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SYBB - crash and burn

Sunday, January 24, 2010

So, rather that try to kid myself into believing that I'll get back at it, I think I'm going to stop thinking about the bootcamp and focus on what I have been doing.
Right now, I'm instructing TWO half marathon clinics. The way the schedules work, I have three week overlap =) which means I have to be REALLY organized two days a week and I run four. Plus cross-training. And the boys are home for two weeks. And I have a birthday to plan. And... and... and... oh yes, I actually work full-time. LOL, I knew I was missing something.
Today, I'm trying to get the housework and laundry done. One load is in the washer, one in the dryer.... so far so good. Everything is a WIP. If only I could just twinkle my nose and have it be done...

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KWASYLIW 1/27/2010 4:58PM

    I am with you. Gotta stress about the stuff at hand. You are doing plenty without the bootcamp. You will be better off if you don't stress about it. You know, I know your schedule emoticon.

I also gave up on the bootcamp because my life at the moment won't allow for it. I know, you know how things are going emoticon.

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KAYAKID 1/26/2010 7:51PM

    Busy lady, you love all the attention! LOL go Penny go!!!

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GEOGIRL 1/25/2010 10:04AM

  That is so much to take on! I've never successfully completed one of the Spark bootcamps even though I've started at least just always gets in the way. I wouldn't worry, you are super active and doing so much beyond the bootcamp! What race are your clinics training for? I'll assume the first one is the hypothermic half but what is the new one training for? Its so frustrating at Crowfoot right now because they have thrown a walking clinic into each of the regular run clinics, I don't know how the instructor deals with it all! Good luck with all that is on your plate :)

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RUNNINGWILD 1/24/2010 10:22PM

    I do get paid for instructing. The last time I worked it out it was a stunning $1.60/per hour. Yep, I'm definitely in it for the big bucks ;) Having said that, I wouldn't give it up for the world.

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ETTEZEUS 1/24/2010 8:52PM

    I think it's a good plan. If you burn out, you won't do anything.
Do you get paid for the clinics? I'd love a job like that!

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NELLGWYN 1/24/2010 6:07PM

    Is that all!!!??

Honestly, though, that is an awful lot on your plate. Just don't burn out! OK?

BTW, thanks for clarifying SYBB for me.

You take care, hon!

Nell. xx

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    WOW!! You've got a full plate! Best wishes on making it work-you can do it!( and hopefully not pull out your hair in the meantime.) emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 1/24/2010 5:43PM

    I did the bootcamp for the first week, and then gave it up for travel also. But I think I will get back at it starting tomorrow.

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JOPAPGH 1/24/2010 5:18PM

    With travel, my bootcamp work bit the dust too.

I have run at least a mile and done at least 30 minute aerobics evwry day this year so far though.

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SYBB - Day nineteen

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 19 Workout video for Thursday, January 21: Not done. No way I have any energy after Denise's class.
30 minutes cardio: done

Bonus Challenge for Thursday (optional) - to not say anything negative about yourself today. For one day, give yourself a break. No one is perfect, and you're doing the best you can. You're working hard to change your body, your habits and your life. It's not easy, so cut yourself some slack. Instead of criticizing your flaws, embrace them and forgive them. Loving yourself is harder than it seems, but you can do it. - DONE!!

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RUNNINGWILD 1/21/2010 4:08PM

    Hi there! SYBB is Spark Your Body Bootcamp =)

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NELLGWYN 1/21/2010 3:52PM

    Just curious! What does SYBB stand for?

Keep up the good work, Nell.

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SYBB - Days sixteen through eighteen

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 16 Workout video for Monday, January 18: NOT DONE
30 minutes cardio: NOT DONE
Bonus Challenge for Monday (optional) - do an additional video-- Pilates Hips & Thighs Workout: NOT DONE

Day 17 Workout video for Tuesday, January 19: NOT DONE
30 minutes cardio: DONE
Bonus Challenge for Tuesday (optional) - choose whole grains: DONE

Day 18 Workout video for Wednesday, January 20: NOT DONE
30 minutes cardio: DONE
Bonus Challenge for Wednesday (optional) - create a new blog entry on your SparkPage. You can use this time to discuss your recent progress with Bootcamp in general, or delve into a topic or issue that has been hurting your progress, so you can try to come up with some solutions to stay on track. Use this entry to your advantage, whether you need to vent (instead of turning to food to stifle your feelings), come up with a new schedule for your workouts (so that you'll do them instead of putting them off), or rediscover your motivation for doing the Bootcamp. DONE emoticon

