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Look Ma, No Hands! +Burpee!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Happy Monday!

Tooootally forgot about my appointment after work today. Well, i remembered this morning, after being hyped to do a tough workout - and i didn't even realise until at my appointment that i would be a bit restricted. I had my Implanon Implant (contraceptive) taken out of my upper arm because my 3 years is up... and it might be time to start looking at starting a family... eventually :P - So i had a needle to numb my arm then the nurse made a small incision to remove the rod. She then put 'paper stitches'? on it and bandaged me up. I mentioned working out tonight and she laughed and said "Don't go doing anything with weights"... so i remembered the 'Hands Free' Bodyrock workout posted earlier in September - perfect !

Got my fix, because i was dying to get home and work out so was happy i found SOMEthing to do and sweat with. Yay! On that track baby!

Aaaand to finish with - i managed to upload my Burpee vid onto Youtube! I'm kinda nervous about this, heh. Ok let's just go with it. Ignore the huge-stupid laughs at the end - i was NERVES+ADRENALINE lol. And notice how quick i want to get behind the camera so it can't see me haha! There was a BIG crowd on their way to the fountain and i was all "eek eek"

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VYVIENN 10/5/2011 3:19AM

    Woot woot for the burpee!! (and yes, Jo, that is one perfectly executed burpee emoticon)

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FEED_ME_SHOES 10/5/2011 2:04AM

    Ahhh wicked man! You did it. And you look so cute! Love the fountain behind you.

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BOE4LIFE 10/4/2011 9:23AM

    Love the video You Rock!!!

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-POOKIE- 10/4/2011 9:04AM

    *laughs* cool!! Love the video!

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GIANTMICROBE 10/3/2011 5:47PM

    I remember that workout! I was too scared to do it. LOL. I am much more confident about working my core and upper body than lower. I guess because my lower body has always been so weak. It's been getting tons stronger with Bodyrock though! Maybe I should grow a pair and do it tomorrow...

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ERPARA 10/3/2011 5:36PM

And nice that you had a workout you could do that wouldn't mess with your paper surgery! :)

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JOANNA202 10/3/2011 5:29PM

    Can I please take this as professional demonstration of how to do a burpee? I never quite got it before (despite Vyvienn's excellent explanations) - now I understand! Mightly impressed that you posted it too.

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    I LOVED YOUR VIDEO! haha you're laugh is too cute! I was super nervous about posting mine too, but I'm so glad I did and I'm so glad YOU did! Your burpee was AWESOME! =]=] YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

THats cool that you had an implant too! I debated over getting one or the IUD and I ended up going with the IUD since it lasts LONGER =p haha so far so good as far as that goes! =p

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Nice Little Sunday

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hey heys

I've had a nice little day. I rushed around for the first half of the day as i had invited family around for some food and drinks, so i had to prepare - as i ended up working all day Saturday! We had a BBQ - in the rain. Bloody heat wave for days until the day i decide to host a bbq, LOL. Typical! It went great anyways - i love spending time with my family.

I'd left my pullup bar up so we had a little silly pullup challenge. Well, you had to chin up over the bar and then hold for as long as you could. My big brother came 3rd, the hubby came 2nd... and i came first with a whopping 20 seconds longer than them! Woohoo! Hah, lots of respect for THAT indeed, althougbh i couldn't lift my arms for 10 mins afterwards, heh!

We've cleaned up now and it's time for bed. Work early in the morning. Workout when i get home.

Saturday i feel i did myself proud. I had work but i got up early and cut my grass , then i fit in the 'We Found Love' Bodyrock workout - one divebomber and one knee up - how many sets in 10 mins? Oh i sweated - A LOT. Got 37 sets in, but was happy because i didn't believe i'd get that far! Super-quick shower and then work. Very very hot day.

Right, and now i'm ready for a week of warrior workouts! :)

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PENFOLDROCKS 10/3/2011 12:03PM

    Well done on beating the boys! Brilliant!
And also well done on the challenge - I got 37 too - snappety-snap!

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    Haha great job whooping booty on that pull up challenge! =D Nothing like a good ol' fashioned EGO BOOST to lift your mood and self esteem! hahaha... You rock girl!

And GREAT JOB on that "we found love" challenge! Dive bombers are KILLER!

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VYVIENN 10/3/2011 4:16AM

    Haha, you are just on fire, chica! Good for you!!

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BAZNCAZ 10/3/2011 3:18AM

    Keep on rocking STEPH!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FEED_ME_SHOES 10/3/2011 1:47AM

    You rock. Nothing like beating a man at their own game ; )

Also rain? What part of the country are you in, must be up north. Here down south we havent seen rain in like oh 4/5 days hah record!

