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Drastic times, calls for drastic measures

Friday, June 11, 2010

So, I'm about six months into my journey and I feel like I've come to a grinding halt. I started off with all of this steam and took off. Now I find myself slowing down and I'm afraid that I'll lose my momentum altogether.

This is my second semester and it's slightly different from last semester. This semester, my younger brother (24yr old) just started college as well. He doesn't have a car and is not at all independent. He and my mom live next door, so he has to ride with me everyday to and from school. Our schedules are completely different, with his schedule starting as early as 8am. We live about 40 min from school, so I've been having to get up at the crack of dawn to make sure he's at school on time, even though my first class doesn't start until about 10. Then I still have to hang around after my morning class is done for another couple of hours, for his class to be done, before I can go home. Adding to that, after I bring him home I have to be back at school for night classes. (I know... I'm whining)

ANYWAY....It's wearing me out. My schedule is so whacked out, what with him and schoolwork and other obligations that I can barely squeeze in workout time. Since I haven't been getting my workouts in like I'm suppose to, I have little energy and even less willpower. My eating habits have been bad. I feel like I'm losing control. I weighed myself on Monday and I'd gained a pound and a half (granted, TOM was here, so i'm hoping that was the reason) It's just frustrating.

So...In an effort to bring some order back to my crazy life, I decided something drastic. I've been wanting to try the P90X for a while, but I wasn't sure if I was ready physically for it. I'm going to dedicate myself to doing it. I heard it's intense not only because of the level of fitness, but also because it requires about an hour 6 days a week. But maybe it's exactly what I need. Maybe I've been making excuses for not being able to work out. Whatever the reason for my present lack of drive, it's time to nip it in the bud. Enough with the excuses. It's time to hold myself accountable.

  
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BAHAMIANJENNI 7/15/2010 9:09AM

    Wasn't sure how the blog would end, because it started off with lots of frustration, but I was encouraged to see that you motivated yourself to do what needs to be done. Congratulations.

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PELESJEWEL 6/12/2010 9:07PM

    Wow! I love your resolve! By the end of writing this blog you motivated yourself! Keep digging deep because that's where your power is and don't give up, look back, beat your self up, or give it a second thought. Take a serious look at yourself! You are 30 pounds less... that's good stuff! I agree, I think you should consider working out on campus! I used to jog/run when I went to college. I'd do it between classes and felt great. I look back at it now and I can't believe how far I used to run and how much I enjoyed it....I started out walking around the campus, maybe you can start there too? I like that you are investing in your mind (school) and your body (exercise) it'll all come together for you! I know it.
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KELGUEN 6/11/2010 10:35PM

    Hi! I can definitely sympathize with having a crazy schedule! Is there any way you could get some exercise in while you're waiting for your brother's morning class to finish? Even if you don't have a gym on campus, is there any way you could just walk around for an hour or so? I'm always surprised at how many calories simply walking burns. Granted, it won't be as intense as P90X, but it'll add up! Good luck!

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Actual Calories Burned

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ok... so I don't know if anyone else has addressed this before, but I'd like to know. I'm always trying to mix up my workouts to keep me active. But with variety, comes confusion. I did Zumba the other day and it was an awesome workout, but there was nowhere on the fitness tracker to accurately log my workout, so I logged it under fast dancing/salsa...or something like thata. Also when I'm swimming, I'm not doing freestyle or solely any one method of swimming. Mostly, I swim laps wearing my fins so that my legs get a good workout and then I'll do separate water exercises for my arms. So, when I go to log my workout, I have to improvise for that too.

So it got me thinking... I mean, exactly how hard am I working out? So, I keep hearing that heart rate monitors are really good. So I'm going to starting looking for a really good one that can be used for swimming as well as other exercises.

Can anyone recommend a good one??

