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CHALLENGE CHECK-IN - Week 5 - Repeat w/Column Change

Wednesday, April 18, 2018



Alright... needed to give myself a bit of pep talk this morning. Darn scale got me down.

I know... booooooo!

BUT! It didn't last too, too long... and I read your comments TAJONES in the prior challenge thread and I went... DAMN STRAIGHT!!! We are making some huge progress here and gaining momentum. I see it, I feel it, and it feels good... for the most part... ;)

I had pretty tight calves today from introducing the calf raises this past week... but I kicked butt in my workout today overall and we are definitely gaining strength, gaining momentum, gaining stamina and endurance, and we are gaining MUCH PROGRESS!!!

Rahhhhhhhhhhh!!!

So... I ROCKED my sit ups!!! WOOT! Big increase changing columns from 1-3 and handled it no problem. Tomorrow I may be singing a different tune... lol. Although, it's my strained neck that is giving me more grief and is messing with my head more than anything. But it's getting stronger too.

Wall push ups are slow and steady... :) Had a bit of a kink in my front collar bone area... noticed it last time too... hopefully it goes away.

Squats... I'm so ready for a break, mentally and physically... but only a couple more weeks to do... lol. Knees still holding out! Then a break and then a squat variation or I may brave Lunges... not sure yet.

Triceps Dips are slow and steady, too. A little tight, but it's mostly my wrists that I find myself concerned with... same thing with even my wall push ups. Hopefully they will get stronger with time as well.

Calf Raises... feeling the burn!!

One Leg Bridges... making progress... a little more controlled and feeling slightly stronger, but can still barely get my butt off the floor.

And... I ADDED WALL SITS!

FEEL THE BURN BABY!!!! 5 sets total with a 30 secs hold and the last for as long as I could which was 45 seconds. Excited to see my progress here. Planks are on the horizon too... just not sure when.

And... I also added, but not tracking, Runner's Lunge Redo.



This was inspired from today's suggested article found here:

https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e1/b
log/blog.asp?post=kneehab_
5_yogainspired_moves_to_tu
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This excited me when I saw this... as I do have bad knees (if you haven't noticed... lol) and would never have thought of this. It will be great at babystepping me toward actual lunges while slowly and safely lengthening and strengthening the muscles around my knees.

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I'm utilizing my tub right before I do my triceps dips!

It's a great stretch that feels really good!!! So woohoo to that!!

And... I MADE AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET - TRACKING SHEET... to track my numbers. The sticky note wasn't cutting it anymore.

Got a little confusing, as it's not in the order I am doing them... but I'll tweak and adjust as I go... but loving it so far!!!



Well... that's it for now! Loving this challenge and it helps to have such a great motivating and accountable partner... :)))))))
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Prior Weeks Progress

Sit Ups (Following Column 1)

Wk 1 Day 1 = 23 (Full Sit Up)
Wk 1 Day 2 = 34
Wk 1 Day 3 = 42
Wk 2 Day 1 = 45
Wk 2 Day 2 = 48
Wk 2 Day 3 = 57
Wk 3 Day 1 = 77
Wk 3 Day 2 = 81
Wk 3 Day 3 = 90
Wk 4 Day 1 = 96 (Crunches)
Wk 4 Day 2 = 108
Wk 4 Day 3 = 121
Wk 5 Day 1 = 137
Wk 5 Day 1 = 182 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 1 = 305 (Repeat) (Column Change 1 to 3) WOWZERS!!!!
Wk 5 Day 2 = 163
Wk 5 Day 2 = 205 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 2 = ?
Wk 5 Day 3 = 211
Wk 5 Day 3 = 254 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 3 = ?

