Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Yesterday I went up to Peak Academy. It's a fitness/health measuring facility on the University of Utah campus and is apparently part of the physical fitness department, situated right in the middle of the soccer, baseball, basketball, football area of the campus. (And RIGHT SMACK in the middle of a crap-ton of construction, which was a pain in the butt during rush hour traffic!)
They have a Bod Pod there, the only one in practically the whole state. You have to sit really still and "breathe normally" and they somehow measure the amount of air that you displace and also the way the air flows around you. I don't know how. I think it's magic.
Anyway....(drum roll, please!) ... my results: 19.3% Woo-hoo! I was disappointed that it ONLY measured that. I was hoping for a total RMR and all the cool info that another bodybuilder on the site received, but this unit wasn't equipped with that feature and they charge an extra $30 to sit for five minutes on the other machine. No thanks.
Anyway, for my age, 21% is considered "very lean," so I wasn't even on the chart. 19% is "very lean" for a woman in their thirties and the low end of "lean" for someone in their twenties.
"Essential fat" for woman is 12-15%, which means that your body NEEDS that much fat to function.
So I rock! Woot!
Sunday, September 06, 2009
I've been encouraged to write an update. Sorry I haven't been on SP very much lately. I have SO much going on in my life right now that something had to give before I lost what's left of my mind. So I have had to let a lot of things go that aren't things that absolutely need doing right now. I get the SP emails and respond when I can, and that has to be good enough. I was taking a painting class, and I'm giving that up, too. I have one more class left that's paid for and I'm having a hard time managing getting there to do it. I want to do some work on my painting before I go again, though, and I haven't had time for that, either. **sighs!**
So what have I been busy doing? Fitness-wise, pretty good. I got back on the wagon with tracking my food. I kind of slacked off on that for a while. I wasn't eating out of control, still maintaining a pretty healthy diet, but I wasn't tracking it and I gained a couple of pounds. I've lost them and I'm back to 128. I'd kind of like to get to 125, but my body doesn't seem to want to go there.
I've been working out really hard with my workout partner, a "girl" (she's my son's age, so I think of her as a "girl," even though she's married and has three kids) and I wonder if I've put on a couple of pounds of muscle or something. I didn't think it was possible to gain that much muscle in such a short period of time, but I was noticing this morning that my pecs are really defined across the top attachments. I'm determined to make it up to Peak Academy and do the Bod Pod test this month. I was involved with a Health /Fair last month and got a coupon for $5 off, so it's pretty darn cheap.
Meanwhile, my massage business is doing quite well, relatively speaking. I had a random call from a guy who saw the sign on my car, and it didn't sound like he was interested in any "funny business" so maybe the sign will finally pay off. I've gotten several calls from random guys, but they all seem to think I'm some kind of trained hooker or something. GRRRR!!! What is WRONG with people? Anyway....I had an unexpected client yesterday, and I've had several extras recently. I'm starting a new service of aromatherapy massage, where I will mix essential oils in a 2-ounce bottle of carrier oil and give you a massage using the oils, which not only smell nice but are therapeutic as well (for relaxation, pain, etc.). The whole bottle never gets used up and I don't want to use it on another client, so whatever is left over, you get to keep to take home and use it for an after-shower moisturizer, which is better for you than baby oil. Baby oil is mineral oil and you really shouldn't put that on your skin. So anyway, that service is $5 extra. I had a client get it and she LOVED it.
I've also been spending a lot of time going to networking meetings and learning how to do social networking on the Internet...just a lot of stuff to learn to make my business better.
So that's what I've been up to. What's new with you all???
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Well, I guess if Jack can make a post once every TWO MONTHS (humph!) I can, too.
I have been SOOOOO busy I feel like I'm drowning. You take the already-packed days of winter and add in yard work, gardening, and other summer fun and you have one busy, cranky and tired Mom.
But I'm holding my own. I don't have time to write down food, so I eat basically the same thing every day because I know what it is and how much it is. I've gained a pound or two, give or take, but I'm holding my own. If I was packing it on I'd worry about it. Right now the goal is to just maintain.
I do still go to the gym three times a week. I've found a workout partner that I connect with. She's there to WORK and not to whine and wimp out. I kick her butt with the workouts that I'm doing and she kicks my butt because she's a lot shorter than me and can lift more weights, and being as competitive as I am I have to keep up. I STILL can't do a chin-up, but I'm improving gradually and can see more definition in my forearms. Meanwhile, my partner can do them quite easily. I say it's because she's younger, shorter and weighs less. Am I right or am I right?
