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Day 8: Belly Fat Loss

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Today is Day 8 of the Home Office Workout & Computer Butt Challenge. (<– If you’re just joining us, click here to see what this is all about and what it has to do with Internet Marketing. Please join us. It’s not too late. We’ll be repeating the same exercises starting Monday, so you aren’t behind.)

I'd like to again say “CONGRATULATIONS” to all of you who took action on this challenge! I could never would never have done this without the support of YOU. Please check in today or I'll hunt you down on Twitter… 🙂

If you didn't quite do as well as you'd hoped last week, here's what Scott had to say when he and his wife started to workout again after he’d gained 45 lbs a few years back.

Quote from Home Office Quickie Workout Scott:

No matter what challenge and obstacle we were faced with, we always knew that there were many people who have it much worse than we ever will. We also knew of many examples of people who faced greater challenges than we have ever faced and they were still able to achieve their goals.

How could we possibly let our challenges hold us back?

If you’re not signed up for the Fat Loss Quickie program, you can join us. We’ll support you all the way!

Sign up now and join in on Monday doing the SAME exercises as we are, and join in the challenge without being behind.

We welcome you with open (but sweaty) arms.


Let's find 10 minutes every day to get healthier so we can enjoy the LIFESTYLE that we're working towards.

((hugs)) to all.
Nicole

PS. If you haven’t listened to my interview with Scott Tousignant yet, here it is: Fat Loss Quickie Interview: What is Success and How to Acheive It?

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39 Comments

  • Lisa Marie Mary
    Reply

    I’m so glad you posted that quote from Scott – that is exactly where I’ve been lately! Reminding myself that there are so many people out there that have things way worse than I do and reminding myself how truly blessed I really am! I’ve been working to maintain an attitude of gratitude, though I will admit it is hard – often. But I keep getting back on the ‘gratitude horse’ – no matter what.

    This is such a cool rockin’ group – ya’ll are just awesome!!

    I’ve logged my morning food at Sparkpeople and have been ‘good’ keeping away from all the morning junk food. Sugary cereals, biscuits, etc

    Will let ya know later if I get to do some exercise! 😉

    Feeling good and positive on this Monday morning! 🙂

  • Lisa Marie Mary
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    Improvement this week – not give in so easily to not feeling well. Often at the first hint of an oncoming migraine, I get upset/depressed/flusterbated and just give up! Going to make more effort to practice healthy habits IN SPITE OF my silly head!!!

    • Nicole
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      Lisa,

      Do you have any medication that can ward them off?

      Are they hormonal or stress? I used to get 2-day migraines every month like clockwork, but was able to get rid of them with a natural product that I use. It costs approx $30/month and I only get them now when I forget to take it .. uh oh. That reminds me…

      Anyway, if they are hormonal, it might help? If not, then I got nothing. Sorry.

      ((hugs)) and am very proud of you for sticking with it. I know how badly those migraines hurt!
      N

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
      Reply

      Hey Lisa, that’s a really big step to be willing to not give in so easily to the migraines.

      It’s great to see you taking steps in the direction of a healthier and more active lifestyle.

      Traci Knoppe always impresses me that in spite of having low energy and dealing with migraines she still manages to do her 10 minute quickies.

      Oh… and she hates working out, but she knows that it’s ‘for her own good’ 😉

      I’m dealing with a nasty spell of ragweed alergies right now. It always hits me for 2-4 weeks this time of year.

      I find that early morning exercise actually helps flush out my sinuses and reduces my sinus headaches.

      I refuse to give into my alergies and headaches (not migraines… I have no idea how bad that must feel).

      Either way, I’m happy to have all my limbs, my sight, my life, and will put these incredible gifts to great use.

      I’m looking forward to watching you progress Lisa.

  • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
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    Alright gang… I want to hear how you plan on progressing this week. If you are following the Fat Loss Quickie program will you reduce your rest periods, increase the weight, do more reps, add in a fun activity?

    If you are just following your own walking program will you increase the distance or walk the same distance in less time? Will you begin to incorporate some form of resistance training in addition to walking/jogging/biking?

