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Where did this person come from? (with pictures)

Friday, May 04, 2012

I started the Spring into Shape bootcamp Challenge this week. This is the first time I have done one of these challenges. I have my exercise routine and I am pretty satisfied with it. I have been reasonably successful. It has taken me a little over 3 years but I am down 89 pounds from my high weight of 272 pounds. I have gone from

That is me wearing the same dress in 2008 and last November,
Today this is me

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For the last several months I have been exercising around 2000 minutes a month. My typical routine is to do 90 minutes of ST three times a week and do at least 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. With the nice weather I have been doing most of the cardio as yard work and easily exceed the 2000 minutes. Well this week I added the bootcamp videos to my regular program. Like all formerly obese people I have a lot of excess flab in my hip region and I wanted to see if the exercise would whittle it away. To be honest I am not fond of doing floor exercises. I find the floor hard and unforgiving on my 60+ year old knees and back. But I want a flat tum. I want to look good in my clothes. So on to the challenge. I have gotten through 6 out of the 7 videos. I do better with some than others. Pilates is not my friend. One could say that Pilates hates my guts and the feeling is mutual. I have done them and I will continue to do them. Maybe by week 4 I will actually have a nodding acquaintance with the Pilates. The remarkable thing about this week was I have also jacked up my cardio. Yesterday I took not one but 2 vigorous walks. I walked a total of 5.5 miles. The walks were aerobic. I know because I was wearing my new toy a Polar f7 heart rate monitor. I am strong! I am powerful! I am happy!

Me after running my first 5K race.
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PEPPYPATTI 5/17/2012 8:04PM

    Woo Hoo! Looking good!!
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CCLEMOS 5/9/2012 5:27PM

    I feel exactly the same way about Pilates emoticon Thanks for a great blog!

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KELLYDRESCHER 5/5/2012 10:10AM

    You know what I find great? Your smile never changed. I mean, really... who smiles that big while jogging?!? It's really awesome that you have the energy to live into your inner spirit!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/5/2012 3:10AM

    YOu are so Inspiring,looking Awesome.You keep a Sparking and show us how it's done emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana

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GINGER_BEAR 5/4/2012 9:14PM

    What a transformation....wow....you look sensational! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GMWAITE 5/4/2012 3:32PM

    Wow! You are a fireball! And your photos reflect so much change and you do look significantly more youthful. You just keep on impressing me. emoticon

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ALPHASENIOR 5/4/2012 3:05PM

    The first thing I noticed was that as the body gets less, the smile gets more. What a great story, and I am duly impressed with your routines, something I am still working towards.
Pauline

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GRANNYSUE9 5/4/2012 1:39PM

    You have done an awesome job and you look great! You even look younger, which for me is always a good thing. Very inspiring blog and motivating too. Keep on going!

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MARITIMER3 5/4/2012 12:16PM

    I wish I had read your blog before posting my own... you're doing it; I'm just making excuses for not doing it. Darn it all! Thanks for the push in the right direction.
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JANEMAR2 5/4/2012 11:37AM

    You are a monster! I mean that in the the most positive and envious of ways. I have been trying to crack 1,000 exercise minutes a month and I come close but have not managed to break that barrier yet. So you tracking more than 2,000 is a marvel to me. Keep up the great work!

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HEYITSLISA 5/4/2012 11:37AM

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Pilates is not my friend either, and my body is only 45!

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ANGELUS__QUINN 5/4/2012 10:48AM

    I am so proud of you and happy for you. You are very inspiring and I wish you continued success on your journey. WTG!!!!!

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TURTLERASKIN 5/4/2012 10:37AM

    This is so inspiring! Re the hip flab, I hear you. One of the reasons I do my barre class is to help whittle away at some of that stuff, and it seems to be working. I also like it since most of the time we're rolling around on the floor, there's a mat to help, so it doesn't hurt. Keep it up!

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ASHLEEFV 5/4/2012 10:25AM

    Awesome! One of my goals is to continue to do races when I'm older. I find anyone over 60 running to be such an inspiration. Great job with making your fitness/nutrition goals and taking the steps to make them a reality!

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