Push Ups (Following Column 1)

Wk 1 Day 1 = 14 (Modified)
Wk 1 Day 2 = 28
Wk 1 Day 3 = 32
Wk 2 Day 1 = 35
Wk 2 Day 2 = 37
Wk 2 Day 3 = 41
Wk 3 Day 1 = 56
Wk 3 Day 2 = 60 (Wall)
Wk 3 Day 3 = 67
Wk 4 Day 1 = 72
Wk 4 Day 2 = 79
Wk 4 Day 3 = 90
Wk 5 Day 1 = 101
Wk 5 Day 1 = 111 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 1 = 160 (Repeat) (Column 1 to 2)
Wk 5 Day 2 = 110
Wk 5 Day 2 = 122 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 2 =
Wk 5 Day 3 = 135
Wk 5 Day 3 = 136 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 3 =

Squats (Following Column 2)

Wk 1 Day 1 = 38
Wk 1 Day 2 = 50
Wk 1 Day 3 = 64
Wk 2 Day 1 = 51
Wk 2 Day 2 = 65
Wk 2 Day 3 = 79
Wk 3 Day 1 = 112
Wk 3 Day 2 = 127
Wk 3 Day 3 = 137
Wk 4 Day 1 = 143
Wk 4 Day 2 = 160
Wk 4 Day 3 = 181
Wk 5 Day 1 = 199
Wk 5 Day 1 = 219 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 1 = 256 (Repeat) (Column 2 to 3)
Wk 5 Day 2 = 222
Wk 5 Day 2 = 232 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 2 = ?
Wk 5 Day 3 = 233
Wk 5 Day 3 = 248 (Repeat)
Wk 5 Day 3 = ?

Triceps Dips (Following Column 2)

Wk 1 Day 1 = 50
Wk 1 Day 2 = 58
Wk 1 Day 3 = 61
Wk 2 Day 1 = 66
Wk 2 Day 2 = 72
Wk 2 Day 3 = 78
Wk 3 Day 1 = 96
Wk 3 Day 2 = ?
Wk 3 Day 3 = ?

Calf Raises (Going until it burns)

Wk 1 Day 1 = 75
Wk 1 Day 2 = 130
Wk 1 Day 3 = 165
Wk 2 Day 1 = ?

One Leg Floor Bridge (Left and Right Leg Each)

Wk 1 Day 1 = 28
Wk 1 Day 2 = 48
Wk 1 Day 3 = 65
Wk 2 Day 1 = ?

AND I ADDED... WALL SITS!!!!

Wk 1 Day 1 = 165 secs (30+30+30+30+45 = 165)
Wk 1 Day 2 = ?
Wk 1 Day 3 = ?
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GO TAJONES GO! Week 5 is YOURS again... emoticon
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  • FITDIGGITY
    So very proud of you!!!!
    539 days ago
  • TAJONES57
    My Progress for Day 2 of Week 5(Repeat)(Repeat)
    -150 Push Ups, Modified
    -245 Sit Ups(Crunches)
    -300 Squats
    -80 Tricep Dips
    -60 One Leg Floor Bridge(30 each leg)
    -40 Calf Raises
    -135 Seconds Wall Sit Hold(45 + 45 + 45)
    -60 Seconds Double Leg Bridge Hold

    Really glad I changed to Crunches! Thinking about changing to Walk Push Ups.


    540 days ago
  • TAJONES57
    Correction!!! I did 245 Sit Ups (Crunches) emoticon

    Later on today, when I do the Wall Sits, the Double Bridge Hold and Modified Lunge Stretch, I will repost my corrected Progress with these added.


    541 days ago
  • CAROLYNINJOY1
    Looks like a terrific plan. Way to go.
    541 days ago
  • TAJONES57
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    Here is my Progress I made today. It is too late for me to do the Wall Sit, etc, but I will try to do them tomorrow.
    -150 Push Ups, modified
    -200 Crunches
    -300 Squats
    -80 Tricep Dips
    -60 One Leg Floor Bridge(30 each leg)
    -40 Calf Raises

    emoticon Describes what we have accomplished! Enjoy your 2 days of rest!!!



    541 days ago
  • FITDIGGITY
    DONE! Thank GOD! LOL!

    So looking forward to our two days of rest!

    Really had to push myself mentally... and I worked up quite a sweat today too!

    WOOHOO!

    Crunches still going strong, but feeling it in my lower back area from the bridges... but that's okay. Bridges feeling stronger too, but still suck! BUT... I added a Double Leg Bridge HOLD after doing the single. I figured this would help build strength in the right muscles to help with the singles. Only did one hold last time, kept forgetting, but got'er done after each one this time.

