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Summer Challenge Results

Friday, August 09, 2013

Time flies, or as Kermit would say, Time's fun when you're having flies. I had my follow-up fitness assessment and.... improvement in every area! Some highlights:

In 30 seconds:
4 more pushups
7 more squats
4 more crunches
In 1 minute:
10 more step-ups
forward bend - fingers past toes 9cm (was 1cm before)

The best part was the look on the fitness instructor's face. He's a nice guy, always encouraging, and he was really happy with the results. Don't know if I'm the winner yet, but I do know that I've got a huge incentive to keep on working out. Weight loss always goes in fits and stalls for me, but these are concrete results - the stopwatch doesn't lie!

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23KAIYA 8/9/2013 7:46PM

    This is great progress, awesome!

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Summer Challenge

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My office is renting space in a large complex that has a gym we can use. They're putting on a fitness challenge for July: pay $2 for a fitness assessment, repeat the assessment in a month, and the person who has improved the most will win a prize. I did my assessment today - not too shabby for a desk jockey. If I had been thinking about it, I probably should have held back, but when I see somebody with a clipboard and a stopwatch I get competitive. Now I'll have to work really hard to show some improvement by August!

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23KAIYA 6/28/2013 3:27PM

    Awesome! I'm excited to hear how it goes.

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SISTERPRETTY 6/27/2013 10:04PM

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AFERARI 6/27/2013 10:04PM

    You can do it!

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So far so good

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The last two weeks were - interesting. After I lost the initial 5 pounds of glycogen and water, I was sitting at the same weight for the rest of the time. The scale did not budge until this morning, the first day of Phase 2. It's nice to see the reward of being disciplined. Today I celebrated with oatmeal and fresh strawberries from my garden. I'm just hoping my body is not greedily glomming on to the carbs and pasting them back on my waist. On the other hand, now I have fuel to burn; time to face Cammy the Cruel at the gym tonight!


I shouldn't call her that - she's a good instructor, just really tough.

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KARATE_KID 6/12/2013 9:36PM

    LOL - she's one of those who go "almost done, ladies, only fifty more leg lifts... and get those knees up, up, and now jump..." you get the picture :)

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23KAIYA 6/12/2013 3:19PM

    Nice job! I like the nickname for your trainer emoticon

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Once more unto the beach...

Monday, June 03, 2013

Even though I don't want to get hung up on weight, I was getting tired of my clothes getting slowly tighter and tighter. I've made a few changes over the past year that did diddly-squat for halting this process, so I decided to give my metabolism a real kick in the butt by repeating the South Beach diet. I did it about 7, 8 years ago with good - but not permanent - success. This time around, with everything I've learned from SP, I hope I can make it last. Lost 5 pounds the first week which is to be expected. I know it's not "true fat" but at least it's a sign that something is happening.

I don't think carbs are "bad" but maybe I've got to be more restrictive. I've never met a pastry I didn't like, and baked goods are everywhere, easy to buy, easy to make, easy to grab and throw in my lunch bag. Low carb food takes more time to prepare but I've just got to take the time, at least for now.

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SKIMMETRY 6/8/2013 12:42AM

  You can do it! You've identified a pitfall, which is that the "bad" food is too accessible. Maybe try to find easy, accessible, low-carb options? Like those ThinkThin bars, or those nut butter packets (can put them on celery or apple slices). emoticon Or if you must have something baked and sweet, at least make it yourself so that you have control over the ingredients. In that way, you also actually earn the treat, because you took the effort to make it. Sometimes smoothies and oatmeal with lots of cinnamon can satisfy when the sweet tooth strikes. Not low carb, but definitely better for you than pastry! Good luck and keep posting!

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23KAIYA 6/3/2013 2:39PM

I've met people that use this as a kick start and have found it really helpful, way to go!

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Happy Weight

Monday, October 22, 2012

Today's Spark Coach video was really interesting. I've long thought that height/weight charts aren't realistic for me - the last time I was at my "ideal" weight I was in hospital with the first bout of Crohn's Disease, having lost 10kg or so in a couple months. It was good to hear my belief confirmed by a dietitian. It was also a good reminder that I really don't have any weight-related health problems. My blood pressure, lipids, and blood sugar are great and I'm able to do most anything I want to. When I have to run for the bus or the commuter train, I can recover my breath within about a minute and I don't feel like I'm going to pass out. So there are lots of good things about my health and fitness levels. I don't think I'm entirely at my "happy weight" emotionally, and I'll continue to work on that, but at least healthwise I'm good

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23KAIYA 10/23/2012 2:01PM

    I have Crohn's as well, it does take the weight right off and in such a miserable way!
I like the 'happy weight', I'm not close to mine yet but it's a lot more realistic than any silly chart.

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