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6/3/13 11:16 A

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Hello!

Busy morning here, whew!

So, here they are, June's goals:

1. Run 10 miles a week
2. Core exercises 3x a week
3. Continue to embrace weight loss plan

So far so good! And also, wonderful news...an organization here where I live is doing a FREE 12 week couch to 5K class at our beautiful lakefront startig in July, and after that you can attend a free one hour yoga class on the beach!!!! Well, you know I am soooooo gonna be there! Any excuse to run in a group works for me! And who knows, maybe they can teach me some tips to improve!! I was so darn excited I could have burst yesterday!

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5/31/13 1:40 P

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Yanks, you ROCK!!! You have more than met your goals, you have exceeded them! I hope my retirement is as active and fulfilling as yours.

Okay, I took a major step in my life. Overwhelmed has been an understatement in the last few years. I have been working FOREVER and really don't need the income like I did when our children were home. I asked for part-time at work and though they were surprised, they were gracious enough to grant it to me. I am not sure yet when my new schedule will start, but the ball is rolling, and sometime soon I will actually will not be a crazed lunatic with no spare time!! I cannot put into words how stinkin' thrilled I am. Woohoo!!!!! Finally stood up and said this is too darn much for me. I am tired of being tired all the time and now I can see a little rainbow thru the clouds!

Moving toward June's goals with a happy heart...have a wonderful weekend!

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5/31/13 12:13 P

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May Goals, here it is the last day of the month.

To weigh in @ 153 today's weigh in after rehydrating 153.6.

To join a running club ----Done.

To compete in two events ---Done 5/5 & 5/11.

To run 35 miles per week---4 out of five ---this week 40+.

To attain 700,000 steps Done 708,801, not counting today.

To run/walk/bike 600 miles---Done 609 in the books.

That concludes another month, just remember team mates, I'm retired so I have the time to concentrate on such matters, with no other pressures I am at the point in my life where nothing can stop me or get in the way. emoticon

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5/30/13 1:43 P

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Good Afternoon,

May goals

To compete in two events Done.

To run for 35 miles each week---34 in the books.

To walk/run/bike/ 600 miles 583.55.

To attain 700,000 steps----682.551.

To hook-up with a running club----Done.

To weigh in @ 153 on the 30th. This one is a bit tricky, this morning before my run 156.6, after a run of 6.5 miles in 80 degree weather 152.6, that's right I sweated out 4 lbs. Yesterday I had over 128ozs of liquids that included powerade and water. Then after I cooled down on the bike for 75 minutes and rehydrated 154.2. So am I okay with these results? emoticon


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5/30/13 1:41 P

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Before you know it RTimelston, the exercise is the BEST part!!!!

Hi group!

June's Goals Loud and Proud:

1. Run 10 miles a week. This means at least 3.30 each run.
2. Continue to embrace food plan. We are going to be bff's by the end of June, lol!
3. Work the core 3x a week. I will need to remind myself of this daily as I seem to have selective memory when it comes to core exercises. I get sudden amnesia and it needs to stop!!

Have a wonderful day all!

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5/30/13 11:43 A

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Yanks and Laurie, I'm impressed with your goals and how hard you work to achieve them. I came here to lose weight, but maybe you'll inspire me to become more active, too. I'm not committing to it now, but the power of suggestion might take its toll at some point. Good job, both of you!

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5/29/13 2:32 P

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Good Afternoon,

Goal to weigh in @153 on the 30th.

Goal to run 35 miles each week so far 27.5.

Goal to run/walk/bike 600 miles 562.80.

Goal to attain 700,000 steps---652,398.

Goal to complete 2 events---Done.

Goal to join a running club---Done. Today I ran the hills with 9 other runners, needless to say it was exhilarating. I finished 10th, however I finished.. Some of the folks went on to do a second lap, that will be my July objective, 6.20 miles up those hills is enough for me right now. Only 2 more days left in this month, wow. emoticon

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5/29/13 1:19 P

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As of Tuesday 28 May:

16/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
795/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
13/12 times up the Big Hill
24/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
4.5/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179, reached 177)

RTimelston, welcome! It can take a while to sort it all out. The support sure does help.
Yanks, thank you for exemplifying the power of goals and commitment! Good luck with them hills.
Lisa, thank you for the reminder of how good it feels to get out there and sweat.
I thought about next month’s goals, but I didn’t write anything down. I’ll do that today. I need to shop at our local general store today; I’ll try to resist temptation. As a friend who owned a convenience store used to say, “I sell lung disease, liver disease, and tooth decay.” It’s the tooth decay (aka weight gain) department that gets me.
Laurie R.

