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Old 07-21-2013, 06:57 PM   #211
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WOW! Susan! What a transformation in such a short time!!

Aside from the obvious slimming of your face, neck and shoulders your skin looks completely different too! You've got that fit and healthy glow in the latter.

I hope you won't be offended if I say you look 15-20 years younger in the second photo than you do in the first.
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Susan ~ you look amazing. I am very happy for you. Keep up the good work.

Well just finished hour number 7 for this month giving me 31 hours total. Have a great day everyone
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WOW! Susan! What a transformation in such a short time!!

Aside from the obvious slimming of your face, neck and shoulders your skin looks completely different too! You've got that fit and healthy glow in the latter.

I hope you won't be offended if I say you look 15-20 years younger in the second photo than you do in the first.
Thank you Zula. That healthy glow was one of my goals and is as much a result of giving up ALL garbage food and practicing rigid portion control as it is Callanetics. I defy you to find a woman who is offended when you tell her she looks 15-20 years younger than she did three months ago! This is what Callanetics does across the board if you stick with it. Someday I'll get my daughter's permission to post her pictures. She turns 31 next month and is 80 lbs lighter than last year and looks 19 again. The miracles of 'eating to live' ( no special diet, just control ) combined with Callanetics.
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I'd love to see your daughters pictures as I'm roughly the same age if she gives you her permission! I'm a very big advocate of eating good foods being a raw vegan so I know just how much it can affect your skin and also your energy levels.

Just completed hour 14, a little late today as I've taken my baby swimming. So double exercise tick for me today!
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This morning I did hour 3 (10/10) while watching church online. Total since last monday I have 3.5 hrs. I did realize that some of my meds were messing with my water retention and stalled weightloss, increasing weight as well. So This last week I have been in the process of trying to ween myself off my meds and altering my supplements as necessary to facilitate the water loss etc.

I have noticed that my thighs are becoming cut. I have always had a tendency to gain muscle quickly which has been happening at the gym. Adding the callanetics is helping to cut my muscles. Yes, I do look more cottage cheesy in the abdomen area, I think thats because of the fat loss in the pockets where it indents. I am not perfect at my form yet, but I do get to muscle failure during my callanetics 10/10 workout.

I went on a date with my hubby yesterday and cheated at starbucks. I still had under 100 carbs, but that is way more than my usual zero carb intake. Funny thing is, this morning I was down 2 lbs of what I gained last week. This week I should see much improvement. I am now at 169, minigoal of 150 by my birthday 8/27.
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Thank you Zula. That healthy glow was one of my goals and is as much a result of giving up ALL garbage food and practicing rigid portion control as it is Callanetics. I defy you to find a woman who is offended when you tell her she looks 15-20 years younger than she did three months ago! This is what Callanetics does across the board if you stick with it. Someday I'll get my daughter's permission to post her pictures. She turns 31 next month and is 80 lbs lighter than last year and looks 19 again. The miracles of 'eating to live' ( no special diet, just control ) combined with Callanetics.
Susan you are doing great! kutgw! you guys are amazing! I'm so happy I joined you guys again!

I'm starting a chalean extreme challenge for myself again today. I'm going to be doing chalean extreme and callanetics.
I really think they will be amazing together.. building muscle and leaning out and tigntening my peach (and hopefully shrinking my hips lol)
My waist is 26" my hips are 34" but my thighs are like 26" each..
Anyone can suggest anything for my saddle bags? I HATE SADDLE BAGS!
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Susan you are doing great! kutgw! you guys are amazing! I'm so happy I joined you guys again!

I'm starting a chalean extreme challenge for myself again today. I'm going to be doing chalean extreme and callanetics.
I really think they will be amazing together.. building muscle and leaning out and tigntening my peach (and hopefully shrinking my hips lol)
My waist is 26" my hips are 34" but my thighs are like 26" each..
Anyone can suggest anything for my saddle bags? I HATE SADDLE BAGS!
Personally I've not seen anything get rid of saddlebags as quickly and effectively as Callanetics. Stick with it, it WILL happen.
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I hope so!
I honestly think my bum is moving north which is ok (besides it looking more full which is not what I want but I know in time things have to get worse to get better)

I wonder if doing the evolution moves with a band around my legs would help a little faster.. does anyone know what im talking about? its like a round giant rubber band you put around your lower calves when doing certain leg exercises to increse resitance..
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SUSAAAANNN!!!!

OMG! You look absolutely fantastic! I don't know what I could possibly add here on top of what Zula already said. I think the one thing that made me go wow, wasn't the slimming down of your face, which in itself is amazing, but was the tightening of the skin on your neck, and that's with your chin tilted up in the before photo. I can only imagine what's happened to the rest of your body. Woo hoo!

I'm so happy for you and your progress!!!




