Thursday, October 21, 2010
Woohoo! I had an all inclusive, intense Last Chance Workout today for team weigh ins. I started out with double cardio. 30 minutes on the treadmill, 5 minutes on the arm cycle, 15 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the rowing, then started over again! 25 minutes on the treadmill, 5 minutes arm cycle, 12 minutes elliptical, 12 minutes rowing.
Then I did the ab machine, went over to the group x room and did 2 lengths of the room in lunges. Then it was downstairs for the calf, chest press, hip adductor, hip abductor, mid row, leg curl (right leg only), dip, leg extension, lateral pulldown, leg press, shoulder press, and back to the leg press for single leg squats! Then it's off to the corner for crunches and stretching. Elapsed time 4:10
Then it's home for turkey chili and a brief rest (maybe an hour) then off to a different gym for water aerobics! I was feeling tired and couldn't wait for class to get over so I could get the jet on my loser back.
Believe it or not, I've had a few days with more total minutes, but not many. I know I should sleep well tonight!
So on the way out I weighed in. 250.9, down 2 pounds from Sunday.
When I got home I pulled up the page to enter my new weight and decided to take other measurements just for fun. I've lost 2" off my hips and waist, .25" off my bicep, and .75" off my calf. I'm so thrilled.
The hip has been very slow to show results (a classic pear), but now I'm down 5" from June. My waist is also down 5". The bicep is 2" smaller.
As the weather has been turning chillier, I've been pulling out some of my cold weather clothing. A coat I bought last year which looks very Victorian was too small, now I can button it up! A jacket which I though was great because it was infinitely wide through the waist and hips turned out to be lined in a smaller size, so my wrists were always having the fabric dig into them - I put on the jacket the other day, no lining issues!
I even bought my first pair of 2X pants!
As an amateur costumer, Halloween is our Superbowl. One costume I made was too small through the biceps (I forgot to take into account multiple layers add bulk, making it smaller) and hips. I bet when I pull out costume elements for next week that it fits! My favorite pirate pants probably are too big now!
Halloween Eve, being a Saturday, I thought I'd dress up for Boot Camp. I will be a pirate! My black capri workout pants, sports bra covered with an off white gauze poet shirt, a black with silver stripe sash, with coins hanging from each end around the waist, and a head scarf in place of my unfashionable sweat band. All my best bling. I figure that this outfit won't be restrictive or heavy, so great for the class. I even told the teacher we need Halloween theme music.
There are so many great costume concepts running through my mind, and as I get thinner and fitter I feel motivated to try tackling some of them. 4 or 5 years ago I made a lady dwarf costume, figuring I'd use my size to add to the illusion of being a short stocky dwarf. The days of using my girth as asset are over, and from now on I won't be making fun of my size!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
It's been a frustrating couple of weeks. The scale would not budge. Well it did, but not in the right way.
I've been doing less strength training and land based exercise because of my knee, and I have an appointment tomorrow morning with the orthopedic doctor I saw after the previous knee injury. I really don't want to lose momentum! My primary care doctor said it was just arthritis, but he's an internal medicine expert, and I think that seeing the knee expert is just a good idea. I'm hoping I can get a knee brace to help provide added stability and protection for when it's really bad or hiking. The knee braces I saw at Walmart just don't seem to be substantial enough (and they looked fairly good, to be frank, I just need more).
Hiking is my favorite cardio - no other activity burns more calories for me (at least sustainable for an extended time). The hiking season is rapidly coming to a close and I would have gone today, but I wanted to hold off until after seeing the orthopedist, so I did treadmill, arm cycle, elliptical, and rowing, followed by a long session with lunges, crunches, weight machines, and stretching.
