Tuesday, September 21, 2010
x-posted from my blog at kimberlycreative.com
I used to brag that I have lost 100 pounds from my all-time high weight. And I guess the truth is I still can say that I have lost one hundred pounds; I just can’t say that I’ve kept it off anymore. I did keep it off for several years. This year I’ve gained weight. Usually my weight fluctuates about five pounds one way or the other, but it’s stayed within my comfort zone. Until now.
I decided to try Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred, and I’m loving it. Then I re-joined SparkPeople and heard about her book Making the Cut. So I ordered it from the library. (I love the library. They know me by name there. Seriously. I walked in today, and they said, “Your book is here!” when they saw me.)
She starts the book with a fitness test to get your baseline fitness level. I know that I’m not super-athletic but I thought I was pretty fit. Or at least kind of fit. A little. Heh.
Not so much.
There are four sections to the test: Step test to measure aerobic endurance, push-ups to test upper body strength, sit-ups to test abdominal or trunk strength, and wall sit to measure lower body strength. For each section, she gives you a chart broken down by male/female and age groups. I expected to score in the average range for the step test. Then reality slapped me in the face. Not. Even. Close. The only thing I can say for myself is that I scored at the very top of the Very Poor range. Yay me.
That’s fine. On to pushups. And not “girly” push-ups either. She says, “I don’t even want to hear it — toughen up or go buy someone else’s book.” Gulp. Okay. No problem. I was still confidant that I could do the minimum to score in the average range. Yeah. Ouch. I did at least score better on push-ups than I did on aerobic endurance: Poor. That’s fine. Move along to sit-ups.
I boasted to my family that I could rock the sit-ups. I can do sit-ups in my sleep. I’ve got this nailed. Right? Wrong. I do blame my husband however for making me lose count toward the end. If it weren’t for him, I would have scored better. And maybe I could. But at that point, I didn’t want to test my luck. I’ll settle for the score I got. I did manage to creep all the way up to Below Average at least.
Then it was time for the wall sit. That one scared me. I just had to last thirty seconds at it, but my confidence was so shot at this point that I wasn’t sure I could make it. She says thirty seconds is average, sixty is good, and ninety is excellent. I planted my back against the wall, dropped into a good squat, and gritted my teeth. Thirty seconds. I only had to make it to thirty seconds.
Yup. I rocked the wall sit. The one part of the test I was sure I would fail. Eighty-two seconds! Take that, Jillian Michaels! Ha!
I decided I wanted a place to track this. And since I’ve got this “health” tag here on my blog, which I’ve yet to use, I decided to put it here. Expect sporadic and infrequent posts at best. But in about a month, I will take the fitness test again. And hopefully do a lot better next time.
So. For prosperity’s sake — or maybe for my posterior’s sake, here are the results of my first fitness test:
Push-ups: 3 (Yes. Three. I suck.)
Wall-sit: Eighty-freaking-two seconds