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Sincerely, The Duke and EsMay

Monday, April 08, 2013

Ready, Set, Go! - Spring Fling Challenge!

Welcome to the first day of the SPRING FLING CHALLENGE! :)  I am actually writing this the night before and post dating so that it's up first thing in the morning for those of you in an earlier time zone. :)
 
If you have not heard about this yet, and wish to participate, here are the rules. (you can also look back over my posts on Thursday and Friday.)
 
Starting today, each person participating is picking something they wish to work on that they normally would struggle at doing.  I'm picking exercising, some other people are picking things like physio, chores, and other things.  It's whatever you decide. :)  Next we are planning on working on these for the next ten weeks.  So if you'd like to join, just let someone here in blog land know you're doing this so that you have someone to keep you accountable, or just write it on your blog. 
 
Every Monday I plan to make a progress report, and welcome anyone else that wishes to do so as well. :)  I will be honest.  I will let you know if I succeeded on all I hoped to, if I failed and had to be punished, and what my weekly reward is if I do succeed.  I will also let you know about how many inches lost around my arms, waist, hips and thighs, and also how many pounds lost.  I am writing all this down today so that I can keep you updated on the actual numbers lost.  I'm not quite confident enough to admit my real weight and size, so I'll tell you how much I've lost.
 
I won't lie, I know I shouldn't focus on weight, but I have to be honest, I hope to lose 20lbs in the next 10 weeks.  Which, at my weight, it would be safe to lose even more, but that's my goal.  But more importantly, my goal is to build up my muscles again, and how long I can exercise. :)
 
This is my exercise chart.  I'm putting it here so that I have to be honest with you.  Now, I plan to do the videos and Couch to 5k in the evenings, and the other exercises in the morning.  When I start my job, I'll see if I can still work like this, and tweak if I can't.  But this chart will end just as I start work, so when I fill out the next chart, I'll know my work hours and be able to plan from there. :)
 
Now, I have to put this chart up on a wall so that the Duke can see it and I have to mark it off as I do the tasks.  *GULP*  And if I don't complete the tasks, then I have to deal with whatever punishment he sees fit.  If I do all my exercises for the day, I get a sticker.  LOL  I feel so funny about that now!  Now, if I'm really sore from exercising, and seriously can't do all I had planned, then we will talk about it, and after a couple of days, if I still can't keep up, we will see if we have to reevaluate a more realistic goal, but I really believe I can do this.  If I am able to do all that is on the chart for the week, I get a prize from the Duke!  I'm hoping the first week it's something like a foot or back rub!  I'll probably need it!!! :)  - The photo here of the Metabolism Boosting Moves, I thought I'd put up as I didn't the other day, so that that entry on the chart makes sense. :)
 
Here is a copy of the blank chart I made up if anyone wants to use it for themselves.  You just fill in the number of the week you're on at the top of each week, fill in the exercises you plan to do at the top of the page like I did, and then fill in what you hope to do each of the days.  Just right click it and click to open in a new tab to be able to print the full size, it will fit on one page.
 
So everyone, here I go, to meet my goal.  Between the Duke, you guys, and my hope to get thin, I feel I have quite the support system.  Thank you so much for all your support! :)
 

29 comments:

  1. Wow Esmay, you put me to shame, you've planned it well and ill be cheering for you on the side lines :)

    Unfortunately I'm going to have to pass on the challenge right now, I'm just not well enough. Hopefully I can start from next week :)

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    1. {{{HUGS}}} I hope you feel better soon, and am so proud of you for not pushing yourself when you don't feel well. There is plenty of time to start whenever you want to. :)

      And no shame! ;) You're not allowed. Did I mention I'm a bit anal retentive when it comes to planning, I LOVE PLANNING. Err... hmmm, lol. Yep, I'm a bit obsessed. When I have nothing to plan, life is normal, when I can plan, I'm like a kid on Christmas morning, so excited. LOL Yep, I'm THAT sad. lol The real question is if I can follow through. Thank you for cheering me on! :)

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  2. Hey Es May, looks like you have a regime well planned out. Good on you! I'll definitely be cheering you on too.

