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Blasting Through!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Week 3 is done for me! I'm SO glad I'm still on board... But then again, I knew I be because I know when I really really want something.... really bad, I know exactly how to put my mind to it. Let's not be too hasty - Week 4 is now upon us, lol!

This is Week 3 Day 5 BodyRock workout -
www.bodyrock.tv/2012/02/25/six-pack-
abs-workout-day-5-week-three-of-the-fe
bruary-30-day-challenge/


So mine looked like this. 600 reps.

-100 High Knee Skips
-50 Left Lunge Back & Kick (first 25 w/ 14kg, second 25 w/ 10kg)
-50 Right Lunge Back & Kick (First 25 w/ 14kg, second 25 w/ 10kg)
-100 High Knee Skips
-100 Squats (first 50 w/ 14kg, second 50 with 10kg)
-100 High Knee Squats
-25 Straight Abs
-25 V Abs Left
-25 V Abs Right
-25 Bicycle Abs

My time was 20:54.

The abs were hard to keep going at, but it's a good feeling... I don't find them easy. None of it was easy, actually. And my time challenge scores are always higher than the majority.

Soooo... I was a little bit unsure about how things were going... Since I went to Body Attack last Thursday, it put me a day behind with BodyRock because I was too tired after the (killer) class. Then on Saturday, I rested instead of doing a BodyRock rep challenge. I always need that little bit more motivated to do one of Sean's workouts. Always riddled with reps and buckets of sweat, lol. I'm happy afterwards, obviously. Anywho's I pushed it to Sunday morning (Week 3 Day 4) and that was fine and dandy. Monday I went to Zumba and it was 8pm by the time I got home, and I was super tired, so listened to the body and went to bed.

So I did Day 5 of Week 3 tonight after work. Straight into it and it's finished before you know it. That's the thing with BodyRock... Just press the timer already...hah, it's a scary moment before you push for the beep!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) shall not be a rest day, but the beginning of Week 4. Thursday I am booked in for another session of Body Attack, so it will just mean I am finishing February's challenge a day or two later than planned... BUT, I am finishing, which is the important thing... AND, it's not like I'm going to be later because of rest days or can't-be-bothered days. I'm late due to being tired because of other exercise. Good times! :)

Eating has been better. Not perfect, but better! The body is feeling good, and ... My arms/shoulder area is definitely feeling tighter and more toned. I should probably take some progress pictures...But maybe at the end of March, just before I go to Mexico and hopefully I'll be in the best shape... I've ever been!

Happy Tuesday!

  
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DAVEYSHADOW 2/29/2012 1:44PM

    emoticon emoticon sounds like you are back in the zone!

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-POOKIE- 2/29/2012 9:49AM

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BAZNCAZ 2/29/2012 4:35AM

    ROCK ON you know you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SULFABABY 2/28/2012 9:45PM

    Way to go! :) My times for the rep challenges are usually longer than most too. I lightened my weights and that has helped a bit, but I like to think we are doing the moves with excellent form and range of motion and that is why it takes us longer. :)

Save some space in your suitcase for me when you go to Mexico ;)

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Happy Weekend!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hey hey!

SHOULD have blogged last night but bed with a film was the better option... ha :P

Things are going really good. The eating is slowly falling into place. Well, it's back to great apart from the bowl of doritos I had last night with the film.... BUT - I had a bowl of them, instead of just using the bag?? Gotta score points for that. :P

So on Thursday I went to a class called "Body Attack", it was in a new leisure centre not far from where I work, on the water front. I must say, it's in a truly beautiful spot to be sweating and working out and generally feeling good. I walked outside of the studio where the class was being held and this is what the view looked like -

And the wall facing the water by the way, was just glass doors. Very pretty indeed. :)

So Body Attack... What a great workout!! I didn't know it was a workout made by a group called The Les Mills Group. Found here - www.lesmills.com/
Okay so you can actually see the class I did and the stuff involved at the website!
www.lesmills.com/global/bodyattack/b
odyattack-group-fitness-class.aspx

It was really good because it keeps going and going, with lots and lots of high impact and high intensity, with strength moves incorporated into it too. I really got my sweat in. My Zumba friend (who is used to a lot lighter exercise than this) looked at me half way through, dripping with sweat and red faced and said "Zumba is EASY compared to this" haha.