I never did go and get the body fat measurement because I kind of fell off the wagon. I haven't really gained weight, but I have a feeling my body fat has changed, so I'm not going to waste money (that I don't really have anyway) on that.
And just to make sure that I stay stressed to the max, a friend of mine convinced me to take a painting class, so I've taken up the brush and canvas again in the hopes of learning something and getting halfway good at it.
Don't expect much from me here for the time being. I'm hoping to return when the season ends and things go back to normal. But till then...I just drop in occasionally to remind myself that there are people out there who still want this fitness thing.
Friday, June 05, 2009
I'm letting my food sort of slide. I am so dang busy with 10,000 things that require my attention that I'm starting to wig out from the stress. Most of it is my own choosing, but I don't deal well with information overload. I have a friend who does dozens of different things and it doesn't bother her in the least, so she thinks I should be able to handle it, too. But I'm just not built that way.
The long and short of it is that I've been measuring and weighing my food, writing it down, and then I never quite get around to entering it into the computer to see whether I'm even CLOSE to being on track. I suspect I'm mostly okay, except for eating too much peanut butter. That's sort of my cheat food. I need to stop it. My weight fluctuates up and down by a couple of pounds, but "intestinal retainage" would account for most of that. Every few days I have a good clearing out and then the weight goes down. I know, TMI!!!
I AM going to the gym when I'm supposed to. I don't often stay for cardio, especially if my workout partner isn't there to make me go. Today she told me that she's going to have to join another gym that's cheaper because this one is going to start charging for child care. So I'm going to lose her. I hate that because it's been really fun having someone to work out with, She pushes me and I push her and we're both better for it. It sucks that I won't have her around any more.
Oh, and one more thing before I forget ... my chin-up practice is paying off! I started using the lat pull-down machine to do the form with a weight that I can handle 3 reps. I'm up to 105. Then I started doing a couple of dozen reps using the stripping method, and I've been doing that for a while. Remember when I first started and Jack told me to get up on the chin-up bar and hang there as long as possible? The first time I tried it, I was able to hold it for a grand total of about 3 whole seconds. I haven't done it in a while. Today, I tried it again, and stayed up for about 15-20 seconds!!! Woo-hoo!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I can't believe it's the end of May already. I have to admit, I've been a bit of a slacker here at SP, but there are only so many hours in a day and I just can't do EVERYTHING, even though everybody in my life seems to think I SHOULD be able to. I've had to let this go.
I haven't exactly been tracking my food. I do write it down to stay in that habit, but I don't have time to enter it into the computer, so I have no idea where I am nutritionally. I've been mindful of what I put in my mouth, though, and have not let myself get sucked into the junk food habit. I've also been too busy to eat all the time, so as a result I've lost the last couple of pounds I needed to get rid of. I really REALLY want to make an appointment this week to go and have an "official" body fat measurement (Yeah, I know, I made it a goal for April, but two months just got away from me). I think it would be good while I'm at my ideal weight.
But, on top of everything else, I got a call last night from my SIL and my brother is in the hospital with some weird thing having to do with blood getting to his brain, which caused him to have a mini-stroke. If they have to operate, it could be very dangerous and we could lose him. Right now, though, he's okay. It's just scary.
And I stepped up and found out the information about him, so now the whole family is going to lean on me again. Oh, Lord, I hope not. I've so been enjoing these last few years of not being in charge of everything -- the curse of the eldest child.
At the gym, things have been working out really well with my workout partner. She's this tiny little thing who can lift a lot more weight than I can, and since I'm competitive it pushes me to do better instead of being complacant. She also talks me into doing cardio when I really don't feel like it. So having her around has been a good thing for me.
I tried something new with my chin-up practice. Still can't do one. But this week I did the close-grip lat pull-down with 105 pounds. I could only do 3 reps, so I did that and then moved the peg to the next lightest weight and did max reps, etc. till I got down to about 40 pounds and 10 reps or more. I think this is called the "stripping" method. It was quite effective and REALLY fatigued those muscles. Maybe next week I'll add another 5 pounds. Only 20 or 25 more pounds and I should be able to do a chin-up, right?
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