  
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SWEETLIPS 5/18/2010 12:17PM

    Hi There,

I am newly active and I use the Polar with the chest band and wrist band as well. It syncs up well with my other equipment and it records well - that way you will always know. BTW, I got it because of a heart condition and it was medically recommended and I don't have any compliants

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PELESJEWEL 5/15/2010 7:12PM

    Hi - thanks so much your support and for commenting on my blog! I'm glad someone else out there can relate!! When I first started Zumba a couple of months ago, I was excited to track the calories I burned while shaking my groove thang (so much fun, right?). Like you, I used the same category Dancing/Fast/Ballet/Twist, which gives you credit for 570 cals burned and I was thrilled until I bought a heart rate monitor and clocked it for myself. Exercising in my target zone for my height/weight, I burn 470, 100 less (everyone is different based on starting weight,etc). The brand I bought is POLAR. Bought it on sale for about $100. I love it and highly recommend getting one for your journey. For me the HRM has helped "remove the excuses" of exercise that come up, as in...oh I can't run that fast, and oh I can't exercise that long...because I now know my target heart rate zone and I work within or slightly above that range to get the most out of my work out. I think anyone that has a lot of weight to lose (including present company) will especially benefit from a HRM simply because the journey is long, each workout needs to count towards your weight loss...I think the only way it can is if you actually know how much you burn, so you then no how much calories to eat or bank. At least that's where my head is at this week.... emoticon

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DIXIECHIC60 5/15/2010 7:28AM

    You are doing such a great job. Keep me updated if you find out how to track the calories. Unless I'm on my treadmill I don't track them because I don't know where to find them on SP yet. You can help me too! Keep up the good work, you motivate me!!!

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DIXIECHIC60 5/15/2010 7:28AM

    You are doing such a great job. Keep me updated if you find out how to track the calories. Unless I'm on my treadmill I don't track them because I don't know where to find them on SP yet. You can help me too! Keep up the good work, you motivate me!!!

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What's your favorite low-cal "On the go" snack?

Monday, February 01, 2010

I don't have one that I absolutely LOVE. The only thing I take with to eat while at school is, rice cakes (the cheddar ones are 40 cal. each), grapes and cherries and jello cups which are 5-10 cal each. But I'm getting bored with the same things. Any ideas? Please share!

  
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K_RENEE 4/22/2010 8:43PM

    I've started keeping oranges with me. I know, that's not really special, but it can be quite refreshing. Low fat string cheese and a few nuts (I like almonds) is a good one, and don't worry about keeping the cheese refrigerated. If you plan on eating it in a few hours, it will be fine. Plus, I think it tastes a little better at room temp lol


Hope this gives you a couple ideas!

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What's Your Mini Workout Tip?

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm finding that my life is getting crazy busy lately with school, studying and part-time work and various other activities. So it's kinda hard to fit in some good quality workout time. So I've resorted to accelerating my activities. What I mean by that is if I'm walking from one class to another, I speed walk as if I'm late for a test. emoticon Of if I'm going to the store, I park far away from the building and then once inside, I speed walk to get what I want. While at school, I take the stairs (the elevators are always full anyways) and with my heavy backpack, I really feel the burn by the time I get to the top. So I've just been simply trying to avoid taking the lazy way out. Does anyone else have any mini workout tips for those with limited time? Why not share! emoticon

  
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SERILDA 4/13/2010 10:22AM

    pace while you are on the phone... extra steps that way. When grocery shopping do an extra lap around the store before you start shopping.

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A10TIVTRTL 3/11/2010 12:14PM

    Vnus, I also do "sneaky" exercise - when I'm picking up the house I do it inefficiently - instead of gathering up everything that is out of place and making one circle around the house putting things away, I now dash all over the place putting away one thing at a time - gets in lots of extra steps and gets the old heart pumping. If I watch at TV show I exercise at the same time, either marching in place or sitting and doing leg lifts, etc. Every little bit helps!

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VNUSFLYTRP 1/26/2010 12:17AM

    That sounds like a great idea as well! I heard it really does help, although I've never tried it. Maybe I can add that to my list. Thanks for the tip!

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JUSGETTENBY42 1/25/2010 11:55PM

    Sounds like you have it under control. I hold my stomach in while standing in line and fo foot lifts

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