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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone for the next 12 Weeks...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Originally I was going to stick with what I know and go back to basics with the South Beach Diet and add more cardio to my workout. At the suggestion of one of our team leaders, (thank you, Jan) I took a look at Jamie Eason's LiveFit Plan and I decided to shake things up a bit and give it a try. I have added more ST for the next twelve weeks and changing up the way I eat. Getting stronger is something I want to do for myself so this plan seems a good fit so far. If I have a theme for the next 12 weeks it is to push myself out of my comfort zone and see where that leads. I need to do this on so many levels.

My workout plan:
I will be following Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 Week schedule. I am modifying some of it because I will be doing it at home .

Strength Training: Jamie Eason's schedule 4 days a week (MTTF)
A link if you want to take a look at the schedule:.

plus a daily set of 25-25-25 (pushups-crunches-squats) as part of a team challenge.

Cardio: 30 + minutes a day /5+ days a week. Treadmill, LS dvd, walking around the neighborhood or hiking. Yes I know there is a no cardio rule for JE phase 1 but without some treadmill time , walking or hiking my life would be very sedentary and I am only trying to get to 10,000 steps a day.

Flexibility: 20 minutes daily of a beginning yoga dvd plus 30 minutes 1-2 times a week of a more involved yoga routine.

My Food Plan:
I will continue to use tracker and get tougher about every bite.
I will continue to drink at least 8 glasses of water.
I will be following Jamie Eason's LiveFit Diet Plan, which means eating "clean" and is a high protein, moderate carb plan. It fits very well into my life. My family doesn't eat a lot of processed food or eat out much because my son and I have a lot of food allergies. I have had to modify a few things only because we gluten, corn and soy free. That means no artificial sweeteners or wheat bread, but I can use fruit or Stevia and gluten free bread (or choose another starch). It is a challenge to eat 4-5 times a day, but the scale is moving for the first time in a long time so I am hopeful.

My goals for the next 12 weeks:
Walk or walk/run the Spark Trick or Trot 5K. (going to let my knees decide)
Hike 2-3 days a week on local trails until the end of October. (They close the trails and open the parks up to hunters)
Get measurably stronger. (No more "Barbie" weights LOL)
Say good bye to the 190's.
Get back into my size 14 jeans.

Non weight related goals:
Be kinder to the "lady in the mirror".
Start journaling again and stick with it.
Establish a daily meditation habit.
Clean out the extra stuff that is lurking in every closet in my house.
Plan and organize the holidays early this year.

With great reluctance I am posting my "before" pictures for the BLC20. I am really much more comfortable while hiding, but since hiding is part of the reason I find myself in the shape I am in, it is time to step out of my nice, warm, comfort zone. We were asked to not make negative comments about our pictures so I am not going to tell you how I feel about these. I am going to try kindness here. And remind myself that this body allowed me to graduate from college, brought three children into the world, and raised four of the most amazing humans I have ever met , does daily battle with an autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto's, allows me to care for my family, live, love and experience the world. I have abused and neglected it and now I am working on healing the damage I have done.

My team for the BLC20 is the Amber Amazon Warriors. I am a Warrior! Just saying that to myself, repeatedly for the last week has helped me to push myself. LOL I am going to spend the rest of the next 12 weeks continuing to push myself and see how far I can go. Keep pushing and be well.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
POSITIVEPAULA8 10/28/2012 5:44AM

    wow! Good luck with your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APRIL_IN_MN 10/13/2012 1:56AM

I am working on adding more ST to my routine, too. Actually, I had completely lost my weight loss routine until this week, so I'm back in the saddle. This program looks intense, but you are worth it! I'll be looking forward to hearing your updates as you go! emoticon

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MENNOLY 9/22/2012 5:36AM

    emoticon emoticon Losing weight with Hashimoto's is hard but not impossible. I am a great fan of ST. Building those muscles really makes a difference! Good luck with your program and your challenge! emoticon emoticon

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COTTONTAIL62 9/21/2012 10:44AM

    Great attitude, I have no doubt you will see great success. I like the warrior approach. emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 9/20/2012 5:13PM

    Woo hoo for weight training!

