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Monday, March 30, 2009

day 89 (day 5 / week 13)

I really hope my days are right (the numbers). my blog is too large for the phone to load, so I am going off of memory on that (i am not known for my great memory).

anyway, things aren't going how I thought they would in my head. there are boxes everywhere and no room for me to do turbo jam anywhere. we (i) also have A LOT of cleaning to do, and I didn't expect that (or my legs being this sore!). but when you have lemons, you make lemonade. I spent a few hours this morning scrubbing the master bath (was really bad!) and the kitchen floor (was even worse). I did a lot of lunges, more squats (moving boxes out of the way), and used my arm and back muscles scrubbing the floor and window to the Nevada room. my arms and back are starting to get sore now. when I am able to log my exercise on sparkpeople again, I am going to call today 120 mins of heavy cleaning (total understatement lol).

we have to switch my son's room and the extra room later tonight (we want him to have the bigger room closer to ours). we have to pull all of the boxes out of both rooms and swap everything because we realized after the fact that we should have put him in the other room. more exercise! :)

hope you guys have a great workout and monday! make today count! :)

I can do this. I am a star.

day 88 (day 4 / week 13)

I wasn't able to get on to post for yesterday (day 87--sunday). we are in vegas now and unpacked the truck yesterday, then went to my mom's house for bbq. at around 10 pm I was mad because I wasn't able to exercise because of how hectic everything was all day, so I got up and did 50 crunches--not much but something conscious--the terms of my resolution.

then I woke up this morning and my legs were EXTREMELY sore and I was a little confused as to why lol. I totally forgot!! at my mom's house, I was playing with my sisters baby (5 mos) and to get her to laugh I was doing this traveling squat thing and then jumping in the air with her. she loved this and was all smiles the entire time. I did this at least 30 times and remember thinking ''well, I'm definitely getting my exercise in for today!'' I just forgot about it because it was so much fun and, if you have ever done a squat before, you would know that they are not much fun lol.

anyway I am really glad that my legs are sore because I feel better now that I did something other than those stupid crunches.

anyway, gonna post about today now.

hope you had a great weekend! I still can't figure out how to respond to comments on this phone (i don't get the option) or how to enter exercise on mobile.sparkpeople either. make today count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

day 87 (day 3 / week 13)

I didn't get to sleep until after 1am last night. I went down around 11pm, but there was so much dust in the air (we were sleeping on just our matress) from moving everything into the truck, that it was all I could smell/feel.

I am so tired but did the 20 minute workout (turbo jam) anyway. off to take my last shower here and start day 2 of moving.

I hope this posts. I am on my hubby's phone again.

have a good workout! make today count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, March 27, 2009

day 86 (day 2 / week 13)

Well, today is day 1/3 of moving day. My hubby is out to pick up the truck right now. My In-Law's flight has been delayed almost 2 hours, so they aren't here yet.

I did the 20 minute workout (Turbo Jam) and it felt great. I got all beautified this morning, and then went and got my hair cut, so I didn't want to get all gross and exercise, but I did anyway. I'm not gross though. I cut a lot of hair off and it's been thinned out a lot (I think she called it "textured"), so it's not so heavy/hot anymore. It's so cute! I didn't have to put it up in a pony tail to exercise....although when I do, it looks more like a dog tail now with the cut/texture lol. I didn't get it cut to put it in a pony tail anyway, so it's all good. All that matters is that I exercised :)

Depending on how early we start loading the truck tomorrow, I might be posting from a hotel room in Tonopah, NV and also on Sunday, so hopefully they have wireless and/or a computer with internet access that I can post from. I will try to wake up early enough that I can get exercise in though, before we get super busy and everyone starts arriving.

I hope you guys have a great Friday! Make today count! It's worth it!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

day 85 (day 1 / week 13)

I turned on Punch, Kick & Jam today and only did 25 minutes of it (it's 48 minutes long). I am just really tired and have been doing laundry and cleaning since 6am. I also feel a little funny from all of the cleaning products and there being no ventilation in our master bathroom (I feel like I burned my sinuses or something). It's spotless though lol.

I hope you all have a good day! If it's nice outside, go take a walk. Walks aren't exercise! Well, they are, but they don't seem like it when you're surrounded by God's art (nature :)). If I can find time to exercise in the middle of moving 450 miles away, then you can too! ;)

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

day 84 (day 7 / week 12)

I really flaked on my exercise today. I turned on the 20 minute workout and only did 10 minutes of it because I kept getting distracted with tidying up and putting stuff in the last few boxes. My brain is in moving mode and it wont stop.

I feel that I have done a lot physically today though, pretty much since I woke up (cleaning each room, moving boxes, etc), so I will excuse myself from not doing more, or feeling bad about it. I'm sure I burned more calories cleaning and moving boxes around, than I would have on this video, so it's all good. In fact, I scrubbed this stain on our counter (I used a square cake pan to put soap bottles, sponges and sink stuff in, and it rusted a HUGE stain in the counter! lesson learned lol) for a good 30-40 minutes, so that alone is more than the video...and my arm is sore now! lol

I still can't believe this connection is working... lol

Hope you all have a great day and a great workout! Make today count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

day 83 (day 6 / week 12)

Today I did the 20 minute workout (Turbo Jam). For the past 3-4 days I have been working pretty hard, so I wanted a break. We only have a few more boxes to pack (well maybe 4 or 5) and everything is packed except for our furniture, bedding and stuff we are packing in our suitcases. Sweet!

