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6 week recap

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wow! Has it already been six weeks since my last blog?! EEP! I meant to do much better than that. Anyway we did our 6 week fitness tests to look for improvements. Here’s mine for comparison.

Week 6 recap:
I feel that I did better overall with the tests. I made some great improvements overall, although, the crunches didn’t improve at all. I am working on learning to do a crunch like they say to on the crunch test this next 6 weeks.

Pushup Test:
wk 1: 17
wk 2: 21
Crunch Test:
wk 1: 0 (12 - 3" crunches)
wk 2: 0 (12 - 3" crunches)
3 min Step Test:
wk1: heart rate 92
wk2: heart rate 120 (hr taken differently from first test)
Timed Mile:
wk 1: 16.30
wk 2: 12.52

Now, on to the rest of my life. I’ve lost focus for way too long. I’ve been drifting along without making much of an effort. I am/was just exhausted all the time and my ankles have been hurting/swollen more often than not. So I’ve used that as an excuse to not move as much as I need to feel my best. I’m also way behind on my quarterly work challenge. If I don’t get moving I won’t get the insurance premium discount this quarter. NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN. The challenge is 500,000 steps, or about 5 – 6K a day. I haven’t even been averaging that. As of last night I had taken 340,391 steps, which leaves close to 160,000 steps left. It means I must take approximately 12,300 steps daily to meet this goal.

I can do this. I have done this before.

I’ve now been married for over 23 years. I think I love him more now than I did when we married. He has supported me in health and in sickness. He has taught me how to stand up for myself and make myself more of a priority. He has supported me through fad diets, giving up, starting again, low carb, low fat, weight watchers, and many other “diets”. Right now he is supporting my decision last year to go gluten free. He eats gluten free at home. If we go out I will not force this lifestyle on him. It’s his life and body.

I cannot and WILL not FORCE my lifestyle on anyone else. He is thinking about limiting wheat/gluten as he’s seen what it’s done for me and because of my choices he’s started researching the effects of gluten on the body. But he has yet to commit to this lifestyle. I think he is afraid that he won’t like the foods as much as what he eats/ate as a child.
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    I don't think I have EVER done a proper crunch in my life so I commend you for trying. I am sure you will get it.

    You can get those steps in, make more trips to the bathroom, the sink or fridge for more water or do like I have and just pace the hallway for a while.

    I agree with you that a supportive spouse makes a HUGE difference in life and not just weight loss. I agree a good spouse gets better the longer you are together. If it feels no different 23 years later than it did at the beginning you have done it right.
    1353 days ago
    How super that hubby is so supportive! You are very fortunate. And a big woohoo for the progress! I do understand feeling like you are drifting; I've been feeling the same. Really tired out from work, and not exercising like I'm used to. We can both get back on that horse and ride it across the finish line!

    1370 days ago
    Thanks for your support - so glad to see that your dh is so supportive, makes such a difference!

    Have a step-ful weekend!
    1372 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/21/2014 8:09:07 AM
  • CIPHER1971
    Awesome improvement.

    You can get those steps in - emoticon

    Have a great day
    1375 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sorry you haven't been feeling well enough to keep up with your work challenge :( That is amazing you did so well on the tests with not moving so much! That walk time is terrific! Amazing in fact for having sore ankles!
    That is so wonderful to hear of such a good marriage! May you celebrate many more wonderful years together!
    Good luck getting on track with the work challenge!
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    1375 days ago
    Congrats on your results, especially the walk. That was an amazing improvement.

    Also, congrats on 23 years with a supportive man. That is so wonderful. emoticon
    1375 days ago
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