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July Goals

Monday, July 02, 2012

My June Wrap-Up:

So.... on to June:
1. Body fat under 19% - My diet will need to be cleaner to do it.
NOPE. But both upper and lower are under 20% and I am very happy with that.

2. 123.6 - I'm going to shoot for 1/4 pound a week. Nice and slow. My calculator is set at the lowest - 1/2 pound loss a week - and my budget is under 1500 cal a day. It's hard to build a bank of calories for splurges on that which is why I'm happy to lose at 1/4 pound per week.

YES! Actually hit 121 before the weekend.

3. Decreased thigh measurement (even a fraction of an inch).

NO! They are much firmer and I'm happy with them but they are NOT smaller. I work they hard and they are changing, just not getting smaller.

4. Run 5K on treadmill in 30'.

NO! I'm not running right now. I have an achilles injury and I'm trying to let it heal. I will run for the first time in 2 weeks tomorrow to see how far I get before it kicks in again.

5. Run 4 miles (maybe even run 4 miles in 45') on the treadmill and outside.

NO! See above.

That's 1 for 5 and if today's post-weekend weight was used 0 for 5 but, really, I am OK with it. I'm really happy where I am.

1. Body fat under 20% - Just end the month where I am starting it given the cruise.
2. Weight of 124 or less by August 1. I really am OK with gaining on the cruise but I want to be back to 124 which I consider my 'safe' weight (2 pounds below goal) by the beginning of August.
3. Finish the first 5 units of my Fitness Nutrition Certification.
4. Continue to monitor my achilles situation, knowing I have a race at the end of September. (ie, take breaks if needed but don't let them get too long)
5. Schedule at least 5 hours of physical activity per week, even if it means squeezing it in around the kids' changing summer schedules.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 7/3/2012 9:18AM

    What great goals!! I love that you are so forgiving of yourself when you don't reach the goals you hoped/planned to reach. Very motivating! I'd love to hear more about your Fitness Nutrition certification. I've thought of going for a nutrition certificate myself and am wondering how difficult it is. . .

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MOONSTORMER 7/3/2012 1:23AM


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Sun + salt + wine + white bread = weight gain

Monday, July 02, 2012

We had a very nice weekend but it gave me a hint as to what cruising will do to my weight. LOL! Not that I didn't know.

Saturday we went pedal boating (ick, not doing that again) and SUP'ing (which I'd love to do again). We knew it was sunny but it was a LOT sunnier than we thought. I'm burnt! Weird thing is that I can see it (and it's swollen) but it doesn't hurt. My biggest concern is that I was wearing a PFD and it messed up my tan lines LOL! Now we've tried kayaking, canoeing, pedal boating, and SUP'ing. I'd love to get a SUP and a couple of double kayaks. I wouldn't really want the kids out SUP'ing without us nearby with a kayak. Alas, that's probably a $2K investment (plus PFDs and accessories) so we'll continue to rent for a while. I looooove getting out on the water on the weekends :-) We live on a lake so if we owned them we'd probably go during the week as well. (We can rent kayaks and canoes but only until 6PM. Would be nice to do it in the evening when the sun isn't so bad and DH is home from work.)

Lots of splurges this weekend. More than a glass of wine a day :-) A salty restaurant meal. And a real splurge of crusty white bread with all sorts of flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars. All planned and I knew I'd pay the price and I did. Up 3 pounds over the weekend. I'll see how much of it I get off during the week. The last few weeks I haven't had any issue with splurging and recovering.... although I did hit a new low weight Saturday AM so I may not quite get back to that.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 7/2/2012 5:45PM

    Sounds like you're really enjoying the summer. I love to be out on the water :-) No worries, you know you'll be right back down like you have been :-D

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/2/2012 11:21AM

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! I so wish (and I know my hubby does also) we lived on the water. Our dogs could swim all the time, our kayaks would probably be used daily instead of just the weekends. I would set up a hammock near the water. AHH talk about relaxing:)

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

I did it! Today I weighed in at 121. That's 5 pounds under maintenance which is, I guess, the lowest one can be and be considered 'in maintenance range'. That was my pre-cruise weight goal because I know I will bloat and I *might* just gain real weight too. This should allow me to still be comfortable in my clothes, even at the end of the cruise. We are sailing in a special class called 'aquaclass' which gives me access to the 'clean' restaurant for breakfast and dinner. I suspect that their definition of 'clean' is not truly clean (ala Clean Eating) but certainly smaller portions, less sauces, leaner meats, more veggies, etc. I will go to the 'clean' buffet for lunch as well. I THINK eating will be covered, except that we will likely eat, once each, at the French restaurant and at QSine which is supposed to be way too much food and not the healthiest foods. I'm much more concerned about the calories I'll drink. But I'm going to drink them anyway! drink-water-drink-water-drink-water. At least I tell myself I'll alternate :-)

Body fat is nice and low too :-) I think I'll be more upset by gaining fat than gaining weight!