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GEMINIGEM6 10/2/2011 8:58PM

    Go girl!! That sounds like a challenging workout. :)

I'm glad you had a nice today also. :)

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DAVEYSHADOW 10/2/2011 6:00PM

    Rain? we had a bbq in the sun LOL! Glad you won the challenge!

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SULFABABY 10/2/2011 5:24PM

    Hehe I totally saw it coming that you won the pull up challenge. WTG! Nice job on the BR workout!

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JOANNA202 10/2/2011 4:23PM

    Go you beating your brother and hubby! Bet they didn't see that coming!

You had rain?! That'll teach you for living up north...(I'm kidding, before all the northerners throw things at me!)

Go warrior! emoticon

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Which Number Are You ?

Friday, September 30, 2011

I just wanted to post the post from Bodyrock.tv today. It was the perfect dose of motivation and makes you question yourself. It came just at the right time for me... an really set alight that little Spark in my belly (or heart?). You can find it here.

There are 3 directions that you can go from here.

1. Backwards.
You can continue to do nothing to strengthen yourself, nothing to flex your determination, and watch as not just your body erodes but also the essential pieces of your inner self (namely your confidence, self esteem and sense of self worth) begin to flake off month by month and eventually break off in larger pieces. This path requires the least amount of exertion on your part, but it is by far the most painful. No matter what facade you put on it, there is a creeping pain that sets in when you turn your back so completely on your true potential in life. No matter how hard we try and ignore it mentally by distracting ourselves, or layer it over to insulate this deeply seeded pain, it becomes often so tender that people find themselves desperate to rid themselves of it.

2. Just holding on.
You can hold your ground and for every step forward you usually take one back and vice versa. You are in that “safe zone” that we like to refer to as “normal” or “average”. You train sporadically, always seem to have an extra 5-10 pounds to lose, are always on “the verge” of realizing your higher potential, but seem to quit every time you see the faint outline of the changes you desire in yourself starting to take shape in the bathroom mirror. You have repeated this cycle so often that it has become a familiar dance, and you are beginning to harbour secret doubts that you might never achieve the breakthrough that you have been holding yourself back from for so long now. It’s frustrating and can be painful in it’s own right, but what do you really have to complain about – you are “normal” right? It’s too bad that you can’t shake that deep feeling that something is missing, and something wonderful is just beyond your grasp…

3. You train like a warrior.
Discipline is a constant choice, and sometimes it can be a fierce struggle, but this, just like the muscles in your body is becoming honed with repeated use. You get knocked down and back, but you always rise up and pick up the challenge. Completing our short daily BodyRocking sessions is a practice that represents so much more to you than just exercise. You can feel that “beating your personal best” has started to apply to all the areas of your life that were previously lacking energy and commitment. The effort, perseverance and strength that you have been developing in your workouts flow with growing intensity into your sense of self worth and it doesn’t stop there. You are more nimble at work and everything from your relationships to the farthest touch points of your life feel infused with greater potential.When you are living your life and you know that you are giving the pursuit of your dreams your max effort, there comes a profound sense of fulfilment that nourishes you in a way that makes life feel grand. It’s not about a dress size or a number on a scale – it’s about training for a life well lived.

Which one are you?

I have been number 2 for a long time now. And i kinda knew it. Now? Now i want to train like a warrior and move to number 3. Those constant choices of discipline - being victories. The name of the blog and the workout is "We Found Love" - I know when i discovered Bodyrock.tv - i found love. :)

Happy Friday! I had a nice day. Good eating and a damn good workout (Thanks Sulf!) - in 27.5 degrees C. What is that all about?!!?

IT'S SO ON. ;)

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DAWNDMOORE40 10/3/2011 11:27AM

    emoticonI used to be a 2 for so many years! I would diet and exercise but when I wouldn't see the definition in my abs or my back side was not toning, then I would give up. I did this over and over again! Then I found Spark People! I love this website because it not only gives you the resources to succeed, but if you use the program, it doesn't let you give up! The people are wonderful because we all have the same desires and we all emoticonsupport one another! I think it's wonderful that you want to be that "warrior"! emoticonI feel that for over a year now I have been a 3! I love my life and how I feel and it does radiate to your relationships! It feels so emoticonto hear people say to me you look really good! After a while, you don't want to feel conceeded, but it's hard not to. I wish for you to get to that same place! Just keep up the positive attitude and you will achieve success! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITJEANS 10/3/2011 11:03AM

    Im a certified 2 and will be a 3 just as soon as i can shake that in consistent 2. Great post chica!

