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3/31/21 9:28 A

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emoticon I'm so happy to hear about our successes in March!

I made my CrossFit and Pilates goals! emoticon (as long as I get there today...)

And I'm so glad you all are joining in Agile April as well! We can make this a fun, fit year!

Today's CF is back squats and box jumps, if it wasn't for this thread I'd be tempted to skip it...probably a good reason to go and get it done! Working on weaknesses is the way to progress, not skipping days where the workouts aren't my favorites! CrossFit is all about scaling to my current level of fitness, so I'll get over there and get it done!

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3/31/21 7:20 A

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Yes! - thank you Kelpie and Kay! This thread has really helped! Last week I skipped other exercise but kept up with my Muscle March plan...so important to keep some dedicated fitness time going - I wouldn't have done it without y'all!

Can't wait to see your video Kelpie!

I just looked back through our posts here and see that there were 5 workouts in the 1st 2 weeks of March that I/we really liked and/or were really challenging.

I'm going to revisit those workouts to start the first week of the new month then build from there.

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3/31/21 12:49 A

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My last day in muscle march. It being a Wednesday, I can head out for a walk, started meeting up with a friend. Then video when I get back.

I'm pleased with how the month went.

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3/30/21 8:23 A

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emoticon keeping your muscles moving Kelpie!

emoticon yesterday!

Heading over to Agile April to post April plan there.



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3/29/21 12:16 A

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I know I havenít been active here but I have been active in real life. Iím planning on continuing with the plan. Iíll see how it goes second time round. One Iíll give a miss to, or rather substitute another one. Canít remember the name but getting up and down off my knees is just too much. Another couple of days here they over to agile April. We can do this.



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3/28/21 3:55 P

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Yeah! Let's meet our goals! emoticon I love it!

Now that the open is over (for me at least!), I'm going to continue to get to CrossFit 3 days a week. I feel like this is doable, especially since I've been good about getting there this month.

We need a new thread for April, what was Kelpie's suggestion again? Agile April? Active April? I'll see if I can find it down thread...

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3/28/21 9:25 A

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Your Open was incredible Kay!

Looking forward to starting a new week tomorrow with more emphasis on fitness.

My goal for the week is to be able to post this emoticon every day: emoticon
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3/27/21 3:49 P

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I hope the painting is going well, and you're not too sore from that!

Good for you for getting those workouts in as well!

My fitbit has only credited me 3 workouts this week....not sure why, but I do get "fitness minutes" every day, at least 30, but usually more like 40-90 minutes. Well, I guess they don't count that as a workout?

I posted a blog about my last Open workout, so I won't bore you with the details, you can get bored over in blog land if you like! But I did get some movements I haven't been practicing lately, so I'm pretty happy with my performance! I even got some pulllups!

My pecs were quite sore right after, but seem OK now? It did make my morning pushups tricky! I'll be heading out for a walk soon, we have a beautiful, sunny day here in Northern Nevada!

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3/26/21 7:18 P

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Nice shots Kay! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope pilates is fun too!

Still painting with no end in sight...will get my 5 JS workouts done but not much else this week...becoming very tiresome and frustrating but my fairy godmother hasn't shown up with her magic wand yet so guess I'll have to keep at it!

Have a great weekend!

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3/25/21 10:00 A

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Painting can be quite a workout! I know I've been sore after that using so many new muscles!

I actually made 4 baskets at the basketball WOD! Surprised myself...we started close to the basket and backed up every time we made one, and I made the first 2 right off! The next two took some time, I'm not the best basketballer!

Today is Pilates, I couldn't get in to the 7am class, so I'll be heading over at 10.

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3/25/21 9:09 A

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Thanks for the info Kay!

Enjoy that WOD!

Sacrificed my yoga and jogging time Tuesday & Wednesday to accomplish as much painting as possible while hubby was on road trip...hopefully I'll still meet my goals...if not at least I was moving up and down the stepladder and holding poses down on floor painting baseboards.



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3/24/21 9:22 A

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I don't track anything aside from writing it down in a little notebook to keep track of my fasting times, but I do try to add something "protein" related into each meal, whether that is a beef stick (Chomps is what I'm currently eating) or a few nuts with a fruit, or eggs/dairy when I was eating breakfast. Dinner is usually chicken, fish or beef, occasionally pork. I do have a powder I add to my water when I'm at the gym with some amino acids in it.