I can't believe it's already Tuesday. I have been pretty blessed to be able to get on and be accountable for my food choices and exercise. This must be in God's plan for me!

Hope everyone has a great day and workout! Make today count! (it's SO worth it!)

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, March 23, 2009

day 82 (day 5 / week 12)

My hubby doesn't get off of work until after 4pm, so I wasn't able to post this earlier. I wasn't able to get online to post it either (the connection seems to only like my hubby lol).

Today (around 1:30pm) I did Punch, Kick & Jam (with the sculpting gloves). I'm definitely not as sore as I was yesterday, or even the day before.

95% of the apartment is packed. Yaay!

Hope you guys have a good day and a great workout! Make today count! You'll be happy you did :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

day 81 (day 4 / week 12)

Today I did Kick, Punch & Jam. Man I am sore (good sore) from doing it the past few days. I also did the same workout yesterday, instead of the 20 minute workout (I need to change it on my blog from yesterday)

Doing the labels from my hubby's phone is hard. It doesn't list my preexisting labels for me, so I have to type them in from memory (no big deal cause it doesn't affect you guys, but I'm anal lol).

Surprisingly my hubby's computer is picking up a wireless connection (mine didn't find any), so I am able to type this on the computer, and not his phone. He doesn't have a keypad that is easy to type with either--he has Palm Centro (i'm not that impressed with it anymore lol) so blogging on it takes more effort than I want to put out. My phone has a keypad, but has very limited internet access. I can only go to sprint pages (i can't even use OR search for google!). Thank you for understanding if I can't blog for a day and for having faith that I am exercising. I am not stopping now especially after 81 days in! If being sick wont stop me, lack of internet deffinitely wont lol.

Anyway, this connection is not reliable at all and is extremely weak, so I need to post this now before I push my luck! Besides I want to watch the snow fall one last time before we leave (I'm happy that it's snowing right now. The snow is the only thing I will miss about this area!).

Make today count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

day 80 (day 3 / week 12)

We are moving on Friday. My hubby didn't pay the cable bill because of this and so we no longer have an internet connection (i am on my hubby's cell now) or TV which I am fine with lol.

If I have problems posting this on his phone, I am going to hand write all of my posts and post them here when we get to Vegas.

I am about to do the 20 minute workout (turbo jam) and may do something more during logan's nap.

I hope this works! I am not able to view my blog because it's too large.

make today count :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Day 79 (day 2 / week 12)

O.M.G. that was hard (Turbo Jam's Punch, Kick & Jam)! I was able to keep up better today without the distraction (God bless his little heart). I am extremely sweaty and so happy to do that workout! I know that I am going to have great results with it, and I love how energetic it is and Chalene is. She totally helps you through it (mentally).

Punch, Kick & Jam is a lot more challenging than the other Turbo Jam workouts I have done so far, and I'm glad. I'm not saying the other ones are easy-peasy, but I don't sweat like this with them.

Anyway, a few days ago I mentioned something that I discussed with my MIL, that I wasn't ready to mention here. Well I guess there isn't going to be a better time, and maybe a lot of you can relate. Maybe coming out will encourage some and make you feel like you aren't alone in this battle.

Hi. My name is Melissa Henning and I am addicted to refined sugar (I said yes to most of these things).

This isn't to say that I eat brownies all day. Or candy. Or ice cream (it's not allowed in the house or I would! lol). Or even table spoons of sugar lol. It's not to say that I will eat an entire box or batch of cookies. I just always have it in my life. Always.

I know it's not a big deal, but I never realized how much I really enjoy my sweets, and baking a lot. I realized this looking at my diet as a whole and trying to cut it out of my diet. Looking for nutrient dense foods, and foods that are lower in calories or low in fat and higher in protein (just depends). Sugar really packs in a lot of unnecessary calories in my diet, and since I cut it out of my diet (it's only been a few days) I have lost 3 lbs. It could be water weight (probably), but I haven't seen a jump like that, on my scale (my current scale) ever! (I need to throw that thing away btw).

For the past few months, since it was mentioned to me in a comment, I have been using sparkpeople.com, but not obsessively inputting my food (just my exercise), until lately. I was packing in almost 600-800 calories--sugar calories here and there and not even realizing it, or I would put aside healthier foods because I knew I wanted to have a brownie or something later! I NEVER enter it into sparkpeople, and when I look back on my days, the days I have only eaten 330 or 500 calories, it's because the rest was something I was ashamed to admit, unconsciously (lol). I feel like I am lying now that I am aware of it, and not inputting it. Now when I want something sweet, I take a tsp of honey. It's sweet enough to knock out my sweet tooth, and leaves me satisfied. If I'm not, then I take 2. A serving size of honey is 1 TBS and is 60 calories. There are 3 tsp in 1 TB. My MIL went through this years ago when she was on the .brain.fart. Prism Diet, and honey helped her. She was a lot worse when it comes to sweets though, she was a hardcore addict, so much so that she still can't touch sweets, because she says she cant just eat a bite, but will eat it all.

