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Friday, August 17, 2012

Stagnant: characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement.

That one word pretty much sums up how I feel right now and how I'm doing as well. I've been struggling and my inconsistent efforts leave me in this stagnant condition.

I'm TRYING to stay motivated. But, with me, I lose motivation very easily when I don't see results of hard work. It doesn't take long either. If I work hard ONE lil ole week and I don't see immediate results on the scale--yes, the results MUST show on the scale--I get discouraged and I become unmotivated to try as hard the following week. In actuality, the following week I may do NOTHING. It may be total sabotage.

That's where I am THIS WEEK. But, I shall not remain. I am NOT defeated. I'm always reevaluating...always thinking... always looking deeper into ME. And, I'm always starting over. I'm NEVER down and out. I'm just a work in progress... mentally, most of all. The physical will follow when the mental is in order.

So, my evaluation has led me to come up with a new plan for the next two weeks. I have only 6 weeks until the dress fitting for my sister's wedding. I want to be closer to my goal weight. She has everything planned so early out that we'll own the dresses and have them in our possession well before the date of the wedding. That means, we'll probably not be able to have them taken in or let out after we own them. That's my thinking anyway.

SOOOOOOO...... I have GOT TO BUCKLE DOWN and stop seesawing. It's time to get serious. Well, "getting" serious has never been the's the STAYING serious that trips me up. So, it's time to BE/STAY serious about the course I'm on and the goals I'm trying to reach.

Don't be surprised if you SEE me soon. I'm gonna try vlogging as an added motivation and accountability factor. A sparkfriend of mine vlogs EVERY single weekly weigh-in. I WANT to do that, but it absolutely terrifies me. LOL I don't know if I'm bold/confident enough to have you all find out (at the same time as me, what my weight is. Also, I normally weigh in naked. LOL Wouldn't that be lovely for all the Sparkers to see? NOT!!! LOL So, I'll have to see how I feel, but definitely I'll be vlogging before, after, or during my workouts. emoticon

Thanks for being there for me!!


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BLKLILY 8/20/2012 4:58PM

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SHAY30114 8/20/2012 8:30AM

  Reading the comments here...It looks like we've all been there. You said something, though, that I believe is so important...

"I'm always reevaluating...always thinking... always looking deeper into ME. And, I'm always starting over. I'm NEVER down and out. I'm just a work in progress... mentally, most of all. The physical will follow when the mental is in order."

You hit the nail on the head and this is why you are successful. This is about the journey!

Because I struggle so much with the scale, I try and weigh in once a month. You are pretty much guaranteed to see results versus weekly weigh-ins. The ups and downs of a weekly weigh-in proved to be more than I could handle...emotionally. It's just like you described. It took me out of the game mentally...and where does that get me? EXACTLY!!!

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CELLO23 8/19/2012 6:45AM

    Sorry to hear about stagnation, but you have a big deadline to motor you on: how about putting a pic of lovely dresses up somewhere, or the old 'two bags of sugar in a prominent place' trick as a reminder of the weight you want to lose?

Wow - Pookasluagh's comment about '20 weeks left in 2012' really hit home. I have let slide too - let's gee this thing up a gear!

BTW I've tried getting into my gym clothes in the morning and going straight there before work - not always possible, but far easier than motivating myself to change halfway through the day or after work. I think the key thing is tricking myself into NOT THINKING, just DOING - might that help in anyway?

Good on you for goal-setting - I always admire your fire and dedication. And results! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVINSHERRY78 8/17/2012 9:34PM

    i know that feeling all to well. been there and felt that for sure! you def have to press through. it's great that you see the bigger picture and are bound and determined to stay the course. u can do this and u will get there eventually...hang in there!!!!
and yeah, blogging is a great tool to keep you accountable and allows some venting too. we are all here for your ups and downs!! :) u can do this!!

