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Wednesday Workout - Oct. 17

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 mins warm up / elliptical
20 mins / elliptical (working my way up to level 13!)
5 mins cool down/ elliptical

207 calories on my HR monitor (elliptical said 277)
Avg HR 135
Max HR 159

I started my HR monitor with the warm up and shut it off after the cool down. I know that affects my HR percentages, but I like to see the total calories burned.

Then we hit the weight room. Again, I increased weight on every machine (except the shoulder press, which seems to be my weakest link)! We also moved from 10 reps to 15 reps!

chest press - 3 sets/15, 42/40/42 lbs
ab crunch - 3 sets/15, 22/24/26
lat pull - 3 sets/15, 52/52/52
back ext - 3 sets/15, 130/132/140
tricep pushdown - 3 sets/15, 50/52/52
shoulder press - 3 sets/15, 40/40/40
lat row - 3 sets/15, 70/72/72
leg press - 3 sets/15, 102/100/100

The funny thing -- I forgot my capri athletic pants and ended up working out in my black dress pants. I didn't want to lose that valuable time with my trainer. It was HOT as the fabric didn't breathe like my regular gear. I definitely won't be forgetting them today!

Today marks our third day in a row for this week, due to losing Monday -- and tomorrow (because it's Fall break for the students). That just means I motivate myself tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday!

My arms are really starting to look cut ... I love it!!! It's VERY hard work but I'm learning that if I don't push myself, I'm not going to achieve the best results.

Until next time!


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DEBBYFROMMT 10/18/2012 10:08AM

    Nice to know you have muscles!

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Tuesday Workout - Oct. 16

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My student trainer was back and as feisty as ever! We met for 90 minutes last night!

We started out with 4.4 miles on the Expresso bike. I remember last June when I used the Expresso bike for the first few times ... I felt so accomplished when I could keep the mph at 10 or above. Well yesterday ... I consistently had it 14-16 mph for the entire 4.4 miles! Seeing that kind of improvement really motivates me!

4.4 miles
129 cal
Avg HR 135
Max HR 149

full body stretching

Then it was 3 sets/5 modified pushups (one of the most difficult things for me)!
3 sets/bicep curls with a 15 lb. bar
3 sets/overhead shoulder presses with a 15 lb. bar
3 sets/15 squats with 12 lb bar
1 set/15 forward lunges each leg (no weight) -- another difficult one for me
3 sets/15 lateral lunges each side with a 12 lb. bar

full body stretching

When we started 5 weeks ago, I couldn't do one single squat. I'm not kidding. We started out with sets of 5, using a chair, and I would literally sit down on the chair and get back up, with no weight. It's amazing to me that I can now do 3 sets of 15 with weight. My knees are an issue and even though I'm still struggling with the forward lunges, I have improved a LOT!

Now we're really working on those pushups. My "homework" is to do 3 sets of 5 modified pushups, working on form, every day. She said that will help me advance next week.

I love the variety and the encouragement she gives me!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 10/18/2012 10:25AM

    I keep looking at the Expresso bike at my gym and thinking about trying it -- you may have inspired me to actually do so!

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SPARKABELLA13 10/18/2012 5:32AM

    An Expresso bike is a stationery bike with a monitor and it allows you to select various options from the menu with different lengths of rides, various scenery, and various levels with hills, etc. You can set up a log i and compete with your previous rides or with other riders. It also gives you a pacer, but I always blow right by my pacer. I can also "knock off" other riders as I'm going -- once you pass them, they disappear. So I use those other riders as moving targets to motivate myself into pedaling faster! I absolutely LOVE the visuals!

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BEACONSPARKLE 10/17/2012 3:27PM

Just one question, what is an Expresso -bike:)?

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/17/2012 12:06PM

    Holy cow, for your trainer being out she certainly hasn't slacked off on you!

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Spent my workout time in the ER yesterday!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Long story short, my student trainer didn't show for my appointment last night. That is NOT like her. She also didn't respond to my texts or to the texts of a classmate of hers. I was worried because a few weeks ago she suffered two seizures and was taken to the ER by ambulance. I learned she was taken by ambulance about an hour prior to our scheduled appointment yesterday. I immediately headed for the hospital. I sat with her until she was released (her family is 2 hours away) and then drove her back to her dorm. She had another seizure and went down at the library. This Friday is Fall break, so she'll be able to go home and see her regular doctor and hopefully follow up with a neurologist as the ER doctor recommended.

So I didn't get my workout in yesterday, but I will make up for it this week. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is she is doing okay, although not sure whether she'll make it tonight or not. I will go regardless and try to get a workout in that she will be proud of! She was funny, laying there in the ER planning my future workouts. She's so dedicated.

She's been giving me her all for 5 weeks now. I just figure we all take care of each other.


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JLLOVETT 10/18/2012 2:24PM

    You are a wonderful friend! emoticon Your rewards are waiting!! emoticon

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FUN2BAROUND 10/17/2012 7:31AM

    What a great friend! Know tha tshe and her family are very thankful for you!