There are two gyms that I frequent. One is spacious and has a vent so you don't get too hot while on the cardio equipment and is easier to get a lane for swimming, it is also further from home. The other is close to home, is very crowded, parking can be a problem during peak hours, and getting a lane during certain times of the day is very difficult, it also has a digital scale which measures to tenths of a pound. I go to exercise classes at both locations. I prefer the one further away. It feels more like home. I know many of the staff and regulars. And I work out twice as long when I'm there, if not longer. But it has the conventional medical scales which are off, either the surface is not flat or it needs to be adjusted to weigh "0" when no weight is on it and not plus or minus 2 or 3 pounds. So it is not unusual for me to hit the other gym on my way home to check the scale.
This morning my scale at home looked like there was a noticeable drop, so after working out I went to weigh in on the digital scale. 252.9! A loss of 2.3 pounds from my previous low.
So I'm really pumped to see that I'm getting close to the 240's range!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Well I finally did it! I took money out the fund to build my storage shed (it's not going to happen this late in the year anyway) and bought myself a GoWear Fit, manufactured by the same company that makes the BodyBugg and another version marketed in Great Britain.
I already have a Sportline watch, which gives me my heart rate, tells me calories burned and how much time in each zone. I recently discovered that I could use it in the water, but it doesn't like the change from water to air and back and doesn't register all the time. Last week I discovered it does much better if I wear the watch on my ankle, so it stays in the water. The fitness activity estimates are higher than my burn rate for swimming and I'm hoping I can now get a more accurate number.
The one thing I don't like about my watch is that I can't view my activity over time.
I've been drooling over the Bodybuggs at the gym, but at $250 it's only a pipe dream. Then someone at Boot Camp suggested the local classified site (craigslist is not the site to visit in Utah). I've been looking at all the different fitness monitors and studying their web sites to learn more. Then I discovered the SP Bodybugg team and learned that GoWear Fit is from the same company.
There was a GWF and a Fitbit on the market ($130 and $90 respectively). After Boot Camp on Saturday, Todd, the teacher/trainer showed me the different screens of what the BB tracks. I wasn't sure about the Fitbit and whether you could read a display of your activity on the go, so I ended up choosing the GWF, because I had a better idea what to expect.
No, you can't wear it in the water. No, it doesn't do heart rate (at least I've heard it doesn't). So I figure the two devices will complement each other. I'm hoping that it will give my workout a boost.
The gal selling the GWF had an allergy problem to the armband, so I told her about the Fitbit, so hopefully we'll both benefit!
I only have dial up, and the file is slowly downloading while I watch. I can hardly wait to program in my data and take it for a spin!
Monday, September 27, 2010
The hiking season is coming to a close too fast! I've been wanting to get back into hiking for ages, and it is one of the reasons I want to lose weight and get in shape.
Recently an old hiking buddy died from pancreatic cancer and it has been a great opportunity to mull over old times while doing what he liked best. In his obituary it stated "he never saw a mountain he didn't want to climb". He can tag along in spirit, and next spring I'll get his widow hiking too. I had a chance to visit with him a week before he died and I told him about my recent hikes, and how I had been planning his return to hiking before things went so wrong.
My recent hikes haven't been without incident. My second hike I got a strained a peroneal tendon and could scarcely put weight on that foot the next day (but was back on the treadmill the day after that). My third hike wasn't supposed to be ambitious, but the map in the trail guide made my objective appear halfway to the peak instead of nearly at the end, so instead of doing 1.5 mile and 1000 feet elevation gained, I did nearly the full 2.5 and 3000+ elevation gained. Because it was so steep (and because when the weight came on, the arches fell, making the feet longer and boots became to small), my feet were constantly at radical angles - going up the feet rubbed on the heal and coming down the toes slammed into the end of the boot. My 3 hour hike turned into 6 hours and I'm still waiting to see if I lose the toenail on my left foot.
Well my two closest friends (and mutual hiking buddies with the deceased friend) have been concerned with me being out on the trails alone, so Ruth and Charles went with me last week on a hike. We couldn't go on the trail I planned, because there was no parking within miles of the trail head, so we tried another trail instead. The trail was steep and rocky, and Ruth had not brought appropriate footwear for the trail, so I made sure we turned around before we got to the really steep part.