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APOSTOLIC84 8/17/2012 9:17PM

    I know stagnation is a big problem for me . i start off well then get bored, trying to find different ways to stop that, i find if i pay for things that gets me going, and as long as we keep cheering each other on we can do this , you can do this it is not how fast you run the race , just keep going even if this lap is slow , as they say in the wizard of oz , put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll but walking
'cross the floor, put on foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door! emoticon

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HDHAWK 8/17/2012 8:27PM

    I can relate totally to what you're saying. I've been stagnant for over a year! I lost the weight before and felt awesome. Not sure why I can't stay consistent right now. Let's do this!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/17/2012 7:47PM

    Hang in there. I know how hard it is when the scales don't move. Until this week I have been stuck for MONTHS. emoticon emoticon

You can totally do this

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POOKASLUAGH 8/17/2012 7:46PM

    I hear you! This summer has been pure stagnation for me, partly from reasons out of my control, and partly from my own complacency. No more! There are 20 weeks left of 2012 - let's make them fantastic!!

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I Forgot How Big I really WAS... (w/PICS)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I was flipping through some photo albums today and I was shocked to see how big I was in some of the photos. I had forgotten...

You see when your weight goes up and down, you forget when you were huge and when you started losing... AGAIN. Well, I had been focusing on this CURRENT jourmey and I had THOUGHT that I was my heaviest back in November 2009 when i weighed in at 192 lbs. This is me then...

I WAS big... BUT I was wearing a size 14 suit at that time... So, that WASN'T the heaviest that I've EVER been.... There was a time when i wore a size 16 suit and skirt....

Those pictures were taken between Christmas 2002 - Spring 2003. I remember feeling so unhappy with my body at that time. I had such low self-esteem. I had never been a size 16 in my life and to see those numbers was so damaging. It was so damaging that I refused to purchase anything and I just kept trying to squeeze into my clothes that I had in my closet, which, of course, made me feel worse. Thank God for my wonderful mother bought me some clothes so that I could feel halfway decent about myself. But, that was my first real wake-up call. I remember making a decision and it was SET. I was going on South Beach Diet. By late Summer 2003 I had dropped all the pounds... and I kept it off for a good while...

In October 2003...

In 2004...

In 2006...

I don't have any pictures, but I was still small in 2007. So, I kept that weight off for close to 5 years. I started gaining weight again in 2008 through 2009 and that's when my second wake up call occurred.

I am seeing the skinny Vanessa again... She is slowly emerging. She wants to be totally free.... and she will be. This new Vanessa will keep the weight off longer than the 5 years that the old Vanessa kept them off because this new Vanessa has lost these pounds in a very SLOW, traditional way... diet and exercise. No quick fixes this time. No fad diets. This is the THIRD (and hopefully final) year of my journey to goal. This new Vanessa has learned some hard lessons during these last three years and I'm still learning... and when the new Vanessa FULLY emerges, she'll have even more lessons to learn about how to maintain that weight... But she's ready. She's ready.

I'm ready to be back in that purple size 8 suit than I wore in one of the above pictures from 2004... I actually wore that suit ONE time and couldn't fit it again after. I gave it away to my sister; but she has recently given it back to me. She THINKS I can wear it now. I know better. But I will be able to. I'm determined. For now, I have to settle for being in a size 8 dress! emoticon

I'm coming down... slowly but definitely surely...

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READY4CHANGE81 8/2/2012 8:21PM

    wow, they say a picture is worth 1,000 true! thank you for the inspiring blog! :)

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STSCOTT11 8/2/2012 2:28PM

    Aren't timelines GREAT...when your on the right side of things? Looking back can be so inspiring.
From the photos, you actually carried the weight very well.

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SWEETLIPS 7/27/2012 9:49AM

    Excellent synposis of your journey. Congratulations

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CHANGING4ME49 7/27/2012 6:02AM

    LOVE this blog, and I have to say you are beautiful in each and every one of the photos. And yes, slow and steady is the way to go. You will be glad you did it this way. You are doing fantastic my friend. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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TIFFY0906 7/5/2012 10:38AM

    Wow - all of your pics are beautiful but you see the confidence in you in your later pics as you lost the weight. Congrats on your progress so far this is truly emoticon. Keep up the good work

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 7/3/2012 5:44PM

    Heavier, smaller, or pregnant weight -- I love My Bestie no matter what size she is!