Today's WOD (workout of the day) includes some barbell work followed by basketball! This should be fun! emoticon emoticon

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3/23/21 10:56 A

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Nice Kay! I'd need 2 extra large bands just to get the top of my head to the bar!

So I'm curious...you really work your muscles at Crossfit...do you have a goal for grams of protein intake each day?

As Muscle March slowly eases me into a strength routine I want to make sure I balance the both the fitness and the nutrition parts of the equation to at least maintain and maybe even gain a little muscle.

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3/22/21 9:32 P

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emoticon to you too Maymay!

I feel like I'm adjusting to the volume now, not quite as sore as week one? We practiced our "chest to bar" during todays CrossFit WOD, I'm using the large green band to get up there, but I suppose it's all good! Tomorrow morning Pilates awaits!

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Way to go Kay!

I'm meeting my goals, although it was 10pm last night when I did the 5th JS session for last week...oh well - better late than never! and Most of the sessions were only 15 min so it was an easy Summer of Strength week. I'm also doing two one-hour beginner yoga sessions each week (youtube, not live class yet - maybe when I'm fully vaccinated) and two very slow 5k jogs each week...and a few random walks thrown in here and there.

I think I feel the same after my easy yoga hours that you do after Pilates Kay...I was doing morning yoga but finding that it's better for me to yoga later in the day - so the wipe-out feeling hits closer to bedtime!

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3/20/21 1:34 P

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I hate it when posts disappear! So disappointing!

I do think strength training is so important, especially as we get older! And we post-menopausal ladies do need to add it in if we aren't already in the habit, let get those bones strong and healthy!

I did get my 3 CrossFit days and 2 Pilates days this week. The Pilates, oddly enough is wiping me out more than I thought it would! Maybe my ego is showing there a bit...but I'm glad I've added it back in my routine. I think doing both modalities will help in the long run, even if it takes some getting used to!

And I'm happy to report that week 2 of the Open workout is done, and I was able to go Rx this one, and also finish the workout! emoticon It was a repeat of one we did in 2017, which I also went Rx (but not masters, which I am now) and did not finish. So it isn't a complete comparison, since I used a lighter weight (20 lbs vs 35 lbs) and was able to step up on the box instead of jumping (I hate box jumps!).

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3/18/21 6:16 A

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emoticon Kelpie!

Bummed that cyberspace ate your post and we didn't get to read it but happy that you're still hanging in!





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3/18/21 1:35 A

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Grrrr Yesterday's post didn't.

I'm still here, still hanging in.

Will post properly tomorrow.



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3/15/21 10:31 A

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My excuses hmmmm...When I was in my 40s I tended to start strength programs with a buddy and they would drop out before me so it was really easy to just quit - telling myself I was just taking a break until my friend could start back! Then months (or years) would go by with no strength happening. Very busy life - worked retail 7 days a week, played lots of league tennis, was very active in son's school & sports so without an "appointment" to meet a friend strength exercise just didn't make it onto my "to do" list...

I retired in 2015 and son went to college in 2017 so lack of time has not been a valid excuse for years...I did start working with light weights last February - managed to injure something in my upper arm/shoulder so my excuse was to rest to let it heal...good excuse except there was no reason not to work on all of my healthy parts - legs, abs, back, etc!!!

So here I am a year later, now post-menopause and almost 59 therefore much more mindful of the importance of taking care of my muscles so they can help protect my bones and joints. Very determined to take it slow and make this a lifelong habit!

I must admit that right now it's still not my cup of tea! But it's usually not tortuous and is sometimes enjoyable...hoping that by the end of June I'll identify many workouts that suit me well and strength workouts will bring me joy!

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3/14/21 1:50 P

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Yes, it's good to be aware of excuses before they come, what are yours?

Mine tend to be "not enough time", "work wore me out", "I'll do it tomorrow". But since committing to Muscle March, I've been making my workouts a priority, and putting them on the schedule. It really helps!

