Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday workout!

Hey ladies! Of those posting, y'all are doing a great job! I hope the ones who haven't posted as much are also doing well.

I didn't get my morning workout today, so after hubby went to work and the kids went to bed, I did a bit of toning per a routine Jillian Michaels suggested. Now, I can't lift weights because of a repetitive motion injury, but these exercises I *can* do. I had fun doing it, although the push ups were killing me by the end (hey, it's not easy to lift [censored] pounds!)

She outlined this as a "trainer tip" on this last season of The Biggest Loser.

Take a deck of regular face cards. The hearts will represent lunges (I did squats *and* lunges because I'm cool like that), diamonds are push ups, clubs are crunches, and spades are reverse crunches. I wrote them all on each card because I knew I'd forget. The aces represent a 1-minute break. For numbers 2 through 10, do that many reps of that exercise. Jacks, queens, and kings get 10 reps as well.

It'll take between 35 and 45 minutes, and since you don't know what's coming up, it doesn't get as old as some toning routines do, where you do the same number of reps for the same number of sets.

13 points each for Friday and Saturday for me! woooo!

Friday, May 29, 2009

kadyb 5/29 report

So far, things have been going pretty well.

I've had several lunch appointments, so haven't taken my lunch to work again. One more chance on Monday to claim the credit for the week. I have grand plans.

On Wednesday-Friday, I drank my extra water and got lots of veggies. 1 point each day (3 total)

Plans to get lots of walking in over the weekend, too, so I can catch up on points.

Hope the rest of you are making progress!

It's Friday!

How have your first 3 days been?

It occurred to me last night that I have been sabotaging my own efforts. By giving myself a designated cutoff time for eating, I have been making sure I eat something *right before* that time, even if I'm not hungry! Hello, counterproductive much?

I encourage each of you to look at how you're doing, and examine your habits to see if you're doing something similar.

(p.s. I get 13 points for each of the last two days. Woo!)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kimbooly, day 2

Yesterday we were all sick again. Ugh! And the day was zilch. Except I drank plenty of water. But today I do plan on meeting all three goals, so will comment later.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Those of you who are on facebook know I"m struggling with shin splints. I was really discouraged about it yesterday and nearly went to Sonic for lunch (when I had to go pick up hubby's prescription next door at Walgreens). Then I remembered this challenge and my goals, and took an extra minute before I left to make myself a sandwich at home. Woohoo! That particular goal is two-fold for me: Save calories AND money, so I'm doubly proud of myself.

So I got 13 points yesterday, plus one day of water.

P.S. If you would all be so kind as to label your posts in the future with your screen name, it'll be easier to do point tallies and see how you progressed in the future!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Evita 5/26/2009

I did pretty good today with water, except that I didn't count how many ounces it was - but I had a 20-ounce bottle and just kept refilling it so I know I got at least 60-80 ounces today.

I did get in 15 minutes of exercise today, did some tummy work mostly.

Sucked hard at the tasting challenge today.

2 points?? Stinky cheese.


I almost thought I wasn't going to be able to pack my lunch today, but at the last minute I remembered something I could take, so I did it. And I met my other two goals, too, of walking and having my veggies. Maybe I didn't write my goals well enough to allow scoring points every day; tell me if I need to edit, Stewbert. Now I'm off to drink my additional glass of water!


I was all over the idea of this challenge a couple days ago, and on Memorial Day I did 30 crunches and didn't eat anything after 9 pm (which is and was hard for me, especially the sweets). Even though I wouldn't get any "points" for it.

But today was a diff. story. All three kids woke up coughing and congested, and everyone stayed home from school. To top it off, I've had a headache all day, and my ear hurts, even though I'm already on an antibiotic for strep throat. Ugh.

So tonight I nearly forgot, but about 7:50 I took the kids outside and walked around the block. It took us exactly 15 minutes because we took it easy.