Keep up the good work and consistency!

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NEWATTITUDE2010 7/3/2012 8:10AM

  Wow! What a testimony! I admire your bravery and your willingness to share! God Bless You!

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KTTAYLOR21 7/1/2012 11:31AM

    Wow pictures tell the whole story. emoticon on your progress!!

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CELLO23 6/25/2012 5:29PM

    To be honest, you look lovely on all the pictures! But the new ones are fab. When you look back, can you work out the behaviours that knocked you off track last time, so that you're wise to them in future? I'm reasonably consistent, but not consistent enough - I wish I didn't have to be so rock hard to stay even. Your fierce challenges are so inspiring - you will do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 6/25/2012 12:25PM

    Your blog was great...and I have to say you are beautiful at every stage! What a great smile you have!

Best wishes as you continue your healthy journey.


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PINKBEANBOO 6/25/2012 9:49AM

    I love your new picture. You look fab!
Congrats on your success. emoticon

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IBSHAUN 6/25/2012 9:35AM

    Pictures have a funny way of reminding us don't they? Sounds like you are doing great - way to go! Keep it up and soon the purple suit will be perfect!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/25/2012 9:24AM

    It's interesting to see the ups and downs of your journey and you are definitely on the right track now!

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KRISZTA11 6/25/2012 3:17AM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures!
They are proof that age doesn't matter that much at all.
You look so fit and young on your recent picture...
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I used to think there is no way I will ever look good again, i'm just to old for that, and now I feel just as good about myself as I felt 20 years ago, before my pregnancies.

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/25/2012 1:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a great week !!

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ABETTERSOUL 6/24/2012 10:27PM

    emoticon You are looking great!!!!

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MICHSTATE 6/24/2012 9:12PM

    You can do it!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!:-)

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A Wonderful Memorial Day Walk with my Daddy

Monday, May 28, 2012

Yesterday, I went to a Memorial Day cookout at my father's house. Before leaving, we made plans to meet up this morning so that we could FINALLY walk the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail. I have been wanting to walk it for so long, but I just couldn't figure out where the trail began. Since he rides his bike across the bridge sometimes, he knew exactly where to park and where the trail started.

So, I left the house at 6:00 a.m. and headed to his house to pick him up. Can you believe it was already 71 degrees outside at 6 o'clock this morning!!! I'm glad I'm an early riser!!

It goes from the National Harbor (in Prince George's County Maryland) to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. But, there is a little distance to travel on foot before you even REACH the trail!

You have to walk 1 mile just to get from the free Park & Ride area on Oxon Hill Road to the official start of the trail. If you start off from the National Harbor, it'll be .5 miles. We started off from Oxon Hill Road, but we parked a little further down Harborview Drive. It's not really a parking area, but a lot of people park there to walk the trail.

Then after you reach the trail, it's another .8 miles before you reach the bridge!

Here is my Dad's back along the way as we were just about to approach the bridge... Nice and sweaty!! LOL

The trail is winding and there are several ascents. I wouldn't consider it too steep (unless you parked at the Park & Ride. Probably headed back to your car is the steepest climb of them all.) But, the trail is beautiful. It also contains a few "bump-out" sections with informational displays and telescopes where you can look out across the Potomac River into Alexandria or the National Harbor.

Here is a picture of our last little downhill as we almost reach the bridge:

My dad has problems with his knees, so the entire walk was challenging, but we made it.

Here we are once we finally got to Alexandria, Virgina on the other side of the bridge. My dad needed to sit for a moment; so we grabbed someone who was just starting his walk from the Virginia side and asked him to take our picture.

The bridge itself is 1.1 miles long. So, are you calculating? That's 1 mile to the trail...another .8 mile to the bridge... then 1.1 miles across the bridge. Altogether, one way, it's 2.9 miles. Then (unless you're taking the water-taxi back across to the Harbor) you have to walk back to your car. So, roundtrip, the trail is 5.8 miles. We mine as well call that 6 miles. LOL My dad and I parked a little closer to the trail, so our distance was shorter--5.2 miles. (If you're interested in seeing the mapped out route, you can access it in my fitness tracker.)

