SEPTEMBERSPIRIT's SparkPeople Blog SEPTEMBERSPIRIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 37 - Pause... And Breathe <img src=""> <BR> Today started out well ... but just around lunch time I got a text from my daughter that was very disturbing and well - after that I ended up having to leave work because I could not concentrate at all. <BR> <BR> She texted me something that she had been keeping from me (she had shared with my step-daughter and youngest - both of whom kept her confidence which I respect). I am just sad that she d... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:27:52 EST Day 36 - Active Day This morning started with my 20 mins of Turbo Jam (in place of the Master's Cardio and just cause I love Chalene Johnson)... no walk at lunch but after work 40 mins Total Body Hammer (the workout I skipped yesterday as I took a rest day), then I had paint night at work... <BR> <BR> This pic was the artist's example to copy from: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And below was my own rendition (I have not painted in ages - i... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:12:26 EST Day 35 - Ready for Week 6 <img src=""> <BR> I'm ready to keep going with week 6 of The Master's Hammer and Chisel. I won't lie - going into week 5 I had doubts I could keep it going, but honestly, pushing through and not quitting makes me feel so proud! <BR> <BR> I am hurting in my body - but it's a good kind of pain. The one that comes when you know you are changing your body's composition and shape. The one that will help me reach my goa... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:37:48 EST Day 34 - Fueling the Fire! <img src=""> <BR> I slept in today... till 5:30am and got 8:55 hours of sleep! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I was feeling tired yesterday so I listened to my body and feeling <em>345</em> this morning! I did my workout, my laundry is prepped (going to the bf's for the night). We are having lunch together (belated birthday lunch instead of dinner) and then we'll be doing groceries and I'll be doing some food prep ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:10:15 EST Day 33 - Believe in YOURSELF <img src=""> <BR> Another great day in the books. I went to workout at the gym with another colleague (she showed up late so it was short but even still - the conversation and connections are great). Monday at noon is the 'check in' meeting/walk that I facilitate as part of our Fit Club. <BR> <BR> I am passionate about succeeding in this venture - for myself, and hoping along the way to inspire and perhaps even he... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:40:16 EST Day 32 - Negative to Positives! Mind Shifting! Those who have been following my blogs know how much I love my job... However, yesterday and today there were some things that came up that kind of threw me off - where I was affected by a colleague's negative and rude approach to me leaving me to feel really 'off' as I've not ever experienced this in this current workplace. It weighed on my mind and brought me back to times where this was a daily occurrence. <BR> <BR> Today some more frustrations came up to the point where I was on the ver... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:28:13 EST Day 31 - I'm Back to It!! <img src=""> <BR> I posted on Facebook reaching out to fellow coaches in my team "Fitness Junkies" seeking advice and feedback about my debating completing the program (The Master's Hammer and Chisel). I woke up this morning to find some encouraging comments that have given me newfound DETERMINATION to finish to the end!! <BR> <BR> I may modify some moves... I may not complete all exercises perfectly - but I'm goi... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:50:32 EST Month 2 - Change the Plan but NEVER the Goal <img src=""> <BR> My goal has not changed... I want to get healthier, become more toned and trim and be Fit by 50! <BR> <BR> My plan though - I have completed a full month of The Master's Hammer and Chisel and find that I'm needing a change in my exercise routine. I promised myself to do from day 1 to day 60 - and that's not changing - what is changing is just the exercises/workouts that I'll do. <BR> <BR> I seem... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:22:50 EST Day 28 - Progress Pics ... 10lbs GONE! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was thrilled to see 189.5lbs this morning! Down 10lbs since January 4th! I took overall pictures - but I didn't notice much change in my mid-section (yet).... so posting the area I did notice a change (notice the tan in the latest picture - working on my Barbados tan). <BR> <BR> I know the first 10l... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:54:36 EST Day 26 & 27 - Prep for February 1st <img src=""> <BR> I am anxious to weigh in, measure and take photos tomorrow - BUT - no matter the results I'm happy with my progress and commitment. I am feeling better and while I'm not 100% perfect (today's workout was heavy cleaning and I may still hop on the Gazelle - so no Hammer and Chisel today). <BR> <BR> As I review my month, I'm pretty pleased with my actions! <BR> <BR> I have worked out 5 to 6 days ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:21:29 EST Day 25 - Reflecting on February <img src=""> <BR> Today was a REST day from The Master's Hammer and Chisel and I took it. I did go out for a short lunch time walk - it was nice and brisk with some light snowflakes falling. I hit my 10,000 steps again. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled to have booked a nutritionist to come for the March Fit Club meeting at work - she's been on our local television and I think it will be great info for me and everyone else... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:39:11 EST Day 24 - H&M and First Time Trying COMBAT <img src=""> <BR> What an amazing 'activity' day... Walked at lunch, walked after work, did my Chisel Cardio and then a couple of hours later invited my gf over and for the first time ever - I tried Les Mills Combat. While we were both uncoordinated - I could certainly feel its effects. I'm definitely going to do this one again (while modifying keeping it low impact). <BR> <BR> I also logged over 18,000 steps tod... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:46:05 EST Day 23 - Max Hammer Strength <img src=""> <BR> Today's workout was Max Hammer Strength - they are cycling through now so I won't reiterate their context but I will say I'm feeling strong and lifting heavier weights. While I do have to modify for some areas - I manage to keep moving. <BR> <BR> Today I checked in with SP Coach and read the Visualization of the Day. I was reminded of just how powerful this tool is and I'm working on it a lot mor... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:39:55 EST Day 22 - Inside Change <img src=""> <BR> So my activity today - catch up from yesterday with my morning workout and 35 mins ISO Chisel Strength, a 40 minutes walk with 3 other people for the weekly Monday group walk and after work 40 minutes Chisel Balance. <BR> <BR> I hit my 10,000 steps before 6pm but my heel is hurting tonight from the extra activity so I'll be hopping in the tub soon. <BR> <BR> I'm back to my routine and honestly... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:59:48 EST Day 20 & 21 - 3 Weeks In... <img src=""> <BR> Today is day 21 and while I'm taking a rest day from the workouts - I have my double workout planned for tomorrow - one when I get up and then one after work. <BR> <BR> This morning was spent cleaning at my bf's. I haven't been getting great sleep the past few nights so listening to my body and making this Sunday a rest day. <BR> <BR> What I've learned so far from 3 weeks of being consistent is ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:04:52 EST Day 19 - Total Body Chisel and Abs... and Counting Down... <img src=""> <BR> I had memories show up on FB today... and this popped up... 85 days to my next trip there. My third visit... but this time not as a single woman. Going with my bf and my girls - so more of a family trip so it will be like a 'first' time. <BR> <BR> I didn't workout this morning but as soon as I got home tonight I got them done... so NOT like the old me. Friday after work and I was focused on getti... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:33:53 EST Day 18 - Day of Rest... well kind of <img src=""> <BR> Today was a rest day from the program... but I have been going non-stop all day. It's busy at work at this time of year - the start of a new year, my annual report to do, some file cleaning up and updates to complete. <BR> <BR> I walked indoors for a short walk - then after work I went to clean for 3 hours. My body is feeling it that's for sure. I got home and soaked in the tub, and had my salad... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:21:19 EST Day 17 - Hammer Power <img src=""> <BR> This was last year's affirmation for Jan 20th but it fits with my abundant flow that continues into today... <BR> <BR> I woke up before my alarm at 3:40am. I read my affirmations, checked my program/calendar and did my workout this morning (The Master and Chisel - Hammer Power). I have to say I'm really loving the slight pain in my muscles because I know it means my body is changing. I can't wait... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:40:25 EST Day 16 - Feeling Abundant! <img src=""> <BR> I have always loved Louise Hay ... her book "You Can Heal Your Life" was my beginning of a journey to get me to where I am today. I have since read many of her books and other Hay House authors. <BR> <BR> What's so special about this affirmation TODAY is that I received my FIRST cheque in today's mail for facilitating a seminar! <BR> <BR> Today I finished adding up the change that my boyfriend... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:06:37 EST Day 15 - Week 3 The Master's Hammer & Chisel <img src=""> <BR> I am all caught up with my workouts! While I missed one yesterday - I did yesterday's workout this morning and then the scheduled one for today after work. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling my muscles working in these workouts but truly enjoying it! <BR> <BR> We had 15 participants at today's Fit Club session at work on setting SMART Goals - and it was interesting to talk about an outcome goal versus a pr... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:46:48 EST Day 12, 13, 14 - Week 2 Done! <img src=""> <BR> This morning was weigh in day - not easy to do when it's the weekend and especially after a night out but I was pleased as I still had a loss to record. <BR> <BR> The program calls for rest days on Thursday but I've decided to make today a rest day and I'll keep pushing through the week simply because I am not feeling 100% and listening to my body. Taking my Echinacea and Zinc and drinking my Sh... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:32:55 EST Day 11 - Beloved REST Day! <img src=""> <BR> Today was wonderful!! I slept in until 4:30am (yes that's sleeping in for me). I had a productive day at work. I visited with a gf. She loaned me a cute top and blazer to wear for our outing this Saturday. I found some cute boots - not as fancy as most - but comfortable and to me that's most important. <BR> <BR> I got home just a short while ago so logging in and logging off - Hammer Power tomor... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:29:59 EST Day 10 - Chisel Agility & Review of my THEME <img src=""> <BR> Today's workout was 35 mins - no equipment just body exercises and too much jumping for my liking so I had to modify. I will say it again - I prefer working out with Sagi than Autumn (even when I was doing the 21 day fix - I didn't feel as motivated to stick with it). <BR> <BR> You really need to find a workout that clicks with you but more importantly one where you can stand the person teaching ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:38:46 EST Day 9 - A Date with the Hammer <img src=""> <BR> I saw another man tonight... and my boyfriend doesn't mind... He knows I'm determined! I had my date with Sagi Kalev at 5:30pm! The Master's Hammer & Chisel Max Hammer Strength - where you work the muscle for a minute to tire it and then you add heavy weight! I am so loving the strength training workouts!! And will you just LOOK at him ... who wouldn't want to workout?! <BR> <BR> I usually do my... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:53:10 EST Day 8 - Week 2 of The Master's Hammer and Chisel Onto week 2!! This morning with Autumn Calabrese The Master's Hammer & Chisel. These workouts really push you. My legs are still feeling it but I'm loving it! This one was about 38 minutes - you repeat the circuit twice - each exercise for 1 minute and it gets your heart rate going! <BR> <BR> My body is aching - walking is still painful with the burn in my muscles but it's working. I'm super tired tonight so it will be short... been up since 3am - tough couple of days with my teen daughter. ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:33:33 EST Day 7 - Total Body Hammer and 10 mins Ab Hammer <img src=""> <BR> Today was Sunday with Sagi! I really love his workouts - this one was one set of 10 reps, then 8 reps, then 6 reps of one exercise. It was about 35mins long but it went by fast it seemed. Then the calendar called for doing the 10 minutes Ab Hammer too. <BR> <BR> Doing my workout today was a bigger WIN than others - as I had to pack my stuff to bring to my bf's. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:07:18 EST Day 6 - Chisel Endurance <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Day 6 completed - today's workout was with Autumn Calabrese - The Master's Hammer & Chisel - Chisel Endurance. Two rounds of some intense work - I'm already feeling it in my legs mostly. There's a first exercise that you step up on the bench - well I modify it with the surrenders but MAN those are intense (t... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:45:40 EST Day 5 - ISO Speed Hammer - My Training and My Boo Boo :( <img src=""> <BR> Day 5 DONE - The Master's Hammer and Chisel - ISO Speed Hammer with Sagi (man he's so nice to look at it doesn't feel like a workout lol). Honestly though - love the 10 three step reps and then 10 reps fast It's about 23 mins so not long and I feel great! Consistently following the program and plan on keeping it up! Love how the program mixes it up with Autumn one day and Sagi the next. I took a p... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 22:34:25 EST Day 4 - Hammer and Chisel Rest Day but Jammed on some Confidence! <img src=""> <BR> Today was REST DAY from The Master's Hammer and Chisel... but I needed a boost to start my day. I turned to my first love workout - Turbo Jam with Chalene Johnson. Best 20 minutes of my day! It was my boost of confidence - which helped me to feel great going to my first day of training at The Senate. Great experience so far - despite being nervous and not being perfect, I think it's going well (lo... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:42:38 EST Day 3 ISO Strength Chisel & Prep for next 2 days... Leading a workshop! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I have to say I think I loved this one the most so far. It's about 35 mins. 