Monday, March 15, 2010
Here it is finals week for Winter Quarter and I am getting to see all kinds of payoffs from hard work in all my classes. As the final projects are returned and the test results roll in I am feeling really great about the A's that I am getting, but more important was the little unofficial test my nutrition instructor snuck in for me between English and Nutrition final exams.
The title of my spark page is Jude's PE Project. I started with Spark People at the beginning of Fall Quarter as I was beginning my last PE class. I wanted something to keep me inspired to stick to the exercise regime and help me earn my PE 'A'. Spark people did more than that. Spark People kept me working out through the tough first few weeks with the accountability that the logs added. Soon the hard work was paying off with stronger back muscles and less pain. Then the exercise was paying off with greater endurance and energy. Always it paid off with stress relief.
Stress relief was one of my top three reasons for continuing with the exercise even after the class ended. I was in fulltime classes, I had two kids at home, a hubby that was underemployed due to the poor construction economy in Washington State, and a foster son that was VERY hard to parent because of behavioral issues. I quickly became addicted to the great relief from stress that my workout gave me. I didn't like to miss more than 2 days workout even when sick. It was the thing that I was doing for me each morning before everyone else started wanting things.
My biggest payoff came this morning when my nutrition (and last quarter's pe) teacher allowed me to come do one last body fat test. I had started Spark People at 33% fat, but by the end of the quarter I'd dropped to 31%. For my age and height I needed to be 27% or less. I wanted to see if all the exercise I'd put in was paying off in actual fat numbers.
I was sure I would see a drop because my clothing size was dropping even though my weight was staying steady - telling me that I was adding heavier muscle and losing bulkier fat.
So...when I stood on the metal scale and I saw that my percentage was 25.9 I was elated. I work out for how great it makes me feel but what a huge payoff! Better health and a better shape!