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Fat Girl at the Gym

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Today I met a fat girl at the gym. I don't mean that in a derogatory sense. She was , from what I could tell, in the upper part of the overweight category of BMI and about 30 years old. She was teaching the step aerobics class I just started. Not taking...teaching. Every person in the class was in the healthy BMI range and most were in good shape and thin. And yet this woman was teaching the class.

She was incredible. She had high energy and was encouraging all of us to keep up with her and she clearly had major muscle tone under the fat. She hardly seemed tired by the end. I assume, from the way that she moved and spoke, that she was once even heavier and she had whittled herself down to this weight by becoming fit. I thought it was so amazing that she was leading the class and becoming fit. She was a huge inspiration to me.

I am really excited to go back to the Sunday class. It's not quite as intense as the class I go to on Wednesdays taught by a militant size-0 coach, but it was still tough (I burned about 360 calories) and I felt amazing afterward and motivated to become fit. I'm dragging my mom to the class next Sunday.

  
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ELIZABETH5268 10/6/2012 2:46PM

    Question: How do you know how many calories you burned in a class? Do you wear something that counts that?

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It's Time!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's coming up on my three-year sparkversary and I just got my acceptance letter from a program which will allow me to take graduate-level classics classes at a local university while I do my grad school applications. I'm going back to school, I've been living a healthy lifestyle for three years, I have a job and have plenty of work tutoring, and things are looking up so it's time to re-evaluate where I want to be so I can keep my forward motion.

I weighed in at 120lbs today and I want to get down to 114lbs and build some muscle for the summer and beyond. I just don't feel lean yet and I'm still huffing-and-puffing in step aerobics and when I run. So, he's the plan (aside from meeting exercise and calorie requirements):
1. 10 minutes of strength training every day. I want to keep my muscles strong and healthy.
2. Yoga 2 times per week. I'm losing flexibility and I want to gain it back and then some.
3. Pilates 3 times per week: twice in class, once by a video online.
4. Step aerobics once per week and twice if I don't have to go to work on Sunday.
5. 10 glasses of water every day...at least. It get's really hot here in the sumemr and I need the extra hydration.
6. Running (either indoors or outdoors) at least 2 times per week.
7. Walk to the library twice a week to work on my graduate school writing sample. I need to get out of the house more.
8. Weigh in twice a week to keep myself focused and accountable.

44 days until June 30th, which is my goal to weigh in at 114lbs. Wish me luck!

  
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FLATROSIE 5/18/2011 11:44PM

    You sound motivated and determined. Success will follow. Stick to it. :)

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CAROLIAN 5/18/2011 1:23AM

    You're doing so well keep it up.cograts in your education progress lol emoticon emoticon

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CAROLIAN 5/18/2011 1:23AM

    You're doing so well keep it up.cograts in your education progress lol emoticon emoticon

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I was just getting back into exercising when, of course, I got sick. It's a really bad flu. I can't exercise due to the cough which is really obnoxious. Oh well.

Anyway, I'm trying to do some very gentle strength training and yoga in order to keep things up and as I get better, I am going to try and get myself back on track and be more active on Sparkpeople again.

  
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CAROLIAN 4/23/2011 4:21AM

    Good for you. lol emoticon

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SSHOLLAND 4/23/2011 12:20AM

  We ALL have periods of time that we just don't or aren't or can't do all we should to keep on track. Best thing to do: don't worry about it, forget about it, start a NEW day. Guilt can rob you of your overall success and the joy you get from it. Leave the guilt behind and start again. YOU CAN DO IT!!!Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANEM120 4/23/2011 12:16AM

    Half the battle is keeping a positive attitude and you have that. Good for you and keep it up.

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A Wake Up Call

Monday, February 07, 2011

I went out for a run for the first time since I got sick (in early December). I thought my lungs had sufficiently cleared out in the last few weeks. So I decided that 2.3 miles at an easy pace would be fine. I was so wrong. Early on I began to cough and near the end of the first mile I was coughing up mucus and my lungs were hurting. I have exercise-induced asthma, but I took my inhaler before I ran.

Anyway, the run was awful. I started walking near the end of the first mile. Just before passing the pub I started running again (I was running during the superbowl and I didn't want to look like a fool). I failed again about 1/4 mile later. I walked for a little while to give my lungs a rest and then ran the rest of the way home. I realized that my lungs will only get stronger if I keep running so I am going to make an attempt to run at least twice a week. Wish me luck!

  
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FREGGIEQUEEN 2/7/2011 8:47AM

    Just do what you need to do to get healthy and don't overdo it! Your body will thank you and you'll be back on track soon.

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DARBOUSKI 2/7/2011 1:18AM

    Thanks for the support!

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GREYPARK 2/7/2011 12:52AM

    Lots & lots of luck being vibed your way. My son has Asthma & i know how you feel. Best of luck!!
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New Year Reflections

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Yesterday when I wrote the blogpost "Letter to My Body" I was really annoyed: my body was not cooperating with me. It still isn't. However, I'm feeling a little more zen about it today. Probably getting a good night's sleep instead of waking up at 2am with a migraine helps. So, in my slightly better state of mind, I thought I would reflect on some of my achievements in 2010 and what I want to achieve in 2011. Some of these are not strictly health related, but I consider that Sparkpeople helped me with my academics as much as it has helped me with my physical health because I learned how to more effectively budget my time, deal with stress, and make reasonable decisions for myself.

Accomplishments of 2010:
-Graduated with a BA
-Finished my undergraduate thesis and presented chapters at 2 conferences
-Started taking pilates and stuck with it for the last 4 months
-Realized that flexibility and strength training were important in a quest to stay healthy
-Got a teaching job
-Realized slip-ups can be rectified: I gained 10lbs back, but have re-lost 9 of those pounds.
-Learned to like almond butter
-Ran a 9 minute mile for the first time since high school (although I have to get back to that)
-Started doing yoga
-Started improving my Greek pronunciation, including learning how to roll my "r"s.
-Started a blog in my field (classics) that people actually read
-Managed to be able to consistently do 10 military style push-ups in a row, and sometimes more
-Found some clothing I feel great in

Goals (Resolutions?) for 2011:
-Finish a bootcamp (I keep starting, but never finishing)
-Do at least 10 minutes of strength training and 10 minutes of cardio every day
-Get to my goal weight, finally, by May 2011
-Feel comfortable in a bikini by May 2011 (and post a picture on SP)
-Get a flat stomach by May 2011
-Finish (and be proud of) my graduate school applications
-Run an 8 minute mile by the end of December 2011
-Be able to do a headstand by the end of December 2011
-Finish 1/3 of my reading list (http://fragmentsofsulpicia.blogspot.com/p
/reading-and-rereading-list.html) by end of December 2011
-Be able to pronounce Ancient Greek with pitch accents, confidence, fluency, and appropriate meter by the time I enroll in graduate school
-Be able to ice skate backwards once around the rink by end of December 2011

I have my work cut out for me, but I am going to try to make it all happen. Next year, I shall attempt to remember to write an evaluation of how I did on all of these goals.

  
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FLATROSIE 1/8/2011 9:05PM

    Congrats and feel better. I have my BA in Classical Studies as well - but I can't speak Greek and certainly can't roll my "r"s :)
You are well on your way to your 2011 goals. Keep up the great work!


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MTULLY 1/5/2011 2:38PM

    Congratulations on all you accomplished in 2010! You have a lot to be proud of. Great goals for 2011. I am sure you are going to have another successful year! Best of luck to you!
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