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If

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;”

-excerpted from If by Rudyard Kipling

I was hoping I’d be more successful this week, but my results stayed the same as last week. 😦

I talk a lot about process oriented goals and not getting caught up in the scale, but when you are having a lot of success and then suddenly you seem to stall… Yeah, it is disheartening. You wonder why you are trying so hard.

So don’t get so caught up with success, Me, that your commitment hangs upon it instead of just taking things one day at a time. And also, Me, don’t let perceived failure stop you either. This isn’t about a number on the scale, and it’s not a race. This is about living in such a way that you can be your best self every day.

Just keep… Something or other…

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Enjoy Going to the Gym With This One Weird Trick

It is 2014. Why am I still having the same experience in the gym I had 20 years ago? I don’t have anything else from 20 years ago!

(in all actuality, the reason I am having the same experience is because I pay 10$ a month for my membership)

BUT this is the experience I’d like to have when I go to the gym:

I’d like to select my goals by computer when I start a workout program. Endurance training, build muscle, work on certain muscle groups, rehabilitation, weight loss- there would be infinitely customizable program options depending on your goals.

Then, each time you went to the gym you would have your program, perhaps on your smart phone. You would swipe your card at a cardio machine and the machine would pull up your workout and set the time, duration and intensity based on your goals and how you are progressing along your program. For instance, if you are training for an endurance event, some days would be short and fast, others long and steady, it could even give you an interval workout.

On to the strength machines- you swipe you card and it tells you how much to lift and how many reps. It automatically increases your weight over time in line with your fitness goals.

Finally, on my phone or pc, it would give you reports so you could track your progress, a social media component complete with badges and unlockables, a food journal, and a way to sync with any personal fitness monitors. I love charts and graphs and data.

Yeah. This is the experience I’d like to have at the gym.

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I’m In! I’ll be running the Disneyland Avengers Half Marathon!

I knew this would sell out fast, and I was really sweating it out as I typed my information in this morning. This will be my first RunDisney race! Now the training begins- 233 days to go!

Avengers Half Marathon

I went ahead and signed both of my kids up for the kid’s races, and ordered a commemorative necklace, but I passed on the other goodies. I used to work for Disney so I have TONS of that crap and not enough energy to resell that stuff online.

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Jazzercise: A Review

Living Social had a deal going: 28$ (I think it was) for 10 weeks of Jazzercise. I’ve never tried Jazzercise, and they have really early morning classes at the one near me (No Zumba classes seem to be held this early- what is up with that?) so I decided to give it a go. Normally, Jazzercise classes run about 40$ a month.

I went 3-4 times a week, at 5:30 am for 10 weeks. Here is what I liked:

Consistency, and variety. I had a different instructor each day and they all seemed to know the same routines, but the routines rotated, so I wasn’t doing the same routines every day. This kept things fresh and fun.

Current music. Nice variety of music.

Friendly, welcoming staff, teachers and participants. I felt genuinely welcomed and accepted. Very non-competitive atmosphere.

Clean, well lit, warm facility. I looked forward to going there every morning. (this was at a dedicated Jazzercise center)

Fun choreography.

Now what I didn’t like:

This is probably just me, but I am used to pushing myself intensely when I work out. I love to have buckets of sweat running down me. I know, I know- you don’t have to sweat buckets to get an effective workout, but I am much more satisfied when I do. Their chart of perceived exertion recommended backing off when you got to the point where you couldn’t talk and exercise at the same time, and I like my workouts more intense than this. For the other participants in class with me, they were probably just fine with it. It is a very non-intimidating environment. However, if you are looking to leave it all on the gym floor, you might be disappointed in this. It will not ask you for everything.

Also, the slavish adherence to Jazz feels dated. I think even Bob Fosse would say you don’t have to do rib isolations in every warm up.

Lastly, the kick box technique is bizarre and does not resemble any of the techniques I have taken in any cardio kickboxing format. You can look up “Jazzercise kickboxing” on YouTube and see what I mean.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Despite my criticisms, I would be interested in maintaining a membership if it were about half the price it is. Any workout you actually go to is better than the ones you don’t, and my motivation has been seriously lacking of late. Never underestimate the appeal of a clean, well lit place full of friendly people who all just want to shake it, at 5:30 in the morning.

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Week 6 Day 2

So, I took an extra day off last week and pushed all my workouts down. Then I also took off Saturday night and pushed them down again. However: Sunday night’s Fire 55 was my best workout yet! I felt so strong and energized, I am still riding that high and looking forward to tonight’s workout.

I am going on vacation starting Thursday night and trying to formulate a plan. I would love to come back another week into my rotation by not taking any time off, but I also wonder how realistic this is- am I setting myself up for failure? Would a better option be to shoot for every other day? Should I just try to go running in the mornings or something?

Hmmmmm.

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Turbo Crafts You Make Me Feel…

Tired of keeping all your Turbo Fire paraphernalia in the box it came in? I sure was. So I got mad crafty! I took the Turn Up The Burn guide book, Inferno plan and Fuel the Fire to Kinko’s FedEx Office and had them 3-ring punched. Then I bought a nifty red binder from Office Depot. Then I downloaded copies of the schedule from Beachbody.com. Lastly, I picked up some reward stickers which can be found wherever fine stickers are sold.