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5/29/13 10:32 A

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Thanks for the welcome, Lisa. I wish you success with your newly ratcheted up goals.

~ Tim


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5/29/13 8:31 A

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Welcome RTimelson! And you know 500 cals is not enough nutrition. How about today being a good start/good start lol!

Yanks, your goals are so very specific. I love that! My June goals are going to be much more specific and I am going to eek up the difficulty level just a tad. Tweeking them as we speak.

Laurie, 177!!!!! Woohoo!!

I ran last night in a very hilly area. Had to walk two of the hills, but what the heck, had a super sweat going on and I feel so accomplished! Amazing what a natural high I get from my sticky sweaty hilly route!

Have a wonderful day all!

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5/29/13 1:32 A

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My "goal" was to find a good online weight loss and maintenance support community. I'm pretty sure I found it. Then I overdid the diet and so far have eaten less than 500 calories today, and it's time for bed. Good start, bad start.

~ Tim


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5/28/13 2:53 P

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Tuesday, May 28th,

Goal to weigh in @ 153 on May 30th. My original goal was to weigh in @ 150 on the 31st, that's not going to happen I'll be satisfied with 153

Goal to run in two events this month---done.

Goal to join a running club--done I can't wait until tomorrow that's when we are going to take on those hills. A couple of years ago I ran up a mountain in Oregon (Mt. Tabor), I find these hills more difficult, maybe because of the distance?

Goal to run 35 miles a week so far this week 21.6 that counting today.

Goal to run/walk/bike 600 miles--538.61.

Goal to attain 700,000 steps 626,753.
Laurie, congratulations on your coming down to 177, you are the best!!!!!
Thanks to each of you for keeping me on my toes, Take care. emoticon



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5/28/13 1:50 P

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As of Monday 27 May:

16/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
795/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
13/12 times up the Big Hill
23/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
4.5/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179, reached 177)

Lisa, I'm glad you're finding out how to organize it all. You'll get it!
Somehow I’m down to 177.
Last night was a potluck and fundraiser given on one day’s notice for a family with a problem. At least 10% of our community showed up on a Monday night. As resolved, I stuck to on-plan foods only, and the food was wonderful.
I’ll plan my June goals today.
Laurie

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5/28/13 8:23 A

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Hello!

Yanks, you are an amazing amazing amazing goal setter/goal reacher!!!!!!! I am more than impressed. And your running times are awesome!

Laurie, I am trying...this holiday weekend I got a little more organized and I feel much better. I ran 3 miles twice over the weekend which always gives me a mental boost too! I am working on figuring out June's goals and I am really looking forward to achieving them.

Pamela, go you!!! I love your dedication! I heard that someone was doing a P90X class on our beaches this summer and I thought of you!

I have been a running outside machine (for me, anyways!), and I have also been doing my core exercises. Eating pretty darn clean and starting to get my fight back.

Summer is here and I so welcome that sunshine!!!!!

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5/27/13 3:13 P

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As of Sunday 26 May:

16/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
795/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
13/12 times up the Big Hill
22/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

Checking in just twice a week is not working for me. My main motive for checking in less often was to save money, because Spark uses so much Internet and I pay per amount used. I'll have to write my posts offline and then upload them to the thread. So I'll commit now to checking in most days next month. This has been such a great group for me--thank you again!
I've been using various excuses for cheating on my diet. But I know where that leads, and I also know that they are just excuses and it IS possible to stay on my diet. So I'd better smarten up.
Tonight is a potluck. If I go, I'll eat only low-carb foods. No excuses!
Laurie

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5/26/13 7:19 A

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Good Morning,

Goal to run 35 miles per week--wk 1-34.48, wk 2-35.06, wk 3 38.60, wk 4 38.23.

Goal to run/walk/ bike 600 miles--492 in the books.

Goal to attain 700,000 steps---557,739.

I did not run with the "hills" group yesterday the weather was just lousy.

Goal to participate in 2 events, done.

Goal to weigh in @ 153 on the 30th---we'll see.

