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Days 34 and 35 of 40/40 Challenge: Wow...only 5 Days left

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I'm keeping my eyes on the prize... I hope there is a prize. Well, I guess the prize is FINISHING the race and celebrating all the things I've learned and gained through this 40/40 Challenge. Yeah..that's the prize. I'm keeping my eyes on that. LOL

BUT, I'm not finished yet, so....

Yesterday (Day 34) I kept it inside on my treadmill. Unfortunately, I procrastinated so long that I had to hurry and get myself on the treadmill at 11:15pm last night!! But, I got on there and did what I had to do. LOL

But, today (Day 35) I walked outside.

My cousin had her housewarming party today and since she only lives a little over a mile from me and it was such a wonderful day, I decided to walk there and back. It was such a pleasant walk both ways. The wind was blowing and the sun was shining and it was just beautiful. It took me exactly 20 minutes to get there and 20 minutes to get back. So there goes my 40 minutes for today! Yipee. AND.. I made my 2011 EPIC calorie burn too! (I burned 2079 calories this week.)

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CELLO23 4/25/2011 4:07PM

    You're so near! You'll so do this! SO impressed you kept your streak with a late-night session. emoticon emoticon

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Days 32 and 33 of 40/40 Challenge: Walking Double-time

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'm still walking....

Yesterday I walked outside with my daughter and then inside to Leslie.

Today I did double-time on the treadmill. I walked 40 minutes at a steady 20/min mile pace. Then, since I was still downstairs and just watching television, I decided to get back on the treadmill and walk uphill at 10% incline at a 30 min/mile pace for another 40 minutes. I really enjoy walking at an incline. You can burn twice the calories while walking at a slower pace and you sweat a LOT. So, it was perfect.

My eating has been good too. The first two days I was just over 1200 calories and then today I was at the higher end at around 1500. My tracker keeps changing to 1200-1550 so I'm just going to leave it there. But I'm going to keep striving to stay between 1200-1300. So far so good.

I'm still looking for results from walking alone and staying at the lower end of my calorie range. I DO think it's possible. I'm thankful for having read some very encouraging highlighed success stories on Spark about members who dropped the weight from walking alone. So, I'm sure walking isn't the problem. I guess we'll see. In the meantime...

Days 32 and 33 of my 40/40 Challenge are DONE!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/21/2011 10:35PM

    emoticon Walking is wonderful. The best part about it is that you can do it for the rest of your life. emoticon I love walking. Remember to keep the arms up and also don't grab the treadmill. emoticon

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ELEXEY 4/21/2011 10:06PM

    Since Riley no longer will just lay there and look at me, or sleep half the day, (definitely is a mobile baby now lol) my exercise sessions have mostly become taking her for walks. Once in a while I can hit the gym, but that's not realy often. And I'm still losing the weight so I know it can be done. And I love Leslie!!! My tracker stays 1200 to 1550 as well, I try to stay toward the lower end, but I will mix it up a couple times a week so my body doesn't get too comfortable and quit responding like it did before.

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Days 30 and 31 of 40/40 Challenge: New Strategy and Encouragement from Mary Mary

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm running out of of things to say in these blogs. My purpose for blogging was just to document what workout I actually did so you can follow me along my journey through this 40/40 challenge. But, my workouts don't change much. You already know the basic things that I do. I walk with Leslie. I walk the treadmill. I jump rope. I do aerobics. I ride the stationary bike. I dance in the spirit. SMILE. So, I think that for the remaining days of my challenge, I'm just going to combine two days per blog.

Last night (Day 30) and this morning (Day 31) I walked with Leslie Sansone for 48 minutes.

Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm not doing much when I walk with Leslie. Sometimes I don't even bust a sweat. It's the exercise I do when I don't feel like exercising. It's like I'm just going through the motions. Sometimes I feel like walking, in general, isn't going to give me the results I desire. I mean, I've been walking. It's what I do. But, I really haven't lost anything walking.

I remember when my mom and I did our half marathon training. We were putting in some serious miles over the weeks. And then we walked the half marathon. Obviously tons of calories were being burned over the weeks of training and the day of the half marathon. But, I didn't lose anything. That was really one of the reasons we embarked upon the training in the first place. I was at a stand still with weight loss and I wanted to kick it in gear. I wanted to develop some consistency and figured the training would force me into it.

My thoughts were the same with this 40/40 Challenge. My main goal was to develop consistency in my exercising and I have definitely gained that. But, my secondary goal was to LOSE WEIGHT!!! I mean, really!! If you're exercising for 40 days straight, shouldn't you lose something?!!!

So, I'm making some changes...trying out some EXPERIMENTS, if you will. I just need to know what works.

I know that the eating and the exercising work together. I feel like I've had some very good weeks. I had been very consistent in tracking. I've stayed in calorie range...BUT, I seem to always be at the higher end (1550). I don't think that's working for me.

So, I'm going to actively pursue 1200-1300 calories for the remaining days of this 40/40 challenge. I'm going to set my nutritional goals as such...beginning TODAY. I just had my official weigh-in on the 15th and I've gained since then!! Drats! So, I have also logged my weight in as of TODAY too."

I'm going to do nothing but WALK for these remaining days. I just need to know if walking is the problem or if "I" am the problem. LOL That sounds comical as I type it. There is little doubt that the problem is ME. LOL But I just need to know....for SURE.


