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Monday, April 01, 2013

I've been freaking out since last Friday when I took my Calc exam. I was certain that I bombed it. When we got the test, I couldn't solve the first problem. It's not that I blanked or couldn't do it, but the question as posed was unsolvable without a calculator because of the complex roots, and we aren't allowed calculators. I took one look at it, and skipped it to finish the rest of the exam instead.

It was a good strategy. The professor threw out the question because he made a mistake with setting up the equation. I got an 88%; it would have been 78% with that problem included, so yay! I still have an A average overall - whew! That was a great start to the day!

My weight went up this morning, which might normally be viewed as a bad thing, but I'm not sweating it. Weight goes up down and all around, and it's not helpful for me. I've changed my Spark tracker to body fat percentage instead of weight. I don't know what my end weight is going to be because I don't have a reference point.

I'm not even sure what my target body fat percentage is going to be, either. My measured bodyfat is approximately 28%, which puts me in between the 25-30% according to this visual picture. I started off at 44%.

What's my target? Ideally, I'd like to be the awesome 17%! But being realistic, I know that takes tons of discipline. I'm currently aiming for 24%. I think that should give me a good balance between aesthetics and lifestyle.

Doing a little math, my current weight is 128lbs, and bodyfat % is 28.

128 * (1 - 0.28) = 92.16lbs of lean mass

If I lost only bodyfat and kept my lean mass the same, that would mean that my final weight would be:

92.16 / (1 - 0.24) = ~121 lbs total mass

The thing is, I don't want to keep my lean mass the same. I want to be stronger. I don't want to grunt and groan with puny 5lbs weights. Thus, my lean mass has to go up, and I don't know what my final weight is going to be.

I have a set of quick change dumbells and the book "New Rules of Lifting for Women" on order. I should have them next week.

I was very upset a few weeks ago to realize that I had lost a number of Sparkfriends along the way with the divergence of our goals. I am so glad to have new Sparkfriends, though, to share this new phase of our fitness together. I have already learned so much from reading your blogs, and enthusiasm is contagious!

I'm ready! Let's do this!

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  • CAALAN23
    Kudos on the Calc Exam.

    Liked your blog, even if there was math. :P Might have to check out that book as I need to incorporate strength to get to running. Love a blog with good info, thanks!

    Have a happy Tuesday!
    1845 days ago
  • BILL60
    Super well done on the Calc exam. Sounds like you're physically and mentally tuned in. Keep it up.
    1845 days ago
    Very cool news on the calc exam....shows that sticking to your instincts works.

    I'm with you on the bodyfat thing (I'm going for another Bodpod measure this week). the scale is an imperfect measure of health and fitness....I'm coming around to really looking at functional and aesthetic measures of success....can I carry heavy things without getting tired, can I bound up stairs, can I wear smaller sized clothes, how do I look in that jacket.

    My brain is too solidly wired to find measurable measures of success....if I could find a reliable way to measure bodyfat, I'd be all over it.

    I like your chart.....still looking for one that speaks to me!

    thanks, nice blog....glad I'm on the friends you decided to keep!
    1846 days ago
    NRoLFW!!! Hooray! It's a fantastic book, but I also read through some sample chapters of "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe because I wanted more explanation (I think GETTINGSTRONGRRR recommended it to me - it was a big help with the squats and deadlifts so far). I am so super excited. :-D
    1846 days ago
    I'm right around 26% right now... and I'd like to get down around 22-24. But, we'll see. I'm also not planning on 'killing' myself to get there. And, considering I started my journey right around 61% - I'm not doing too badly. :-)

    Awesomesauce on the Calc test!
    1846 days ago
    Yeeeah...my 25% won't be quite like the one shown here, either!
    1846 days ago
    Hmmmm. I'll take that 35%. As long as it comes with the bustline. Which it won't. :(
    1846 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2013 6:30:11 PM
    Congratulations on the exam! I'm in awe of an A in calculus, being rather...slow (to put it kindly) at math, myself.

    While we don't have exactly the same goals - I have no clue what my body fat percentage is, judging from the visual aid, I'd guess somewhere between 42 and 45% - but I want to move away from letting the number on the scale be my guide. I'll weigh daily during my "reset" but that is more to look for patterns than anything else. What I really want is to feel strong, and be able to do activities I want to do.

    It's weird that people are uninterested in learning from others who happen to have different goals. People are strange.
    1846 days ago
    I'm surprised that you would lose Sparkfriends over a change in goals. But I'm glad to be here. I don't know that our goals are the same, but I definitely enjoy your point of view and insight.
    1846 days ago
    Great job on your calculus exam !! That's a strategy I learned a long time ago in a galaxy far far away i.e. read the exam through and do the easy questions first. Then go back and tackle the harder ones.

    You'll enjoy the New Rules of Lifting for Women. It's a good book. I also recommend Bill Phillips Body for Life. You can find that at the library. that's another good book that I used to learn the basics of lifting.


    1846 days ago
    I'd like to get "Starting Strength," but I had to invest in weights and at least one book. I'll get that next time budget allows. In the meantime, I have a book called "Strength Training Anatomy" that has lots of very helpful illustrations. I particularly like the diagrams of which muscles are targeted, which will be helpful when I start planning my routine!
    1846 days ago
    You know, I think I'm just going to have to suck it up and get a body fat estimator to at least give myself a ballpark figure. Because the scale focus is doing nothing but irritating me and I would like to find something else to focus on. Since I've steered away from the goal of getting to a normal BMI, maybe that's what I should focus on instead.

    Congrats on your Calc exam and for starting NROLFW. "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe is also a great reference for figuring out proper technique for squats, deadlifts, etc. I've been using that and some workouts I cobbled together from NerdFitness, and I've been really pleased with the differences I've seen in the 3 weeks since I started. You are going to love seeing your body change!
    1846 days ago
    I'm reading that book too! I hit a wall last night when I started to plan the workouts, but I'm hoping that with a less tired brain tonight it doesn't look quite so complicated...

    1846 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Spark friends come and go for various reasons. Keep focusing on you and your goals and building your lean body mass will definetly push out the body fat. Good luck and that is a great book.
    1846 days ago
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