I'm not saying that the reason why I'm not losing weight, is because I eat sugar, but maybe part of it is. I know that muscle is heavier than fat and that I am using weights daily (my sculpting gloves) and doing squats and lunges, so I am getting slimmer, but staying the same weight. I know that is fine, but it really bothers me that I am *so close* to 200 lbs, and I can't quite get there. Now that exercise has become apart of who I am, on a daily basis, I need to start thinking about what I put into my body more. I need to appreciate the body that God gave me more, and feed it correctly (again, not that I eat junk all day--I don't). I know some of you will be concerned, some of you wont care either way, and some of you may be right there with me. This isn't to say that I am going to go wacko about it and not eat foods with it in there--I am just not going to cook/bake with it anymore, or at least for a while, until I know I don't need it (I have never wanted to need anything) and I am not going to buy things to specifically satisfy my sweet tooth (even if they are those 100kcal packs).

Sugar isn't the only thing I have changed either. I am forcing myself to drink no less than 8 glasses of water a day (no more soda--but I have been doing that for almost a month now) and I eat 2 cups of salad (no dressing--my preference because I'm not a big fan) with every meal. Yes, even including breakfast.

I feel much better making these changes, just in the last few days...even being sick (my cold is almost gone btw...). I am proud that I am finally jumping on this bandwagon, and now that I have honey, I don't feel like I am depriving myself (when i tried to cut it out cold turkey, w/out honey, I honestly couldn't and didn't want to do it).

Sorry for the long blog entry! I hope you all have a great Friday. This weekend I am going to experiment with my hubby's phone (since his web access isn't limited), and post a blog entry that way, because I will be without the internet for, quite possibly, a while (until we have jobs which we still don't have!).

Make today count! It feels great, I promise!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Day 78 (day 1 / week 12)

I feel much better today. I still have a cold but the symptoms are easy to ignore now. My energy is back so I was excited to do a longer Turbo Jam video today.

I totally forgot that my Turbo Jam videos came with another DVD that I never opened, so I decided to do that one today. It's called Punch, Kick & Jam. Man, it's really steppy and it was pretty hard for me to follow. Logan woke up like 15 minutes into it (he slept for less than an hour!) and he wouldn't leave me alone. He accidentally (on purpose) bumped into my bottom and then it became a fun game lol. He kept running into my butt and falling (silly kid--he was laughing really, really hard lol). Then he decided to lean against me, and I just gave up. It will be a lot of fun once I can keep up and understand what she's doing. It's like 47 or 48 minutes long, but I was only able to do 24 minutes. I hope I can do it tomorrow with no interruptions.

I think I will go take him for a walk. It's nice outside :).

Hope you all have a great day and an awesome workout!

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Day 77 (day 7 / week 11)

I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I am still not feeling that great. The medicine doesn't seem to be working today, because I just feel crappy all around and I can breathe way too well in one nostril and it hurts. The other side is just plugged as well as that ear (it annoys me that I can't pop it) lol. I am just happy that I am sick now, and not next week, because we are finally getting out of here. I can't believe we are moving next Friday!?! I just hope that I'm not still sick next week and that Jason and Logan don't get sick as well.

I mustered up enough strength to do the 20 minute workout today. I want to go take a nap now.

I do want to let you guys know that my pants keep falling when I'm working out now! I thought I had my big pair on (XL), but I was super surprised to find out that they are my small pair (size L--they used to be super tight around my waist and legs). I guess my sweat pants, need to go bye bye now! How exciting is that??

Off to take a nap.

I can do this. I am a star.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Day 76 (day 6 / week 11)

I'm still sick but I figured out an okay combo of meds to make myself functional. Once they wear off, I feel horrible again. About 2 hours after I took some medicine this morning, I thought, "yaay! Maybe I'm not as sick as I thought" cause I felt fine. Then like 2 hours after that I was on the couch feeling horrible with leaky eyes and nose, a scratchy throat and about ready to fall asleep.

My MIL called me to say hi, and I confessed something to her that I had realized in the past few days of going over my food journal and being sick (I'm not ready to out it here yet...but I will eventually). For some reason being sick made me realize it. Her convo woke me up enough to get me off my butt to take some more meds. Now I am fine but I can feel that I'm starting to get tired again. I did 3 loads of laundry and did the 20 minute workout (Turbo Jam) and tried to make it count. I still feel achy but the advil I took earlier is helping that. After Logan is finished eating, I want to go for a walk to the store to pick up some honey (has to do with what I confessed).

So that's it. I feel ok. Still sick, but ok since I figured out a good med combo. Thank you for all of your get well notes, and your concerns. I am ok. It's hard with Logan, but taking this stuff to mask my symptoms and headache seems to be helping. Hopefully it doesn't kill my liver (j/k I know it can't do that much damage in just a few days time that I am taking it lol).

Hope everyone has a happy green day! (can't pinch me! I have green eyes!) Make today count! I did :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 75 (day 5 / week 11)

Today I feel worse today than I did yesterday. Today my head feels like it wants to explode, my ears keep popping, and it's really comical how much I keep sneezing (logan pretends to sneeze like 3 times for every 1 sneeze that I do lol). I feel like a zombie. I have no energy and didn't know how I was going to get myself to exercise. I packed the master bathroom and fully cleaned it (so I can just do a wipe down next Friday), and that sucked out the little energy that I did have. Logan is a total ball of energy and refused to take his nap, (until now).

