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New Workout Plan

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I found myself at a standstill at at the end of October. emoticon The last time I walked was for the "5K Trick or Treat Trot" on October 30th. I finished at an all time personal record of 56:25 emoticon . I got blisters. My knee hurt. It was too cold outside. I had a million excuses to not continue walking. What about my cardio? emoticon I wanted to walk, but not enough. I found myself in a cardio slump and I couldn't find my way out. A SparkFriend noticed it and encouraged me. emoticon She suggested I find something new. I didn't think much of it because I figured I could just make myself walk sometime soon. emoticon

Well, it didn't happen. I went 2 weeks without doing any cardio or much of anything else. Now , I really began to worry. emoticon Where was my motivation?

I don't know what happened. I can only attribute it to God. emoticon One day, as I sat at my computer, I noticed a SparkPeople DVD that I had won on the spin of a wheel during the summer. emoticon I looked at one or two workouts when I got it, but felt no need for it. Afterall, I was walking and strength training already.

But it caught my eye Thursday. I wasn't doing cardio and the name of it is Cardio Blast, so I decided to check it out.

I thought I could do the "Walk It out Workout", so I gave it a try. Great! But it was only 10 minutes. So I checked out some other workouts. A workout that I had ignored before caught my attention: "Cardio Kickboxing". It looked fun. I wanted to try it. I did and I loved it! It was something I could do 50 lbs lighter than when I first tried it.

I HAVE FOUND MY NEW WORKOUTS FOR FALL: emoticon Double up on the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout videos for strength training; do the Cardio Blast "Walk It Out" video emoticon followed by the Cardio Blast "Cardio Kickboxing" video for cardio emoticon , and continue with my at-home 20 minutes yoga videos emoticon . I plan on adding another Cardio Blast video in the Winter emoticon and adding other bonus strenth training videos for my my strength training emoticon .

In January, I'll switch up the bootcamp videos and join the Spring Into Shape Challenge. emoticon By then, Ill be doing 30 minutes of cardio videos emoticon .

I feel good about my new workout plans and have followed through so far. emoticon I'm happy about the calorie burn: more than I got when I walked.

Thanks MENNOLY. I just needed to switch things up!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CAMSEDGE 12/2/2012 8:30PM

    Great blog...sometimes success just takes a little while to catch up with us.

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 11/29/2012 7:57AM

    Great blog. I am going to be getting back at doing my flights of stairs. I have a two story house. 15 steps up 15 steps back down. I had gotten to 60 sets in 20 minutes a little over a year ago, but once I reached that I quit.

I figure if I can get back to that, that will be my first goal.
Hope your workouts are going well for you.

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NELLIEC 11/17/2012 5:39PM

    That sounds great!!! emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 11/17/2012 10:10AM

    Cool when you can have fun with your workouts - it takes the work out of it

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Mutual Friend Lookup

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Remember "Mutual Friend Lookup".


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOYCECAIN 11/15/2012 7:53PM

    Hope you are taking care of yourself. I am doing better, but I am not walking or exercising. It is cold and I am just not feeling it. Take care. love

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YOBOELI 11/5/2012 12:05PM

    Hope you have a great day, don't stress just do what you need to do for yourself and the weight will come off. Good Luck and keep Pushing

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PJBONARRIGO 11/3/2012 3:06PM

    Friends are good; good luck on your sleep challenge! emoticon

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OBSC 10/25/12 - 10/26/12

Friday, October 26, 2012


1. I woke up at 12:30 am and couldn't go back to sleep.

2. I laid down to go to sleep at 8 pm.

3. My bedtime routine was 1 cup of warm milk flavored with cinnamon, lavender sheets, time-released melatonin, and lullabies.

4. The last thing I ate was an open faced potted meat sandwich on homemade whole wheat bread.

5. I did 50 minutes of cardio at 7 am, 10 minutes of strength training at 10 am, and 20 minutes of yoga at 10:15 am.

6. I had no alcohol.

7. I had 4 cups of coffee at 4 am, 2 cups at 12:30 pm, and 2 cups at 3:45 pm.

8. I took my meds at 4 am, 6 am, and 6 pm.

9. I had no naps.

10. I had no stressors and expect none tomorrow.

11. I had normal hunger (2/4).

12. I was wide awake all day (4/4).

13. I was calm (1/4).

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1. It took me only 5 minutes to go to sleep even with all that coffee. I'm cutting down for my health.

