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Thursday Update

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Even though I had a lot to get done, I still took a walk this morning. I actually made a lot of revisions on my paper in my head.

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My paper is done! I wish I had mentioned my topic earlier because you all had some really good input! I made my final revisions last night and today, and I'm ready to turn it in. At least, I'm at the point where I don't want to read it again because I know I'll want to change something, and I just want to leave well enough alone! DH is reading through it, though, and already caught one mistake - doh!

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DH brought home my favorite food while I was working on my paper - fresh Georgia shrimp! We ate a pound of it each, at least.

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He wanted to take me out for a martini, but I said no, it's a school night. I'm such a nerd! emoticon We're going out for dinner and drinks tomorrow instead.

I lurk on bodybuilder forums because they know something about manipulating body weight. I found a really fascinating argument about what were the best dumbbells, and a lot of them favored a brand called Powerblocks. You change the weight of the blocks with pins, like some of the machines at the gyms. It allows for quick change of weight based on different exercises - much easier than the screw-lock type. That sounded just like what I wanted! They arrived today, and are super cool looking! They range in weight from 3-24lbs. I tried a one arm raise with the 24lb just to see and...erm...yeah...that's going to take a while!



I got the book "New Rules of Lifting for Life" based on the recommendation of A*L*P. I've read through part of it, and I like what it has to say. I particularly like the "Chinese Menu" aspect where I can mix and match exercises to fit my needs and equipment. I'll read through more, design my plan, and I'm eager to get to work!

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I'm enjoying a celebratory glass of wine, then calling it a night.

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Hope you have a super Friday!

  
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ATTACKFATCAT 4/5/2013 12:56PM

    Congrats on getting your paper done! And those weights look really cool. I hadn't heard of them before, so I'm going to have to go check them out. I have a YMCA membership, but if I were to ever consider just training at home, I'll definitely look at getting a pair of those.

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BEECHNUT13 4/4/2013 10:21PM

    Let me know how it goes with NROL4L. I 'liked' the NROL4W page on FB, and they have a lot of great resources, and it's a great group of women. Great for answering questions, checking on form, etc...

Those are awesome dumbbells! I need heavier dumbbells already, unfortunately...! Well, fortunately? I have to say, doing step-ups holding 35 dumbbells in both hands SUCKS!!! I get bruises on my hand EVERY TIME.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/4/2013 9:53PM

    Holy Moly, when you said you ordered some dumbbells, I thought you meant a pair of cheesy Denise Austin brand from Target. Powerblocks are Über-Cool!

OK, I want to see the the workout plan. Some overhead presses from Column A, walking lunges from Column B, and everything on the menu comes with a set of squats!

Enjoy!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/4/2013 9:16PM

    Walks are an excellent time to think and mull things over!!

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Mid Week Status

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I was hoping to get a good workout today, but this morning I'm still feeling a little stiffness and burn in my hamstrings and shoulders. I'm going to rest them out another day. I don't feel comfortable doing nothing, though, so I'm going to take a walk around my neighborhood.

I've been having trouble sleeping, and I think my afternoon tea is the problem. I'm a slow sipper, and I tend to drink the same cup over a period of hours. I'm going to have to make sure that I'm not drinking any caffeinated beverages past 5pm. I'm also going to stop drinking anything after 8pm because it's been waking me up to go to the bathroom.

My dumbbells should be arriving tomorrow. I am ok with lifting weights due to previous experience, but my problem is setting up a program. I kind of liked having a personal trainer just tell me what to do - lol.

I ordered the book "New Rules of Lifting for Women," but it seems there's some kind of backlog on it! I love ordering on the internet as much as the next person, but I kind of miss the ability to just go to a bookstore, thumb through the pages, and walk out with it. I only have one bookstore retailer in my area, and they are out. I'm hoping the book will give me the guidance and motivation to set up a program so I can be self directed. I considered getting the ebook, but I want the print version so I can make bookmarks and take notes.

