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Back from vacation and ready to work hard!! A new challenge starts today!

Monday, August 06, 2012

I will post all the fun details regarding our vacation in the next blog but first I wanted to discuss the upcoming challenge which starts tomorrow. We are currently going through almost 3,000 photos from over 10 locations. This includes our stay along the French coast before the cruise, all of the countries from the cruise itself, then our post cruise stay throughout Provence. There are so many photos to go through, it will take some time, but are a few memories of our trip. We have the most amazing time together. More photos to come soon....





Here we are in Italy, visiting the island of Capri. We hired a boat to take us around the island and it ended up being a highlight of the cruise, it was such a beautiful island. I cannot wait to return someday.



Together in Corsica on the first day of our cruise.




This was taken in Cassis, France while on a boat tour of the lovely limestone cliffs around the area. We loved the little town, one of our favorites along the French coast.



Along the coast of France. The beach was beautiful but cold!



On our balcony doing pushups with a little extra weight added on! She loves to climb on top of me while I do my push ups....I love it!




Heading out to dinner one night of the cruise.


Now onto the challenge before us!!

We are excited about this next challenge as my husband and I both reached a new level of fitness during the last challenge and it continues to bring us closer together the more we train together and both strive for new goals. I love training together, he really inspires me. My husbands main goal in addition to his ST program is his cycling. His goal for this month is to complete 250 miles which includes a few rides during the week to and from work along with his longer rides on the weekends. He will also be adding in more hill training so that he can meet his goal for this year which is completing a very long climb we recently found near by. It is a very aggressive goal for him and I am excited to do all I can to help him reach it. What a day that will be!!

This challenge will start Monday and go throughout the month of August. We have each set personal goals and as always I will post my daily results on the blog along with my Spark and FB page. This month for me involves striving for a gain in my overall strength. I am focusing on pull ups, pushups and to increase my bicep curls.

Here are the details regarding the new challenge. It is simple, straight forward and I look forward waking up each morning ready to reach these goals!!

August 6th - August 31st Goals....

1. Strength training - Bicep curls.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps for my alternating bicep curls WITH good form using 30 lb Db's. As of now I can do one set of 10 or 12, then a second set of 8 or so but the third set I burn out and I start to sway back and my form is totally off. I want to work hard to really get in each rep in fully and strong. For me, at this time, the 30 lb Db's give me a great challenge.

2. Pull ups.

Complete 5 consecutive unassisted pull ups by the end of the challenge. Currently I can do 1 to 2 pull ups from a hanging start but I cannot do any more without assistance. For me the hardest part is getting going from the start without using momentum. This is a HUGE challenge for me. To help me increase my pull ups I will be focusing on various back exercises including assisted pull ups, TRX exercises and bent over rows. It is my goal to complete 200 assisted (and some unassisted) pull ups during the course of the challenge. That 50 reps per week.

3. Push ups.

Have you ever seen a challenge of mine that did not contain a push up goal? I LOVE them! Here is the problem. The standard military pushup that was once so very hard for me has become something I thrive on doing and therefore I have developed a great deal of muscular endurance and I can do quite a few. This is a good thing but it is not moving me forward with my fitness goals. So for this month I still have a goal to do 2,000 reps for the month BUT they will not include a standard military push up. Instead I will be focusing on variations that are more of a challenge for me. They are as follows......

500 reps of each type for the month -
Spiderman Push ups - Alternating knees to elbows
Solider Plank - One arm and one leg raised after each rep
Bosu Ball Close grip
Diamond push ups

4. Running.

I am currently in the middle of my marathon training and while everything was going well prior to the cruise, I did get a bit off track while I was gone. I got in several runs and a few fantastic HIIT sessions on the treadmill but my long runs where non existent. So I have to get back on track. Most of you know my history with running. I love it more than anything but my right knee has been giving me trouble for years. I am taking the advice of my PT and doctors and I am going to take it SLOW and train smart to hopefully help me finish strong and not injured. My goal for this next race is to finish before the cut off.....I am dead serious and to finish without injuring my knee further so that I can continue to race and do what I love. My training is a run/walk program and I will be aiming for a 13 mm during my long runs and a 12 mm marathon pace. As I said, it will be a slow race but the goal is not time but completing my first marathon after having to bow out of several races due to injury. The race is October 29th, in Dublin and I am truly excited BUT I need to really and truly train properly and not pull a typical "Jen training method" where I go out and run fast because I feel motivated. I MUST stick to the paces set for me and the mileage planned for me. If I want to run for a lifetime, this is what I must do.

5. Nutrition - Bye bye oats, breads and the things I love.

For this challenge we are saying goodbye to oats and breads....basically we are going Gluten free. We will still eat quinoa, brown rice, wild rice and GF rice cakes but the rest will be removed for now. I am also focusing on my macros this month. I am aiming for a higher protein, low carb percentage but the main focus is on increasing my healthy fats through eating more nuts, avocados etc...as a fuel source. I am currently reading a few books on athletic nutrition and I am learning a great deal.

It is also a goal of mine to continue my water consumption each day....about 4 to 5 liters along with my VM green and earth powders.

You may have noticed that for this month I do not have one single goal dealing with weight loss, inches loss, BF% etc. This month is about improving strength and reaching new goals. I am happy where I am right now and feel blessed to have reached the weight loss goals I have so far. It is now time to move on and focus on new things!

