Fitness Stat-urday – Week 7

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 11/22/2014)

  • Weight:  143 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  23%
  • BMI:  22.4
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

Week Ending 10/25/2014

Week 7 Statistics

  • Weight:  148 Pounds
  • Pounds Lost or Gained:  1.4 Pounds lost since last week, but even with Week 5 (148 pounds) – so 0?
  • Body Fat %:  23.7
  • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.04% lost
  • BMI: 23.2
  • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  6 Days
  • Time Spent Being Active:   6 Hours  55 Minutes
  • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  16,914
  • Food:  We went to my brother-in-law’s garden to harvest veggies and came home with lots of beets, butternut squash, and carrots.  I’m going to be making soup out of them this week – so I’m hoping that helps to trim me down a bit.
    • Sunday – German badness = grilled cheese (the Munster cheese made it German) and fries (this was a free day!)
    • Monday – Squash soup, French onion soup
    • TuesdayButternut squash soup (fresh squash from my BIL’s garden = AWESOME!) – I made some of the modifications noted in the comments and it was awesome, but next time, I’ll be using sour cream or Greek yogurt instead of the cream cheese.  Froze 4 servings!
    • WednesdayBeet soup (fresh beets from my BIL’s garden – 3 pounds of them!) – I used beef stock instead of chicken stock, added some goat chees with garlic and herbs, and used 0.5 cups of heavy cream instead of the half and half.  Froze 8 servings!
    • Thursday – Skinnyl.icious shrimp tacos Che.esec.ake Factory. GOOD! 560 Calories
    • Friday – Healthy Thai food (seriously, no rice or fillers!)
    • Saturday – Veggie pizza
  • Exercise/ActivityI’m planning on running quite a bit and walking with the boys – I need to get more steps in!  The first half of the week is going to be beautiful, and I’m planning to take advantage of it.  I will also go for 7 hours of good activity again – I think 7 hours is a great goal not including walking.
    • Sunday – None – rest day – 8,500 Steps
    • Monday – Morning run (53 minutes), morning walk (45 minutes), kickboxing (14 minutes), ISAN.ITY Core (8 minutes), additional core work (8 minutes) – 24,7000 Steps
    • Tuesday – Evening run (50 minutes) – 20,000 Steps
    • Wednesday – Morning run (52 minutes) – 16,500 Steps
    • Thursday – Strength class (50 minutes), treadmill running (35 minutes) – 17,000 Steps
    • Friday – Treadmill running (43 minutes), walking cool down (17 minutes) – 17,700 Steps
    • Saturday – INSAN.ITY )40 minutes) – 14,000 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I am taking this week very, VERY seriously to get back on track.  I have been slacking a bit in the steps department and it’s a beautiful week ahead here in Iowa, so I plan to get outside!
    • My diet needs to get better – cleaner – and I’m working hard on that.  I had fries on my free days in the last two weeks, and that’s just not good.
    • Cupcake day is worth the splurge though.  We go once a week, and I look forward to it ALWAYS!
    • New things are worth a try!  Beet soup was a hit in our house, which is good since we have 8 servings now in the freezer.  I am stocked up for next week when my husband is out of town
    • While walking into the Y on Thursday, I thought, “why am I walking the track when I could easily be running?”. Enter the treadmill! I ran 2+ FAST miles before my weights class and 1.5 decent-paced miles afterwards. I’ll be doing that every Thursday and/or Friday, if possible!
    • Back to 148 pounds (and 147.2 this Sunday morning)… Whew!
    • I’m so excited to be under 24% body fat!
    • Good things are happening all over my body. My abs are starting to take shape, my saddle bags are shrinking, and my arms and legs are becoming more defined. I’m thrilled!

 

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Fitness Stat-urday – Week 6

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 11/22/2014)

  • Weight:  143 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  23%
  • BMI:  22.4
  • Push-ups:  90
  • Sit-ups:  53
  • Mile Run Time:  7:26

Week Ending 10/18/2014

I didn’t get my pictures or measurements done at Week 5 because we were headed out of town.  I took these yesterday (Friday) after a long INSAN.ITY and kickboxing workout – hence the sweat.  I am not thrilled about that area around my belly button – no matter what I do, I think it will always be there from pregnancy.  BUT – I’m lucky I don’t have stretch marks – so I’ll live with this little bit of loose skin.  After all, it’s the only physical reminder I have left of my pregnancies besides my C-section scar so I shouldn’t complain.  😉  (Taking these photos felt like taking my weekly pregnancy photos – it was a little surreal.  I was not sad to realize that that is all behind me, but it did take me back to that precious time.) (Note to self – self tanners are worth it for these photos.  Holy pasty belly!)