I decided in the end to kill 2 birds with one stone and to take him for a long walk (60 minutes) and get some exercise. He didn't fall asleep during the walk (never does) but he is asleep now (yaay!). It was really windy out and I felt like it was a lot harder to walk him than the last time. My HR confirmed this--it was between 135-140 for the most part. I still need to figure out how to work this thing, so that I can get an accurate estimated HR for a certain amount of time. Anyway, I'm glad I'm done for today.

Hope everyone has a great Monday (it feels like a Saturday to me lol).

I can do this. I am a star.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Day 74 (day 4 / week 11)

I'm sick.

Today I did the 20 Minute Turbo Jam workout. I'd like to say that I feel better since doing it, but I feel pretty bad. I felt bad doing it, which made me sad, cause I LOVE TJ! I thought it would give me energy and help me to feel better, but I just felt achy the whole time. I did not use my sculpting gloves either. I even took some daytime medicine so that I would feel better to exercise. At least I did it--I'm very happy it's over for today!!

On another note, I am not sore at all from yesterday (I really thought I was going to be) so that's a nice treat :).

I hope you all have a great Sunday. Make today count! (I don't know where I read that from, but I stole it--it's mine! lol)

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Day 73 (day 3 / week 11)

Today I did 2 Turbo Jam workouts. I did Turbo Sculpt (39 minutes) and the 20 minute workout (20 minutes)--in that order.

Turbo Sculpt was a lot more difficult than the regular Turbo Jam videos. I think that I have gotten used to not using any hand weights (just the sculpting gloves) so using my 5# weights was heavy! I used my sculpting gloves instead and my legs hurt (good pain, not bad :)).

After doing Turbo Sculpt I was exhausted and didn't want to do the 20 Minute Workout, but I had already programed it into WOWY, so I figured, "what the heck, it's only 20 minutes." I LOVE turbo jam! I got a 3rd and 4th wind during that workout and am very glad that I followed through and finished it. I just hate that I did 59 minutes and not 60 lol (anal retentive much?). I'm just gonna call it 60. Multiple times throughout the day I will cradle Logan, and jog in place and make him bounce and flop around--he loves that and laughs super hard. Because I love to hear his laugh I do it often. I've done it twice today already. (His laugh makes my heart pitter patter lol).

I am trying to focus on my fiber intake because I don't think I am eating enough throughout the day (I may be but have never thought about it before). I will know for sure by the end of next week because I am tracking it now. I read on sparkpeople somewhere that a reason for lack of weight loss could be not eating enough fiber. I am 1/2 way there for my daily consumption today. I just want to see if I feel any differently by the end of the week, also.

I also feel like I might be getting sick (the stress of the move maybe?). I am going to start loading up on my vitamin C, echinacea and vitamins (I always forget to take my multi until I get sick pssht). Anyway off to go eat something.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great workout! Make today count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Day 72 (day 2 / week 11)

Today is gonna be a day of wills. It's my hubby's birthday, and he likes to eat all the yummy evil foods that if I just look at, it slaps itself to my butt. I am confident that I will be fine, I just hate to have tempting food in the house. I am at the point now, where I see everything as calories (this may be a bad thing, because I can become obsessive with stuff I can control), and if something is itty bitty, and has enough calories to be a small meal or snack, I can easily pass it up. Anyway, I have faith that I will stay strong and nothing will stray me. Even if it does, it's not the end of the world, and not like I won't work it off in the next few days anyway :) (*whew* I feel better now lol).

Today I only did the Turbo Jam 20 minute workout. It is so much fun! Lately I have not been in the mood to exercise, but as soon as I turn Turbo Jam on, I am super happy that I did. SO much fun!

I was kind of having an awkward exercise day, in that I didn't put my hair up, so it threw my balance off (I blame it on the hair lol). First I knocked my glasses off of my face doing speed bags and then one side of my bra unsnapped during the "turbo" portion and that...well that was just a little bit uncomfortable and coincidentally pretty funny. I thought it was high-larious (I am the kind of girl that still laughs when my son farts. You'd think after 2 years, it would stop being funny. Nope! I still lmao everytime). What a difference a pony tail makes! lol.

I hope you all have a great Friday and a great workout! It's almost summer...make today count! :)

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Day 71 (day 1 / week 11)

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I bought a new HR monitor at Costco for around $30 (a month or 2 ago??). It's a lot different from my old HR monitor. It actually makes my old one look archaic. My old monitor had 1 button. You pushed it to turn it on, pushed it again when you were finished to get your average HR for that bout of exercise, and then it would turn itself off. if you wanted to see that info again, you would press and hold that button. That was it. It was simple and I miss it lol. My new HR monitor has 3 buttons and 3 booklets that came with it lol. I just use the basic functions that I have been able to figure out pretty easily so far--the clock and i can push the little orange button, and it will find my HR and put it above the time. I push that button again, and it fills the screen (I'm a 1 button kinda gal lol). I haven't figured any of the other features out yet lol. I will try to after we move when I (hopefully) have more time.

