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Mrs Potatohead

Friday, March 09, 2012



At this stage in my journey I feel like Mrs Potatohead. For real.

My jeans are loose around the thighs! YAY. My tops are loose in the sleeves. YAY! The middle part? Not so much. A little difference, but not much. Yet. So I currently look and feel like Mrs Potatohead without the super cute hat.

  
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CIVIAV 3/10/2012 10:11AM

    mid stage progress and the earrings help as well as the hat!

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/10/2012 8:28AM

    You should totally get yourself that hat :o)

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JESSICASGROOVE 3/9/2012 11:57PM

    That's exactly how I am too! Wish my waist would get with the program lol Keep up the hard work and you'll get the results you want!

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The Great Weight Experiment pt 2

Friday, March 09, 2012

So I woke up this morning and decided to continue the experiment. I did weights yesterday AND was down 900g on the scale this morning. Whats up with that?!

Right, in other news...

I am getting a massage in 2 and a half hours. And I can't wait. This woman is a magician and I always leave feeling relaxed and like I am floating on a cloud. I was lucky that she was running a deal and I got this massage for $40 instead of the regular $90! Who could pass that up?

Still feeling stuffy and sick. I slept for 12 hours last night...So yeah I think I am still sick. Go away cold, I am done with you now!

My only other plans for the weekend is a fun session of planning for next week. Who wants to be in my class next week? We are sprouting popcorn and then the week after we will plant it (apparently it grows!) and making popcorn. I am focusing on giving the kids experiences that they can talk about and write about to improve their oral and written language. I hope it works, and if not we would have had fun!

  
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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:57AM

    Further proof that the scale doesn't know jack!

I hope your massage was just what you needed, and that your cold is GONE for good real soon.

Your class sounds fun. I want to know if the popcorn sprouts and if you're able to grow it...and harvest it later.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/9/2012 6:41PM

    Enjoy the massage! Have a great weekend!

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ANAJAK 3/9/2012 6:13PM

    I wana be in your class :)

Maybe I sneezed on your page and gave you back your cold/virus/sickblah!!

I really wana go swimming today but just don't think it is a good idea - think maybe I will burn some calories cleaning instead!! Does that count??

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The Great Weight Experiment

Thursday, March 08, 2012

For the past 7 days I have been conducting a little experiment.

Equipment

Myself
Scale
Diary
Pen

Method

Weigh myself at the same time every morning for 7 days. Record the results, as well as the exercise done the day before, in my diary. Note changes and trends. I always weighed before my shower, after my bathroom time and in my birthday suit.

Hypothesis

I will weigh more after strength training, less after cardio and even less after a rest day.

Results

Sat - 81.7kg (Previous days exercise: Rest)
Sun - 82.2kg (Previous days exercise: Weights)
Mon - 82.0kg (Previous days exercise: Rest)
Tue - 81.6kg (Previous days exercise: Boxing)
Wed - 82.1kg (Previous days exercise: Weights)
Thu - 82.5kg (Previous days exercise: Boxing. Bad nights sleep)
Fri - 82.6kg (Previous days exercise: Rest)

Analysis

I was correct in assuming I would weigh more after weights. I see this as a good thing and a sign that I worked hard. But the rest of it? All over the show!

Conclusion

A scale is one tool to track weight loss. We all know this. We all know we fluctuate. So why do we beat ourselves up over a Ďgainí when we have been doing everything right? According to my weigh ins, I Ďgainedí 900g (2lb) in two days. That would require an increased calorie intake of 7000 calories over 2 days! That is 7 big Mac combos, in addition to my 1500 calories a day. Yeah, I didnít gain 900g. It is not possible! The only reasonable explanation is that I am having fluctuations, probably to do with water weight, exercise and the fact that I am still not very well!

Notes

I didnít include a previous days calorie intake, since I donít count them. There was no binging and I should have been in range or close to it all week.

  
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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:50AM

    That's a great experiment. Others should read and pay attention to your experiment so that they stop obsessing with the scale.