    Wrists are bothering me, kinda sucks. But still managed to progress okay in my dips and wall push ups. Hoping the two days rest is enough to regroup or I may have to change things up a bit. Would hate to cause more harm than good.

    SQUATS... GO AWAY! LOL. Sure having to fight the negative mindset I have developed toward squats. Just sick of them... for now. But took a nice jump in progress there too, today. Not sure I can go into week 6 staying in column 3... but I did manage to pump out 95 consecutive... it was bloody hell!!!!

    Wall Sits kinda sucked today too... lol! But I did it. Didn't wear runners today and found that was not so good in this regard... feet wanted to slip and I couldn't really push my lower back into the wall. Speaking of wearing runners... I've only wore my runners twice since starting this challenge... I swear it makes the workout harder and my feet get sore and swollen after. Feet just aren't the same as they once were when I originally wore them I guess. Maybe I should wear my new cheap $15 dollar ones that I wore when I walk/jogged outside, had no problems... hmmmm.

    Anyways... blah blah blah! LOL!

    This is getting tougher and taking more time, but Week 5-3 Day 2 is DONE!!!

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    Prior Weeks Progress

    Sit Ups (Following Column 1)

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 23 (Full Sit Up)
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 34
    Wk 1 Day 3 = 42
    Wk 2 Day 1 = 45
    Wk 2 Day 2 = 48
    Wk 2 Day 3 = 57
    Wk 3 Day 1 = 77
    Wk 3 Day 2 = 81
    Wk 3 Day 3 = 90
    Wk 4 Day 1 = 96 (Crunches)
    Wk 4 Day 2 = 108
    Wk 4 Day 3 = 121
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 137
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 182 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 305 (Repeat) (Column Change 1 to 3) WOWZERS!!!!
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 163
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 205 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 339 (Repeat) (Column Change 1 to 3) BOOM!
    Wk 5 Day 3 = 211
    Wk 5 Day 3 = 254 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 3 = ?

    Push Ups (Following Column 1)

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 14 (Modified)
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 28
    Wk 1 Day 3 = 32
    Wk 2 Day 1 = 35
    Wk 2 Day 2 = 37
    Wk 2 Day 3 = 41
    Wk 3 Day 1 = 56
    Wk 3 Day 2 = 60 (Wall)
    Wk 3 Day 3 = 67
    Wk 4 Day 1 = 72
    Wk 4 Day 2 = 79
    Wk 4 Day 3 = 90
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 101
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 111 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 160 (Repeat) (Column 1 to 2)
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 110
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 122 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 184 (Repeat) (Column 1 to 2)
    Wk 5 Day 3 = 135
    Wk 5 Day 3 = 136 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 3 =

    Squats (Following Column 2)

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 38
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 50
    Wk 1 Day 3 = 64
    Wk 2 Day 1 = 51
    Wk 2 Day 2 = 65
    Wk 2 Day 3 = 79
    Wk 3 Day 1 = 112
    Wk 3 Day 2 = 127
    Wk 3 Day 3 = 137
    Wk 4 Day 1 = 143
    Wk 4 Day 2 = 160
    Wk 4 Day 3 = 181
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 199
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 219 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 1 = 256 (Repeat) (Column 2 to 3)
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 222
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 232 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 2 = 292 (Repeat) (Column 2 to 3) WOOT!!
    Wk 5 Day 3 = 233
    Wk 5 Day 3 = 248 (Repeat)
    Wk 5 Day 3 = ?

    Triceps Dips (Following Column 2)

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 50
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 58
    Wk 1 Day 3 = 61
    Wk 2 Day 1 = 66
    Wk 2 Day 2 = 72
    Wk 2 Day 3 = 78
    Wk 3 Day 1 = 96
    Wk 3 Day 2 = 108
    Wk 3 Day 3 = ?

