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Biggest Loser Summer Challenge...1 Week Down, 9 To Go!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Today was the final day of the first week of the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge. As with the show, today being the day before weigh-in, a "Last Chance Workout" was in order. My team, the Tirquoise Titans, had an intra-team challenge including strength training and cardio. I finished the recommended exercise and then some, completing my first "Female Body Breakthrough" workout. Youch! I'm hoping this was enough to push me into the 25-lbs-lost zone and push the Turquoise Titans into the lead for the inter-team competition!

I enjoy the intra-team competition between my awesome sub-team, the Diva Treasures, and the fierce and formidable Diva Beauties. I only wish that it didn't include exercise (is that funny?), because I've got a pretty set schedule that's been working pretty well for me so far. I want to complete all of the challenges, because that's the point of joining a challenge(!) and because I don't want to let my teammates down; however, I fear that I may end up overdoing it with my schedule plus all the additional team exercises. We'll see how it goes. If I have to cut back something so I don't overdo, I guess I'll figure out what to do when I get there. In the meantime, Charge On!!!

Go Diva Treasures! Go Turquoise Titan Divas!!! Let's be the biggest losers!

  
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LMBARR1 6/3/2010 3:00PM

    Whooo Hooooo you rock!!! Way to go with your 25 lbs loss! Now,I think you need to post a new photo of you for your profile!!! The kittens are adorable, but we want to see you!

You go girl!

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MADDEELOU 6/3/2010 9:51AM

    I totally understand how you feel about the challenges. I decided to focus on our team food challenges and stuck with my own exercise routine. I have been doing the 30 day shred and most of our exercises for the intra-team challenge match but not perfectly. Oh well.

Congrats on the weight loss. That is super! emoticon

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WINDEE52 6/3/2010 7:22AM

    I love competiton! Go Turquois Titans!!!

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MINIUM 6/3/2010 5:53AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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LEASIM1231 6/3/2010 1:34AM

    Sounds like it could be a fun challenge!

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May Recap and June Schedule

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

May flew by and now it is all past. So I reflect on this past month and find that I was mistaken about the slowing of my weight loss. It turns out that both my fitness minutes and my weight loss have been surprisingly consistent, even though I did not plan it that way. I guess listening to my body has me doing what I need to do without pushing myself beyond what I am ready for. For example:

Pounds lost:
March: 8 lbs
April: 8 lbs
May: 8 lbs

Fitness Minutes
March: 1206 (Started SP in March, so partial month)
April: 1605
May: 1608

In addition, measurable achievements include:
- Completing Weeks 3-5 and Week 6 Day 1of the Couch to 5K training program;
- Eating within my calorie range 28 days out of 31;
- Breathing completely and regularly on a daily basis starting on Saturday, May 22; and
- Being told by a lady at my gym that I have great legs and then being asked what I did to get them that way : ).

Reviewing my goals for May, I did pretty well, successfully completing four of six goals. Those I completed were all health related goals, which is good. Now, I need to continue achieving my health goals and work a little harder on my non-health related goals.

Schedule for June:
Monday: Pilates and C25K
Tuesday: Yoga
Wednesday: Strength Training
Thursday: Pilates and C25K
Friday: Strength Training
Saturday: C25K
Sunday: REST!

Onward into June!!!

  
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JOKNOWS 6/2/2010 4:44PM

    Way to go. Congrats on completing 4 of 6 goals for last month. I love the confidence and attitude you have in reaching your goals. emoticon

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MINIUM 6/2/2010 2:22PM

    You're doing amazing!!! I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work and have a wonderful month! emoticon

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LMBARR1 6/2/2010 8:58AM

    I am so proud of you and happy for you! You are leaving me in the dust! You go girl!!!

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JENNYPENNY29 6/2/2010 7:30AM

    Awesome! And congratualations on the consistent weight loss! It reminds me to just keep going each day... then I can look back at the month and be amazed at what I've done.

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LEASIM1231 6/2/2010 2:35AM

    I had to smile at the consistancy of your fitness minutes from the last 2 months...3 minutes different! And ALOT of them! Way to go...my first goal of the month is to write a goal post...

