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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 rope...sleek....fast...light.

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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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 3/24/2011 4:22PM

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!

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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 now....one 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 CAN DO IT!

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

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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

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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 it...so 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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Day 2 of 40/40 Challenge: Exercise Good...Eating Bad

Monday, March 21, 2011

Did I tell you that I joined the 5K Your Way Official Sparkteam? Well, I did! emoticon It's a SparkPeople Training Program in which you prepare your body to walk/jog a 5K in 5 weeks. It can be real or virtual. So, today, for my 40 minute workout, I did Day 1 of the training.

The first day requires walking for 4 minutes and then jogging for 1 minute, for a total of 25 minutes. I did a total of 30 minutes with a 5 min cool down and a 5 minute warm up.

Imma tell ya... that jogging felt GOOD!!!


Then, I feel like I ruined everything good by make poor choices at dinner. I wanted to "treat" myself. I didn't want to be "good." Hubby took the family to TGIF's and I ordered this:


I didn't really know how "bad" I actually was until I got home and searched the internet for the caloric content of the food I had eaten!! I'm not even going to post it here. It's so ridiculous! But you can see it in my food tracker if interested. So disappointing and sooooo unnecessary!!

BUT....I know...


Tomorrow is a new day!

  
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BRATTY_ME27 3/22/2011 8:13PM

    Way to go on your exercise.

Food wise- I am a firm believer that if you don't "treat" yourself once in awhile you will fail. Don't make a habit of it, and don't beat yourself up over it. I actually schedule a "cheat" day every week- it's not always the same day, I kind of schedule them around things going on in my life, and I still "try" to keep things under control, but I enjoy EVERY bite of those meals. I hope that you enjoyed your meal.

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HEALTHYAMS 3/22/2011 8:38AM

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Hey, where's that group? Maybe that group, or another similar to it, will help me prepare for the Breast Cancer walk I'm doing in June.

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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 3/22/2011 12:47AM

    You are right-- you CAN do it.. and you will. One indulgent meal doesn't mess anything up... just remember next time when you treat yourself to plan in advance!!

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SBEAR5 3/21/2011 10:24PM

    Tomorrow IS a new day! WTG on your 40 mins!

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Day 1 of 40/40 Challenge: Off to a Good Start

Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Today I got off to a great start! I went to sleep late last night, so I did not wake up this morning to workout; but I did get my workout in this evening. It felt great!

I finally put that Body Gospel series of DVDs that my best friend got me for Christmas to use.

There are 4 dvds in the set and each dvd has an average of 2-3 workouts on it.


I did "Body Revival" tonight. It has a 3 minute warm-up and a 3-minute cool down; but the actual workout is 30 minutes. Since I need 40 minutes, I added in 10 minutes of Coach Jen's Jump Rope Cardio workout!


That Jump Rope cardio workout is NICE. I don't always feel like that much impact but when I do, it's a lot of BURN for a small amount of time! I'm so glad I spun the wheel and it landed on that free dvd! And another time it landed on a free $10 gift certificate. I used that to get the jump rope from the SparkPeople store. So WIN/WIN for me, huh? The DVD has more than one workout on it.


But so far, I have stuck with only the Jump Rope Cardio workout. It really gets my heart pumpin!

Well, that's it for me. Just wanted to report Day 1 success!
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KISSYTINA 3/21/2011 6:12PM

    WooHoo!!! I would love to hear more about the Body Gospel workouts. They sound great! And the jump roping sounds fun! It is amazing how many calories can be burned using some of our favorite childhood past-times! And we never even noticed when we were young!

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LESLIES537 3/21/2011 10:24AM

    Those DVDs sound great!! GO YOU! emoticon emoticon

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BRATTY_ME27 3/21/2011 12:10AM

    AWESOME!!! Keep it up!

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BET212 3/20/2011 9:51PM

    Looks like a great workout and great plan! emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 3/20/2011 8:54PM

    Awesome start!

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HEALTHYAMS 3/20/2011 8:25PM

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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 3/20/2011 8:13PM

    Wow! That is cool! Those sound like some great workouts!!!

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