Flexed abs, but not sucked in. Progress!
Flexed abs, but not sucked in. Progress!
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With clothes on, which is actually more important to me than without clothes on! (This was taken in the new clothing sizes after the first 5 weeks of this session.)
  • Week 6 Statistics
    • Weight:   149.4 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  1.4 Pounds gained
    • Body Fat %:  24.1%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.1% Gained
    • BMI: 23.4
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  6 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:   7 Hours 1 Minute
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  13,042
  • Food:  My husband is back in town for the week – so we are cooking again in this house!
    • Sunday – Free day – came home from night away without kids so kept the party going with baaaaad-for-me pizza!
    • Monday – The hubs brought home cheese and crackers – the fancy good kind. That was dinner (and wine). It was good!
    • Tuesday – Pumpkin soup (out of the freezer) and two small slices of leftover pizza
    • Wednesday – Curry burgers (beef), Brussels sprouts, and peas
    • Thursday – Greek chicken and carrots
    • Friday – Smoked meat, green beans
    • Saturday – Veggie pizza
  • Exercise/Activity: Sunday was set to be a rest day since my husband and I would be driving back from a night out of town without the boys.  This means that there is a lot of time to make up to hit 7 hours of good activity! 
    • Sunday – None (that’s right, none) – 6,700 Steps
    • Monday – INS.ANI.TY (66 minutes) – 12,700 Steps
    • Tuesday – INS.ANI.TY (66 minutes)- 11,700 Steps
    • Wednesday – IN.SANI.TY (27 minutes), kickboxing (24 minutes)- 13,300 Steps
    • Thursday – INSANI.TY (33 minutes), weight training (45 minutes), track walking (32 minutes), wagon walk with boys (15 minutes)- 17,300 Steps
    • Friday – INSA.NIT.Y (50 minutes), kickboxing (14 minutes) – 12,000 Steps
    • Saturday – Afternoon run (49 minutes) – 17,600 Steps
  • Notes and findings:
    • The weekend away was nothing but food and fun – so I don’t expect to loose an ounce this week and am actually hoping to be back at 148 when the week is done.  I’m starting the week with a lot of work to do
    • My little needed a morning nap after dropping my big kid off at school on Monday, so we came home. He slept over an hour and I did 66 minutes of INSA.NITY before waking him to get his brother. That worked out and I hope to do that again!
    • I’m sacrificing steps for more calorie-burning activities like longer cardio and strength sessions.  I don’t feel good about it, but I need to burn some fat this week!
    • I finally got a GOOD strength day in – I’m feeling it more than 24 hours later.  PAIN = happiness!
    • It’s Wednesday and I’m thinking of converting this week to a +1 week since we enjoyed our trip to KC way too much.  I could use a stabilizing week.  We’ll see.  This week proves that fried foods will get you – even if only consumed in fewer than 24 hours.  We had cheese curds, truffle fries, and calamari all on Saturday and I’m still fighting it in both weight and body fat %.  GAH
    • I didn’t get measurements last week, so I did them today. Progress… See belowThe gals who measured me at the gym pulled the tape tighter than I do, so the waist is still confusing me as to how they ever got 32.5 (belly button waist).
    • I have gone down one pants size (from a 10 to a comfortable 8 in the same jeans) and one tops size (large to a medium in the same shirt) after the first 5 weeks of this session.  I’m happy with that and honestly don’t think I care to get into a 6 – too much pressure.
    • I’ve decided not to convert this week to a +1 because that wouldn’t be right, but I do want five weeks from measurements to measurements… So I’m adding an 11th week to my challenge which means I’ll do final measurements in five weeks (November 22 – the weekend before Thanksgiving)

 Measure

 

Fitness Stat-urday – Week 5 (Mid-way!)