    How do you plan on becoming better this week than you were last week? Will you add more healthy natural foods to your diet? Will you take the time to share your goals with others and ask for help? Will you listen to a motivational audio?

    It’s all about progress and consistency. Let’s keep the momentum going. You are absolutely amazing and deserve the best that life has to offer.

    Obstacles and challenges are merely speed bumps that may slow you down a little, but never prevent you from achieving your destination.

    Let’s ROCK! You ROCK!

    Scott Tousignant

  • Monica
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    We’re leaving on a backpacking trip today for about 5 days, so I’ll be outdoors a lot. Now, I want to learn some of Scott’s exercises to practice some of them while we’re on the go.

    My son’s loving her mama since I’ve been exercising more. It has to be with him being able to join and with my so relaxed mood of these days. I’m loving myself as well 😉

    Thanks Scott!

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
      Reply

      Woo hoo! Backpacking rocks!

      It totally makes my day to hear that your son is loving the new mama that you’ve become since exercising.

      That’s definitely one of the biggest benefits of exercise… stress reduction!

      Whenever I show even the slightest sign of being stressed or short with my family they tell me to exercise. They know that I’ll be a more cheerful, relaxed, and energized daddy when the workout is done.

      Quote: “I’m loving myself as well”

      Powerful, powerful, powerful words! It means the world to me hearing you say that. It’s so much easier for others to love you when you love yourself.

      You are totally rock’n it Monica. It sure is great getting to know you.

      Scott Tousignant

    • Nicole
      Reply

      Your comment made my day, too. Way to go, Monica!

  • Nicole
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    How am I going to improve this week?

    Well, for one, I am trading in my beans for real weights, although I’m keeping them handy in case I have to swap down if I can’t lift my arm for the second set (or even the first) with the 8 lb weights. lol.

    I’m also really going to work hard on my form this week. Trying to get the movements better.

    I’m also going to try to do the workout on the morning and the cardio in the afternoon instead of making (gasp) excuses why I can’t do the morning one all morning long. Speaking of which… 😉

    And, I’m going to try to walk my dog daily.

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
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      Great points to improve upon Nicole!

      I designed the first month of workouts in a way that forces you to focus on the movement… that slow portion of the exercise is designed to help you focus on the muscle that is intended to be worked and get you in-tune with your body.

      Next month is completely different, but really focusing on the controlled movement in the first month is key.

      There is a method to my madness 😉

      Nicole, I’m not sure if anyone else is noticing this, but it seems to me that even your writing style has even more energy to it since you’ve been doing your workouts.

      …and it’s pretty cool to see that this challenge sparked the idea of a motivation Monday segment on your blog.

      You’ve always been a bundle of energy and a joy to listen to and learn from, which makes it even more amazing to see that you are taking it to a new level.

      Did I read the word ‘try’ in your reply???

      You know what Yoda says don’t you? “There is no try… only do or do not”

  • The Mom
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    Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day all –

    I’m done with my morning session! I do the cardio first, then the workout later when I go to Nicole’s house because I don’t have the floor ball that I ordered yet. That’s fine though, because it gives my grandchildren a chance to laugh at Gramma rollin’ around on the ball… hmmmm…. anything to amuse the little darlings. 😉

    I’ve adjusted the “burpies” a bit this time since that jumping down just doesn’t work, yet, and was slowing me down. Now, when I get down, I do 3 push ups before I get back up. It worked great and kept my heart rate up a little better. AND last week I could only do 1 push up when I tried. So, that’s cool! Yippee!

    The other thing I’m changing, or actually have changed, is portion control. I’ve started viewing my food differently. I now picture it in my stomach which helps me visualize just how much my stomach can really comfortably hold. I am not a picky eater and can eat A LOT when I want to.

    So, visualization and not going back for seconds (my downfall normally) is helping. Helping not only in the long run to lose weight, but helping every night when I lay down to go to sleep. Laying there with an over-stuffed belly was not helping that acid reflux stuff OR helping me get to sleep.

    My week is off to a good start thanks to you, Nicole and Scott, and all the great support on this Computer Butt challenge! Thanks all!

