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T Minus 52 Count Down - Burning the Candle and Melting the Fat

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Life has been a new level of crazy busy! This transition time that I am in right now is super tough. I'm still working full time as a secretary, teaching yoga during my lunch break, training a couple clients in the weight room, taking care of my own workout, study for my personal trainer certification AND try to remain in contact with the people who make my life fun to live and whom I love dearly. Most days I can do pretty good, but once or twice a week things just get a little piled up and threaten to pull me off track.

I remind myself to inhale fully, exhale completely, focus and absorb only this moment and this moment only. This, a cup of chamomile tea and a couple friends who remind me of why I am doing all that I am doing gets me through these moments. My hubby can be a great support, if I take the time to communicate to him what I need. He is home this week and was sweet enough to bring me a protein shake to work when I realized that I had miscalculated my caloric needs for the day and I was not going to be home after work.

So, there is the burning the candle at both ends, trying not to get stuck in the middle and scorched.

Melting the fat. I started this 12 week transformation program on January 1. I love my workouts! I was concerned that being my own trainer might slow my progress. Just the opposite is true. I love the workout program I have myself on and the fat is melting away! I'm lifting weights in a full body circuit of super sets three days a week, teaching yoga twice a week, doing High Intensity Interval Training (HiiT) twice a week on a cross trainer, and running twice a week. LOVE it! The circuit of super sets only takes me 35 minutes to complete and it is soooo effective! I made myself some spreadsheets using the excel program on my computer with the exercises for my workouts. I have a strength training workout A sheet and my strength training circuit for workout B sheet and I alternate between the two. I have the exercises listed on the left hand side of the chart. In the block beside it I write how many repetitions I do of the exercise and how many sets of those reps I do. I also put how heavy the weight is that I am using. I know this my seem elementary to some of you, but to others who have never worked out with a trainer or seen a training log, I want you to know that you can do this for yourself.

Each time I go in the gym I know exactly what I am there for. I have my workout written out and I write out my goals for each workout. Each time I go in the gym I either have to increase repetitions, increase the weight or challenge myself in some way to improve and grow.

Some of the changes that I can feel in day 18 of my transformation:

My pants are looser! In the thighs, in the butt, in the waist.

My face is looking thinner.

My complexion is amazing right now.

I am glowing with a radiant health that comes from eating well, exercising hard, sleeping and hydrating well.

A+ for compliance today! I'm proud of the consistency that I am building and the progress that I am seeing!

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    Great job!
    3529 days ago
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    Right now I am trying to figure out what to do and how often. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't do pushups or abs and all every day, but if I don't I miss it and feel bad without it. So, it's a struggle for me to find balance in what works for me while allowing my muscles enough time to rest.
    3529 days ago
    Great work Carolyn! Your enthusiasm is really shining through :)

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  • TEMPEST272002
    Thanks for sharing your tips on the fitness spreadsheet. I always learn something new when I visit your blogs.
    3529 days ago
  • no profile photo DEB4HIM1
    Great job sticking to your goals.

    3529 days ago
    After reading your blog, I started looking online for a free training log since I've never really seen one. I found one that I could download and customize in my excel. I'm excited to try it. I'm really trying harder to track things so I can see my progress for those days when that mean little voice says "so? what good is it doing?". I can read my logs and know exactly what good it's doing. Thanks for the tip.

    Great job sticking to your goals!

    3530 days ago
    Great job! I'm so proud of you and all your accomplishments! You are so inspiring!

    I just started with a PT for the first time last night and I'm really excited at the possibilities. One day I will know enough to be able to do it myself and that's exciting too.

    Keep up the great work!
    3530 days ago
    Wow-zah! You sound like you have such a full plate but that you are able to balance it with such grace and stamina! That's awesome and amazing! :)

    You have a lot of fabulous things coming up in the near future. How exciting! I can't wait to read about all of them.
    3530 days ago
    emoticon You SHOULD be proud of yourself! I'm proud of you too! Wow. Very impressive.

    You, my dear Carolyn, are PROOF that hard work pays off. I'm fortunate to be able to call you my friend and mentor.

    Keep up the amazing work. You are such a powerful inspiration.

    emoticon Kelli
    3530 days ago
    I really don't know how you do all that, but more power to you! You are awesome.
    3530 days ago
    Your continued success is due to your energy, ambition and commitment. I know I need to step up and follow in your footsteps but it would be so much easier if you would just bottle and sell yours. Could you take care of that please?
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    Comment edited on: 1/19/2011 12:11:47 AM
  • WREN67
    Wonderful! I don't know how you do it all, but you always do!!!
    3530 days ago
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