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Dreams…

Monday, October 12, 2009

We are never given a dream without the power to make it come true…
~Richard Bach~

I recently read a book about gold-medal Olympians and their stories. While various techniques, skills and training methods were used to attain success, one thing remained constant–the dedication to the dream.

Most great accomplishments aren’t found at the end of smooth pathways. They are found by climbing mountains, going through dark valleys and treading through murky water. When we start ONLY looking at the mountain, or a dark valley, or murky water, it is easy to lose sight of the dream. Bach reminds us that “We are never given a dream without the power to make it come true.” While we will get sidetracked and look other directions at times, we have to remember to hold the vision of our dream like we would a precious jewel.

Think of all the people who have had great visions and dreams… Martin Luther King, the Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Walt Disney … a long and varied list is endless. Had one of these individuals chosen not to cherish the dream and nurture it forward, our world would be vastly different.

What is your precious jewel of a dream? It can be simple or complex, but whatever it is do not lose sight of it. The realization of a dream will have a profound influence on your home, your community, the country, or the world.

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DANEDA 10/13/2009 11:12AM

    THANK YOU! I DO have a dream that I've been putting off, and this is a very timely reminder. I appreciate this kick in the pants~

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ALNEAGLE 10/12/2009 7:07PM

    Great Blog!! I need to regain my focus on my dream!! It easy to just look at the mountains or dark valleys. But we have to look at the dream. It's there for the taking I just have to work hard to achieve it!! Thanks, Eric for these words of encouragement!!

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SHELL_2 10/12/2009 6:31PM

    You are so motivational, and so true. Losing sight of the goal can happen when things get tough, I've done it. we all have at one point or another. Thank you for bring it back to the for front and reminding me again of what I'm achieving and why.

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Where did the month of September GO?

Monday, October 05, 2009

As most of you know, September was a busy month for me. I had some priorities that needed my immediate attention and it took me away from my daily routine's.

First of all, I'm sure you all have noticed that there is a lady that LOVE's to boost my ego by her AWESOME comments emoticon Yes, I am talking about "2ndchances" (Melanie). Our relationship has been off and on for over a year now (more on than off). From the beginning, God has been in the center of our lives and has been our foundation. For the most part we have had a wonderful relationship filled with love and happiness. She is the one that kick started my health journey last year by teaching me to drink more water. It was a challenge for me at first. Then she started teaching me about carbs. Then I ran with it from there. She has been my biggest supporter throughout my health journey. She is the only person in this world that has personally watched me transform.

We found out in June that she is pregnant. It is a baby girl emoticon
Her name will be "Jayleigh Sheree ". We started off the month being sick. She got it first then of course I got it. Then we spent the better part of 2 wks packing her up and moving her in with me. Now I can make sure both of my girls are safe, stress free, and happy.

Then my bday vacation arrived quickly. Went to Lubbock, Tx to visit my family and share the good news of becoming a daddy in January. Parents and family were very happy. Then it was off to the Dallas Cowboy game. My first NFL game to attend. Dallas playing on my 40th birthday, on the first Monday night game in the new stadium. IT WAS AWESOME!






To top my whole birthday off, I had the GREATEST WELCOME HOME








Now to show you what a true Dallas Cowboy fan I am, LOL. My first purchase for my Jayleigh




It was difficult for me to stick to my nutrition plan during September, but I didn't over do it to much. My activities and workouts pretty much leveled off what I ate. I pretty much just maintained during the month. Although I didn't miss any of my workouts, the results were not what I wanted for Phase 3. I will probably do Phase 3 over again in November after my first 5k run on Oct. 17.

October has started and life has calmed down now. I am very adaptable to change, but i do love my daily routine. Now it is time to get the momma involved in doing prenatal yoga and pilates.

OK TEAM, I am back and time to "BRING IT"! I have missed keeping up with my team and being involved. I'm sure everyone is doing AWESOME.

Keep us in your prayers
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ERINLINDZ 10/9/2009 8:03PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ERIC!

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MESHIE75 10/7/2009 4:58PM

    Congratulations!!! So exciting to be welcoming a new little person into the world!! Can't wait to see pics when she is born! :)

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BIKERCHICK74 10/7/2009 12:53PM

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how awesome...... sooo happy for you!!!!

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GLAZED-DONUT 10/7/2009 8:04AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Youre going to have a little DCC Cheerleader -- whoo hooo (-: How excited you guts must be, good luck to you both (-:
(hugs) - *S*

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CHAIMBERBELL 10/6/2009 4:02PM

    Congratulations!!!! And go COWBOYS!!!! :-D

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DANIROME 10/6/2009 12:00PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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RAINRUN 10/6/2009 11:29AM

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TIA

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JACKLIN11 10/6/2009 11:01AM

    wow that is great news, I am so happy for you guys.

