Thursday, August 18, 2016

Annual Birthday Post

Last years post located here.

Holy Moly people. Another year already. Last year was a very contemplative post - one I go back and read regularly.

This year I am feeling a little more statistical. So here are some life stats for me:

1. The Kid is 1 year and 10 months, that means I have been a mom for 5% of my life.
2. The Kilted One and I have been married for 14 years and 4 months, which is 39% of my life, if you go back to when we started dating then we have been together for 17 years and 3 months or  47% of my life.
3. I have worked at my job for 12 years and 8 months full time, with just over 2 years of contract work before that. That means I've been working at the same place full time for 34% of my life, and in total I have worked with this company for 42% of my life.

At this point in the year, I tend to look back at what I have done, and then forward at what I want to do next. Sometimes it's a big grand idea, but generally it is a little accomplishment I want to tuck into my box of memories. The next thing I want to accomplish is finishing this 12 week weightlifting program - of which I am 3 weeks into - a feat that seems really doable. So I want to push myself. That is why I signed up for a 10K run in Disney World for our 15th wedding anniversary. I ran a 5k a few years back, but I have had injuries, and a baby, since then. I currently walk an average 22 minute mile (averaged over 2 miles), and the minimum pace for the 10k is a 16 minutes mile. I am currently making a plan to begin real training in mid October (when I finish up the current training cycle I'm on). In the mean time on my active rest days I am taking nice long walks, about 2 miles at a time, to get my average pace down to a more reasonable starting point.

Looking forward to what the next year brings!

With much love,
Joyful Darkness.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Weekly Round Up #24 Catch Up Post #1: Weightloss Challenge Results

Wow, I took a short break from blogging when I moved out of PT for my calf injury and moved into a 3 day weights/3 day walk workout cycle and clearly did not get back into the groove for 8 weeks straight!

I'm going to break the catch up posts into 3 or 4 sets, because 8 weeks is a long time, and a lot has happened. So here is the first set - WEIGHTLOSS CHALLENGE RESULTS

First off - I didn't 'win'. However I am not too concerned, because I did gain some good habits, and I definitely lost weight.

Overall weight loss was 5.2lbs
Based on the scales %BF I lost 12.9lbs of body fat, and increased my LBM (lean body mass) by 7.728lbs. So while the net loss was relatively low, the health benefit of that loss was excellent.

How I did it:

First I started with an overall plan. Focus on food first, then add in weights, and cardio, then slowly increase weights/cardio until the challenge was over. Next I made a spreadsheet that showed all the items that we were tracking in the challenge (%BF and Weight) along with the difference calculations so I could see the %lost. Around week 2 I added some columns to see my BF in pounds, and then the LBM (which is Weight-BF) so I could see that change as well. This was more for motivation purposes than anything else. It felt really good to see the BF reduce, but not knowing what my LBM was doing left me feeling like a puzzle piece was missing in my overall health picture.

Since the first 4 weeks were sidelined due to injury, I really focused on my food intake. I can really tell those weeks on my spreadsheet, because the LBM doesn't really budge, and one week my LBM went down (event though the % went up). However these 4 weeks of PT and food planning were great building blocks for the following weeks.

I made a workout plan based on my PT home exercises, and some good advice from my Physical Therapist. I had been doing tabata style workouts using the Fit8 app, but it was suggested that instead of lifting weight in a more conventional style where you do one lift type for x # of sets, do an interval style with lower weights, and no rest between sets.

What I came up with was -

Monday Wednesday Friday
Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Crush Grip Goblet Squat 
Dumbell Curl and Press
Calf Raises
Tripod Dumbbell Rows
Dumbell Kickbacks
Dumbbell One Arm Incline Press
Side Step Lunges
Single Leg Bridges
Balance 3 way hip
Heel Taps
Step Ups
Tree Pose

I used low weight (like 20-30 lbs for squats, and 10-12 for curls, etc). My FitBit Blaze kept me up to date on what my effort was and I was able to increase my effort as needed to keep myself in cardio HR zone for the whole workout. It took about 30-45 minutes depending on how much I needed to switch weights between exercises. I started off with a quick walk from our apartment to the gym, and ended with a walk back to the apartment. Stretches and tree pose were done at home, not as part of the workout circuit.

I also walked at work on my lunch break when I could, and we took evening walks some Tuesdays and Thursdays.

MyFitnessPal, combined with my FitBit (they integrate, which is super convenient) helped me stay on top of my goals for calorie in/out, so I could be sure I was not sabotaging myself.

We are now onto the Maintenance Challenge, which is a 6 week check in to see who has been able to keep off the weight, or continued to lose. I've switched up my work out to be more about getting stronger, and less about fat burn, and I'm making time to do a tabata or yoga workout in the morning every day.

The Kid is walking a lot, and we have a camping vacation coming up, so we will continue to walk in the evenings, so that he can get used to it.

Once we get back from vacation, however, we will need to start getting ready for a 10k, with Tuesday/Thursday walks in our neighborhood, and Saturday walks at the local park.

Stay tuned for a catch up post of my work travel, yarn happenings, and maybe more!

Joyful Darkness.

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