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32% Body Fat

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

We did body fat analysis tonight at Y-Weight -- the first time I have ever had a reading done on me. I've never bought a body fat scale because I've heard they are inaccurate, and I never felt like doing all of the restrictive things that were required to have it done on the system they had at Miami. This was pretty easy, and it sounds fairly accurate given what my goal weight is and where I was when I was at that weight.

So, I am 32% fat. 48 pounds of me are fat. That's a lot. But I'm supposed to keep at least half of it, since it's not good for a woman to have a really low body fat percentage. I'm glad to have a baseline for the first time, and to see that my goal should place me right around 21%...right in the middle of the healthy recommended range of 17-25%.

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FABAT402009 2/17/2011 8:06AM

    Not sure how I missed the Blog Kari!! Really interesting stuff and makes me want to get one done.

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MYSTERY4EVER 2/8/2011 11:04PM

    Wow, that is really interesting. I will have to see if the Y here does that.

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TERJEGOLD 2/8/2011 9:12PM

    Glad you tried body fat analysis. I think it's really accurate as long as you are not SUPER athletic and as long as it is done by a competent individual. I agree with you that it gives a realistic picture of where you are and where you want to be. If you are super strong and muscular, weight might not be as reliable a gauge. Congrats for yet another "new" thing.

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Setting a Reward for Weight Loss

Friday, September 03, 2010

Yesterday, I was shopping online at Shabby Apple with a Groupon and ordering a new dress when I stumbled into their fitness section. I had never really looked at it before, but they have some cute stuff. And thus, my reward for losing 10 lbs became a new workout outfit from their fitness line.

The prices aren't too bad -- $74 total for both pieces, which are made of technical materials. There are always a lot of 10% coupon codes floating around out there because every time Shabby Apple does a blog promotion they offer one...and they do blog promotions constantly. So that will pay for shipping. If I put 75 cents into a jar each time I lose a pound, I'll have my money for my workout gear when I get there. Goal set. :)

Oh, and here is the dress I ordered:

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TERJEGOLD 9/3/2010 8:02PM

    I LOVE getting new fitness clothes. I bet I spend more on fitness stuff than work stuff. I can't wait until you have earned your new outfit. How exciting.

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I spun today! As London Tipton would say, "YAY MEEEE!!!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

(The title reference is from the Suite Life of Zack & Cody for non Disney channel fans. ;)

Today I tried my first spin class. My workout buddy wasn't feeling good this morning so I was going to be going it alone...I had already looked at the schedule for the branch we usually go to and there were no interesting classes on there. But I saw a beginner's spin class at the other branch beginning at 10 am. I thought I would try it. Waffled back and forth a bit. When I left the house I said, "Nah I think I'll just go do my own thing at the usual branch." But when I got to the main road, I decided to go for it, and I'm glad I did.

I definitely had a good workout. My body feels the same way it used to when I ran. I totally have an exercise high right now, an hour and a half later. LOL My legs felt like jello though...I almost fell down the 3 flights of stairs coming out to the parking lot. :P But I didn't! I might give it another go sometime. I need some actual bike shorts though and to take something to sit on. I think my bike was adjusted kind of funny because my arms were more tired than my legs from having to hold myself on the seat...I felt like if I let go I was going to fall off the seat to the front. And the position of the handlebars had my arms working the whole time to push myself back -- not sure if it's supposed to be like that or not?

Looking forward to doing a little Goodwilling today and eating better than I did yesterday. :) I made a small batch of cookies last night, but they are coconut macaroons with a whole cup and a third of coconut in a 15-cookie batch, so not so bad. ;)

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KAT573 8/31/2010 10:29PM

    way to go, Kari! it is always good to learn something new and give your body a stretch! keep on keeping on! emoticon

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KARICHELLE 8/31/2010 7:53PM

    She did set up my bike for me, but something was still wrong. The seat was so far forward over the pedals that I felt like I was going to fall out of the seat if I let go; I was off balance. I tried it again myself with the seat back further and that helped from that standpoint (I could sit up without holding on and be balanced) but that put the handlebars even further away. Do you know if they typically will tilt toward or away from you or do they just go up and down?

