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Successful weights workout

Friday, August 31, 2012

I think I'm on the mend!

Warmed up with 5 minutes on the treadmill. I managed to run for 4 of those minutes, which is a big thing considering my recent health. I didn't push it, kept it slow and short. Felt great to be moving!

On to the weights area. Added weight to my bench press, 1.25kg on either side, so 2.5kg total. I also decreased the counter weight for my assisted dips. Small steps! I need to add more weight to my military press and bicep curl next week, as well as my leg press and hack squat. I am going to kick this program so hard it won't know what hit it!

Got home and inhaled a bowl of cereal and yogurt!

Nice day out today. Great weather. Spring has sprung. The students were mental all day, all over the school. Mine couldn't even handle marking their homework! BAD day to be observed by my boss, but they managed to hold it together well while my boss was in there. A few things to work on, but other than that the observation was all pretty positive.

Now I am going to have a relaxing evening with an early night! This weekend I am meeting some friends for coffee, going clothes shopping, doing marking and getting a workout in!

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LYNSEY723 8/31/2012 12:13PM

    Way to go on your workout!! emoticon

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JSTETSER 8/31/2012 6:28AM

    Things are working! Thanks for posting!! I love reading your blog.

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PATSYB7 8/31/2012 5:38AM

    Glad you're on the mend! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/31/2012 4:57AM

    Sounds like things are going great for you : )

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August recap (plenty of pics, feeling proud this month!)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It is the end of the month tomorrow (well for me it is) so here is my August recap!

emoticon Weight goal: Lose 1kg, taking me to 12kg lost and 75.3kg. As my goal weight comes closer I know that I am in for plateaus and for my weight loss to slow, but I'll stay positive and keep aiming for 1kg a month for as long as possible

emoticon I actually lost another 200g in July, so my starting weight for August was 76.1kg. 1kg lost would have taken me to 75.1. I weighed in at 74.5kg, which is 1.6kg lost this month (OMG! A RECORD!) and a total of 12.8kg lost. 1.5kg until a normal BMI! SO my weight loss seems to be speeding up instead of slowing down… Remind me of this moment if I don’t lose much next month to compensate!
Translation: Lost 3.5 pounds. Went from 167.7 to 164.2

emoticon Nutrition: Keep tracking as often as I can. Lets aim for 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day.

emoticon I didn’t track often, but I still lost weight.

emoticon Exercise: 2 days cardio, 3 days weights, minimum. More is fine, less isn't unless I am sick or tired. Lazy is not an excuse.

emoticon (kinda). I stuck with my 3 days of weights like it was my job. The cardio was more up in the air. I did 2 days most weeks, but some weeks a cardio day was a long walk, which doesn’t get my heart rate up like other things, like boxing, spinning or running. BUT I figured that as long as I was active it was all good. My recent illness (AGAIN) put things on hold a little, too.

My 8 month progress photos
Start and now (87.3kg and 74.5kg)

Start, 3 months, 8 months (87.5, 82.6 and 74.5)

This top no longer does me any favours. It is too billowy around the middle which makes me look thicker there (I think). BUT holy skinny legs, Batman!

And to finish, here is a cat

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CATLADY52 8/30/2012 6:14PM

    Totally awesome. emoticon And the cat's cute too. emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/30/2012 3:20PM

    Look at YOU! Totally awesome! I'm so impressed!
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LYNSEY723 8/30/2012 12:36PM

    Awesome job! You look great!!!! emoticon

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ADARKARA 8/30/2012 8:46AM

    looking great!

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TWINSMOMMY607 8/30/2012 7:59AM

    Look at all of the progress you have made! That is so exciting!

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LIVEDAILY 8/30/2012 7:35AM

Great before and after photos of you! You're lookin' good!! I know you're feeling better, too.

But...where are the before and after pics of the cat?

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/30/2012 5:57AM

    WOW! Those progress photos are amazing, you look great! And holy skinny legs batman! Way to go Jess!

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JSTETSER 8/30/2012 5:49AM

    You look GREAT!
You also have a cute cat!