Today I'll mostly be working out my brain and typing fingers as I have a research paper due on Friday. I'm writing about how the constant distractions of modern mobile devices changes how we learn. When I restarted college, I was shocked at how many of my professors made a point of saying texting in class was not allowed. Really? This is a problem? I've noticed some of my classmates taking a peek at facebook or pinterest in between pauses in lectures. Why are some students today unable to unplug for a 50 minute lecture? I'm exploring neuroscience journals that explain why our brains are still Stone Age adapted rather than Space Age, and why we can't efficiently hold multiple streams of thought concurrently. We can walk and chew gum at the same time, but texting while walking sometimes leads to tripping and falling into a garden planter (I witnessed this!)

Hope your midweek is going strong!

  
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VHALKYRIE 4/4/2013 8:12PM

    One of my professors is pretty boring, but I'd still never be so rude as to be on my phone. Those people should just leave the class.

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/4/2013 2:49PM

    I've wondered what is so important on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest that you can't wait til after a lecture ? Or maybe what's on FB, Twitter or Pinterest is more interesting than the lecture ! LOL !!!

If you really want a topic for a paper, how about discussing all those people who check their social networks when they have sex. seriously. I was watching the Tyra Banks Show when it was on. She had a show where her guests had to give up their cell phones for the day. There was one woman who texted while she was in the bathroom as well as texted during sex. How distracted was that woman ? She seemed totally lost without that phone.

I've heard people talking on the phone while doing their business in the bathroom. How important was that phone call ?

Anyway, the point, we seem to be a distracted society these days. One thing I'm reading about is whether or not all that multitasking is actually good for a person. turns out. it might not be. Why ? Turns out we aren't giving our full attention to one thing at a time.

This article is interesting. check it out when you need a break from typing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
health/article-1205669/Is-multi
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ATTACKFATCAT 4/4/2013 1:33PM

    I hope you like NROL. I thought about getting that book, but wound up finding an article on NerdFitness that goes into building your own workout and ended up throwing together my own combination of workouts. For now, it is really working for me, but if I ever hit a roadblock with it, I'm going to try NROL, so I'm interested to see how it works for you!

I have had so many people tell me about how multi-tasking is the only way they can focus, and that drives me crazy! They think I'm weird because when I really need to focus on something (like reading or writing a paper), it is very hard for me to have even music or the TV on without getting distracted. When I'm doing something that requires little thought, like data entry or chores, I like having something to listen to to keep me focused, but not when I need to pay attention to something. People used to text and check Facebook all the time during my graduate classes and then they would ask other people for their notes and stuff. Ridiculous. And they wanted to be TEACHERS.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/3/2013 9:03PM

    The New Rules series are pretty good, hope you enjoy them. Can't go wrong by focusing on the big muscle, compound movements; squats, lunges, presses (good for pushups!), overhead presses, etc.

I like The Atlantic magazine a lot. The cover story this month is on the effects of technology on kids. You can read it on line at;

http://www.theatlantic.c
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Interesting how kids can get too much stimulation, but then again, I remember how my parents were afraid that too much TV would warp me!

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VHALKYRIE 4/3/2013 8:37PM

    BTW, the conclusion of my thesis is that the multitasking distractions does not necessarily lead to poor performance. It is not causative. The causative effect from multitasking is that it actually takes MORE time to complete a task than if you had stayed on track. This is because of the context switching required to shift focus back to the original task. Our brains cannot hold focus on more than one task at a time. You either focus on a moving red dot or green dot, but you can't follow both.

And with that, my dinner break is over, so back on task! ;)

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VHALKYRIE 4/3/2013 8:08PM

    I'm a lot faster typing too, but it's impossible to take notes with a laptop in my math classes. I also sit at the front. There's a girl who sits next to me who is the pinterest checker. She is struggling. I think it is kind of a feedback loop at this point. At the beginning of the semester when we had clean slates, she was focused. As her grades haven't come out the way she wanted, she now spends more time on distraction. "What's the point?" I think is the message. But it's just making it worse, ya know?

I took programming certification courses a few years ago, and typing my notes in Evernote was truly awesome. I resisted the temptation to surf the web or check Facebook until our breaks, though. Whatever was happening could wait.