This is a short week , I'm going to have to step it up in order to hit these goals.

Remember to thank a Vet, and god bless America. emoticon emoticon

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Hi Team!
I completed week #2 of CLX Burn Phase and on to week #3 starting Monday.
It's meeting my goals of 3 days of strength and 2 days of cardio.
I am doing really good with my water intake...yay me!
I have lost 1 pound so far this month but NOT gaining is even better.
I continue to log my food on MyFitnessPal app and fitness at the same place and including on Sparkpeople.
I post support comments here and there as well.
It's turning out to be another good month. Now, if only I can encourage my DD and my Sister to exercise and stop with all the excuses...heehee. I know it is hard but so worth it!

Lisa & Laurie: YES...keep re-writing that battle plan if necessary until you find a little "balance" with your time. It's okay to do that. I like your spirit of not giving in....you ARE both winners!

Yanks: you are my fitness HERO! I love reading your fight to meet goals and you do an amazing job. That's great about joining the racing club and that hill will be nothing but dust when you conquer it...lol!! GREAT all around job!

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

Pamela...Central Texas

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5/24/13 10:11 P

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Lisa, I've been facing almost exactly the same challenges and coming up with similar solutions. We have to learn to let some things go. Yay dustbunnies! Good luck!
Yanks, great that you're confident about beating the hills by the end of next month. I've learned that hills DO get easier. I happened across a newspaper article about an old acquaintance who lost 35 pounds by walking up a very long staircase in his city 10 times, 3 or 4 days a week. That's inspired me to go back to walking my local hill twice each time instead of once. Maybe in a month or so I can increase to three times.
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5/24/13 5:04 P

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Friday May 24th,

Okay here is what I had planned to shoot for in the month of May.

To weigh in @ 153 on May 30th.

To enter two events---done--May 11th--ran a 5k very hilly--28.26-- May 18th--ran a 5k--26.45 that's right where I left off last year.

To join a racing club. Done, I hooked up with a group called "Just Another Hill", we run together on Wed & Sat. I have run the course ( 6.20 miles) 3 times it is brutal, and I thought I was in good running shape, not compared to these guys & girls. My first try I had to walk 4 times , that's how tough these hills are. I will master them by the end of next month.

To run no less than 35 miles per week---so far 2 out of 3 weeks.

To run/walk/bike/ 600 miles---so far 447, not counting today.

To attain 700,000 steps--515,682.

Well that's about it, congratulations to all who are keeping there focus!!!! emoticon

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Hi Laurie, and the rest of the gang!

I hope everyone is well! This time of year is so crazy. We have such short summers here in NW PA and I have been trying to maximize my time after work. We got a new roof this week and also purchased a vehicle for my husband. Crazy week!!

I am trying. Always trying. I wish I could say it is easy, but it is a struggle for me. I have identified a big part of the struggle, and for me it is after work fatigue and getting overwhelmed. I walk nightly after work and I try to get in one other activity (running, core exercises, etc.) and after that there isn't alot of time left for life's details. I seem to be perpetually behind on groceries, chores, etc. That's where the cycle starts, and it's not a battle I seem to win. This time is different. I keep getting back up and re-evaluating and trying new approaches. I NEED the exercise, so I am refusing to give up that time. I can't delegate, there are only two of us and he is more than pulling his weight. So I need to do a little of everything else here and there and learn to live less "perfectly". I simply can't do it all. It's neverending and exhausting.

Sorry for the ramble. I am sticking to my May goals and I am going to formulate some June goals. I want to feel better and healthier. I want to look better and brighter. I am willing to keep changing up my battle plan, because it is a fight worth winning and I want to win it. It would be really helpful to have a few more hours in the day!

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5/24/13 2:36 P

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As of Thursday 23 May:

16/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
795/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
13/12 times up the Big Hill
20/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

I hope everyone is okay!
Something isn't going right for me this month. I need to rethink some of my goals; perhaps it isn't realistic for me to say I'll exercise every day--sometimes I'm simply too busy. Monthly goals seem to work best for me (e.g., X number of minutes per month). Also, I think it will help me to check in more often. This is a great support, and I want to be here for y'all too.
Happy weekend,
Laurie

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5/20/13 2:49 P

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As of Sunday 19 May:

14/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
770/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
13/12 times up the Big Hill
16/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

