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Just thinking out loud.....

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I don’t know why I’m always so baffled when another month comes and goes. But March is over, it’s the first day of April and I’m giving myself the “beginning-of-the-month-you-ca
n-keep-doing-this” pep talk!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Maintenance is REALLY TOUGH!” It’s not a gripe, just a personal observation based on cold, hard facts! Even though I’ve been diligently staying within the 5-pound wiggle room range for a long time now, I do miss seeing numbers go down. But there’s no way I could lose more and be healthy, so I’m really focusing less on weight and working harder at exercise and building muscle.

My current mantra is, “I LOVE to exercise! I LOVE to exercise! I LOVE to exercise!” I do feel it is SLOWLY but surely sinking in and becoming true (before, it was more like, “say this phrase often enough and maybe you’ll believe it. HA! Right!”). This really makes the lifestyle change so much easier!

Anyway, this month, my workouts look something like this:

GYM (3X a week):
~30-60 min cardio on elliptical, recumbent bike or treadmill
~Lower Body ST: leg press (140 lbs, 3 sets of 12 reps), hip adduction and abduction machines (100 lbs., 3 sets of 12 reps)
~Upper Body: lat pulldown (50 lbs, 3 sets of 10 reps); bench press (20 lbs, 1 set of 12 reps)
~Ab Crunch machine – 50 lbs, 5 sets of 10 reps

(Gym workouts all depend on how crowded the place is; sometimes I have to break up the cardio because there is a 30 min. maximum. And, as I'd mentioned in an earlier blog, I eventually want to use more equipment)

HOME workouts (the rest of the week):
~Cardio: switching between outdoor walks and walking DVDs (30-60 min.); jump rope video (10 min., 3X); Taebo video
~Lower Body ST: Squats and lunges w/ 10 lbs; bridges, glute kickbacks, standing or lying adduction/abduction
~Upper Body: alternating bicep curls (10 lbs, 5 sets of 15 reps); one-arm dumbbell rows (10 lbs, 5 sets of 15 reps); dumbbell kickbacks (10 lbs, 1 set of 10 reps); lateral raises (8 lbs, 3 sets of 12 reps);
~Crunches (reg, rev, w/twist) and Planks (reg, rev, side)

Now that there are new Spark monthly challenges starting up, my motivation is HIGH and I’m feeling really great about the way things are going! So today on this first day of April, everything is positive and good! My fingers are crossed that my enthusiasm will continue!!! If it starts to wane, I’ll just have to peruse people’s Spark pages and blogs for new motivation and inspiration! There is a never-ending supply of both on this web site!

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    Do not need a mantra.....since I always loved to exercise for the high I felt with it. But, the physicians have curtailed right not due to the gushing nose bleeds I get just from walking. So, unfortunately no exercise for me. When and if I feel better after the surgical procedure, time to think of exercise. In the mean time, I still try to stick to my spark nutrition high diet. emoticon emoticon

    Way to go, Sukey Sue!! emoticon emoticon
    1913 days ago
    wow, sounds like a great work out. I'm trying to decide how to add to the soccer refereeing without experiencing burnout. LOL. I have decided that just refereeing isn't enough, I need to add more cardio and strength training.

    I just started the 100 pushup challenge and the 200 crunch challenge. I can't do a real pushup, so I did the lady ones. I'll get to a 100 on those, and then try to start over on the challenge doing real ones. LOL.

    Good job, you're doing great!!!
    3291 days ago
    Hello! Its really interesting to hear the challenges once you loose the weight. I can totally see how the switch from loosing weight on the scale, to maintain them within 5 pounds can be difficult. It sounds like you are doing great, though!

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    3297 days ago
    Amen! So funny that my blog goes along with your blog and I hadn't gotten to yours yet!!

    I'm going to start getting back into exercise this week. I'm honestly not even looking forward to it. Is that awful of me?? But my BFF called me this afternoon and has talked me into going to the gym with her at 7. Blah. But I know I'll be happier knowing it's done. I'm wanting to get into the swing of things this month. I've been making excuses for way to long...

