardio!


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SOPHIADARE 1/8/2010 1:13PM

    Congratulations on your 120.4, too! WooHoo for you!

You're always an inspiration!

Best wishes!

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_VALEO_ 1/8/2010 6:26AM

    Great job, Linda! emoticon

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BARNABABY1 1/7/2010 11:15PM

    I wondered the same thing about the extra stretching video....guess they figure we can't get enough stretching. emoticon

Today's workout went fine but I'll tell ya, my abs and lower back were killing me this morning when I went to get out of bed! I didn't think I had really been able to accomplish much while rolling around on that ball but boy was I wrong!! emoticon

Ok, now onward to tomorrow!! Let's all keep up the great momentum we've got going.
Mary Ann

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LOPEYP 1/7/2010 9:17PM

    Me too!

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GRALLEN 1/7/2010 5:25PM

    Did mine too.

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MESSENE 1/7/2010 5:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMMABE1 1/7/2010 4:34PM

    Well done, Keep up the good work!!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/7/2010 4:34PM

    Well done Linda. You're working so hard to get your results.

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KNITTABLES 1/7/2010 4:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI did it too!

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Chapter 4 in The Spark & Day 4 SP Bootcamp!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I am determined not to rush my way through The Spark. I am amazed at how many ideals I have already been following without knowing it!

When I read the Paragraph Breakthroughs, I knew this was my today's blog.

My Aha Moment - When I realized I could do this! Before I reached my first written goal of 165 lbs, I changed it to 148 and then dared to dream I could reach 135!

My WooHoo Moment - Being a normal weight of 135 for the first time in my memory and realizing I didn't have to stop yet, I could go lower!!

My Breakthrough Point - Knowing I could maintain ANY weight I reached!

Day 4 Bootcamp:
Your Day 4 workout video for Wednesday, January 6, can be found here:
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Also, do 30 minutes cardio of your choice today as well.

Your Bonus Challenge for Wednesday (optional) is to eat at least 3 servings of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables today. Besides being nutritious, veggies can fill you up on fewer calories so that you're more likely to stick with your healthful eating plan for the day. The Nutrition section under our "Healthy Lifestyle" tab is full of tips to add veggies to your day, so check out the articles there if you need some help.

Done, done, done! But I did have to modify the last plank and just do it on my elbows! I tried with the hands - just too soon for me!

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_VALEO_ 1/7/2010 1:06PM

    Keep up the good work! I can't wait for reaching my Breakthrough Point!

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ENUFALRDY 1/7/2010 11:47AM

    Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to us all. I am just starting chapter 4...such a great book and as I read it I feel like it is all an Ah-Ha moment.

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SHUCG1004 1/7/2010 10:56AM

    Linda, you are such an inspiration to me and so many others. I just wanted to let you know how much your positive attitude affects me! I've never met you but I sometimes think, "Linda would want me to get some nutritious food instead of the junk I am craving." I remember you told me "one day at a time" or "one moment at a time" when I posted on my blog that I was feeling everything and everyone was against me and that I had no hope. You gave me hope. What a wonderful gift!

I'm determined to read through the Spark and take my time, too! I am still in the introduction.


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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/6/2010 10:20PM

    Good for you!! I love the concept of Aha, Woo Hoo, and Breakthrough moments - it's an exciting one, I find!
You're my role model :)

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PALESEPT 1/6/2010 8:32PM

    Great job on getting all of the challenges in for the bootcamp! I think I got all of them done, and I didn't even know it:) I have to check out the team page in more depth. Looking forward to the rest of the week. Good luck to you!


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KNITTABLES 1/6/2010 8:27PM

    Great moments, I too did all my challenges for bootcamp. Here to doing day 5, have a great night and keep up with the great work. UhUH moments can be real eyeopener.

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Day 3 Bootcamp Video Challenge

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Today was a breeze for me! The hardest part was walking back to a sitting position on the ball!

I Like this video!!

Did the Bonus Challenge of 2 sets of Close Arm Wall Pushups too!

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MSMAKEOVER 1/6/2010 4:32PM

    I enjoyed that workout and did the bonus too. WTG Linda....

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    WTG. Spark on my dear friend.

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SHUCG1004 1/6/2010 8:54AM

    Good job, Linda!

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CATHEITE 1/6/2010 8:38AM

    I love that these videos also challenge your balance. emoticon

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_VALEO_ 1/6/2010 1:49AM

    Great job! I also like this video -I'm easy to pleased when it involves the stability ball that I love.

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BARNABABY1 1/5/2010 10:49PM

    Me too....me too.....We are awesome!!!
Mary Ann emoticon

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KNITTABLES 1/5/2010 10:45PM

    Great job, I too enjoyed this one and I did all the orther stuff as well. here's to day 4, we can do this.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/5/2010 8:04PM

    Great work!! I can only look on from the sidelines, because I don't have the video setup, but I admire you!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/5/2010 7:49PM

    Bless your heart - literally AND figuratively, Linda! Well DONE!!

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GRALLEN 1/5/2010 6:14PM

    I really enjoyed today's video too.