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)

5-Week Statistics on 10/11/2014

  • Weight:  148 Pounds
  • Pounds Lost in 5+1 Weeks:  7 Pounds
  • Body Fat %:  24.0%
  • Body Fat % Lost in 5 Weeks:  1.1% (note that measuring in “normal” mode and holding the monitor the old (wrong) way, as I did in week 1, registers 23.5% showing a 1.6% loss)
  • BMI: 23.2
  • BMI Points Lost in 5 Weeks:  1.1
  • Predicted Weight Based on 5-Week Stats:  142.2 Pounds (based on a 1.166 pound loss per week which is my average loss in 5+1 weeks)

5 week stats


 

Week Ending 10/11/2014

  • Week 5 Statistics
    • Weight:  148 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  1 Pound lost
    • Body Fat %:  24.0%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.4% lost
    • BMI: 23.2
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  7 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  8 Hours 53 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  16,271 Steps
  • Food:  It’s another week of travel for my husband, so we’ll be doing mostly leftovers for dinners this week.  After two nights/days in a row of eating pretty freely over the weekend, it will be good to dial it back!
    • Sunday – French onion soup
    • Monday – Chicken non-tortilla soup (out of the freezer from my last batch and it was as good as when it’s made fresh!)
    • Tuesday – Oatmeal
    • Wednesday – Smoked chicken and brisket, green beans
    • Thursday – Chicken non-tortilla soup
    • Friday – Smoke chicken and brisket, green beans
    • Saturday – Date Night
  • Exercise/Activity: I really want to hit 7 hours of activity this week.  I was 40-ish minutes shy last week.  Working out solo parenting may prove difficult but I’m committed to doing it every day.
    • Sunday – Mowed the lawn (42 minutes)- 12,000 Steps
    • Monday – Evening run (39 minutes), leisurely walk (30 minutes) – 18,800 Steps
    • Tuesday – Morning walk (68 minutes), INSANITY (41 minutes), track walking (18 minutes)- 20,400 Steps
    • Wednesday – Cardio/strength class (40 minutes), track walking (30 minutes) – 15,200 Steps
    • Thursday – INSANI.TY and kickboxing (57 minutes), after-lunch walk (30 minutes)- 15,500 Steps
    • Friday – INS.ANITY (48 minutes), track walk (30 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
    • Saturday – Walking (60 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I ran without my little guy on Monday night and ran 4 miles at a 9:30 pace, which is really good for me (I’m a slow runner).  I want to try to run solo at least once a week, if possible, just to keep that speed going
    • I need to scale back the Diet Pe.psi (just writing that made my mouth water – I am THAT addicted to it)
    • This week is the half-way mark of my 10 weeks.  I’m going to try to do measurements, but will skip pushups, sit-ups, and the mile run because my husband and I are going out of town sans kids on Saturday night and we’ll be rushed to get on the road.  Those stats are more of a 10-week thing, so I feel OK skipping them.  My ankle is so weak right now that my mile run will be longer than it was 6 weeks ago.
    • I tried a new class at the Y tonight (Wednesday) and although it was good, it wasn’t terribly exciting.  I was a little disappointed and wish I’d done INSA.NITY in my garage this afternoon instead.  Taking the kids to the Y for a 6:30 class seemed cruel, but they had a great time!
    • The Wednesday class got all muscle groups strengthened with weights – yay!
    • When I hold the body fat monitor the old (wrong) way, set to “normal” mode (not athlete), the body fat reading is 23.6% which actually should be compared to my starting value because that’s how I was holding it and it was set to “normal” mode.  But this is a minor detail and since I measure daily in “athlete” mode while holding it correctly, I’m keeping the 24.0% for tracking purposes.  But I want to note for myself that based on how I measured on day 1, I’ve lost 1.5% body fat in the 5 weeks so far
    • It’s Thursday and I’m calling it right now – I’m going to end the week where I started on weight.  This is feeling like a plateau/stabilizing week to me.
    • Finally a dip in body fat!  I couldn’t be happier with this week.  There was no weight loss, but gain in muscle mass is way more important to me at this rate.
    • Holy smokes – I lost a pound right there at the end of the week. Hooray!
    • I will be modifying my 10-week goals to match what has happened in the last 5 weeks – want to keep things realistic!