    Looks like you've got a great plan here, Sue! Keep up the great work!!
    3300 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    You keep me on my toes, Sue. You are doing an awesome job as usual.

    3300 days ago
    Thanks for the info about your gym routine. I am creating a new routine and this helps. Have a wonderful weekend.
    3302 days ago
    maintence is tough- but you're doing great! most people go right back up once they've met thier goal. you're sticking with your program and thats fantastic!!! sometimes i wonder if maintenence is tough because soemtimes it feels more tedious than challenging. maybe you should shoot for another big goal- like running a half marathon or marathon, or doing a triathalon, or joining a karate class, or something crazy and great like that! something you've never done before and are excited by the challenge....
    regardles, you're doing great and you're a HUGE inspiration for people like me ;')
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    Go Crunchers!!! emoticon
    3303 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2009 10:35:23 AM
  • 154BYAUG
    Another upbeat & motivating blog ... thanks, Sue!
    I agree, maintenance is hard work without the "thrill" of seeing the scale move and your body change. You look WONDERFUL and your exercise will keep you healthy, toned & strong.
    I have a friend as slender as you & while she looks great, she calls herself "deceptively unfit" because she doesn't exercise at all (back problems).

    My plan to lose 5 lbs. by NOW didn't happen because I've been too firmly planted in 'maintenance mode' & now I'm off on a week's vacation & going to enjoy it.
    So I will have my work ahead of me when I return & EXERCISE will be key in that...
    Thanks for the inspiration,
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    3303 days ago
    You look absolutely fantastic, lady. And the way you're keeping your motivation up is inspiring!!! emoticon
    3303 days ago
    good for you sue in maintaining your weight.. your are doing such a great job! you are very inspiring.. diane
    3304 days ago
    You have done awesome Sue, will do great and stay where you want to be at without any issues for you are a very responsible person, who wants to be healthy! You go girl! Keep on keeping on and with your analysis as someone called it~ 'awareness' is what I would address it as! emoticon
    3304 days ago
    You can do it!!! I believe in you!
    3304 days ago
  • H-2-OH
    You're doing great!
    You're giving us a great example of how to successfully maintain, too. Thanks for that.

    3304 days ago
    You're very analytical and I'm sure that's part of what got you to your goal weight. And now, it's what helped you devise such a well-thought out and organized approach to maintenance. Like so many others before me have said, you're an inspiration, Sue!

    3305 days ago
    I think it's great that you reevaluate at the begininng of each month. It kind of gives us something to look toward so it doesn't get too boring. Sounds like a great plan you have going!!
    3305 days ago
    sounds like you have a good plan. best of luck with accomplishing your goals this month and doing well with your maintenance!
    3305 days ago
    Good plan... I'm inspired to blog about mine now...
    3305 days ago
    Sue- You sound like you have a great plan for this month. My suggestion is for you to print out you're exercise plan for the week and put it where you can see it. That always helps keep me going. You have a great attitude, keep it up and maintenance will be a way of life before you' know it.

    3305 days ago
    Good Morning Sue in MA ... It's always such a pleasure to read your blogs. They are so positive and uplifting. You may get me into a gym yet ...
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    3305 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2009 1:02:18 PM
    You are so real and you are an absolute inspiration to me! Thank you.
    3305 days ago
    your mind is definitely in the right place, i can only imagine how it feels to want to see the scale go down or miss it.. but like you said lose anymore and you wont be healthy, and that's the ultimate goal isn't it. ? OR you can put it like this... you are already at your goal weight, THANK GOODNESS your not getting on the scale HAVING and NEEDING to lose more.. it just all depends on how you look at it. I love your work out plans, YOU GO GIRL!!!! emoticon
    3305 days ago
    You are doing so well maintaining....and I use you for inspiration, so I know you can do it, my friend! You're so busy, and so organized, I can see you keeping right on track!
    I send you tons of motivation and big hugs!! Happy April.
    3305 days ago
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