Thursday, March 22, 2012
One of the trainers today offered a body fat percentage check while I was at the gym today. I accepted.
I'm still in the obese range (and stubbornly hovering at .1% to overweight instead of obese n my BMI to boot) but I'm willing to bet that it's improved a great deal. It's not an accurate test (not a skin fold test), and I didn't get it checked when I first started, but you only need to look at the pictures to see a big change.
I'm pleased, though, as I think it shows progress. I most likely started in the 40% range. Some online calculators tend to agree; around 39.5%.
In other news, an update was released for Zombies, Run! It didn't contain the much-hoped-for zombie chases in accelerometer mode, but it does include the log I was wishing it had, and better sound. I ran mission 5 (okay, I walked it) this afternoon.
So far, I've walked/run 3 miles this week. That pleases me a very great deal. I wouldn't have bothered without the app.
I did get a bit of a compliment from the instructor in my boot camp class this morning. HE was impressed by the amount of weight I was doing while doing one of our exercises, where we held the dumbell out straight and lowered it down, then back up to head height. All the other women there were using 10 lbs or less, I was using 15. I'm still annoyed that I didn't complete the whole set (16 reps, I got exhausted at 10) but I plan on training that a bit to work on it.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
So I just got my Sweaty Band in the mail. I found out about these things through a Sparkpeople promotion, and while I didn't win a free one, I liked the idea, so I decided to see if these pricey fashion accessories are worth it.
I'm pleased to say, so far, they are. It really, really doesn't move... even when I'm trying to push it with my hands. I haven't tried it out during my hard cardio classes, but I will tomorrow to see for sure. I got mine in a cherry blossom pattern, in honor of my city's biggest festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival. Macon, Georgia is absolutely stunning this time of year, with bradford pears and yoshino cherry blossoms blooming all over the city. Wisteria, and countless flowering trees and other blooms are just gorgeous. Say what you will about the armpit of Georgia, it's gorgeous in the spring!
This is a picture I took in the main thoroughfare a year or two ago... it really is gorgeous... even if it's hell on the allergies:
I plan on getting out and really enjoying it this week. There's a 5k this weekend, but I don't think I'll have time for it.
Yesterday, though, I REALLY overdid it on the exercise. I did bootcamp for an hour, followed by a half hour of step. THEN, while my daughter was practicing soccer, I walked around the track around her field for a mile and a half.
1300 freakin' calories burned.
I was completely wiped out, sore, and stiff by the end of the night. And I underate, to boot.
Today, I skipped my usual 30 minutes of HIIT, and just did abs and yoga instead. I'm probably going to walk tonight, weather permitting.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This morning I actually made it to boot camp; I tend to not go on Tuesdays, because the first part of my week is usually crazy busy. I needed it this time, so I made the effort, and man, am I glad I did.
First was boot camp... it was TOUGH today. Lots of running, lunges, squats. Even some pushups. Solid 45 minutes of cardio, total. Then, I took step... 30 minutes of OW.
I feel really great, though! This is why I like to go to my gym. The classes are great, and my classmates fun and supportive. If you can afford it, make room in the budget. Those group classes have made the difference for me. The social aspect has made it more motivating to go, and the friends I'm making are invaluable. I don't stress over looking silly, because I KNOW these people! It's not unusual for us to stand around talking about the tough things in our lives after class is over. That really helps.
I never thought I'd be a gym rat. And I found out something awesome... the gym that's really close to my house (like, literally can be walked to in 5 minutes, not even half a mile) just got bought by the people who own my current gym. So I'll be able to start going to that one, too, and it's much closer! No classes or anything, but I can get my strength in, or late-night treadmill runs if I like.
I think I've definitely gotten my investment out of this membership.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Both for my husband's sanity (literally) and my own need for rest, we're going to bed at 11 tonight. We've both gotten in the terrible habit of staying up late, and it's bad for his brain, and my energy levels.
So we're going to try and do what we've insisted we would for months now. I got a good walk in before bed, did Mission 3 of Zombies Run, so I'm ready for this, I think.
Tomorrow's a busy day. Getting up early so I can meet the guys who are building our storage shed. Hour and a half in the gym, then meetings, work, and blah.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Today has just been awesome from start to finish. My husband got up with the girls and let me sleep in a little bit. When I got up, we all got dressed, and went to church for the first time in months.
He actually paid attention and participated! Usually, he just stands there stiffly beside me while we're singing, and reads other stuff in the bible during the sermon.
Afterwards, we had a great lunch at our usual Mexican restaurant. It's so good to see my husband's appetite back. Getting him to eat anything has been a struggle lately. His meds are really helping.
This afternoon, I got to take a nap, and when I woke up, I made some chili, and he started a bonfire. We roasted hotdogs, and had a little outdoor picnic. The girls played in their tents, while we sat and watched. It was just wonderful.
On top of that, we found out that the house across from my father in law, which was owned by a distant relative that unfortunately lost it to the bank, has now come up for sale for $72,500. On 8 acres of land, double-wide.
We're really, seriously considering putting a bid in on it. It'll take a couple of months to get the down payment up if we go with an FHA loan, and get my credit card paid down to halfway so my credit's in better shape. Don't want more than 50% usage on revolving credit.
It's just been a great day. On top of that... I lost half a lb... not bad, given that I was SURE I'd gained 10 after all the eating out I did while my husband was in the hospital. I guess my eating habits are getting better.
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