JENSFITJOURNEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JENSFITJOURNEY JENSFITJOURNEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Training. 3/8 - 3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889157 Training. 3/8 - 3/15 <BR> <BR> March totals - <BR> Miles - 115.15/300 <BR> Rowing - 14,000m /50,000m <BR> Loss - Weight - .2 lbs, Measurements - .75, Arms and Hips. <BR> <BR> Sunday 3/8 - Rest <BR> Monday 3/9 - Rest. Yes you are reading this correctly. I am taking some time off back to back for recovery. <BR> Tuesday 3/10 - MI with ST. TT - 60 mins <BR> Wednesday - Long spin - TT - 2 hrs <BR> Thursday - Rest with Mobility drills and easy walk TT - 2 hrs <BR> Friday - Long spin. Dou... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:52:58 EST A hard day but it's DONE!!!!!!' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860502 733 calories burned today. 29.5 miles on the bike. 3 day total - 2,731 calories gone for good 😄 Totally exhausted but proud I worked hard. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:27:33 EST Training Log 1/20 - 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859585 Awesome workout today!! Pushed hard and I feel amazing, well totally zonked but amazing 1,231 calories burned! <BR> Bodypump and incline intervals on the tread. Added in 20 lb Dball mountain climbers, Dball push-ups, Jacks and wall balls with Dball between tread/ Bodypump sets. <BR> 64:55 mins <BR> 602 calories <BR> AHR - 159 <BR> MHR - 186 <BR> 22 miles on the Lemond. A hard but awesome ride!!! <BR> 67:30 mins <BR> APRM - 86 <BR> AHR- 156 <BR> MHR - 188 <BR> Calories - 629. <BR> Day by da... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:10:55 EST Sick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852719 my little girl and I are sick. Will be back at it soon. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:24:51 EST Day 11 Training is DONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850538 Finally getting back and it feels great! Day by day I am getting stronger and I know before too long I will be where I used to be and who knows, maybe far beyond! <BR> <BR> I will say this much, after taking so much time away from training, it is so eye opening to see just how much you lose, but somehow I feel my body is starting to remember the good old days :) <BR> <BR> 40 min resistance intervals on Precor Crosstrainer - 10/14/20 intervals with 8 recovery <BR> Rowing - 3,015 m/15:24 - G... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:17:53 EST Rocking rest day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850107 Yesterday was a great day of rest but today I get back to rocking it hard! Let's do this!!!!! Training 1/5 - 1/11 - Monday - ST/ incline tread intervals - 60 mins - Done!!!! Tuesday - walk with my girl - 2.6 miles - Done!!!!! Wednesday - 70 min spin and ST - Done!!!! Thursday - Rest - Done!!! Friday - 60 min spin, RW 3 miles. Saturday - ST and 3 miles RW Sunday - Rest Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:41:03 EST Training 1/5 - 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846646 Training 1/5 - 1/11 <BR> <BR> Monday - 60 min Incline tread and ST intervals - DONE!! Treadmill intervals with ST. 15% incline @ 3.0 holding 8 lb Db's - punching/overhead press and curls with Db's while walking. ST - mountain climbers, wall balls, squat press, upper/lower body band work, air squats, weighted jacks and push ups. Ended with Piyo Define upper body. Exhausted, drenched and HAPPY!! :) <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Spin 60 mins and core <BR> Wednesday - ST and 3 mile RW <BR> Thursday - ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:26:53 EST Day 6.Let's do this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846488 Today is the 6th day of my program and I am doing well. I failed to log over the weekend but I will not let it get me down. I posted on Fb to keep my accountability but I just need to be sure and get my blog in...part of my goal :) <BR> <BR> Day 6 is here and I feel encouraged. Still waiting to see a drop on the scale or measuring tape but I just need to press forward and not think about the long term goal but just the task at hand...making it through ONE day at a time! <BR> <BR> Todays' ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:56:01 EST Day 3!! DONE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844165 Another super successful day!! 42 days to go!! <BR> <BR> M1 - Steak and eggs! Kale, cucumber and mixed berry shake <BR> M2 - Beef and kale bolognese with grilled peppers. Apples and a few nuts <BR> M3 - More of M2 it was so good along with a broccoli, tomato salad with balsamic vinegar. Tangerine and Green tea. <BR> <BR> Fitness - <BR> <BR> AM - Piyo Define lower body <BR> PM - 20 mins of Cathe Cardio Core Circuit and 20 min spin on the Lemond. 5/5 interval climb/sprint sets with no rest b... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:19:45 EST Day 2 is DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843215 A good day, strong workout, and a happy heart. I say it was a great start to 2015!! <BR> <BR> M1 - Eggs, avocado, baby kale and black coffee <BR> M2 - Turkey and avocado. 