Fell off my diet again, just for one meal (social eating). I don't like this trend.
Didn't do much exercise either, as I had too many other things happening. Although in theory I had time to exercise, it's hard with all the distractions and so on. But I guess that's life and I need to learn how to fit things in.
Arro-Yo, I'm sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law. Good luck incorporating the cardio into your week.
Lisa, great progress!
Pamela, you are amazing, as always.
Have a great week everyone, and I'll see you on Friday.
Laurie

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5/20/13 1:52 P

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May goals and resolutions are going very well! Ran 3x last week including one outdoor 3 mile run that should have whooped me, but didn't, woohoo! Weight loss plan is going well, 4 more weeks to complete the course and I am about 1/2 way to the ten lbs, so basically right on schedule. I have hope that I can do this, which is something I had been sorely lacking for a loooong time. It is bubbling up and I am embracing it!

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5/20/13 9:09 A

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So motivating to read your goals! I have barely registered May in my mind. We lost the person who holds our family together, my m-in -law.

My may goal is to get back to tracking food and add one hour of cardio to my 6 hours of yoga per week. Still on track with wt loss, thank goodness.

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My Goals for May:
1. Exercise consistent no less than 5 days per week (strength 3 days, cardio 2 days). I've been meeting this goal for the last three years. Done and recapped below!
2. Continue with daily water consumption of 32 oz per day (it is still challenging for me but I am up to 48 oz per day now..yay!)
3. Continue to journal daily in my personal health diary and update elsewhere when time allows. Done!
4. Update weight on 1st and 15th of each month (whether there are changes or not). Done and lost one pound so far!

Wed – Another “OMGoodness!” morning…lol. Did the Burn Circuit 2 (hitting legs/hamstrings, arms, back, chest) using dumbbells sets from 8.75 up to 20 lbs. Cardio effect started hitting me by the second exercise. I was able to do 1 set of Triple-Threat Push-Ups (triceps, standard, wide) from toes followed by 3 sets from my knees. This circuit alone should push anyone’s metabolism in high gear especially using weights where you reach failure by 12 reps!

Non-scale Victory: I started this second round of CLX lifting an average of EIGHT pounds heavier per circuit than when I first started this program in 2010!! I have gotten so much stronger.

Thu – CLX Burn It Off! was given the right now for this extreme interval type of cardio with athletic moves. I didn't think I would make it through but continued to PUSH and got it done. Next time, I will use a thigh toner band like she does and see how it feels. I am whipped!

TGIF and serious about that with regards to my exercises! Burn Circuit 3 (focus legs/shoulders) was no joke considering I dislike shoulder work…lol. It’s a tough one but then so are all of CLX circuits. Weights in use were 6.25 sets up to 13.75 sets. I can go up in weights next week for those two different “squat w/calf raise” exercise moves. This is a 32 minute strength session but long enough for the shoulders especially…lol.
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Irish: Welcome and I like your goals...much success and looking forward to reading your posts.

Yanks: heyyyy...CONGRATS on your run placing and you are a RUNNING star in my book! Looking forward to reading about your other updates soon.

Lisa: I so enjoyed reading the details of your last 5k for Mother's Day. It made it feel as if we were there seeing you come in 15th...BIG congrats!!

Laurie: nice business idea that you are starting up with a friend...much much success to you both! It will definitely get you in the outdoors.

Have a fantastic Friday everyone!


Pamela...Central Texas

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5/17/13 1:03 P

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As of Thursday 16 May:

13/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
695/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
12/12 times up the Big Hill
14/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

Welcome, Irish! Great goals! I look forward to reading about your progress and success.
Yanks, congratulations! And good luck with your mysterious May goals.
Lisa, I too need to ask myself how badly I want to see the results. Good thinking on covering up the numbers. You'll get there!
Thank you for your comments, Pamela. With my feast-or-famine work schedule it's hard to think in terms of weekly rest days or weekly anything, but I will try to wrap my head around it. Also, in future I might consider doing more hill walks and fewer home exercise minutes. (Which is how this month seems to be shaping up anyway.) It's all a work in progress, isn't it?