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LADYJNAR 10/16/2012 11:00PM

    You are a wonderful person! Bless you. emoticon

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WEBEZE 10/16/2012 7:47PM

    Glad you could be there for her. Prayers are with her that her doctors can figure out what is going on. I am sure you will make her proud with your workout. You Rock

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SUSANS706 10/16/2012 3:09PM

    That is so nice of you to be there for her! Hope she will be ok, that is scary!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 10/16/2012 12:02PM

    Good for you for going to be with her! I hope she gets her health figured out -- uncontrolled seizures are scary!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/16/2012 11:46AM

    Oh I hope she is ok! Good thing there's a break coming up. Good for you getting a workout in she would be proud of! I am proud of you! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/16/2012 11:40AM

    Wow!! That is some service you provide! That's dedication. Hoping you get in a special good workout. You deserve it.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 10/16/2012 9:54AM

    That was so kind of you to sit with her and take her home, also to be concerned enough about her to find out what had happened that she didn't make the appointment. I pray she'll be fine. That's a good sign though that she was still planning your workouts! Have a great day, and I hope you two can connect tonight. Have a great day!!

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SENIMMO 10/16/2012 9:03AM

    Good for you! I'm sorry you missed your workout, but glad you were able to be there for her. And I'm glad she will be able to see her Dr soon. One missed workout is not the end of the world, and a dedicated trainer is good to have! Best wishes for both of you! emoticon

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KKKAREN 10/16/2012 9:00AM

    It was good of you to sit with her!

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First 10 Roctober Questions!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

1. Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month?

I started at 253, am currently at 235, and my first goal is 203 by May 13 (that would be -50 by my 50th birthday -- it really motivates me). I'm striving for about 1 pound per week. There are weeks when I don't lose and there are weeks when I lose a few pounds, but it seems to average out to 1 pound per week.

Because I'm a T2 Diabetic, another important stat for me is my Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS). In May, prior to joining SP, my FBS was steadily running in the 180s, sometimes higher. I knew if I didn't get the numbers down, I would be on insulin, which I've been trying to avoid. I also felt miserable. My average before meal BS is 100 (that's with 28 readings). To me, that in itself is amazing, but I'm sure the weight loss is helping that number.

2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way?

My long term goal is 165, but that seems overwhelming to me at this point. To be honest, I had hoped the weight would drop off a bit faster than what it's been dropping, but it's been steady, and it's at a healthy rate. There are so many other positives in this journey that it's difficult (and non productive) for me to focus solely on weight. So I don't. Somehow I got this idea of -50 by 50 and it really fired me up. I weigh myself 2-3 times per month, that's it.

3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?

Mostly Sparkpeople. However, recently I did announce the -50 by 50 on my Facebook page. I check-in on FB whenever I go to the gym because it motivates me, and many of my friends are very encouraged ... a few have said they are inspired by my commitment to exercise.

4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?

Mainly the fear of failure. I've tried so many times, and failed so many times. Once I was successful with taking off 87 lbs, but gained most of it back.

5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others?

I've been overweight as long as I can remember -- even back to elementary school. I had to wear half sizes in clothing, i.e. 12 chubby. I hated those tags in my clothing. Sometimes I would cut them out. I've been overweight so long I'm not sure what it would feel like to be at goal.

This time is different because I feel like I have support here 24/7. I am fortunate enough to have people around me who are working just as hard if not harder than I am -- and also the good fortune to be able to benefit by experiences that others share with me. My team leaders rock!

I truly feel like I'm changing my lifestyle. When I slip, I get right back on. I reach out to those around me for help when I need it. I'm learning to stop thinking about failure about focus on the positive. I feel like there's literally nothing I can't get help with here. And there are so many more components to living a healthy lifestyle than eating less and moving more. Sparkpeople addresses the big picture!

6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?

Not letting success derail me. It's imperative to keep going. I view this journey as a forever work in progress.

7. How do you measure progress or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?

I periodically have my body fat % checked, BMI, weight on scale, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, the way my clothes fit, and most importantly, the way I FEEL. I love seeing my progress with my workouts. I have never worked out more intensely.

8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?

I'll look better and feel better ... but most of the things I do now, I'll continue to do. Finding clothes I like will be easier!!!

9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?

I am 49 years old. This takes time and you have to be willing to give your time, attention, effort, and focus to living healthy. It's nothing automatic. I don't think it will get easier. I can't imagine ever waking up and thinking, "I want to go to the gym." But I used to think, "I don't want to go to the gym" ... and now I say to myself, "You are going to the gym!"

10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal?

I set out from day one to feel better, improve my health, and hopefully get off of some of my meds. To be honest, I started to feel better in less than a week. I'm already off one medication. I have more energy. I feel happier. And yes, I have a desire to look better ... but this time it's for me.

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WEBEZE 10/16/2012 1:56AM

    Here's my answers. Just my way of sharing more about myself with you after all you share with me in your Blogs.

