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Old 02-17-2010, 11:53 AM   #331
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Jami, that's sweet, thanks! My trainer uses calipers. He's very qualified and trains people for competitions and etc. So, I trust his measurements. Plus, he's the one who always measures me, so I can count on the fact that I am going down.

I don't know that the handheld things are very accurate...there's a guy who I work with and he's almost 10% body fat but the handheld thing said he was 20%, which is a HUGE difference. I think it's important to stick with one method of measurement, whatever you choose!

I've never done circuit training before, so I am excited to shake things up!

Oh, and your pics look great! We are about the same weight (I was 138.8 at his office today) but I am 2" shorter than you!
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:54 AM   #332
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Jami, good job, girl! Your waist is NOTICEABLY smaller and leaner. Your plan is obviously working for you.

So you've overcome your fear of good carbs?
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Rachel Thank you! Sometimes a good shake up is what it takes. When I get stuck in a rut, it's like I have blinders on, I keep doing the same thing and I wonder why I'm not seeing any results. HA! We are about the same. I like finding people that are comparable to the same size and fitness level that I am at.

Twyla. thank you! I did get over the carb fear! LOL. I learned how to eat basically. I have an equal carb and protein with every meal, the last 2 meals of the day I taper off and just have veggies and lean meats. Oatmeal is my new best friend. LOL
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Venuto's workout B today
10 minutes of Crunch cardio Pilates to warm-up

20 deadlifts @ 62 lbs
20 shoulder press @ 40 lbs
40 hip extentions
20 pullovers @ 40 lbs
30 reverse crunch
40 cross knee crunch
8 curls @ 20 lbs
6 tricep ext. @ 20 lbs.

Was finishing up the last 15 minutes of the cardio Pilates dvd and strained a groin muscle. Ouch. That's a first....and hopefully last time that happens.
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Cleste, hope you are pain-free quickly.

Jami, I can definitely see a big difference too - great job! I can't believe you are a bigger size than me, definitly don't look it in those pics!!! Gotta figure out how to have a stomach like yours, mine hangs (loose skin combo of pregnancy & huge weight loss which I suspect is really only correctable with surgery ).

So I got over myself yesterday and did my missed UB weights workout from the morning last night . Usually I find my performance is worse @ night, due to tiredness etc. However I really enjoyed my workout and went just as hard as I usually do in the mornings. Even got up this morning for my HIIT/steadystate cardio/yoga/streching workout.

Nutrition was on track yesterday too, today is looking even better. Only thing is I jumped on my WiiFit scale this morning and I'm up - didn't look at the scale weight, turned the darn thing off once I saw my BMI % was up from Monday . I'm hoping it's just TOM related, now I'm back on the pill I at least know that's coming on Monday and hopefully explains the @(#& scale.

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Was finishing up the last 15 minutes of the cardio Pilates dvd and strained a groin muscle. Ouch. That's a first....and hopefully last time that happens.
Celeste,

I've had this to happen to me, unfortunately more than once. I saved this article from Oxygen since I'm apparently prone to these. Here goes, if you're interested:

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"Even limber yogis or weight-training gurus can pull a groin muscle...sometimes called a groin pull, the injury usu consists of a small tear where the tendons high up on the inner thigh connect to the adductor muscle. Yet reardless of how bad it is, the annoying injury is almost always painful, as the sensitive groin area is laden with nerves. (no surprise there).

Your pain could actually be something else. Other conditions can mimic a groin straing....if the pain lasts for more than a week or two, or you can't use your leg at all, you may have a hernia, injury to the pelvic bones or hip joint, or a strained hip flexor. Your groin strain can pre-dispose you to another, so proper warm-ups once you're healed are crucial. Muscles and muscle-tendon junctions heal with scar tissue rathjer than supple, elastic muscle tissue. The area becomes slightly tighter and more prone to tear again.

Prevent groin injuries in one move by strengthening your adductor (inner thigh) muscles. (Plie' squats!)

Do dynamic stretching (moving the body through its rane of motion without added weight) of the groin, hip and buttock muscles befopre starting an activity. The warm-up should gradually mimic what you will do in the sport/exercise, priming muscles so they'll be less likely to tear."

Treatment: Stop any activity that hurts, and crosstrain with something that doesn't cause pain. Ice the tender area early on for 15 mins, two to six times a day for three days, and during the first week, limit inflammation with an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen.
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #337
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Ok. I have been doing BFL for 1.5 weeks now. I can already feel the difference. I thought that I would take pics today to see if I could tell from last week. What a difference eating carbs has done for me! Ok So no make up or anything, just dont look at the face. LOL

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ha! I was bloated! It was tough adding in all those carbs. Finally my body and my GI system got used to it.
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Jami - I have to agree with everyone - you look great! Keep doing what you're doing.

Thanks for the well wishes. I'm thinking it's more of a strain than an actual pull because it's more irritating than painful. A long soak in the tub with epsom salts and a little sportscream and it's better now.