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HILLSLUG98239 4/3/2013 7:53PM

    I started law school three weeks before my 40th birthday. Even I would check in with Facebook during lulls in the lecture. Using technology to goof off is no different than daydreaming or writing your grocery list during a lecture. It's just more visible to others. And that's one reason I usually sat at the front of the class. I didn't want a classmate's shoe shopping to distract me.

One day, a professor made us leave our laptops in our bags. I hated it. My typed lecture notes were more complete and much easier to read. I cannot imagine surviving law school without using a laptop.

And I'm with you on the walk. When I'm weary, nothing helps loosen up sore legs like a walk.

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BEECHNUT13 4/3/2013 7:43PM

    I downloaded the ebook version to my Kindle - no wait! ;)

I am so filled with glee that I'm helping to create a rebellion within the walls of the Empire. And so flattered!

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A*L*P* 4/3/2013 2:54PM

    I hope you like the NRoL. I am like you, I don't have an easy time designing a routine of my own. I start out and half way through fizzle out and sit scratching my head and wondering, "what do I do next?". The programs that Cosgrove lays out are really comprehensive and easy to figure out. I love the fact that they don't tote endless steady state cardio workouts (I hate with a passion). I did my first workout in the for Life book and I can say that DOMS is quietly (or maybe not so quietly) setting in. emoticon

You paper sounds highly interesting. The world is an entirely different place now because of technology. I have four kids and it is absolutely amazing to me the kids that have smart phones! I just barely got one just a bit over a year ago. My oldest son is 11 and literally all of his friends have iPhones or Android phones. I about fell over! Which, of course, my kids want them and I am like, NO!

Good luck with things! You will do great!

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WOUBBIE 4/3/2013 1:27PM

    My 17 year old thinks nothing of texting WHILE I'M TALKING TO HIM FACE TO FACE ABOUT SOMETHING IMPORTANT!!! He doesn't see it as something rude.

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JAYNINNE 4/3/2013 11:39AM

    I put a hold on "New Rules of Lifting for Women" at the library and this morning I got the notice that it's in, so I'll be picking it up tonight. Thanks, to Beechnut, everyone is reading this book now. But I know what you mean about wanting to make bookmarks and take notes. So I'm going to check out the library one and if I like it, I'll buy a physical copy for myself.

Your paper sounds really interesting! I personally think that a lot of our personal relationships are suffering from a lack of connection because we have all of these devices constantly connecting us. It sounds backwards, but people don't seem to hang out in person anymore, and when they do, they're often glued to their phones, texting people that aren't there. Our attention is pulled in every different direction, I wouldn't doubt that it has an enormous affect on how we learn stuff. I dig it.

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CAALAN23 4/3/2013 10:59AM

    I know what you mean about the tech devices. I find that if I keep it on my person instead of tucked into my purse or just on the counter, I check it frequently. I don't know why, it's not like it doesn't buzz when something requires my attention. I find myself consciously setting it further away so I will focus.

I love books. Any books. So many people use the readers and whatnot but I still love the pages and adore the smell of an old bookstore or library.

Have a lovely walk!
Tina

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Nutrients, Not Calories

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Since I've restructured my plan for body recomposition rather than weight loss, I've been doing a lot of things 'backwards' to what I was taught about dieting and exercise.

I'm not focusing on calorie consumption or expenditure; I'm focusing on nutrients.

Long time Sparkfriends will recall my old spreadsheets where I diligently tracked the composition of every single morsel I ate. I've reorganized my spreedsheet for lean mass training rather than weight loss. There's now sections where I record strength.

I'm tracking my food and exercise, but I don't necessarily care about hitting target ranges. I have one objective: Do more than the week before.

Here's a sample of yesterday's food and exercise:

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs and 1/2 cup cottage cheese
Lunch: Leftover easter ham, 1 over easy egg, and 2 cups mixed vegetables
Second Lunch: Smoked salmon, herring, hard boiled egg, 1 head romaine lettuce, tomato and a small bell pepper
Dinner: Homemade egg fried rice with ham.
Snack: Smoked salmon wrapped over cucumber wedges, 1 cup cottage cheese, and an apple

Workout: "Ripped in 30 DVD" Level 2; assorted dumbbell exercises; pushups

If this sounds like a lot of food, it was. I ate four meals and a snack.