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GLOMER 10/2/2011 3:34PM

    Nice to read and of course I've been around #2 for so long. #3 is a good way to go!

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ESBELL 10/2/2011 10:50AM

    I've been floating in stage 2 for a while now. It is time to step it up!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 10/1/2011 8:54AM

    I missed this post on the website thanks for sharing. Time to start training like a warrior. Heres to commencement of Beast mode!

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DAVEYSHADOW 10/1/2011 5:10AM

    Greaty blog, think I have been 2 mode for a while now!

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SULFABABY 9/30/2011 7:48PM

    Thanks for sharing this! Now I have that song in my head, "now that we found love what are we gonna dooooo, with iiiiiit?" Haha! :)

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    I LOVED this post on bodyrock! It was perfect! It really made me realize also this transformation I've been on since starting bodyrocking! I used to be at a solid TWO... but now, it having been over a month of consistent bodyrocking, I'd say I've moved up to a three! Or damn near it that's for sure! Here's to us being/becoming WARRIORS!!! =]

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SEXYVIXEN2 9/30/2011 5:14PM

    I'm probably a 2
Best wishes to you on heading for number 3 emoticon
Angela, emoticon

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LYNN-I-CAN2 9/30/2011 4:26PM

    Love it. I'm in stage 1 myself, and I want to train like a warrior too... I love this blog..

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ALICERIEGER 9/30/2011 4:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. A lot of food for thought in that blog.

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For Myself

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'm much better today.

I didn't eat until last night. The stabbing pains had faded mostly, and i'd just stayed hydrated. I didn't choose the best thing to eat... after having a sore tummy for days. I ate Indian. There, I've confessed. Ugh. I was hungry and fancied something i'd really like. I'm so embarrassed of myself sometimes!

I did fine with the food, even though it wasn't the best choice. I've hopped around today and quickfired my days doing various little exercises. I have the feeling of being ready to go again. I'm sorry to everyone for how many stops and starts i've had over the past... gosh knows how long it's been going on for now. Consistency can be something i struggle with.

I had a positive, happy day at work and got home late. No second thoughts, i went to get changed - and wore my new Nike sports bra and wore that for the first time. NICE fit, really happy with it. If only i had the flat tum to wear it solo!

I did Zuzana's new workout 'Silent Killer' www.bodyrock.tv/2011/09/27/silent-ki
and WOAH. It wasn't very silent at my house! *huff, puff, splutter* With the heat we're currently getting in the UK plus it being a while since exercise, the sweat was pouring out of my. My hamstrings felt like they were about to cramp, and i planned to leave the weights out for the second round, but pushed it out of my mind and carried on. Oh how i stretched at the end. My leggies are seizing up haha.

Also did some pullup challenge, Day 2 of week -2 (1 pullup) ( twentypullups.com/node/10 ) which had 3 whole pullups in the routine and 2 negatives. The 3rd pullup was mega weak, and i barely pulled up to past the bar. Practice practice practice!

I've done a lot of thinking about my lifestyle and choices. Up and down. Long story short, i'm glad that the 'breaks' in my lifestyle are the non-exercise and junk food breaks. Rather than it being the other way around - the healthy eating and great exercise are the small bouts in a crappy lifestyle. That has to count for something.

I can do this, for myself.

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FEED_ME_SHOES 10/1/2011 9:30AM

    Haaaaah we all do silly things from time to time, even though we know its no good for us (referring to your indian food choice) Its quite amusing if we think about it really. i also struggle with consistency, when im good im REAL good, when im bad im bad. I think you will see great results with the pullup challenge you are doing though. Just stick with it, the changes will happen when we least expect it. As is the case with most things in life!

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DAVEYSHADOW 9/30/2011 2:41PM

    Keep it up!

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LIOCORO 9/30/2011 12:45PM

    Glad that you're feeling better!
Those 3 pullups are some serious buisness, I'd still die after finishing one I guess. So yay for improving!
Nothing wrong with stops and gos, as you said :)

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LYNN-I-CAN2 9/30/2011 10:10AM

    Glad you feel better, and got up and workout and gave it everything you got.. Well, we all do the mad hunger grab and dine.. I've done it a few times myself. And I no longer and do that. I missed breakfast, lunch, and I had dinner. Just dinner. I had taco salad. Made it myself. Ladybug, the pain that washed over me was the last time I would ever feel that way again in my life. I can't handle BEEF, so when I try to take it on.. It gets me everytime.. I mean, I can no longer have a burger.. UGH! That sucks the big one.. Anyway! I'll be working on it.. 1 day at a time.. I still can't wait to upload my challenge photos, and I can't weight to get it all gone..
You and Z is working it out.. I'm going to e mail her and ask for her to make a full workout DVD.. I think she should do one.. We all can get on her band wagon for life.. She's great!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 9/30/2011 9:52AM

  Great job on bouncing back and the BR sesh! I'm also glad you don't have tummy aches anymore. :)

I agree with sulfababy - as long as we always start back up again we're going to be OK! But I'm right there with ya sister. Let's do this together!