    The Mom
    aka Patti

    • Nicole
      Reply

      Isn’t it amazing how doing a killer workout really makes you look at what you’re putting into your body?

      When I look at junk food, I think about how much more cardio I’ll have to do to burn off those calories and it’s just not even worth it! lol.

      Is that twisted?

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
      Reply

      Way to go on the nutrition changes Patti. Many people just brush off the quote, “You are what you eat.” But when you really think about it, the food that we eat becomes a part of every cell in our body.

      I really don’t want to be a marshmallow. I’d rather be a SWEET potato 😉

      I love that you are an incredible role model for your grandchildren and it makes my day to hear that your sleep and productivity have improved.

      Burpees are indeed tricky. You can always do jump squats or substitute it with another one of the cardio exercises that you do throughout the week.

      Way to go on the extra bike rides as well. That’ll make a difference for sure.

  • Lisa Marie Mary
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    My migraines are inherited from my dad and grandpa – my dad lives with them constantly, too. (Grandpa’s in Heaven.) I go through ‘migraine phases’ and this just happens to be a bad one, and a long bad one, for some reason. Of course, like you say, Scott – the allergens out there right now aren’t helping anything!

    But I’m so lucky and blessed to be living the life I’m living. And I’m going to keep reminding myself of that.

    One more ‘upgrade of the week’ for me – I’m going to food combine lunch and dinner. I’m too stubborn to do it for breakfast, though. 😉

  • The Mom
    Reply

    Lisa,

    I can personally attest to the fact that what Nicole is taking for her migraines has worked miracles for her. Might be worth a try. I hate to see you suffering if you can give yourself a little relief. I used to watch Nicole climb in bed twice a month, like she said. Now, she might have a set back once in a while, but nothing like she was experiencing before. Hope you can get some relief.

    The Mom

  • Lisa Marie Mary
    Reply

    Thanks Mom! You’re so sweet! Might be worth a try – I am on other meds full time – so not sure if I can take them. But I would be willing to look into it for sure. Nicole – will you email me the info?

    Ok – did an ‘in office’ aerobic/stretching workout while listening to Scott and Traci Knoppe’s podcast. I’ve been wanting to listen to that one, as Mark’s aunt had the surgery and it’s completely made me have a bad feeling for that surgery.

  • Traci Knoppe
    Reply

    Hi Nicole – I too would be interested in what you’re taking to control your migraines. I’ve taken several over the counter things, nutritional supplements, etc… most of mine are weather related at this point, so not sure anything can help – but I’m willing to try!

    Lisa Marie Mary: my advice is to avoid weight loss surgery if at all possible. There are a few folks that might benefit from the ‘tool’ we get with WLS, but unless they are willing to work hard to stay healthy after, they would only be trading one set of ailments for another.

  • Erica Cosminsky
    Reply

    So this is my 4th day on the workouts. I did workouts 3 and 4 today. My calfs are aching from the day 3s! But I managed to finish them all.
    As to progressing this week, I have been using 10 pound weights and I want to work up to the 15s. I really want to be able to get through the end of every workout. I have done good yesterday and today but I find myself wearing out on the last reps.
    I don’t think I mentioned it before but on top of owning my own business I am also in school (online thank goodness and I am taking 16 hours this semester.) I have been working on my schedule and I want to make myself do my workout first thing in the morning rather than waiting and giving myself the possibility of putting it off.
    Hope you all have a great week.
    Erica

    • Nicole
      Reply

      Wow! I bought 8# weights and thought I was doing great. lol.

      Keep up the good work!

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
      Reply

      It’s all about progress Erica. You’re just starting out. I can’t wait to see how you do during the fourth week and how you’ve improved.

      I love that you have a plan. You see the challenges that you are faced with and you realize that the solution is to workout first thing in the morning. I can hold you accountable to that.

      Way to go on continuing your education. You are a busy person indeed and I am confident that your hard work will pay off.

  • Angela Wills
    Reply

    I’m still with ya Nik and crew! Just posted an update on my blog with details but I’m down three pounds – yahoo!

    It is my goal to lose three pounds per week and get into that Jacket by January 23rd. I know some weeks I might not hit the three pounds but I’ll sure try.