    Hugs,
    Roz

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    1. Thank you, Roz, I'll need all the cheering I can get! :) Thank you for helping support me. :) {{{HUGS}}}

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  3. You go girl...I'm right beside you. I just hope I can keep up. You have a really good plan here. I have posted mine too and am really excited about making it happen. :)

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    1. Oh! I have to go check out your blog now then. :) Just got up. Hehehe. Welcome for the ride, I'm SOOOO glad to have company. :)

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  4. Looks amazing!!! I have a chart too, but I'm not quite ready to post it.. LOL It's not just an exercise chart, so I'll keep mine to myself - I have some household things in there too!

    looks good though, I have w WHOLE pinterest board pinned for my favorite moves. Some are good 10 minute routines.

    I can't wait to get on the ball!

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    1. I actually have a chore list too, but it all has to be done this week because they are coming to visit on Friday. So I have that list more on the side, and then will keep up with daily chores after that to make sure I KEEP it clean. lol

      Whether you show it or not, I'm glad you have a plan that you are glad to start doing. :) That's what matters. :) I am so glad you are excited, and so glad to have company in the journey! :) Oh great, I caught your enthusiasm, guess I'll do my morning workout now. :)

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  5. I'm in! Good luck today.

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    1. Welcome on board. :) I hope today is really good for you too. :)

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  6. I had a long stressful weekend without any time to plan a routine and that ended up with me sick so I will be starting next week. I'm a bit disappointing but there is no way I could even attempt any of it right now lol
    Good luck. You are a much better planner than me lol. :)

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    1. Mischief, it's more important to be healthy first. :) Don't feel guilty. :) I honestly believe it's good to rest when needed. :) I'll look forward to cheering you on whenever it is that you're doing better. Just don't rush it. :)

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  7. My friend has me switching up my workout plans and eating habits and I start today. Only 9 more pounds to reach "my ideal weight." But I've plateaued, hence this new plan. Anyway, I'm with ya. Good luck!

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    1. I am slightly jealous, 9lbs to go... aw, that would be heavenly. ;) Welcome to the ride, I can't wait to hear how you're doing. :)

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    2. Well don't be too jealous. I don't look that great. I have this left over skin that I will probably have to have tummy tuck to get rid of. I have no idea how much that costs, but I'm sure I don't have the money for it. So I've worked super hard to lose the weight and am STILL left with a pooch. It's disgusting!

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    3. I can already tell, since I've been overweight since I was five, that I'll have the same problem. :( And we too, don't have the money if I had to get the extra skin removed. :( It kind of sucks the body does this... doesn't it? :(

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  8. I am doing this....you have heard it here! I am going to try and get something up on my blog in the next few days :) Good luck with your goals!!!! The chart looks great! :)

    ~Lucy

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    1. Hehehe, yep, we heard it here. :) It will be so great to have you along. :) And I can't wait to see what your goals are. :)

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  9. My daughter called yesterday with a....she and her husband vs. Brice and me. We often do challenges but with couples teams it should be very interesting.

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    1. Oh, is your daughter in blogland as well? :) That could be interesting! :)

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  10. Awesome Es May! I hope your first day went well! :)

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    1. Thank you, Grace. I just finished my last workout for the day. My calves are a bit sore, but not too bad. :)

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  11. I signed up for my yoga class today, and did my yoga video. I did pretty well with my food today too. Good luck, and thanks for inspiring all of us to do this!

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    1. Way to go! :) And thank you for joining me, I really don't think I could do it without everyone's support, so in a selfish way, I'm so thankful. :)

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  12. You can do this!We're here for you.

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    1. Thank you, so much, Tiffany. :) That means SOOO much to me. :)

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  13. Good luck Es May it is wonderful you are doing this challenge. I will be cheering you on.
    Lindy

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