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LSDALOIA 10/6/2009 7:11AM

    Congrats on your future Cowgirl!

I know you were really busy last month, but didn't realize how much fun you were having along the way. I am so happy for you and Melanie.

Best wishes,
Liz

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STEPHANEFANY 10/6/2009 5:58AM

    Congrats! What an exciting time! Enjoy and take care! emoticon

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JONDECKER76 10/5/2009 11:03PM

    WOW, how did I miss this blog!!?

Congratulations to the both of you!

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INDULGENCEHAIR 10/5/2009 9:20PM

    Congradulations, buddy! I'm so excited for you!!! Good luck in your new ventures... it's gonna be a whirlwind, but your gonna have a blast!!

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2NDCHANCES 10/5/2009 7:31PM

    Aww, baby... YOU ROCK!!! I just tell the truth. ;)

love you!!
xx me

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SHERLYNN43 10/5/2009 5:27PM

    OMGGGGGG! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!!! I loveeeeeeee her name by the way! This is soooo exciting. I can't wait to see pics of your sweet baby girl!!!

Hugs....Sher

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MARISA612 10/5/2009 3:45PM

    Congrats! Very exciting news! It's been a big year for you :)

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DANEDA 10/5/2009 3:12PM

    wow, Wow, WOW!
Congratulations! A little baby girl is so exciting.

What a month you've had. I had just been wondering a couple of days ago what might have happened to you since I was missing your super encourageing blogs.

It's great to have you back, and I really wish the best for you and your family. Happy fatherhood!

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PURPLEALLY 10/5/2009 1:53PM

    WOW!!! What an incredible month you had!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROC9612 10/5/2009 1:49PM

    Congratulations but I think you get confused the Bears stuff do not have stars anywhere, it's just a bear and there is orange with the blue stuff hehehe emoticon

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JKSTEIN123 10/5/2009 1:37PM

    Congratulation. How exciting. I wish you both happiness with your new baby to be!

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2Q2KARE 10/5/2009 1:01PM

    Congradulations on the up coming new addition!!! Lubbock, TX is that where your from? I have family there, and my son goes to Texsas Tech. Small world.
Take care

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LCWELTER 10/5/2009 12:32PM

    emoticon That is wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!! You continue to be an awesome team leader :) Looking forward to news about Mom & Jayleigh too! (love the name!!!) Enjoy the 'pregnancy' and the babi-ness...they grow up WAY too fast!!! My baby turns 4 this weekend............wow

Congr
ats and welcome back! :)



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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/5/2009 12:19PM

    Oh my gosh! CONGRATULATIONS ERIC!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You've had quite an exciting month. I have to tell you that your blog today brought tears to my eyes. I am SO happy for you both! I know that God has some great things in store for you, and you deserve it. emoticon Keep us posted on your progress (and Mommy and baby, too).

Kat =^..^=

P.S. I am very jealous that you went to the opening Dallas game. I watched it that night on TV and the stadium looks truly amazing. glad you had a good time. emoticon

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P90X Classic (Round 1 - Phase 3) Measurement Results (Updated 10-12-09)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

(B)=Before...(A)=After...(D)=Difference

Week 9 - (September 9, 2009 - September 15, 2009)
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Weight...(B)=158...(A)161.4...(D)= +3.4
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=36 1/4...(A)=36 1/2...(D)= +1/4
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= 0
Waist...(B)=33...(A)=33...(D)= 0
Hips...(B)=35...(A)=35...(D)= 0
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20...(A)=20 1/2...(D)= +1/2
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=15.38%...(A)=15.38%...(D)= 0
Muscle Gain/Loss= +3/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= + 3/4


Week 10 - (September 16, 2009 - September 22, 2009)
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Weight...(B)=161.4...(A)157.4...(D)= -4
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=36 1/2...(A)=36 3/4...(D)= +1/4
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= 0
Waist...(B)=33...(A)=33...(D)= 0
Hips...(B)=35...(A)=34 1/2...(D)= - 1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20 1/2...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= -1/4
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=15.38%...(A)=15.38%...(D)= 0
Muscle Gain/Loss= 0
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 1/2

Week 11 - (September 23, 2009 - September 29, 2009)
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Weight...(B)=157.4...(A)158.4...(D)= + 1
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=36 3/4...(A)=36 1/4...(D)= - 1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= 0
Waist...(B)=33...(A)=33...(D)= 0
Hips...(B)=34 1/2...(A)=35...(D)= + 1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20 1/2...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= -1/4
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=15.38%...(A)=15.38%...(D)= 0
Muscle Gain/Loss= - 3/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= -1/4