I mentioned my HR monitor because I have been using it a lot lately. Today I went for a 90 minute walk with Logan, and my HR stayed steadily between 120-125 BPM. Not bad for just walking! (it's 65-69 as I type this now).

I say all of this, because seeing that my HR was in my target zone for 90 minutes (I'm in my 30's), I might just consider this my exercise for today. I thought about making it a (non)rest day and this might be perfect. I still have a lot of packing to do, and would like to focus on that.

If I get a second wind, I might do the 20 minute workout (Turbo Jam) w/out the gloves (maybe lol). If I do, I will post an update.

Hope everyone is having a good day! I can't believe tomorrow is already Friday (my hubby's birthday). Have a great workout!

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Day 70 (day 7 / week 10)

Today I did Turbo Jam's Cardio Party Mix 1 again (no surprises there, right? lol). The sculpting gloves feel totally normal to me now and aren't awkward anymore :). Yaay :).

Yesterday I was looking around to see if I could see any sample videos of the other Turbo Jam videos out there (there's other cardio parties, and fat burner videos) and I found one that I was able to download and view on my computer! This is going to be a life saver for when we are moving.

Friday and Sat (26th & 27th) we will load the truck, and will hopefully be on our way Sat afternoon. We are going to stop in a little town called Tonopah, NV and stay there for the night. Sunday morning after breakfast sometime, we will finish the trip to Vegas. We don't need to stop in Tonopah (the trip can easily be made in 1 day) but we are going to anyway, just to make the move easier on us, Logan and the in-laws, since they are graciously flying to Reno to help us with this move.

Since we set the dates on moving and made things concrete, I have been trying to figure out how I am going to exercise on that Saturday and Sunday, as we wont have our TV/DVD hooked up. I know moving boxes and all that is like exercise and all, but that just feels like cheating (too easy!). So finding this video online put my mind at rest. My hubby also reminded me that I could probably just play the DVD I have, on the computer (pssht, way to make it easy bub!) which I might actually do (lol).

Anyway if you want to see this video, here is the link. I found it on youtube, and going there now, to get the link for you guys, it looks like you can download ANY of the Turbo Jam videos they have up to view (in the description--it says "Full video in HQ download form:" and gives a megaupload.com link)--they are actually all of the TJ videos I bought and have been doing for $60 in the TJ Maximum Results except for the last one, which didn't come with Maximum Results (Learn & Burn, Cardio Party Mix 1, 20 Minute Workout, AB Jam and Fat Blaster--the one I downloaded) (this is all probably totally illegal which is why i see they aren't available anymore) lol. I will probably end up buying the entire series set anyway, since I <3 all things Turbo Jam (have I mentioned that yet??) and working out to the computer isn't my forte. It is just for the move. You can see everything I have been talking about for the last week or so there though, so you know what I have been talking about :). I think with that megaupload link, you can view the video on that website w/out having to download it.

Jason has a really great job lead, which is a HUGE blessing! It came out of no where, which to me is a total God thing. When it rains, it pours, and if this job is meant for Jason, it means that I will be able to go back to school right away (and I can buy everything else that is all things Turbo Jam lol). We can really use any and all prayers in this department. It's still kind of scary that we don't have any source of income yet, and 2 (yes 2) car payments to make with a fast dwindeling savings account (it'll be gone by the end of April).

Thank you for your prayers in advance. I hope you enjoy viewing TJ on youtube. I <3 Turbo Jam!

Have a great workout! Try Turbo Jam! It's SO much FUN! Do the 20 minute one, it's only 20 minutes! or the Ab Jam--also 20 minutes, but split into 2 10 minute segments, if you don't want to do both.

(sorry for the super long post today!)

I can do this. I am a star.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day 69 (day 6 / week 10)

I <3 Turbo Jam! I really do!

Today I did Cardio Party again, and it is so much fun! :). She does this thing with a speedbag and then an upper cut--and it's just so much fun! The sculpting gloves are totally going to tone down my wings, I mean arms. I'm so excited!

I <3 Turbo Jam! I really, really do!

Hope everyone has a fun workout! Nothing better than having fun and burning calories at the same time :).

I can do this. I am a star!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Day 68 (day 5 / week 10)

I am having problems counting lol. I went from day 3/week 10 to day 2/week 10 and today is day 5 lol (make sense? lol).

Today I did Turbo Jam's Cardio Party for the first time. Holy snapoli, that was so much fun! It's 43 minutes long (and some odd seconds) and it's just loaded with energy and fun! I thought the previous 2 that I had done (learn & burn and the 20 minute workout) were fun, but this was F-U-N!

F is for friends who do stuff together,
U is for you and me
N is for anywhere and anytime at all, down here in the deep blue sea!

now that that's out of my system... lol

I thought that when I started Turbo Jam that I was going to get lost with the moves and might not be able to be able to keep up, because she is ALWAYS moving. But I didn't. I am so proud of myself that I can keep up! I wore my sculpting gloves, and when there was 12 minutes left, I took them off. I noticed a pretty big drop in my heart rate, so I put them back on, so that I can get the full cardiovascular benefit (it went from like 165 to 130 doing the same moves!). We'll see how I feel tomorrow. I am thinking about making my (non)rest days, days that I don't wear the gloves, since it seems to be a lot easier, and since Turbo Jam is so much fun anyway (and she has short 20 minute workouts).