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-POOKIE- 9/30/2011 9:03AM

    *smiles* great way to look at things :) the junk is the break, not the other way around.

Im glad you are feeling brighter.

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VYVIENN 9/30/2011 6:36AM

    Congrats on performing 3 pullups! Even if you felt that last one was weak... that's still more than most of us can do, and definite improvement over when you started!! emoticon

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SULFABABY 9/29/2011 4:53PM

    It really seems to me that most successful people have lots of 'stops and starts'. What differentiates them (and us!) from the unsuccessful is that we get right back on that horse and giddy up. :)

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Back From Prague!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hello there!

I have lots to catch up with everyone so I gotta find the time later!

Just wanted to blog, i'm working. I think i may have overindulged a little too much because i have spent today doubled over with really sharp tummy pains. I'm getting through the day though, and it's better to be at work taking my mind off it rather than be in bed feeling sorry for myself!!

I'm a bit scared to weigh myself right now, but it has to be done. I'm done with eating crap now and need to get back to some tough workouts.

The way i'm feeling right now, I fancy doing a bloody hunger strike or fast... i haven't ate all day as i'm scared to - as i've had visits to the toilet lots (TMI - apologies!) yet i'm still all bunged up inside? Will just ride it out for a while me thinks.

I have lots of pictures to share with everyone and hopefully a little burpee vid - which isn't great but it was an adrenaline rush to do it haha! Ciao for now!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/28/2011 3:43PM

    Glad to have you back. Sorry you're not feeling well. Hope you feel better. :)

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FITJEANS 9/28/2011 12:05PM

    love your english accent, its awesome. I feel you chica , you can do this. I havnt been eating crappy, but im ready to get back to more serious workouts bcuz i am capable of it. I am gonna take advantage of all the things that i can physically do, cuz there are people who can not and, dont worry about that bloody scale. Mind over Matter, you already look amazingly beautiful emoticon

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PENFOLDROCKS 9/28/2011 6:51AM

    Welcome back!
I agree, don't weigh yourself now - oh, unless you want to lose LOADS in the next few weeks!
Sorry to hear that you're having *ahem* troubles - maybe will help accelarate the weight loss?!

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ESBELL 9/27/2011 8:59PM

    Glad you are back - I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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TRUELYMI 9/27/2011 4:17PM

    Helloooooo - sorry to hear that you're not well! Hope your trip was adventurous and F-U-N! Hey, I'm curious on the burpee-vid ;) I'll be travelling the next days and planning on video some burpees far away too ;)

Get well soon!

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DAVEYSHADOW 9/27/2011 3:47PM

    Hope you are feeling better now! Sounds like you had a good time in Pargue though

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SULFABABY 9/27/2011 1:30PM

    Welcome back! Can't wait to see the vid. :) Hope you feel better soon. Don't force yourself to weigh if you don't want. Jump back on the horse and weigh in a week. You can do it because you are awesome!!

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-POOKIE- 9/27/2011 11:48AM

    *hugs* welcome back x

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BAZNCAZ 9/27/2011 11:17AM

    Hope you both had a great time.
Good to have you back.
If you do not manage you know what
you will have to get D/H to squeeze your head. HA HA HA.

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    oh shoot, double post! SORRY! or.. well.. triple now.. LOL!

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    I'm sorry you're having intestinal issues!! I know that now that I've cut beef and pork out of my diet, EVERY TIME I have just a little bite it throws my body into a downward spiral! It's crazy! I hope you start feeling better soon! Maybe extra water or green tea would help you? =]

Can't wait to see the pictures and a BURPEE VIDEO! =D I've seriously THOUGHT about making a video of myself doing a burpee for Erin, but at the same time, I think I'm too self conscious/embarrassed haha.. Maybe your video might 'spark' a fire under my belly! =p

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    I'm sorry you're having intestinal issues!! I know that now that I've cut beef and pork out of my diet, EVERY TIME I have just a little bite it throws my body into a downward spiral! It's crazy! I hope you start feeling better soon! Maybe extra water or green tea would help you? =]

Can't wait to see the pictures and a BURPEE VIDEO! =D I've seriously THOUGHT about making a video of myself doing a burpee for Erin, but at the same time, I think I'm too self conscious/embarrassed haha.. Maybe your video might 'spark' a fire under my belly! =p

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