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Body Fat Percentage? I'd rather run from Zombies.

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.

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PENDRAGON_NY 3/23/2012 9:31AM

  Awesome! I am also really happy about the new logging feature. I really, really hope they add Zombie chases in Accelerometer mode next!

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GRANDMABABA 3/22/2012 8:14PM

    Running from Zombies sounds like a great way to burn calories! LOL My scale says I'm obese, but the bmi calculator says i'm in the healthy range, not by much, but I'm there. So, I think that I've lost so much muscle mass through the years that I have a lot of work to do to see a change on that part of my scale. Ouch. I'm using weights more so hoping to see progress. I wish you every success on your journey. I enjoyed your blog.

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Cherry Blossom Time! Sweaty bands and overdoing 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.

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PEPPYPATTI 3/21/2012 11:04PM

    Let me know how your band works! I find when I am sweating on the treadmill, I tend to wipe my hands across my forehead then up hitting the cord to my mp3 player. Luckily it has proven very durable. Way to go on your workouts. I overdid it on Monday, did a little less yesterday & today could not do anything at all I am so sore. Sometimes moderation is the best course of action-lol!
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DRAGONCHILDE 3/21/2012 10:55PM

    In all fairness, I've been working out really hard like this for about 6 months... my endurance is WAY up. I do these hard boot camps about twice a week, plus two HIIT classes 1-2 times a week. I honestly wasn't able to move for DAYS when I first started. Now, I recover much faster!

I consider that as a greater measure of my success so far than what my scale says. I can FEEL the difference!

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NEWMOM20121 3/21/2012 9:46PM

    Love the picture. You are doing awesome. Great Job.

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MUSICANDWORDS 3/21/2012 9:45PM

  What workout! How are you not falling on the floor absolutely dead for forever and ever? I did water zumba today, which according to spark people only burned 147 calories, and I feel as though I am never gonna move again! It was so much fun and such a hard workout! Congrats ( emoticon) for being able to do such a good job of working hard- and then doing even more!

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DRAGONCHILDE 3/21/2012 8:26PM

    Not at all! It was a little snug at first, of course, but I've been wearing it now for a few hours... and it hasn't moved, nor is it tight anymore. And I have a BIG head. (Lot of brain to wrap my skull around!) I've always had the same problem with hairbands in general. Even too-tight or too high ponytails will do it.

No problem with this one, though. It's really comfortable.

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  You look so cute in your sweaty band! Do they feel tight on your head at all? My biggest problem with anything on my head is feeling like I'm being squished by it, or getting a massive headache from it.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 3/21/2012 7:55PM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a pretty grueling workout. I'm glad to read about the Sweaty Band. I have considered one but wasn't sure about it staying in place. I'm going to go ahead and get one. Thanks for sharing.

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Nothing like a hard workout to start the day RIGHT!

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.

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NEWMOM20121 3/20/2012 6:23PM

    Way to go. Great job.

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Going to bed early tonight

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.

Night guys!

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PAPAMIKIE 3/19/2012 11:49PM

    Sleep well, Rest is part of the whole thing, and killing zombies requires one to be fresh.

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NEPTUNE1939 3/19/2012 10:58PM

    I used to stay up late when I was young - LOL now I'm in bed at the latest at 9:30 PM. I'm up by 5:30 AM taking care of daily chores. Have a peaceful week, Earl

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An unbelievable day

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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PEPPYPATTI 3/18/2012 10:45PM

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