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2012 Stats - Three Months Done (State of the Blue/Jennifer)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Three months of 2012 completed, so I am reviewing where I've gotten to:

Height = 5' 7.75" TO (67.75" TO ) TO 5' 7.75
Weight = 221 pounds TO 200 pounds (21 pounds down)
Body Fat % = 45% or 28.23% TO 42% or 27.89%
BMI = 33.85 (Obese) TO 30.63 (Obese)
BMR = 1737.375 TO 1641.325

Forehead = 23.75" TO 23.75"
Neck = 15" TO 15"
Shoulders = 45.5" TO 44"
Chest = 41" TO 40.5"
Bust = 48" TO 46.6"
Ribs / Strap = 38.5" TO 38"
Bicep = 15" TO 14"
Forearm = 11.5" TO 11.25"
Wrist = 7" TO 6.75"
Waist at Navel = 42" TO 40"
Hips = 51" TO 48"
Seat = 48.5" TO 46.5"
Thigh = 26" TO 26"
Calf = 17" TO 16.75
Ankle = 10" TO 9.5"

I can definitely tell hips have been going down. That's the big key to the smaller pants. Everywhere else they can be somewhat loose, but in the hips I start getting an inch then two of material loose.

** See
for my original comments on taking those measurements.

Fitness testing:

Resting Heart Rate = 56 bpm TO 61 bpm
Target Heart Rate = 125 - 151 bpm TO 124 - 150 bpm (lol, I'm a year older)
Blood Pressure = 109/71TO 115/75

NOTE on Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure - first number of heart rate was done in bed with watch, second was done on blood pressure machine after being up and out, but not having worked out yet. Both are nicely in ranges, so no worries.

for instructions and scaling)

Situps = 20 (Average) TO 31 (Good)
Modified Pushups = 3 (Poor) TO 4 (Below Average)
Squats = 15 (Average) TO 22 (Good)
Step = 132 bpm (Below Average)TO 145 bpm (Very Poor)*
Vertical Jump = 7" (Poor)TO 8" (Below Average)
Sit and Reach = -3" (Poor) TO +1" (Average)

Aerobic fitness check (2 miles total)

Heart rate before walk = 59 bpm TO 90 bpm
Time for 1 mile brisk = 14:57:58 TO 15:10
Heart rate after 1 mile brisk = 128 bpmTO 127 bpm
Time for 2nd mile brisk = 15:07:72 TO 14:45
Heart rate after mile 2 = 140 bpmTO (whoops*)
Time for 1 mile normal = 18:02:97 TO 17:02
Heart rate after 1 mile normal = 120 bpmTO 109 bpm

* Comment on the step test. I did this after doing the miles test, where in January I had done the step test first. In addition, I had just finished getting the aerobic step all prepared which had my starting heart rate for the test 112. So even though this one dropped in the good/average/poor scale, I actually think I would have done better if I hadn't skewed my results unintentionally.

** Comment on the mile 2 heart rate. The treadmill will not measure heartrate when I'm walking at 4 mph or faster. So as soon as mile two ended, I dropped the speed to the normal mile. Except that by the time I'd recorded the time and went to check the heartrate, it was down to 118. So I don't know what the true heart rate was for the end of mile 2, BUT on the plus side it shows just how quickly and easily my heart rate can drop. And it likely was lower than the past number given how low it dropped quickly.

Other comments:

Pushups: Holy mackerel ... that 4th modified pushup was deadly. I was determined to do better than 3, but upper arm strength has definitely been slower to build.

Squats: I possibly could have done more. It's supposed to be until exhaustion and I didn't push that far. HOWEVER, big difference from beginning of January was my knees. In January it hurt my knees to do the 15. Today it didn't hurt, but the tendons did start to pop (make a noise, slide a little, whatever), so I stopped when both were doing that. Huge improvement really.

My legs have always had more power. I remember doing a seated leg press in high school at 300 pounds, full set of reps. Arms .... I couldn't even manage the modified chin-up option (hold at the up position for some number of seconds).

Physical / injury comments:

My left foot has been okay with walking. I've been doing some treadmill work, but not a lot. It's not 100% but neither is it hurting. More like I can regularly feel the tightness, and calf and achilles tendon stretches ache more on that side. BUT, stretches have kept it from getting any worse, and even with doing 3.2 miles today for the test and walking for groceries later, it only had some residual ache. (Iced it just for a precaution.)

