Fitness Stat-urday – Week 3

Starting Statistics on 08/30/2014

  • Weight:  155 Pounds (took 0.6 pounds off during my stabilizing week)
  • Body Fat %:  25.1% (took 0.7% off during my stabilizing week)
  • BMI:  24.3
  • Predicted Weight from MyFit.nessP.al:  140 Pounds (targeting 1.5 pounds per week)

Goals for the Next 10 Weeks (Ending 11/08/2014)

  • Weight:  142.6 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  22.1%
  • BMI:  22.3
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

Week Ending 09/27/2014

  • Week 3 Statistics
    • Weight: 151 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  0.8 Pounds lost
    • Body Fat %:  24.4%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  1.0%
    • BMI: 23.6
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  6 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:   7 Hours  15 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  15,685
  • Food:  Hottie is out of town until late Thursday night.  I’m not expecting to cook much – I’m feeling quite tired this week.
    • Sunday – No real dinner (sick baby, things to get done before Hottie leaves town for the entire week, laundry from a puking kid, etc.)
    • Monday – Yogurt and an iced chai (I know, I know)
    • Tuesday – Chi.ck-Fil-A grilled nuggets and fruit bowl (and a cupcake – Jesus!)
    • Wednesday – Yogurt, oatmeal, and an iced chai (I was desperate)
    • Thursday – Margherita pizza, roasted Brussels sprouts, grilled corn
    • Friday – Pork and apple sliders
    • Saturday – Cheese fondue – yes – cheese fondue!
  • Exercise/ActivityWith my husband out of town this week, it’s going to be hard to get morning runs in.  I’m planning on tackling this by running with my little guy while my big kid is at school.  Of course – the little is sick so maybe this won’t happen.
    • Sunday – Mowed the lawn (32 minutes) – 14,000 Steps
    • Monday – INSAN.ITY (43 minutes), walk around neighborhood (37 minutes) – 16,400 Steps
    • Tuesday – Morning run (42 minutes), morning walk (57 minutes)- 22,000 Steps
    • Wednesday – INSAN.ITY and KB (47 minutes), Bodypump (43 minutes), track walk (15 minutes) – 15,300 Steps
    • Thursday – INSAN.ITY and KB (47 minutes)- 14,300 Steps
    • Friday – Morning run (44 minutes), walking (29 minutes)- 20,800 Steps
    • Saturday – NONE – So Sick!- 7,000 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I have a serious sweet tooth this week – SERIOUS.  I need to stop indulging it no matter how many calories I burn in the day.
    • Running with my little guy while my big kid is in school is working out quite well.  I need to plan on that at least 1 of the school days each week.
    • I’ve come to realize that I just cannot put my kids in daycare at the Y unless it’s really necessary (meaning Tuesday nights for INSAN.ITY, Thursday morning for HEAT if my little isn’t napping, Friday nights for swim lessons, and other random times that I just need ‘me time.”).  I don’t want to dump the little guy there without his brother Mon-Wed because that’s supposed to be our special time together, and I can’t justify putting my big kid in there Mon-Wed after going to school all morning.  I can get behind 3 sessions a week per child, but not more than that.  It just doesn’t feel right to me (but that is just me – no judgment if it feels right to you!).
    • The double nap is working out so well for me!  I am doing some KILLER workouts in my garage while the kids nap – and I’m going longer and harder than I would in a class at the Y.
    • Cross training is ESSENTIAL for me.  When I only did kickboxing, I plateaued.  When I only ran, my body always felt a little broken.  Now that I’m doing INSA.NITY, running, kickboxing, and weights – all within the same week – my body is getting rest where and when needed and I’m shocking it a pit, helping to keep the inevitable plateau at bay!
    • This week is shaping up to be a very productive one, and I did not expect that.  I feel motivated!
    • I am super thrilled to be in the 24.X percents for body fat, but do know that I could bounce back up to the 25’s easily enough.
    • I got a terrible chest cold at the end of the week, and spent much of Saturday sleeping and resting.  I hated taking a day off, but it was for the best.
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Fitness Stat-urday – Week 2 + 1

