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Presidential Challenge for BLC

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The first day assignment for BLC didn't make me very happy.

My hubby and I are both sick. For two weeks I thought I was having a bad time with perimenopause. Really exhausted, late period, stomach upset, grumpy, having extra bad allergies, hot flashes that were straight from Hades, couldn't sleep. But then my husband got the same exact symptoms. (Of course, his period's always late!) Unlike me, he went to the doctor and the doc put him on antibiotics. I just kept slogging away on the treadmill 'cause I'm stubborn that way. And I gained 2.75 lbs anyway! In less than a week. Yeah, I went over my calories 4 or 5 days in the last 8 - but I tracked, and none of those days were by more than 200. And I kept working out despite feeling terrible! Grrrrr...

And my waist is BIGGER! DOUBLE GRRRRRR...

And today's Presidential Challenge meant I had to measure my fitness levels on a bunch of stuff that I can't do like normal people can. Then these levels were placed on a percentile with others in my age range and gender. Since I'll have to redo the same exercises later, I kept track of my modified versions. Here's what I did:

Plyometric wall push ups (due to neuropathy, I can't do standard pushups, but regular wall push ups are too easy). I fall on the wall, bound off, clap, fall back on the wall, etc... hands wide apart, over and over again, for one minute as directed.

Lying leg lifts from floor to 90 degrees straight up and back to floor. Again, due to neuropathy (I have spinal disc degeneration C3-7 and T8-10 so my neck and back do not curve much and I have significant pain when I try. Also I have left side weakness). I thought I did great, but Pres Challange didn't think so!

My sit and reach abilities obviously suck. I can hardly reach my knees whether standing or sitting.

And kept 13.2 pace on my run.

Pushups: _95__ (%)
Half Sit-ups: _30__ (%)
Sit and Reach: __5_ (%)
1 mile walk/1.5 mile run: _20__ (%)
BMI 25.3 "Overweight, risk for disease."
Overall score: _37__ (%)

What a downer score! I don't think there is a lot of chance I can improve these, except my BMI and my run time by the end of my 12 week BLC.

If anyone else in the Violet Venuses is feeling just as grumpy about their results, well, let's all just virtually paper the houses of who ever gave us such bad scores. Too bad there's no emoticon for that!


At least my weight, I hope, will be normal again next week. I suspect the 3 lbs is at least half water gain. I drank like a fish yesterday because I was so hot.
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    Sorry to hear you have been sick. Glad you went out and did the fitness test anyway.

    If I was not as flexible as a gumby doll I would have logged in a negative number on this Challenge.

    Love your modifications.

    2082 days ago
    Hey Girl!
    Sorry to hear that you and your husband are both under the weather! What did the dr think this was? Was his white blood count up? Sounds very strange to me. Inquiring minds want to know...

    I hope you're feeling better. emoticon emoticon
    2082 days ago
    I don't think my score on this test is truly indicative of my fitness either - but at least it gives us a base to measure against!! emoticon
    2082 days ago
    I'll have to try those push-ups. Shoulder impingement issues keep me from doing the regular kind.

    You are you - not some percentage of someone else! Maybe you can improve some of these, maybe not. Just remember these aren't the things you are out to change.

    Except the BMI and run time, LOL! emoticon
    2082 days ago
    You really can and will improve your percentages after twelve weeks of paying attention to the various TNT challenges and other aspects of fitness. It's a long journey.

    I think I always weigh more when I am feeling ill. There's water weight but there is also "gunk" weight, which is probably caused by your allergic reactions. Sinuses and other cavities get bloated with heavy viscous "gunk junk". May it leave you soon!
    2082 days ago
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