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Day 7 of 40/40 Challenge: 5K Training

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I have completed the first week of 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Training! WooHoo!

I have also completed the first week of my 40/40 Challenge! WooHooHooHoo!

Next week (tomorrow, exactly) I will pick back up with San Antonio SparkTeam's EPIC Challenge. I completed the first leg in February then took a break off and did not do the 2nd Leg in March. Now, it's time for the 3rd Leg. I'm SO on it!

With my own 40/40 Challenge going on, it should be pretty easy to get the 2011 calories burned each week that EPIC requires to earn one of the exercise points. This week I burned 2000! IF I were doing EPIC, I would have found a way to burn an extra 11 calories. Jumping rope for 30 secs would have taken care of that! LOL

EPIC should really help me as far as the calories are concerned. I have really been going over on my calories all week...probably 3 out of the 7 days this week! That's crazy! So, I'll really be concentrating on staying within calorie range now that I'm beginning EPIC.

So, I have a lot to look forward to for the upcoming week!!! Wishing everyone great successes!!

God bless!!

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BRATTY_ME27 3/26/2011 8:34PM

    Have fun with your "new" challenge! Great job so far with your exercise!

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HEALTHYAMS 3/26/2011 7:57PM

    You're doing a lot! I don't know if I can do all those multiple challenges at once, but you go girl, lol. emoticon

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KISSYTINA 3/26/2011 12:23PM

    Wow... You are doing great! Really! Yeah you may have had a few off days on calories, but you can reign those in. You WILL find that balance. I promise. I am so glad you will be joining us for EPIC Leg 3!! I just KNOW you are going to do awesome!

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Day 6 of 40/40 Challenge: Keeping it Low Impact

Friday, March 25, 2011

I've been doing a lot of high impact activities this week so today I thought I'd keep it low impact. I think my body needed that break.

So it was a Leslie morning...did 4 of her miles in 48 minutes.

I have to go to my mom's house today and I might get on her stationary bike as well. But for now...

Day 6 of 40/40 Challenge.... DONE!

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BRATTY_ME27 3/26/2011 9:05PM


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KISSYTINA 3/25/2011 8:44PM

    WooHoo! Keep up the wonderful work! YOU CAN DO IT!

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SBEAR5 3/25/2011 3:15PM

    Way to keep up the great work!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/25/2011 2:30PM

    That's not walking, that's RUNNING!!
Work it work it work it!

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TRUE-NESS 3/25/2011 8:36AM

    Well, you know Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home miles are quick. I'm not even sure if they are real miles or not. LOL But main point is 48 minutes of exercise (aerobics) done!

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HEALTHYAMS 3/25/2011 8:19AM

    4 miles in 48 minutes?! Alright now! It takes me an hour to do 4 miles when I'm on the elliptical, and of course that time increases when I'm on the treadmill. I don't even have a clue how long it would take me just walking regular, lol. But anway, emoticon sister! emoticon

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Day 5 of 40/40 Challenge: Just Call Me "Nike"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I did not feel like getting up this morning. BUT...the awesome thing about this 40/40 Challenge is that I don't really have a choice. Just like Nike's slogan I just had to wake up and DO IT....and I did!!

I didn't know what I wanted to do but once I got down to the basement and saw this magnificent specimen, I KNEW.

This is my daughter's jump rope. She just got it as one of her prizes for participating in "Jump Rope for Heart" and raising money for the American Heart Association. Now this rope is an exercise jump

This is mine:

It's not heavy, but it's not as light as hers either. It's also longer than hers so I have to wind it around my hands once so that it doesn't hit the ceiling when I jump rope. With her rope it's comfort comfort comfort.

So, I brought it on!!!...and I mean ON!!! emoticon

And the funny thing about exercise motivation is this:

It's true. The motivation to DO comes from actually DOING! Once I started working out, I definitely felt like continuing. This is not the first time this has happened. I think this is just the way it works. Many people talking about finding the motivation to do any number of things, but you really don't find the motivation. You just have to go ahead and DO what it is you want to do and the motivation will find YOU.

So, anyway...back to the workout...

I started off with a brief warm-up by doing some Advanced Step on the Wii for 5 minutes. Then I started 30 minutes of jumping rope. Not straight. I did intervals. The SparkPeople Jump Rope dvd has you doing 30 secs of jumping and then 30 secs of recovery. It's tough! But, I think I'm getting stronger. I remember the first time I did that dvd for 10 minutes and I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest. Today....not at all.

Honestly, I was more concerned about my right arthritic knee, but it held up well. No problems at all. And I had sooooo much fun! I was sweating big time and burning SERIOUS calories!!! LOVING IT!!

And the other good thing about my daughters rope is that if you don't pick your feet up you will be punished for it! LOLOLOL I was jumping rope barefooted. When I missed a jump that rope hit my toes and OUCH!! LOLOL The last 2-3 minutes of the workout I was hitting my toes big time. I think it was psychological. I saw the end in sight and all of a sudden it was so hard to get my feet off the ground. My legs were like logs. LOL But that swipe of the rope kept me high stepping it! My goodness that rope hurt! LOL

So, that's all for today guys... Day 5 of 40/40 Challenge... DONE!!

