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5% Challenge - week 2 begins

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Week 1 challenge:
1. Make your food tracker public - enter your foods. - COMPLETED 6/7 days
2. Complete a minimum of 30 mins of exercise 5x a week. - COMPLETED 3/3 day
3. Blog your progress 3x a week. - COMPLETED

Week 2 challenge:
Create two goals for yourself - 1 for exercise, 1 for nutrition - record them in a blog
Continue last weeks challenges.

My exercise goal for this week is to do ONE workout that isn't walking or running.
My nutrition goal is to limit my fast food to one meal.

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CANDIS799 12/15/2011 10:05AM

    Totally doable! I think you'll be getting stars next week.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/15/2011 9:04AM

    Good way to notch up the challenge! You're doing great!!!

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Challenge update

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"You're not gonna win at everything but whatever you do, do not quit. Give it your all and go for it. As long as you don't quit, you always win." Amani/Amazing Race (third place team)

So, I *REALLY* need to find out how many calories I need to be consuming as a breast-feeding mother. I found a website that said 1800 and something but, when I entered that number on Spark, my other nutrients do not update. I need a breakdown. (kinda frustrating)

I've tracked every day so far except Saturday.
I've blogged three times and will probably write again before tomorrow is over.
I've exercised.... 128 minutes so far BUT that's only 3 workouts. I'll have to work out twice tomorrow to make my goal. TOTALLY doable. emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 12/13/2011 12:03PM

    Great job!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/13/2011 8:06AM

    Thank you Penny!

Are you using the "Change goals" section to update your calories? It has always worked for me by going that route. You may need to lie about your calorie expenditure to make the range go high enough to accommodate the breast feeding calories used.

Now, with all the cardio you do in a week, and breast feeding, are you sure 1800 is enough?

Maybe fire off an email to Spark Coach Jen. She has recently had three children, and could give you some pointers on the tracker, etc.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/13/2011 7:10AM

    Please remember this(I'm not sure if you breastfed your boys and/or cared about losing back then): Some of us breastfeeding mothers cannot/do not lose weight while nursing. The body is holding on to the fat to feed baby. It's hard, trust me,I know. But eat a variety of healthy food and move as much as you can and lil Roo will get what she needs to grow,you'll feel good b/c you're GIVING her all she needs to grow and when she's older and breastfeeding is minimal or she's on a bottle...whatever it is~you can back to doing what you know how to do in order to lose weight. I nursed 7 babies completely (no bottles til older) and couldn't lose weight any more than that initial 2 weeks after birth.
I worked hard to lose my weight after Daniel-I didn't make much milk and the poor baby was always hungry and took bottles from day one. Taking bottles(of not breastmilk) only decreases supply and it's a downward circle.
Hang in there,Girl! You're doing a great job-think about your before photo on your sparkpage...go look at it! You are no way near that so concentrate on filling yourself and Emily with healthy food and it'll be great!

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CARILOUIE 12/13/2011 5:32AM

    I love that quote!
Go go go go go go!

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LIC - second day...

Friday, December 09, 2011

As first days go, this one blew. Too many bad foods, not enough good. I did manage to drink all my water but 3 servings of fruit is.... emoticon
Anyway, day three begins in 9 hours.

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BLACKROSE_222 12/9/2011 12:06PM

    It's just one day! And it happens again tomorrow!

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    Hang in there,Momma! Today will be better. emoticon

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LIC 5% challenge begins today

Thursday, December 08, 2011

My new challenge, for the next 10 weeks, is to work towards a weight loss of 5%. This morning I weighed 141.5 so that means, by February 15th, I would like to lose approximately 7 pounds. Sounds doable so far.
The challenges that I set for the team for this week will hopefully get everyone on the right track:
Our challenges for this week are:
1. Make your food tracker public - enter your foods.
2. Complete a minimum of 30 mins of exercise 5x a week.
3. Blog your progress 3x a week.
My goal is to establish some accountability. Hopefully, the ten of us will all reach our goals together. After all, isn't that what teams are for?

On a totally different note, miss Emily is 6 weeks old today and I have a doctor's note to say that I am completely capable of beginning an exercise program. emoticon

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    Great goal!!! I need to think seriously about this. Put a date in front of me.

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BLACKROSE_222 12/8/2011 10:20AM

    I'm going to go check in with LIC (I admit, haven't been on there in a while) and maybe join this challenge, Penny! Thanks!

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CASSIOEPIA 12/8/2011 9:13AM

    Sounds like a great team. I'll be here to cheer you through the next ten weeks.

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ETTEZEUS 12/8/2011 7:53AM




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Another day one....

Monday, December 05, 2011

I've been looking over November's calendar. I didn't do that well. Of the 30 days, I received only 6 stars by being within calorie range. The rest of the days, I was seriously over.
This morning I received an email from James Fell. He's someone that comes to my Running Room and talks sense into my HMers about goals, motivation and, sometimes, training. In the three years that I've been asking him to do this, you'd think SOMETHING would have sunk in for me. Instead, I get one of his newsletters and a link to his latest "" article and BOOM something sinks....
Ask yourself these questions: Did I kick ass today? Did I eat healthy today? And if weight loss is your goal: Did I restrict calories today?
These are big questions that require big effort. They make up 90% of what you need to do to build muscle, lose fat, be strong, healthy, fast, flexible, agile, determined, mentally sharp, and generally kick ass at life.

Read more:

So today I will eat healthy and restrict calories as I should have been for the last 34 days. Maybe, just maybe, I'll do a little ass kicking, too. emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 12/5/2011 9:51PM

    I need to do a little ass kicking myself in the nutrition department.

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CASSIOEPIA 12/5/2011 9:45PM

    Thanks for the link. And you know what? I kicked ass today!

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