Monday, February 28, 2011
Hey my little Sparkies! SO...I know I had a video blog today and this is going to totally contradict what I said I was going to do before..but you know me, I just can't resist creating structure and programs. haha.
Bottom line: I'm letting my obsession with numbers go.
Found out some VERY interesting and encouraging information at my fitness consult today. I joined a new (much more expensive) gym...I have a lots more options as far as my workouts go. I figure I waste money on worst things than my gym membership..might as well lighten up on other things (eating out, coffee trips, etc.). I can freeze it for a month at a time, and I decided if I don't go 20/30 days...I will freeze my membership for a month (motivation for me to go-ha) and work out at home. I'm not too worried about it though, working out isn't my problem. My problem is what I put in my mouth and overcoming the comments I get about my weight and what I should/shouldn't be eating by my dad (control issues, as I've talked about in past blogs).
Here's what I found:
For one, the Tanita scale has been WAY off in estimating my fat percentages (generally putting me at ~29%). The caliper test put me at 25.2%...my lean body mass is 112.2 pounds. I was under the impression I was somewhere between 100-103 pounds...which TOTALLY threw me off as far as what I believed my goal weight should be. All these incorrect numbers were getting to my head. Even though I was pretty happy with the way I looked, I didn't feel like I was where I was actually at as far as my goal (if that makes sense?) and it was causing me to feel like I wasn't making very much progress. I thought I was going to have a goal weight of 125-130..but as it turns out..at 137 I'm 18% body fat (if I don't gain anymore muscle, which I'm planning to).
So what's the point of this? Well, for starters...I'm a lot closer to my goal than I realized. But I'm completely throwing away my scale and am only going to get measured when I do my fitness testing every 6 months. No exceptions to this. For some reason, I think when I'm successful for a little while, I think I'll be able to handle tracking my progress through whatever ways. Not the case. And I'm not going to pretend that it is. haha. I always end up sabotaging myself. Time to get away from that little habit.
I talked to her about my issues I have had with my dad. It's nice to be able to talk to someone who actually gets it. This trainer's background was in psych, so it really helped her to be able to understand my little predicament.
I'm not going to measure my success in any other way besides how happy I am. I am focusing on what it takes to be the happiest I can be. Let me tell you something..it isn't obsessing over body fat percentage points or the scale. haha.
Here are my goals that I have set for myself with my accountability partner (JeneJohn-we're friends from high school, but she's on Sparks as well):
1. No bingeing/count every day I am binge-free in my blog.
2. Blog every single day...even if it's just a sentence stating what day I am binge-free.
3. No weighing in except during fitness testing (every six weeks).
4. Limit processed foods as much as possible.
5. Plan/pack lunch for work
6. Go to the gym on average 5x a week
7. Participate in at least 2 classes a week at the gym
(6 and 7 are to make sure I'm getting everything out of my gym membership-ha).
I will also be meeting with Jen every week to hold myself accountable.
So unrelated, but exciting: I got Get Ripped In 30 in the mail today (the sequel to the 30 Day Shred). So excited to try it out!!! :)
As for ChaLEAN Extreme..I am going to follow the DVDs, but not necessary the program that goes along with it. I will finish the program though-it's probably just going to take awhile longer. It'll depend on what my gym schedule is like.
Hope everyone has a great night! I'm going swimming at my gym! haha. Nice to be able to say that! Work all day tomorrow..hoping I'll feel up for getting up and going to the gym beforehand, otherwise..I'll workout at home :)