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What’s New?: SHRED Week 1 (PRIME) Review

Friday, February 15, 2013

I started a new program last week: SHRED: The Revolutionary Diet, by Dr. Ian Smith.

I began the program on February 8th!

BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF PROGRAM:

The program is divided into six cycles, each cycle lasting a week. Each week is designed to stand on it's own and to be different from the weeks before. The weeks are Prime, Challenge, Transformation, Ascend, Cleanse, and Explode.

SHRED strongly focuses on two components that might not be talked about in a lot of weight loss programs: Meal Spacing and Diet Confusion. So, during the program, you are supposed to eat every 3-4 hours. You are NOT supposed to skip any meals, though you don't have to eat everything listed. BEFORE each meal, you are supposed to drink a cup of water and DURING the meal, you are to drink another cup. With four meals planned every day you are guaranteed to get in your minimum 8 glasses! There are also snacks (2-3) that you may incorporate as well if you feel the need. You are supposed to stop when you're satisfied, not full. Each week and each day has a list of choices for the different meals and in the back of the book are recipes and listings of 100- and 150- calorie snacks. But, don't think you have to buy a ton of food. You don't. It's very reasonable and I'm sure there is something on the list that you already eat or have in your fridge or pantry.

MY EXPERIENCE:

I just completed the PRIME week.

The book says: "This week is an induction into SHREDDER Nation. You'll learn about the importance of meal spacing, proper snack techniques, and suppressing hunger without consuming too many calories. The average weight loss this week will be 3.5 pounds. This could be less if you're within 20 pounds of your goal weight. The further you are away from your target weight and the worse your habits have been prior to starting the program, the more weight you will lose."

I started at 160.2. I ended at 156.8. So, I lost exactly 3.4 lbs. I'm right on target!

But, check this out: I didn't even follow the plan exactly!!! This week was exactly what it said it would be--an opportunity to familiarize myself with the program and work out all the kinks. There were plenty of kinks.

Kink #1 - Water Retention. The first four days, my weight remained exactly the same (160.2). The program says that you should only weight yourself the first day of each new week; but I couldn't do it. I understand why it advises that though. I have to admit that I was very discouraged the first four days. I felt bloated and soooo full. I think it was water retention or something. After that, I started to see losses for the next three days.

Kink #2 - Lack of Exercise. You are supposed to exercise 5 out of 7 days. I didn't exercise one single day! I have been in a serious exercise slump and haven't been able to successfully jump out of it yet. But that was LAST WEEK.

Kink #3 - Missed Meals. There were some days that I just couldn't get in those meals... mainly it occurred on Sundays. I'm in church all day and it's hard at the 3-4 hour mark to eat the specific foods that the plan calls for. There were also days when I was working a specific job at that time and couldn't eat on schedule, so my meal spacing was off by 30 minutes or so. But, it is what it is.

Kink #4 - Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate!!! - Between me putting together favor boxes for my sister's upcoming bridal shower AND Valentine's Day, I ate a TON of chocolates last week. I mean yesterday alone, I had about 12 Lindor chocolate truffles!!!!!! Don't even say a word! Shhhh! LOL

But through all the kinks, I never registered a gain during the week. My weight either stayed the same or went down. And at the end of it all, I'm right on target as far as weight loss for this week. So, I'm happy.

I'm not as obsessed as I was at the beginning of the PRIME week. By the end of the week, I was in a little groove with the planning and spacing of meals.

I'm expecting this new week to go well. I have a dinner planned with my best friend tomorrow; but it'll be fine. I follow Dr. Ian on twitter and he's always saying that one day isn't going to stump your progress with SHRED. It's about LIFESTYLE. And my crazy week, proved his point exactly. I had my kinks and I still lost weight.

The plan doesn't call for calorie logging or counting (except for the limitations for smoothies and soups) but I've been logging everything (except the chocolate...LOL) on my SP tracker. So, if you want to see what I've been eating (though your choices might be different) then you can just view my tracker. Also, in my notes section, I write down the times of the meals that I plan/have. So, check it out if you're interested. And by all means, buy the book if you're REALLY interested!

Until next week...

  
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LUV2PUMP 2/28/2013 12:29PM

    Thanks for sharing. I am encouraged. I am on day four and look forward to reading the rest of your journey.

Thanks

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LRLANE619 2/20/2013 11:14PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I am very interested in doing this and it's great when we share our trials and victories. I'll keep you in my prayers as continue through this phase. emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 2/20/2013 3:56PM

    This is so cool, Vanessa! I bet you are so excited about the loss the first week that you are all pumped up to get some exercise in this week. Keep up the great work!

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BONNIEMCB 2/17/2013 8:11AM

    I enjoyed reading your thoughtful reflections in this blog. I am facing W3, so I think I am exactly a week ahead of you (weigh-in tomorrow for w2!). Keep up the good work! emoticon

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POLACALINDA 2/15/2013 4:54PM

    Very interesting. I want to try the water before and during the meal. That should make it easier to stay within goal range for calories, because you fill up on water. I didn't lose any weight this week, and I worked SOOOO hard. Hopefully adding some of your ideas in will help me out. I know I am making progress, even if the scale doesn't want to admit it. How do I know? Well, I nearly lost my skirt, slip and unders in my walk this morning. The kids left me in the dirt, because I just couldn't keep anything in place. :O

Thanks for the ideas, though. I read your tracking and am going to mimic your patterns this week and see where it goes from there.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/15/2013 12:53PM

    This sounds like a really interesting program! A lot of the principles are ones I already follow, particularly the spacing and the water (though I tend to drink my two glasses per meal WITH the meal instead of one before). I think this is a program I can get behind - it sounds very reasonable!

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KTTAYLOR21 2/15/2013 12:23PM

    Man that sounds great!!! Chocolate AND your still on track, that's EXCELLENT!

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STSCOTT11 2/15/2013 11:33AM

    WOW! That's good results...and especially that it allowed you to color outside the lines and STILL make progress.
Keep up the good work.

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Stagnant...

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 problem...it'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?

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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
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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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1DERLAND14 8/2/2012 8:21PM

    wow, they say a picture is worth 1,000 words...so 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.
LOOKING GOOD.
From the photos, you actually carried the weight very well.
HOORAY!

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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!
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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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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a great week !!

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ERLYWA 6/24/2012 11:09PM

    AWESOME!

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    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:



WE DID IT!!



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

    LOL
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.
Love
Margaret

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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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