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YIWEN39 3/9/2012 7:29PM

    Very interesting! I never realised weight could fluctuate THAT much!!! Thanks for sharing ;-) It does put things in perspective!

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ANAJAK 3/8/2012 1:42PM

    Thanks for you very scientific experiment!! I have tried this in the past but never got to the analysis!! It makes me feel better!

Ps. How did I catch your cold? Are viruses 'computer'borne now??

I am gonna try to walk today - not too far but so I don't lose my streak!! xxxxx

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A few thoughts

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

emoticon Boxing was fun tonight. I like going twice a week, it is enough to feel like I am making progress but not too much so I get bored and burnt out on it.

emoticon Rest day tomorrow. I am going late night shopping at the mall with my Mama.

emoticon I met my fruit and veggie goal for the day! I had a carrot for morning tea, my tutor teacher took me to lunch and I had a cous cous salad and a roast veggie salad, 2 manderins for a snack and a corn cob for dinner! Whoop whoop!

  
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TWINSMOMMY607 3/7/2012 7:39AM

    You are doing awesome!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/7/2012 5:57AM

    Keep up the great work!

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Who has 2 thumbs and went to the gym?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

ME!

Weights today. Warmed up for 10 minutes on the stationary bike then moved to the weights room. The crowded weights room. Luckily my timetable only has me doing weights on one crowded afternoon a week (Friday and Sunday are the other days and the gym is pretty deserted) because I spent waaaaay too much time waiting for machines and equipment. Like the only inclined bench that a guy was resting his water bottle on while he worked on a nearby machine...

If you are interested, here is my weights routine (all 2 sets, 15 reps)

Arms

Dumbell flys on an incline (4kg)
Lat pulldowns (30kg)
Bicep curl and press (4kg)
Tricep machine (5kg)
Chest press (18-23kg)

Legs

Hack Squat (no weight)
Reverse leg curl (13.9kg)
Leg press (59kg) Most proud of this! Started on 20kg 7 weeks ago!

Abs

Swiss ball crunches (20 x2)
Swiss ball roll outs
Planks (March madness)
Push ups - knees (March madness)

I do this workout 3 times per week now. There are a couple of other machines that I add in if I am getting bored, but this is the plan I am currently following.

  
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CIVIAV 3/6/2012 10:43AM

    Whewhoo. good work...

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JAZZEJR 3/6/2012 9:28AM

    Wonderful!--and I love also reading the readers' added suggestions. Gives me ideas for mixing up my workouts :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/6/2012 5:52AM

    Sounds like a great workout plan!

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BOB240 3/6/2012 5:10AM

    Impressive.

Just IMO (ignore at will). Main aim is to reduce time spent on machines for same effect.

Maybe just crunches instead of the Swiss ball stuff would give the same results (and reduce time)

Reverse leg curl not really needed.

Bicep curls - again you could skip (saves time - they have little effect)

Dumbell flys and bench is asking a bit much. Stick with bench.

I'd increase the weight marginally and drop your reps to about 8 for same effect but quicker.

Getting people off machines:

1] Ask them how many sets/how long they will take then do stretches in their vicinity (whilst looking at your watch and sighing)
2] Occasionally look at them and shake your head disapprovingly and mutter under your breath "form .. tut tut"
3] Ask if you can join in they sets. This usually scares them off.
4] If they have left their mobile phone on the floor do some dumbell curls near it and look like your about to drop the weight
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Really good approach you have.. keep it going...
Hope this helps...

Comment edited on: 3/6/2012 5:11:21 AM

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ANAJAK 3/6/2012 4:07AM

    Hehe I can see it now - I totally understand the not talking to others at the gym thing :) Glances work a treat!

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BUBBLEJ1 3/6/2012 4:01AM

    I usually do ask the guys to shift their stuff, but I really didn't wanna talk to people today. I just did other stuff til they moved, while casting glances in their direction

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ANAJAK 3/6/2012 3:42AM

    Fantastic!! Great job on the leg press - thats my fav! Actually I LOVE weights fullstop. Bummer about the wait - I would've just politely asked the guy if I could move his water bottle :)

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