Am I scared to be eating this much food?

Yeah, sure I am.

I've been conditioned to think that if I want to get leaner, I have to eat less.

To some degree, this is true. Lots of people will disagree, but I do not believe that a calorie is a calorie. 30 days on a Twinkie diet will destroy lean mass and damage insulin receptors. So eat fewer nutritionally devoid calories.

Did any of us get fat overeating freggies and whole protein? I didn't. I've never heard anyone say, "I used to be thin, but then I started overeating salads and grilled fish." Does that make ANY freaking sense?

We have daily protein requirements. Undereat protein, and it will be taken from muscle. That is not due to a calorie deficit, but a protein deficit. We have zero metabolic pathways to synthesize protein. It either comes from the protein we eat, or our muscle.

Here's a woman who weighed the same with different body composition based on how she trained and ate.



www.rxmuscle.com/rx-girl-articles/74
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Whether the fitness competitor figure is attractive or unattractive is not the point. There IS a difference in body shape depending on how we train and eat, even at the same weight.

I'm at a healthy weight, but it isn't the shape I want.

I was hungry all day yesterday, so I kept eating. It is a leap of faith. I'm trusting that my workouts are stressing my muscles to the point where I need more high quality calories to repair them. I'm trusting that high quality food is going to be used for good, not evil.

If I looked solely at my numbers, my weight gain would be alarming. My body fat percentage hasn't even changed.

However, my lean mass is a net positive.

What is lean mass exactly? It is a combination of muscle, organ tissue, bone and blood. It is calculated by subtracting total weight minus body fat. It is impossible to know the exact ratios without a body composition analysis, but approximately 65% of body weight is water, and 16% is muscle. 70% of the weight of muscle is water.

Look at how incredibly powerful a small amount of muscle is. It comprises a fraction of total weight, and yet is is responsible for moving everything around. Amazing.

Is my weight gain muscle? No, probably not yet. My body is pretty sore, though, which means I have inflammation. When there is inflammation, it means time for rest, even though I am eager to work harder. Water is being retained, and my body is busy at work repairing those tiny, torn muscles. It is really important that I push the protein sky high so there is enough building material to do the job. You can't finish building a house if you run out of bricks.



I pick my food choices based on nutrients, not calories.

  
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A*L*P* 4/2/2013 10:13PM

    I emoticon this blog! You said everything PERFECT!!!! I am at exactly the same point as you. I don't want to be skinny. I want to be strong and have a healthy look. The picture you posted is exactly such a wonderful point!! Thank you!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/2/2013 9:38PM

    I think it's more like to be skinny, you need to eat less. To be lean, you need to eat foods that will fuel your body. Lean and skinny are not necessarily the same thing.

I've never wanted to be skinny. I could get skinny by crash-dieting or eating diet foods and not exercising at all. But I want muscle. I want energy. I want to push my body to do things physically like lifting weights, rock climbing, and judo. I know that if I just eat carb-rich "diet" food, I am not going to be where I want even if I do hit my goal weight. So I think you are spot on for focusing on nutrients. That plus the ST plan will definitely get you the shape you want!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/2/2013 8:21PM

    Very cool!

So first of all, I want you to prepare me a bunch of meals like yours, they sound double yum!

It sounds like you're on the right path with the food....most of what I've read says that the way to build muscle is to go heavy on the weights. I think you can get there with lower weights/higher reps, but I'm not 100% sure what the literature shows

Here's to more muscle!

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BEECHNUT13 4/2/2013 5:18PM

    Woohoo! Unfortunately, I ate a bunch of whoppers, which don't easily convert to muscle... ;)

You can always assess how you're doing in a month and make changes if necessary. If you gain a couple pounds of fat - which is very unlikely - then you can go back to the way things were. There is nothing to be afraid of! You're in your own body, and you can run it the way you want. :)

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A Story About April Fool's Day

Monday, April 01, 2013

On April Fool's day, many people think about whoopie cushions and pranks. This is what I think of on April Fool's day:

3 years ago, my then-fiance "D" and I lived in Seattle. We had a very good life there and were very happy, but unfortunately "D" was laid off. After a very stressful six months of unemployment, he finally got a job offer in Savannah, so we had a cross country move ahead of us. His new employer sent movers to pack up our stuff, so since we didn't have to do any heavy lifting, we decided to take a little vacation with the time before he started his new job.

