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Plateau Busted!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I finally found a program to help me bust through my plateau and it's called the 21 Day Fix! I've been fighting since January to get from 175lbs to under 160, and now I'm 1lbs away! After 3 months of being in the 160s, I'm finally losing inches and pounds.

The workouts are effective but not intense, great for the end of the day. It's the first DVD collection I've purchased that I'm actually excited to use.

And the portion control containers keep me honest throughout the week and WEEKEND! I actually lost 2 pounds over the weekend and I didn't have to deprive myself of a lunch out with the family. Simply by staying mindful of what I'm eating and what I have eaten has helped me lose the weight. It's amazing.

I think I'm going to keep the challenge going throughout the holidays. Anyone interested in helping me create an accountability group? It'll be fun!

More exciting news: I'm signed up for PiYo Instructor Certification! I can't believe that in 2 weeks I'll be a certified fitness instructor!

Even more exciting news: I'll be running my first 10k on Saturday. I am terrified because I haven't been able to train for this race like I've wanted but my friend will be with me, so it'll be fun. I think I'm going to buy a white tank top and have Matthew write on it for additional motivation.


Day 1 of 21 Day Fix

Monday, September 08, 2014

So far so good! I did the 30 minute cardio Fix. That kicked my butt. I almost quit but it got easier once I got passed the 3rd round of exercises. It'll be easy to keep doing those because they're so enjoyable. I love that you can take it at your own pace and that there are rest intervals incorporated too for water.

The containers have been pretty easy too. I'm glad I got the 21 Tally app to keep track of my containers throughout the day. That has definitely come in handy.

Sorry for the quick post today. I need to start dinner, pasta with chicken sausage. Yum!

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NEWBUTTERFLY76 9/9/2014 6:27AM

    Great Job!!

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KEEPITUP62 9/8/2014 4:00PM

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You are doing great. Keep up the great work.

Susan emoticon

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August=Bust; September=Hope

Thursday, September 04, 2014

SO August was a bust. Between the concussion, going to Ireland, and then getting sick, nothing has gone according to plan. I sort of knew this would happen at some point. I knew that getting motivated to start running again after our trip would be difficult. But throughout the process I have continued to start positive and determined.

That trend will continue in September.

Starting Monday, I will be completely engrossed in my 21 Day Fix and 10k training. I've already started experimenting with the containers and I have to say, they're not as annoying as I thought they'd be. I'm starting to get the idea of what food belongs in each container without having to actually use the container. I found an app that will help me keep track of how many of which container I've consumed throughout the day. I'm also going to use the trackers in SP to help reinforce the ideas presented in the 21 Day Fix program.

I'm finally excited about moving forward!

Now, if only the weather would cooperate. It has been so mild for us this summer, until a few weeks ago; it all of a sudden decided it would be 90+ degrees and humid. COME ON, OCTOBER!

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KIMBERLY187 9/8/2014 2:55PM

    8 days into September. Hope you're keeping up the positive encouragement for yourself. You can do it!

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RELIVE 9/4/2014 3:46PM

    September is a new month, new reason for starting strong. I just think more that I "HAVE" or "NEED" to run rather than wanting. I'm dreading running today but I think of all the awesome stuff it does for me:

Helps me feel healthy (boost in confidence)
Keeps my face clear
Boost of energy for a while afterwards
Get to catch up on Podcasts
I never regret my run.

:) You can definitely do this. Go running!

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Z-Pack is on Board.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

So what I thought were just horrible allergies turned out to be strep or something like strep--the nurse practitioner was reluctant to diagnose my condition. But she gave me a z-pack and told me to refrain from exercise for 4 days at least. I'm going to respect her wishes and lay back for a few days and hope this round of antibiotics works.

My plan is to do a few PiYo workouts to help rebuild some muscle in my legs and core so that my runs next week aren't as torturous. They're still going ot be hell but hopefully not as bad as they were the previous week.

I'm also going to focus on my eating habits by using the 21 Day Fix containers. My challenge doesn't officially start until Monday but I might as well use what I got.

if anyone is interested in joining my challenge group, let me know. I have one starting on Monday and decided to do a 21 Day Fix in October due to the demand and because the program is on sale this month. Check it out if you're interested in jump starting your weight loss. You can find more information at

This challenge is going to be good for me. I just downloaded the app. I don't know if I like it yet. I'll use it in conjunction with Sparkpeople tracker app. That way I know exactly how much I'm putting into my mouth.

I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend!


Running Again

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I finally made it out at lunch! I started my run mentally prepared but my confidence quickly deteriorated between mile 1 and 2. UGH! I was running 5 miles just 4 weeks ago and now I'm struggling to run a 5k!

I ended up walking most of my course, but as I continued I tried to desperately think if positives about the run: At least I'm out here, one step at a time, I ran 5 miles once and I can do it again, I'll get there, I can do this...

My body is sore and not used to the abuse. I'll have to get back into PiYo to keep my limbs flexible. I always feel so much better when I incorporate PiYO into my workout routine. I did a little bit on my own after my run to really stretch my hips and knees out. Tonight, I might do some PiYo core. That might also help.

In the meantime, I'm going to keep trying to find ways to tweak my game plan so I can successfully run a 10k in 31/2 weeks. I can't believe my race is less than a month away. I hope my friend can run it with me. That will definitely help.

I'm going to go back a week or two in my training (run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute x4) instead of trying to unsuccessfully run 15 min and walk 1 min x 3. That might help. It might rebuild my confidence too. I'll also throw in a short speed run once my body is used to the motion of running again.

Deep breathes. Everything will be fine. If running a 10k were easy, everyone would do it!

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REFFIE1 8/28/2014 5:01PM

    Congratulations for seeing your run or walk through to the end. If you don't do your 10K in a month, you can always do it another time. See how it goes and be careful not to injure yourself. I admire you for setting great goals!

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SUE5007 8/28/2014 5:00PM

    I'm sure you will catch back up quickly. Four weeks isn't that long. The first 2 runs are the hardest. emoticon Good luck with your 10k!

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