Saturday Ruth asked if I was hiking again. So it was off to hike to Dog Lake from the other side of the mountain, where parking would not be as problematic. 1.6 miles to the fork, .6 to the lake. Ruth had better shoes and water this week. Charles is very fit and could have done the trail twice in the time it took us.
The trail was pleasant going on the way up, til we reached the fork. I thought we had passed the fork earlier, where a small trail headed off, but I was blissfully ignorant. About the time I was thinking we could start looking for the lake, we came to the true fork, and it was very dispiriting.
Much of the last .6 mile was spent hiking parallel to a ridge with the sun rays occasionally showing just above, mockingly close. We couldn't be far, the top wasn't that far. So where was the lake? We joked about calling 911 and reporting a missing lake. It was so steep! Every so many yards I would pause and catch my breath for a few seconds while I gathered my mental energy to propel my protesting body further up the mountain. I toyed with the idea of turning us around, but my last 3 hikes had not reached the objective and I was loathe to do so again. Finally I heard a dog bark. Dogs aren't allowed on the side of the mountain we had come up, but were allowed from the other side, so I knew we were close. I was never so happy to hear a dog.
We arrived at the lake. It was small and we found a pleasant spot to sit on a log, pulling out raisins, peanuts, and a granola bar. Charles went and looked for signs of fish or other life in the lake while I put on my ankle braces. It was going to be a short stop, because we had about an hour and a half before sundown.
Coming back was not fun. My hip muscles protested vociferously as did Ruth's knees. I always expect the trail to seem less demanding coming down, that all the fuss coming up was just so much bellyaching, but I've found that going down, the elevation descending before me is as impressive as it was difficult coming up. My heart rate ranged 122-137, far below the 153-157 going up, but clearly still work.
Rest stops were far fewer going down, because we didn't need as many and because we knew we would lose daylight. We kept pushing, and the trail seemed much longer than the stated distance. The light was failing, colors were muted, and we pushed on. Finally the dulcet sound of motor vehicles met our ears, then we began to see the roofs of cabins we had passed across the side canyon. Finally we saw headlights. Then we turned into the main canyon, and no matter how far we went or how much the trail dropped, the road never seemed to get any closer. Charles pulled out a flashlight to help us see rocks and roots better. At last we turned a corner toward the road for the last descent. I felt like kissing the road when I got to the car!
Hiking time: 5 hours, 31 minutes.
Calories Burned: 3500
Distance Covered: 4.4 miles
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
After my swim, I weighed in at 258.4! That makes 2.6 pounds since last weeks weigh in. I wasn't expecting much, because I anticipated water retention, so I'm totally delighted.
I'm babysitting Robbie and the twins. I was hoping to watch the Biggest Loser and ride my recumbent bike, but on my way to the gym I was asked to sit so Robert and Aileene could go out to eat for Robert's birthday. But I suppose I can hop on when I get home, or maybe plug in an exercise DVD.
It's such a thrill to see the numbers dropping! I'm starting to see signs of the next inch going from the torso and hips. I'm debating the swimsuit question. My last swimsuit lasted 6 weeks, before the elastic died on the outer shell. A friend said if I rinsed it out it would last longer, so I've been trying that. After my berry color one wears out, I have a black one waiting in the wings. Will I make it to February when the new swimsuits start showing up? Will I lose enough weight to fit in the leopard print swimsuit (cut in a different style) which was too small? I hope so. It might be a 2X instead of a 3X, I don't remember. There's always online shopping, but you can't be certain how it will fit.
Swimsuits don't last when you swim in a salt water pool, so I'm not interested in a stylish and pricy one. The color always chages too.
Maybe when I get closer to my goal, I'll reward myself with a trip to the ocean (if I can scrape up the cash). I haven't been since 1992, so it would be nice. And a trip to Disneyland too. Yes, I think that will be my reward. Well, I have a while to save...
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