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Pimp My (P)Ride Challenge (9/6-11/1): WK 1 Assignment

Wednesday, September 07, 2011



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Starting Line Thread:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sageboard_thread.asp?board=17785x48052
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You have until Friday (9/9) to register for this challenge, by posting this completed template in this thread by Friday.

THIS is the official PMP Webpage in case this challenge gets its plug pulled:

the-next-big-challenge.tumblr.com/

PIMP MY (P)RIDE PRIVATE CHALLENGE TEAM: teams.sparkpeople.com/pimp-my-pride&gcode=
8TYCHAVSSR

1. Find your official starting line. [[THIS IS YOUR WEEK ONE ASSIGNMENT, DUE FRIDAY]]

While remembering that slow to medium speed of reps is the BEST way to strengthen (never speed), find out how many of each of these you can complete in a minute. Remember, you are going to be competing only against yourself, so if someone is doing them faster than you, they have to beat their own speed eventually and you will never have to.

Crunches completed in 1 minute: 35
- Proper Crunch Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=2
- Proper Sit Ups Demo:

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Pushups (or modified pushups) completed in 1 minute: 20
- Proper Modified Pushup Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=36
- Proper Traditional Pushup Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=63

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How long (up to one minute) can you hold a plank or modified plank? 30 sec
-Proper Plank Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=141
Proper Modified (forearm) Plank Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=7
Pull-Ups (if you have somewhere available to do them) completed in 1 minute: N/A

Squats (or lunges, or both)(without weights) completed in 1 minute: 35
- Proper Squat Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=21
- Proper Lunge Demo: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=22

2. What equipment will be you be using in this challenge?

Resistance bands and dumbbells at home. emoticon
Own body weight.

3. What dumbbells weight/resistance level are you starting at? (if applicable) 10lb resistance band/5lbs for smaller muscles like triceps.
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4. Why do you feel the burning desire to grow stronger, to change shape, to prove yourself?

* I'm looking to kick my metabolism in turbo.
* Helllllooo, i'm gonna be 42 this year emoticon!!! I aims ta reverse the aging process and make the fountain of youth look like a birdbath!
* I wanna be able to for once have my body and personality match so I look on the outside the way I feel (most times, anyway) on the inside. emoticon
* Sessy hair deserves sessy clothes to go along with... emoticon
* I never realized til now how nice it is to turn heads. emoticon
* As I age gracefully, it would be nice to feel like things CAN get better instead of it being "all downhill from here".
* And lastly, I don't want to die relatively young or deal with the same or similar health challenges as those in my family who have come before me. emoticon

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5. Create your tracking space.

I will be using my Chalean Extreme "Muscle Burns Fat" Guidebook specifically designed to track my progress including increased resistance as well as number of reps.

The reason I am requiring everyone to have a workout tracking log is because with ST you have to be very careful not to workout the same workout groups on back to back days all the time. You need to decide ahead of time which 2-3 days of the week that you will rest from ST and either do cardio instead, or simply stretch/eat right/enjoy your rest day. The assignments that I will be dealing out, have been created so that they can be done over several days, allowing YOU to decide, when YOUR rest day will be...

6. Your dreaded before pictures.

A. take pictures of any specific areas where you plan on tracking changes in physical appearance. You CANNOT spot-shrink specific areas of your body, but if you dedicate serious time and hard work into squats, your leg muscles will indeed change shape. SO to track these changes, without expecting to get a washboard tummy by only doing crunches every day for the next 8 weeks, you can take before pictures of:

back
arms/upper body
abs/core
legs/lower body

or any other area you want to specifically track (i know some of you are seriously only interested in changing your backs/calves for example).

B. You can post these in the PMP Challenge Photo Album, But I ask and strongly urge anyone that posts before pics in there, to also take the time to encourage the other brave souls who also posted their before pics.

7. Starting Line Measurements NO CHEATIN!

Here is a sparkticle that explains how and what to measure!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_art
icles.asp?id=1281

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*Height: 5'6"
*Weight: 228
*waist: 38 in
*hips: 50 in
*abductors: 48 in
*chest: 41 in
*R-arm: 16 in
*L-arm: 16 in
*R-thigh: 23 in
*L-thing: 23 in

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* I suggest taking a picture of any area you measure, so you can compare the measurement AND the physical appearance of each group by time November rolls round.