I shouldn’t have had them punch holes in the cover of the Turn Up The Burn guide because I ended up using it as the cover of my binder. Live and learn.

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Here’s the schedule for month 2, and look! I’m doing so well! Look at all those stickers!

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FedEx Office sliced off the binding, too, I should mention. I hardly lost anything and it is so nice having it all together. Turn Up The Burn…

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The Inferno plan…

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Fuel The Fire…

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And the back pocket makes a nice catch all.

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I use the outside back pocket to keep the schedule that came with the set in, so I have my workout for the day at a glance.

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I am also considering getting some 3 hole punched CD sleeves to keep my CDs in the binder, too. I may wait until the paper case gets trashed, though.

Edited 8/25:
I noticed that the stupid cardboard case has been scratching up my CDs! I am definitely going to be transferring them to plastic sleeves in my binder.

Further, I had another idea: you could keep binders on each program you finish! One for Turbo Fire, one for Insanity, etc.

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Month 1 is Down! Long Live Month 2!

Man, that first month was tough! It wasn’t until the second to the last workout of week 4 that I could get through the whole thing without taking a breather, but, hey!! The important thing is that I got to that point! I’m feeling pretty good about that.

I am also feeling much more in control, less being dragged through a workout. AT LAST.

I also weighed in at Weight Watchers this morning and I was down 3.6 pounds for the week! Holy Cow! That brings me to -6.2 for 4 weeks of Turbo Fire! I’m happy- especially since I haven’t been eating all that well.

This week begins Month 2- Cardio. This week’s workouts:

Friday- Fire 55 EZ
Saturday- Fire 30 Sculpt 30
Sunday- Rest
Monday- Fire 30 Tone 30
Tuesday- Fire 55 EZ
Wednesday- Fire 45
Thursday- Core 20 Stretch 40

This week I am going to dedicate to my sisters- two awesome, capable, intelligent, beautiful women who inspire me to be better.

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NSV (Non Scale Victory)

Ok, this is huge for me. I did ALL of Fire 55 EZ tonight without having to pause the workout and catch my breath! That’s HUGE! I actually felt like I wasn’t getting dragged, and this is only, what, workout 22? Just shoot me of I ever let my conditioning go like this again, ok?

Last night was HiiT 30 Sculpt 20, and I procrastinated so long I started my workout well after 11pm. Geez. I’m just glad I did it.

My knees are also feeling better, stronger, and I definitely owe that to not skipping the Stretch 10 portions of the workouts or the strength workouts.

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Turbo Fire Week Four: HiiT-1

This week I am dedicating to my 11 month old son (DSW). I want to be around to see him grow up as long as I can, and taking care of myself is going to be the key. I am going to nail all 6 of my workouts this week, get my water in, and stay off the caffeine.

At my Weight Watcher’s meeting this morning I was down .5 for the week. Whatever. I know I worked harder than that. I have reached the point where I am tired of sabotaging myself with my diet. It is time to clamp down and track.

The meeting was about setting goals for the summer, so here’s mine. I don’t like weight-related goals. You can’t control if your body loses 5 pounds or 15- that isn’t up to your conscious, decision making mind. I like process-oriented goals- I can control how many workouts I get in, wether or not I track, etc. So my goals, by Labor Day…

1. Get through Fire 45 without pausing and taking a breather.

2. Complete 2 tricep push-ups, on toes (not knees).

3. Blog 2x a week

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Week Three Down!

Last night I went to do Fire 45 EZ and about 20 minutes in I realized I was doing the regular Fire 45. That thing is hard! So I have a free substitution of EZ for the hard one down the line.

There were many, many times this week (like, say, SIX) where having this week dedicated to my mom got me up off my hinder. One evening I had fallen asleep on the couch, woken up around 11 pm and still got my Turbo on! Some things are getting easier (I said easiER, not easy), but I am still looking forward to the day when my conditioning is in a place where I can feel like I am driving the workout instead of getting dragged.

New workouts this week…

Fire 45 EZ
What does that say that this is my favorite workout of the bunch? The EZs are just a little slower which feels more in control. This one also had no Fire Drills, which I found myself missing. Some fun, dancy choreography, too.

Tone 30
I hate the word “tone”. It supports the erroneous idea that women ‘bulk up’ if they lift weights. It is a word invented by women’s magazines. I have been dreading this workout because I didn’t want to hear about how I was ‘toning’ or doing anything of the sort. I, a strong modern woman, lift weights. I don’t ‘tone’. So I was thrilled that Chalene never uses the word ‘tone’. The only time it is used is in the main menu on DVD. The workout, itself, is everything I’ve come to expect from Chalene and her approach to strength training: it is creative, challenging, and you are going to be sore in various and sundry places the following day.

My mom got good news today, the cancer was not found in her lymph nodes, nor in any of the surrounding tissues. She still has 6 weeks of radiation, but this is the best news she could have received!

Other successes this week:
Workouts: 6/6
No Caffeine: 7/7
8 Glasses of Water: 5/6
Journal Everything: not so much

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