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10/1/12 11:49 P

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It looks like there is not much interest in this challenge right now. Whether it is because everybody is self-motivated or whether people don't have the need to talk about exercise for other reasons I don't know.
I suggest that those who would like support for their exercise program post a link to their blog here and we can read each others blogs.
Here is a link for my blog post about my first day of strength training:
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9/24/12 1:24 P

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If I count doing tons of dancing at a party then I did activity 3 times last week. Which is 3 more times than the week before. Aiming for my goal of 4 times per week this week.

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9/23/12 11:14 P

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Just checking back in. Did OK on exercise, not spectacular, but two gym sessions for strength workouts - focusing on building overall strength to complement running. Did do reading to start the day most days too. Overall it's been helpful to have this challenge going on to stay accountable and have a goal.

How is everyone else doing out there? emoticon

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5-K: 22:49 (2007)
10-K: 46:50 (2012)
8-mile trail run (2013): 1:19:26
Half-Marathon: 1:49:28 (2013)
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9/20/12 11:52 P

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Today I did not have time to walk the dogs since I was away from home all day. I did put in 15 minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym, 15 minutes uphill walking on the treadmill, 15 minutes of running at 5mph on the treadmill and about 15 minutes of strength training - lower body exercises. My energy was better than yesterday but I still needed two cups of coffee. Tonight we picked blackberries at a friend's house and I may have eaten a few too many to be in ketosis. Still the weight is already starting to come back off.
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9/20/12 12:42 A

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I ended up walking for about 45 minutes, running for two miles and doing about 45 minutes of strength training, all upper body and abs. I had to lower the weights after not doing any strength training for about two months but I have to start somewhere. My body is getting used to fewer carbs again and it's getting easier every day. More exercise keeps me from emotional and boredom eating. emoticon
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9/19/12 4:19 P

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Love that there is a group challenge for the "Wheatbelly Team". I've written down my goals which include a dedicated exercise part, daily minimum 10 minute recumbent bike and the prep for the 5K virtual walk.

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9/19/12 2:21 P

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Our weather is a little too hot for comfort at the moment. I think we haven't had much rain in about two months. A run in pouring rain sounds wonderful at the moment. I guess my perception of this may change as the weather gets cooler. emoticon
I'm out the door taking my 3rd walk with dogs, getting my legs wet to stay cool. emoticon
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9/19/12 12:54 P

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So I had a crazy weekend and didn't get to exercise. I also ate some wheat, unfortunately. I gained about a pound and a half. I did walk for 30 minutes on Monday and then did lots of housework. Yesterday I was really sluggish (I had stayed up late doing an online course). We were hoping to run in the morning but it was pouring rain.

Today I'm back on track and will be doing some weight training shortly.

Hope everybody else is doing well!

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9/19/12 12:43 A

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I did not feel very energetic today but that was to be expected as I went back to very low-carb (under 50 grams) after eating more in the range of 80-100 for a while. I did get more walking in, total about 1 hour and also did about half an hour of swimming.
I'm listening to an interview that Jimmy Moore did with Peter Attia did in March for motivation tonight.
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9/19/12 12:00 A

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Nice work, Houndlover. And good that you found a good doctor to work with!

I ran Sunday, an hour trail run around our favorite "butte" and the first run since the half-marathon a week before. Yesterday I got my flu shot; today I skipped the gym since my arm felt a bit sore, and I was running behind schedule. But at least I did something for preventative healthcare (I'm a teacher and am therefore exposed to a sea of germs several times a week every time I step into a classroom).

Will get back to exercise tomorrow -- maybe take a nice run of 30-45 minutes.

I have managed to get in some thoughtful reading the past two mornings.

Edited by: HISTORYRUNNER at: 9/19/2012 (00:55)
Running records:

5-K: 22:49 (2007)
10-K: 46:50 (2012)
8-mile trail run (2013): 1:19:26
Half-Marathon: 1:49:28 (2013)
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9/18/12 12:32 A

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I did manage to start exercising again. I walked/jogged a total of about 7 miles, 5 of those with my dogs and one with my horse. I also had just enough time to swim for 15 minutes and try out my new fins.
I did have a visit with a doctor who is going to support me in managing my health through diet and exercise. She was great and seemed knowledgeable and interested in helping me reach my health goals. What a blessing that was!
I will have to get more organized because she asked me to keep a record of what I'm eating for at least 3 days. I may try to do it for a whole week. I'm getting bloodwork done later this week and am looking forward to how things have changed since going low-carb. We have also scheduled a scan to check for body composition (fat vs. muscle mass) which I have never had before. It's going to be interesting after 6 weeks with very little exercise.

