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B2W February summary

Monday, February 28, 2011

emoticon Today is the last day of the month. Summarize what you have accomplished since the start of the challenge. Whether you simply state the number of days you got in a workout, or if you get very specific- give me your take on a progress report that you would issue to yourself.

--PROGRESS REPORT - Feb 28, 2011--

Overall, I think I did AWESOME this month. I broke through my plateau. I did cardio 20/28 days and ST 18/28. I was consistent with my ST & PT exercises and increased my stretching.
ADVICE TO SELF: Start ST early in the day so I donít get lazy in the PM when Iím tired and donít feel like doing a whole workout. Put up visual motivators as to why ST is important to me.

Report in for February 25-27:

SUMMARY: I already reported here:

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CALIGIRLDIANA 3/1/2011 10:49AM

    You did SUPER AWESOME girlie!!! WOW!!! Way to go girlie!!!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/1/2011 8:15AM

    You are really rocking this challenge! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/1/2011 8:06AM

    Terrific month! Yes, LOVE to nail my cardio 1st thing! Been FINALLY successful in getting to the fitness center in the a.m. lately!


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B2W Mission Three done

Monday, February 28, 2011

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emoticon SIT REP!

emoticonSince Monday, how many days did you manage to squeeze in a workout?

emoticonApproximately how much time did you spend working out since Monday morning?
- (Counting stretching and low-intensity exercise that didnít *quite* get me into my THR zone) 485 MINS

emoticonWhat kind of activity did you spend most of those minutes doing?
- CARDIO for about Ĺ the time

emoticonWhat moment were you MOST proud of? Did you have a chance to post proof of it?
- Being able to do a set on the biceps curl machine at 38 pounds for the first time! Posted a pic of Thursdayís Fitness Tracking page on my Mission Two blog:

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Mission Three - Friday - Sunday (2/25-2/27)

emoticonChoose ONE area to workout this weekend that is NOT the one you worked out last weekend. Choose from UPPER BODY, LOWER BODY or CORE. If you want to do a total body workout this weekend, that's cool- but try to put emphasis on one of those three. Do TWO workouts this weekend for this - this should only take you 45 minutes to two hours total for the whole weekend.
**Lower Body** (approx 45 mins total)
7x15 Standing Calf Raises
3x12 (each leg) Single Leg Standing Calf Raises
3x15 Seated Hamstring Curls, 65 lbs
3x15 (each leg) Glute Isolator (i.e. donkey kicks), 40 lbs
3x15 (each leg) Standing Hip Adductions on machine, 70 lbs
3x20 (each leg) Lying Hip Adductions
3x15 (each leg) Standing Hip Abductions on machine, 50 lbs
3x20 (each leg) Lying Hip Abductions
3x20 (each leg) Prone Hip Extensions
3x20 (each leg) Straight Leg Raises on propped arms
3x20 (each leg) Standing Straight Leg Raises

emoticonIf you are due for a rest day- make it a rest day that counts! Use your rest day to relax, get organized and center your motivation and determination. Spend time reading a fitness magazine, practicing cooking new dishes, washing all your workout wear or if you want to workout anyway- then ENJOY IT!
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emoticonTry to get in AT LEAST 30 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of stretching this weekend!
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HOYANICURN 3/6/2011 4:00PM

    Wow!!! Good for you!!!!

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CALIGIRLDIANA 2/28/2011 12:09PM

    Wow girlie!!! Way to go!!! You are doing great! 485 minutes?? WOO HOO!!!!

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DDOORN 2/28/2011 8:30AM

    Great workouts! Keep up the super SPARKIN'! :-)


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DDOORN 2/28/2011 8:30AM

    Great workouts! Keep up the super SPARKIN'! :-)


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TAMIAMLEXICON 2/28/2011 2:55AM

    Awesome amounts of exercise. way to spark!

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NONIE_C 2/28/2011 1:28AM

    WOW - You rocked it!!!

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B2W Mission Two

Friday, February 25, 2011

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~*~ B2W MISSION TWO - 2/21-2/24 ~*~
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For Mission One this last weekend, I am proud to report that my max # of **crunches** that I can do is **53**.

I also tried out a new workout/changed up my old one for my **abs**.

I also did **15** minutes of **agility** training.

I posted my proof:

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This week's mission!

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emoticonFor those of you who chose CORE/ABDOMINALS to work on first... continue your new workout on 2-3 of the next 4 days. That would add up to about 45-75 minutes in 4 days. On Friday, I will ask you to report in on how many minutes you spent working on your CORE.

BONUS: To mix it up- try adding different kinds of core strengthening moves- such as twists- or attempt a Pilates DVD that focuses on your core muscles.
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- I didnít continue my new workout because it wasnít really effective for me and added to knee & blister problems.
- I DID do core exercises 3 days: 1 day standing abs (10 mins), 1 day Pilates DVD (35 mins), 1 day floor exercises (10 mins). Iím not sure how much of the Pilates counted as core work because it wasnít as core-focused as I expected. I donít think I hit the 45 minute minimum. [I tried, though, and 3 days of ab workóhowever littleóis a big improvement from my normal 0 days a week ab work.]

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emoticon Due Friday!

Pick the ONE that you are BEST AT and follow the corresponding instructions. We need to get uncomfortable in order to make a difference.

A) Cardio - do AT LEAST 100 minutes of dedicated cardio before you go to bed Thursday night.
- 251 min!