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BABYHODGES 6/2/2010 2:07AM

    Wow! You have been very successful in your journey. Isn't it crazy? We are always so down on ourselves thinking the worst of situations but when you take a step back you see the big picture and how FANTASTIC you really are! Very impressive. emoticon

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Strength Training By The Book...Maybe Next Time

Monday, May 31, 2010

I finished reading "The Female Body Breakthrough" by Rachel Cosgrove last night. I was mistakenly a little disappointed when I finished. Cosgrove insists that if a woman does exactly as she instructs, then that woman is assured a fit and fabulous body. Sounds great, but I looked through the workout and really didn't see how it is nearly strenuous enough to achieve the results Cosgrove practically guarantees. Or so I thought...

Today, I decided to give Cosgrove's beginner strength training routine a try. Well, that's not exactly true, because before you start the beginner's routine, you are supposed to do a 10-15 minute warm-up. Fifteen minutes into the "warm-up" I was about 2/3 of the way through the warm-up routine and feeling sick and light headed. I kept going for a couple more exercises until I felt like I was going to pass out. It might have been because I'd had a large breakfast, or because I was a little dehydrated, or because I walked outside in humid, 87-degree weather for about half an hour before starting Cosgrove's routine. Regardless, I stopped short of completing the WARM-UP! So much for the routine being too easy to produce results. Now, I'm really motivated to complete the whole thing.

By the way, I took a little break, then completed (and then some) my Biggest Loser Daily Challenge. I've got some fire in me. I just think I need to ease into a new program so I better know my limits.
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IMLOSINIT4GOOD 6/1/2010 11:52AM

    Good job on doing that AND The BL challenge!

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MINIUM 6/1/2010 11:25AM

    That's great news!!! You rock, girl! emoticon

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LMBARR1 6/1/2010 9:18AM

    You go Girl!

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LEASIM1231 6/1/2010 1:18AM

    Well now you can say you gave it a try :)

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/31/2010 9:40PM

    I have never heard of this program and will be watching your blogs to see how it's going! Sounds like a challenging fitness program! emoticon

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LOSLUWOM 5/31/2010 8:54PM

    You will have to keep me posted on your progress of Rachel's...if you show signs of success I will have to invest in buying the book. Thanks for sharing.

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Kitty Update and Yummy Dinner

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hubby and I are adopting two Persian kitties on June 12. We miss our little babies and will be so happy to hear the patter of little paws in the house again. Here are pictures of the kittens that the breeder sent me today:


This is the female, tentatively named "Emmy," which is short for Emerald. I like Emmy and my Hubby said, "Okay, as long as it is short for Emerald, because she'll be our little gem." And she's from an Irish cattery...Ireland is the Emerald Isle, right?


This is the male, tentatively named "Max," which is short for Thadius Maximillianus. We roughly translate the name to mean "the greatest heart." Hubby is still not sold on "Max" so we're not committing to names until we're both happy. It might take spending more time with the kittens to get to know their personalities before we're sure.

So that's the update on the kittens.

Today, Hubby and I were supposed to go to the mall to go clothes shopping and to pick up what we need to prepare for the arrival of the kittens. Unfortunately, Hubby picked up a bug on his last business trip. I feel bad for him, but I also really do not want to get it, too, so we're taking it easy so he can recover. As a result, no shopping today. Even so, we had a very pleasant day sipping tea and reading in our lounge chairs.

I made us a really delicious dinner. I wish I'd taken a picture, but didn't realize how yummy it would be until after we'd eaten it. We had chicken breast with salsa verde (tomatillo salsa) and lime juice, steamed zucchini, fresh corn on the cob, and beet greens sauteed with garlic, onion, and white wine vinegar. Yum! And my entire dinner was 446 calories. Can't beat that!

Time for more tea. Have a great night, everyone!

  
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GRACEZN 5/31/2010 2:53PM

  Love your kitties. Just thought I would tell you that my DH spells his name Thaddeus - he has a Polish background :) emoticon

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JOKNOWS 5/31/2010 9:22AM

    Sounds like you had a relaxing day. Hope hubby gets better soon and that you don't get the bug too. And congrats on getting a very nice looking pair of kittens. emoticon emoticon

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LEASIM1231 5/31/2010 9:19AM

    The bug must be an international one! The dinner sounds delicious!! I need to find me some corn on the cob, that sounds wonderful...

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LMBARR1 5/31/2010 12:14AM

    Oh Sherryl, I am so excited for you! Your baby kitties are already looking so big (and furry!) It is less than two weeks away!
Sorry to hear about hubby :-(

Your dinner sounds delish! MMMM....