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BEANIES_MOM 8/30/2012 4:41AM

    You look great!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/30/2012 4:31AM

    That is a cute cat.
Oh yeah, and emoticon for progress! You look even better now : )

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BUBBLEJ1 8/30/2012 3:36AM

    Only 5.5kg from my initial goal! Then I'll probably focus on ST and body fat %

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AMSPARKER 8/30/2012 3:32AM

    you are looking great!!! love the jeans in the 2nd to last pic...you already look like you are at goal to me! keep it up! :)

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ANAJAK 8/30/2012 3:14AM

    Wow you look fantastic Miss B.!!!!

I also like the cat.


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1kg of bloat

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I knew it would be there this morning. Water weight. Gotta hate it! BUT, because I weigh everyday I know my body and its patterns well. I know that I weighed 74.9kg (slightly up from where my ticker is) yesterday, so when I weighed 75.8kg this morning I was able to cringe, accept it and not cry. I know I didn't eat 7000 EXTRA calories yesterday. Maybe 700! The scale should go down in a day or 2, and maybe it'll lose count and accidentally take another 200g? 13kg even would be nice...

I had a lovely night out with my girlfriends last night. We had each ordered a chocolate dessert and shared. I ate more than I usually do, but less than I used to. My friends couldn't stop talking about my weight loss, which was nice. These girls are skinny, and I hated being the fat friend. They are also both tall (one is a basketball player) and super smart (law degree and medical science degree, respectively). Luckily for me I have a super smile and a winning sense of humour... emoticon

I had a good day at school, for the most part. My course yesterday was a wonderful refresher in teaching writing, something that I struggle with. I tried some of the techniques I learned and we did some great writing! Then it had a carry over effect on the rest of the day. Reading, maths and topic all went really well! The woman who ran the course is amazing. She works with a friend of mine and I am so jealous!

No gym today. Coughing a lot, and not much sleep because I got home late last night. Just a quiet night in with mum (who is also sick)!

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TJCADDO 8/30/2012 1:25AM

    A guy who is a bean counter and called his weight loss group bean counters told me something that proved out.

He said that if you weigh every day to take all 7 days in that week and add them together. Then he said to divide by 7. That way you have a better reflection of what you actually have lost or gained that week.

It is pretty accurate.


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TIMOTHYNOHE 8/30/2012 1:20AM

    So smart to keep it in perspective. Many would have gone nuts about 1kg.

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Lame excuses. Today is a 'once in a while' day.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I always say to new sparkers that 'once in a while' won't hurt as long as it is really once in a while. I really believe that some days there will be fast food and no exercise, and it all happens. So, today I had a once in a while day.

It started at breakfast when I poured my cereal, open my yogurt and discovered that the yogurt (purchased yesterday) was so runny it looked like milk. I could have had toast, but between that, and my fringe not behaving, and a short discussion about the state of my relationship with my boyfriend I sort of threw my hands up and decided I'd grab a bagel from McDonalds when I got my coffee. One of those mornings. Luckily I had a course today, so I got a sleep in, which was the bright spot in my morning!

Lunch was sushi, grabbed before I headed back to school. I had already prearranged it with myself, so I could go straight to my course without heading into work to put my lunch in the fridge. I did take fruit for my snacks, though.

Now I have a case of the Can't - be - f***eds, and mum has suggested Indian, so I'm gonna run with it.

Later I am meeting 2 girlfriends for dessert.

Luckily these days don't happen often. I am usually all prepared for a good breakfast, I take my healthy lunch to school, I cook a good dinner and I don't go out for dessert often at all. Maybe twice this year?

No exercise because I'm still on a cardio ban. Weights only until I am better, and I did weights yesterday.

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PAMATX 8/29/2012 10:15PM

    You have to have once in a while. If you restrict to much, it could lead to an all-out rebellion. I hope your dessert was yummy!