A friend and I are starting a power washing business (cars, decks, etc.) to supplement our incomes. It will be nice to spend more time outdoors and meet people. I like my editing work, but it is sedentary and lonely.
Laurie

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Yanks, CONGRATS!!!! 3rd in your age group is fabulous!!!! My race had 800-some runners, with 42 in my age group. I placed 15th. I was so proud! The weather was just awful, freezing cold and extremely windy. The race was on the shores of Lake Erie which can be both beautiful and brutal, depending on the weather. I ran it in 37:53, so it was waaaaaay faster than the last one I did. What a wonderful way to start Mother's Day out with!! My next 5K is in the fall. I am planning to run, run, run outside this summer so it will be easy peasy for me. Putting a towel on my treadmill to cover the #'s is helping so much to break my "number dependence"! Can't wait to hear your updated May goals!!!

P.S. I ran most of it, did walk a tad here and there, but hardly at all!

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Lisa, How about sharing the details of your run? The weather, the crowd, did you have to use the run/walk strategy, the conditions, what did you time out in.

For the run that I did this past weekend, the weather held up it started raining right after most of us had already finished, there were about 600 + runners, The conditions were hilly for the most part with a downgrade at the finish. I timed out @ 28.26 that was good enough for a third place podium call within my age group.

As for my may goals i'm keeping them under wraps I'll up date the team on the 24th. emoticon

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Mays Goals:
1. Run in Mother's Day 5K - done!
2. Run 3x a week - 2 down and 1 to go!
3. Embrace weight loss plan...3 days under my belt, struggling, but doing it!

Having a "how bad to I want to get to goal?" day...been thinking about it alot lately...I want it, and am willing to take the steps to get there. Some days feel like Laurie's "big hill", but I have got to take a deep breath and realize what a wonderful thing I am doing for myself by living a healthy life.

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Mays goals:
1. To run in Mothers Day 5K...done!
2. To run 3x a week, 2 down one to go!
3. To embrace weight loss plan. 2 successful days in a row, woohoo!!

I feel great after running 3 miles last night after walking 2 with my pups and sticking to my food plan for the day. This morning I am smiling!

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I'm just new to the group, but my goals for May are to try and get in an 1800 calorie burn a week and then increase it by 25 calories a week.

Weight loss is a day at a time process


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Tue –Omgoodness this Burn Intervals (45 mins) was INSANE! I forgot how extreme it is being a combination of extreme cardio moves followed by light weighted moves for muscle endurance. I used the 5lb dumbbell set like Chalene with the exception of when she did those lateral raises (had to go “ weight-less” by just flexing my arm muscles…lol). I don’t have weights under 5lbs. I did the modified Burpees, too. Drenched!!

Lisa: I believe this motivation I have comes from many things including people like you dedicated to making a difference in their lives with regular fitness. Good for you sticking to your plans, too.

Pamela...Central Texas

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May goals:
1. Run in Mothers Day 5K...done!
2. Run 3x a week..one done, one tonight, and another before the end of the week!
3. Embrace weight loss plan...did much better yesterday. Today is planned and I will stick to it.

Pamela, you are sooo motivating...what an ambitious work out plan and you are doing it! Go you!! Laurie, congrats on the big hill...amazing!

I am really working on positive changes. I want to succeed at this!

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Lisa: you are a rock star!! WTG on your placement in the Mother's Day 5K!! It was worth it!! You are doing so well with your May goals.

Laurie: we will be looking for you on Friday. Just the fact you are working on building good habits put you ahead of the masses...kwim? Sounds like you had a good time dancing and excellent that your knee was not bothersome. You are probably right about having stronger muscles in the legs now supporting that knee area. Do you schedule fitness daily? It's not a bad idea to take a break or rest day at least 1-2 times per week. It does the body and mind good..heehee.
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Mon - Today was the first exercise session of Chalene Extreme which I will do for the next 90 days. I updated stats and had DH take "before" photos this morning for my own personal comparisons at 30-60-90 days.. I have more WORK to do to have my body like I "prefer".

Burn Circuit 1 worked the legs, shoulders, chest, obliques, and arms. I was able to do all the required push-up reps on my toes with a mild struggle. There was definitely a cardio affect throughout this strength training circuit. Dumbbells in use were from the lowest of 7.5 lb set to 18.75 lb set. I had plans of lifting heavier this round of CLX in comparison to two years ago and I accomplished that today.


