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8th Week on SparkPeople

Monday, March 09, 2009

Well, in the eight weeks I've been on SparkPeople, I've lost 12 pounds and 3 inches off my hips. I'm averaging a 1.5 pound per week loss. I can live with that! It gets frustrating because it seems to come off so slow and I have such a long way to go. That and my clothes all fit the same. I haven't lost any sizes yet. But, I'll keep plugging away. This time is going to go by no matter what I do and I'd rather look back in six months having accomplished my weight loss goals than not. So, I'll keep up with the exercise and the calorie restricted diet!

Last week, I began an interval training program that I developed myself. I put in my WATP 4-mile walk dvd and follow the dvd for the first 10 minutes (the warm up). After the first 10 minutes, I break away from the dvd and begin my interval training. I do one minute of high intensity cardio followed by one minute of low intensity and I repeat this cycle for 50-60 minutes. I also follow the dvd for the last 10 minutes for cool down and stretching. I love this workout! For the high intensity, I do jumping oblique twists, jumping jacks, jump rope, butt kicks with punches, and squats with punches. For the low intensity, I march in place and pump my arms. It works out great because I pace myself using the music from the WATP dvd. I feel great doing the workout and it's very challenging. The down side is that my lower legs are killing me. My calves and the sides of my lower legs. They hurt so much that I took yesterday off AND today off from doing any cardio. I just hope that I haven't injured myself because I love this workout.

Today was my 11th day doing The Shred and my first day doing level 2. So far, I like level 1 better. Level two has a lot of planks and even more lunges. Of course, I had to follow the easy instructions to do the dvd and, even then, I couldn't do all of the reps. However, I am capable of doing all of the cardio reps. I'll keep with it and will, hopefully, get better.

My goal for this week is to do a minimum of 50 minutes of cardio for 5 days and continue with level two of The Shred. I'll also continue with my upper body strength training.
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