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CUPCAKE_LIL 1/5/2010 6:08PM

    Good for you! I've only done the cardio challenge of it so far.

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Why I am eating bread again!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Like most "dieters" I pretty much had quit eating bread unless I had no choice (when I donate blood I bring a sandwich because I am not home for lunch).

Back in June I noticed my hair was starting to thin emoticon

I started doing some research and found I was very low in Zinc and Magnesium - the Zinc did help as the hair at my temples started returning - but I still had some thin/balding spots in the back! More research and I asked my co-leader from At Goal & Maintaining and she recommended I start taking Hair, Skin & Nails. Well, there is more than one H S & N on the market - one is vitamins, the other is the herb Horsetail which I have learned is silica. I was taking the Zinc, H S & N (both kinds) and after my last haircut and asking the hairdresser I am also taking a Magnesium tablet daily. Yes! Thankfully the hair is regrowing, everywhere!

Back to the bread. I am tracking nutrients that I seem to be having difficulty consuming and lately I noticed that Bread seems to have a little of everything! Has to be the wheat flour!! (No, I do not use Whole Wheat Flour - my DH doesn't like it.) But it has reminded me that "Bread is the staff of life" in the Bible!

And this is why I am eating bread again! I eat a slice of my own rather fattening bread every day now. It is giving me all sorts of trace minerals and vitamins!

Maybe flour is so fattening because it is so full of nutrients?!

Monday Challenge was lower body video - did pretty darn good but had to use the walker to balance for the single leg stuff.
Ate my fruits for the bonus challenge!

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CATHEITE 1/6/2010 9:10AM

    Wow, this is all new to me so I found it hugely interesting. I'm a carboholic and have never given up my bread - not for anything. I tried the Arnold Sandwich Thins in rye this week... OMG! Heaven! I'm so glad you found the answer you needed, Linda.

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EMILYBEMENT 1/5/2010 6:26PM

    Linda, you are one smart chick, you have an issue you search out a solution. This is why you are such a great success. I can not wait for the day I can maintain and get bring back in moderation a few things I have always loved. But bread is my weakness and until I get my poo together it will still be off limits. I am working on my inner strength as much as I am working on my outer. Hugs, Em

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 1/5/2010 11:40AM

    I love bread too....it would be hard to give it up completely. I treat myself to an Arnold's Sandwich Thin most days. They come in multi grain, wheat and white. I love 'em. High in fiber and low in cal (about 100). Yum!

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BITTYGIRL51 1/5/2010 7:55AM

    Great blog. I am not a "dieter"...but am a Weight Watcher....that's why I love the program so much. It's doeable! There isn't any food I have to deprive myself of...I have just switched from white flour to whole wheat flour/ white bread to whole wheat bread, pasta, tortillas etc; I also limit my intake of bread/carbs...but for what it's worth - I lead a normal healthy lifestyle by enjoying all my favorite foods in moderation. Extremes just don't work for me.

Thanks for confirming what I already knew. You are on the right track.

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KNITTABLES 1/4/2010 10:58PM

    Interesting to know, I take cal/mag but not zinc. I will check it out, I do eat 12 grain bread now.
Hope your hair grows back nice and thick.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 4:49PM

    Interesting blog Linda, and helpful as usual.

My hair also fell out at an alarming rate last year as a reaction to medical trauma. I had it cropped short and my hairdresser advised me to eat wholemeal bread as well as Brazil nuts and small bananas (1 of each a day). My hair has thickened up again but I've kept it short. I would never have had the nerve to cut it so short if it hadn't fallen out but everyone says it's taken years off me so it's part of my new look these days. Oddly it was straight before it fell out but has come back with a wave it it and a much better texture.

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/4/2010 3:13PM

    Oh, I'm so glad abut your hair, Linda! I know what it's like to have one's "crowning glory" become less so, having had my hair periodically thin from general anesthesia. So glad this mix of minerals plus the silica are helping! Plus, the extra zinc should enhance your immunity, and magnesia helps our bods absorb calcium...so emoticon And that flour is enriched...cereal's the same, so when I eat my cereal, I see my nutrient numbers go up :) All the best, Susan

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ASTORRES1 1/4/2010 11:45AM

    I do bread in moderation......as with everything....alittle is ok...alot not so much....lol


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SHUCG1004 1/4/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you, Linda, for doing what is right for you. Do you have a breadmaker? I am seriously considering getting one!


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MESSENE 1/4/2010 11:06AM

    I have noticed my hair getting a bit thinner too. I have been trying the calcium magnesium w/zinc too. emoticonI wonder if the weather has something to do with this, since we normally have tons of hair in our family. emoticonBread sounds like a emoticonidea! Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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JUDYK17 1/4/2010 10:21AM

    I love bread! That is one thing that I will not give up on. But all in moderation. Could that be why my hair is thick and full? As my daughter the hairdresser complains about when she is cutting my hair!

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GRALLEN 1/4/2010 10:09AM

    I don't know but I love bread. There are just some things I refuse to give up. Maybe that's why it's taking so long to lose the weight.

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JILLTBNAGART 1/4/2010 9:52AM

    Everything in moderation right? Hope the hair makes a complete come back.

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