Saturday, July 07, 2012
I am one of those people that use a scale religiously. I have used the scale as my goal guide for a long time....
I know, I know, there are a LOT of scale haters out there. BUT I do realize that it is just a number, I don't base my life's happiness on it, I don't get bent out of shape when it fluctuates up a little (for the most part ), and I TOTALLY realize that body composition - muscle mass vs. fat - is far more important than just weight....
Which is why I pump weights hard too. And have for quite some time.
With all this talk about body fat being more important than weight, I was totally curious to find out what mine really was. I just really didn't have a way to measure that to find out.
I found a few websites that said to measure this & that- like your waiste, hips, arms, in relation to your wrist- so I did that, but came up with what I thought was a pretty high number.... in the mid-20s. I thought that couldn't be right. So, I was left just wondering.....
Then, after much debate about where to join a gym, I joined the Y. I decided to go ahead & do the fitness assessment with their staff, & get a personalized workout assigned to me (as part of my membership). So, yesterday I went in for my fitness assessment - we went over medical history & issues (which I have virtually none), then she took my measurements, weight, & measured my "flab" by pinching & pulling it (OUCH!!) & using a little device to measure the skin/fat.
I was DYING to know what that number was!! So, she quickly put it in the computer & gave me a printout.
And the verdict is.......
16% body fat!
WOW! She said 12-16% is where athletes usually are, so she said that is super. (I think even she was impressed.... ) I believe the term she used was "the ELITE athlete range!" She said anything UNDER 12% will cause serious health problems, so I am definitely not shooting to get under that.
Not bad for this little mommy of 4, who has only used a scale as a guide!!! Funny thing is, I have BARELY done ANY strength training for the past 6-7 weeks, since we moved out of our house in Germany. So, I really wonder where I was BEFORE I left Germany....... Hhhmmmmmmm......
She will be formulating a workout for me, & going through it with me on Monday. After 8 weeks, she will do all my measurements again, & change up my workout.
So, for the next 8 weeks..... it is GAME ON!!!! I'm already shooting to lose those last few pounds that I didn't get off before leaving Germany, plus I want to focus on my ST & building some muscle mass. It will be so fun to see what my measurements say in 8 weeks!!
LET'S DO THIS!!!
Monday, June 25, 2012
So, Friday, June 22nd, marked ONE MONTH of us being back in the USA! Has it really been that long? It's almost been that long since I've blogged last too. But I have just been SOOOOOOOO busy having a great time being back, there just hasn't been time.
I think we are over the worst, most stressful time of the move at this point -
* We bought a car.
* Hubby started his new/old job.
* We rented a house & moved in.
* We received our container from Germany & got everything unloaded at our house.
* We even found a great church.
The kids adjusted like it was absolutely NOTHING. They never even acted like we crossed an ocean or 6 times zones. The adjusted to the time change immediately, & they have loved all the old friends & family we've gotten to catch up with, & all the new people we are meeting. From the moment we arrived, it was amazing how at home we all felt, German hubby included. It's been AWESOME!
I stopped tracking my food since about a week before we left. I just couldn't keep up with all the new meals (not being at home with me own cooking / familiar foods). So, I just gave up tracking, & tried to keep it as healthy as possible. Of course, on many days, it wasn't even that, because of lack of choices.... especially the day we flew. Airplane food.... BLECH!!!
But I weighed myself last week sometime, and it was 127.2 lbs. I think my lowest weight in the weeks before I left was 125.8, so I feel GREAT about the lack of degression through all of the stress & changes we have gone through.
I have kept up with my running. I have had to adjust my schedule here & there, & I certainly skipped a run or 2, but for the most part, I hung on the best I could! Last week was my best training week so far since my last HM on May 1st, with 46 miles on the books for the week. I did get one ST session in on Thursday, first checking out the Y & doing Zumba / Zumba Tone class & then following it up with my on ST session at home. FELT AWESOME!! This week I will be joining the Y, so I will be able to start getting some consistent ST in each week once again!!! YEAH!
Every day, my heart is filled with gratitude towards God that we have made it back to the States. We are all so very thrilled about where we have ended up. Thanks for all your encouragement along the way, Sparkers!!!
Spark on, my Friends!!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wow. The mayhem of our international move has really come to a peak this week!!! From trying to buy a car, to having to get a new driver's license, to trying to find a house, & trying to deal with borrowing other people's cars until we get ours..... I have been running around & around like CRAZY!!