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9/17/12 9:43 P

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This is the day that our challenge officially starts!
And here is a little challenge discussion question for the week:

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9/17/12 12:54 A

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Spartaa, you picked a lifestyle goal that I should shoot for as well. Will have to think about that some more.
I have finally gained a little weight over the last week after very little exercise for about 6 weeks. Having to take an antibiotics with food every 6 hours for 10 days and then having to take probioitics two hours later to save my gut has led to far too much time eating. If I had not eaten moderately low-carb I would have packed on many pounds. This way it was only about 2.
Tomorrow I have an initial consultation with a physician who is known to be supportive of preventative health care through diet and exercise and I was told is also supportive of low-carb eating. If things go well I may finally have found a doctor who is going to be helping me get healthier rather than having to be educated. emoticon
Blood work will hopefully come later in the week, the first time since switching to low-carb.
So as part of my lifestyle change I will try to manage my medical info better and keep track of eating and exercise for a while.
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9/17/12 12:34 A

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Spartaa, those are excellent goals. I really like how you link physical fitness and creating a clean, orderly lifestyle. It seems the two goals should really complement each other.

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5-K: 22:49 (2007)
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Half-Marathon: 1:49:28 (2013)
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9/16/12 9:15 P

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For EXERCISE: My goal is to complete an 8-week online bootcamp that I signed up for, it starts tomorrow. Then after that for the remaining 4 weeks of this challenge, I will use the exercise videos I have to keep up with the good work I have done during the boot camp.

For LIFESTYLE goals: My longterm vision is actively being an organized person. My Mantra, "What would an organized person do?" My 3-month goal is to have a decluttered, streamlined, and structured environment and habits. I will follow these habits:
Habits of an Organized Person:
1. I have a place for everything.
2. I put things back.
3. I write things down.
4. I file my papers where they belong.
5. I schedule my time when I have something that has to be done.
6. I set goals and deadlines.
7. I only keep what I use and/or enjoy.

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9/14/12 12:54 P

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A career change takes a lot of courage and I think not enough people consider it when it is helpful. Physical therapy is a wonderful field to be involved in, such a great opportunity to help people. emoticon
I have not been able to do much for my upper body exercise for quite a while now and will have to build up very gradually. I'll probably stay with small dumbbells for now and slow, controlled movements.
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9/14/12 9:45 A

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Currently, I'm doing two lifestyle changes:

a) as a graphic artist, I've been struggling against (doing physical therapy moves) carpal tunnel for over 10 years here (in my 19th year!). I've gone to the doctor, received an appointment with a neurologist and getting a conductivity test next week. If surgery is in order, I'll get that. This is big stuff as it will incapacitate me for a while from my job! I've put it off as long as I can.

b) looking into career change (see above); for one thing, the industry has taken hits that I don't think it'll ever recover from over the past 6 years...You can always work as a graphic artist but not in the paradigm I've been in and I don't care to freelance more than an occasional gig. I do NOT have a "business mind" and managing my own business isn't something I care to even try. I'm thinking of training for physical therapy assistant...I've received such help from them over the years, that it's the only thing that stands out as "worthy." I've done other things (taught as secondary school teacher in Europe and the US) but I don't care to return to that, either. In other words: I need to start researching, visiting schools, etc. This will take months.

Fitness: I really like/d what I was doing: at least a 5k every weekend and kettlebells through the week (and walking) but I've had to stop kbs due to my arms. I listed for a couple of weeks, there, doing nothing -- which isn't good. I recommenced TurboFire and P90x (picking and choosing workouts, not a particular schedule). Oh, and ZERO weights on my poor arms, it's only crappy resistance bands/ therabands from previous recovery periods.

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9/14/12 1:23 A

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Great goals, I'm glad you reminded me that the weather will soon get much colder and if I want to continue running/riding I'm going to have to make sure I have enough protective clothing.

My problem with picking lifestyle issues is that I have too many I want to work on. I'll have to prioritize. That may be my hardest assignment to do by Monday. emoticon

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9/14/12 1:15 A

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Well, here's my first shot at this challenge.

For exercise, I'll continue what I've been doing, which is primarily to run, but also to do at least two days of strength/core training per week. One day off entirely. The big challenge will be to continue running when the weather gets cold and wet. I can do a treadmill but not for more than a few miles. Mostly I want to keep the fitness I gained this summer. Maybe I'll find a fall road race or trail run, or get more involved with the local running club.

For lifestyle: three things. I have stacks of books I want to read to enjoy and learn from. My goal is to spend at least 15 minutes a day in one of these books - this is totally separate from work reading or the newspaper. The second thing is to start each day with some quiet time for centering, prayer, and meditation. Again, just 15 minutes to start out with. But it will be a much better start than just kick-starting the day with chores or schoolwork. Finally, continue to educate myself about nutrition and larger issues of food in our culture. emoticon

So off I go on this adventure!

Running records:

5-K: 22:49 (2007)
10-K: 46:50 (2012)
8-mile trail run (2013): 1:19:26
Half-Marathon: 1:49:28 (2013)
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9/13/12 3:47 P

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Hi Lisa,
glad you are joing us. emoticon

4 times a week sounds like a good plan if you were fairly inactive before. It gives your muscles time to recover in between. If you have any questions about anything related to exercise that is new to you don't hesitate to ask. emoticon

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9/13/12 2:59 P

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I just finished my blog stating that making time for activity / exercise is a challenge for me so this is great! I am fairly inactive now, so I will feel very successful if I do some form of exercise (yoga, dance dvd, walk, strength training) four times a week.