My shoulders are a little bit sore from the Open workout, but we did get out to ski yesterday and I took a walk in the afternoon as well!

As far as today, it's the first day of daylight saving time, and that's really put me an hour behind! But I will get out for a walk later today, followed by some yoga!

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Week 2 day 5 was a doozy! emoticon
Cardio strength step circuit...let's just say I was quite fatigued...must admit I took a little 30 minute power nap a few hours after the workout emoticon

Feeling good today!

2 weeks into March already - my time does fly!

I've been contemplating the reasons I've been a strength drop-out in the past...trying to be proactive to keep it from happening again...I should know myself well enough by now to predict what excuses my future self will come up with and be ready with rebuttals!

I'm definitely approaching goals differently this time. Number 1 goal is simple - continue doing some sort of strength exercises at least 5 days a week through the end of June. This time I'm going to build the consistency before setting specific measurable strength/fitness goals.

Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend!

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3/12/21 9:26 A

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Yep, march away!

I've been to CrossFit Monday and Wednesday, and Pilates Tues/Thurs this week. Today is the first Open workout, so wish me luck! It's wall walks and double unders. emoticon



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yep week 2 day 1 was challenging - but I thought it was a good challenge - not a frustrating challenge like week 1 day 1...week 2 day 2 was fairly easy - no weights so maybe a good workout to repeat on a day when I'm tired/low energy but want to get a 30 min workout done...day 3 was challenging - especially standing legs - a great workout to do again but really not much cool down/stretch time at the end of the session so if I repeat I'll be sure I have an extra 10 minutes for stretching on my own...

let's keep Marching our Muscles!

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3/9/21 8:26 P

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Sounds like that's what happened last week too?

I did not get out to ski, just decided to take it easy, so I went for a 5 mile hike in the afternoon instead!

I've made it to CrossFit yesterday and Pilates this morning...it put my morning routine behind! But I can Spark as easily in the evening as in the morning, I suppose!

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3/9/21 2:09 A

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Day 1 of week 2 was a real challenge! Balance is definitely iffy. I'm wondering if it is deliberate to start the week hard, and then slow down later. We'll see as the week and weeks go on.

How are the rest of you doing?



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I'm proud of us all.

Hope you're not so sore Kay. Did you get your ski in? On a much lower level, the videos showed me where I still need to work, balance, flexibility, etc. It's good to be taken out of our comfort zones.

Thank you so much for sharing the Summer of Strenght, Maymay. 5 days just suits me fine. Week 2 is endurance! Yikes. I know that is not one of my strongest points.

Will report back later in the day, to say how I got on.



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I have to admit, I'm really sore! I did get to Pilates, and while it seemed pretty easy/tame on Thursday, I could really feel my shoulders and triceps when I got to CrossFit on Friday!

So I made my goal, 3 days of CrossFit, and 2 days at my work gym, and I'm signed up for more Pilates.

I'm so happy you both made your goals as well! That's fantastic!

I also love "Agile April"! I was wondering what goal to do in April, and was thinking Artful April or Active April, but Agile April is perfect!

I will have 4 CrossFit sessions this week as the Open starts on Thursday, and my gym is doing those workouts on Saturdays....

I'm going to have to push myself to get out skiing (maybe I'll see if Larry wants to go on Saturday after the Open WOD?) since I struggle to get out when I'm so sore!

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emoticon getting all 5 workouts done this week Kelpie!

Agile April! emoticon

Did you get to pilates Kay? emoticon How was it?

One week of March already gone - wow!

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Yes MayMay, I did day 5 and then day 4, and am more convinced that I need to do an Agile April after Muscle March. I'd already remarked that my balance needs work. This week really confirmed that.

Haven't looked at next week yet. Didn't do much yesterday but had a nice walk with my grandson this morning.

How's everyone else doing?



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Day 4 yesterday...it was very challenging in many ways (shoulder strength, standing leg strength, balance, etc! - I did not feel like a ballerina!) but we won't get stronger if we don't challenge ourselves so it was a good workout for me and one I put on my list to repeat when Muscle March is over...

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Yes, I really liked day 3 Maymay. And I managed a walk too. Yesterday, day 4 I didn't manage a video, I had a hard day at work, and then a sophrology online training in the evening. I did manage a bit of movement though. The exercise bike is sort of in front of the TV so a couple of episodes of the big bang theory, and I get a bit more than my 30 minutes in.

