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January Check In #1

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

So this year is not quite off to the start I was hoping for. It is definitely a work in progress with me revamping my whole exercise routine and adding strength training. I think I just thought I was a robot, and could turn it "on" just like that. Going from almost no strength training to 5 days a week is a process and I'm realizing I have to build up to it. I'm not going to change my goals, but you will see a lot of my goals aren't 5/5 or 7/7. I am definitely a work in progress but I don't want to lose sight of the goals I set, but I am learning to take it one step at a time.

Yesterday I was sick, and am still sick today but I am feeling 10 times better and I think this cold is on it's way out! emoticon Then on top of that, my weight is fluctuating big time emoticon and it's not adorable. As any of you know I have been struggling with gaining and losing the same 5 or so pounds and feeling like my body refuses to go under 212. But I'm not going to go into that because I have beat that to death in previous blogs and I don't want the focus to be solely on the scale. But I have accepted what's done is done and I am just continuing to move forward.

In other news though I am so looking forward to the start of BLC 21. emoticon My captain even reminded me that I need to stop getting caught up on the few pounds I've gained and just push forward. I can't keep moping about these newly "found" pounds, but I can work to get rid of them. emoticon

emoticon So here is the recap for January 2 - January 8th. emoticon

emoticon Track water and get a minimum of 8 glasses. 7/7 days. emoticon

emoticon Strength Training: 2/5 days (This is one that needs a lot of work)

emoticon Cardio: 5/7 days (Two "rest days" but include walking) This would have been 6 out of 7 before the blasted cold. Oh well. That's life lol.

emoticon 1000 Monthly Fitness Minutes: 246/1000
(This goal was added after I realized I have not had a 1000 minute fitness month since October, eek!)

emoticon Track Food: 7/7 days emoticon

emoticon Stay In Range: 4/7 days (This is going to be my number one focus for the following week to get to 7/7!)

emoticon Blog once per week: This is it, so emoticon
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LIBELULITA 1/10/2013 10:58AM

    I think you're doing really well, and building your way back up with baby steps is the only realsitic way to achieve what you want without giving up first emoticon emoticon

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STARSUB99 1/9/2013 8:05PM

    Hey Girl! Here's what my Mr. Fitness tells me about strength training. One day upper body next day lower body - alternate like this if you are doing 5 times a week or you will fatigue out. Make sure you take in lots of lean protein.... it's really good to do a protein shake within 30 minutes of finishing your workout.
Keep up the cardio as many days as you like - and here's the one I learned this week after being stuck for 2 months in the same 5 lb range..... switch up the fitness routine every 4 - 5 weeks to keep from getting stuck - you have to change it up - rev up reps or sets etc.... I switched my routine last week and dropped 3 lbs. Still eating in the same range - all I did different was switched the workout.
Try it! See if it works for you..... you need a break! emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 1/9/2013 2:34PM

    I'm sorry you didn't get the start that you were hoping for, but knowing you, you're going to keep pushing. :)

I'm so excited for you to be starting another BLC! I feel like it was a really positive experience for you the first time, and I feel like you will be getting double support with your new teammates. Not to mention, it's always exciting to start something new and it may just be the thing to give you that extra motivation.



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LISAN0415 1/9/2013 1:58PM

    The trainers at my gym recommend for women strength trainming 3 times a week, and then cardio as many days a week as you like.

The research shows you need to give your muscles 1 day of rest between sessions, ESPECIALLY when you start, because muscles tear and need time to repair.
I hope that helps.

The biggest thing you can do to get past that number is load up on veggies these next 7 days, and stay withing your calorie range- the night before, plan out what you will eat the next day and make sure it's within your calorie range.
Best wishes!
Lisa

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/9/2013 12:25PM

    Strength training is a tough thing to start out with 5 days a week. Instead of just tossing it aside entirely, you just reset your expectations. That's great! I think you have some good goals for the week and not a bad start to the year even if it's not what you had planned. emoticon

With the scale bouncing around, maybe it's time to just focus on those healthy habit goals you've got set for the next few weeks. At some point you'll bust through that 212 mark!

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KMM1123 1/9/2013 1:11AM

    Your "not quite the start you were hoping for" has me walking away hanging my head in shame.

It looks like you're doing awesome! Keep up the good work!

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IMSOOZEEQ 1/9/2013 1:00AM

    Okay so we have already discussed all this so I am not going to beat a dead horse! lol I just have to say that I am glad that you are seeing the things that need to change and you are trying to make those changes. I also am glad that you looked back and saw that you needed to get back to exercising more. I will be ready to cheer when you hit that 1000 minutes for January!

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HEATHERFREE 1/9/2013 12:47AM

    You are doing good, and I bet next week you will get up to your 1000 fitness minutes and stay in your calorie range! Thanks so much for the comment on my page, I did do a vlog when I got back from the Dr. but I wasn't able to upload it earlier so its uploading now! I am determined to make January end well! emoticon

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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/9/2013 12:33AM

    Keep up the hard work.. Whether or not it's all 5/5 or 7/7.. I'd say you are doing pretty dang good so far!

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CRISSA1669 1/8/2013 9:22PM

    Setting the goal is half the battle...........whether we are on point 100% or not, at least when we have goals, there is something to strive toward!! So keep it moving forward, no reason to look back anyway, can't change the past. Good job incorporating the strength training, I am sure you'll be really happy with the results once it's gotten going regularly, but it is hard to get new stuff going and keep it going at first...you'll do it...I can relate about the losing/gaining same 5 pounds...happens to me all the time but I'll keep pushing forward as well!! :)

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