Starting Statistics on 08/30/2014

  • Weight:  155 Pounds (took 0.6 pounds off during my stabilizing week)
  • Body Fat %:  25.1% (took 0.7% off during my stabilizing week)
  • BMI:  24.3
  • Predicted Weight from MyFit.nessP.al:  140 Pounds (targeting 1.5 pounds per week)

Goals for the Next 10 Weeks (Ending 11/08/2014)

  • Weight:  142.6 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  22.1%
  • BMI:  22.3
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

Week Ending 09/20/2014

  • Week 2+1 Statistics
    • Weight:  151.8 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  1.8 Pounds lost
    • Body Fat %:  25.4%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.8% gained
    • BMI: 23.8
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  6 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  7 Hours 02 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  16,100
  • Food:  After coming home from vacation, it’s time to get back on the healthy food bandwagon.  When we cook at home, the rule is still paleo – ALWAYS.  We don’t bring grains or potatoes or any processed foods into our house.  When we eat out, we eat paleo 50% of the time – and try to keep the non-50% as healthy as the menu allows.  The kids eat paleo at all times – when eating in or out.  Actually – they eat paleo 100% of the time unless my little guy is teething something fierce and needs crusty bread to gnaw on.
    • Sunday – Chip.otle dinner – because the kids love it and we love them!
    • Monday – Shrimp tacos and French onion soup out (so NOT paleo)
    • Tuesday – Rotisserie chicken breast and peas
    • Wednesday – Paleo chicken non-tortilla soup
    • ThursdayCoconut corn chowder with shrimp (NOT paleo  but it is our only sweet corn all year!) – I subbed heavy whipping cream for 1/2 of the 2 cups of milk, I used 2% milk (they don’t specify), I added dried parsley and paprika, I sautéed up 10 shrimp to toss in at the very end, and I used an emersion blender instead of my food processor.  It was EXCELLENT!  Oh – and we topped it off with a touch of sour cream when we served it.
    • Friday – Pan.era soup and salad
    • Saturday – Dinner at my folks’ (beef tenderloin is all I know so far)!
  • Exercise/Activity: Back at it and working at a very intense level.  A quick note – I won the steps challenge I was randomly put in by Garm.in last week, and that included this Sunday’s all-time low of 10,000 steps (challenges run Mon-Sun).  That was pretty exciting (not really).
    • Sunday – None – travel day- 10,000 Steps
    • Monday – Morning run (43 minutes), mowed the lawn (40 minutes) – 18,600 Steps
    • Tuesday – Morning walk (106 minutes), INSAN.ITY class (40 minutes) – 24,000 Steps
    • Wednesday – Kickboxing (40 minutes) – 14,400 Steps
    • Thursday – Evening run (33 minutes), walk (13 minutes) – 16,500 Steps
    • Friday – INSAN.ITY at home (47 minutes), walk (25 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
    • Saturday – Afternoon walk (35 minutes)- 13,200 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • It was time for new running shoes – my ankles and knees are killing me.  I found my $160 Asi.cs for $90 at Ama.zon.  WIN!  The new running shoes are so nice – totally worth the $160 I didn’t pay for them!  I would pay full price in the future if I had to – they’re that great!
    • My big kid was having a hell of a time falling asleep for his nap on Thursday, which meant I couldn’t go out to the garage and kick and hit the bag (it’s super loud).  I really wanted to workout though, so I started the interval timer and led myself through an INSAN.ITY workout that I remembered from the class at the Y.  I’ll do that again – it was quiet, still got my aggressions out, and burned over 500 calories in 47 minutes.  And let me just note that that interval timer is the gift to myself that keeps on giving!
    • I gained 0.8% body fat, which makes sense given I lifted no weights this week and the adjustment back from vacation.  25.4% is a rather realistic number for how I look right now, so I like it better than the lower numbers from before that gave me false confidence.    I feel like this is a “corrected” number from the change to athlete mode on the fat monitor, the change in how I hold the fat monitor, and a return from vacation.
    • Wow – 1.8 pounds shed over my pre-vacation weight – I could not be happier with this +1 week to get back to where I was before we left town.  I’m actually where I wanted to be (152 pounds) at the end of week 3, but I’ll keep the +1 week because of the body fat correction.