Here are some pictures I took on our way back to the car:


What a wonderful morning with my Daddy!

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! Thank you to all the service men and women who have sacrificed sooo much and have lost their lives defending our freedom. I remember...

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GOURMETLOSER 6/6/2012 4:55AM

    Do look terrific or what!

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/28/2012 7:58PM

    I don't know which I enjoyed more: the pics of the bridge or the pics of you and your dad. I believe I enjoyed the latter more. It's rare and precious to have quality time like that - treasure it. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 5/28/2012 2:18PM

    Great!!! I love those side-by-side pictures.

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KTTAYLOR21 5/28/2012 12:14PM

    That is some good information. I'm going to have to walk it one day. My Mom would be a good person to do it with. She LOVES to walk. I didn't even know there was a walking trail there.

Thanks for sharing! That's great for you and your Dad!

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KRISZTA11 5/28/2012 11:44AM

    A wonderful day to celebrate Memorial Day...
I have never been to this part of United States, so I looked up the bridge on internet, it looks amazing from the sky!
Your dad looks very fit on the pictures : )

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AZMOMXTWO 5/28/2012 11:37AM

  great pictures and what a great way to spend time with your Dad

thank you for Remembering the Vets they gave and still give so much

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The Aftermath of Boot Camp

Monday, May 21, 2012

If you read my blog from Saturday, you know that I participated in my first ever boot camp workout session. I listed the things I liked and disliked about the experience. But, at the time of writing my blog, which was the same day of the boot camp. At that time I was only experiencing pain in my glutes, so I was still on a relative high from the experience.

BUT THE AFTERMATH on Sunday is that my body hurt ALLLLLLL OVER. It hurt in places that I wasn't even aware there were muscles. It hurt when I stood, sat, walked,.... MOVED, in general. I just didn't know how badly a body could hurt after a workout until yesterday. It was CRAZY!! Of course, I expected some soreness but not like that.

Unfortunately, I didn't have the luxury of just lying around the house all day on Sunday because I went to church and I had to interpret. It was definitely a challenging day. When I finally arrived home, I asked my husband to give me a massage (which HURT... it didn't feel good eventhough he was being gentle) and then I just stretched and stretched and stretched, and rubbed and rubbed and rubbed. And when I went to bed I tried not to even roll over. Oh the pain!!

TODAY, I can finally lift up my leg to walk or go up/down stairs without being in pain. I can finally reach down to pick up something off the floor without screaming. Sitting is still a challenge though. That initial point where my hamstrings press on the chair is painful.

And after all that my real injury isn't bothering me AT ALL. My shoulder and neck actually might be the only thing on my body that doesn't hurt. It might even feel stronger. Imagine that!

SOOOOOO... in the aftermath I can honestly say that I will PROBABLY NEVER do Boot Camp again. It's too intense for me. And the aftermath... soooo unnecessary. I just don't believe a body should hurt THAT much after doing something good for it. That's too much.

And, I'm reminded of that recent dailySpark blog, "An Interview with Fitness Legend Gilad, Plus a Giveaway!" When asked, "If you could change one thing about today’s fitness industry, what would you change or like to see changed?" He answered: "I think the fitness industry has succumbed to "extreme fitness," which, in the long run, is way too intense for most people. In my opinion, it's dangerous. Most of these exercise programs pay little attention to form and correct posture, which are essential for long-term health and injury-free fitness. The intense exercise programs you see out there are geared for very young people and it would be very hard to maintain that level of intensity past your 40s—if you get there in one piece, that is."

I'm right with you, Gilad! I agree 100%.

So, I'm keeping my over-40 years old behind out of the extreme workout arena and going back to more reasonable and sustainable workouts! I don't anticipate my SP future including any blogs about Boot Camp, P90X, Insanity or any other extreme workouts of those sorts.... EVER! LOL

I'm sorry, Body, that I was so unnecessarily cruel to you. I'm going to be REAL gentle with you for the next couple of days... Momma still loves you. :-) LOL

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JOSEY98 5/28/2012 1:12PM

    I have to agree that it's not that extreme. And, if you went back within a few days and did it again, you wouldn't be sore. That soreness is a one time thing. I finished a boot camp in May. After working out for a few months, I was amazed at the difference boot camp made. I miss it already!