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Each day this week, find one small thing that motivates you and find a way to save it.
- I created a Motivation file on my computer. Hereís yesterdayís (Iím super proud of this! I get mega motivation from my own progress):

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DDOORN 2/27/2011 10:16PM

    Whew! Serious SPARKIN' going DOWN! :-)


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Mon Temptation Scorecard

Monday, February 21, 2011

Twizzlers- nope
chocolate- nope
potica- nope
familyís hard candy- nope
cheese curls- nope
dried fruit- nope
popcorn- (donít consider this a ďbad foodĒ in and of itself, but I ate too much of it, soÖ) yes
my peppermint candy- yes, but stuck to approx 1 serving (60 cals)

As an aside, itís funny how the situation can dictate whether you view something as a temptation or not. My uncle bought the *exact same* bag of dried fruit (same brand, size, contents) today that I brought with me for my trail mix. Iíve been totally awesome with portioning mine out and havenít been tempted to overeat it at allóthen again, I keep it out of sight because itís soo easy for me to overeat dried fruitóuntil he bought his bag and everyone else was eating indiscriminately. Then I wanted to shove a couple handfuls down my gullet.

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DARACOX 2/24/2011 5:16PM

    Doesn't it feel so good to measure out your little portion of food and then put the big bag away and take your little bowl and go eat it? I feel so smug when I measure out a portion, I don't know why...maybe I'm just weird...

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GGRANLDY 2/24/2011 4:57PM

    Keep up the awesome job!! WooHoo!!

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CALIGIRLDIANA 2/23/2011 5:16PM

    Way to go girlie on portion control!!! You are awesome!!


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LOTUSBURGER 2/23/2011 4:29PM

    Thanks for the link! That stuff looks YUMMY.
I think we have to figure out a recipe thats more healthy!!
Hope your week is going well!

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DDOORN 2/22/2011 10:24AM

    Kudos to bearing up so well with these temptations around!


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LOTUSBURGER 2/22/2011 3:12AM

    I KNOW! I can't make it because it's healthy I will sit and eat a whole bag just made. I have to get that comcept into my head
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but what is potica?

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B2W Mission One completed

Monday, February 21, 2011

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This Weekend, MAKE ME **COMMIT**.

emoticon1. If you have not taken your before picture (if you are brave enough to take one) or you measured yourself or any of the other things you know you should do because you said you would... DO THEM.
- I already added my before pics to the B2W team and to the entry card on my blog.

emoticon2. This is about getting outside of your comfort zone and sometimes that means knowing a little more about yourself instead of choosing not to know. Knowledge is power, if you don't believe me... ask PBS.

.asp and add some nutrients to track daily. If you aren't getting enough of what you NEED in order to lose weight, then how can you lose weight? if you aren't getting what you NEED to go faster or get stronger, then how can you go faster or get stronger. It's math people! Let's be smart, not ignorant!

Tell us what new thing(s) you are tracking in your food tracker!

- I added Vitamin A

emoticon3. MISSION ***PICK ONE***

Find which category you chose to start with and read the directions below!
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This weekend- your MISSION is to:

1. count how many sit-ups (or crunches) that you can do. You want to find out your MAX! This is your limit- the one you cannot break through. Find out! I double dog dare you!
- I eked out 53 crunches before my form became ~seriously~ compromised.

2. find a new workout. If you have one that is working for you- do it THIS WEEKEND. If you don't have one- you can put together several of the sparkpeople workouts depending on what equipment you have. OR you can grab one out of a magazine, get recommendations from a friend, try a DVD you haven't started yet- but do a core workout THIS WEEKEND..... AND..... prove that you did it. Whether its a cameraphone pic of yourself or a professional photoshoot of your heart monitor, I don't care. Hell you can get a note from your trainer saying it was done for all I care. if you have no access to a camera - then write what you did and tell us about the experience.
- I did the Zumba Flat Abs DVD

(trying to take a pic of myself doing a standing oblique crunch)

emoticon4. have a multi-faceted plan. Pick the **ONE** that you usually AVOID and follow the corresponding instructions. We need to get uncomfortable in order to make a difference.

E) Agility Training (Put some obstacles around your backyard or sidewalk/driveway/street/field/roof and time yourself, seeing how fast you can jump side to side and maneuver around everything. You have no idea how much more awake your brain and body will be for the rest of the day)
- I didnít time because both my stopwatches are at homeóand Iím notóbut I practiced the following drills for a total of approx. 15 mins:

5-Count Drill

Hop Scotch Drill

In-Out Drill

Lateral Feet Drill

Tango Drill

emoticon5. Motivation Maintenance (fun stuff)
choose **ONE** of the following:
- I typed a 2 page letter to myself. And Iím not embarrassed to admit that I totally teared up on several occasions while drafting it.

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COURTNEY101108 2/22/2011 8:07AM

    Great job this week!! You can steal the sticker idea it really is a lot of fun to track the progress and the happy stickers just make it all that much better!


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DDOORN 2/21/2011 1:19PM

    Wonderful efforts! Keep up the super Sparkin'!!


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    Those drill charts are awesome - I think I need to use those next time!

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CALIGIRLDIANA 2/21/2011 12:22PM

    This is great girlie!!!! Awesome! Btw you did good in taking that pic on your own! I don't know if I would have been able to follow that drill of yours! Way to go girlie!!!

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