I almost can't believe I did it. I had a few months there where I really just slacked off. I maintained just fine but I wasn't making progress towards the 5 pounds under goal. As soon as I got serious about taking my supplements again the weight started coming off. I don't know if that's because the supplements are *that* important (vitD and fish oil, particularly) or if it's because getting serious about the supplements went hand in hand with cleaning up my eating (which wasn't horrible but a tad higher in carbs than it had been).

I don't know if I want to stay down here or not. I guess I'll see what the damage is post cruise before I decide. I am REALLY happy with how the fat came off with those 5 pounds. Very, very happy. But if I regain and it doesn't come off easily..... I just don't know that I have the drive to bring it back to -5 'just because'.

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LIABOOTY 7/2/2012 7:52AM

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/30/2012 12:33PM

    Sounds like you have the right mindset:)
Great job reaching that goal and all your planning for your cruise! Now you get to relax and enjoy it! Hope you have a great time!

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ROJAKHAN 6/30/2012 11:19AM


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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/30/2012 10:27AM


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AZMOMXTWO 6/30/2012 10:27AM

  enjoy the cruise

congrats in the weight loss

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Personal Training Really Works

Friday, June 29, 2012

I am just amazed at how well my trainer's plan has worked for me. We sat down at the end of April and made a plan. My goal was to get my body fat under 20% again but without going too lean in the upper body. In April he had designed 4 whole body workouts and 1 lower body workout for me. The plan was that I would do 2 of the whole body workouts each 1x a week and do the lower body workout the third strength training day and I would switch my cardio to running because my body had likely adapted to the elliptical. I did the first 2 WB workouts for around 6 weeks, then switched to the other 2. I've used the same lower body workout the whole time (but I'm getting a new one next week). I ran for all of May (including my first 5K woo!) but stopped about 3 weeks ago, save a couple test runs under 2mi, because of some achilles issues. Since then I've used the elliptical but I think the break (which started long before I started running) was enough that I wasn't as adapted as I once was.

Today I am 1/2 pound from my weight goal (which really had nothing to do with this plan except that I wanted to lose fat and NOT muscle) and my body fat is 20.0 lower body and 19.0 upper body. The last time I had my lower body fat this low my upper body fat was under 18% and it was just NOT attractive.

The last time I was following a 'canned' program. I had no idea how to fix what I didn't like at the end of the program and nowhere in the book did she address possible issues (such as this) and how to address them. I also had some minor injuries (elbow, lower back) which I couldn't really work around with the book (ie, what was I doing wrong, what should I stop doing, what could I do in it's place) except for taking a decent break from ST to allow myself to heal. This time around I'm at peak with no injuries having addressed the shortcomings of the other program. I consider this a real demonstration of what having a PERSONAL trainer (emphasis on the PERSONAL, as opposed to the trainer) can do for someone.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/29/2012 12:14PM

    I am thinking about continuing to work with the trainer who is leading our TRX class after we are done. The class was only 8 weeks. We are on week 4. She sounds awful busy with teaching the classes at our studio plus two others and training clients. But she knows my current fitness levels and the types of workouts I like to do. I am thinking I could meet with her like once a month just for her to check progress (lowering body fat percentage) and revamp as necessary. There are other trainers at the gym also but they all seem equally busy. Plus I want to work with someone who already has seen me in their class and knows I can keep up with them, ya know?

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Back in 'peak' form

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I think I'm pretty much back to where I was when I finished 'The Female Body Breakthrough' in February. Weight is 122 (popping up on weekends with splurges, settling right back down during the week), body fat is under 20%. In some ways I am in BETTER form because (1) I have no injuries and (2) my body fat distribution upper vs lower is much more even.

I'm going to try to push the weight down a few more pounds by dropping some more fat. I wouldn't call it a goal. It's more a 'let's see what happens by the time I finish this round of workouts' thing. I'm finishing up week 2 of 6 right now.

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MOONSTORMER 6/28/2012 3:19AM

    wow - that is fantastic!!

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DAWNFIRE72 6/27/2012 5:47PM

    Sounds like you are doing well. Good luck with the body fat/weight drop.

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