For some months, I was on a plateau, so I decided earlier in October to add some minutes to my workout routine... I do the interval training on my stat. bike (ergometer), do the NeWos (12 Mins) + warming up and cooling down, do Cardios before the NeWos, ... and I added extra minutes to the interval trainings before and afterwards.
I also count the kind of housework I sweat at. As I'm chronically ill, I do 15 mins of work and 15 mins of sitting (using the spark trackers, reading emails, etc.) I count the minutes in the end and count it as a workout (you are running around, go on your knees, move your arms, etc. so it's good for you)... And I don't do the sweaty housework everyday! :-)
This week has been great so far. What about yours?
I've been in the top 20, though I missed exercising yesterday so probably have fallen back a little farther. I agree, it's been motivating to be able to stay near the top.
I count the interval aerobics and the NEWO strength training routines as workouts, of course, along with walking outside (weather permitting). I'm working at increasing my flexibility, so I've been doing some yoga and I count that as a workout, too. I also have a stability ball stretching routine that I do after intervals or NEWO workouts which I count.
Hi Team, I think I haven't posted in this group so far...
I'm doing really good with this challenge - it motivated me to fit in yet another workout in order to stay at the top of the list. I don't want to win anything (I guess playing the DVDs would be a minor problem here with the European standard...), but I want to feel like an "athlete" as Jonathan points out repeatedly... My body sometimes tells me to get a bit more rest and I try to listen to it - it's never wrong... :-)
So where are you on the list??? And what do you count as a workout??? (Jonathan always says that whatever lets our heart rate go up is one... so what do you count???)
I've had the same problem with not sticking to the plan consistently. This time I'm doing better, and part of that has to do with the 3 workout a day limit on the challenge results page. If I do my workouts, I stay close to the top. If I miss one, I don't fall way down the page. I just drop down a few places. It doesn't feel impossible to do well this time in the rankings, as it has before.
Also, I'm not trying to be perfect, I'm just trying to be consistent. If I miss a workout (and I did yesterday), tomorrow is a new day. Today I'll do better.
The interval aerobics are the tough workouts for me, though I know they are effective. I really have to gear up myself mentally to get those done. Again, though, if I really don't feel like I have enough steam left to do it, I just walk on the treadmill for the appropriate amount of time.
Trying to support myself like I would a friend.
I really appreciate that you've started this topic so we can share support. How are you doing with the challenge so far?
Hi there. Thanks for jumping onto this team. I've been listening to Jonathan's podcasts for a couple years now. Also bought his heart rate monitor and have access to his online tools. However, I have never fully participated in his program. I tend to exercise and diet in fits and starts. Have trouble staying the course and going the distance. In the past I've been easily derailed. I have about 50 pounds to lose -- yikes!!! I remember getting as high as 160 many years ago and thinking I would never let myself get that heavy again. Now I'm well over that with no sight of my pre-pregnancy weight!!!!
I'm 44 years old. I do freelance work, but am staying home this fall to focus on my two kids. I really have all the time in the world to fit in exercise and healthy eating. Just need some support and accountability. And I need a good dose of belief in myself that I can do this! Hoping to use SparkPeople and Jonathan's 10 week program to jump start my weight loss (finally). Have been significantly overweight since my daughter was born 7 years ago! Look forward to helping each other succeed! :)
By way of introduction, I live on a natural island paradise in the Pacific NW. I take care of my 2-year-old grandson weekdays while my daughter is at work on the mainland. I also write a column for the newspaper about how to eat as a locavore (one who eats only locally grown food, as much as possible). I've done webdesign and web programming since 1995, and still do some of that, too. I like interval workouts and found a small, quiet treadmill that allows me to do my workouts in my bedroom in the evening regardless of weather. I also have a Personal Trainer machine which I use for strength training workouts. I'm really looking forward to doing this Challenge!
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