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Analyzing my fitness goal

Sunday, February 03, 2013

My main fitness goal is to be able to do a pullup. I feel like I'm making good progress on this now that I'm eating more calories. I am able to do a little more each week, or do the same thing that used to be difficult easily. This week it was 3 sets of 11 reps, pulling down 60 lbs.

The other half of this equation is how much I weigh, which has actually continued to drop even with me trying to simply maintain. I'm not sure if it's because I was calorie cycling (which I actually stopped after my anxiety attack last week) or nursing or because my fitbit estimates are low. (I read an amazon review from a guy who wore a bodymedia and a fitbit and the fitbit was generally 5% lower. Bodymedia boasts 90% accuracy, which I would guess is low rather than high, if you think about it.) So chances are my fitbit calories are less than for reals. Maybe I should bust out my old spreadsheet.

Besides calories, I've been trying to get more protein and vegetables within my calories. Throw in my foot injury and you get the picture that it's been a bit of rockety ride the last week or so. But we will get there.

How to work up to a Pullup article
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REMEMBER2BME 2/18/2013 6:31AM

    Sounds like you are doing a great job setting goals and trying to figure it all out.

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AURORAMILLET 2/5/2013 3:10PM

    I wish I could do a pull up too!

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KAYOTIC 2/4/2013 10:50PM

    Great goal! I did this a long while back, and every so often think of adding it back into the goal rotation....but then I get distracted by other shiny goals! Good luck getting it done! I'm sure you'll be pulling up in no time!

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VTRICIA 2/4/2013 3:27PM

    Oh yeah, the fitbit includes your BMR, which is for most people the majority of the calories they burn. By contrast, the sparkpeople calculations assume BMR as a daily block of calories and then adds a certain allowance for daily activities plus fitness calories. But that's why it says 300 or 400 when you first wake up in the morning.

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JUMPINJULIE 2/4/2013 2:23PM

    I love my fitbit but it isn't always accurate and it is extremly senstive to movement. So it usally tells me i burnt caliroes even when i wasn't wearing it. Anyway i know you can do a pullup sounds like your making good progress.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/4/2013 3:24AM

    emoticon goal. emoticon

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POPSY190 2/4/2013 1:50AM

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REYNINGSUNSHINE 2/4/2013 12:58AM

    My main fitness goal right now is a pullup too! I just made that goal a couple weeks ago and haven't been inside my gym really since (it is seriously always closed... it's a school gym I don't have to pay to go to, but I am not happy about it being closed today). Today instead I did my own version of the lat pulldown with resistance bands. I used two 13-lbs bands but I "doubled" them up so each had was pulling on 2x the resistance (so 26 lbs for one, 52 lbs for both) and did 4 sets of 15 because my muscles were just not fatigued. So, I'm almost to 1/2 my body weight!!

I have found I'm still losing. I have a bodymedia and the calories are a bit higher than I'd expect... today, not counting the resistance band stuff, all I did was play ping pong for an hour and a half and then run around campus a little bit, but it has me, a 5'4" 121 lb female, burning 2300 calories! Whoa! I'm struggling to bring it up to maintenance but I HAVE gotten my calories to ~1600/day. We will see what happens, I guess :)

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VTRICIA 2/3/2013 11:14PM

    Fat2gainhealth: A pulldown is just a weight stack that is on pulleys so you can work your biceps and lats as if you were doing a pullup, but with whatever weight. You sit still and pull a bar down and the weights go up.

An assisted pullup machine is a bit more involved. You get a more pullup-like action by lifting your body using a stationary bar. You can adjust how much weight assists your pullup, and puts that weight as leverage lifting your knees. Many gyms have one.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/3/2013 11:03PM

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/3/2013 8:53PM

    You can do it! I really want to do a pullup, too! I even have access to a pullup machine, but I never try!

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CASTIRONLADY 2/3/2013 8:47PM

    Yes you will as determined as you are. Keep it up!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 2/3/2013 8:47PM

    I have not used these gadgets...what exactly do they do?

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