This "new" blog is supposed to be about my progress with SYBB but I haven't really been playing along for a while. Every now and then I take part in the "challenge" and I'm usually in for the "30 minutes of cardio" but, otherwise, I've been kind of doing my own thing. I'm now celebrating a four day streak of being within my calories (actually, I've been 88 and 45 over but unless it's 100, I count it as in). I've also been bang on with water, fruit and vegetables. My HM training is taking care of the cardio. HOPEFULLY, I'll start getting the scale and/or measuring tape to cooperate. For now, I'm just going to celebrate the successes I'm having and forget about the rest.
As someone dear to my heart says: Life is good. (miss you buddy)


Tommy Europe says

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Your Fast-Track to a Flat Tummy & Tight Abs
The New Year is still young, and if you've decided to make this your year for losing the weight and tightening your abs, you're in luck.

Getting a flat midsection really boils down to two things: 1) Getting rid of the fatty layer that is covering your abdominal muscles; and 2) Tightening and toning your abdominal muscles.

The following 7 Tight Abs Tips are your Fast-Track ticket to getting a flat, attractive midsection this year.

Tight Abs Tip #1: Perform challenging strength training abdominal exercises at least three times each week. Your abs are like any other muscle in your body—they need to be consistently challenged in order to become stronger and tighter.

Tight Abs Tip #2: Stop eating junk. Processed foods, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup do NOT belong in your diet if, especially if you want tight abs. Cutting these items from your diet will allow your body to maintain stable blood sugar levels, alleviating your body's need to store excess sugar away in fat cells.

The fat stores created by excess sugar intake most often accumulate around your wait, covering up your abdominal muscles. Cut these items from your diet and replace them with real whole foods such as lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruits.

Tight Abs Tip #3: Stop doing long and slow cardio workouts. Instead, use HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for your cardio workouts. HIIT training uses intense bursts of cardio peppered throughout your workout. This is a sure-fire way to rev up your metabolism and to get your fat stores to shrink.

Tight Abs Tip #4: Use resistance with your abdominal exercises. Crunches are great, but your body quickly becomes accustomed to the motion, rendering it less effective. Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell at your chest as you perform your crunches—this will force your abs to work harder, and will achieve better results. Tight Abs Tip #5: Don't be fooled. The market is flooded with 'lose weight' products and products that claim to flatten your stomach. Never waste your time or money on:
So-called packaged health food that comes with weight loss claims. If it's processed in a package with a bunch of chemical additives then it will not help you achieve flat abs.
Abdominal exercise gimmicks as sold on late night infomercials – all you really need is your own body weight, an exercise ball and dumbbells or a medicine ball.
So-called weight loss supplements. The magic pill for flat abs doesn't exist, so you'd be wasting your health and money on a bogus product.
Tight Abs Tip #6: Target your lower abs. It's easy to neglect the lower abs, but they are an important part of the equation. Incorporate the V-Up into your exercise routine:
Starting Position: Sit on the edge of an exercise bench; lean back to a 45 degree angle. Extend your legs out until they are level with the floor.

Movement: Exhale and bring your knees and upper body close together, while contracting your abdominals. Inhale as you slowly release your legs, returning them to the starting position.

Tight Abs Tips #7: Challenge your core often. Don't limit your abdominal exercise to the gym, incorporate core strengthening during daily life and throughout each workout. A strong core is the foundation for flat, tight abs.

There you have it! Seven tips that, when diligently applied, will help you shed the fat and tighten your abs.

But, keep in mind that your results will be seriously hindered if you do the same exercise routine over and over. Your abs need a progressive challenge in order to transform. This means new exercises, different resistance and increased challenge.

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ETTEZEUS 1/21/2010 12:02AM

    Thanks for posting these. I keep saying I'm going to incorporate them into my workout...and still I haven't! But hopefully, post like yours will get me going!

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KAYAKID 1/18/2010 11:38AM

    Thanks Penny, the problem we all know these things - its doing them that is the problem! takes dedication and consistency. I am ok with the dedication part its the consistency issue thats my problem.

thanks for reminding us what we need to do!


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SHARONGRACEW 1/17/2010 10:30PM

    thanks! very helpful. My abs are my most challenging body part (of many!)

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SYBB - Days fourteen & fifteen

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 14 workout video for Saturday, January 16: not done
No additional cardio is scheduled for Saturday.)
Challenge for Saturday (optional) - go on a brisk 15-minute walk sometime during the day: done
Day 15 workout video for Sunday, January 17:
No additional cardio is scheduled for Sunday: 18 km run 2:16:37
Bonus Challenge for Sunday (optional) - to cook a healthful meal that you can eat throughout the week: done


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