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9/13/12 1:02 P

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Migrainegirl,
looks like you'll have a pretty balanced workout once you add the running. And it makes it easier to have another family member who runs as well. Our weather is cooling down, too, making it very pleasant to go out even in the middle of the day. That helps me get barn chores done before I exercise.
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9/13/12 12:36 P

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I'm really excited about this. I need a kick in the butt.

I've been exercising really regularly for over a month now. I work out almost every day. I do some simple upper body strength training one day (dumbbells) and the next I do lower body stuff (squats/ lunges). Even though it's simple I've seen results -- a little weight loss that has stayed off and some muscle definition. The fact that the workouts are relatively short and simple has made it easy to keep them up and fit them in even on busy days (and of course this wheat elimination thing has given me more energy!).

But I would like to add more to my fitness routine. My husband and I used to run a couple of times a week. We fell off the wagon once the weather got hot and for a time he was on a different schedule (6 am start time at work!). Now that he's back to a more normal work schedule and the weather is pleasant, I'd like to start running first thing in the morning again.

So maybe with some encouragement from the group I will do this!

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9/13/12 11:04 A

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This will be fun! I am thinking about my goals and will report back - but count me in! emoticon

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5-K: 22:49 (2007)
10-K: 46:50 (2012)
8-mile trail run (2013): 1:19:26
Half-Marathon: 1:49:28 (2013)
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9/13/12 10:35 A

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Here is part one of my plan. The exercise part is easier for me to figure out:
My goal is to be well-rounded and I already enjoy a number of different forms of exercise. I want to continue hiking/running with my dogs. This is typically low-level cardio, either easy jogging or uphill walking or some combination and happens almost every day (or my dogs will start driving me crazy at home). It is also relaxing and "me" time.
I want to focus on swimming more as it works on cardio, coordination and whole body strength all at the same time. I've recently purchased some swim fins to help me work on my kick and I have a daughter who is a high school swimmer and can help me with my technique. My goal with swimming is to increase endurance and learn correct technique in all four strokes: breast, freestyle, back and butterfly. This will require swimming at least 2, better 3 times/week. Right now my breast stroke is faster than all the other strokes which tells me I need to work on my freestyle. I'll get more specific as to the times I want to swim later.
I also want to make time to regularly ride my horse which I have not been able to much this summer. Horseback riding is great for balance, core strength and suppleness as well as relaxation. The fact that my horse has to carry me was the original reason for me to lose a little more weight and get in better shape and she is still a significant motivator for me to be a true athlete, which is what I want her to be.
I am hoping to round out the program with a little strength training and stretching and maybe joining my daughter for a weekly ballet lesson.
The logistics of all this will still have to be worked out. At the moment things are progressing slowly because I'm recovering from minor surgery and cellulitis (skin infection) in my arm. I was not able to do anything but walking for quite a few weeks so will have to deal with sore muscles again for a while as I gradually build my body up again.
Thanks to a low-carb diet I did not regain any weight during the last 6 weeks.

Birgit

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I'm in. I will be thinking on these two issues and post back

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9/12/12 8:04 P

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Here is the first challenge for our team. It will start this coming Monday, 9/17/12 and continue until 12/17/12
There are no prizes you can win except your improved quality of life.

There are two parts to it. The one part is about exercise, the other is about one lifestyle issue of your choice. The purpose is to find an area where you feel you can make significant improvements and where you think you can benefit from regular encouragement by other team members.
EXERCISE is always an important part of health and fitness. Even if we know that diet is the biggest factor that we can control for weight loss, exercise will work our cardiovascular system and our muscles and give us many other health benefits like helping balance our hormones and strengthen our bones.
LIFESTYLE ISSUES are all those things that can effect the way we eat and exercise: sleep patterns, hobbies, finances, relationships, time management, mental/emotional health etc.
Even ongoing health problems can be lifestyle issues that we need to manage as well as possible.
Once we have settled into a routine with our way of eating and have seen some of the health benefits that come with it, we have uncomplicated our lives already, leaving some more energy to deal with the rest of life. That's what I want to encourage us to do.

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During the first week of the challenge think about what your exercise goals are. It could be one small thing you want to improve or maybe you are considering regular exercise for the first time because you never had the energy for it before. Maybe you have been exercising for years and are planning your next competition. Maybe you want to try a completely new sport. It does not matter which it is. Share your dreams and then share your goals for the next 3 months to get you closer to your dreams here. Think about what skills and abilities you need. Be specific with what you want to do every day and every week to reach your dreams.
Also think about a lifestyle goal. Again, describe a long-term vision/dream and then an achievable 3 month goal as well as a strategy to get you closer to it. This may be a process of a couple of days of brainstorming.
Then take a look at what others share and see if you can find more inspiration from that.

And here are a few things I've borrowed from my daughters swim coach:

- OWN YOUR GOALS
- OWN YOUR PRACTICE
- OWN YOUR JOURNEY
- OWN YOUR SUCCESS

Post about your progress as often as possibe, daily or weekly or whatever works for you.

P.S. IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING THE WHEATBELLY TEAM FREEL FREE TO JOIN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANY TIME.

Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. emoticon

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