Week 12 - (September 30, 2009 - October 6, 2009)
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Weight...(B)=158.4...(A)156.4...(D)= -2
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=36 1/4...(A)=36 1/4...(D)= 0
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= 0
Waist...(B)=33...(A)=32 1/2...(D)= -1/2
Hips...(B)=35...(A)=34 3/4...(D)= - 1/4
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20 1/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= 0
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=15.38%...(A)=14.35%...(D)= -1.03%
Muscle Gain/Loss= 0
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 3/4

Week 13 - (October 6, 2009 - October 12, 2009)
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Weight...(B)=156.4...(A)157.2...(D)= + .8
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=36 1/4...(A)=36 1/4...(D)= 0
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= 0
Waist...(B)=32 1/2...(A)=32 1/4...(D)= -1/4
Hips...(B)=34 3/4...(A)=34 1/2...(D)= - 1/4
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20 1/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= 0
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=14.35%...(A)=13.82%...(D)= - .53%
Muscle Gain/Loss= 0
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 1/2

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TOTAL PHASE 3 RESULTS
Weight= - .6
Neck = - 1/4
Chest = - 1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed) = 0
Waist = - 3/4
Hips = - 1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh = 0
Percentage Body Fat= - 1.05%
Muscle Gain/Loss= - 3/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 2

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JONDECKER76 10/12/2009 6:20PM

    Great job Eric - doesn't it feel great to know that you finished such a hard program!? Take a good week off buddy, you deserve it! I'm looking forward to hearing how your P90X plus journey turns out!

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SHERLYNN43 10/4/2009 6:12AM

    Good to see you're going strong! Way to gooooo! Keep going!

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2NDCHANCES 10/3/2009 10:01PM

    you're doing AWESOME baby, keep up the great work!! I can't wait for you to *train* me!! :)

xx me

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P90X Classic (Round 1) - Day 60 Results (9-11-09)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It has been an amazing journey emoticon

(B)=Before...(A)=After...(D)=Difference

60 DAY TOTAL RESULTS
(July 14, 2009 - September 11, 2009)
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Weight...(B)=163...(A)157.8...(D)= - 5.2
Neck...(B)=15 1/2...(A)=15 1/2...(D)= 0
Chest...(B)=36 3/4...(A)=36 3/4...(D)= 0
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=12 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= + 1
Waist...(B)=34 1/2...(A)=33...(D)= - 1 1/2
Hips...(B)=35 1/2...(A)=35...(D)= - 1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=19 3/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= + 1/2
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=17.86%...(A)=14.87%...(D)= - 2.99%
Muscle Gain/Loss= + 3
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 5 1/4
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You may look at the numbers and see that some haven't changed since day 1. You have to remember something, fat is replaced by muscle. You will experience a curve in your health journey where you go downward (losing fat) then go back up (gaining muscle). That is why keeping a log is so important. It will show you what your body is doing so you won't be disappointed.

NOW FOR THE PICTURE SHOW emoticon



You will notice right above my shorts it curves out, that is actually my hip bone. It is going to be interesting to see how that shapes out as my health journey continues.




I see quite a bit of differences in this view in shoulders, neck, & stomach.




Jon, I don't think i'm going to make it to 17" this round, but I promise you I will make it!





Over all, I am happy with my results. To me, the most impressive aspect of this, is watching my body fat percentage go down. I want to thank everyone for your support and motivation. All you have been AMAZING!

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NOMORELIMITS 9/28/2009 2:32PM

    WooHoo!!!
You look awesome!

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TUMMY_GIRL 9/28/2009 11:31AM

    Congrats, holy the arms/shoulders are amazing, that must feel like a million bucks!

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2NDCHANCES 9/25/2009 6:24PM

    Yes, it has been an amazing journey & I have been lucky enough to see it from the beginning. I am so completely proud of you & the transformation in you.
You are DOING IT!!! emoticon

Your motivation and dedication are bar-none and the determination and energy you bring to everything you do (not just this) is admirable. You are my hero!!! emoticon
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LSDALOIA 9/21/2009 8:44PM

    Even though I want to hate you because I outweigh you, I still gotta love you because you have such great results! WOWSER! Thanks for the free tickets to the gun show!
Liz

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DIVEGODDESS 9/19/2009 8:10PM

    wow!!! You've lost your love handles!!!

You look great!! keep it up!

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TOTS_ROCKS 9/19/2009 7:23PM

    ...and bringing up the rear on the comments... You are doing an amazing job!! Looking fantastic and sticking to the schedule!! I am in my last week starting tomorrow (had to make a minor adjustment last week due to finals at school, but that was completely worth it!!!) October 1, starting it all over again with P90X Lean and working towards even more improvement to start INSANITY in January!
Anyways, Eric, you are doing emoticon and I am proud of you!! emoticonand emoticon... keep it up!!!
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JONDECKER76 9/19/2009 6:18PM

    Wow- I'm 5 days late responding to this, I didn't see the post until just now! (Its been a busy week!)