Feel free to track your weight and calories in your templates as you need.

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DIY Challenge Instructions 7/1-7/4 Assignment 1

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1. In your blog (dundundun), post a public declaration of your independence from your own oppression. It can be short and sweet. It can be a list. It can be a giant picture of you with your arms open wide smiling up at the sunshine and a short caption. It can be a long detailed memoire of how you got to where you are now. It can be a poem. It can be a rap, for all I care.

But make your public declaration and update your ticker to your official challenge start weight. (Yeah I know a lot of yous skipped that. mhmmm.) nope, i didn't forget--did it--DONE!


OKAY, LOOK--yeah, i'm coming to this late (just add it to the "list" of $h!t i've been known to show up late to) so sue me i guess. but my July was off to a fairly rocky start DESPITE taking my first REAL vacation in years and it kicked off July 1st after 4 hectic, back-to-back weeks out of my mind-numbing, make-you-wanna-slap-somebody busy season. so while the "quitter" in me would normally say, "aww, f' it! it's already 3 weeks into the damn challenge". the "me" that refuses to give up is saying, "no, f' YOU", i deSERVE THIS!!! so here i am and yeah, it IS better late than never. dig it.

so for my declaration. i thought i would first start with a music video. its one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all time favorite band, even though they broke up over 20 years ago, i tried to tell you before--i'm O-L-D:

"Have You Ever Had It So Blue" -- The Style Council
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRGnXprimbg

now that's outta the way, i want to say unequivocally, "yes, i've had it blue" about a LOT of things but mostly my weight and i don't want to any more, at least not for THAT reason. maybe for some other crap life may see fit to throw my way, as she has been known to do on many-an-occasion but that's okay. the extra weight is absolutely NOT okay anymore and hasn't been for some time..


2. You can eat whatever you want this weekend... IF you eat two healthy servings for every one crap serving. Keep a list of all the healthy stuff you eat cause I will ask you about it on Tuesday. Hopefully your list will be long.

my 4th of July was actually NOT full of a lotta crap.

7/1: mickey d's oatmeal 'fore getting on the road with healthy trail mix and fruit once on our way, tapas, fruit, hummus, baked pita chips, and veggie crudite friday nite (oh and wine spritzer, 2 glasses)

7/2:1/2 a bagel with light strawberry cream cheese and coffee, organic pasta and meatballs with salad at the CA academy of sciences in SF and lots of H2O, split a mexican food combo plate with the hunny saturday night (enjoyed the chips n' guac a little tho') 1 shot of tequila and 1 margarita

7/3: free hotel continental breakfast + scrambled eggs and by continental i mean fresh fruit, english muffin with jam, juice and coffee w/cream. turkey sandwich with juice and 1/2 bag of peanut m & m's, homemade spinach blintzes for din-din and a shot of egg likor from denmark (tasted liked cold eggnog, only thicker and full of liquor--LOL)

7/4: same thing for breakfast, grilled hamburger, corn on the cob, (1) beer and a very small piece of cake made to look like an american flag. it wasn't a store bought cake and the friend who made it is kind of a health nut/marathoner so i can say with some certainty that it was reasonably light.

3. On 3 of the next 4 days, you must work out for a total of 30 minutes each day. This can be a power walk, a swim, chasing the kids around the yard for a full 30, a short run, mowing the lawn (with a push mower), jumping jacks, P90X i dont care. MAKE TIME. 30 minutes is nothing. I will have you report your activities on Tuesday, so mark them on your calendars.

7/1- not too much exercise 'cept some stretching since we drove to SF
7/2 - 5 hours spent strolling around the CA academy of sciences including LOTSa stairs
7/3 - 45 min. in the hotel fitness center using the treadmill, ALSO, took the stairs from 11th floor to the 2nd when i had to run an errand middle of the day. did it again upon my return
7/4 - 30 mins. stationary bike, hotel fitness center
7/5 - 45 min. walking tour of hearst castle with approx. 100 stairs. 30 min. romantic stroll along the beach that evening.

4. On one of the next our days, you must workout for one full hour. Situps, running, biking, hiking, swimming, dancing in your kitchen, doing yard work, moving, I dont care. I will have you report your activities on Tuesday, so mark them on your calendars.

okay, here's where things take a somewhat ugly turn--the man and i spent 7/6-7/9 recouping from some weird stomach "bug". no additional explanation needed.

