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Old Tue, Mar-24-09, 14:40
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
Stats: 272/260/165 Female 68 inches (5'8")
BF:
Progress: 11%
Location: Long Island, NY
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It's time to just do it. Time to get serious about exercise.

I've been on the South Beach diet for over 6 months now. I've faltered a little here and there, but for the most part I feel pretty successful with this way of eating. I know what I need to eat (and not eat) in order to lose, and what I can get away with and still maintain. Most of the time I'm pretty satisfied with the plan, and when I'm focused and really follow it the way I should, I'm very satisfied with the results I'm getting.

However...there's more I can and should be doing.

Exercise has always been my biggest problem - I just don't like it enough to do it regularly. I've found certain forms of exercise that I've kind of enjoyed, but for one reason or another, I have never been able to make a real habit of working out.

I need to change that. Exercise is so good for us in so many ways, for so many reasons - I need to JUST DO IT.

Maybe if I finally focus on making exercise a priority, I'll be able to increase my energy and sense of well-being. I'm also hoping that it will help me to like what I see in the mirror a little more, too. (After losing 30 lbs, how is it possible that I look worse than when I started instead of looking better???)

So, enough rambling. I have my regular journal for that. This is where I'm going to focus on exercise. I think I'll try putting in one entry per week, with a workout plan/goals, and then edit the weekly entries with my daily progress. I also plan to take my measurements on a monthly basis - something I probably should have started 6 months ago, but better late than never, right?

Here we go...
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Old Tue, Mar-24-09, 14:50
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
Stats: 272/260/165 Female 68 inches (5'8")
BF:
Progress: 11%
Location: Long Island, NY
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Tracking Measurements Here.

Date.......Wt..........B.........W........H.......Ab........Bi.......Th. .......C.........Ak........Wr

3/25.......243.4.......45........41.5....52......44.5.....15.......29.5... ..19.5.....10.5......6.5


(Note: for the sake of consistency, I'm recording my measuring methods, so I can measure in the same way/same spot each time.

Bust (B) - fullest part
Waist (W) - smallest part - 4 inches above navel
Hips (H) - widest part
Lower Abdomen (Ab) - 2-3 inches below navel
Upper Arm/Bicep (Bi) - left arm, widest part
all leg measurements are taken on left leg, with foot resting on edge of bathtub and thigh parallel to floor
Thigh (Th) - widest part
Calf (C) - widest part
Ankle (Ak) - smallest part
Wrist (Wr) - smallest part

(I know most people probably don't take so many measurements, but after being so overweight for so long, I feel like even my wrists, ankles, feet and hands have gotten fat)

Clothing sizes:

Date...............Jeans..................Tops..............Dress....... .........Bra

3/25................20......................2x.................18/20................38D/40C

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Old Wed, Mar-25-09, 11:17
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
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Location: Long Island, NY
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Week 1 (3/23-3/29/09)

For now, I'm defining cardio as treadmill, elliptical or DVD's (Walk Away the Pounds, Tae Bo, Cardio Salsa or others). My endurance is not too bad, but I need to build up on intensity. I'm a real beginner at strength training, yoga, etc. so I'm going to start out really slow with these and build up gradually.

Goals for Week 1:

Cardio...................3 x 40 minutes = 120 minutes
Strength/Other.......3 x 20 minutes = 60 minutes
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Total workout goal..........................180 minutes
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Date/Activity.............................................Cardio.min......... ....Strength/Other min
3/23 - n/a.................................................0..................... ....0
3/24 - 30 min elliptical................................30.........................0
3/25 - 30 min WATP Walk/Kick.....................30.........................0
3/26 - 30 min elliptical/15 min "pilates"...........30........................15

3/27
3/28
3/29
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Total minutes............................................90................... ......15

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Old Thu, Mar-26-09, 08:45
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Location: Long Island, NY
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Hahahahaha - I tried to do my "Pilates for Weight Loss" DVD today. The thing I've always found about Pilates is that you have to actually HAVE some abdominal muscles in order to do the exercises!!!

I only got through about 15 minutes, and I'm sure I didn't do the exercises in proper form. But I'll work my way up.
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Old Fri, Mar-27-09, 06:11
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
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OK I guess I must have done SOMETHING right in my little pathetic attempt at Pilates yesterday. Cause this morning my abs are sore. Not sore enough to cause me any distress, but a good kind of sore - like I can feel that they're there, and that I did something with them!!

That's mildly encouraging.
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Old Mon, Mar-30-09, 05:44
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
Stats: 272/260/165 Female 68 inches (5'8")
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Progress: 11%
Location: Long Island, NY
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Not such a great first week. Got busy over the weekend and did not squeeze in time for workouts. Did do a lot of walking on Sunday cause we took the kids on a day trip, but not a "real" workout.

Goals for Week 2:
Cardio...................3 x 40 minutes = 120 minutes
Strength/Other.......3 x 20 minutes = 60 minutes
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Total workout goal..........................180 minutes
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Date/Activity.............................................Cardio.min......... ....Strength/Other min
3/30 - 60 min walking..................................60.........................0
3/31 - 60 min walking..................................60.........................0
4/1
4/2
4/3
4/4
4/5
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Total minutes............................................60................... .......0

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Old Mon, Apr-06-09, 20:08
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
Stats: 272/260/165 Female 68 inches (5'8")
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Progress: 11%
Location: Long Island, NY
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Not such a great second week either. LOL!! Let's hope the third week is the charm.

Tried a new workout DVD today - Kathy Smith Lift Weights to Lose Weight. It's a 2-DVD set, with a total of 7 different short workouts. Today I did the first upper body workout and part of the first lower body workout on the first DVD. I'm way out of shape, haven't done any weight training or real toning work in a long time, but once I get into a groove I think these workouts will be good.

Goals for Week 3:
Cardio...................3 x 40 minutes = 120 minutes
Strength/Other.......3 x 20 minutes = 60 minutes
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Total workout goal..........................180 minutes
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Date/Activity.............................................Cardio.min......... ....Strength/Other min
4/6 - wt training DVD (upper/lower body) .......10.........................30
4/7
4/1
4/2
4/3
4/4
4/5
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Total minutes............................................10................... ......30
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Old Tue, Apr-21-09, 08:31
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Plan: SB (Sorta Beachy)
Stats: 272/260/165 Female 68 inches (5'8")
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Progress: 11%
Location: Long Island, NY
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Sigh...life keeps getting in the way. Here we go again - let's give it another shot this week.

Goals for Week 5: (don't ask what happened to week 4)
Cardio...................3 x 40 minutes = 120 minutes
Strength/Other.......3 x 20 minutes = 60 minutes
------------------------------------------------
Total workout goal..........................180 minutes
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Date/Activity.............................................Cardio.min......... ....Strength/Other min
4/20 - ........................................................0............... ...........0
4/21 - 30 min elliptical....................................30........................ .0
4/1
4/2
4/3
4/4
4/5
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Total minutes...........................................30.................... .....0
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