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Mid month ramblings...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I am off to a great week! It is amazing what watching portions and not eating candy for a few days will do to you!

I am happy to report that my jeans are no longer cutting off my circulation to the lower half of my body. They fit and feel great. No more Christmas (and let's be honest... the downward spiral started early November...) bloat!

I haven't really posted any New Year's resolutions or goals for 2011... I have decided that this year I would take it one month at a time. January, I am focusing on getting into a strength training routine. I am trying to teach myself to lift HEAVY weights with fewer reps (as opposed to lighter weights, doing a ton of reps during a class). It has really been quite a change for me. I have never really had to push myself to my limits when lifting weights.

Here is my current plan:

Sunday: Full body weight training. I have a little more time this day to do a few extra exercises and really push myself. An added plus: there is not many people in the Gym on Sunday Morning :)

Monday: Rest day. The girls have basketball and dance this day and I don't usually get home until 7:00.

Tuesday: Lower body strength training over my lunch hour.

Wednesday: Cardio! I have been taking a cardio circuit drill class the last few weeks. Spinning is also an option.

Thursday: Upper body strength training over lunch.

Friday: rest day. I can also use this as a make up day if I missed one of my lunch strength training sessions.

Saturday: Cardio! I have been taking a class called HEAT the past few Saturdays. I love this class!

I am following the fat loss plan on bodybuilding.com with some modifications. I may sneak a few extra cardio classes in during the week, but cardio is not my priority this month. Besides... my girls have already given me a guilt trip about how they liked it when I exercised in the morning so I could spend more time with them.

On a side note... I have got myself wrapped up in a weight loss competition with one of my co-workers. I am pretty sure I have no chance of winning - he is a male, 26 years old, single (as in he spends 1-2 hours a night at the gym) and has a lot more weight to lose than I do... but, When I look at my weight loss in the past, I have always made the most progress when my competitive juices were flowing. I am hoping his bad eating habits (he eats out a lot during the week), will at least slow him down.

Another side note: sorry i have been a missing spark friend the past few months... I really need to focus more at work and by the time I get home, I have no interest of getting on the computer :) I do sign in everyday and check my friend feed. I will try to be a little more active in the future.

Have a great week everyone! Keep plugging away at those goals!
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    We sound lots alike, that's exactly how I feel. I try to "sneak" on spark and facebook throughout the day at work but I really need to focus and commit to my job more and exactly as you said, when I get home I have no desire yo sit at the computer. So how's this plan working out for you, have you been focusing on ST in January? What's your focus/goal for February?
    3537 days ago
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    Great plan! You are so organized! Don't worry about the guy from work, you'll take him down no problem!
    3539 days ago
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    Dont worry if you are busy and cant keep up w/spark they way you would like - we all have those times in our lives :-) You are taking care of you and working hard! Way to go! I might have to look at that site. I am in a Psychology of Eating class and we read a few books, and some discussion of how processed foods and sugars can really mess w/moods/etc... so cutting out candy is great! I have been drinking more water instead of pop this past week and still have the caffiene craving, but I am finding the more water I drink, the more I like to drink it. Weird. You are doing awesome! Keep it up girl!!!!
    3539 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Looks like a terrific plan ... I enjoy the competition, too.
    What is HEAT? You gotta let me know, always looking for something new.

    3540 days ago
    Sounds like an awesome plan to me! I am focusing on strength more too.

    At least with the competition even if you don't win and are able to progress that would be awesome. Boys do lose weight so much easier but you can definitely give him a run for his money!

    Good luck and don't worry we aren't mad at you. Life happens. Hugs!
    3540 days ago
  • ANDREA963
    You do what you have and can do and that's all you can do. But with a plan like yours we don't have to worry about you. :) Your girls are adorable and smart!
    3540 days ago
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