Okay, i'll wrap this up on my own damn page but thanks for letting me vent.

You want results? Work for them.

damn skippy!

Have a wonderfl holiday weekend!

all in all--i did--a "bleeping blast" in fact! only thing that woulda made that weekend "completer"? winning the lotto!
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sooo, with that--let the rapture begin--HOO-RAW!!!

  


30-Days of Music challenge--The Finale (Finally!!)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate:
wow--this IS hard. i'm such a nostalgia hound, i don't know if there's anything i DON'T like.

day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio:

gotta admit, i don't really listen to the radio, mostly cuz i'm not a huge fan of top 40. i think i'm just too old for it.
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio:

i wish my "joint" channel on sirius xm played more roots, rock reggae and traditional ska instead of some of the newer crap and believe me--it IS crap . however, if i could hear anything it would probably be King - Love and Pride
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_3g_yf1vzI

day 19 - a song from your favorite album:
"Ever Had It Blue" by Style Council from The Singular Adventures
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRGnXprimbg
it's hopeful i think...

day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry:
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (fairly self-explanatory)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vimZj8HW0Kg&
feature=related


day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy:
this song is just dripping with summer, no?
Fun Lovin' Criminals - Mister Sun
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O1STCZEihI&
feature=related


day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad:
this song just aches with longing
The English Beat - Can't Get Used to Losing You
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qErykBldZCs

day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding:
Paul Weller - Remember how we started
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvC7On5Bb2A

day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral:
George Michael - Waiting for That day
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYxpSBbIhU

day 25 - a song that makes you laugh:
They Might Be Giants - Don't Let's Start
it reminds me of the lighter, dorkier side of life...something of which i am all too familiar.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvOVMxOTwqw

day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument:
well, lets see--i haven't played piano since I was about 5 or the recorder since about 17 so i gotz nada.

day 27 - a song that you wish you could play:
pretty much ANYthing by Gipsy Kings but especially this
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifnMC_Kn1Q

day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty:
if by "guilty" you mean "guilty pleasure" well then this wins hands donw--LOL
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPMm1Noh-ow

day 29 - a song from your childhood:
this song will forEVER remind me of my dad
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7QSMyz5rg

day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year:
Adele - Best for Last
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIfqAKiNAZ0

  
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GOODGETNBETR 6/30/2011 7:52PM

    Can't really think of one. Rotation changes but don't think there are any I Hate.

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30-day music challenge--day 12, 13, 14 &15 (cuz i got behind...)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

day 12 - a song from a band you hate:
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r0n9Dv6XnY

day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure:
anything by They Might be Giants but especially this:
http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/vid
eo?p=they+might+be+giants+don%27t+let+
start

day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love:
Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dom7VlltBUc&feat
ure=relmfu
and to top it off, they're all so cute and smart!

day 15 - a song that describes you:
The Funky Lowlives - Latazz (full version)--careful, it's a long one and its got my groovin' self just written all over it. just try to keep your bootay from movin'--i double dog dare ya!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgeePZ4YVvU

day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate:
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio:
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio:
day 19 - a song from your favorite album:
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry:
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy:
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad:
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding:
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral:
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh:
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument:
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play:
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty:
day 29 - a song from your childhood:
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year:

NOW.........IT IS YOUR TURN! PLEASE PLAY ALONG FRIENDS
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgeePZ4YVvU

  


I just entered Yoovie's DIY 6-Week Challenge (WTH was i thinking?!)

Monday, June 27, 2011

1. NAME YOUR CHALLENGE! i think i just came up with the name of my challenge. i'll call it: "tay's 'WTF!' 6-week challenge" emoticon

(yeah, i know, sooo original. that's "MS. original" to YOU pal!

2. Choose 5 things to measure NOW and in 6 weeks. (7/1/11 - 8/14/11)

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B. thighs
C. gut (aka waist)
D. BMI
E. pant's size

3. Take a before picture. You don't have to post it online but you HAVE TO TAKE ONE: B-4 foto to follow bee-yatches.
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TAYGRL 6/28/2011 12:05AM

    awww...you're just being sweet.

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MISSROCKABILLY 6/27/2011 6:19PM

    I love the name for your challenge! *grin* You've got this!

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