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My Summer Challenges

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This week was the beginning of three summer challenges. One is the "8-Week Battle #4" (May 25 - Jul 20). The second one is "Summer 2009 Challenge" (May 26 - Jul 20). The third is Jillian Michaels "30 Day Shred". Yesterday, I started my first challenge at 189.4 lbs. This is a 5 pound weight gain from the previous 8 or so days. Today I weighed in at 187.2 lbs. I want that 5 pound weight gain OFF by Monday (June 1st). You think I'm playing? No siree buddy! I have been consistently working out for two months, but still haven't gotten my eating under control. I'm hoping this will be easier now since my husband just told me last night that he wants to start eating healthier b/c he's starting to feel chunky. It's about time you join the team sweet thang! I hope he'll stick to it.

I did take "before" pictures. Will I post them? HECK NO! I'm not that brave. LOL My thighs were insane! I had no idea they looked so sloppy! I can't wait to see the after photos. My goal is to be down to 165 lbs by Jul 20th. emoticon

My weigh in's are Monday's. I will weigh-in then to report in the forums, but my OFFICIAL sparkpeople weigh in is on Fridays. That is when I update my "ticker".

Good luck to everybody on sparkpeople on reaching your summer goals. I'm rooting big for the Blue Team and the Bahama Breeze Beauties!! GO TEAMS! emoticon

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HAILEY33 6/1/2009 9:46AM

    I am a Poolside Party Good luck with Summer Challenge 2009! Your family is so beautiful and you look amazing.

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    Sounds like some great challenges you have before you. Good luck to you, and may you achieve each one of them .

Go ahead and claim it now!

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BRENDALEE1231 5/28/2009 4:56AM

    Way to go with all of these challenges. I'm sure you can do it. You seem very determined.

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/26/2009 9:00PM

    Sound like great challenges! I'm rooting for ya!

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KPACE7 5/26/2009 8:33PM

    I also found that being involved in several challenges keeps me accountable. Good luck with your goals, I am rooting for you.

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CANDYHEART 5/26/2009 1:58PM

    You've got the drive--you can do this! Good Luck on your first weigh-ins! emoticon

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Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp Starter Stats (+ Calves Blurb)

Sunday, May 03, 2009

It's a new month, so I've started a fresh routine. In addition to my new routine is the Sparkpeople Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp Challenge. It consists of 10 minute cardio/strength training videos to follow everyday and suggests 30 minutes of cardio (I believe 5 days a week). This fits perfect. I already have 30-60 minutes of cardio in my fitness plan and a 10 minute workout is perfect to get my metabolism kickin' first thing in the morning. I just finished the first video and got my heart rate up and sweat a bit. Also, that 10 minutes sure did fly by. My goal this month is to drop 2 pounds each week and to continue to get stronger and tone. My starting stats are:

Weight: 188.4
Waist: 35.5
Hips: 44
Neck: 13
Bicep: 12
Thigh: 27.75
Calf: 16.75
Bust: 39

Another goal I have is to figure out how to make my calves smaller. It is the only measurement that did not budge last month :( They are soooo huuuuge! I want to work them for definition, but I want them to shrink! HELP!

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HARURU 5/5/2009 4:33AM

    I've got the same problem with the calves. I've done some research on this topic, and it seems like the consensus is to do extreme high reps (100-500) of low weights calf raises, and then make sure not to consume any protein for the next hour or so. This will decrease the fast-twitch muscles and increase the lean slow-twitch muscle count. Pilates, yoga and running on even plane also help. In addition I've added an after shower massage with a cellulite brush from bodyshop to help circulation and lower liquid retention, followed by lots and lots of water. It's hard work, but it does give out results.

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LEE907 5/3/2009 2:50PM

    Hi Marie,
I'm new here, I just joined yesterday. I also am into the Swimsuit Challenge. You were saying you'd like to get your calves more in shape, I think doing squats & calf raises and of course walking, which helps tone your whole body. I noticed when I do these & the spinning or just bike riding, the lower part of the body tones up.
You also can ask for advice from Coach Nicole, I know she would be more than willing to help you. She's the best one to ask this question . Good Luck & also /w/ swimsuit workouts.

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MNOX_1 5/3/2009 2:05PM

    My calves got pretty huge as well, but in the past week they have started to go down and look "normal" in relation to the rest of my body (thank goodness), so don't worry about it too will happen when you're body is ready. :)

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Me vs. The Scale

Monday, April 13, 2009

So, tomorrow is supposed to be the big weigh in. I don't think I'm going to do it! Here's why...

It scares me! It's worse than the boogie man! I have worked really hard the past couple weeks. I've made smart food choices (with a couple exceptions) and exercised crazy hard! What if the scale doesn't want to reward me for these efforts??? I don't know if I can handle that. Let me explain why I don't think I can handle that. I dieted awhile back while I was deployed. I ate egg white omelets, chicken breasts, and salad. I busted my tail in the gym. I weighed in and had not lost as much as I thought I should have. I lost, but not enough to satisfy me. So what do I do??? I run to Burger King and get a Whopper w/ cheese combo...King Sized! WTF??? What is wrong with me? It's just so discouraging. I can't handle discouraging! So here's the deal...

I am very proud of how hard I've worked the past couple of weeks. I feel better. I feel stronger. My husband is noticing results and won't stop calling me sexy! :) So, if I KNOW that I'm doing good for my body by exercising daily and making smart food choices...why do I need the scale? I don't think I do. Not now anyways. I will battle the scale on May 1st...and that bad boy is going DOWN!!! Bring your "A" game, because it's ON! emoticon

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MJASR5 4/13/2009 9:49PM

    You are so right about the scale. I actually quit weighing in for awile. I knew that I was making progress but it's foucusing so much on the number that really hurts you when it doesnt say what you want. Keep up the good work, you are doing an amazing job!

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RWETHAIRYET 4/13/2009 12:50PM

    If you notice changes, if your husband sees changes...and they all feel like they're for the better....then I would say don't get on the scale! Health and fitness are more than the numbers you see on the scale.
I'm a daily weigher...but it's more to keep pounds from sneaking up on me than to see the needle go fact I plateau for a couple of months at a time after every 4-5 lbs weight loss. But I do notice changes in how my body feels and in how my clothes fit even when I'm exercising and watching what I eat, regardless of what the scale says.
So do what feels best for you!

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