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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Post your 12 week plan in a BLOG entry to receive 150 points. (complete any day, receive one time points)

I've been thinking about this all day (Friday) because, as of Monday, my schedule is changing drastically. Here's the tentative plan until I see how it works. I may have to tweak it a little.

Breakfast will have to be quick and easy to make as I'm estimating that I'll be leaving the house no later than 5:45 in the morning. I pick up my first child on 6:50. I have a 20 minute drive to the yard, another 20 minutes to do my Pre-trip and then an, as yet, undetermined amount of time to get to my first stop. Obviously, it has to be 20 minutes, or less.
Lunch will be either a carefully made (the night before) salad or sandwich that *should* be 500 cals or less and snacks for morning and afternoon at 200 calories each.
Dinner on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays will be chicken, pork and fish. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, because I need to be at run club, peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
Weekends I will keep my focus and *try* not to fall off track. I'm sorely outnumbered by males and they are NOT watching what they eat like I am.

Currently, the plan is to do BodyPump on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. I run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Friday is my rest day.

On top of this, I need to make sure that I check in with my team and keep them motivated. Hopefully, they'll motivate me, too. emoticon

Sleep - I need to figure out what my new bedtime is and then get Emily to cooperate. Since she'll be getting up early with me, this shouldn't be a problem.

emoticon How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day?
**I guess we'll find this one out. Theoretically, I have between 8:30 and 2:00 to myself every day. I *should* be able to fit in a class or two in there.
emoticon How will you be sure to have quality food options?
**I do the grocery shopping so I'm covered there. I just have to convince my family NOT to bring "bad" stuff into the house.
emoticon How will you reward yourself along the way?
I've already picked out a pair of sneakers, a skort and a shirt.

This is all I can think of right now but I will be reevaluating this as I go.


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LIZZYP609 9/18/2012 2:40PM

    Yep Yep, time will guess you will have few bumps in the road with doing this in your new schedule. You will adapt then ROCK it!

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/16/2012 6:33AM

    A plan well made - emoticon

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PKCTTS 9/16/2012 1:39AM

    Great plan. You'll just have to stay flexible. I know you'll make it work one way or another.

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/15/2012 8:47PM

    Sounds like a great plan! You sound busier than me! At least I don't have to leave my house until 7:30 in the morning! emoticon

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GAYEMC 9/15/2012 8:38PM

    Wow Penny, you really hit the nail on the head I'm struggling to get into this round but had a great walk with Portland Sparkers this morning so that's a good start.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/15/2012 8:06PM

    emoticon plan!

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GLASSART43 9/15/2012 7:29PM

    Great plan, Penny, and makes me think about my own workout plan.

The Outlaws are lucky to have you!

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JENNNY135 9/15/2012 11:11AM

    It's amazing how much we do without realizing it until we write it all down. Good for you. All the best on your new job.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/15/2012 8:59AM

    Always good to look forward and see what challenges are waiting for us. I liked this blog.

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BLACKROSE_222 9/15/2012 8:48AM

    Awesome plan, Penny. I'm with you on the fitting it in - but we will get there.

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BLC20 - Before photo

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm the one on the right. LOL
This was taken AFTER our mudrun last Saturday. My focus for BLC is to trim inches.
The thighs are thicker and the waist is a little puffier than I would like.
The plan's in place. I just have to stick with it.

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NAN111 9/14/2012 3:44PM

    Way to go on competing in that race! You can do it!

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GAYEMC 9/14/2012 2:20PM

    Great pic! You're already lookin good.

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MADIGRAM1215 9/12/2012 8:14PM

    emoticon Singing "Bye Bye Unwanted Inches" emoticon around the campfire

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BOBBYD31 9/12/2012 8:10PM

    your a rock star P, you will do it

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MYJUNIEMOON 9/12/2012 6:32PM


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Saturday, September 01, 2012

R - reflect on what you've done - what was right, what could be done better. Be honest but let's have some positives too! Post in a blog, on the thread, or just let us know you've done it.
E - energize!
G - game face. Get your game face on. Start to think about what you want out of
BLC 20 if you haven't started planning already.
R - refresh. Do something just for you that you've not done in awhile! Get outta the rut and do something fun! It cannot include food.
O - over it. Get over one bad habit.
U - use it. Use your tracker and track what you eat.
P - pout about whatever it is you feel you need to pout about. Weight. Lousy summer. Work. Go ahead and pout. For ONE DAY only. Then move on. Put it behind you and remember that YOU are in control of you and your reaction. You'll have to be as honest about this one as you have to be for the rest.

I joined Spark in February 2006. I actually started USING it the following June. Since then, I've been most successful when I've been the most honest with myself and my trackers. I lost 30+ pounds, maintained for 5 years(ish), then got pregnant and now, I've lost all but THREE of my pregnancy pounds. Basically, I'm back at square one for maintenance. That's a good thing.
BLC19 saw me losing about 6 pounds. Over the break, I put some of those back on and then lost them again. For round 20, I want to finish losing my pregnancy pounds and put some snap back into the skin that housed Roo for 9 months. My abs are so close to the surface! I just need to get accountable to my team, and myself, and things will be A-OK again.
The bad habit I've gotten into is extra coffee and take out food.
Today I start, at least, a four day boycott of that.
I'm not sure how much more I can say... I've been whining for days about this bladder infection. It's caused me to miss two runs, two BodyPump classes, three days of work and all I've wanted to do is sleep. I fricken hate this!!! The good news is, I'm starting to feel much better. Not good enough to go to BP in the morning but I should definitely be good for my 12k run on Sunday. emoticon

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LYNNRODRIGUEZ 9/6/2012 10:19PM

    Thanks for the pointers! And that baby is adorable!