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MINIUM 5/30/2010 11:18PM

    How cute they look!!! No wonder you're looking forward to having them home.
I'm sorry about your husband's illness. I hope he'll recover soon and you won't catch that bug.
Congrats for the delicious dinner.

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CATEECHER 5/30/2010 11:17PM

    Cute kitties. And dinner sounds great too!!

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MADDEELOU 5/30/2010 10:33PM

    Your kittens are adorable. Sorry to hear DH has a bug. Fingers crossed that you don't get it.

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Increased Cardio Does Not Equal Weight/Fat Loss?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Crazy concept, right?

I was talking with one of the fitness staffers at my gym, wondering how it is that I've increased the exercise I am doing while staying within my calorie range, but weight loss is still in fits and starts. She mentioned a book, which she uses herself, that states that as cardio increases, the body adapts and becomes a more efficient machine, which then requires more cardio to burn the same amount of calories as was required when doing less cardio. The answer for fat loss, apparently, is to do strength training or to do interval cardio (all out for a short spurt followed by time to catch your breath followed by another max-intensity spurt, and so on) as opposed to steady-state cardio.

The book is called: "The Female Body Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Strength-Training Plan for Losing Fat and Getting the Body You Want" by Rachel Cosgrove.

Cosgrove says that running is fine if you like running or have a goal other than losing weight, such as improved cardiovascular fitness, but if the goal is to lose fat, then strength training or intervals is far superior to running, walking, elliptical, or any other steady-state cardio exercise. It is a novel concept for me, for sure, but I do remember how lean I was in my 20s when I was doing a fair amount of weight training. So here's my thinking...I'm going to add 2-3 days of strength training to my exercise schedule and see what happens. I'm hoping it will lead to greater fat loss. However, I'm going to continue with the Couch to 5K training program, because my goal for this program is improved cardiovascular health and to achieve something I never thought I could do, which is to complete a 5K.

Wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes.

  
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ANITAWPG 5/30/2010 10:26PM

    Back in 2006 I was doing a boot camp - 90 minutes - 3 mornings a week
combined strength & cardio
it was my best steady weight loss ever

I need to get back to workouts like that

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ROCKYCPA 5/30/2010 2:17PM

    It is interesting - I did lose a lot of weight when I first started doing a lot of cardio but know it isn't coming off as quickly. Like you I am mixing it up with other exercises to see if that shakes up the old system. Good luck on your new program.

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LOSLUWOM 5/30/2010 10:04AM

    Interesting, I will have to look into it. Thanks for the info!

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MINIUM 5/30/2010 3:27AM

    I'm aware of this concept. As Chalene Johnson says: 'Muscles burn fat' so we'd better build some more muscles to increase our metabolism. The bonus side of interval training is that it can take less time than regular cardio as it is much more intense.
Have you set a date for your very first 5k? I'm so looking forward to your achieving it!!! emoticon

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LEASIM1231 5/30/2010 2:51AM

    Sounds interesting, indeed!

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LMBARR1 5/30/2010 1:49AM

    Sherryl, does she say anything about the affects of the different types/styles of exercise on HDL Cholesterol levels? I have been doing lots of cardio and have not been seeing much improvement in my severely low HDL level.

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PC1004 5/30/2010 1:04AM

    Thanks for info on the book, I'll have to check it out. It goes along with what my trainer says, and does with me. He also changes the strength training every week. And the philosophy on the cardio was to measure my VO2 Max, which is one measure of cardio fitness. Mine was in the 10th percentile for my age, which is pretty poor. Instead of doing longer, harder cardio, he's got me doing shorter, lighter cardio. It is building over time, but it is to improve the fat vs carb burning during the workout. I'll let you know how it works after I retest. Keep up the good work!

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JOKNOWS 5/29/2010 11:03PM

    Thanks for some great info. It really does make sense. Will definitely check out the book for more insight. emoticon

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GRANNYS5 5/29/2010 9:15PM

    Thanks for teh info. Good luck to you...

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ANDI_3K 5/29/2010 6:55PM

    I do interval training and have lost 19 lbs in less than three months. My Personal Trainer is always changing what I do. By that I mean I never go more than two weeks with the same work out. And I never work out more than a half hour a day at this point til I get into better shape.

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FITMATHGEEK 5/29/2010 6:48PM

    That is intereting information. I wonder if that is why I can't seem to lose. I do lots of cardio and it is at a pretty high intensity level, but that doesn't seem to be doing the trick.

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