Adjusting to a new running routine & new trails, on top of all this moving madness, has really killed my running this week. I haven't gotten a run in since Saturday, until this evening. Tonight, I finally had a chance to venture out & discover the running trails here. There isn't much to choose from, but I managed to get in a 10 K run tonight, which felt AWESOME!! I wanted to go further, but it was already quite dark & getting late.
As far as our move goes, we bought a car!! Hubby is thrilled, because we found one that was exactly what he wanted, with SA-WEET options on it. So now we have transportation (and really NICE transportation at that!).
DH also started his job this week. He's having a BLAST seeing all his old work buddies. They are so glad to have him back too.
As we got into Pensacola, & I started SERIOUS house-hunting, I was finding everything was being rented out FAST. But I FINALLY found a house that looked great, even though it was on the small side, size-wise. (But I am flexible!! LOL) The location & everything seems great, so we are going for it! We've already been approved & will be signing the lease tomorrow. We will be able to move in on June 8th!!! YEAH! We will soon have a home!!
So, there is my update. Man, I feel like such a lazy bum in the running & ST dept. Can't wait to get settled!!!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Yep, that's right, folks!! After 25 hours of travel time, we made it safely to my sister's house in Port St Lucie last night at 10 pm EST. I can't believe I'm here!!! I can't believe it's been 5 YEARS since I have even been in my home country!!
Our travels were rough. We have all been sick, and on Monday afternoon / evening, I came down with something really bad - very sore throat, fever, the whole works. I was taking every natural remedy to boost my immune system, and hoping it would get better before we had to leave at 3 am on Tuesday morning.
Fortunately, the fever left before we got up @ 3! My throat was still sore a little, but not too bad, and I wasn't achy & feverish. PHEW!!
Our flight did get delayed from Berlin to Miami, & there was a point where they were "expecting technical difficulties" & we weren't even sure how they were going to proceed. Not fun, with 4 very tired kids.... But they worked it out fairly quickly, & we were soon on the plane & on our way!!!
The kids did pretty good on the plane. There were a few pretty bratty spells, when I'm sure we were that really annoying family with the fussy kids that no one wants to sit next to. But we managed. Fortunately they slept ALOT!
Upon arrival in Miami, hubby & I split up, because he had to go through immigration, and I knew the kids couldn't handle another 3 hours of sitting. We hadn't realized beforehand that it would take that long. So, I headed to pick up the luggage & meet up with my sister, & he went to his immigration screening alone. It took nearly 4 hours before he was out! But we found each other ok, & then headed home to my sister's house in Port St. Lucie.
We all slept SUPER GOOD last night, & got up at 7 am this morning.... So, I am READY to beat whatever jetlag that may try to hit!!
Time to go see about getting my first Stateside RUN in!!!!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Things are 'bout to get CrAzY up in HERE!!! Today is the LAST DAY before our container comes! One moment, I feel like we are pretty much ready.... the next, I look around & see all the crap that's still sitting around, & I start to panic!!
I really wish someone with more moving experience could come over & just tell us if we are on good track or not. Our container should arrive first thing in the morning tomorrow, but we also have a TON of running around to do, things that couldn't be taken care of on any other day. So, tomorrow is going to be INSANE!!
That other panic-inducing issue is the fear that all of our stuff WON'T fit in our 20' container. We are not taking all of our furniture - in fact, we threw a LOT out. But what we do have, along with our 70 boxes or so.... There is just no way to tell until we actually pack that junk up. So, I guess we will have to see.
At least we have some friends coming to help on Saturday, to help pack & clean up for the new owners. I'm sure we can get it done, but it is all so nerve-wracking!!
On a better note, I was battling cold symptoms earlier this week, and am feeling much better - YEAH!! And today, I weighed in at 125.8.... DOUBLE YEAH!! I'm sticking to healthy eating choices, with the exception that yesterday I baked my "famous" chocolate chip cookies for my BodyPump class as a "goodbye" thing, and ate a little bit of it.... NOT MUCH, though, so I was not totally derailed! In spite of not feeling well, I kept up with my exercise 100% according to plan. This Saturday, I will do my very last "goodbye" run on my home turf, a planned 20-miler. It will be nice to see my long route one last time.
I'm very very pleased with the fact I have been able to keep up with my health & fitness goals in spite of all the craziness. It was good that I wrapped my head around this many weeks ago, & made goals for myself. That has really been what has kept me on track!!!
I can't believe this is happening, Spark Peeps!!! After all the times I've blogged about this, and daydreamed about all of this, the big move is actually taking place. I'll be so glad on Sunday after EVERYTHING is packed in that container, & we are on our way to my cousin's house near Kaiserslautern!!!!
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