I haven't mentioned it in a blog, but back when I was working out 15 or so years ago, I'd run into some issue in my upper left arm doing certain motions (such as a pectoral machine). I never had it checked and had forgotten about it. It is definitely still there. I have no idea if it is tendon or muscle or bone. I am very aware of and working with it careful doing shoulder presses and arm extensions.

When I worked with the Personal Trainer the first time, that didn't show up, but there was some pain in my right elbow with some overhead arm extension with a strap he had me do - he asked about Tendonitis. That has not been an issue for me using weight machines, but I did notice it once lifting my duffle bag loaded with stuff, so I suspect that's where that one came from and it is healing/healed.

Left shin has had some very slight pain the last couple of workouts. I definitely don't want to add shin splints to the foot issue, so I'm paying very close attention to it. I will probably head back to the running store mid-month for a review of my gait and a look at the state of my shoes. (I wouldn't be surprised if they need replacing. I wear them daily, most of the day, so they've got 6 months of constant use on them.)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AEBROWNSON 4/6/2012 10:01AM

    About your shoulder...this is nothing to mess around with. It sounds like the beginnings of a rotator cuff injury. How does it feel with an overhead press? I had surgery about 5 years ago on mine. get it checked out! --Ann emoticon

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BUONNATALIE 4/3/2012 12:36AM

    Wowza! Congrats. You're doing so great!

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ROXYZMOM 4/2/2012 9:08PM

    Holy Cow! You are doing fantastic!

Good for you!!! You go girl!!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/2/2012 3:41PM

You are doing well, and keeping very good records!

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WHQPHQ 4/2/2012 2:47PM

Love the new picture on your profile page, you can really see the difference!

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NEWMOM20121 4/2/2012 2:26PM

    Thank you for sharing. You are doing great. This helped motivate me today.

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    AWESOME progress! You can see a big difference from your photos! Keep up the work - you're worth it! emoticon

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MISSB222 4/2/2012 12:06PM

    emoticon Great job! Sounds like you are making some major strides! Keep up the great work!

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AMYTRIPP 4/2/2012 8:43AM

    Amazing! You're such an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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SHERIO5 4/2/2012 8:41AM

    I can see your dedication in this blog!!! You are doing this!!!

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AMBERZADE 4/2/2012 7:31AM

    Like i said ..... you're so very organized!!! You're making great progress!

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-SONIA- 4/2/2012 6:52AM

    emoticon 3 months! emoticon April just beginning! emoticon Continue kicking butt!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMAWALMART 4/2/2012 4:41AM

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/2/2012 12:27AM

    emoticon nice work!

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TEALBERI 4/1/2012 11:19PM

    Way to go!!!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 4/1/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon way to go you got me motivated to take my measurements its something
I was afraid to do when I started so i will have to go from my 3 month starting thanks for the push to do this little task

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BERRY4 4/1/2012 10:08PM

    That's so great that you have been able to track those improvements in 3 months time. (I'm just starting my first 3-month challenge, so it is encouraging to see that it can/will make a difference!)

Keep up the good work as you journey forward to greater health and fitness!
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MICHELLE_391 4/1/2012 9:46PM

    Congratulations on your progress! I'm excited that I started reading your page and can now watch you progress further. You can do this, heck, you ARE doing this! I hope your injuries don't get in your way. Excellent idea about going to the running store and having your gait checked.

Thank you for the inspiration!


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/1/2012 9:43PM

    You are doing great. emoticon

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SASSYLJB 4/1/2012 9:32PM

    Great Progress! I am very impressed keep up the wonderful work!


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_RAMONA 4/1/2012 9:25PM

    WOW! Way to go, Jennifer!

You cracked me up with the forehead measurement, LOL! I wish I'd have thought to take that one, but as you already know, my 'fat head' is transitory and has very little to do with my actual weight, or any progress with respect to actually eliminating fat. SIGH. It's down at the moment, but I won't make any promises it will stay there.

I really like that you've been so scrupulous about measurements. I wasn't so much so right off the bat and I regret it. Fortunately/unfortunately it took me awhile to get my stride, so I don't think I missed much. I also wasn't going to take my measurements today because I didn't think anything much had changed... I found I was wrong, and am now even more encourged, as opposed to being faintly discouraged as I was yesterday when I realized it was time to change my page.

I hope others learn from your example! I love watching your progresss, and it makes me want to strive for my own. Thank you for sharing with such honesty!

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LBEEKMA 4/1/2012 9:21PM

    Woohoo on your progress! You've made a lot of positive changes.

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