Fitness Stat-urday – Week 2

Starting Statistics on 08/30/2014

  • Weight:  155 Pounds (took 0.6 pounds off during my stabilizing week)
  • Body Fat %:  25.1% (took 0.7% off during my stabilizing week)
  • BMI:  24.3
  • Predicted Weight from MyFit.nessP.al:  140 Pounds (targeting 1.5 pounds per week)

Goals for the Next 10 Weeks (Ending 11/08/2014)

  • Weight:  142.6 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  22.1%
  • BMI:  22.3
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

Week Ending 09/11/2014 (the week ended early due to vacation)

  • Week 2 Statistics
    • Weight: 153.6 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  1.4 Pounds Lost
    • Body Fat %:  24.6%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.1% Lost
    • BMI: 24
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  7 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  8 Hours 15 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  17,328 Steps
  • Food:  This week was tricky since we headed out of town (sans kids!) on Thursday.  Dinner reservations were made without concern to the menu and being Paleo.  We were hoping to do lots of walking, to hopefully balance everything out in the end.
    • Sunday – Soccer night = easy dinner = pizza out (thin crust veggie)
    • Monday – Dinner out consisting of a fabulous Paleo salad
    • Tuesday – Pear and Ground Pork Stuffed Winter Squash
    • Wednesday – Meatballs and Carrots
    • Thursday – VACATION
    • Friday – VACATION
    • Saturday – VACATION
  • Exercise/Activity: I have found some group fitness classes at our resort in Teluride that I plan to attend (and drag my husband to with me).  We solely depended on lots of walking to keep us active, but as expected, these numbers did go down this week (except for the amount of steps!).
    • Sunday – Mowing the lawn and some yard work (40 minutes) – 10,800 Steps
    • Monday – Morning run (43 minutes), strength training (42 minutes) – 18,100 Steps
    • Tuesday – Morning run (44 minutes), INSANITY (37 minutes), walking (11 minutes) – 22,000 Steps
    • Wednesday- Morning run (52 minutes) – 19,000 Steps
    • Thursday- Morning run (46 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
    • Friday- Hours of walking (90 minutes) – 18,200 Steps
    • Saturday- Hours of walking (90 minutes) – 17,200 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • So I’m running in the mornings now.  I really enjoy it!  My little guy and I go out as the sun comes up and get 3+ miles in whenever the weather cooperates.  I don’t have a set running schedule, and I’m not trying to become a fast runner.  I just want to get out there and do it!
    • Because we’re heading out of town without the kids on Thursday, I don’t want to drag them to the Y every day.  They need time with Mom and Dad before the big departure.  I’m counting on my running, one class at the Y, walking with my little while his brother is in school, resistance bands at home, and our KB bag to keep me active and productive!
    • We ate dinner before INSANITY on Tuesday and that was a mistake.  Tuesday is now soup night and we’ll eat after class.
    • All stats are from Thursday, 09/11/2014, because I didn’t have access to scales or body fat measurements while in Telluride
    • I did weigh myself after coming home and vacation cost me only 1.8 pounds – not awful!
    • I am adding a week to this little challenge of mine to give myself next week to recover and bounce back from vacation – next week’s post will be considered Week 2+1

Fitness Stat-urday – Week 1

Starting Statistics on 08/30/2014

  • Weight:  155 Pounds (took 0.6 pounds off during my stabilizing week)
  • Body Fat %:  25.1% (took 0.7% off during my stabilizing week)
  • BMI:  24.3
  • Predicted Weight from MyFit.nessP.al:  140 Pounds (targeting 1.5 pounds per week)