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May Goals:
1. To run in Mother's Day 5K (Done, and took 15th out of 41 in my age group! Yay!
Feelin' it today, but was so worth the effort!
2. Run 3x a week...working on it!
3. Embrace weight loss plan. Gotta get back to basics. I have not been at all in the groove for about a week, and have the metabolism of a big rock, so if I plan to lose, I need to work at it. There will be no surprise gifts.

Have a wonderful day and congrats to all!

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As of Sunday 12 May:

10/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
535/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
9/12 times up the Big Hill
10/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

I had an illuminating weekend.
First of all, I went to a dance, even though I was afraid dancing would hurt my knees. It didn't; I'm not sure why. Maybe the muscles that support my knees are getting stronger, or maybe I'm learning to be more careful about high impact/certain movements. Also, I didn't push myself; I came home as soon as I started to feel tired.
Second, I had a tiny piece of non-diet-friendly food at the dance. I wasn't going to count it as "cheating" because it was so little. But the next day, in another situation, I had a tiny bit of non-diet-friendly food again. So I need to recognize both incidents as a trend and count them as cheating.
Third, between going to the dance and helping a friend with yard work on Sat and Sun, I didn't do all my scheduled exercises. Maybe I need to allow a few days without exercise so I can have a bit of a life. Still struggling with finding that balance.
Fourth, I did do the Big Hill every day. It's getting easier and easier, and I realize that the time investment is actually very small (about 5 minutes down and then 5 minutes up, plus a few minutes to walk to/from the hill, and I'm often in that vicinity anyway). A few months ago it seemed like such a big deal, it was hard to find the motivation. Not sure what the lesson is there, other than being encouraged to keep building good habits.
Pamela, sometimes it's so great to feel that sore feeling--we know we really worked that body part! It's also a reminder to do our stretches.
Have a fab week. See you Friday.
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Laurie: nothing like someone training for a Triathlon to get us motivated to do our best..heehee. Glad you walked that darn hill...heehee.

TGIF – finally the end of my usual fitness week and closed out with the 8 Minute Core Series for Abs, Buns, and Thighs. The Thighs was extra hard because it included MORE squats and lunges like Buns series. Walking 600 feet round-trip to and from the mailbox this morning was definitely felt in the buttocks…lol! I may end up doing some outdoor activity this evening and will log that if necessary.

Pamela...Central Texas

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As of Thursday 9 May:

9/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
475/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
6/12 times up the Big Hill
9/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179

I was feeling a bit lazy about doing the Big Hill last night, and then I found out that one of my clients is training for the Ironman Triathlon. This is an event where they do a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full Marathon (26.2 miles)--all in one day (7 am to midnight). I'm not sure how old my client is, probably 40-ish. I figured if she can do that, or at least try to do it, I can walk up the darn hill. So I did.
Good luck everyone! See you Monday.
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May..hmmm

...to maintain my loss or lose another few pounds emoticon
...to ride my horse 4 days a week weather permitting
...to do 3 walks with Leslie Sansone per week
...to keep Sparking!!

Things are on track so far.


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Thu – P90X Chest & Back…push-up and pull-up alley! For the pull-up moves I used the resistance tube because of no pull-up/chin-up bar available. All of the push-up moves done this morning were from my knees (5 different variations done totaling 79 push-up reps…skipped the Dive-bomber push-ups). I increase dumbbell size from last week’s 13.75 to 15 lbs while doing the Heavy Pants and the Back Flys (weight was much too heavy for this particular move so less reps done). One round out of two done with this DVD making it a 28 minute session…whew!

Pamela...Central Texas

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May Goals:
To Run in 5K on Sunday (starting to get nervous about it)
To run 3x a week (I've been faithful to this)
To embrace weight loss plan (struggling, struggling, struggling lately) Note to self: get on it!

Have a great day!

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This morning was a 37 minute outdoor walking session and the weather was perfect…64 degrees and sunny. Tomorrow is Chest & Back...push-up alley....LOL!!

Pamela...Central Texas

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Mays goals:
1. To run in Mothers Day 5K on Sunday.
2. To run 3x a week.
3. To embrace weight loss plan.
So far, so good! I am surprising myself with my get go and stick to it-ness! I want it and I have a plan to get it!
Hope you all are hanging tough...we can do this! Anything that is this worthwhile is worth working for, and surprisingly, I am enjoying the work!

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Everyone is doing it and keep moving towards your goals this month!

