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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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Overcoming perfectionism - creating opportunities for success

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Yesterday when doing yard work and making some changes in the yard, my first response to a project that didn't work out as planned was 'Well, I failed at that one'. But then a second or two later I changed it to 'That wasn't a failure, just a plan that didn't work out as I thought. I'll reevaluate and do something different that works'
I think it was perfectionism poking its head out of the ground to taunt me

Its been my habit for most my life to consider a project that doesn't work out as planned to be a failure, a personal failure. Not any more, now they are opportunities to do it differently.

My unfinished projects (a hand knit sweater that started to unravel when washed to block, a quilt top that needs a border, and so many more) are examples. I feel differently about them now and want to get them done and cleared off the to do list. This will also help declutter my house. A win-win on so many levels.


Insights I've gained this week

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I've been logging my carbs, calories, protein, fats and fiber intake daily in a log I carry with me. Also logging my water intake and steps taken. Plus my blood glucose readings several times a day.

Here's what I've learned so far:
Taking the day 'off' for relaxation and down time, means keeping up with eating healthy, tracking and walking. There's a difference between relaxing my mind and body, and not taking care of myself. Its more stressful to not take care of myself and not get things done around the house and at work.

Tuesday I went to the Dr. for a weight check and BP check. My weight was up 1.5 lbs from last month - ugh! My BP was 128/80 and my pulse was 68.
At first for a few days this (weight gain) annoyed the heck out of me. Then I realized it may be due to my efforts to get in at least 8 glasses of water over the course of the day. I've been 'scheduling' my drinking water to make sure I get in a rather consistent supply of water over the course of the day, and finish a few hours before bedtime to prevent needing to get up in the middle of the night.
This is new for me, most of my life I've been dehydrated. I think my body needs time to adjust to a) more exercise and b) getting at least way more water than before.

Now I'm determined to keep drinking water, continue tracking, continue walking and start weight lifting at the end of this week or early next week. It is a process that will take time and I firmly believe over time all of this will result in weight loss, a more fit and healthy ME! emoticon

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SHUDDEC 2/25/2012 1:03PM

    Thanks LadyJake1! have to focus on something other than just the scale.

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LADYJAKE1 2/25/2012 12:57PM

    You are doing great....keep up the great work.


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