Hope everyone has a great workout/day! Turbo Jam rocks!

I can do this. I am a star.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Day 67 (day 4 / week 10)

Today I did Turbo Jam's 20 minute workout. I wanted it to be a rest day, but figured that I am only doing 20 minutes of exercise anyway, so I should just suck it up and do it. I did it, just without the sculpting gloves.

I hope everyone has a blessed Sunday.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Day 66 (day 3 / week 10)

Today I did Turbo Jam's 20 Minute Workout (20 mins) and Ab Jam (20 mins(?)--I forgot to pay attention).

I heart Turbo Jam!!
It's so much fun!

Half way through the 20 minute workout I took my sculpting gloves off, because my sholder started to cramp. I can't believe what a difference those gloves make! It really does boost the intensity!

I will probably do something later this afternoon, when Logan is down for a nap, if I don't get carried away with packing. It's just so much fun and helps me to burn off my 2nd and 3rd winds that I get throughout the day. It totally doesn't feel like exercise to me, but my arms, back and chest have been sore (good sore), so, yep! It's exercise! :-D.

982 people were in WOWY today @ 8:30/11:30EST. We BLEW the old record out of the water :). Thanks for joining me!

It was really neat to see Chalene from Turbo Jam and Tony from P90X in the WOWY gym, working out with everyone else. WOWY stands for Work Out With You, just in case any of you were wondering.

Thanks for a great and exciting workout! There were so many people in WOWY! I wasn't able to go through all of the pages to see who was there. Did any of you go?

Have a wonderful Saturday!

I can do this. I am a star.


I don't usually post things if my workout isn't included, but I feel this is important! Today is a "national workout day," if you will, so don't forget about exercising in the WOWY (virtual) gym with me, this morning in about 1/2 an hr (it's team beachbody)! We are trying to break the record of the most people working out in the WOWY gym at one time (a national gym day if you will). You just log into WOWY and then go do your workout, then come back and tell it when you are done. Super easy!

THIS IS FREE!!! If you register, they will not send you junk mail!

My user name is heynowbnice, so you can see me in the gym! :)

Go to wowy.com (it's Team Beachbody and FREE). Register, select WOWY from the menu on the left, and at 8am or before that (so that you are in WOWY at 8am) click "Start your workout" on the right, kind of at the top where it says "the million dollar body game." This brings you to the live gym, so you an see all of the people working out with you at the same time (hence virtual gym).
Select your workout, if you aren't doing something beachbody, like doing your own video, or lifting weights at your home or gym, or going for a walk, select what applies to you and follow the prompts.

You can select "other" and put in the minutes that you are doing it.

Please let me know if you need help!

Let's do this!

It'll be fun!

IT'S FREE (with no junk mail...I am in WOWY everyday and no junk mail yet!)


Friday, March 6, 2009

Day 65 (day 2 / week 10)

I exercised early this morning because my blog wasn't working for me and I wanted to post something, to see if that fixed it lol. I did Turbo Jam's 20 minute workout again, and will probably do that again during Logan's nap, or something else. I'll update it.

I did feel my arms, shoulders and back when I woke up this morning (my proof that the sculpting gloves work) but mostly I feel it in my chest. When I flex my pecs, I have muscles! Pretty sweet. A lot of people thing that's manly, but I think it looks great in tank tops and gives the illusion of higher cleavage. It will look great in a bathing suite once I shed all this fat.

Turbo Jam is SO MUCH FUN! I love jumping around and dancing and doing all of this kickboxing stuff. It's so much fun! I also like that sparkpeople has an option for Turbo Jam in the cardio section, included in kickboxing :).

Anyway, hope everyone has a great morning. Don't forget about working out on WOWY on TOMORROW Saturday March 7th at 11AM ET/8AM PT! Tomorrow! We are trying to break a WOWY record! It's free, you just need to create an account so you can participate. If you have questions, PLEASE, please, please let me know! :) We want to get more than 550 people working at the same time in WOWY :).

Have a great workout and a great Friday! (woo hoo! It's Friday!) My hubby and I might go rent a movie or go out to eat or something, since it was our 3rd anniversary on Tuesday (03+03=06 lol).

I can do this. I am a star!


6:30pm: Turbo Jam 20 minute workout (2nd time today!). Great way to burn off that second wind!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Day 64 (day 1 / week 10)

Today I feel much better than I did yesterday. I'm still a little achy (especially my right knee where I now have a big scab), but it's very easy to ignore.

Today I did Turbo Jam's "20 Minute Workout." It was so much fun! I wore the sculpting gloves again, and I'm sure I'll feel it tomorrow. I have been wearing them for the past few days, and I have to say, they work. They feel like nothing when you wear them, which is great, because I can focus on learning the moves, and doing the jabs and upper cuts, but I can totally tell that my arm muscles, shoulders and upper back are being worked the next day. It's great. This workout is so much fun! I feel like I have a lot of energy to begin with, so it's nice to be able to just use it and explode and have fun and let off energy by improvise dancing and such (I am a VERY hyper person)!