"D" is British, so I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to show him the great American tradition of a road trip! We rented a RV and planned to drive the Pacific Coast Highway all the way from Washington to California, see the Grand Canyon, then end the journey at my parents' house in Colorado. From there, we would fly from Denver to Savannah and start our new life.

We decided to bring our two cats with us on this adventure instead of flying them to a boarder.

I very meticulously planned our route. "D" had to start a new job, so we didn't have unlimited time to drive leisurely, but I tried to make sure we had interesting view points along the way. However, we did have a time table.

Unfortunately, "D" and I weren't exactly on the same page. He stopped at every single "scenic" viewpoint to look around and take pictures. Ummm...yes...the Pacific Coast Highway is very scenic. There are a bazillion scenic viewpoints.

I started freaking out about our time tables. If we didn't make it to each of the stopovers, there was no way we were going to make our flights in Colorado in 10 days. My original map had us reaching our RV rest stops before dusk each day, but that wasn't counting on stopping every 10 miles to snap pictures. There were 2,000 miles to drive. Oh dear.

Then there were the cats. Dogs love road trips. Cats not so much. The fluffy and dumb cat kept getting tangled in her harness. The smart cat was a Houdini and figured out how to escape her harness.

This was putting a strain on our relationship. Not at all the idyllic Americana road trip I hoped for!

On the plus side, we saw gorgeous scenery down the California coast, and drank wine in Sonoma and Napa. On March 31st, just a little bit outside of Monterray Bay, we bought fresh, sweet California strawberries at a roadside farmer's stall. When we got to Monterray Bay, "D" asked if I wanted to pull over and look at the beach. After all the stopping at every freaking viewpoint, I very grumpily snapped no, I didn't want to stop. He pulled over anyway. He grabbed the strawberries and said, "Let's go find a park bench and eat these." I sighed and went along.

As we traveled the boardwalk looking for a place to sit, I munched on the strawberries. I ate almost all of them before we settled on a spot overlooking a stone arch in the bay carved by the crashing waves. As I was admiring the scenery, "D" suddenly pops out a ring box and asked if I would marry him! I was shocked. I hoped he would propose eventually, but I didn't think it would be on our trip!

And he still wanted to marry me after my grousing about all the scenic stops. D'awww.

Our next stop was supposed to be in Morro Bay. We planned to find a nice restaurant where we could celebrate our engagement with a bottle of wine we bought in Sonoma, except the stretch of windy road down the southern California coast was a lot longer than I remembered.

It became dark, and we had a 40' RV on the seacliffs of the 101. I had visions of newspapers running a story about the couple who drove off the edge into the sea. I imagined rescuers retrieving our bodies, discovering my engagement ring, then running a sad story about the newly engaged couple's stupidity of driving a 40' RV on the 101 at night.

Fortunately, we made it to Morro Bay in one piece. Because the drive was a lot longer than we expected, the cats didn't get to use the litterbox and made a mess in their carriers. We were so stressed, we decided not to go out to eat, and just popped Lean Cuisines in the microwave. After seeing a death at sea flash before my eyes, it was the best meal I ever had.

As we settled in for the night, I noted where we were on the schedule, and where we were supposed to be the next day.

I said to my new fiance, "Do you know where we are supposed to be tomorrow?"

"Death Valley?"

"Do you know what today's date is?"

"March 31st?"

"Yes. Thank you for not proposing to me on April Fool's Day in Death Valley."

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We laugh about it every year. At least the date is easy to remember!

  
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KAYOTIC 4/3/2013 10:01AM

    Ha, ha! That sounds a bit like the marriage proposal I got, but mine WAS in Death Valley, in the middle of July....I should have listened to that inner voice that screamed "NO" but I foolishly said yes....and got divorced less than 2 years later. And I was in a grumpy mood right before the proposal too....of course my ex had dragged me out in the middle of the salt flats below the low point (I think that may be the devil's golf course?-appropriate spot for a proposal for a failed marriage....).

