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Another challenge!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

And this one's a doozy. At my gym, they run a yearly challenge called The Spartan 300 Challenge. Every time I see it, I'm totally intimidated, because it's hard. Like, REALLY hard. But this year I took a paper, and I am going to train for it. This is what it looks like:

- 25 Pull-ups (with 45% body weight assist)
- 50 dead lifts - 95 lbs
- 50 push-ups ("man" push-ups)
- 50 box jumps
- 50 floor wipers - 65 lbs
- 50 dumbbell clean and press - 20 lbs (I think it's 25 per arm)
- and finish with another 25 pull-ups (with assist)

And the kicker is that it has to be done within 15 minutes. AAAAAAAHHHH am I totally nuts??? Yes. But, I'm also motivated, and this will give me something to challenge myself. I am meeting with my trainer next week to work out a plan to get me ready. I am a little scared - it's pushing myself harder than I've ever pushed! But I can do it.
I've pushed myself before, and I can do it again.

Phew!

Met my 10-10-10 challenge for today... yahoo!

  
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TORTUETOO 10/14/2010 3:00PM

    That sounds hard - what on earth is a floor wiper!? You can do it - gooooo Carrie! emoticon

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BOBBYD31 10/14/2010 1:29PM

    wow!!! rock it out carrie!

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MIAMIA7 10/14/2010 1:24PM

    Go Carrie...Go Carrie!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/14/2010 1:04PM

    WOW!! !I have no doubts that you will accomplish this! Good for you!!

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COOPSM 10/14/2010 12:57PM

    Carrie---believe and you will achieve!!! You will be ready adn you will do great!!!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 10/13/2010 7:53AM

    That is quite the challenge! good luck with that can't wait to read how you do with it.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/13/2010 6:15AM

    That sounds really exciting. I might try to do some of that on my own but don't know what floor wipes are.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/13/2010 1:20AM

    Sounds like the Filthy 50 - ten different exercises, 50 reps, in 30 minutes - only harder! 15 minutes? That's not a lot of time. I LOVE/HATE time challenges - because I am so competitive, I push and push myself to beat the clock, so I enjoy that feeling of "winning" - but man! Does it ever hurt. In a good way, of course.

You'll do awesome!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/12/2010 9:54PM

    Wow! You go woman! You're going to be beating UP Spartans pretty soon!

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GSDMIKE 10/12/2010 9:06PM

    Yowza. 15 minutes, so that's what, a rep every 3 seconds. Yowza. I'm getting light-headed just thinking about it.

Good luck with it.

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While I ice...

Monday, October 11, 2010

10-10-10 challenge Day 2
Water - the last half glass is sitting in front of. Make that 1/4 glass. Wait - water is done for today!
Workout - did a 2.17 mile run in a local park. Lots of hills - my bum will look great!
Calories - Planning on a low-cal dinner of spaghetti squash, salad, and half a pretzel roll. I have no doubt that I'll stay in range today. And maybe a little room left over for an apple and peanut butter!

I'm being a good little runner and icing my knee. I felt a twinge ever so slightly this evening, and I think a lot of that comes from taking so much time off. Bleh. I hate being sick! Which brings me to my next 5K. I was planning to run one this coming weekend, but I don't know if I'll be ready for it. (It's been a while.) So I think I'll take these next two weeks to really concentrate on 5K training and then run a 5K on the 24th. It's a scarecrow 5K, which will be more fun than the one this weekend, anyway. So there is my next goal - stay healthy and train for a 10/24 race.

I put the free version of MapMyRun on my apps list today - I LOVE IT. It's like the Garmin I never had. I'm super excited to look at my runs online! Yahoo!

Tonight:
- pack tomorrow's lunch
- get clothes ready for tomorrow (for school and gym)
- plan workouts and meals for the week (I was too exhausted last night to do this)
- relax a *little* bit!

Knees are iced, time for a shower and some sweatpants!

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COOPSM 10/12/2010 7:09PM

    CARRIE--I am racing in the 24th too...going to hold you too it...did you sign up yet?? LOL

Keep up the great work...

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FRANKLYN22 10/12/2010 10:13AM

    Good job recognizing that you need to slow down a bit and take care of your knee...a little bit of resting now will save you a lot of pain and frustration later!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/12/2010 9:13AM

    I think it's great that you're just rescheduling your race for a couple of weeks...rather than scrapping it. You're going to do so great! I'm working on some 5K training...ultimately, I'll be doing a 1/2 marathon in May, but I'm starting small! Setbacks stink, but you've got a good plan and a positive attitude so I know you're going to come back from it!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 10/12/2010 12:10AM

    Lovely to read how well you take care of yourself.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/11/2010 8:58PM

    I LOVE MapMyRun! I'm slightly obsessed with it...

Great job on achieving your goals for the day!

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JUDIL62 10/11/2010 5:06PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I'm jealous, would like to put my sweatpants on but I'm putting my workout clothes on for Zumba.



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Finally taking a break!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It has been one heck of a busy day!

8:00-8:45ish - gym (bike and upper body ST)
grocery shopping
laundry
cooking to use up some veggies - marinara, potato-leek soup, preparing salad greens
run the dishwasher
clean most of the house

It feels really good to sit down. I seriously needed a break... I was planning to make kale-white bean-soy sausage soup, but I think I'll wait until later in the week for that. All the ingredients will be OK until Wednesday night.

After my little break, I have to:
- plan the week's meals
- get outfits ready for the week
- pack a lunch for tomorrow

Phew!

10-10-10 challenge started today. I have had lots of water 1 1/2 more Siggs to go. No problem! Got my workout in, and I just have to enter my food from today. I think I'll do that later tonight, though. I kind of feel like lying on the couch for a little bit and watching some football.