I found some padded capris on clearance at Dick's so I thought I'd give them a try. They were $30, so not too horrible. I really liked the $40 Canari Pro Gel shorts so those are a wish list item for later. ;) I figured the capris would be more versatile with fall on the way.

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TERJEGOLD 8/31/2010 7:39PM

    Way to go on Spinning. I agree with Jan. If you go again, arrive 5 minutes early and ask the instructor to show you how to adjust your bike for you. S/he should have done that your first time. Having the bike adjusted properly will make all the difference in the world.

As far as bike shorts, you may find you have no need for them after about three times. I never use them unless I am riding for more than three hours. Others swear by them so, there are different points of view on that one.

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A-STRONGER-ME 8/31/2010 6:44PM

    Cool thing trying spin class. Your arms should not be holding you up. I adjust my bars to have a slight break in the elbow. Getting the right setup is key. BTW - your backside will get used to the seat!!

Good for you!!

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Two-day workout/gym streak -- woohoo!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I think I have started over about a million times but never seem to be able to get back going, so I'm celebrating this tiny, small streak of going to the gym two days in a row and doing a yoga workout yesterday and water aerobics today. I really enjoyed the water aerobics, and so did my friend. We're helping "push" each other to the gym by meeting each morning at 9 am, and so far it's working!

I definitely feel the water aerobics already. But I'll totally be going back for that one. It was a good workout that is easily modified to be done at your own pace, without any icky drippy sweatiness since you're in the pool. And no one can see how uncoordinated you are because you're underwater. ;) Pretty decent calorie burn, and the time went by really quick, so I'm down for that.

I've started my streaks over again and plan to get back to tracking -- hope the enthusiasm holds!

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TERJEGOLD 8/24/2010 9:58PM

    I'm thrilled for you. Having a friend to whom you are accountable is often a tremendous boost to one's consistencey. PLus it's always more fun with a friend. And finding classes that you look forward to attending is great. Here's to a long and successful streak!

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Coming up with a plan for starting over

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The biggest motivation I ever had to lose weight was my wedding...I wanted to look good in the pictures and in my dress. I reached my goal, and I did that. But after that point, I've struggled, because nothing has provided the same concrete "goal date" and subsequent motivation.

I like Terje's idea from her comment my last blog entry, to enter a race and train for it. I chose an event, but in the last week I've sort of come to a realization about running -- it's not really something I enjoy. Even when I was doing it regularly, I didn't "love" it. I am apparently one of those people whose VO2max is a little off, because running is SUPER stressful for me, even when I'm going slow, and even when I'm fit. It turns my face beet red and makes me sweat like a pig and isn't something I look forward to. So I guess I have to accept that as much as I'd love to be a runner, my body just is not cut out to make running enjoyable for me. So rather than buying a new pair of running shoes...I just decided to spend that money on a pair of Skechers Shape Ups, since I do enjoy walking, and maybe those will add a little boost to my walking fitness.

So, instead of running and training to run, I'm going to see how fast I can walk and enter an event that way instead. I'm thinking of "Throo the Zoo" in early May, or maybe walking something with my mom in TN. Running is lonely for me because I don't really know anyone else to do it with who wouldn't be going twice as fast as me. Walking would be much better for having that "friend" motivation too.

Yesterday was a terrible food day, so today I'm "starting over" with that too. I have the whole day planned out and I don't think it's going to be too difficult to stick to. I have a couple of sizable snacks planned...I just have to stay out of the cookies.

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DIGITALDURGA 3/10/2010 8:52AM

    Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!


I like the walking idea too, and be sure to report back on the shoes. I saw those at one point and was rather curious about them. I'd like to know how they work in the real world.

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DENAMARIE1 3/9/2010 8:08PM

    Wish I lived closer, I would walk with you.

Good job on getting yourself motivated and finding something that you enjoy doing. That is so important.

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TERJEGOLD 3/9/2010 7:53PM

    PERFECT!!!! Tons of run races have a walking contingent and those folks can really move. Walking and slow running probably burn about the same calories and provide similar fitness benefit. And you are so right about having more choices for a walking partner.

I think you may have hit on a great way to get your Mojo back! I can't wait to hear about your next event. Say! Perhaps you will consider a 2-Day or 3-Day walking event . Pretty intense but so much fun!

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