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6 Weeks...Kicking, Screaming and ready for More!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Write it Wednesday Blog:

Approaching 6 weeks into this challenge and I just want to throw myself on the floor and burst into a tantrum like a 2 year old emoticon emoticon! Despite my efforts at fitness, nutrition, and hydration...I just can't find that combination of what my body is comfortable with to let go of anything! Regardless what I change up it remains very comfortable with staying steady! Nothing new really, for over a year now I gain a couple, lose a couple, continue wearing the same pants etc., etc! That's just something that I am not willing to accept yet!!

If I said it's not, on occassion, frustrating to be doing things right, participating, forging forward, pushing outside the comfort zone and seeing nothing come of it while those around me ARE I'd be Lying! But rather than let it kick me in the teeth, I'm kicking back, and not on the couch either! emoticon I refuse to let numbers, digital, measurement, sizes or otherwise, play with my motivation or determination! 2011 is still the year I will see my goal weight!

While everything may seem in perfect order, it never is...there's always room for progress!! There are things I know I can improve on so here's the deal...

emoticonI can eat breakfast earlier instead of not get around to the first meal of the day until around 9! That's far too long to wait since I Rise N' Shine about 6:30!

emoticon I can also get a jump on water for the day drinking a glass before breakfast! I don't have issues with drinking too little, but my morning coffee has always come first!

emoticonI can exercise earlier! By no means will I be flying out of bed and hitting the equipment, but having workouts completed before noon would be a huge accomplishment for me! This is not going to be easy, I repeat NOT!!! I may just need the Pixie Police to cuff me to the treadmill for a while to make this happen and become habit! emoticon emoticon

On the exercise subject...I will not allow myself to get all "Maniac Minute" crazy again! Been there, done that, doesn't work, weight comes back, unless you are willing to put in extreme minutes for the rest of your life! I'd rather have a nice balance and variety of sustainable "lifestyle" minutes and see smaller losses that are going to stick around!

emoticonWhat I can and will bring back from my "crazy" days is the goal jar...1 cent for each minute of exercise I complete daily! Worked like a charm, even though it doesn't seem like much, the visual alone was worth it's weight in gold! This time... I'm upping the stakes and will reward myself an extra 10 cents daily for eating breakfast within an hour of waking and 25 cents for completing exercise before noon! At challenge end I'll find something to reward myself with based on the amount of money I've earned!

So...While kicking and screaming has been frustrating to this point, it's also made me dig a bit deeper! I'm gonna continue the next 6 weeks the same but be...Kicking it up emoticonwith some new habits and Screaming positive thoughts emoticonwhen things don't seem Rainbows and Rah Rahs!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUNNERJUDY 2/10/2011 10:09AM

    Gee! Thanks for the thoughtful & heartfelt blog. We struggle with the same issues--late breakfast, needing to exercise earlier in the day, and the search for lifestyle balance. I like the goal jar idea! My only suggestion is to think of one concrete step you can take toward a.m. exercise...that's what I was trying to do with my yoga last week...something routine as I step out of bed to set the tone for the day. Maybe for you it's the pushups, or 100 step-ups, or whatever, to give your metabolism a jumpstart. Looking back at my weight history, my thinnest years were before my DH took over the morning dog walk. I think that quick 10-minute up & down the block walk made a huge difference. emoticon

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DENSMAMA 2/9/2011 11:03PM

    I love the jar concept and may even 'assign' to my goals and accomplishments. Sounds like you have the right spirit, just keep trucking on!

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GRACIEC 2/9/2011 6:41PM

    I hear you! If you figure it out - let me know!

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DOOBRIE 2/9/2011 4:13PM

    I know it's hard but emoticon


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BULLSBAMA98 2/9/2011 1:11PM

    Those are great goals and I love the jar idea of a penny per minute of workout! I will have to try that.. You can do this. I know you can

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NEVADAPP 2/9/2011 12:59PM

    I do believe that all that "Kicking & Screaming" does burn calories! Lol!

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TWIN412 2/9/2011 12:50PM

    emoticonthnaks for sharing

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Weekend Challenge 5...Woo Hoo 100's!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Challenge runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY

Your challenge is to perform 4-100's of anything you want each day! All strength and planned fitness minutes count....you pick your pleasure every day.

For every 100 completed each day you'll earn a emoticon ...Complete 4-100's in one day and earn an emoticon ! Please use these emoticons when posting your completed chosen exercises to the Forest daily!

The reps of 100 must be the same exercise, but do NOT have to be performed at the same time...spreading them through the day in 5 sets of 20 or 10 sets of 10 is completely acceptable and will keep your metabolism fired up! Always remember to work different muscle groups daily to allow recovery to work its magic! If you are performing exercises that you generally use weights for consider dropping the weight either in increments per set, by 1/2 or all together to avoid overworking your muscles...always work within your level of fitness!

Try to incorporate 100 Fitness Minutes into at least 2 of your 5 days, of course the more sweaty cardio the better!