2. I woke up early at 3:30 am instead of 4 am.

3. I got a total of 7 1/2 hours sleep.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MISSCUS 10/26/2012 4:10PM

    I am like NELLIEC, nighttime bathroom trips wake me up and I use nitelights to get there and back. I just get back in bed and do deep breathing and I usually fall back asleep. If I wake up earlier than usual, I have been spending the time stretching in bed. It makes me feel better when I do get up.
Keep on your challenge, you'll learn a lot about you , and I did have to cut way back on coffee. Ugh.

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NELLIEC 10/26/2012 3:57PM

    When I wake in the middle of the night, it is because I need to go to the bathroom. I don't turn on any lights because I do have nightlights to show me the way to the little room. I stagger back and turn on my Christian music softly. Very shortly I am asleep again.

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Official Better Sleep Challenge - Week 2

Friday, October 26, 2012

Week 1 went well. I slept 8 hours or more 3 days out of 7. Not bad, but my goal remains to sleep 8 hours every night. I learned how to make a bedtime routine and followed it each night. I went to sleep each night within 5-10 minutes. I used to lay there for hours. When I didn't sleep 8 hours during week 1, I found my problem was I couldn't sleep through the night and woke up too early because I was going to bed too early.

My goals for week 2:

1. Sleep 8 hours per night, going to bed at 8 pm and waking up at 4 am.

2. Continue journaling every night and morning.

3. Develop a middle of the night routine if I do wake up to go to the bathroom.

4. Don't go to bed before 8 pm nightly.

5. Stop drinking my 10 cups of water at 5 pm each night.

6. Cut coffee down to 4 cups at 4 am, first drinking 16 oz of water each morning. This will be the hardest!

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MISSCUS 10/26/2012 4:15PM

    I too had the late water drinking habit, which affected my sleep quality. Getting up and down to go to the bathroom. I started drinking a cup of water in the morning after each cup of coffee. That helped a lot and made me feel better. Coffee, caffeine tends to dehydrate. Morning water is a good habit to get into.
You have good goals to work toward. Keep pushing for the prize, 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep!

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NELLIEC 10/26/2012 3:54PM

    It does sound like you are planning for progress!

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LEVELPATHS 10/26/2012 3:30PM

    Glad you're making progress! :-)

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LOSE4LIFE47 10/26/2012 11:32AM

    Great goals!!

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OBSC 10/24/12 - 10/25/12

Thursday, October 25, 2012


1. I woke up at 4 am.

2. I laid down to go to sleep at 6:30 pm.

3. My bedtime routine consisted of puppies, lavender sheets, lullabies, and time-released melatonin.

4. The last thing I ate was 1 serving "Crock Pot Chuck Roast", 1 cup mashed potatoes, and 1 cup green beans at 5:30 pm.

5. I did 50 minutes of cardio at 7 am, 7 minutes strength training at 2 pm, and 20 minutes yoga at 2:30 pm.

6. I had no alcohol.

7. I had 8 cups of coffee at 4 am.

8. I took my meds at 4 am, 6 am, and 5:30 pm.

9. I had no naps.

10. I had no stressors and expect none tomorrow.

11. I had normal hunger (2/4).

12. I felt wide awake (4/4).

13. I was calm (1/4).

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1. It took me 10 minutes to go to sleep.

2. I woke up once at 12:30 am and stayed up.

3. I got 6 hours sleep.

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MISSCUS 10/26/2012 4:19PM

    8 cups of coffee in the am would have me in the ER with heart palpitations! I had less anxiety when I switched from Espresso machine to a regular coffee machine. A bonus.
Keep up the good work, you can make these, and more, changes for a good night's sleep.

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/26/2012 1:57AM

    :) you can do it :)

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JOYCECAIN 10/25/2012 8:04PM

    I get up at 5:30 a.m. then go to bed by 9 - 10 p.m. I ususally sleep all night. I have not been eating well. But I am walking. I need to unwind, I will write later. lol

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JILLIEWILLIE1 10/25/2012 5:25AM

    8 cups of coffee would have me up for 2 days! emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 10/25/2012 4:16AM

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