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LYNSEY723 8/29/2012 12:10PM

    Sometimes a break is just what we need to come back refreshed and feeling good again! Way to go - you are doing awesome!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 8/29/2012 9:36AM

    A once and a while day is great. We all need a break!

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LIVEDAILY 8/29/2012 8:13AM

These "once-in-a-while" days are what make up a life. LIFE is real; stuff happens. You're flexible enough to take it in stride, and then move on. It's a great and healthy attitude to have!

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JSTETSER 8/29/2012 6:15AM

    Remember: Two steps forward, one step back is really one step forward and TWO steps forward.
I know that you will do great. emoticon

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    A great demonstration of "once in a while"... and this is good for mental health.

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PATSYB7 8/29/2012 5:37AM

    I agree with Olivianight--it's important to take these things in stride and move on. Thank goodness for Sparkpeople! Today is a new day--enjoy! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/29/2012 5:35AM

    It's good that you're not stressing about it : ) Mu parents are up for a visit until Saturday so I'm going to have to try SO hard not to have four 'once in a while' days in a row.

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My first weights injury

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Now don't worry, I'm not dying. I DID, however, injure myself at the gym tonight. Slightly. I may be over reacting, since I'm not getting any sympathy around here. When I was unloading my 20kg (dust off the shoulders...) plates off the leg press machine to put them back where they live I caught a bit of skin on my hand between 2 of the 20kg plates. It actually really hurt. There was swearing at the time and now there is slight bruising. It is the most silly and pathetic injury in the whole wide world, but it hurt!

Anyway, moving on....

So I made it to the gym today. Some coughing, but I managed. I need to add weight to my bench press and my military press next time. I decreased the counter weight for my triceps dips today, and went to 40kg on the leg press. Moving on up!

Can I just say that I love my gym and the staff? They are awesome. The receptionist is so sweet. Well, they both are. We were chatting at the counter today, and when she was walking through the gym she kept popping over to see me. Not in a bothersome way, most probably because she was bored. She never interrupted me and I thought she was being sweet. Also, the advertisement for the new classes needs the Miss Bubble correcting pen taken to it, and when I pointed it out to my trainer he was really receptive about it. He was joking around with me about it being an occupational hazard, me finding spelling/grammar faults. I told him the revised copy had to be on my desk in the morning for marking!

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JSTETSER 8/30/2012 5:54AM

    Take good care of yourself!

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PAMATX 8/28/2012 10:05PM

    Pinchy pinchy ouch! But I bet you finished your workout. After the swearing.

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LEXIE63 8/28/2012 12:17PM

    Amazing how painful those little finger pinches can be! Yeouch!
You are doing great though!
Lex xxx

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LYNSEY723 8/28/2012 10:22AM

    Sorry to hear about your injury!! But great job on increasing weight!! :)

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CARLA-216 8/28/2012 10:09AM

    You're getting so strong! Isn't it awesome?

Sorry about your injury, but glad it wasn't a major one.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/28/2012 9:41AM

    Sorry about your injury, but I'm glad you like your gym so much! And LOL, I too am one of THOSE people, the ones who can't stand spelling errors, improper punctuation, etc. Glad you're spreading awareness of the importance of standardized communication! :)

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    Glad your injury sounds minor.

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LIVEDAILY 8/28/2012 6:02AM

    emoticon ouchiees!! That must have smarted quite a bit! Hope you put ice on it right away...that helps with bruising. Must attend to replacing weights so it doesn't ever happen again!!

"Miss Bubble correcting pen" lol!! Every teacher has that in their bag of tricks!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 8/28/2012 5:49AM

    Sorry about the hurting, but I guess that won't be the last time! I LAUGHED when I read about "the Miss Bubble correcting pen" because I have a tendency to do that too - LOL! My favourite is WHEN I am in a take-away (which is hardly ever now) I often pick up, and comment on, spelling mistakes on professionally made signs - things like "Tomatoe" "Potatoe" "Chese" .... and the list goes on :-(


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/28/2012 5:44AM

    Glad you are too hurt. emoticon on increasing your weights and making it to the gym when under the weather.

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