It's nearly 9 pm now and I'm not eating anything, and I'm sipping my extra 8 oz water right now (I drink a LOT throughout the day, easily 64 oz--I'm a water girl--so I will make sure I get in my "extra" by specifically pouring at least 8 oz a day into a measuring cup and drinking it from there, on top of what I normally drink), and I even did my 30 crunches even though that's the last thing I wanted to do tonight.

So, woohoo, Stewbert. That's the point of things like this. If it were just me I'd say, "Who cares, we're all sick, I'll start this in a couple days instead."

But instead, I have 28 pts. for today. Yay!

Challenge #1

It's Tuesday! And we're off! Hopefully we all get off to a great start. If you have posted here or at my main blog that you are interested or considering, I have sent you an invite to the blog. You'll need to accept it before you can create a post here.

This week's challenge: Drink an extra 8-ounce glass of water a day.

Remember that keeping sufficiently hydrated is key to flushing fat from your body. Gross, I know, but keep on drinking the water anyway. There are different formulas for figuring out how much water you're supposed to drink, like take your weight in pounds, divide by two, and that's how many ounces of water you're supposed to drink. Frankly, I don't think I could drink the gallon of water that I'm "supposed" to drink according to some people. My target these days is to drink 64 ounces of water every day (which is an average goal), so this week I'll add another 8 ounces to that and go with 72. It's warming up out there, so if you're out walking or just spending time outdoors, remember to take some water with you and stay hydrated!

Another thing to remember is to drink your water throughout the day. Have you ever watched the ground after a really dry spell, when it's so dry the water initially just runs off the top? But when there is a little moisture in the ground, the water seeps in and refreshes the parched earth. If you try to chug a bunch of water once or twice a day and neglect your water intake throughout the day, you'll probably end up having to run to the bathroom a lot. But if you space it out, sipping it or taking a few swallows at a time instead of guzzling it, more than likely you'll find that your body is more able to make use of the water and you stay more hydrated.

Everyone is more than welcome to go ahead and post how you're doing with your goals and what not.

Welcome and good luck!

P.S. If one of your goals is to exercise or something 4 or 5 days a week, you can choose another goal for the other days of the week so you still have a chance for the bonus points every day!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Challenge

I challenge all of my readers who want more help/motivation in getting fit/fitter to join me in a contest. We'll start Tuesday May 26 (go have fun on your 3-day weekend) and go through June 30. Following the same rules as the contest I'm already in, everyone who wants to participate needs to choose 3 goals for yourself. This is the separate blog for this challenge, so post your goals over here in a response to this first entry. I will invite all responders on both blogs to participate in this blog so you can post at will. I'll explain the rules here

Choose 3 goals you want to work on for the duration of this program. You get a point for each goal every day. Any day you achieve all three goals, you get an extra 10 points. So you have the potential of getting 13 points every day. I'll be choosing 3 separate goals from the contest I'm currently in.

I'll also post a challenge on Tuesday night every week. Like, drink an extra glass of water every day this week. Or, eat one more serving of fruit every day this week. If you achieve the bonus, you'll get an extra 15 points.

If you post at least 3 times during that week, or post responses to the challenge blog 3 times during that week, you'll get an additional 5 points. You'll need to respond frequently with updated points; on Tuesdays, I'll post the point tallies for the week so make sure you've updated by then.

Here's an added incentive (in addition to feeling awesome and looking better!): I'll make a cute little Japanese knot bag for the person with the most points at the end of the contest (unless it's me, then the second place person will get it), in color/fabric of their choice. I'll show you pics of the fabric I have and you can choose from it. I'll post a picture of one when I can, but our other computer is in the shop and my photos are on it. As if that prize is not enough, *everyone* who participates will get a chapstick holder for their keychain. I've sold them for $5 each, so it's a pretty cool prize if I do say so myself. Participation means you actually have to DO the challenge start to finish, even if you miss a day or two here and there, can't just sign up to get the gift. haha. If anyone else wants to contribute a prize, you are more than welcome to do so; just let me know.