QueenB, you don't need to add to the exercises. As you keep going your technique will get better and you will be able to tweak your positioning to challenge you even more, no band needed, believe me!


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Queenbacon promise me no band around the legs. I would think that would interfer with your ability to relax the muscles properly. I assure you, the saddlebags are one of the first things to go. Trust us on this. : )
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Thanks all. I must admit, the comparison makes even me go "WOW!!!" This is Callanetics in action.
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Susan, you look fantastic! Keep it up!!

Reporting in for another two hours completed over the weekend, which brings my total to 9.5/20 hours this month. I think I am going to try to do this every day until the end of the month. Sort of a "boot camp" for myself. We'll see how my body feels at the end of it. If it gets to be too much, I'll obviously stop.
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I slowed down on my Callanetics in favor of walking more - but I didn't stop. Did two more full 10/10 Callanetics sessions that I didn't write down here, and many times short segments. It gets easier every time I take a break, really quite amazing.
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Glad to hear it Nemia. Walking is good. I missed you.

I got in session #10 today. I usually do them in the morning but we had a doctor visit so it got shifted to after lunch. Crazy how disruptive that small change can be. I had to be firm with myself, avoid getting involved with other tasks and allow myself to be wonderfully selfish with the time. You guys keep me honest.

I finally had the opportunity to add Open and Close into the session. That minor groin pull took much longer to heal than I expected. Got 20 of them in today, much to my amazement. Now the routine feels complete.

Jigglebuster, I was thinking about you while I was doing stretches. Do you start the stretch sequence by sitting tall and spending 30 seconds "pushing" your behind to the floor like Callan instructed in the book? I think it's one of the reasons I can stretch out so much. Also, I came across a link on Sandra's page one day of a physical therapist demonstrating how to get a better stretch by rolling a ball with your foot, from toes to heel and back, one minute each foot to release the plantar fascia. You will be shocked at the additional stretch you can get. It might be worth a try for you. Look up Anatomy Trains - plantar fascia release on YouTube.

Next time everyone. Happy pulsing.
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14.5 total hours, and 10.5 for July
wow it was amazing how much I could stretch being as sore as i am! Yay
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15.5 total, 11.5 for July! I also just finished chalean extreme burn circuit 1

I'm spent!
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I did callentics back in 2003 but the 1 hour session would take me about 2 hours to do (?? don't ask ) they did work but I fell out of doing it after about 3 months especially as I really really struggled with the butt exercises (I had no butt muscle just fat I am sure ).

I gave up smoking in March 2013 and the inevitable happen - weight gain. I am not bothered about the weight gain as I am still within my weight range but the jiggling lumps and bumps must go!!!
I started up on callentics about 3 weeks ago from my book and I am slowly building up the number of exercises I do. Each morning I first started with just doing the warm up session and once I had re-learn't these exercises and could do them, I then added the stomach exercises, then the stretch exercises etc. I am currently doing 20/30 exercises each morning and hope that by the end of July I will be doing all 30 exercises and can then join in the 10/10 challenege.

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Hi Amanda - I hope you enjoy this thread -it is great for information, inspiration and motivation. Many of us have done Callanetics many years OK and recently resumed our workouts so you are not alone there. It sounds like you are doing great - building up your exercises bit by bit. Doing that in itself shows great body awareness and that you are listening to your body.
It is great to welcome you to the challenge!

I've completed 8/10 of Evo today with added pelvic rotations. Took my time with the workout with plenty of breathers

Susanw53 - wow your before and after photos are inspirational you look like a different person!

Queenbacon - I've not heard of chalean extreme but it sounds intense. I find it amazing all of you who do additional DVDs or swimming or weights as well as your callanetics.

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Hi Amanda - I hope you enjoy this thread -it is great for information, inspiration and motivation. Many of us have done Callanetics many years OK and recently resumed our workouts so you are not alone there. It sounds like you are doing great - building up your exercises bit by bit. Doing that in itself shows great body awareness and that you are listening to your body.
It is great to welcome you to the challenge!

I've completed 8/10 of Evo today with added pelvic rotations. Took my time with the workout with plenty of breathers

Susanw53 - wow your before and after photos are inspirational you look like a different person!

Queenbacon - I've not heard of chalean extreme but it sounds intense. I find it amazing all of you who do additional DVDs or swimming or weights as well as your callanetics.

Happy pulsing!
Good work keepfitBrit! How funny that I found myself doing extra rotations as well during my last session. It must be in the air.

It's worth noting that the dramatic change in my looks happened over a brief three month period. It is even more notable that until very recently I did not see the change when I looked in the mirror. The changes, although consistently occurring, are so gradual that we simply don't notice. Now I've grown used to seeing THIS face in the mirror. I love Callanetics.