Very excellent progress man! Your mid section has slimmed down tremendously, and your back is really looking ripped! Your lats are also getting wider at the top (got to love all those pullups!)

I'll meet you on the other side of day 90! Keep bringing it!

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JMW386 9/18/2009 8:43AM

  Wow - great results! I must have missed this when you first posted it. Its great to hear that you're seeing a difference in your body fat % too - I haven't had mine measured since I started, but I'm really hoping I see a difference there. Congratulations on the awesome job so far! Keep up the great work!!

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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 9/16/2009 9:06PM

    Awesome results! Just wait until day 90! How's the 5K training going?





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RAINRUN 9/14/2009 12:23PM

    emoticongreat job!

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BIKERCHICK74 9/14/2009 9:03AM

    Eric... you looking great!!!!!

Keep up the good work....
Oksana

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SUMITH2008 9/14/2009 7:45AM

    Damn dude! Awesome results! Congratulations on your hard work, i can really see increased muscle definition in your arms and back. *Cheers* Looking forward to your next 30 day progress. Way to GO!!!! BRING IT!

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KATSPAWPRINTS 9/13/2009 8:24PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric! You gained an inch on your biceps in 60 days??? Dude... YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLABBERMOUTH2 9/13/2009 5:05PM

    Eric, this set of photos are really amazing. Your hard work and dedication to this program is awe inspiring. Thanks for being transparent and taking us along on this journey you have undertaken.

Keep up the good work.

Pam

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SHERLYNN43 9/13/2009 9:46AM

    I never like numbers anyway. I think it's more important how your clothes fit and how you feel....than the numbers. You are right too....Fat IS replaced by muscle! Way to go on sticking with it!
SHER

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LCWELTER 9/13/2009 7:29AM

    I hope my results come out half that good!!! Great job, congrats and keep pushing play!!! emoticon

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RENA1965 9/13/2009 4:16AM

    Keep up the hard work, can see the difference!

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NSIMON116 9/12/2009 11:18PM

    I can see the difference and I know how hard your working. I know that phase III is going to be a big pay off for you! emoticon

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JEFFCANN 9/12/2009 10:46PM

    Congrats on your success with P90X. I've heard it's a good program for total body fitness.

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ZSAZSA4EVER 9/12/2009 10:45PM

    Wow, I can definitely see a difference! Hard work will pay off. You must be so pleased! I can see great definition in your arms and shoulders, as well as your back!

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What to expect for P90X - Phase 3

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Today was the beginning of my P90X Round 1 Phase 3. It felt like a workout family reunion. All kinds of memories came back to me of when I first started on this AWESOME workout journey. I remember how excited I was because of finally starting the program after my delay due to hyperextending my left knee.

I followed the instructions and kept up with my worksheet. I know what I did then and now I know what I need to do. It is like a test to see if you have been slacking or really been "BRINGING IT" As I was logging my results after every exercise, some exercises I doubled the amount of reps. There were also some that only increased by 5-10 reps. All of my pull-ups doubled. Some tripled :) I was pretty happy with todays results. I remember the Dive-Bombers being difficult for me to do. NOT anymore, I'm up there with the big boys now, LOL.

If you are in phase 1 now, I highly recommend keeping a log of what you are doing. After doing your first workout in Phase 3, you will be amazed on how your fitness level has increased. If you are serious about your health journey and you want to see results, you will do what it takes to achieve it.

This is just another stepping stone to proving how your fitness level increases every day, even when you think it doesn't. Keep on giving it your all every day!

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ALNEAGLE 9/9/2009 9:24AM

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SHERLYNN43 9/9/2009 7:00AM

    It's exciting....seeing how far you've come! You are really doing great!!! Keep going!!!! You're an inspiration for the rest of us to kick it up a notch!!!
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NSIMON116 9/8/2009 9:31PM

    can't wait to get there!

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JKSTEIN123 9/8/2009 9:17PM

    The more I here about this program the more interested I become. Great job! emoticon

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JONDECKER76 9/8/2009 7:54PM

    I felt the exact same way as you Eric - it was refreshing to go back to some new exercises that we hadn't seen in a while! My numbers also increased by a fair margin (though definitely not by double!) , and it was really neat to look at my week 3 numbers and say "Huh, thats all I had!!?"

Good job!

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LSDALOIA 9/8/2009 6:29PM

    It sure is fun to go through all of those workouts again in phase 3. You're absolutely right -- it's like a workout buddy reunion.

I agree that it's important to use the tracking tools. It really shows how far you've come.

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JACKLIN11 9/8/2009 6:22PM

    Thats great I didn't start recording that stuff till phase 3 of round 1 but you can bet you bottom dollar that I am recording now. This program really works , if, you work it!

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KATSPAWPRINTS 9/8/2009 5:33PM

    Can't wait to get there!

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