Fitness Stat-urday – Week 4

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 10/04/2014

  • Week 4 Statistics
    • Weight:  149 Pounds
    • Pounds Lost or Gained:  2 Pounds
    • Body Fat %:  24.4%
    • Body Fat % Lost or Gained:  0.0%
    • BMI: 23.3
    • Workout Days (goal is 6 days):  6 Days
    • Time Spent Being Active:  6 Hours  27 Minutes
    • Average Number of Steps Per Day:  13,728
  • Food:  This will be a week of cooking dinners at home.  No travel for my husband means kitchen time for me!  We’ve got our favorites lined up this week!
    • Sunday – Greek chicken with homemade apple pie as dessert
    • Monday – Curry burgers
    • Tuesday – I’m too ashamed to log what I had for dinner.  We went to the Y for INSAN.ITY fit testing, which I thought would take 10-15 minutes.  The testing itself was quick, but then we were led through another 20 minutes of class, taking us to 6:50.  We then walked the track for 10 minutes and because we’re putting the kids to bed earlier these days, my hubs said, “DQ for dinner?”  And I agreed.  I had a kids cup of vanilla ice cream – and that was my dinner.  I put the frozen soup (homemade leftovers) back in the freezer for another time.
    • Wednesday – Curried pumpkin soup – This was excellent!  It needed a bit of something more in the way of spices, and we’re not sure what.  I think we’ll try coriander or nutmeg next time.  I subbed coconut oil for the canola oil and it worked out great.  I used low sodium broth which was a mistake – follow the recipe!
    • Thursday – Pear and Ground Pork Stuffed Winter Squash (we used carnival squash instead of acorn squash this time – and we prefer the acorn squash)
    • FridayChicken non-tortilla soup We took the boys bowling tonight and then out for hot dogs for them.  We ate oatmeal – it was the only healthier option there.  It was good!
    • Saturday – Date night!!!
  • Exercise/Activity: I’ll be hitting it hard this week again – shooting for 7 hours of activity.  My goal is 2 4-mile runs (Mon, Tues, Fri), 3 INSAN,ITY and KB workouts in the garage, and a weights class at the YMCA.  I need to keep working hard at cardio but really like the garage workouts for strength and endurance training.
    • Sunday – Mowed the lawn (47 minutes) – 11,200 Steps
    • Monday – Morning run (45 minutes) – 14,500 Steps
    • Tuesday – INSAN.ITY and kickboxing (52 minutes), more INSAN.ITY (28 minutes), track walking (10 minutes) – 14,800 Steps
    • Wednesday – Rest day!- 9,100 Steps (so not proud of this)
    • Thursday – INSAN.ITY and kickboxing (70 minutes) – 13,000 Steps
    • Friday – Track walking (66 minutes), INSAN.ITY core and balance (15 minutes) – 16,000 Steps
    • Saturday – Afternoon run (48 minutes)- 17,500 Steps
  • Notes and findings: 
    • I have a chest cold this week that doesn’t seem to be keeping me down, but it made me want to take a rest day.
    • Working out in the garage is… working out great!  I can’t believe how motivated I am to work out on my own.
    • I tried working out in the basement while the kids played and that proved to be difficult – I’ll keep working out while they nap!
    • We went to the Y on Friday morning to do nothing in particular other than give myself a parenting break.  My big kid was EXCITED to go and my little one couldn’t get to the toys soon enough.  I walked the track for an hour, watching my older son play with his friends in the gym just below.  It was fun – and I think I’ll do that every Friday that my little guy doesn’t nap in the morning!
    • I am done getting “egg white delig.ht” breakfast sandwiches from McDo.nalds.  I figured they weren’t great for me, but they are so tasty and thue “healthiest” option in the morning if I’m choosing to go there (and I go there Mon-Wed after preschool drop-off just for their Die.t Co.ke – which is just so good!).  I have known that they’d have to go at some point, so when I read all about how it’s made, I decided to ditch them.  I had one last one and that’s it – I’m done.  I’ve been there twice since saying “no more” and I’ve just gotten my Di.et Co.ke and I’m perfectly happy with that.
    • I met my exercise goals with the exception of a weights session.  😦