Oh, and Twyla, I was doing plie' squats when it happened! Ironic....well, maybe not!
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LOL Celeste, glad you are already on the mend .
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Oz, It has to be TOM. Im pretty sure of it. I take Loestrin 24. It have been a life savor. I thought If I had to go though one more cycle I was going to die! With Loestrin I have NO menstruation at all. No gains from taking it either, my skin looks great and it helps me with my moods. I know that everyone is different and results aren't always so typical, but at any rate, I hope you find something that works for you.

Celeste, Im happy your groin muscle is feeling better fast. That can be so frustrating!
Before all my cardio I stretch every leg muscle, IT band, hip flexors, calves. Im so afraid that I will hurt something again and I dont need any slow down.
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Thanks Jami. I'm MUCH better today, so I really do think it was just a strain.

I always warm-up too. I did the first part of the Cardio Pilates DVD (about 10 minutes) to warm up for lifting weights. Did my lifting, then went back to finish the Pilates workout. Near the end of the cardio section, the instructor says "Really go for it here" and I did. Next time, I'll be more careful.

My upper back/shoulders are SORE today. Guess upping my weights for shoulder presses had some effect. No lifting today! I may rest or do a cardio dance DVD.

I'd LOVE to rebound but the darn thing broke again. This time it was a strap holding one of the springs that simply came unsewn from the bed. Meanwhile, the replacement is on back order.

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Celeste, my shoulders are killing me today too. I added more weight to my reps yesterday when I did upper body and I was hoping that I would be sore in other places as well. Tomorrow is lower body, My Favorite! I have to do my workout after I get off work, which I really dont like to do since I work 12's. My fitness center doesn't open up until 5am. Bummer.
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Crunch Cardio Pilates and Dance party cardio for about 1 hour total. Whooohhoooo!
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No workout for me today, taking a DOR! I'm working my day-job + working bar tonight so decided I needed more sleep. Also working the new Saturday morning bar job @ 8:30 tomorrow. Planning a workout for the morning though - will depend what time I get to sleep tonight how big a one I can fit in. DD is having a sleep-over tonight (we are both working) so I'll be completely uninterrupted and only have to get myself ready for work. Probably won't get back on-line before Sunday if I get a chance at all over the weekend. Have a good one guys.
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It's my refeed day! Feeling good and not tempted to go overboard, so things are great!

Today's workout: Pilates matwork to warm-up

Venuto's workout A

20 squats @ 62 lbs

40 birddog

22 deadlifts @ 62 lbs

40 rows @ 20 lbs
30 bench press @ 30 lbs. (could not do the 62 lbs today )
20 planks @ 10 count hold

12 tricep ext. @ 15 lbs.

20 minutes cardio - Crunch standing Pilates DVD.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Celeste, Ive been meaning to ask you, What is a birddog?
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Hi everyone!

I started my circuit training tonight. It's really fun, and I'm really tired. I'm surprised because it didn't same that hard when I was doing it. Hopefully it's torching fat!

I did it like this:

Chest press: 10
2 minutes elliptical
Chest press: 10
2 minutes elliptical
Chest press: 10
2 minute elliptical
Lateral shoulder raise: 10
2 minutes elliptical
Lateral shoulder raise: 10
2 minutes elliptical
Lateral shoulder raise: 10
2 minutes treadmill
Skullcrushers: 10
2 minutes treadmill
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And then I did 30 minutes steady state on the bike.

I'll be back at the gym tomorrow, doing the same thing for lower body!!
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A birddog is sort of like a yoga or pilates move, just using body weight.

Get on all fours and extend your right leg and left arm straight out (almost like a pointing dog) Hold for 2 counts, bring your limbs back and repeat. I usually do 10 on each side twice. It looks easy, but it forces you to use your core to balance. It's much more challenging than you'd think.

Hope that's understandable!
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WOW Rachel, That seems like a great workout! I love new routines! It makes it more fun!
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A birddog is sort of like a yoga or pilates move, just using body weight.

Get on all fours and extend your right leg and left arm straight out (almost like a pointing dog) Hold for 2 counts, bring your limbs back and repeat. I usually do 10 on each side twice. It looks easy, but it forces you to use your core to balance. It's much more challenging than you'd think.

Hope that's understandable!
Ohh, OK. I know now. I just never knew the name for it. Thanks Celeste.
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A birddog is sort of like a yoga or pilates move, just using body weight.

Get on all fours and extend your right leg and left arm straight out (almost like a pointing dog) Hold for 2 counts, bring your limbs back and repeat. I usually do 10 on each side twice. It looks easy, but it forces you to use your core to balance. It's much more challenging than you'd think.

Hope that's understandable!
My trainer had me doing these one week! It looked much easier than it was! I had a horrible time staying balanced
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WOW Rachel, That seems like a great workout! I love new routines! It makes it more fun!
I love it that my trainer always switches things up for me. He's teaching me a lot, and I will have lots of knowledge after my sessions end!!
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Thanks, Jennifer. He's a good personality fit for me. Kind and smart. And experienced. He knows what he is doing.

I am back from Circuit Training workout #2. I did it like last night's workout but the exercises today were bicep curls (15s), back pulldowns (100 lb), and abs.
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