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15.5 total, 11.5 for July! I also just finished chalean extreme burn circuit 1

I'm spent!
ahhhhh i kicked butt todayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
this morning I did brazil buttlift Cardio Axe then this evening my hubby went to a baseball game so when the kids went to bed I did a half hour of Turbo and another hour of callanetics!

16.5 total and 12.5 for July!
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ahh I just realized that I hit my july goal! (dances crazy dance on table) lolol
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Susan you look incredible! Such a transformation, you look years younger and your skin is amazing, well done!

I did half of Super yesterday, so I'm going to finish that off now so that will be 7/8. Then I'm going to try and do 10 in 10 later too, I'm going on holiday on Sunday so trying to cram in as many as I can before we go!
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Quick question, the Quick Callanetics DVD's, do they contain the same exercises as the 10/10? Is it just the 10/10 broken down or are there new exercises/variations to try?
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Ok so 7/8 completed
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just added the 2 exercises (pelvic scoop and pelvic rotation) this morning to my exercise programme.
The front of my thighs are mad , I couldn't feel any other muscle work as those puppies burned in protest! Has anyone else gone through that stage? or am I doing something wrong?

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I just added the 2 exercises (pelvic scoop and pelvic rotation) this morning to my exercise programme.
The front of my thighs are mad , I couldn't feel any other muscle work as those puppies burned in protest! Has anyone else gone through that stage? or am I doing something wrong?

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It's OK Amanda. We've all been where you are. Eventually your body will adjust and strengthen and your thighs won't scream as much. I'll be honest, it never gets easy, but it does get better. I still feel it in the thighs. I do my rotations super slow and controlled and in a figure eight and the thighs are all part of the movement. I also believe that the scoops are the most challenging movements in the series. Think of your upper body as being light as a feather stretching up through the crown. I always focus on keeping my upper body calm when I do these. In the 10/10 video Callan finishes the rotations and then falls over in a grimace laughing that if the instructor feels it like that you know you're in trouble! I read somewhere yesterday that you want your life to be easy and your exercise to be a challenge. Just do what you can, take all the breaks you need and "see" yourself controlled and before you know it you will be there. I meant to tell you before that my personal series always takes over two hours and always has. Working slowly and deliberately allows you to learn something new every time.

Keep up the good work. You're doing well.
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Zula my understanding is that the quick ones are some warm-ups followed by all of the movements from Beginners, 10/10 and Super pulled together for each body part. The intention was to give you a way to focus on areas you were more anxious about. In my humble opinion you can't beat a full 10/10 run through done slowly and deliberately. Want more challenge? Work even slower. When 10/10 gets to be less challenging (is this even possible?) try Super.

I heard someone in a video say that the counting gets boring and I smiled to myself because since I started chanting affirmations instead of counting the series became meditation to the extreme. I absolutely love getting to the point when I'm chanting "joy" ten times.
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One more hour today!!!

I caught a glimpse of my back yesterday in the mirror, and wow! The difference is crazy! I haven't looked at my back for a long time, so I could really see the changes.

Very happy!

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Jigglebuster, I was thinking about you while I was doing stretches. Do you start the stretch sequence by sitting tall and spending 30 seconds "pushing" your behind to the floor like Callan instructed in the book? I think it's one of the reasons I can stretch out so much. Also, I came across a link on Sandra's page one day of a physical therapist demonstrating how to get a better stretch by rolling a ball with your foot, from toes to heel and back, one minute each foot to release the plantar fascia. You will be shocked at the additional stretch you can get. It might be worth a try for you. Look up Anatomy Trains - plantar fascia release on YouTube.
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Thanks for thinking about me Susan. I am still having to sit on a towel to get the right angle yet, so what you're describing is still more advanced than what I can do. What I can currently do, is a great improvement than what I could do before, and I have faith that if I simply continue, I'll find myself a little bit closer to my knees. When I begin to find sitting on the towel, on my sits bones, easy, I'll then unroll the towel a bit and try from there, and so on and so on, until I'm on the floor. At that point I'll celebrate like there's no tomorrow. That's been my plan, and I'm not in any hurry really. I've actually just gotten to the point where I am able to relax into the stretch, whereas before it was mostly about trying to stay in the position.

However, in saying all that, I reviewed the video you suggested (thank you), and found it very interesting. I'll certainly try it and will report back.

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I wanted to share my personal routine with everyone. Likely most people follow the DVD of their choice, but I taught myself from the book over 25 years ago and it always felt strange for me to use a video or DVD. Over time I've modified my series to include movements from Super and Evolution so now it's a complete hybrid, which is part of the reason that it takes me so long to get through them. I thought it might be interesting for you to see how I've structured my session. I'd be interested to hear anyone else's personal system as well.