I'm so glad your proposal and marriage is so much better than mine was! And now I have a wonderful man, so things turned out fine in the end for me.



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BTVMADS 4/2/2013 7:24PM

    That's a really cute engagement story -- and I definitely LOL'ed. I'm also so jealous of your RV trip! It's very similar to my 30th birthday plan, in fact, right down to driving the Pacific Highway :)

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/2/2013 12:36PM

    What a great story! My cats would murder me in my sleep if I tried to take them on a road trip!

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JAYNINNE 4/2/2013 10:03AM

    I love it!

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PMRUNNER 4/2/2013 5:45AM

    very cute! Thanks for sharing!

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WOUBBIE 4/1/2013 10:58PM

    Sounds like a keeper - sweet story!

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AHTRAP 4/1/2013 10:57PM

    And what would you have done if on April 1, he dropped to one knee in the middle of the desert and popped out a ring?


(I think the only appropriate answer would have been "No....APRIL FOOLS!" Not sure how that might affect a future relationship, though)

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BEECHNUT13 4/1/2013 10:49PM

    What a cute story! :)

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/1/2013 10:30PM

    Very cool story...maybe he planned the long delays to avoid having to drop to one knee in the middle of the desert!

And if he proposed with a bunch of cats and dogs stinking it up in the back seat....well, I think he'll be around for a while!

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NANCYPAT1 4/1/2013 10:13PM

    Too cute - life has a way of getting in the way of PLANS doesn't it? And you still have a sense of humor about that. LOL

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Let's Do This!

Monday, April 01, 2013

I've been freaking out since last Friday when I took my Calc exam. I was certain that I bombed it. When we got the test, I couldn't solve the first problem. It's not that I blanked or couldn't do it, but the question as posed was unsolvable without a calculator because of the complex roots, and we aren't allowed calculators. I took one look at it, and skipped it to finish the rest of the exam instead.

It was a good strategy. The professor threw out the question because he made a mistake with setting up the equation. I got an 88%; it would have been 78% with that problem included, so yay! I still have an A average overall - whew! That was a great start to the day!

My weight went up this morning, which might normally be viewed as a bad thing, but I'm not sweating it. Weight goes up down and all around, and it's not helpful for me. I've changed my Spark tracker to body fat percentage instead of weight. I don't know what my end weight is going to be because I don't have a reference point.

I'm not even sure what my target body fat percentage is going to be, either. My measured bodyfat is approximately 28%, which puts me in between the 25-30% according to this visual picture. I started off at 44%.



What's my target? Ideally, I'd like to be the awesome 17%! But being realistic, I know that takes tons of discipline. I'm currently aiming for 24%. I think that should give me a good balance between aesthetics and lifestyle.

Doing a little math, my current weight is 128lbs, and bodyfat % is 28.

128 * (1 - 0.28) = 92.16lbs of lean mass

If I lost only bodyfat and kept my lean mass the same, that would mean that my final weight would be:

92.16 / (1 - 0.24) = ~121 lbs total mass

The thing is, I don't want to keep my lean mass the same. I want to be stronger. I don't want to grunt and groan with puny 5lbs weights. Thus, my lean mass has to go up, and I don't know what my final weight is going to be.

I have a set of quick change dumbells and the book "New Rules of Lifting for Women" on order. I should have them next week.

I was very upset a few weeks ago to realize that I had lost a number of Sparkfriends along the way with the divergence of our goals. I am so glad to have new Sparkfriends, though, to share this new phase of our fitness together. I have already learned so much from reading your blogs, and enthusiasm is contagious!

I'm ready! Let's do this!

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CAALAN23 4/2/2013 10:02AM

    Kudos on the Calc Exam.

Liked your blog, even if there was math. :P Might have to check out that book as I need to incorporate strength to get to running. Love a blog with good info, thanks!