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GAYEMC 9/4/2012 3:12PM

    Sorry you've been sick. Hope you were able to get a good run in on Sunday. Roo is just way too cute.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/1/2012 8:17AM

    Great way to reflect and go forward. And she is just way to sweet!

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First week of August

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jeez where's the time going?! This week held a lot of new little challenges, including a mini-emotional-meltdown when I interviewed for, and was accepted as, a school bus driver here in the city. I have 9 days (40 hours) worth of training to go through first but then, yeh, I could be driving your kids to and from school. My first real moment was: HOLY CRAP! HOW WILL I KEEP UP WITH MY WORKOUTS?! and then I sat down with my calendar and mapped out how I'll handle things by working around my M/W training days. I won't even worry about how to handle the actual split shift work days until they're handing me my license. Good plan right? If only I were that simple.
Progress report for the first week of August looks like this:
1 - to continue running 3 times a week
**Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday! emoticon

2 - to lose my last five pregnancy pounds
**I lost .5 at my last weigh-in. That's definite progress.

3 - to blog my progress every Saturday
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4 - to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day
**I missed ONE day out of 7.

5 - to sleep 7 hours a night
**6/7 and the seventh was a Roo night. I can't wait until all her teeth are in.

6 - to add two- days of strength training to my week
**Boot camp on Tuesday. BodyPump on Monday and Saturday. emoticon

7 - to add one day of yoga/stretching to my week.
**I did BodyFlow on Monday after my BodyPump class! emoticon

8 - to stay within calorie range AT LEAST 5 out of 7 days.
**not so much. I did 4 days but if you average out all 7 days, I was about 300 calories over EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

My mother gave her this sucker. Once she figured out which end when into her mouth, it took every ounce of strength I had to get it away from her. The sucker is still in the car in a baggie. She really doesn't need that much sugar.

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ETTEZEUS 8/13/2012 9:27PM

    I'm partial to school bus drivers. My dad drove a school bus for mentally handicapped children for years :)

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CASSIOEPIA 8/13/2012 6:29PM

    Now that's a change in careers. Good luck with all of the scheduling and everything.

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GAYEMC 8/12/2012 9:58PM

    Roo's had is adorable! Yes, this week has just flown by, but so has the rest of the year. Congrats on the new job.

Candy, Robin and I did our H2C volunteer training yesterday. Robin must have been there very early. I did see Candy. We're all working the finish this year. I'm getting excited.

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SAFARIBABE 8/12/2012 5:45PM

    You'll find a way to fit it all in!! I have every confidence in you!!!

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BLUEROSE73 8/12/2012 11:17AM

    Looks like you've got a great plan for success. Making it all work - roo, workouts, and working. Keep up the great work

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ANDIRUNS 8/12/2012 11:01AM

    Congratulations on your new job! Give yourself some time to adjust to your new schedule - that was always the hardest for me when I worked. Eventually you'll find your rhythm. Good job on planning ahead!

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SASIKHASI1 8/12/2012 12:22AM

    That schedule will keep you hopping. Have fun with it.

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SALEX52 8/12/2012 12:16AM

    great planning for success.

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SAC Planning

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I don't usually plan meals this far in advance but, for the sake of earning points, I'll take a stab at this. My breakfasts are usually the same thing(s) and I try to keep it under 500 calories including my coffee with cream, milk, cereal and banana.
Lunch is either leftovers from the night before or a sandwich with turkey OR a salad.
Dinners, and this is where it gets harder for me, are unplanned and usually decided around lunch time. So here goes:
Thursday: today, will be: grilled chicken with steamed vegetables and brown rice.
Friday: BBQ'd steak with spinach salad
Saturday - tacos with mexican salad and rice
Sunday - spaghetti with sauce (made from leftover taco meat) and a light caesar salad
Monday - BBQ'd lean ground beef burgers with a salad.
Tuesday - RUNNING DAY - peanut butter and jam sandwich
Wednesday - RUNNING DAY - peanut butter and jam sandwich

Now, here's to sticking with the plan!!

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GAYEMC 8/11/2012 6:46PM

    That steak and spinach salad sound good right now. So do the tacos!

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1954MARG 8/11/2012 6:01AM

  I find cooking casseroles or preparing easy oven bake things like fish with a savory crust that I can store in the freezer is helpful. My evening meal has to be something that is quick to cook, or I end up snacking while I am cooking.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/9/2012 8:39PM

    Love it! I did a month of meal planning back in May or June, and found it really helped me with the whole month - even with grocery shopping, and especially with being more organized. Hope you find it helpful too!

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PATTOMMC3 8/9/2012 7:42PM

    Sounds good!

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