I wanted a good challenge and I got it, so I think I'll be going again next week.

The only thing about going to the class, was that I was wiped when I got home. I had some stuff to do which pushed me even later into the night, but i tried to warm up again to BodyRock but my arms were not giving me any more pushups for the night. There was a part in Body Attack where you jump out to plank, do 4 pushups SUPER FAST, jump your feet up to hands, pull up into squat and reach tall, then repeat like 8 times. A LOT of pushups... And I found it hard to keep up doing the 4 pushups so explosively... So it was hella challenging, along with hella great, but also hella exhausting on the armies, LOL.

So I left BodyRock for the night... and did it Friday night. So I'm a day behind where I would be, but I don't feel so bad about that. (You guys have helped out loads with this, suggesting what I can do to work around it, switching workouts to different days etc, thank you!!) So I have BodyRock both Saturday and Sunday, and then my 'active' rest day will be Monday - which I'll be attending Zumba on... so I think things might be working out great so far!

So now it's Saturday morning, I had a lovely fruit smoothie for breakfast and I'm about to shower to go out with some family. I was going to get Sean's BodyRock Day 4 workout in this morning, but my arms are a bit sore this morning, and it's only just over 12 hours since my last workout so I think I'll do it later.

Oh! While I remember! I am doing good with my LENT challenge and am currently 3 going onto 4 days without takeaway or eat out. Lol! Not much yet, but I'm damn sure doing this one to the rules!!

OH! And my good friend Nina (PENFOLDROCKS) blogged about being a BodyRocker for a whole year this February... And I looked back and my first BodyRockin' date is also in February... I went back in my workout file to the first workout I ever wrote down and so I've taken a picture to share!

It's tiny here so here's the link -
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yishbitch/IMG-20120224-00690.jpg

I'm so glad I wrote my workouts down from day one, and as you can see, this is how I write them out! I didn't have the hang on recording scores so this is a bit messier and less organised to the way I write workouts out now, but it's more or less the same. Infact why don't I show my page where I'm upto on this present day?

Bigger link -
i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/craz
yishbitch/IMG-20120225-00691.jpg

Aw and do you know what's special about this page? If you look closely, I go from using black pen to blue pen - my black pen ran out yesterday.... the black pen that I've been using since STARTING BodyRock! Hah! How sweet is that? :P

Rightio! Let's rock on then and take care of ourselves! :)

  
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SULFABABY 3/1/2012 8:30AM

    I'm LOLing that zumba is your rest day :) You rock hardcore!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 2/27/2012 1:35AM

    I wish i kept a BR journal, i cant even remember what my first workout was or when! Ugh. Happy BR anniversary! May you have many more years to come!

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JOANNA202 2/25/2012 11:18AM

    Oh, and is that down at the main harbour area? I was there a couple of years ago and thought the sunsets were beautiful. Great location for sweating it out!

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JOANNA202 2/25/2012 10:59AM

    Soooo glad to hear it's all working out well at the moment!! That Body Attack class sounds right up your street (ie it's an insane list of exercises, imo!)

When you first mentioned cutting something out for lent I wondered if it be would takeaway but thought 'nah, she'll never do that'. So fab that you ARE doing it, and I know you can go all the way. You're sounding so upbeat and happy with yourself already that it's gonna get you through any tough times...

AND the sun's shining, so it's gonna be a good weekend!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 2/25/2012 10:14AM

    I'm so jealous of that workout location!!! Must have been absolutely beautiful working out on the water like that! =] I also looked around at that body attack website.. did you browse through that site? There's a video about the typical moves used with a Australian (I think!) instructor and she was CRACKING ME UP. Honestly, she still is! (video playing in the background haha

Looks like an intense workout! Good thinking on not doing a bodyrock after doing this! That push up move sounds super intense, with the 4 quick push ups and jumping to the squat.. Ditto with all the aerobic moves they've got going on! Still watching the video now... lol! =p=p


Great job Steph! Sounds like you're doing great! =] Nice work sticking with your lent challenge of no takeaway! You've so got this girl! =]

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GIANTMICROBE 2/25/2012 9:10AM

    That is the MOST GORGEOUS place to work out! OMG! I didn't used to place much stock in where I worked out but now I do believe surroundings matter a lot. I'm so jealous, I would love to work out there!