I do hope you find something you enjoy!

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GOURMETLOSER 5/23/2012 3:42AM

Shouldn't laugh at your misfortune....sorry....but I had to laugh. I can't imagin doing a regime that hurt that much by choice!

Be kind to yourself.

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MOBYCARP 5/21/2012 8:09PM

    It's not that the boot camp is extreme; it's that it's a one-time event. If you were able to train for it, and work up to it gradually, you could do it without the pain. But a plan of starting small and working gradually to do more doesn't sell well, so we get the extreme fitness marketing.

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TEMPEST272002 5/21/2012 7:12PM

    Ouch. You poor thing! I'm taking this as a caution when I start my own intense workout class tomorrow - don't try to keep up with the young'uns. lol

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KRISZTA11 5/21/2012 3:03PM

    I prefer moderate activities too...
Hope your poor muscled get well soon!

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KANSASROSE67 5/21/2012 12:35PM

    I think you are very wise in listening to your body. I've never thought that kind of pain was necessary and think it's better to graduatly increase the difficulty. That's why I like Slim In Six so much--she concentrates on form, starts you slow, and builds up to tougher and tougher routines. After Tear It Up or Shape It Up I might feel sore, but not like you describe.

Feel better soon!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 5/21/2012 11:40AM

    YEOUCH _ i'm glad you're listening to your body .. take care of yourself!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/21/2012 11:30AM

    Man, that sounds painful!

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CHEETARA79 5/21/2012 10:11AM

    Wow, Gilad totally has it right. I'm with you - no extreme exercise for me. My goal in my Spark journey is to emerge on the other side with no real injuries. So far my exercise routines have been slowly and steadily getting more intense, but they are never extreme. It's just not for me. "Go hard or go home" has never been my motto. So I think that your bootcamp experience has taught you something pretty valuable about what you want from your exercise routine!

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OMG!! BOOT CAMP: What I Liked and Disliked

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today was my first live bootcamp experience. I feel like I worked out, but nothing too over-the-top. I think that tomorrow, I'll DEFINITELY feel it in my glutes and probably triceps the most. But, for today, I feel pretty good.

There are definitely some things I liked and some things that I disliked about this particular bootcamp:


emoticon It was outside and it was a gorgeous, cool, spring morning.

emoticon The class was mostly women, today. Though I'm told that there are usually guys in the class too. There was only one today and I think he might have been an assistant teacher or something. Not sure... But, I liked that.

emoticon I was working out with my best friend! That was the best part! Also, another woman from our church was there as well. It was her and my first time being at boot camp. She remarked that it was harder than her Zumba class.

emoticon It was a great cardio workout, so I burned a ton of calories! That's always great!

emoticon It was hard, but it was fun. The time flew by.... but not fast enough. LOL We were out there for 1.5 hours!! And that's because I left the class. I think they were going to stay for 2 hours!. But had I been in my basement doing my circuit training dvd, I would have been allll tooo aware of the time.

emoticon My glutes were worked out A LOT!!! Since this is one of my problem areas, I was happy for that.

emoticon Doing the bootcamp has sparked my interest in my Jillian "No More Trouble Zones" circuit training dvd again. That's pretty awesome! So, that's something that I can add to my exercise program in order to get my strength training in. Jillian's dvd works more muscle groups than the bootcamp did... and in less time too. The bootcamp was more cardio, in my opinion.

emoticon The instructor was VERY encouraging to all the regulars. He made a point to call out individual names and tell them that they were doing great. The other instructor (or helper... or whatever he was) was equally encouraging... always giving high-five's and saying "great job." So, I really could appreciate that, even though the comments weren't geared towards me. LOL I guess if he'd known my name, he might have thrown some encouragement my way, personally. LOL But, as it was, I was pleased with the OVERALL encouraging environment and mood of the instructor and of the participants as well.


