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5/28/12 2:27 A

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I read about the exercise tips from this challenge on Monday, but that is all I did toward this challenge this week.





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5/27/12 9:55 P

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I got them all in this week! I had to squeeze one in with no rest in between but I made it. Thanks for the challenge.

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5/26/12 10:03 A

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Those people obviously work in much cleaner environments than I am usually in. Blech!
At any rate, so far I am 3 arm workouts in. Today was my "add-on" because I am only doing 3 strength workouts per week, but I wanted to get the extra one in for the challenge. Tomorrow is my regular strength day.

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5/24/12 9:35 A

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Here is an idea to get those extra push ups done! www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=
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5/23/12 10:10 A

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Two days down! and I got 7 hours of sleep.

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5/23/12 1:37 A

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Finish one day on Monday.

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5/22/12 6:15 P

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2 sets/15 reps each of alternating dumbell curls, triceps kickbacks, and lateral raises all with 2.5 pound weights.
I had been doing wall pushups, but decided (since I got a new, thicker mat) to try modified pushups instead. It was a big, fat failure. I'll go back to wall pushups on Thursday.

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5/22/12 11:55 A

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Doing good!!

Cheryl

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5/22/12 12:52 A

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2 days down. 2 to go. Now just to keep it up. I have also been doing the dumbbell biceps curls while I walk

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5/21/12 4:15 P

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I'm ready to take the next baby step! I've been good with tracking, water, and sleep. This is a good easy way to get exercise in my life! I'm all in!

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5/21/12 1:05 P

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just did 2 sets of 15 reps, one set of seated dumbell shoulder presses, and one set of lying dumbell triceps extensions. starting with five lb weights. am I doing this right? one day down, four to go!

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5/21/12 11:47 A

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I'm in :)

And - just incase, for anyone struggling with counting/breathing and lingo -

"Rep" - one full completion of an exercise ie: Bicep curl - from starting position, bend arms and return to starting position = one rep

"Set"- group of reps ie: if you are doing 2 SETS of 15 REPS that means 15 complete movements (see above) = 1 set : 2 sets means 30 full exercises

BREATH! * for the love of Pete BREATH!! Breath out when you are working and in when you are returning to start position - ie. Bicep curl - breath OUT on the way UP and IN on the way Down.

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5/21/12 11:32 A

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Well, I am certainly in since I started doing this very thing a few weeks ago. I like the SP videos and use those, though counting the reps is a hard one for me. I can't easily tell how to count them! I add them to my exercise tracker and the first time I did that, all I had to do was check that I did it. When I turned my exercise tracker into custom, I think I complicated it for myself. It helps knowing a rep is counting both sides, though.

Last week I was just too tired to do more than my usual treadmill activity, but I am back on the weight wagon now. I was shooting for 3 times a week - T,T and Sat -, so 4 will be a challenge for sure but I did do push ups this morning (to the best of my ability) so I guess I got started even before I realized this would be the challenge!

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5/21/12 1:39 A

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need to read the articles suggested, but its a good idea to do what is on one side on the other as well.

I am needing to sleep on this to figure out how exactly I can accomplish this. So, to start Monday I will read the articles on how to.

It seems like a big task. So, let me see how I can break it down into even smaller steps, so that I will do it.







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5/20/12 5:50 P

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I'm in!!

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5/20/12 5:00 P

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Still struggling to get 8 hours of sleep but I think I can do this one... emoticon

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5/20/12 1:56 A

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I'm in. This is an area I have been slacking on. Time to get motivated...

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5/19/12 8:57 P

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k, I'm gonna try it...

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5/19/12 4:13 P

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Ok then, I am in! Ty. I will do 2 different kinds of pushups, bicep curls and tricep kick backs.

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5/19/12 3:30 P

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I am in.

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5/19/12 12:49 P

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I am kind of excited about this challenge - I was noticing this week as I've been trying to into strength training more how wimpy my upper body is! I'm tryin to do just the basic work out plan here on spark and have been keeping it short with my crazy work schedule... but need to really work on the upper body.

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5/19/12 6:46 A

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I'm in! Anyone have suggestions for upper body workouts besides the 30 day shred (have it), that are not too crazy for the older exerciser..
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5/19/12 1:13 A

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I'm in too! I just started the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred. I think this will keep me motivated to keep going - I'm pretty sore after day 2! Thanks!

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5/18/12 11:53 P

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This will be a great challenge, I'm in!

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5/18/12 10:55 P

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Medicgreencat - Great question! I say, pick one or two exercises and do a minimum of two reps of 15 (or 30 total). Just remember that if you are doing something on one side of your body you have to do it on the other side for one complete rep. Of course if you are already in the habit of this type of exercise you can ramp it up as much as you would like. I typically do push ups and dumb bell curls on a regular basis (modified push ups and squats with the curls). That is my go to exercise, it is a good workout.
Hope that helps!

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5/18/12 10:12 P

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This what I've been trying to work on. I think I have made a little progress, hopefully this will motivate me to continue in the upcoming week :)

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5/18/12 9:49 P

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I was going to start doing strength training, last week and failed miserably. So I accept the challenge to do it at least 4 times this week beginning on Sunday.

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5/18/12 8:07 P

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so exactly how many of these exercises should we be doing to constitute an upper body workout?

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5/18/12 6:14 P

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I'm in. I didn't do so well with this weeks challenge, usually getting barely over 6 hours. This one though, I can do!

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5/18/12 5:48 P

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I am so in. I have always struggled with push ups even in school. So for my upper body exercise challenge I am going to work on pushups.

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5/18/12 5:20 P

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Of course I am in.
I just started strength training this week. I'm doing it just 3 days a week however. Then again, I do more than one type of upper body exercise.
Heck, I'll throw in an extra day of arm work next Saturday to make the four days. After all I want my upper arms to shrink quite a bit.

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5/18/12 2:00 P

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I'm in too!

Womanhood is harder than it looks- To be a woman, you have to look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, and work like a dog.-Leah Chase



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5/18/12 1:18 P

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I'm in on this. It would be good -since I started here - I've been pretty consistent with the 10 mins of exercise every day, but its been mostly walking (and even that feels good). But this challenge would be good for me.

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5/18/12 12:06 P

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I missed last weeks challenge but I am in this week

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Been waiting for this one! My least favorite thing to do is exercise and I need it desperately. Hope this gets me going.
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I AM SO IN ON THIS CHALLENGE! I AM DOING WELL ON THE OTHERS STILL AND THINK I CAN DO WELL ON THIS ONE. I GO TO THE GYM 3 DAYS A WEEK NOW, BUT WILL JUST ADD ANOTHER DAY OR TWO OF ARM EXERCISES. THANKS FOR ALL THE MOTIVATION.

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5/18/12 8:47 A

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Hmmm Let's see...Since this team has started we have covered Food tracking, Water intake and Sleep (how are you all doing on all these things? You didn't stop after the challenge was over did you??) So what shall we do now??

Oh you know what it is....


EXERCISE!
More specifically: UPPER BODY Strength Training
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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demos.asp?exercise_type=upper

This area is one of the most overlooked areas to train. Especially for women. Yet for a lot of us it is one of the fastest areas that show results. There are LOTS of different exercises for upper arms.

The challenge for this week to do at LEAST 2 reps of 15 at least 4 times this week. That way if you over do it, it'll give you a day in between to recover.

Don't forget to warm up before! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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rticles.asp?id=1036


Don't forget to Stretch afterwards! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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