I'm going to try to do 4 and 5 this morning before heading off to see my elder daughter and grandkids. They'll be going back to Berlin soon, and that makes a difference. I can't just see them for the weekend! If I don't manage, I have a couple of days to fit them in. But the internet connection isn't great at the house, so I'd rather get them done here.

I'm trying to keep logging my food, the weekends are always more difficult, especially when I spend it with the kids, as we have aperitifs and fun things. Remembering everything isn't always easy. It's such an eye-opener how those small mouthfuls add up!

Pilates is something I'd like to try too. There is just so much choice.

So week 1 has started well.

Let's keep the momentum going!





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I liked day 3! Hope you did too Kelpie!

Pilates class! Great stuff Kay!

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Yes, so happy to hear day 2 was better!

I made it to the gym after a busy day at work, and got myself signed up for Tues/Thurs Pilates classes. It's been quite a while since I've done that, so we'll see how it goes! I have my first class on Thursday.

I ended up doing about 10 min of yoga, then some weight machines and step ups on the bench, then headed home for a short walk.

Today is CrossFit again!

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Yes, Maymay day 2 wasn't as frenetic. Let's see what day 3 brings.

I'm also going out for a short hike, a chance to catch up with a friend I haven't seen in ages. We'll be outdoors, so two birds with one stone.

I'm also trying to track my food again. I had let that lapse.

Hoping that by Spring, there'll be more of one in me!



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Way to go Kay!

Happy to report JS day 2 is done & it was much gentler & more doable!

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Smart move Mary! Kelpie, was it the tempo as well that was the problem? I think if you are going fast then the weight should be lighter. I'm not sure what that program has you doing. But good for both of you for starting!

I made it to CrossFit last night, we worked on overhead squats (not my best move, I went really light!), and then pull-ups and double unders. I've got my bag packed to hit the work gym after work today. emoticon

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I’m with you Kelpie...even using 1/2 the weight she had the tempo was too quick for me to keep up and keep good form so I just went at my own pace & didn’t bother counting reps then moved on when she did...but I did feel good when it was over!

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Well, I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

I did the Straight up Strength training, sort of, adapted, well, my way......

The weights weren't a problem, in fact, what I have in the house is probably not enough. The problem was quite simply doing the movements. I suspect I'll be feeling my muscles tomorrow.

Also, I did the video in the evening, after a day's work, and I'm not sure that is the best for me. However, I don't want to disturb Jacques in the morning.

So I'm not going to let the fact that it was hard, today, keep me back. I'll keep on at least for this week, and then I'll see.

how did you get on?



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Yep, ready for day 1! My gym bag is packed, and I'm on track to get to work in time to leave enough time to head out to CrossFit tonight! emoticon

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Hey ladies!

Let's do this!

I'm going to the Jessica Smith challenge...like Kelpie I enjoy variety - keeps it more interesting and less of chore...

will check in later when I've completed "Straight on Strength"

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Great plan, Kelpie!

I like to keep weekends for more active outdoor activities, and with spring on the way, it should be easier to make that happen!

Part of my focus will be getting to 3-4 CrossFit workouts a week, and I'm planning to check on my work gym and see if I can get into some Pilates classes on the other days.

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Way hay Kay. Thanks for setting up the thread.
Like most of us I suspect, Iíve amassed various gym gear over the years. As of Monday time to put some of it to use.
I had a look at the Jessica Smith plan and I like the variety. And that you can have two Ďfreeí days. Iíll be continuing to come to Ain for the weekend for babysitting pleasure, I donít consider it a duty, for as long as my daughter and family are in France. But they will be going back to Berlin when they can.
So weekends in the short term will be active and outdoors with 2 year old Alfie.
And increasing strength during the week.
Letís do this!



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Hi,

Let's post our goals for March here in this forum!

It's time for Muscle March, so grab some weights and let's get going! It's pretty simple, pick up something heavy and then put it back down.

Let's share our workouts to inspire each other, let's ask for help if we need it, let's cheer each other on, and let's get stronger in March!

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