I have a pink GymBoss too!

Too cool your pen ran out! I am constantly losing pens and finding new ones. I'm super impressed you hung on to a pen for a whole year! LOL

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VYVIENN 2/25/2012 6:00AM

    Oooh, Steph's getting power arms!!! emoticon

Hey, congrats on YOUR one-year BodyRockversary! emoticon I think if anyone's still wondering if BR works, you and Nina are the best proof that it does.

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Lent Begins

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hi there!

Week 3 began yesterday, with the Fit Test. Here are my results, old scores in brackets.

New Fit Test scores~ (+1st FT Scores)
-Squat Jumps - 28 (26)
-Pushups - 20 (18)
-Burpees - 8 (13)
-High Knees - 95 (115)
-Switch Lunge - 33 (29)
-Tuck Jumps - 18 (16)
-Tricep Dips - 19 (17)
- Straight Crunch 21 (23)

My numbers have gone up in most of them, so I'll take that! I'm happy with the small improvements but baffled on the ones I was worse at, heh! I was going to do two rounds of the fit test, to get a longer workout, but ahh... I decided I was foofed after just one round. Or I was lazy.

The good thing is I've started Week 3 and now we're rolling! Yay! I went to Zumba on Monday night too and loved it. This class seemed to last longer and I was able to get stuck in and push harder in parts I knew. And we danced to a new song or two, one of them being The Pussycat Dolls "Jai Ho" (Spelt wrong I'm thinking!) so that was lots of fun. We also had a 'battle'.... which was hilarious. I do have a giggle and get a real sweat on.

The eating has still been (really) bad but now... I have a PLAN! Yay for plans, hey?? So it's Lent. Lent starts today. My friend in work who I zumba with has been telling me she is giving up chocolate and wine for Lent - which will be very hard for her. I thought all yesterday of something that would be good to give up, but also a real challenge for me.

For Lent - I am giving up TAKEAWAY. No takeaway at all for the whole of Lent. This is my worst... what... thorn in my side? It's so easy to be lazy and order takeaway... and I do it far too often. It's creeping up as well, as I used to eat a lot of takeaway before I lost the big chunk of weight, and the takeaway was what led to me getting so big.

So it STOPS now. I'm really happy to do this... Not only will it give me a major health kick but I will save a bunch of money too!!! Homecooked meals only - and I was going to allow restaurant meals but we'll scrap that - homecooked meals ONLY for the whole of lent. No fast food, no takeaway.

Also, I talked zumba friend into trying some different stuff too - and we are now booked on a "Body Attack" class for Thursday night, woohoo! My only worry for this is getting home afterwards and being 'too tired' to BodyRock... But I'm 3 weeks into the challenge now... I am NOT slipping. I WILL finish this challenge and I WILL be proud of myself for sticking with it. I'm sick of always falling off and quitting early.

THIS IS NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE.

So, Lent, we begin! :)

  
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FATHINSN 3/1/2012 3:17AM

    Good score! I think we have about the same thing that increase and decreased, I just did mine on last Tuesday. Happy with the increased and mind-boggling with the decrease, haha.

So, what's Lent? Is it like fasting? And how long do you need to do this?

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SULFABABY 2/28/2012 9:46PM

    Blessed Lent to you. :) The best time of year.

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BAREFOOTTAY 2/23/2012 4:08PM

    Good for you! Good luck on your at home cooking, and keep up the great work :)

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VYVIENN 2/23/2012 3:05PM

    Wowza! What an awesome workout schedule! Can't wait to hear about the new class.