emoticon There were a lot of moves that kept us in push-up position... a lot of planks... push-ups... dynamic push-ups... crawls, etc. All these types of moves put pressure on my shoulders. Because of my job and my volunteer work with my church, I have sustain a repetitive motion injury to my right shoulder/neck region. I have been resting it as much as possible, but the movements today, did cause some strain. Also, I'm not sure how my knees will feel. There were a lot of dynamic movements, jumping and landing, etc. I did wear my brace on my right knee, but I usually don't need one for the left. Hopefully, all is well.

emoticon The instructor didn't really take much time to make sure that newbies were doing the moves correctly (i.e., he didn't focus on form) Sure, he demonstrated the movements but didn't really seem invested in making sure the participants were doing the moves correctly. Speed seemed more important than form. So, I had to slow down many of his moves so that I could focus on form. I'm thankful that I knew the right form for most, so I could slow things down and get the muscle burn that the exercise intended. There was one move that I, clearly, wasn't doing correctly. Thankfully, my best friend came over to show me and that drastically improved my performance.

emoticon The instructor didn't seem to offer many modifications that would work the same areas but with less strain certain various joints... or modifications for intensity level.

emoticon As far as the strength training aspects... there wasn't a lot going on. There was some lower body training (quads, glutes) and some ab work at the end (and with all the planking), but not a lot of upper body stuff... mostly just triceps (because of the push-ups).

emoticon It's early, but probably not early enough for my schedule. Because I teach a class on Saturdays, I won't have time to go out there at the time the bootcamp is offered. But, if it were just an hour earlier, I could probably swing it. Also, I'm thinking that if it's still offered in the summer, it'll be scorching hot if he doesn't move the time up.


Meh... maybe. Maybe not. LOL I don't know. If my schedule allowed, it might be fun to meet them out there again. Seeing as though I have more positives listed that negatives, it would seem to make sense to go again, huh? LOL Only time will tell...

But, in the meantime, I can do my Jillian No More Trouble Zones circuit training dvd. Stay tuned...

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GOURMETLOSER 5/21/2012 3:17AM

    In view of your RSI I weonder about the wisdom of doing it again. There are probably other similar things that will not put so much strain on your problem areas.

The positives sure sounded good though!

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CELLO23 5/20/2012 7:49AM

    Sounds fierce! Your comment about the presence of others taking your mind off time passing really struck me - it's so much more fun to do these things with company. Even the pain feels less! This sounds very full-on but it would be the same with any first-time class, challenging new muscles etc. Just be careful of your shoulders! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/19/2012 2:25PM

    A lot of great positives, but some weighty negatives too. The biggest negative for me is that the exercises are too strenous for your neck/shoulder injury. If you do decide to go again, do you think the instructor would be open to it if you asked for modifications for specific exercises? I recommend Mark Lauren's "You are Your Own Gym" as a source of body weight exercises you can use to create your own bootcamp workout.

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/19/2012 2:19PM

    Yeah! You did it. Boot camp isnt' for everyone, but its an alternative. It's something to do to break up the routine and to keep you disciplined. I am actually about ready to go back to walking 3 miles in the park on one Saturday -- working out at my own pace. The class is VERY early, which I agree, is good and bad. Like you, I had to learn some of the routines on my own. Keep in mind that there are times that the class is conducted inside the gym. I suppose if it's too hot or rainy, that's where they would be. If you never come back, it's all goodness, because you tried it and you worked parts of your body that you hadn't targeted for a long time.
p.s. -- if you really want to focus on "strength training", I know a personal trainer who could help you with that. LOL! emoticon

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/19/2012 12:01PM

    Congrats to you for trying something new. I have not done any bootcamp workouts, but I hear they are intense.

Keep moving. Just do what you can fit into your schedule with no problem and you will see the results from all your hard work.


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KRISZTA11 5/19/2012 11:59AM

    You are hero to me!
This bootcamp sounds quite intense, exactly the high impact cardio I always avoid, because... well it is too intense for me.


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