I have been following the workout schedule that comes in the, "Turbo results guidebook" but after tomorrow, they schedule 3 big 'ol fat, whopping rest days! We all know I wont be doing that, so I need to figure out what to do there instead. Maybe I will just not look at like a calendar and just do whatever is next up (ignoring the rest days all together). Then once I get to the end of the "calendar" they provide, I will worry about what do do next. Sounds like a plan to me :)

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday! Can you believe it's Thursday???!?! Gees, where does the time go? I am so glad that I am exercising, because I would be so disappointed to let those days fly by w/out taking advantage of them. I hope you guys are too!

Don't forget about working out on WOWY on Saturday March 7th at 11AM ET/8AM PT! THIS Saturday! We are trying to break a WOWY record! It's free, you just need to create an account so you can participate. If you have questions, PLEASE let me know! :)

I can do this. I am a star. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Day 63 (day 7 / week 9)

All yesterday it rained, and it snowed while we were sleeping. I woke up early this morning to go do laundry and the first step I took out in the open, I slipped, totally fell and ate it (I couldn't even stand backup the floor was so icy so I kept landing back on --the kind I couldn't see lol). My right knee has a huge gash (that wont stop bleeding) and is throbbing. From my left hip down to my knee (on the side), it's skinned and pretty swollen. It hurts to stand, walk and it all stings pretty badly. I guess today, has to be a (non)rest day :( (for now). Stupid laundry.

If I feel any better will try to do Turbo Jam later this afternoon and will post an update, if I do. For now I will stick to Slim & 6pack and Slim & Limber, and will just listen to my body.

This totally stinks! :(

Hope everyone has a better day than I am having so far. Have a great workout (for me!).

I can do this. I am a star.


(2:30PM PST):
After the bleeding stopped and I finished laundry *grumble* I decided to go for a 60 min walk with Logan, to get moving, warm everything up and listen to my body to see exactly what's going on with it (I fell pretty hard on my side/leg). I am very sore and most of my lower body stings still (and my right wrist--I think I landed on it somehow or maybe the laundry basket crushed it--I don't know), but all in all, my knee and hip are fine, and it seems to be more fleshy wounds than anything. They don't feel painful like when they pop--it's more of an outward kind of pain, than inner (they haven't done that for a while btw--i think the glucosamine is starting to work!). I felt like I wouldn't be hurting myself more if I exercised.

That being said, I did Learn & Burn (Turbo Jam) and feel OK. I pushed through the aches, pains, stinging and what-not (no red flags to worry about) and I didn't go down as deep into the plie thingies (I forget what she calls it) and I didn't kick as high either. I think my left knee might be a little swollen, so I just listened to my body while doing the workout. Learn & Burn is a beginning workout and seems to be pretty gentle on my joints and knees (very low impact). I am happy I worked out, and I don't think that I did anything that will make it hard for me to workout tomorrow or that will hurt my knees/hip anymore. I don't think that I pushed myself to do anything I shouldn't have.

I can definitely say that if I hadn't been exercising for the past few months, that this fall probably would have hurt a whole lot more, and I probably could have done some damage to my knee and/or hip. Exercise has strengthened my body, and protected it at the same time (almost as if its more spongey lol). yaay!

stupid laundry.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Day 62 (day 6 / week 9)

First thing I did this morning was sit down and open up Turbo Jam Maximum Results. In the package came the little weight gloves (awkward at first, but I will get used to them), 2 DVD cases, a guidebook and some other literature (all of this for $60+$5 for shipping).

I tore into one of the DVDs that has the first 4 workouts on it: Learn & Burn (29 minutes), 20 minute workout, turbo sculpt and cardio party. I moved the furniture, put the sculpting gloves on, popped the DVD in, put the "Learn & Burn" workout on. Already I was liking this video, because there weren't any advertisments beforhand that I had to sit through (or fastforward through) or a really long menu intro, like on 30 Day Shred (I have to walk away while it's playing, because I get impatient waiting for it to start lol).

Learn & Burn is a quick introduction and workout featuring Carlene's "Elite 11" moves used throughout the program. Practice first to get familiar with the form and technique of these moves. (from the Turbo Results Guidebook).

It was fun, and even just learning the Elite 11 moves, I felt like I was warming up (literally--I started to feel warmer, I started out an ice cube!). I think it's beause I was wearing the sculpting gloves (they are just gloves with weights on them--not very heavy). The Burn part was fun, and I was moving around an awful lot. The footing part can be tricky, but it really helped paying attention to the intro to the Elite 11. My bottom is a little sore (good sore--unlike my left quad, which still hurts), and I was happy that there weren't any traditional lunges and squats, so that I can give my leg a rest and time to heal. Total from start to finish it was 29 minutes long. There is a lot of jabs, and leg lifts, and plie-like positioning.

I know I'm going back on what I said the other day (lol), but I am going to stop 30 Day Shred for now, and do Turbo Jam. I really like 30 Day Shred, and I will definitely go back to it, but I think I like it too much, and puts me in an aggressive mentality, like when I used to be really fit--I am forgetting that I am still pretty large, and my body isn't used to pushing as hard as I have been pushing it. Basically I think I'm pushing myself too hard, and I will do it after Turbo Jam, when I am in better shape, and won't be as prone to hurting myself (between the reoccuring bad soreness in my back/chest and now my left quad I think my body is trying to tell me something lol). I may even just continue to do Level 1, and do that on the days when I want to exercise twice. I don't know, we'll see :).