My Goals for May:
1. First and foremost is to continue with exercise consistency no less than 5 days per week (strength 3 days, cardio 2 days). I've been meeting this goal for the last three years.
2. Continue with daily water consumption of 32 oz per day (it is still challenging for me)
3. Continue to journal daily in my personal health diary and update elsewhere when time allows.
4. Update weight on 1st and 15th of each month (whether there are changes or not).

Mon - I woke feeling puny this morning so much so I lay around a little longer. I don't know if my ABS workout on Friday caused extra sore upper muscle ache and affected my digestive tract. I felt a little nausea and bloated like I needed a BIG burp! I swapped out a strength training session scheduled for today for a 30 minute outdoor interval-type walk instead. I finally started feeling a LOT better in the late afternoon.

Tue - I feel soooo much better than yesterday and it was reflected in this workout...lol. P90X Shoulders & Arms was even better this week because I went heavier in 8 of the 12 exercises! I did the one round (about 41 mins) of each exercise hitting shoulders, biceps & triceps with dumbbell sets of 6.25, 7.5, 10, 11.25, 12.5, and 13.75 pounds. With the use of heavier weights, there was a cardio effect felt in 5 exercises. This week I was able to do 12 reps of the Crouching Cohen Curls using the 12.5 lb set (last week I could only do 6 of them…go figure…lol). I didn’t need to lower the weight for that one as I had planned to do…lol. Whew!

Pamela...Central Texas

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My goals/
To exercise at least 4 days a week
go for walk use weights

stay within calories

and lose 4 lbs this month (May)

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May goals:

1. Run in Mother's Day 5K
2. Run 3x a week, walk the others
3. Stay with weight loss plan

So far I'm killing it! Very excited about the good mojo I've been feeling. I am (literally, lol!) running with it!!

Great job all!

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As of Sunday 5 May:

5/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
240/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
2/12 times up the Big Hill
5/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

So far so good. Thank you for your encouragement and support!
Walking up the Big Hill has been getting easier, so lately I do it twice each time instead of once, walking backwards most of the way. Walking backwards is supposed to raise the heart rate more, work different muscles, and help with posture too.
Meditation isn't one of my goals this month, but I have been doing a body scan lying down almost every day. Sitting meditation is supposed to be better, but I really don't like it much.
Have a beautiful week everyone. See you Friday.
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Getting the night time snacking under control....

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Goals Recap:
1. First and foremost is to continue with exercise consistency no less than 5 days per week (strength 3 days, cardio 2 days). I've been meeting this goal for the last three years.
2. Continue with daily water consumption of 32 oz per day (it is still challenging for me)
3. Continue to journal daily in my personal health diary and update elsewhere when time allows.
4. Update weight on 1st and 15th of each month (whether there are changes or not)
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1. Did all of my scheduled exercise for this week.

Mon – P90X Shoulders & Arms was really good this morning. I did the one rotation (about 41 mins) of the 12 exercises hitting shoulders, biceps & triceps with dumbbell sets of 6.25, 8.75, 10, 12.5 pounds. The Crouching Cohen Curls were extra tough when I tried using the 12.5 set and I was only able to curl 6 reps in that position. I will need to lower the weight to 10 pounds next time I do this circuit. Added 60 minutes of working outdoors to my fitness logs.

Tue – Cardio day was a fast paced walk outdoors for 45 minutes…it felt good and walking up and down gradual hills gave it an extra boost.Then late afternoon Ken and I worked at least 3 hours outdoors and I am going to claim at least 1.5 hours of that on my fitness logs.

Wed - Performed P90X Chest & Back this morning doing 1 round of 2 of this DVD (27 mins of 55 mins). This was definitely a push-up morning!! It's strange how some days one can do more from the toes and other days it is more from the knees...LOL!! Maybe, because this workout is mostly push-ups? Anyway, I did my best and forgot the rest. There were a couple of moves that required the use of weights so I used a 13.75 pound set (27.5 combined pounds).

Thu – Cardio! Walked for 45 minutes at a very brisk pace outdoors this morning. Boy was it windy (21 mph NNW) but I was determined to get it done OUTDOORS!

Fri – TGIF! Worked on my ABS, Buns, and Thighs/Legs for 8 minutes each this morning using the 8 Minute Core Series videos. There were 9 exercises each for the Abs and Legs; 16 exercises for the Buns. Good cardio effect, too. I followed these workouts with a 14 minute flexibility session (Slim & Limber).