    Calf Raises (Going until it burns)

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 75
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 130
    Wk 1 Day 3 = 165
    Wk 2 Day 1 = 190

    One Leg Floor Bridge (Left and Right Leg Each)

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 28
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 48
    Wk 1 Day 3 = 65
    Wk 2 Day 1 = 75

    Double Leg Bridge - HOLD

    Wk 1 Day 1 - 30 secs
    Wk 1 Day 2 - 170 secs

    Wall Sits - HOLD

    Wk 1 Day 1 = 165 secs (30+30+30+30+45 = 165)
    Wk 1 Day 2 = 170 secs (30+30+30+30+50 = 170)
    Wk 1 Day 3 = ?
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    ALRIGHT TAJONES! Your turn to kick some serious butt!

    I hope you're joining in on the modified lunge stretch, wall sits, and I strongly encourage the dbl leg bridge hold... much easier than a single, while still working the right muscles. Really squeezing the buttock and hamstrings and pulling the pelvic bone up, up, up!

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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    541 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2018 1:48:56 PM
  • FITDIGGITY
    emoticon thank you my friend!!!!
    541 days ago
  • TAJONES57
    It's our day to KICK BUTT!!! So, go do it!!!

    I sure do understand what you are saying about letting the scale get you down. I do the same. But then I remind myself, after a few BOO HOO'S, to have patience. I remind myself that I am making PROGRESS!!! That the number on the scale will one day show the progress I am seeing when I look in the mirror and the progress I feel when I slip into my once tight jeans!

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    542 days ago
  • JMARIES51
    I think I mentioned that I had knee surgery last year. All was good until I tripped going over a curb and it felt like the whole surgery was undone. Well, I have found that now that I am really working out all the leg muscles, my knee is hardly hurting at all. So I guess I must have let it get weak while I was nursing the pain. Anyway, I am not doing anything in comparison to your workout. You go Mama. You are on fire.

    Hope all is ok. Sending you tons of hugs.
    542 days ago
  • FITDIGGITY
    Nice! Gotta do what you gotta do!!! And yay to crunches!!! I think you will see yourself progress quicker there now too! Nice week 5-3 Results!!! Lol
    542 days ago
  • DMDANGELO
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    543 days ago
  • TAJONES57
    I finished! emoticon I feel like I had a good workout!

    I did the workout a little different this time. I have finished the last few workouts, somewhat late, and I wanted to break that routine. I set enough time aside to do some of my workout this morning, before going to work. And the rest of the workout, I did when I made it home from work. I am glad I did it this way. I was able to concentrate more on what I was doing.

    Here's my Progress I made today:

    - 145 Push Ups, Modified
    - 220 Sit Ups, Crunches
    - 300 Squats
    - 40 Calf Raises
    - 40 On Leg Floor Bridge (20 right leg/20 left leg)
    - 60 Tricep Dips with Bent Knees

    Did you noticed that I changed my Sit Ups to Crunches? My back had been getting a tired feeling after doing Sit Ups and One Leg Floor Bridges. I just felt that doing the Sit Ups the way I was doing them was not really the best way. Wow. I am so glad I changed to Crunches. I agree with you that the Crunches are more challenging! I can feel my abdominal muscles contracting as I do those Crunches.

    I googled Wall Sits. And I found the article with Runner's Lunge Redo. I will probably add them to my workout routine, but I do not know when. I need to find time to try them out and see how to make them part of my routine.

    Looks like repeating Week 5 was a wise decision. We both made great progress! You did really good today!

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    543 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    You are nothing if not a numbers girl, LOL! I'm glad you talked yourself off the ledge. Don't forget...the more you exercise and activate muscles you don't normally use, and further stress the ones you do use, the more inflammation you create in your body, which (once again) invites water retention, which will show on the scale, but it will eventually reduce and stabilize. When you're working on so many aspects at once, you simply have to trust the process. Your body will figure it out. The way you're eating, exercising, and managing your journey, it is impossible that you're NOT burning fat, and additionally you are building muscle. The scale is going to go down VERY slowly. You need pictures and measurements. Keep up the great work!
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    P.S. Link's not working... took me a while to find the article... THANK YOU. Just edit your blog and delete the 's' from the 'https' (Spark quirk) and it should work fine.
    543 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2018 11:37:52 PM
  • EO4WELLNESS
    Great plans!
    543 days ago
  • CASCOTT62
    Looks great
    543 days ago
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