I am almost finished packing up our bedroom, and I started on the kitchen today. At the rate that I am packing things up, everything will be in boxes by the end of next week lol. I am so afraid that time is going to fly by and we will be moving before we know it. I don't want to have a lot of packing left to do on moving day (like I did when we moved here from WA). I am also still looking for a job--I applied at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center and will apply for 2 positions at Sunrise Hospital today, if my computer will let me (it wouldn't load yesterday). It's nerve racking that we don't have jobs yet, but I have faith that God has something in the works for us. Why would He give us such a great opportunity to move to be closer to our parents, if we aren't meant to work and fund our lives there?

Hope everyone has a great workout! You only get one chance to make today count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Day 61 (day 5 / week 9)

Thank you to everyone for your comments on my progress. You guys have no idea how much you motivate me on a daily basis :).

This morning I read the 3 sweetest words that I have read in a while:


*happy dance*

this means that any minute now...any minute *looking back at front door* now. Any...minute...now (shoot, didn't work) the UPS guy/girl is going to knock on my door and hand me the Turbo Jam Maximum Results that I ordered, what seems like forever and a day ago. It's raining horribly outside, and has been for hours now, so I will use that as an excuse as to why it's not here already!

I put Logan down for a nap, packed a few boxes, and stared out the window for an hour I guess (it's really sad, I know) before exercising. I finally gave up and did the 30 Day Shred, Level 1 (day 7), hoping that he/she would come to the door during my workout. They didn't :-/.

My left quad feels a little achy. I felt achy yesterday after my workout. I think I'm over doing it on the squats or lunges (I feel it most during the lunges). I really hope it feels better by tomorrow. I don't want to have to do another (non)rest day, so close together. Even if I don't go as deep, it hurts. In fact, just sitting here typing this, it hurts.

Tomorrow I may do something a little different if my leg still hurts, but hopefully it will feel better by then.

Guess what? My package came!

*happy dance*

Hope you all have a great workout and a great Monday! Before we know it, it will be Friday again, so make it count!

I can do this. I am a star.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Day 60 (day 4 / week 9)

Today is the 1st of the month (just in case any of you live under a rock *wink* lol). It's also day 60! In 5 more days, I will only have 300 days left until I can say that I completed my 2009 new years resolution :).

I was really excited to take my measurements again to see what kind of progress I am making. I am not losing as many pounds as I would like, which is always disappointing, but I am losing a whopping butt-load of inches, and that excites me (especially in my legs!!). I weighed myself this morning when I woke up, and decided that I was going to use the last weight I had from 2 days ago--I got gung-ho and wanted to peek on my weight--because it is probably more representative than what it was today. Aunt Flo is a water packrat and seems to be holding onto about 5# of water (grumble). I am absolutely sorry for the TMI, but I wanted to explain why I didn't use today's weight (I know it's tacky of me to mention).

Anyway, today I did the 30 Day Shred (day 6) and went back to Level 1, because after thinking about it, I don't know if I was quite ready to jump to level 2 yet--and also I just like it better (lol). I don't feel like it's easy for me yet and I will move onto level 2 when I can complete the entire thing without pausing momentarily during the side squat/lateral raise part, and the transition from the jumping jacks to the jump roping part.

Onto the good stuff! Here are my progression pictures (oldest to most recent), and the measurements below. In Jan I didn't measure anything but what milliondollarbody.com has me do on my profile, so there wont be a "total lost" for all of the measurements, just the first 3. Next month, all of them will be yellow, so that we can see the numbers increasing :).

Jan 2009

Feb 2009

March 2009

Measurements: (day 60 / day 30) (- "/# lost in current month)

Wt: 209.8 / 213.4 (-3.6#) (total lost 5.2#)
Chest: 42.5" / 43.5" (-1") (total lost -1.25")
Waist: 37.25" / 39" (-1.75") (total lost -4.25")
Hips: 47" / 47.75" (-0.75") (total lost -0.75")
Neck: 13.75" / 14.25" (-0.5")
Under bust: 35" / 36.75" (-1.75")
1" below belly button: 45" / 47.5" (-2.5")
below my bottom (above my thigh): 42.5" / 44" (-1.5")
R Thigh: 22.5" / 27" (-4.5") !!!!
L Thigh: 22.25" / 27.5" (-4.75") !!!
R Calf: 14" / 14.5" (-0.5")
L Calf: 14.75" / 15.5" (-0.75")
R upper Arm: 12.25" / 14" (-1.75")
L upper Arm: 12" / 13.5" (-1.5")
R wrist: 6" / 6.25" (-0.25") I measured my wrists just for you Jana!
L wrist: 6" /6.25" (-0.25")

I am blown away and so excited by the loss I have had in my thighs! I am not surprised though, cause they are huge to begin with, and every exercise I have done this far, has had a lot of lunges and squats.

So that's it! This month I lost a total of 24" over my entire body and almost 4 lbs. Pretty sweet and such a blessing...and so motivating!

I hope you guys have a great workout and a great Sunday!

I can do this. I am a star!