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30 Day Challenge: Day 7

I’m not even gonna lie… I’m feeling good today.

C must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed because she was kind of getting on my nerves this morning and I hadn’t even had my coffee yet. But, I took a step back and a few deep breaths and reminded myself that I’m the Momma and she’s a child- get a grip lady… oh and some patience.

So, I did.

After that, all was well. 1:10 she fell asleep and I got moving. Trainer Dan had a full body workout in store for me- and it was no. joke.

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But, no complaining for me today- I took it like a champ.

I emailed Kathryn Peck, who is the community manager for EA Sports Active and she gave me some pointers for my issue with the remote the other day. By the way, I kicked the heavy bag’s ass and inline skating! Thank God for that because usually I hate inline skating, but today I “put my back into it” according to trainer Dan! :-)

I am really feeling the upper body workout today in my shoulders and arms- so thanks for that Trainer Dan. Here’s today’s results:
100_5690Oh and just to let you know, I got a silver for today instead of my usual Bronze… Hell YEAH!

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Lastly, a few pointers:

- Sometimes how you hold the remote makes a huge different- I found that out today. So make sure that you are holding the Wii remote properly.

- If you want to increase the resistance from the bands for your upper body workouts, remember that you can fold the resistance band over 1 and then step on it.

- Don’t be afraid to press pause. This ain’t a race- shoot, I press pause like it’s my JOB.

- Finally, don’t forget to stretch when you’re done. Super important.

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30 Day Challenge: Day 6

Today went so well. C fell asleep and instead of trying to put her down in her crib, I let her sleep right on the sofa- save myself the trouble. Trainer Dan had this planned for me today:

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I thought Wahoo- take it easy on my lower body? Thank God! Then I saw this:

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Uhh lunges? Inline skating? What the hell?!

Trainer Danny was super nice to me today. He was saying things like:

“This is definitely the effort I want to see on every exercise today!”
“Way to go!” and my favorite:
“Deep lunges AND a great pace? You’re in total control here!”

I burned a great deal of calories today and ran 2.5 miles, so I was happy about that.
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Here are a few of my issues with my EA Active:

  1. Some of my moves are premeditated by the Wii. My Mii will move before I move. It will start a lunge before I start it or moves to catch the baseball before I do. Why is that?
  2. When I was doing the bicep curls/shoulder presses there seemed to be a lack of communication between my nunchuk/remote and the Wii because it kept showing me this on the screen:
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It got very frustrating and I lost my “groove” because I spent… or wasted so much time trying to get the Wii to see that I was doing the bicep curls and shoulder presses. I pressed pause, started the workout over and it seemed to be fine until the second time around I had to do the bicep curls and shoulder presses- the same thing happened again! Why is this happening? Any help would be appreciated!!

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30-Day Challenge: Day 5

So, since I am not a quitter, I am back on my wagon. Things went well today. Trainer Danny said things like:

“Nice Job”
“Way to show enthusiasm”
and my favorite: “Somebody’s serious about burning calories today”

Damn right Trainer Danny. And to punish myself for falling off the wagon for so long I bumped my intensity level up from Easy to Medium and boy did I feel the burn… until I realized that I was literally burning up because I forgot to turn off the heat. LOL But it was a great workout. Take a look at today’s progress:

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30-Day Challenge #Fail

Yes, this confession warrants the Twitter hashtag: #fail

Okay faithful readers. I have something to admit to you: I haven’t worked out in… 2 Days? I’ve been slacking because my mother has been here visiting and I have been using it as an excuse to be lazy. Ugh. Okay, but just because I fell off for two days doesn’t mean that I can’t get back up, right? So- tomorrow we take my mom to the airport and I continue with my program. Thanks for rooting me on and please continue to do so- it is needed!

Moving on… Happy Thanksgiving to all of my United Statesians errr Americans.

C’s first Thanksgiving was awesome. She ate like a pro! She just got her second tooth in two days ago and she put them to use today. She had baked macaroni & cheese, turkey, yams, cornbread AND stuffing. Yeah- baby girl can EAT. I SO can’t believe she is going to be one very shortly- it’s crazy. I’ll try to hold back my tears- okay I can’t, please hold….

…alright, back. Seriously, though. Our baby girl is getting SO big- I can’t stand it.

And it’s official, I can now say: From our family to yours- Happy Holidays!

Thanxgiving

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30-Day Challenge: Day 4

So I took 2-days off from exercising. :-?

My  mother flew in on Saturday and we spent the day out. Sunday… I was just lazy. Cadence isn’t necessarily taking to my mother quickly, so Chris and I have been trying to keep her calm.

I turn on my Wii today, though, only to find that my Friday’s exercise didn’t save. WHAAAAT?! So it says that Friday was a rest day when it definitely wasn’t. Argh! Oh well. Moving on.

I realized I never really explained a few key things about EA Active.

When you turn on the game to get started, you are shown what workouts you are going to do today and the expected amount of calories you will burn.

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You have the option of not doing an exercise if you do not want to do it.  Simply uncheck the box.

I did all of today’s exercises with no problem, though I don’t think I will ever really like the lunges, inline skating or the side-to-side jumps. My thighs hurt!! In a good way I guess.

At the end of your workout, they tell you how many calories you ACTUALLY burned. (I burned 81.7 today) From there you can choose to do the workout over again if you want. (Of course, I don’t!) I usually do some individual workouts like tennis forehand/backhand, bump/set in volleyball or catching/throwing a baseball- just for good measure… okay, more for fun really.

So total, today. I burned 94.9 (counting the extra activities I did). I’m glad that I did it, though, I don’t want to fall off of the wagon like I did last time. So any and all encouragement are greatly appreciated! :-)

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30-Day Challenge Day 3

Hubby was home today. Thank you dear God. I kicked him out of the living room, because my insecurities don’t allow me to have my husband watch me workout. Here’s why: He is an exercise God. I know that he won’t judge me and any advice that he does have would only be to help, but he loves to workout, he does it all of the time and I don’t. I’d be too afraid that my technique for certain exercises aren’t right and I don’t know… it just makes me insecure in front of him in that respect. Stupid, I know. I’ll get over it. We used to go to the gym together, then I quit. Hubs is SO hardcore, hence, why he’s in such good shape.

Today’s workout, went well. Trainer Danny said nice things to me and make me feel like I was doing it well. My favorite thing he said? “Way to put your back into it!” Really? Okay Ice Cube (You can do it put yo’ back into it) LOL. On EA Active you have the option to skip any exercises that your trainer has planned for the day, so I opted out of the run/walk in lieu of running with my family outside. That’s right folks, I hit the pavement. So, I only burned a little over 64 calories on the game today.

Hubs and I bundled little C up and put her in her stroller and NO it is NOT a jogging stroller. Yeah, we need one of those. This is a travel system stroller and it does NOT travel well on pavement. The front wheels started shaking and wobbling madly and turning corners wasn’t the best of fun. Good thing Hubby was pushing it.

As for me? I honestly thought that I was going to die. At firstI thought I could just run at a good pace, like on the Wii and run the entire time. WRONG. Halfway through the next block Hubs looks at me and says “Do you need to walk babe?” Uhh ya honey. So he advised me to run the short blocks and run the long blocks. The 2nd time around, the second “lap” if you will, started out rough, but once I found a way to breathe that worked for me it wasn’t so bad. When we passed our house the second time, Hubby said “where do you want to go?” “Home!” I said. That was pretty good for my first time.

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