I am ready. I can do this.
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NEWCHINELO 8/11/2012 6:51PM

    You are an INSPIRATION to me!

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MRS.NG.06 8/10/2012 10:56AM

    YOU my dear are a powerhouse! I cant believe your little one is no longer "little" anymore!! She's all big girl now! : ) you look fantastic as always and I know thats due to real hard work! Keep it up! I LOVE that your husband is on board, what a rock he is!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 8/9/2012 11:56PM

    You,as always inspire me. I have just completed losing 20 bls and I have 32 lbs to go to goal weight. I just started adding upper body strength training and I love your schedule. Thanks for being my inspiration! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/9/2012 6:43AM

    Awesome challenge idea! Also love the non-weight goals! It's nice to focus on something besides the scale:)

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WHERERMY62KEYS 8/9/2012 4:05AM

  looks like you had a lovely holiday, the pics tell it all. emoticon

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LILSPARKIE85 8/8/2012 7:28PM

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CALLIKIA 8/8/2012 8:22AM

    Great goals and beautiful pictures!

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ROCKYCPA 8/7/2012 11:20PM

    What great photos - what a wonderful vacation!

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JAMER123 8/7/2012 11:01PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation!! emoticon on your new goals!!

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MARYJEANSL 8/7/2012 10:44PM

  Wow, sounds like a wonderful vacation!

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HEARTS116 8/7/2012 9:48PM

    Looks like a wonderful vacation! Great pics!
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LDRICHEL 8/7/2012 8:31PM

    Gorgeous photos!

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JIBBIE49 8/7/2012 6:40PM

    Wonderful to see you featured in the Spark Mail. Beautiful cruise.

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MOMMY445 8/7/2012 5:42PM

    great pictures! you can do this! you are worth it!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/7/2012 4:47PM

    I enjoyed the pictures. I think you enjoyed yourself, emoticon . emoticon

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STINASTEW 8/7/2012 2:54PM

    Wow! You look absolutely amazing! The pics are beautiful & looks like you had a great time! Huge goals this week, but no doubt you can do it! Good luck! :)

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VOLLEYGIRL77 8/7/2012 2:47PM

    Pictures look great! Glad you had fun :)

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PATRICIAANN46 8/7/2012 1:33PM

  Great Job and a wonderful vacation to go with it. emoticon

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KINISUE 8/7/2012 11:58AM

    WOW I am totally impressed. You are doing this!!!!

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DEBK0923 8/7/2012 11:16AM

    great goals, a wonderful vacation

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BIRDLSLAURIE 8/7/2012 10:58AM

    Wow! I would love to channel some of your focus. This has inspired me to examine my personal goals and do some fine tuning. By the way, loved your vacation pics!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/7/2012 10:27AM

    of course you can do this. love your focus:)

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SONYALATRECE 8/7/2012 9:22AM

    emoticon You have really come (and gone) a long way!

~Sonya

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TONYVAND1 8/7/2012 9:20AM

  emoticon Vacation and good goals set .

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REGILIEH 8/7/2012 9:18AM

    WTG!

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WALLINMW 8/7/2012 9:08AM

  Great blog. Stay motivated and focussed

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BERI03 8/7/2012 9:07AM

    Looks like you are starting the new goals just right! Good luck and emoticon

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LAURIE5658 8/7/2012 9:03AM

    Best wishes, Jen! You CAN do this challenge and you WILL!!!!

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GAELENEC 8/7/2012 8:27AM

    Vacation looks lovely, and your goals sound awesome; good luck!

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MIMIDOT 8/7/2012 8:21AM

    Great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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NEWMOM20121 8/7/2012 8:05AM

    Looks like a wonderful vacation.

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JENNAAW 8/7/2012 7:32AM

    Awesome vacation photos; keep up the good work!

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SASSYLJB 8/7/2012 7:17AM

    thanks for sharing some beautiful pics!

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BECKYANNE1 8/7/2012 6:54AM

    Beautiful pics. You look amazing! How great to have a partner who also loves to work out.

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PENOWOK 8/7/2012 6:51AM

    AWESOME!! It's sure working for you folks!!

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FARIS71 8/7/2012 6:38AM

    Looks like your trip was amazing! How incredibly scenic!

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BD3269PM 8/7/2012 5:58AM

    great photos and great goals. emoticon

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NCSUE0514 8/7/2012 5:15AM

    Great photos!


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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/7/2012 3:05AM

    emoticon for posting all your emoticon photos !
Glad you had such a great time !

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123ELAINE456 8/7/2012 1:29AM

  Glad You had such a Wonderful Vacation. I love the pictures of your Beautiful Family. And the senic places you went to. God Bless You and the Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Take care.

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GOING-STRONG 8/6/2012 11:43PM

    Your vacation sounds so exotic! Can hardly wait to hear more about it and thanks for sharing.

I have been working on trying to do push-ups but can't seem to do more than 7 or 8 in good form. What did you do to build up your numbers? Any advice?

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AEROGIRL1594 8/6/2012 9:35PM

    I'm so excited for you! You are so fit and strong I can't wait until the day that I'm able to push my body to the limits that you do! Good luck reaching your goals, and I'm glad that you had a nice vacation!
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