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Up and Down (5)
Underarm Tightener (100)
Waist Stretch (100 each side)
Hamstring Stretch (25 to center and each side) - eventually this will also include 25 to the floor as in the advanced in the book
Neck #1 & 2 (5 of each in both directions)

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#1 Both feet on floor (100) I do all abdominals (except the Wave) in sets of 25 with breaks between until my body has settled enough to do the next set smoothly and effortlessly.
#2 One foot up, other leg extended right above the floor and stable (100 each)
#3 Both legs up (100)
Advanced Stomach #1: The Wave (at least 10) - also from Super and Evolution

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-Pelvic Wave (3 repetitions of the 5 positions) - I do a severe stretch here so I have always done one repetition, then a short break to walk around the room a moment, then back into position for another run, then another break to walk around the room before I finish. Takes longer but my muscles aren't shaking or screaming for oxygen and I get maximum results.
-Pliés (10) - Again, I always do the first five super slow, then break to walk down the hall and back before I finish.
-Heel on the Barre ( no pulsing, just relaxing further into the stretch for a count of 50)
-Arch on the Barre (Again no pulsing, just relaxing further into the stretch for a count of 50, stretching through the heel towards the wall for the final 25 counts)
-Standing Leg Angles from Evolution (75 in each position, both legs) - Recently I've begun adding another 25 to each position with the leg lifted just another inch higher without changing the angle of the hips and OMG!!! Is that challenging!!!

Hips and Behind
#1 Sitting, Leg bent (100 each side) - broken into two sets of 50 each side
#1 Leg bent from Evolution (50 each side)
#2 Sitting, Leg straight (100 each side) in two sets of 50 each side
#2 Leg Straight from Evolution (50 each side)
#1 Advanced (100 each side) in two sets of 50 each side. I can't do the ones on your knees, so these are my alternative choice.
#2 Advanced (100 each side) in two sets of 50 each side

Open and Close ( sets of 10 with breaks between) working towards 100 total

Stretches
#1 & 2 Legs apart (No pulsing, just relaxing further into the stretch for a count of 50 to center and both sides)
#3 Legs Together (No pulsing, relaxing further into the stretch to a count of 50) Reaching through my crown for a point beyond my toes.
#4 (50 each leg) Gently pulsing with arms only, being very careful to keep back out of it as much as possible.
#5 Crossover (no pulsing, relaxing further into stretch to a count of 50 or more each side) I usually stay here much longer because it feels soooo good and I know what's next!

For The Pelvis
Rotations (10 in each direction followed by 10 s-l-o-w figure eights) I always break to recover between each direction and I do the figure eights 5 in each direction with a break in between.
Scoops (10 s-l-o-w)
Thigh Stretch ( 50 pulses) This one always feels so lovely.

Inner Thigh
Inner Thigh Squeeze (count of 100)
Butterfly ( 100 pulses) This one is a yoga movement that I added years ago as a counter move to the inner thigh squeeze. Sitting, bring soles of feet together, pulled close to your body, hands gently holding around feet. Sit bones to the floor, leaning just a bit to the front to get a better stretch through the back and stretching up through the crown. Begin gently pulsing the knees towards the floor like you were a butterfly moving your wings being conscious of stretching out through the hips. Very controlled, slow and gentle. I love this move.

Finishing From Evolution
Finishing stretch (2 reaches for a count of 10) I like to do this one first instead of last. I like the way it stretches the upper back in preparation for what follows.
Neck Release (slow count of 10 each side)
Corpse - I always finish with this yoga move wherein I lie flat and drip all tension through the floorboard and into the rooms below me for at least three minutes before I get off the floor and head for a long, hot shower.

This is why it takes me 2 hours (at least) to get through the session, but I love every blessed minute of it, even the dreaded scoops. I take lots of breaks to keep my heart rate stable and my muscles relaxed. It's a continuously evolving series. As I get stronger and my endurance improves the abdominals will be grouped into 50 pulses, but for now I'm still carrying around 70 extra pounds and let myself get seriously out of shape before I returned to Callanetics so this approach works for me and I don't worry about taxing myself too much. I do this series three times a week without fail and will likely stick to this schedule for the rest of my life. I'm intrigued at the potential changes before I reach 60 in December, but I know with absolute certainty that eventually I won't have any excess fat left on my body. That's the promise of Callanetics

Happy pulsing everyone.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #240
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Thanks Susan!

Jigglebuster - there are spiked balls you can purchase, I send all my clients out with them. They are fabulous for rolling about under your feet, even when your sat on the sofa watching tv. You can also use them on tight muscles pre stretch. So if your tight through the hamstrings you can roll the balls up and down the muscle (with the fibre so knee to buttock and back) and it will release the fascia. Most tight people have knots in the fascia rather than truly tight muscles. The balls really help. As I always tell my clients - reprogramming your body as to what is safe is like dieting to lose weight. The slower you do it the safer and more lasting the results, and the less likely you are to over do it and head off in the wrong direction.
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