Good luck on your Lent project. Sounds like a worthy cause. emoticon

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FEED_ME_SHOES 2/23/2012 8:46AM

    Good time to do it! You go girl! Good luck!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 2/22/2012 10:56AM

    That sounds like an awesome plan! =] Ahh the convenience of take-away foods, and yet you're so right! There's all those hidden calories in there =p

And as far as the classes and bodyrocking afterwards, this is just me, but if I were to go to a workout class, I definitely wouldn't have it in me to bodyrock on that day ALSO! What's important is getting in some sort of exercise, right? =]=]

Glad to hear you're getting yourself back on track! =] you rock girly!

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PENFOLDROCKS 2/22/2012 6:50AM

    Oooh - good challenge for Lent - always good to do something that you know will be tough rather than going for the easy option! I'm sure you'll do really well - hope it'll get easier through the 40 days - the alcohol/sugar thing definitely did for me.
AND - I LOVE Jai Ho at Zumba also, it's my fave routine - my other favourite is Aguilera's Candy Man.
Enjoy BODY ATTACK! - sounds fun! and remember, you can always do the 'missed' workout at the weekend - 2 birds, one stone!
x
Oh - and every fit test I've done so far I've thought - I'll do 2 rounds, but never have! I think it's all to 'cardio'ey' if you know what I mean?

Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 6:51:42 AM

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-POOKIE- 2/22/2012 6:00AM

    *smiles*

Go for it, I've told my boyfriend I want to re-lose my weight before we (hopefully) go to america so I can buy lots of cheap clothes, and said I want no more "cheat" weekends until I've lost it.

I can maintain FINE by eating right in the week and eating more at weekends... but thats the problem, I dont need to maintain at the moment, its loosing again I need!

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Week 3 in the Horizon

Monday, February 20, 2012

Good good!

Hey hey! Had a nice little weekend away in Scotland with the hubby. Think we needed that, was a lovely little break full of exploring and niceness. :)

Good news - workouts are going good. I'm not feeling so crappy whilst doing them either, and feel I may be getting my ... What is it? Can't think of a word.... (i go blank pretty often...) a-ha! Feel like I may be getting my MOJO back.

Bad news - the eating hasn't been great. Okay no holding back - it's been terrible, lol. But as you can see, I'm not mega unhappy about that... Because the working out is happening, and I'll get sick of junk and be back to healthy eating soon. Soon as in today soon, because I'm off the junk now. At least for the whole of this week.

SO... I SHOULD be going to Zumba tonight - hopefully. It depends on if my hairdresser is going away tomorrow and in which case I'll have to see her tonight to 'fix' my hair. It's a long story.

Erm... I always have loads to say but as soon as I open this little "add a blog entry" box... my mind goes blank!

Looking forward to Week 3 BodyRock anyways... fit test tomorrow, let's kick it! :)

  
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PENFOLDROCKS 2/21/2012 5:05AM

    Hellooooo Mojoooooo! And welcome back.
I'm intrigued about the hair - do tell!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 2/21/2012 1:32AM

    Glad steph has managed to find her mojo back. Hope you do a photo of your time up north.

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ASHIKIME 2/20/2012 8:43PM

    Man, I'm a couple days behind but I'm still doing it!

I know what you mean though, as soon as I open it I'm not sure what it was or how I should say it... very frustrating lol

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 2/20/2012 10:46AM

    Sounds like a blissful vaca! =] Did you actually work out in your hotel like you were thinking? =p


I can definitely relate to that feeling of having lots to say and then going BLANK when you finally sit down to write it out.. lol! maybe write post it notes for yourself till you sit down to actually blog? =p

Have fun at Zumba! Keep up the great work friend!! =]

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FATHINSN 2/20/2012 9:44AM

    Good luck with upcoming Fit Test!

I just completed Week 1 today :D My aim for this month challenge - concentrate more on my postures, especially those new exercises, want to work muscles correctly!

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VYVIENN 2/20/2012 5:13AM

    Did you do a Haggis tasting tour? emoticon Where'd you go in Scotland? We were thinking about doing the Whisky Trail, but to be honest, if that happens, I'll stay here and leave it to the boys... no WAY am I gonna get suckered into being the designated driver.