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BRATTY_ME27 3/26/2011 9:22PM

    Great job!

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JOYSONG50 3/24/2011 8:29PM

    Great job! I sure have some catching up to do as far reading blogs and learning what the 40/40 challenge is. Keep up the good work. I'm on my way back. as far as motivation goes. Your blog post has inspired even more.

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KISSYTINA 3/24/2011 3:06PM

    Great Job! It can take a lot to be able to force yourself to do things when you really don't want to. You showed some serious commitment and determination. And... it looks like it is paying off! You are having FUN and getting HEALTHY!

Keep up the great work!

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HEALTHYAMS 3/24/2011 12:50PM

    Lol, don't hurt those toes now. Man, I haven't jumped rope in forever. I KNOW my heart would've been like - R u crazy?!?!
But good for you sister :-) emoticon
Now about this motivation thing..... All I know is, I definitely have to find it, in order to do Spring cleaning, lol. But I'm with you all the way on the exercise. emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 3/24/2011 10:35AM

    You are doing so great emoticon and having fun at the same time!

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TURTLE_MOM 3/24/2011 9:31AM

    that is just great! i have a jump rope but i just can't do it with my bad knees! you are doing so great - and i have to take your advice about just doing! i need to get moving and i know it will come from finally moving! i'm a week without exercise, and that is just insane!

you are doing great - thanks for the motivation!!!

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Day 4 of 40/40 Challenge: 5K MY Way!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I amped up my walking speed every so SLIGHTLY (nothing crazy) during my 5K Training today. I did good. I noticed that after running, walking seemed slow so I was able to increase the walking speed.

I did good with the running/jogging too. But sometimes I was thinking "how will I make it to running for a full 30 minutes." That just seems so "out there" for me right now. LOL Thankfully, that is not what this particular training is about. It's about running and walking a 5K. That I can do.

I'm thinking after this training is over, I'll give it a go again at the C25K program to try to train to run a full 5K. That'll be a FEAT sho'nuff. But for day at a time.

I have completed Day 4 of my 40/40 Challenge! emoticon

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KISSYTINA 3/23/2011 10:54PM


You are doing great. Keep working toward your goals, and you will reach them!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/23/2011 4:03PM

    Good for you! You are really doing this!

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SARAH_HOPE 3/23/2011 10:05AM

You're doing great!

I'm supposed to be doing the walk/run too but I haven't figured out how to incorporate that training into my life yet. My workouts are mostly done at home, I can only workout after 8pm and I don't have a treadmill.

Anyway, congrats to you for doing it! Who knows? Maybe someday you will run for 30 minutes! Go ahead, surprise yourself.


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HEALTHYAMS 3/23/2011 8:32AM

You be getting your workouts in early for real, lol.

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Day 3 of 40/40 Challenge: Leslie, Wii and Me!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm getting an early start on my blog today because I have a busy day and Bible Class tonight.

This morning I combined 3 different workouts. I started off with...

I just needed to get an extra 4 minutes in so after I took my weight on the Wii I just went ahead and did Rhythm Boxing for 6 minutes.

Then I did my main workout to the day which was...

I did three of Leslie's miles which is 36 minutes. This particular dvd has 2-minute "boosted walks" (which is really light jogging in place) at the end of each 12-minute mile. Each time she got to the 2-minute boost, I pulled out my jump rope.

I just jumped to the beat of the music. So I got 6 minutes of jumping rope in.

I am starting to really enjoy jumping rope! It's fun. When I was growing up it was one of the things we did ALLLL the time. We jumped double-dutch at recess at school and in our neighborhood. We had double-dutch competitions. I'm not sure at this point what my double-dutch skills are like but I can still jump single rope. emoticon

That's all for now... See ya tomorrow for Day 4's blog! (I should be getting my Jillian dvd back tonight from a friend who borrowed who knows... tomorrow might be a Jillian day! Yikes! We'll see.... LOL)

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BRATTY_ME27 3/22/2011 8:01PM

    Awesome workout! Keep up the great work!

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KISSYTINA 3/22/2011 6:23PM

    Sounds like a great workout!! Keep up the wonderful work!

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HALLELUL 3/22/2011 10:37AM

    I enjoyed your blog but whine I want a Wii system. I do have a jump rope but my ceilings are low so I can't use it inside.

Have you tried a Jackie Warner workout? Reminds me of Jillian but she doesn't tear up her face as much. LOL

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LESLIES537 3/22/2011 10:15AM

    That sounds like such a fun work out! I'm gonna have to find my jump rope now! Thanks for inspiring me! You ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SBEAR5 3/22/2011 10:00AM

    Looks like you're doing great, Vanessa! I'm honestly not sure I've like anything that make me "jiggle" since puberty hit.. and jump rope is high on that list! LOL BUT, it IS a great workout. I suppose I could do it at home, alone.. :)

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HEALTHYAMS 3/22/2011 9:09AM

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