    Hope everyone had an awesome weekend.

    • Nicole
      Reply

      Awesome. I don’t own a scale, but I feel like my face looks better already. You know what I mean? 🙂

      What’s the significance of January 23rd?

      • Angela Wills
        Reply

        Definitely know what you mean. I feel my skin is looking healthier already. I have had bad skin since I was 13 and the ONLY time it’s been good was when I’ve been at my best health so I know this is going to help.

        Jan.23rd is my birthday 🙂

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
      Reply

      Awesome significant date and goal that you’ve got there Angela. It’s perfect!

      Congrats on the 3 pounds of weight loss. Another Fat Loss Quickie member just reported 7 pounds of weight loss in the first couple weeks.

      The weight loss is definitely a great benefit, but it really excites me to hear the changes such as you’ve mentioned with “I feel that my skin is looking better” or “I’m sleeping better” or “I’m getting more done” or “My kids are noticing that I’m more relaxed”…

      Those are some powerful benefits that will have a big impact on your business, fitness, and life.

      I am feeling incredibly grateful for all of you that have come into my life.

      You ROCK!

  • Nicole
    Reply

    Well, I got both my workout/weights done and my cardio although I still feel like a drunk-spazz when I’m trying to do those burpies. Anyone getting them — at all? I thought I was doing ok today, but then I realized that Scott was doing two for everyone one that I was struggling through! lol. So, hopefully next week will be better. 🙂

    And, yes, I did walk the dog, too, with mom.

  • Arika Lewis
    Reply

    My goal this week is to actually do the routine EVERY day…I fell off the end of last week. So…give me my lashings and let’s get this week going again shall we!?!

    I’ll be starting with Day 5 today so I’m a few days behind you all, but it’s all good!

    Let’s Get This!!!

    • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
      Reply

      Slacker!

      Again… there’s no “falling off the wagon” or “getting off track”. It happens to all of us and it’s just part of the journey.

      Don’t get upset with yourself or feel guilty. Be proud of yourself that you are right at it again. Learn from the reasons why you didn’t do your workouts and become more consistent this week.

      Make note in the difference in your productivity throughout the day between the days that you don’t workout and the days that you do.

      I’m on you like a hawk now. Don’t make me send Patti over there 😉

      • Arika Lewis
        Reply

        Rut Roh Rorge! 🙂 Thanks so much for the gentle yet well placed Kick in the Tushie Scott!

        Oh and Mom “for some reason I just can’t picture you standing in front of me doing the “Ok Young Lady – Shape Up or Else!”

        But, I love ya’ll for being there for me! I’m set to do my 100 squats here in about 30 minutes so I’ll be back! 🙂

        Thanks again!

  • The Mom
    Reply

    oh boy…

    I’ve become Scott’s bulldog now. Yikes.

    Okay, Arika, if this is my assignment, I accept it. Here goes…

    I’m old enough to be Nicole’s mother… well, I actually am Nicole’s mother, so you can guess my age. 😉 I’m proud to say I did all five days, plus rode my bike twice, once for about 8 miles and once for about 12 miles, and walked Nicole’s dog with her last night. So-o-o-o-o ?????

    How was that, Scott?

    Seriously, I think you’re doing great, Arika. Take it from an ol’ lady, this next four weeks is not going to make or break your total fitness. It’s just a start! Yup, this is a lifelong lifestyle, and Scott and Nicole are just giving us a kicking-off point.

    It’s motivation first, then dedication, then perfection! Hang in there! We love ya!

  • Scott Tousignant - Fat Loss Quickie
    Reply

    Totally proud of all of you for all the effort that you’ve put in this week.

    Like Patti said, this is a kick start to the lifestyle that you deserve. I’ll be there every step of the way with you for as long as you want. It’s my intention to provide you with more than just the kick start. I have a large variety of workouts and motivational material to keep you rolling for a long time if that’s what you desire. I’ll support you every way that I can. You can count on me!

    Scott Tousignant

  • Arika Lewis
    Reply

    Oh Sweet Mother of Squats – How I Don’t Heart Thee…but I DO “like” thee! 🙂

    That was NICE!

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