  
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LONGWINDINGROAD 10/11/2010 12:46PM

    Your day sounds like mine last weekend! It's great to get all that stuff done, though...it really makes you feel like you've accomplished something...and it makes you sleep really well!!

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COOPSM 10/10/2010 7:35PM

    Carrie----I am going to join you on your challenge....my working out though will be messed up this week with going to Florida for my 5K...I am with you on this!!!
Where are you going to track??

You soup sounds great...let me know how you like it when you make it...

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Woot woot - 10-10-10

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I know that 10-10-10 is tomorrow, but the challenge at the gym is called 10-10-10 and I've been working on ways that I can meet the challenge of losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks.

My focus for this challenge is nutrition. My fitness is fine (although I am going to be more structured during these 10 weeks), but I know I need to get back into eating more fruits and veggies and fewer carbs. Because I lose control when I go into the kitchen, I wrote myself little notes around the kitchen - "10-10-10 You can do it!" "Meet those goals!" "Are you really hungry? Drink some water first!"

My honey commented on them - he likes them. He said that they would help with his eating habits, too. It's been a while since I've done a challenge like this. I think it's going to be good for me.

My three main goals:
- Stay within calorie range 60 of 70 days. A symphony weekend and Thanksgiving are both within these ten weeks, and I am allowing myself ten days to go out of range.
- Drink 5 Siggs of water a day. I have five Silly Bands on my right wrist, and I move one to my left for every bottle I drink. I tend to lose track, and this will help me. And it's also a good use of the Silly Bands that I get from the kids at school.
- Do all scheduled exercise. I don't want to sell myself short, but I also want to keep my exercise schedule within reason. My weeks usually look like MWF morning gym, and T/TH after school classes. Saturday is a free day where I can choose what I want to do, kind of on a whim.

My rewards:
- If I drink all my water and do all my exercise each week, I get to buy a new iPhone app for each goal. So at the end of this, I could have 20 new apps (that I buy)!
- If (I guess I should say *when*) I stay in calorie range 60 of 70 days, I get an hour long massage. Now that I know how good it feels, I am more determined to earn another one.

I made a chart last night, and I am trying to find a free app that will send me motivational quotes throughout the day to keep my goals in the front of my mind. I'd love to know of any good ones that work for you!

Tonight I am meeting my mom for dinner and to pick up a coat I left at her house... and although part of me wants to go crazy with eating today so I have a little edge for my weigh-in, the more healthy part of me wants to start this thing a day early and get a jump on it.

Have a super day!

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GAELENEC 10/10/2010 6:22PM

    Sounds like a great plan! good luck.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/10/2010 7:53AM

    I like the way you earn rewards by each goal - great idea.

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BOBBYD31 10/9/2010 9:30PM

    good luck nice way to challenge yourself. we are here for your support!

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JOPAPGH 10/9/2010 4:01PM

    You can do this! emoticon

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MIAMIA7 10/9/2010 2:28PM

    Ooo Carrie-I need this challenge! I need to lose 10 lbs. also and I am the same way. Fitness is fine...I love exercise (who woulda thought?). But eating. Not so much. I always stay in range but usually in the high end. I need to vary and throw in more low end days. I thought it was the peanut butter but cut it out for 2 weeks and found myself just eating more of something else! Good luck! I know you can do it and I am going to try right along with you!

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LAGREBE 10/9/2010 12:56PM

    Good luck! Your determination helps me, too!

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Oh Friday, you are wonderful.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Friday = laziness. I love Fridays. Oh yes I do. Putting on sweatpants when I get home, eating an easy dinner, time to catch up on Sparking, sitting on the couch watching mindless TV... it's a wonderful day.

My nutrition has not been that wonderful. Not horrible, but not wonderful. Sure, I've been eating things that haven't been too bad... but I've also been eating too many sweets when I'm not actually hungry.

So to coincide with the 10-10-10 challenge at my gym, I am going to get busy putting up healthy eating reminders around the house. It's so easy for me to think about eating healthy when I'm reading your blogs and getting motivated, but I can't click on a blog as I'm digging into the box of cookies. But I *can* look at a motivating quote or picture on the cabinet and decide if I really am hungry.
Ten weeks. Ten dollars. Ten pounds. Seventy days. I can do it.

Thoughts:
- stay within calorie range 60 of the 70 days. A one hour massage costs $60... coincidence? I think not. So if I can stay in range 60 of 70 days, I will get a massage at the end of the ten weeks.
- Intensity class + Carrie = a totally run-down me for DAYS. I took the class again on Monday, and it took me until today to recover from it. I just read a thread on the RR page about fueling after a long run, and I feel like the class (60 minutes of plyometrics) is leaving me exhausted and not fueled. I have to figure out how to fix this. Gatorade might be in my future...
- I have come too freakin' far to settle now. Yes, I've been saying that for a long time, but I have to start believing it now.

I am working on a calendar for the next 70 days. I think if I see them all out in front of me, it will be easier for me to stick with my plan until 10 weeks are over.

This weekend I'll be in the kitchen cooking up some soups for the freezer and marinara sauce. I need more veggie stuff and more easy meals. It's definitely soup season, and we got SO many wonderful veggies for soup. Leeks, bok choy, kale, carrots, squash... time to put them into use!

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GSDMIKE 10/9/2010 9:50AM

    I've got my rest day on Friday now, and I'm liking it. Though it makes Saturday a wake up and run day, and that used to be nice to just lay in bed.

I LOVE soup season!

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MAEBEMELIS 10/8/2010 10:02PM

    I absolutely love that about Fridays as well - I am totally sitting in my sweatpants right now.

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HMMEYERS 10/8/2010 9:32PM

    i love fridays too!

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