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-POOKIE- 2/20/2012 4:10AM

    I've just had a terrible food week and undone nearly all the weight I had re-lost this year.

*sighs*

I really dont know where to get my determination back

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Week 2 Begins

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I really need to sort a plan out for these 2 'active rest' days that are inbetween the workout weeks for the BodyRock Challenge. My brain keeps misreading 'active rest' for 'pig out day' - and twice on the run?!

I did half want to go on the treadmill last night (yes, I'm still babysitting it- from Christmas!) but ah, I admit I did not, I sat on the couch and ate. Ate bad snack food and then dinner, and then was just so full.

Week 2 Day 1 today, so workout when I get home, woo! I wish they did 6 day weeks, that would really help with my eating. I know it's easy enough for me to pick a workout and do one on the Saturday or Sunday.... but the temptation of not having it laid out infront of me and DO THIS STEPH... can be a little bit too much.

I really enjoyed last weeks workouts and am excited to start a new week. I'm a bit worried about the weekend... because the Hubby and I are going for a post-Valentines weekend - Friday to Sunday. I figure I can get my workout done on the Friday morning, but am going to have to sort something out for Saturday's workout. I'll have to see how big the hotel room is, and how thin the floors seem for jumping around. If that fails, then I could take Day 5 of week 2 and add it pre-Week 3.

So there's no excuses then, is there?!

:D

  
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ASHIKIME 2/16/2012 12:06PM

    I have been thinking about this because it's an issue for me as well... I started a yoga class for one of the active rest days... but the other day I'm thinking I might do Zuzana's work out of the week on that day... I think that might be a valid way of getting a quick work out in that's already planned out. =)

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PENFOLDROCKS 2/15/2012 8:53AM

    Hi! Why don't you save up the abs bonuses and do those on the 'rest days' - short and sweet, but should tide you over?
Or how about a nice walk - track it and then it'll seem more like exercise. Will be specially good if you're going away to a different place.

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FEED_ME_SHOES 2/15/2012 1:34AM

    I hate active rest days, because i spend them actively overeating duuuuuuh. I need that structure of a workout. I take them during the week when i am busier and more likely to miss a workout. As for workouts, there are lots of bodyweight circuits that you can do on the spot wherer you are. Even in the toilet i believe. I'll search for some later and share them with you buddy! Dont worry about the weekend, get out there and enjoy it!

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JOANNA202 2/14/2012 5:09PM

    I'm sure you can think of a way to exercise on a valentine's weekend ;-p If not, that's one helluva excuse!

How about throwing open the challenge of an extra workout to some of the bodyrock maniacs around here? I'm sure they'd come up with something suitable and then you would have to excuse to report back.

Also, if your couch is next to your treadmill, couch to 5K becomes nice and literal. Next time, try sitting on the treadmill to eat your snacks. Bet that makes you stand up and run!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 2/14/2012 9:46AM

    Maybe instead of waiting till the weekend for your rest days, you should split them up over the week? When I take two full days off exercising I never feel great about it! Maybe take one on like, wednesday and then the other on sunday? =]

Also, this weekend is going to be fun! =] I'm jealous =p Bring your gear and dont let thin floors be an excuse! You can do it! =D Maybe get your hubby to join in with you and just do a bodyweight workout? =D

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BAZNCAZ 2/14/2012 6:09AM

    TUT - TUT - TUT, This is not you STEPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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VYVIENN 2/14/2012 6:08AM

    Pack running shoes and take hubby on a trail? Download a yoga app and get your stretch on to help those muscles recover (something I think BR is a bit short on, anyway)? Find a place and go for a hike? Is there a gym at the hotel? Or a spa nearby that offers day passes? Even if there's no room to jump rope, there's usually enough room for jumping jacks and plyo lunges. Stuck on the sixth floor? Walk up to your room. Or, if the weather permits, find a bike rental and ride around town.

Once you get into that active lifestyle, the list of excuses gets woefully short... emoticon

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