Have a happy Tuesday!
Tina

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BILL60 4/2/2013 9:26AM

    Super well done on the Calc exam. Sounds like you're physically and mentally tuned in. Keep it up.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/1/2013 9:14PM

    Very cool news on the calc exam....shows that sticking to your instincts works.

I'm with you on the bodyfat thing (I'm going for another Bodpod measure this week). the scale is an imperfect measure of health and fitness....I'm coming around to really looking at functional and aesthetic measures of success....can I carry heavy things without getting tired, can I bound up stairs, can I wear smaller sized clothes, how do I look in that jacket.

My brain is too solidly wired to find measurable measures of success....if I could find a reliable way to measure bodyfat, I'd be all over it.

I like your chart.....still looking for one that speaks to me!

thanks, nice blog....glad I'm on the friends you decided to keep!
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BEECHNUT13 4/1/2013 9:00PM

    NRoLFW!!! Hooray! It's a fantastic book, but I also read through some sample chapters of "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe because I wanted more explanation (I think GETTINGSTRONGRRR recommended it to me - it was a big help with the squats and deadlifts so far). I am so super excited. :-D

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SNAPSHOTSTACY 4/1/2013 7:06PM

    I'm right around 26% right now... and I'd like to get down around 22-24. But, we'll see. I'm also not planning on 'killing' myself to get there. And, considering I started my journey right around 61% - I'm not doing too badly. :-)

Awesomesauce on the Calc test!

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VHALKYRIE 4/1/2013 6:34PM

    Yeeeah...my 25% won't be quite like the one shown here, either!

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WOUBBIE 4/1/2013 6:29PM

    Hmmmm. I'll take that 35%. As long as it comes with the bustline. Which it won't. :(

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SMILINGTREE 4/1/2013 5:11PM

    Congratulations on the exam! I'm in awe of an A in calculus, being rather...slow (to put it kindly) at math, myself.

While we don't have exactly the same goals - I have no clue what my body fat percentage is, judging from the visual aid, I'd guess somewhere between 42 and 45% - but I want to move away from letting the number on the scale be my guide. I'll weigh daily during my "reset" but that is more to look for patterns than anything else. What I really want is to feel strong, and be able to do activities I want to do.

It's weird that people are uninterested in learning from others who happen to have different goals. People are strange.

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JAYNINNE 4/1/2013 3:46PM

    I'm surprised that you would lose Sparkfriends over a change in goals. But I'm glad to be here. I don't know that our goals are the same, but I definitely enjoy your point of view and insight.

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/1/2013 2:37PM

    Great job on your calculus exam !! That's a strategy I learned a long time ago in a galaxy far far away i.e. read the exam through and do the easy questions first. Then go back and tackle the harder ones.

You'll enjoy the New Rules of Lifting for Women. It's a good book. I also recommend Bill Phillips Body for Life. You can find that at the library. that's another good book that I used to learn the basics of lifting.

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VHALKYRIE 4/1/2013 2:32PM

    I'd like to get "Starting Strength," but I had to invest in weights and at least one book. I'll get that next time budget allows. In the meantime, I have a book called "Strength Training Anatomy" that has lots of very helpful illustrations. I particularly like the diagrams of which muscles are targeted, which will be helpful when I start planning my routine!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/1/2013 2:07PM

    You know, I think I'm just going to have to suck it up and get a body fat estimator to at least give myself a ballpark figure. Because the scale focus is doing nothing but irritating me and I would like to find something else to focus on. Since I've steered away from the goal of getting to a normal BMI, maybe that's what I should focus on instead.

Congrats on your Calc exam and for starting NROLFW. "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe is also a great reference for figuring out proper technique for squats, deadlifts, etc. I've been using that and some workouts I cobbled together from NerdFitness, and I've been really pleased with the differences I've seen in the 3 weeks since I started. You are going to love seeing your body change!

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 4/1/2013 1:58PM

    I'm reading that book too! I hit a wall last night when I started to plan the workouts, but I'm hoping that with a less tired brain tonight it doesn't look quite so complicated...

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LADYJ6942 4/1/2013 12:31PM

    Spark friends come and go for various reasons. Keep focusing on you and your goals and building your lean body mass will definetly push out the body fat. Good luck and that is a great book.

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