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May Exercise Challenge

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LowCarbForLife's picture
Joined: 06/10/2008

I am still trying to get myself back into the habit of resuming a regular exercise program. My goal is to work out at least three times a week and once I get that established, I hope to work in a few more days. I know that as long as I keep trying, I will make progress.

I will pop in here and check in with the exercises that I complete each day and I look forward to keeping up with those of you that wish to join me!

LowCarbForLife's picture
Joined: 06/10/2008
Power Walk

This is the second time I completed this workout this week. I have three WATP 3 mile workouts that I will be using and I will change them each week.

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home
3 Mile Weight Loss Walk...A "Power Walk" at Home!
Mile 1: 15 minutes of non-stop muscle moving steps to get you started
Mile 2: 12 minutes of speed walking
Mile 3: 15 minutes to continue blasting calories as you burn body fat
I completed all 3 miles!

Joined: 02/04/2011

I have decided that for the time being, it's more important for me to be consistent in exercise, rather than trying to exercise longer when I do get around to it
Since that one effort at the 3-mile walk outside with DD8, I have been feeling really intimidated by this whole 3-mile thing. With the result that I did not exercise last week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Then I thought wait a minute...what's going on here? I'm in procrastination mode because I'm afraid 3 miles is going to be too hard for me.
So like all the big projects I've gone after in my life, the key to success is to break it down into measurable bits and go at a pace I can sustain.
Saturday 5/4 - 1-mile walk with weighted balls
Sunday 5/5 - 2-mile walk with band
Today [Monday] 1-mile walk with weighted balls.
I'll tackle that 3-miler again when I'm good and ready
Meanwhile, I realize what a huge change in my schedule it is just to introduce routine exercise. I'll try to get this new good habit ingrained in me...then expand it.

p.s. sorry to hear about that rattlesnake. sounds scary!


LowCarbForLife's picture
Joined: 06/10/2008

I have been doing a lot of reading and even though I prefer my Walk Away the Pounds workouts, I know I need to begin strength training again. I honestly believe that I have achieved my goal of becoming fit and healthy but I still have more work to do in order to get my body tone.

I completed this exercise yesterday, Monday, 5.06.13

20 Minute Better Body Workout & Chest Fly
Total weight, 2 sets of 15 reps
150# Seated Abdominal Crunch
120# Leg Extension
100# Bench Press
120# Standing Low Back Extension
120# Seated Lat Rows
80# Biceps Curl
120# Crossover Rear Deltoid Rows
120# Triceps Pushdown

LowCarbForLife's picture
Joined: 06/10/2008

Good for you for wanting to become more consistent. As far as I am concerned, consistency is the best way to establish a habit!

Here is something that I read today that I feel is worth sharing:

"the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest.   Muscle is metabolically active so requires a lot of energy to run.   This will increase your energy deficit, accelerating weight loss."

Timmins, Billy (2013-04-28). Lose Weight Slowly! (Kindle Locations 497-498). . Kindle Edition.

LowCarbForLife's picture
Joined: 06/10/2008
Walk Away Your Waistline!

My body was sore from my Bowflex workout yesterday so I thought I should get a WATP workout done so it would loosen me up. When I got started I could feel how tight my muscles were but it did not take long for this workout to do exactly what I intended!

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home, Walk Away Your Waistline!
3 Mile Walk with 1, 2 & 3 Mile Markers Featuring the Walk Belt!
Mile 1: 15 minutes
Mile 2: 15 minutes
Mile 3: 15 minutes
I completed all 3 miles w/the walk belt!

Joined: 02/04/2011
Another mile!

I did the 1 mile again last evening with the weighted balls! Which means I have done 6 miles in 5 days, an amazing feat for me. Even more amazingly, that means I came home from work on Monday and Tuesday, my 2 toughest days schedule-wise, and instead of falling down, I hauled on my raggedy shorts and walking shoes, popped the DVD in and proceeded to Walk away the Pounds.
It makes dinner really late, but it tended to be that anyway.
Surely I am forming a new habit!

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but this could be the biggest thing for me since starting CAD/CALP!!



Joined: 02/04/2011
First Fruits

I did the Get Up and Get Started mile again this afternoon after work. I will increase to longer more challenging walks when I'm confident this has actually become a habit and not something I can easily talk myself out of.

Meanwhile, I notice that I'm moving more briskly throughout the day with better posture. Also that mid-afternoon slump around 3-4pm hasn't happened this week. Could it possibly be the first fruits of my exercise commitment? Or is it just placebo??????


LowCarbForLife's picture
Joined: 06/10/2008

I felt well enough to get a Walk Away the Pounds workout done yesterday but I allowed the time to get away from me. I will not complain since my body really needed the time to recover from my Bowflex workout a few days ago.

I got ready to do a Walk Away the Pounds workout today and then I realized that a I was supposed to do a Bowflex workout. Since my body is not quite ready to resume those exercises I decided to do a Callanetics workout instead.

Friday, 5.10.13

Callanetics, 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours!
I completed 1 hour!

Joined: 02/04/2011
Belly Blasting Walk

After missing a couple of days for WATP, I decided that today I would try Just Walk - 2 Fast Miles with Belly Flattening Moves. Yeah. I'm sure it WOULD flatten my belly if I could actually do these moves! In reality, the only thing that's totally out of the question is the jumping jack type movements.

Whatever I do has to be low impact, so I started modifying them to the side steps or side-to-side squatting moves. It was still very challenging, and I stopped after the 1st mile. I was also hampered by the presence and chatter of DD8. She was trying her best to be quiet, but mixed success at best. She didn't show any signs of being tired, but at least she did get out of breath. I believe she's got steel pistons for legs, and being 8 years old, her joints are made of rubber and she can do those deep squats no problem.

Teri, I am totally in awe that you can blast through these 3+ mile routines! I seem to remember that you did start with doing 1 mile but moved up pretty quickly. So I take heart, and shall carry on...


P.S. Broccoli soup going to work with me for CM tomorrow. Already in the lunch box.


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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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