1/2 apple. Blueberries <BR> M3 - Almond butter with apple. Kale with onions sautéed with turkey. Hot apple cider (just hot raw apple juice, no added sugar) <BR> <BR> Fitness - Fast and fantastic ST workout <BR> <BR> I am SLOWLY getting back to a regular ST program. It does not happen overnight and I have to be careful I ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:50:59 EST New Year, New Goals!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842561 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1561663259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here writing this on the morning of January 1st with a heart filled with anticipation for the year ahead!! Instead of listing my goals for the year I want to break them up into quarterly goals starting with the first half of this year. <BR> <BR> 1. Complete my Whole45 - Lose 20 lbs and loads of inches :) <BR> 2. Get back to regular strength training <BR> 3. Increase my mobility training <BR> <BR> Da... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:29:58 EST Blogging again. Back to basics and coming back to where it all began! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841963 Most of you follow me now on my FB page but I am coming back here as well to blog in hopes to increase my accountability and return to the place where my journey started so many years ago! <BR> <BR> Today is my first day of my Whole45 program and I am MORE than ready to MELT off this excess weight and get BACK!!! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to you all :) Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:24:24 EST Jen's Journey on FB.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558090 I am finding that it is better for me to focus on maintaining just one fitness page these days and so I am posting mostly on my FB page. I am not leaving spark but for now, til the new year, you can follow me there if you would like, I am Jen's Journey on FB. <BR> <BR> All the BEST!! Keep pressing on and much love to my amazing Spark family!!! :) <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/Jensfitjourney </link> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 03:52:42 EST Going strong..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543329 Doing well with my training for the week. Staying strong and taking it day by day.... <BR> <BR> Friday - Hill intervals on the bike - DONE!! 61 mins <BR> Saturday - 30 miles on the bike - DONE!! 83 mins <BR> Sunday - Walk into town, to the beach and through the trails to the track - 1 hour and 52 mins - DONE!! <BR> <BR> This week's schedule.... <BR> <BR> Monday - 30 mins on the bike - mixed intervals <BR> Tuesday - Rest, stretch! <BR> Wednesday - Walk for 45 mins to an hour <BR> Thursday... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:00:34 EST An update on my progress and new goals for this next week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541632 I am doing well, working hard and trying my best to stay on track. Logging on my blog and spark has been another story. I have been posting on my FB page and on dailymile but have not met my goal of posting to my private blog and spark people for accountability. <BR> <BR> This past week I completed my first run in months and my knee did well. It was hurting a big the past few days but overall, it is ok. I also managed to get in a good, strong 83.4 km's on my spin bike at home. I am trying ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:11:59 EST So far so good. Results 11/7.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535438 Yesterday I did well. I was unable to get my walk in due to the weather but I will make up for it today. <BR> <BR> Food wise, I did great. Water was on track too. I also blended an awesome drink which I intend to make again today. It was simply protein powder, pineapple, cucumber, ginger, water, a small amount of orange juice and kale. It was really good!!!!! <BR> <BR> I also made a great lemon chicken with roasted veggies which was easy and so fantastic! <BR> <BR> I know these posts are... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 04:37:24 EST Time for new goals!! Ready to finally MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534532 We are back from Paris and it is time for me to get back on track with my program. This is going to be a short and sweet post for today. My focus right now, reaching my goals!! <BR> <BR> I will get straight to it :) <BR> <BR> Goals for November 7th - November 11th <BR> <BR> 1. Juice daily <BR> 2. Focus on lean proteins and veggies. Same plan that has worked SO many times for me. <BR> 3. Walk for 30 to 45 mins daily. Working up to running again soon! YEAH!! <BR> 4. PT work and stretching <B... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 05:42:45 EST Goals for today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521935 I am really wanting to get back to strength training, I miss it so much!!! Obviously with my back injury I cannot do too much at this time, but I can at least try my best to do all I can....something, that will take me closer to my fitness goals. So for today, my goal is to do 10 military pushups, and least 15 mins of Yoga and 15 mins of upper body with bands and my 5 lbs DBs. I know it does not seem like much but to me, this is a big deal. <BR> <BR> I will report back later today with my r... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:52:11 EST The precious gift that was today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407602 I gave today all that I could. I am laying here about to go get some much needed rest and I can say with all my heart that it feels amazing knowing I am ending this day with all my goals reached and knowing I pressed harder than I thought I could. There were times I wanted to stop, but I did not. There were times it hurt, but I found the fight inside of me to keep pressing ON! And now....it feels incredible! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934504632.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:20:00 EST Last workout of the week is DONE! Now time to REST!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404827 I had another fantastic spin class tonight! I tell you, I am really getting addicted to this. I love it. It has helped me in so many ways. I feel stronger, leaner and encouraged that this type of training is really helping me with my knee issues and can perhaps, lead to great things in the future!! <BR> <BR> The only downside to tonight was that I had more trouble with my HRM but it was settled soon after but as a result my numbers are low. 411 calories for the spin, 55 mins....should be mo... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:43:35 EST Burn! Burn! Burn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403403 What a ROCKING spin class this morning! WOW...the energy there was just amazing. I left it all there...everything, I really did give this class 110%. I literally had tears in my eyes the last interval I was pushing it so hard. I was in an incredible zone. I closed my eyes and could see my goals in my mind and it pushed me through to the end. When it was over, I was just so overwhelmed, I was in tears.....tears of joy!! <BR> <BR> The instructor this morning incredible. The energy she brough... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:28:26 EST Over 1,200 calories BURNED today! I really gave it my all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402603 I am so tried. I am going to try and stay awake as I write this blog! It is 9:13 pm here in Norway and I am ready for BED!! I started off this morning at the gym and found my way in spin class thanks to a friend who was there to give me an added push! I worked hard in the class, then after headed over to the treadmill for some intervals and finally some ST. I worked out for 79 mins this morning and burned 721 calories. <BR> <BR> After the gym, my girl and I headed to a playdate with a frien... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:26:27 EST Another successful day!! Feeling SO VERY encouraged!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401524 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395009570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did it!!! Another amazing day. I worked very hard at the gym tonight with my HIIT intervals and ST. I burned 755 then came home to burn another 101....you know me by now, do I ever just stop ;) <BR> <BR> I ate well, took my LACV and I truly feel as if I can do this -- IF and only IF I remain strong and continue to take each meal and each workout at a time. I cannot focus on the bigger picture right now, ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:48:35 EST 10 day shred...its starts NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400918 I am doing this...day by day!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172140636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I measured today. It wasn't pretty but I need a baseline so I can see how much I can lose over the next 10 days. It is crunch time for me!!! My husband left early this morning for the US and I plan on shocking him when he gets home with my results! Gotta work HARD! <BR> <BR> Measurements as of now and how much they have increased since 2011/12... <BR> <BR> Chest - 37.5 ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 04:17:15 EST Monday morning juice blend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399807 Good morning!!! Here is my juice blend for today... <BR> <BR> Beets, cucumber, ginger, lemon, carrot, cabbage and loads of fennel. So good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212543578.jpg"> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:50:21 EST Plan for this week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398983 I am doing well, crazy sore from all the workouts this past week but doing well :) <BR> <BR> Here is my fitness schedule for this next week. I am also very excited because the next phase of my Greece Goals starts this week on Tuesday through July 5th!! I will be focusing on juicing, blending, lots of fruits and veggies, fish and lean proteins. <BR> <BR> Fitness Schedule for this week - <BR> <BR> Monday - Yoga Max <BR> Tuesday - AM Spin class followed by an ST circuit. <BR> Wednesday - PM... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:08:07 EST Week 2 of my reset.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348192 Week one was a total success!!! I am so very excited :) As most of you know, I post on FB regularly so if you want to follow my reset daily my FB page is under the name Jen's Journey <BR> <BR> I am posting photos of my foods on my fitness blog as well.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.jensjourney.com </link> <BR> <BR> I cannot thank you all enough for your amazing support!!! Only 16 days to go :) Tue, 7 May 2013 05:13:21 EST Marathon Number 2!! Let the training begin :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344289 After much thought, I finally made a decision on what would be my marathon for this year. I am registered and I booked the flights and the hotel, so I guess it is official :) On October 20th, Lord willing, I will be running the Amsterdam Marathon! <BR> <BR> I am so very excited about my training this year. I am currently reading up on several new training plans, as well as checking out a few coaching sites for some personalized programs. I am hoping that through more strength training and a ... Fri, 3 May 2013 11:10:47 EST Hitting the Reset Button... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834103485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some of my friends on FB asked about the Reset plan I am currently doing. This is a plan I made for myself based on my current needs and goals for this month. It is a simple, back to basics approach and one which I truly feel will help me get back on track. <BR> <BR> Why do I need this plan? Well, to be honest, I need it because I have failed to be consistent with my workouts and my strong nutrition and now, it i... Thu, 2 May 2013 04:01:19 EST Ready.Set.Go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395847761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is time to hit the reset button once again. Forget the mistakes of the past. Eyes forward. No looking back. It is going to be hard, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will have challenges before me which will test my commitment, but I know in my heart, I will NOT let anything stop me from reaching my ultimate goal. <BR> <BR> Today I press on with a new sense of purpose and a strength in my heart knowing w... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:11:14 EST New totals for the month. It is not pretty....but it is reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293210 New totals... <BR> <BR> NOT doing well, but today is a new day! Staying focused and positive. Am I happy about these totals? NO. Will I give up? You guys know me well enough to know I am sticking with this...through thick and thin!! <BR> <BR> Miles - 25.94/50 <BR> Pull ups - 9/50...unassisted <BR> Push ups - 320/1,000 <BR> Burpees - 85/500 <BR> Weight loss - It was 1.6 lbs but as of today....none. It is what it is..... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:23:01 EST March totals so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280775 They are not the totals I was hoping to post but all I can do is keep reaching... <BR> <BR> Weight loss - not even going to talk about this one. The scale is going in the WRONG direction. <BR> Miles - 8.42/50 <BR> Pull ups - 9/50...unassisted but embarrassing totals <BR> Push ups - 270/1,000 <BR> Burpees - 85/500...a new goal added as they are so very effective <BR> <BR> Lessons learned so far this challenge - <BR> <BR> 1. Take things one day at a time <BR> 2. The scale is evil and can cha... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 03:28:38 EST And so it begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268065 Day one of my new challenge. I cannot tell you how many times I have sat down at the computer, motivated and ready to make the most out of a new month only to fail because I did not remain consistent with my goals. I think part of success is recognizing where you have failed in the past, facing it head on and then moving forward knowing where you can improve. <BR> <BR> I need to set aside time each day to log my foods and record my daily results. For me it is key. It may be different for ot... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:08:23 EST March Goals. Time to get serious once again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456599631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have big goals for this month. Let's just say it is my attempt to get back to where I was last year. I am going to keep this blog short and to the point. I measured this morning and not only have I gained weight this past year but several inches as well. No use complaining about it. I just need to do something about it and move on. <BR> <BR> Goals to reach in order to get back on track.... <BR> <BR> 1. 50 miles... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:18:24 EST Getting my spark back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262931 I am trying to get back to logging and blogging on spark. What can I say but I have missed all of you!! I have been apart of the Spark family for 6 years now and you all have blessed my life in so many ways. <BR> <BR> I have failed to log and take control of my nutrition over the holidays and since the new year, I have remained the same. We moved recently and I think the whole process got to me and somewhere along the way I got off track. <BR> <BR> I have new goals to reach for starting M... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:44:49 EST Still pressing on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196946 So many of you are on my FB page but for those of you who are not, I know I have not been active here and for this I am so very sorry. I am still pressing on with my goals, and though I am struggling, I am not giving up! <BR> <BR> I am back to blogging on my fitness site - www.jensjourney.com and I am always active on my FB page - Jen's Journey. I hope to check in here as much as possible. If you are on FB feel free to add me as I post the most on there regarding my journey. <BR> <BR> Bl... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:42:27 EST My journey to 26.2 miles! A Tribute to some very special people in my life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112102 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319467477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Tribute to a few special people in my life who have helped me get to where I today. May I make you all proud. <BR> <BR> I have finally made it to the final days before my first marathon. I find myself reflecting back on my journey, and I am proud of how far I have come but I find myself realizing that I have a long road ahead of me. I have goals and dreams before me but I know that in time, with discipline and ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:50:47 EST Still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071090 I did not want you all to think I have gone away! I am still here and doing well but I am using my blog and FB more. <BR> <BR> My Fitness Blog is - Jensjourney.com and my FB site is under the same Jen's Journey. <BR> <BR> I LOVE my spark family....always have, always will but for time sake, I find blogging on my fitness site is easy as it automatically goes to post to FB. I still log my foods here and will blog from time to time as much as I can. So nothing really has changed, just wanted ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 03:17:28 EST Doing well. 9/10 Results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052330 Nutrition for today - Pre-logged evening meals... <BR> <BR> M1 - Tuna and egg salad over greens. Espresso with Skim milk <BR> M2 - Rice cake with Natural PB <BR> M3 - Apple, greek yogurt and almonds. <BR> M4 - Ground turkey with kale, peppers and mushrooms. Another latte with skim milk <BR> M5 - Protein shake with strawberries and almond milk. 1 large grapefruit <BR> M6 - Another protein shake.....IF needed or rice cake with PB and you can be sure there will be a small but amazing piece o... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:31:13 EST Back on track...at least I hope so. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042214 There are about a million things I want to share in this post but I really and truly do not know where to start. This is both a time of great achievements for myself and a time of struggle. I am running better than ever before despite my knee issues and yet at the same time I am constantly battling something that is going on with my body....what it is, we still do not know. I have days where my energy is high and my mood is normal and then there are days where I feel as if I am walking throug... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:02:46 EST Tired, but I am pressing on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038492 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177903735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have long blogged in some time. I have been more active on FB than here and it is my goal to get back to posting more. I need it. I need increased accountability and motivation about now. Things have been hard as of late with my training and overall program. As far as my home life, I could not be more blessed. My little girl is doing very well and meeting new friends, my husband is rocking his P90X workouts... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:45:11 EST Challenge Results - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007693 I did well yesterday. I failed to blog so below are my results. I am adding in another goal for the month. It is to complete 100 negative pull ups. I was discussing my pull up challenge on my FB page and it was mentioned that negative pull ups can help me get stronger and are good for training and therefore I am adding them in my program. I did 3 yesterday and found them to be quiet a challenge. Here is an example for those wondering what exactly these are. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/cYgtzxIX... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 04:49:53 EST Challenge Results Day 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005300 Challenge totals so far - <BR> <BR> Miles - 7.03/100 <BR> Push ups - 275/2,000 <BR> Pull ups assisted - 48/200 <BR> <BR> Marathon Training Schedule... <BR> <BR> I stated this the other day in my challenge blog but it is worth repeating, this marathon is going to be SLOW. The goal is to make it across the finish line without injury to my knee and to be able to sign up for another race and COMPLETE the race without backing out as I have so many times because of my knee issues. I am so tired... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 15:18:55 EST Back from vacation and ready to work hard!! A new challenge starts today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002985 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 ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 07:45:00 EST 4 days to go. Feeling encouraged and proud I pressed on.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972716 New totals for July - Day 16 <BR> Miles - 64.88 <BR> Pushups - 1,950 <BR> Squats - 2,587 <BR> <BR> Quick ST today along with 2 on the treadmill while my little girl took her nap. There is much to do this week but I want to finish strong and get in a few more workouts before we leave. I am very pleased with how my body has responded to my strength training, my diet and the overall changes I am seeing. I am actually looking forward to a new challenge which will start Monday August 6th. <BR> <... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:25:21 EST 6 days to go! Killer core workout.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970077 New July Totals - Day 14 <BR> Miles - 61.78 <BR> Push ups - 1,750 <BR> Squats - 2,407 <BR> <BR> Morning run - 4.4 miles, 41:30, AP 9:25 <BR> <BR> Core Workout - 38 mins, 10 stations, 100 reps each.... <BR> <BR> 1. TRX pushups - 100 reps <BR> 2. Bosu Ball Cross Body Mountain Climbers - 100 reps ( 50 reps for each side) <BR> 3. Windmills - 100 reps holding a 22 lb plate <BR> 4, Jump Squat with overhead press - 100 reps using a 12 lb MB <BR> 5. Bosu Ball Pushups - 100 reps <BR> 6. Weighted V... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 13:46:51 EST 7 days to go with my challenge. MUST finish strong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968931 I was tired today but I got it done, that is all that matters :) Tomorrow is Core/Cardio Circuit then Sunday will be my next ST day. One week from today we leave, I am starting to get really excited as I pack and shop for more outfits. My shopping trips are just so different that the last time I was preparing to visit this region of the Mediterranean and I was so very overweight. Some times it does not even feel real. Anyways, I need to just stay strong these next few days. My workouts and di... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:29:05 EST 9 days to go! Incredible ST today and the hard work is paying off!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150607731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Post workout smile. Happy to be covered in sweat :) <BR> <BR> New July Totals Day 11 - <BR> Miles - 54.28 <BR> Push ups - 1,450 <BR> Squats - 2,047 <BR> <BR> Daily totals - <BR> Miles - 2.11 incline intervals holding DB's <BR> Push ups - 400 reps - no knees <BR> Squats - 500 reps <BR> <BR> It seems after being stuck in such an endless plateau, my body is really starting to see some real changes from all my ST an... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:08:01 EST 4 workouts today! Felt great....along with the my weekend amazing ST session! I am working hard and http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962282 Totals for today - <BR> Miles - 13.32 <BR> Push ups - 100 <BR> Squats - 300 <BR> <BR> July totals - <BR> Miles - 52.17 <BR> Push ups - 1,050 <BR> Squats - 1,547 <BR> <BR> Workout 1 - Morning Fasting Cardio on tread - 20 mins - alternating 3,6,9 and 12% inclines @7.0 kph while holding 5 lb DB's and doing shoulder presses, front raise, punches etc...anything to get my HR up and increase my burn <BR> <BR> Workout 2 - Full body ST after breakfast. Another short session but such a great BURN! <... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:28:22 EST 15 Days to Go! Daily Results!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956505 July Cruise Challenge - 15 days to go <BR> Running/walking Miles - 31.25/75 <BR> Biking Miles - 6.2/50 <BR> Push ups - 650/1,000 <BR> Squats - 747/2,000 <BR> <BR> I started off this morning with what is sure to be the fastest ST workout ever. I wanted to head out to the trails for my walk but I needed to get a few reps in before I left. Here was my super fast workout..... <BR> <BR> 15:50 mins. 104 calories burned <BR> <BR> Two arm bicep curls with sumo squat using 20 lb DB's - 3 x 15 reps ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:01:37 EST