Goals for the Next 10 Weeks (Ending 11/08/2014)

  • Weight:  142.6 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  22.1%
  • BMI:  22.3
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

 

Week Ending 09/06/2014

  • Week 1 Statistics
    • Weight:  155 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  +-0 Pounds
    • Body Fat %:  24.7%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.4% Lost
    • BMI: 24.3
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  7 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  12 Hours 17 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day: 15,685
  • Food:  We started the week off pretty well, back to our Paleo lifestyle (with the exception of breakfast on Sunday because, well, it was Sunday breakfast!).  I’ve had a strange desire for chai lattes lately and really need to kick that habit (330 calories each with TONS of sugar = NOT OK).  They’re just so good!  Back to cooking on Monday and holy hell did I miss that.  I’m serious!  We kicked the week off with one of our favorite recipes and it was, once again, terrific!
    • Sunday – Fiesta Chicken Soup
    • Monday – Curry Bison Sliders and Curry Cauliflower
    • Tuesday – Shrimp in Horseradish Mustard Sauce and Peas
    • Wednesday – Pork and Apple Sliders with Maple-Buttered Brussels Sprouts
    • Thursday – Greek Chicken with Roasted Carrots
    • Friday – Pan.era Caesar Salad and French Onion Soup
    • Saturday – Date Night!
  • Exercise/Activity:
    • Sunday – Lots of yard work – mowing, trimming, bagging (95 minutes) – 12,600 Steps
    • Monday – Family bike ride (60 minutes), weight lifting and abs (20 minutes), yard work (80 minutes) – 12,600 Steps
    • Tuesday – INSANITY class (40 minutes), walking (10 minutes) – 13,700 Steps
    • Wednesday – Bodypump class (43 minutes), walking (73 minutes) – 19,000 Steps
    • Thursday – Jogged 3.4 miles (41 minutes), yard work (25 minutes) – 18,000 Steps
    • Friday – KB Bags (46 minutes), walking (57 minutes), weights (10 minutes) – 17,800 Steps
    • Saturday – Adventure Triathlon (kayaking 37 minutes, biking 68 minutes, running 43 minutes) – 16,100 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I am so happy to be cooking again!  When my husband is out of town, there really is no reason for me to slave over a meal that only I’ll truly enjoy, so we eat out a lot.  I was so relaxed chopping veggies, shopping for the week, and preparing fun meals once again.
    • I’m finding that the lattes are killing me – and they have to go.  When you add them up, they’re totaling 1200-1500 calories a week and that’s just not OK.  Those are calories that I wouldn’t consume otherwise, so they really make no sense.  I didn’t have a coffee drink of any kind on Thursday and I felt great about it!
    • I can feel myself getting stronger and stronger, and my weight isn’t changing and that’s being reflected in my body fat % loss this week – 0.4%.
    • I switched the body fat monitor to athlete mode given my level of activity for the last 12 weeks.  I had the dip in body fat in both modes (normal and athlete) because I corrected how I’m holding the body fat monitor (I knew they were doing it wrong at the gym, but I changed how I did it so it would reflect the same numbers that they had.  I’m back to doing it correctly).  Holding it correctly and switching to athlete mode got the same result as normal mode being held wrong.  It’s a wash!

2:28.5

My husband and I did our adventure tri today! 2.5 miles of kayaking, 11.5 miles of biking (9+ of which were gravel roads), and 3.5 miles of trail running. My step counter put the run at 4.6 miles – which it felt like. Ha! We finished together in 2:28.5. We’re quite pleased with that!

We didn’t finish last, which is always my fear, and we came in behind a pretty competitive dude just 2 minutes later. It was respectable!

Oh, and we won our division. We won before we started… We were the only coed team. It’s nice starting the race knowing you’ve already won! Our winnings were substantial – $100! We’ve never won prize money before. It was exciting!