1. Start March 1, 2012 - weight 208, size 20 jeans, 2x-3x shirts. Current 168, size 12 jeans, misses large shirt. Am still working on losing. Goal is 1 pound per week.
2. I originally picked 140 as my ultimate goal, but as the weight has come off I have adjusted it to 130. The top end of a healthy BMI for my height of 5'2". Short term goal is 1 pound per week even though I only weigh in every 2-3 weeks.
3. Mostly shared with spark people. Some of the others I have shared it with are tired of hearing about it so I don't say anything about it unless they ask.
4. My biggest fear about losing weight is unwanted attention from men. This stems from bad experiences while growing up.
5. I gained the weight in 8th grade going from 100 lbs to 160lbs in one year. I was dealing with an unhappy home life that was out of my control. I was down to a size 10 in 1986 then shot up to a size 22 in 4 years. Since 1994 I have been a size 20 and there I stayed. This time is different because I have learned it is not just eat less, exercise more. What I eat needs to be healthier and I need to feed my body or it will go into starvation mode and not let go of anything. I also leave room to have a little treat each day that fits into my ranges. This way I don't have cravings because I feed that craving each day in moderation.
6. I have never maintained a weight loss before. This will be new to me when I hit maintenance.
7. I measure progress with how my clothes fit, the tape measure, the scale, and test results from the doctor. I might be able to get off of blood pressure meds one day.
8. Shopping for clothes will be much more fun. Also I like having more energy to do fun things. My husband is working on losing 100lbs and me 78lbs. He is down 47lbs and I am down 40lbs. When we hit goal we are planning a trip to Disneyland to celebrate.
9. I am 48 and will be 49 next month, we are only 6 months apart in age. My thoughts on weight loss has changed greatly. I had given up because I could never lose more than 5 or 10 pounds and then gain it back. I have learned this is not until I reach goal, but something I will have to put effort into for the rest of my life.
10. I am working towards my goal to feel better and to get off of the blood pressure medication.
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KAJEAR 10/14/2012 7:52PM

    Our journey is definitely a lifestyle change. I am in it for "ME" also. Keep up the great work you are doing. Reading your blog inspires me to do better. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments.
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MIRAGE727 10/14/2012 3:43PM

    Your mind set is getting stronger daily, Bella. You're embracing the lifestyle, and your actions are showing it!
Stay strong!

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JERSYGRL 10/14/2012 1:43PM

    Related to your answers completely. I am at goal but live in fear of gaining back the weight, like I've done umpteen times before. Also loved your thoughts about going to the gym. I would hate to go to the gym, now my thought process has changed to " going to the gym is what I do" like brushing my teeth. Amazing how simple thoughts can sabotage.

Good luck to you with your weight loss. Keep up the good work ! It is not about how quickly you lose, it is about being healthy and feeling good. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/14/2012 11:28AM

    I agree with #6 100%! Success can make you relax which leads to over eating, I know, it was tough to figure what I need to stay where I am. GOOD FOR YOU!!! Keep going!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 10/14/2012 11:00AM

    Congrats to you on all of your success so far. You are doing a great job!

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Saturday Workout - Oct. 13

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I had to talk myself into it, but I made it to Planet Fitness yesterday. I didn't want to push as hard as Friday, but I definitely wanted to get some cardio in.

20 mins arc trainer (first 5 mins was warm up)
20 mins elliptical
5 mins elliptical (cool down)

I worked on increasing the resistance on the arc (that's definitely a butt busting machine for me). I know if I keep working at it, I'll improve.

20 mins/149 cal
Avg HR 141
Max HR 154

On the elliptical, I focused on keeping my strides up and watching my heart rate. It's definitely more difficult doing the elliptical after the arc, but I'm thinking if I did the elliptical first, I wouldn't have enough steam for the arc trainer! I also did the first 10 mins going forward and then reversed into backward mode.

20 mins/163 cal
Avg HR 149
Max HR 155

I adjusted the level several times, working up to level 15 and back down. On that particular elliptical, there isn't a separate resistance control.

I finished up with 5 mins cool down after my 20 mins of working it.

As I was walking out, a young man at the front desk said, "Aren't you Cassiopeia's client?" I said, "Yes, are you in her class?" He replied, "Yes, and I texted her and told her you were here pounding it!" I thought that was pretty funny. Sure enough, when I got home I checked my cell and she had texted me telling me way to go and wanted to know how I did! It really helps me having that added support and I appreciate this opportunity so much!


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LAHUDSONCHEF 10/14/2012 2:37PM

    I still don't have that drive to "pound it" at the gym, but I'm slowly picking up my ability on the treadmill (and the road). I'll have to try the elliptical again, now that my fitness level is so much better. It used to be impossible for me to do more than 3 min on it, without my heart rate skyrocketing way too high. I think I could do it now. Never tried an arc trainer.

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/14/2012 11:29AM

    Bella, you are amazing!

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