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise with a 10 second hold at the end of each 10. I felt the BURN - but it felt great! My challenge is to work on my upper body strength - push ups are tough even on my knees I can't manage too many... ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:51:21 EST Day 2 - Hammer Plyometrics (Hammer & Chisel Program) <img src=""> <BR> Day 2 - My FIRST time working out with Sagi (from Body Beast) and he was easy on the eyes ... the workout not so easy on the body. I pushed through and had to do some modifications but I did it! This workout was about 25mins with the warmup and cooldown included. It is called Hammer Plyometrics and it requires a bench (if you don't have one it's ok too - I have one but didn't use one), a chin up b... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:32:55 EST Day 1 Done - Chisel and Balance Workout <img src=""> <BR> Day 1 is the Chisel and Balance Workout for the Hammer and Chisel. It was one tough workout!! It's about 43mins long and it consists of strength and balance exercises. I could not do even some of the modified so had to invent my own lol. I kept moving as best I can and now that I've seen it - when I'm scheduled to do it again, I'll adjust as I need to. I used light weights - 5lbs only as I was wan... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:42:06 EST 60 Day Challenge - Beginning Stats - Hammer and Chisel Program Today was my prep day and since I'm back to work tomorrow, I took my Day 1 photos and recorded my states before I begin the program officially January 4th. <BR> My 'Before' Photo - Weight 199.5lbs - Body Fat %50 (yikes <em>24</em> ) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Waist - 41.5 <BR> Hips - 46 <BR> Thigh (right) 26.5 (left) 26 <BR> Arm (right) 13.5 (left) 13 <BR> Calf (right) 16.5 (left) 16.5 <BR> Stomach (pooch) 47 <BR> B... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 15:30:03 EST Join in The Master's Hammer and Chisel - BE a Masterpiece <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so determined to follow through on this program!! Join me... if you don't have the program and would like to get it - message me and I can send you the link to order it. I can't wait to get started and I will be posting my pics/stats at the end of this challenge! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:52:04 EST Happy New Year - Prep Day Tomorrow! <img src=""> <BR> I'm just back home tonight after being away since New Year's Eve and tonight's a night to simply absorb some stuff. My DD is sleeping out. I didn't get home until just after 6pm and found a hole in my wall... when I called her - she explained that she 'freaked' out because it had been a year since she's talked to her dad (and while she has no interest in connecting with him - it's obviously bother... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:57:51 EST 2016 Transformation... <img src=""> <BR> We had our first snowstorm and while we had a green Christmas - Winter is definitely here now. I didn't venture out so I won't get to pick up my program until tomorrow - but I am looking forward to starting and joining the challenge group on January 4th. I'd even like to go one step further and maybe BE a transformation that wins some money!! <BR> <BR> Browsing through Facebook - I was reminded ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:46:04 EST Change for 2016 <img src=""> <BR> This word will guide you through the year of 2016! It will support you in your daily struggles and situations that may appear hopeless. This word will always show you the silver lining so that you won't ever need to worry. It was chosen for you specifically, embrace it! Share your result on Facebook and show your friends what your word for 2016 is! <BR> <BR> So much WILL change next year... it's... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:25:06 EST Decision Made... 2016 is going to be... <img src=""> <BR> The holidays were amazing and I was reminded just how blessed I am in every way!! Dec 23rd was spent with friends from my home town - they came to my bf's new house and we had so much fun and laughed like crazy. <BR> <BR> Dec 24th was the day everyone came to our place... the girls, my step-daughter and her fiancee and our 5th year tradition ... CHEFKATLEANER came to join us too! I was excited t... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:10:04 EST Holiday Break <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm just about done work for the day... for THIS year! <BR> <BR> I'm caught up on all I wanted to accomplish and I'm looking forward to connecting with friends and family over the next few days so I'll be MIA a bit. <BR> <BR> I'd like to send out my warmest wishes to all my SP Friends and I look forw... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:40:15 EST 30 Days of Inspiration... December 22 <img src=""> <BR> If there's one thing I can say about my own lack of success on the health/fitness journey, it's been my lack of consistency in following a program. I start off gung ho with great intentions and do well sometimes for a couple of weeks - then something happens. <BR> <BR> The latest was this bout of a nasty cold and so as I'm on the mend - yesterday I decided that it's time to set myself up for real... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:10:09 EST 30 Days of Inspiration... 10 Days left in 2015 <img src=""> <BR> I finally made it into work today after a whole week off sick. While my energy levels are not back 100% - I made it through the day and now feeling good about the last 2 days of work ahead and excited about the holidays and getting together with friends. <BR> <BR> My boss gave me this wonderful gift today... I'm so blessed. He has been so supportive about my time off sick and understands that the... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:34:21 EST 30 Days of Inspiration - Dec 16 & 17th <img src=""> <BR> I'm sure feeling this one this week - still not back to myself and it's going around. Colleagues are off sick too - migraines around with the weird weather we're having. <BR> <BR> I only have tomorrow and 3 days next week - but I may go in on Sunday to make up some time too. The school meeting is set for January 8th which means my daughter won't be back in school for about an entire month. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:17:20 EST 30 Days of Inspiration - Dec 14 and 15th Dec 14 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dec 15 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Despite everything - I will continue to post motivating quotes... <BR> <BR> I'm home sick again with a bad head cold. And today ... my daughter got herself kicked out of school until we can have a school meeting because she became violent and punched her worker in the chest. I ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:05:13 EST Shopping is DONE and Secret is Safe <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went shopping with my honey ... and he's the most amazing man... we had so much fun and we bought stuff for our friends and my family, my girls... <BR> <BR> I had fun wrapping and placing them under the tree. <BR> <BR> I created these little certificates to put in the passport applications (so I'm going to strategically give the fits leading up to this... first the bag including sun... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:37:45 EST Feeling the Spirit of Christmas <img src=""> <BR> I really wish that when I'm feeling these good feelings - be it the spirit of Christmas, the fun of doing for others, and even the great feeling of working out... could be bottled in a jar to open up on days when we're having a bit of a hard time feeling positive. <BR> <BR> Today was incredibly packed for me. I woke up after almost 8 hours rest <em>345</em> . I did my 30 minute Fat Blaster Turb... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:47:12 EST 30 Days of Inspiration - Dec 11th, 12th and 13th <img src=""> <BR> Love the new day opportunities and all it brings! Happy Friday SP Friends! Because I'm not often 'online' over the weekend - I'm posting my quotes for the weekend now. <BR> Dec 12th <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's to being mindful of what we eat... I did so great with my workouts this week - every day except Thursday - m... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:20:49 EST 30 Days of Inspiration - Dec 10th <img src=""> <BR> Can you believe we are we have 21 days left in 2015 after today?! But do you know what? A LOT can happen in 21 days... <BR> <BR> Habits can be formed in that span of time... better eating, regular exercise. <BR> <BR> While I know it's tough when the holidays are upon us - but all the more reason to keep moving and even do some 'extra' to counteract all the little nibbles and extras we indulge in... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:56:09 EST 30 Days of Inspiration - Dec 8 and 9th Dec 8 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dec 9 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Healing myself - every single day this week by getting up and working out every morning. It was hard to get back to the routine - but it's so worth the effort. The value of our health is priceless... and we can invest in ourselves with good nutrition and consistent physical... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 05:42:36 EST Happiness and Balance <img src=""> <BR> I got an email from a wonderful SP friend who made me realize that while I have felt differently about the Gala this year - I have so MUCH going on to be happy about... and so I'm going to end my day recognizing just that. <BR> <BR> Today I got up and did my morning workout and got my walk in. <BR> <BR> My boss sent a lovely email thanking me and the committee on a great job organizing the Gala ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:46:27 EST 30 Days of Inspiration - Dec 5, 6 and 7 Dec 5 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dec 6 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dec 7 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I survived the Gala and it was a great success - but inside - I still felt different. While I am making every effort to accept where I am now - I'm just not feeling good whe... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:55:32 EST