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State of the Blue42Down - 2013 fitness review

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A year ago, after three-and-a-half months active on SparkPeople, with the New Year 2012, I decided to do a review of a variety of statistics about myself - keeping my focus more on fitness than pounds. (** Hehe, hurried to post before midnight - now I'm going to get the last few measurements done. **)

First State of the Blue address:

Three months:

Six months:

Nine months:

And now today! (Well, actually I did most of the testing on the 1st. I'm just getting the blog done today.)

Height = 5' 7.75"
Weight = 175 pounds TO 168 pounds (7 pounds down)
Body Fat % = 36% or 27.23% to 34% or 27.31%
BMI = 26.8 (Overweight) TO 25.73 (Overweight)
BMR = 1532.575 TO 1502.125

Forehead = 23.5 TO 23.5"
Neck = 14 TO 13.75"
Shoulders = 42.5" TO 43"
Chest = 39 TO 39"
Bust = 43 TO 41.25"
Ribs / Strap = 35.5 TO 34.25"
Bicep = 13.5" TO 12.75"
Forearm = 10.5 TO 10"
Wrist = 6.75 TO 6.75"
Waist at Navel = 36.5 TO 36"
Hips = 43 TO 42"
Seat = 43 TO 42.5"
Thigh = 23.75 TO 23.25"
Calf = 15.5 TO 15"
Ankle = 9.5 TO 9.5"

Fitness testing:

Resting Heart Rate = 55/49 bpm (machine) TO 59 (machine)
Target Heart Rate = 124 - 150 bpm
Blood Pressure = 93/62 TO 103/72

for instructions and scaling)

Situps = 35 (Excellent) TO 29 (Good)
Modified Pushups = 10 (Average) TO 10 (Average)
Squats = 50 (Excellent) TO 60 (Excellent)
Step = 132 (Poor) TO 147 (Very Poor)
Vertical Jump = 8.5 (Below Average) TO 9" (Below Average)
Sit and Reach = +0.5 (Average) TO +1.5" (Average)

Aerobic fitness check:

Heart rate before walk = 60 bpm TO 78 bpm
Time for 1 mile brisk = 14:09.9 TO 13:45
Heart rate after 1 mile brisk = 120 bpm TO 105 bpm
Time for 2nd mile brisk = 13:57.62 TO 13:30
Heart rate after mile 2 = 128 bpm TO 111 bpm
Time for 1 mile normal = 15:24.59 TO 16:30
Heart rate after 1 mile normal = 120 bpm TO 89 bpm


Situps were really hampered by a very sore tailbone from a fall ice skating on Saturday.

I actually did a full military pushup first then 9 modified pushups, in part to kind of prove to myself I could.

Step was done after everything else without enough delay to have my heart rate closer to resting before starting, but I was hurrying to finish before the gym closed.

Walking was on a treadmill again, so heart rate check more accurate and speed more controlled.

Physical / injury comments:

No major changes this time around. (Well, there's the temporary injuries - a major bruise on my right thigh/hip and a very out of joint tailbone from ice skating falls. I'm still careful sitting with those, and they're making certain workout moves uncomfortable.)


Now, the last three months didn't really see significant changes in these numbers (and I'm not complaining because it was 100% due to choices I made and actions I took). However, looking back a year I've gone from:

15-minute miles with my heart rate nearly at 85% of max at the end of mile 2 TO 13-minute miles with my heart rate barely getting over 60% at the end of mile 2!

Really struggling to do 3 Modified Pushups TO doing a Full military pushup followed by 9 modified pushups.

Doing 15 squats and my knees hurting too much to continue TO 60 squats (and those after the 3 miles on the treadmill to boot)

(And those don't show all the constant little improvements I can feel and measure regularly in my workouts - like pushing the level on the recumbent bike to 10 because 8 feels too easy, when I could barely struggle along on 5 at first.)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/10/2013 1:19PM

    What an impressive fitness review - good for you!!

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LADY_MARIANA 1/7/2013 4:50PM

    You are so impressive! I am really awe-struck by all you've accomplished!

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MNJONES2 1/6/2013 12:40AM

    Sorry to hear about your tailbone! OUCH! You always work so hard and are inspirational to everyone. Happy New year!

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PKCTTS 1/5/2013 4:59PM

    Your blogs are always inspirational and informational. Great job.

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MERRITTMD 1/5/2013 4:55PM

    Awesome progress! So impressive!

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ILOVEMALI 1/4/2013 1:54PM

    you look so great!!!

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AGINNETT 1/4/2013 9:25AM

    great progress!

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/3/2013 1:57PM

    You are always an inspiration to me!
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DIET_FRIEND 1/3/2013 12:33PM

    You are such a scientist! Glad you are making progress. I recommended you last blog to my SparkTeam, hope you had more than usual traffic!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/3/2013 11:15AM

    That is awesome!!!!!!!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/3/2013 10:39AM

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MAGGIE805 1/3/2013 9:47AM

    Awesome!!! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 1/3/2013 7:46AM

    Awesome emoticon

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PALEOISGOOD 1/3/2013 7:43AM

    great progress CONGRATS! I might put together one of my own progress reports!

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KSCHRAUT 1/3/2013 7:39AM

    Wonderful! Keep up the good work!

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DOVESEYES 1/3/2013 4:54AM

    Amazing changes emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 1/3/2013 3:58AM

    You're very thorough! Hope your tail bone heals soon.

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