I heard this song on the radio today just as I was preparing to type this blog. It's by Mary Mary.

Some people say walking takes too long
But I say with walking you can't go wrong
Why should you rush your way through life?
You won't get very far running all the time

Look at me
I'm trying
I fall down
Make mistakes
Get back up
Try again
Next time you see me

I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking"

The song is talking about life...taking it one day at a time... At least that's what I gleaned from it. But, today, I'm taking it LITERALLY. I found it encouraging. Maybe this walking thing is just underated. I'm going to see if it deserves a higher rating through my experiment.

So for the next 9 days...

I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking
I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking

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CELLO23 4/20/2011 2:03PM

    Hey True-ness - I can only echo what Pink says about the heart rate monitor. I found out that now I'm reasonably fit, it takes around 45' of alternate jog-walking to burn around 250 cals. Obviously that'll be different for everyone, but it doesn't strike me as very much (I'm 5 ft 4)! I could come back, eat a couple of bags of crisps, and I've scoffed them straight down again. It sounds as though your body is coping really well with the gentler end of fitness, so you aren't going to shift many cals with just walking.

On the other hand, you're maybe being too hard on yourself expecting weight loss at the same time. I'm not really losing weight these days - maybe 7 pounds in all - but I'm a completely different shape than I used to be. I bet this 40/40 stint is making you far fitter, trimmer and more muscly! emoticon emoticon Good on you for keeping this up! Nearly there!

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TRUE-NESS 4/20/2011 8:28AM

    I'll be doing both: walking on the treadmill and Leslie, but concentrating mostly on my treadmill or walking outside since Leslie doesn't make me sweat. The one time she made me sweat is when I jumped rope while she did "boosted walking." But I like the suggestions of HEALTHYAMS and CRYSTLE who said basically that I have to put in the extra effort with Leslie videos. If I want to sweat, I've got to put forth "sweating" effort. But in the past I only did Leslie when I didn't feel like working out so I was just going through the motions. I'll have to NOT do that anymore. Thanks for all the comments guys!

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SBEAR5 4/19/2011 7:17PM

    So, are you walking on the treadmill or with Leslie? I'm not familar with that DVD. But, I would say, if you're not sweating, you're not getting much of a workout. For me... I can workout like a machine but if I don't keep my calories down, I won't lose. Just FYI. :) Good Luck!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/19/2011 6:56PM

    I love Leslie. emoticon You can add "boosted" walking to all the walking segments to increase the pace or you can almost jump when going from side to side. Even adding some hand weights can help increase the intensity. Since you have walked a half marathon before have you thought of C25K program?

Loved that you dance in the Spirit. emoticon

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HEALTHYAMS 4/19/2011 2:19PM

    I used to sweat when I did Leslie. Not the first mile, but when I would do 3-4 miles I would sweat. You really do have to put the extra effort in when doing her video's; otherwise, you'll just be getting your mileage in, but won't be elevating your heart rate and like Pink said, that's a great indicator that you're actually burning something.
So, for the next 9 days - Go sister, get your walk on, it's your birthday. Go sister!! emoticon

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ISILWEN 4/19/2011 2:12PM

    Sounds like switching it up might be what you need. Glad you're not giving up! I'm just getting restarted with my spark journey so I don't have much in the way of advice... Just hang in there. emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 4/19/2011 12:45PM

    Hey Pink!

I definitely sweat when I walk my treadmill...usually I do that on an incline. I was mainly referring to Leslie Sansone videos where I usually don't sweat. I guess if I put more into it I would sweat. Go figure! But, no, I don't have a heart rate monitor. :-(


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LESLIES537 4/19/2011 11:39AM

    That IS an encouraging song! Thanks for sharing that!

I think sometimes our bodies get used to the # of calories we're consuming, and when you switch it up and confuse it by staying on the low end of your calorie range instead of the high end, it actually helps your metabolism! It has to adjust and it really gets it going. Worth a try anyways! Go for it, girl! I know you can do it!

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PINKBEANBOO 4/19/2011 10:33AM

    Do you have a heart rate monitor that tells you how many calories you are burning? On those walking days, if your not breaking a sweat, then your probably not working hard enough to burn many calories.
Burning 3500 will = 1 lb but that's only if you aren't eating so much you are counter acting the calorie burn.
I like looking at the "reports" section for my "calorie differential over time". Since I log all my food & fitness I can look at the graph & tell how I've been doing.

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Day 29 of 40/40 Challenge

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Just finished my 40 minutes on the treadmill. That is all. :-)

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HEALTHYAMS 4/19/2011 8:48AM

    Lol @ the "one liner".

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KISSYTINA 4/17/2011 10:31PM

    Way to Go!

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Day 28 of 40/40 Challenge: Prayer and Praise

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Last night we had a "shut-in" at my church from 10p - 7am. For those who don't know, a shut-in is when you stay in church overnight and pray, praise and worship the Lord! It was truly AWESOME!!!

Out of the 9 hours of praise, worship and prayer, I'm POSITIVE I got in AT LEAST 40 minutes of bodily exercise. I'm POSITIVE it was most likely a lot MORE!! :-) So, I'm counting it!..

Day 28 of 40/40 Challenge... DONE!

And now.... I'm going to bed!

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PINKBEANBOO 4/18/2011 10:56AM

    That sounds like the BEST way to exercise.

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HEALTHYAMS 4/17/2011 6:00PM

    Amen! Lol!

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