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NAVYMOM133 9/20/2012 2:26PM

    I read a blog today that said, "Keep maintaining what you've lost so far!" That sounds like such a key strategy. You ARE a warrior. Now, fight to keep those loses and see them add up!!

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FUTUREHOPE49 9/19/2012 6:20PM

    Good luck with the challenge! emoticon
It sounds like you are going to be very busy, so you are bound to lose weight! LOL!
I like your goals, very good! Thank you for the link!
Love and Hugs Ellen

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ICANINSIGHT 9/19/2012 11:49AM

    All the best to you for this challenge! Please keep us updated.
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YR4ME2SHINE 9/18/2012 11:34PM

    Great plan! Very positive attitude. From one hider to another, emoticon

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TROPICGAL 9/18/2012 7:38PM

    Great plan, and a great blog! Let's get out of our "comfort zones" and work as warriors!

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WENDY27 9/18/2012 7:00PM

    I love how positive you were about your photos and more importantly about YOU. emoticon

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NYCX1004 9/18/2012 3:02PM

    I really love your plan and believe that you will be successful! I love Jamie Eason and her whole plan! I would follow it, but my DH and I workout together, where he has set up an ST plan for us both. I do love my cardio as well.

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RUNNINGOMA 9/18/2012 11:44AM

    Another Jamie Eason plan! emoticon I'm doing that too. I am like you, gotta do the cardio even though it is week 1. I'm already used to running 3 times a week and I don't see any sense in quitting that. It is a great time to clear my head and get fresh air. I have to modify the JE program as I don't have a gym - home or otherwise. I have some 25+ pound dumbbells and they are going to have to do for now.
Best wishes on your plan. No doubt you will be able to do this!! emoticon

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LADYJ6942 9/18/2012 10:19AM

    Great blog, great plan. Good luck.

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ANNIE.B 9/18/2012 10:12AM

    emoticon WARRIOR!!!!!
As a fellow "hider" and comfort zone inhabitant, I applaud you! emoticon

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NANABNANA11 9/18/2012 8:36AM

    I love your plan! You have put a lot of thought into it. You CAN do this!

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RUFFIT 9/18/2012 8:35AM

    I know you can and will do this!!! Keep me posted with your progress!!! Huge Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MENNOLY 9/18/2012 8:09AM

    emoticon Good Luck! Getting out of the comfort zone is good!

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KALIGIRL 9/18/2012 7:56AM

    emoticon plan!
Here's to finding a new healthy 'comfort' zone!

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BELLAMEMAW 9/18/2012 6:05AM

    You are beautiful; inside and out! Thanks for sharing, Pat

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TRESSWANN 9/18/2012 5:19AM

    Inspiring and Informative. You go!

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POSITIVEONE2 9/17/2012 10:25PM

    Great job on the blog - you can do this.

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LYNNIERN 9/17/2012 10:01PM

    Excellent blog. I love that you have written out all your goals, it's very inspiring to me. I was thinking about doing just that yesterday!!
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CMEEHERNANDEZ 9/17/2012 10:00PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/17/2012 9:58PM

    As one of the other Warriors stated (forgive me I cannot remember who just this moment) "grab hold of all those negative thoughts and feelings and throw them in a box" - then throw the dang box AWAY!!

You have wrapped your head around it - you have stepped outside your box and you are G R O W I N G!!! emoticon

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VICTORY2XS 9/17/2012 9:55PM


My team for the BLC 20 is Azure Destinations.

You wrote an amazing blog!

This is my first challenge since starting Spark in June. This will be pushing myself a little harder than I'm used to, which is just what I need right now!

Best wishes!


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KNEWMETODAY 9/17/2012 9:54PM

    Good luck and stick with your goals.

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