2. Logging 32 oz per day of water...so far so good.
3. daily journal on point.
4. Entered weight on site at 165 on May 1st.

Pamela...Central Texas

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WOO HOO, go team! emoticon

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As of Thursday 2 May:

2/31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
125/1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
0/12 times up the Big Hill
2/31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
?/2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

To save time and Internet costs, I'll be checking in on Monday and Friday mornings only.
Great goals everyone! Good luck.
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Loved reading all the May goals!

Here's mine:

1. Run in Mother's Day 5K
2. Run 3x a week, walk 7 days a week (being doing this forever!), add core exercises 2x a week.
3. Stay with weight loss plan. (Actually starting to dig this!)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The workshop was cancelled, until June but I will continue to spark, walk at least 3 days a week, more veggies and no cake or cookies.......yes I must confess to eating some sweets lately...not good I know.. try to get my bike out too. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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HELLO EVERYONE,

AT LAST, SPRING. MAYBE--I TOO INTEND TO KEEP MY GOALS SIMPLE:

CONTINUE EXERCISE--CARDIO-5 DAYS/WK; STRENGTH TRAINING-3 DAYS/WK
EAT WITHIN CALORIE RANGE--1300-1550/DAY
SPARK DAILY
DAILY WATER INTAKE
HOPEFULLY, THAT WILL LEAD TO REACHING MY ULTIMATE WEIGHT GOAL.

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LAURIE160IN2013 thanks for the thread...

Everyone looks like they've got a handle on what May will look like, as for me....

I will REMOVE 2% of body fat

I will REMOVE a minimum of 4 inches overall

I will REMOVE 2-4 pounds

I will do this by....

Strength Training - M, W & F
High Intensity Interval Training - Tues & Thurs
Eating 4-6 small, healthy meals per day

Woo hoo, we CAN do THIS! GO TEAM! emoticon


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Thanks Laurie, my goals for this month are my usuals. adding keeping w/i cals.

1. spark daily
2. vits and water
3. ex at least 30 min a day 6X a wk
4 Jems daily
5. only F&V's after 8!

My cal limit is 1000-1500 a day!

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Get back to the Y at least three days a week.
Get back to swimming at least 100 laps a week.
Track everything that goes in my piehole right away.

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Exercise 5 to 6 days a week.
Eat clean.

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Hi Everyone....a new month!

I am not going to have complicated goals this month...just keep them simple.

1. First and foremost is to continue with exercise consistency no less than 5 days per week (strength 3 days, cardio 2 days). I've been meeting this goal for the last three years.
2. Continue with daily water consumption of 32 oz per day (it is still challenging for me)
3. Continue to journal daily in my personal health diary and update elsewhere when time allows.
4. Update weight on 1st and 15th of each month (whether there are changes or not)

Laurie: Thanks for starting this thread and you were missed last month. It is a challenge finding that "balance" in our lives.

Eliza: I like your goals....all about taking better care of yourself...keeping a sense of good self-esteem and health.

Let's go make it happen this month!

Pamela...Central Texas

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I understand....I am taking a college workshop to 'explore' careers for three weeks in the mornings...a new mall is coming to town, it is huge and, I too wonder how am I going to make a living, I too like naps and, walk the dogs and cook at home...I may need to work at a eatery
or a coffee shop to eat properly because I tend to not eat and that is not good..
I hope to walk maybe in the evenings because the mornings will be at this workshop,
or try to rise extra early to walk then shower and be ready for the classes.....I plan to wear
a different outfit every day M-Th. Try to eat more fruit and vegetables, salads and, see my doc. about the thyroid medication.
So this is what I am thinking as of right now... emoticon


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My aging process seems to be speeding up, and in April I needed to stand back and reconsider priorities, logistics, etc. I stuck to my diet some of the time and exercised some days. I’m still not sure how I’m going to make a living, get enough naps, take care of my health, and—dare I hope?—socialize and enjoy life too. I guess such challenges are what makes our 50+ group special.

Happy May, everyone! Here are my goals:

31 days posture exercises and foot exercises (approx 15 minutes)
1500 home exercise minutes (including the above)
12 times up the Big Hill
31 days Atkins way of eating—no cheating
2.5 pounds lost (starting weight 181.5, goal 179)

What are your goals this month?
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