Here's the weekend plan....
FRIDAY: emoticon day complete
100 Squats
100 Adduction (ea leg)
100 Abduction (ea leg)
100 Step Ups

SATURDAY: emoticon day complete
100 Tricep Dips
100 Modified Push Ups
100 Dumbbell Pullovers
100 One Arm Dumbbell Rows

SUNDAY: emoticonday complete
100 Bridges
100 Wide Leg Dumbbell Squats
100 Step Ups
100 Lunges

MONDAY: emoticonday complete
100 Wallies
100 Bicep Curls
100 Dumbbell Chest Press
100 Dumbbell Flys

TUESDAY: EXTRA emoticonday complete
100 Dumbbell Side Bends
100 Reverse Crunches
100 Rope Climbers
100 Swimming
100 Fitness Minutes


Weekend Challenge 4...Rainbow Freggies!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

emoticonChallenge runs FRIDAY - WEDNESDAY

emoticonEach serving of freggie consumed 1 point (no maximum)

emoticonEach color you incorporate into your day 1 point (maximum possible 5/day, 1 ea color)

emoticonFor each day you get a Full Rainbow you get 1 bonus point!

Points are awarded for FULL servings of a freggie only... bites of something won't get you one!
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Servings are figured as the following:
1 medium piece of fruit
1/2 cup fruit (raw, canned, or frozen)
1/2 cup cooked vegetables (canned or frozen)
1 cup raw vegetables
1/4 cup dried fruit
4-6 oz. of 100% juice (serving size depends on the type of juice)
V-8 juices (both veggie and fruit) have a combination of freggies that create 1 serving, but not a full serving of each fruit/veggie ingredient listed! A 4-6oz serving would be considered one serving and represent 1 color (you choose which) and 1 fruit/veggie.

Friday ~ Freggies13, Colors 5, Rainbow 1~ Total: 19
Saturday ~ Freggies 11, Colors 5, Rainbow 1~ Total: 17
Sunday ~ Freggies 9, Colors 5, Rainbow 1~ Total: 15
Monday ~ Freggies 13, Colors 5, Rainbow 1~ Total: 19
Tuesday ~ Freggies 9, Colors 5, Rainbow 1~ Total: 15
Wednesday ~ Freggies 8, Colors 5, Rainbow 1~ Total: 14

Total Challenge Points: 99

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SKINNYSOON13 2/3/2011 6:22PM

    This is as good a place as any to say .... I LOVE PIXIE CAPTAINS! :-D

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NEVADAPP 1/26/2011 10:03PM

    This is a good one for us! Yay!

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Weekend Challenge 3...Island Hike!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This weekends challenge will have the Pixies traveling to the warm, sunny island of... emoticonMAUI!
We'll be hitting the trails, as a team, and hiking the 8,448 foot distance of the Haleakala Ridge Trail!! Our plane for the island will be leaving shortly, so get yourself packed and prepared for sweating in the warmth of the Sun! emoticon Challenge will run THURSDAY - TUESDAY

emoticonEach minute of exercise you complete will equal 1 hiking foot. There is NO Cap to the number of minutes you can contribute daily!

Are you ready to start the hike? Lace up your hiking boots, emoticon pack some healthy snacks and lots of water in your backpacks emoticon....Grab em' and let's get ready to hit the trail! Don't forget the sunscreen, glasses and bathing suit for the Beach Party emoticon when we reach the trails end!

emoticonMy daily Island Hike Pledge....60 minutes daily!
Thursday: 76 minutes
Friday: 73 minutes
Saturday: 91 minutes
Sunday: 65 minutes
Monday: 97 minutes
Tuesday: 106 minutes
Wednesday: 29 Extra minutes
Challenge Total: 537 minutes!

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    This is going to be a fun challenge :)

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Weekend Challenge 2...CICO!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Challenge runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY

The idea here is to help us better understand how many calories we are taking in every day and how many we are burning through Planned, Intentional exercise. Excess in, means excess on! emoticon Excess out, means excess off! emoticonWe want it OFF!

Points for CICO will be awarded as follows:

emoticonCI (Calories In):
5 pts for each day you stay within your calorie range!

emoticonCO (Calories Out):
1 pt for each day you burn between 100-499 calories
2 pts for burning between 500-999 calories
3 pts for burning 1000-1999
4 pts for burning 2000+.

emoticonYou can earn 1 pt bonus each day simply by posting your CICO in the Forest...Visibility=Accountability, so come share!
Maximum 10 points possible per day!

Calorie Range: 1200-1550
CI points (5 or 0 daily): Fri- 5(1304); Sat- 5(1392); Sun-5(1274); Mon-5(1319) ; Tues-5(?)
CO points (4 max daily): Fri-3(1065); Sat-3(1058); Sun-3(1113); Mon-2(539); Tues-3(1063)
Bonus Daily post(1 max daily): Fri-1; Sat-1; Sun-1; Mon-1; Tues-1
Daily totals: Fri- 9; Sat-9; Sun-9; Mon-8; Tues-9

Challenge Total: 44 Points Ya hooo!


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