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Lifestyle vs just doing - Health and fitness

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Today I noticed some body measurements I entered in SparkPeople from last March. I decided to get my measuring tape and remeasure today and enter the new measurements in to see if there is any change.

Yesterday I spent the day doing housework and cooking foods for this week. Today I'll do some more cooking (lean protein) and go for a walk, plus more housework and church.

I realize there are no days off from good health and maintaining fitness, it isn't a hobby its a lifestyle.

So with that in mind, I'm grabbing a small protein shake and heading out the door with my dog for a walk. emoticon


Understanding the awkwardness

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The new kid on the playground and you stand out from the others - remember that feeling? That's how I felt today, the first day in the weight room with the personal trainer.

I'm 55 years old, overweight and clearly learning about the machines. The Rec Center gym that I've joined is at the university I work at, so most of the people in the Rec Center are students (18-26). Its free for them, since they pay a fee to pay for the construction of the building. And it helps them be active and healthy, plus there are programs there like Outdoor Pursuits, volleyball leagues, basketball, etc.

So first we walked around the indoor track for 20 minutes at a pretty good pace, and chatted. Then we went to the weight room to become familiar with the machines. I noticed people looking at us etc. The trainer showed me how to use the machines - they have new machines which are different than the ones I used in the 1980's and the late 1990's and about 8 years ago. We also watched some of the others use the machines and weights.

Many of the weights have a rubber coating on them! Great idea!
The trainer mentioned that he thinks I'm much stronger than he originally thought I was, from the few machines I tried today and the light weights. True, but I'm happy to start at a nice medium weight.
Next Tuesday we'll start getting the weights and the settings on the machines I'll be using.

Afterward I mentioned my awareness of others watching us; and that I know over time it will be normal to see me in the gym, either with him or not, using the machines and weights. It will take time and I just need to realize it and keep going back to become a fixture in the place. Hee - hee - hee that could end up being a crazy sort of thing now that I think about it.

Yahoo!!! working through each perceived obstacle as they come up emoticon


Another step on the road to fitness!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Today I met with the personal trainer at the Rec Center at the University I work at. An opportunity to practice not passing judgement and looking for the potential in a situation.

He's 19 years old and has a passion for weight lifting and body building. He's been a personal trainer for 1 month, works out 6 days a week by himself at another gym.

We did a caliper body composition test and I'm currently about 41% fat ( go figure at 265 lbs).

We did a strength test, a flexibility test, a step test for aerobic measurement, push-ups and sit-ups.
Ok, so if you just look at the numbers - it would be defeating. But these are the numbers (and they are just numbers) that I'm starting with. Improvements will be measured by doing them again early next fall.
Our plan is to meet several times before the end of the semester (mid-May) and by that time have a plan in place that I can do over the summer by myself. Then when he comes back for the fall semester, we'll start again.

I encouraged him to find a mentor, someone who is very serious about bodybuilding and doing it how he wants to do it (of course I encouraged the natural method).
Someone to help him reach his potential.

So he's not that experienced - its ok, I'm somewhat experienced. We'll be a team
Our next session is Thursday and my plan is to go do aerobic work tomorrow and Friday.


Joined the gym

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today I joined the campus rec center and called to make an appointment with a personal trainer. I also paid for a locker for the rest of the semester.

Tomorrow - will be my first day!!!! I talked with the chairs of the two departments I work with about taking my lunch a bit later to avoid the crowds.

Taking care of all the obstacles I can see at this point, to me working out.

They're open weekends as well emoticon emoticon

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DADDO-62 2/29/2012 2:25PM

  First step - Done
Congratulations -- emoticon

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Another day over 10000 steps!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Today I ended at 11, 697 = 5.3 miles!!
Really it doesn't seem that difficult now that I'm doing it. Between walking around campus for errands at work, and I try to break my errands up into several different trips rather than keeping them all for one large trip once a day.

Walking home from the transit mall when I get off the bus, its a 15 minute walk.
And now walking the dog again in the evening.

Tomorrow I'll start out by walking the dog in the morning when I get up too. emoticon

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SUZIEMAH1 2/28/2012 3:22PM

    Good job..keep it up! emoticon

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