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2011-12-29, Weekly Stats — Week 2 (again)


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First things first…  No, you’re not hallucinating, I’m doing “week 2” twice.  Yes, you heard me right.  LOL

I realized that my progress photos were one week off from my weekly stats.  That’s because a full week went by after I had renewed my fitness efforts before I took my first set of progress photos.  So, I’m haveing two “week twos” to keep the week numbers in sync.  No matter how you count it, my stats were basically flat, slow downward trend by very small decrease since I started.  So enjoy my Week TWO Stats!  🙂 Confused yet?

On to the recap:  I don’t know why I’m surprised, especially since I have been doing this huge “song and dance” production number about this here on my blog…  BUT getting moving on the journey toward fitness takes time and effort!

The main thing that went on this week was:

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2011-12-22, Weekly Stats — Week 2


2011-12-22-Table ©2011This week I had a lot of drama involving my truck which absorbed all my energy.  The good news is:

  • I have a brand new truck!  And I’m loving every bit the “newness” of it!!!!
  • I don’t have to worry about breakdowns any more for 100,000 miles (bought an extended mechanical warranty) which means less stress and improved health.
  • I don’t have to worry about new tires for the next 3 years (bought a tire warranty) which means less stress and improved health.
  • I lost 1 pound from this week (Jenny Craig Weigh-in)
  • Lost .51 % Body Fat
  • Lost inches.

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Ya Gotta Play With Numbers, Rejoice in the Math, and Revel in the Research!


Curious Cats ©2011My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts; I majored in Library Science and Drama.  Which means [drumroll please] I have a B.A. in L.S.D.!  Honest!  I’m not kidding.  Neat huh? 🙂

One nice thing about getting a liberal arts degree was that only one semester of the lowest level of algebra was required. Yay! Yippee! Woo Hoo!

So, who knew that years later I would actually *need* some of that math to become fit!  The other thing that college taught me is how to do research.  Which is a good thing, I guess, since I’m a Librarian.  A big chunk of my job is finding information.  But who knew that I’d be using that skill set to get healthy?

After writing Setting Goals: You gotta do the math! Ugh!,  it occurred to me that I’ve been using some fitness formulas, terms and guidelines without really defining or explaining them.  This post will elaborate on the following points:

  • How I arrived at a goal of 194 lbs and 12% Body Fat
  • The maximum safe amount you should plan on losing per week is 1% of your total body mass.
  • When losing weight the goal is to lose body fat, not muscle; in other words your “lean body mass” should remain fairly constant.
  • The “Healthy at Every Size” Movement.  It is important to “listen” to your body; weight and body fat are only two indicators of health, they should not be relied upon to the exclusion of other factors.

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2011-12-15, Weekly Stats (Starting Over–Third Time is the Charm!)


2011-12-16-Ticker ©20112011-12-15 Table ©2011Ok, this past week marks the end of a renewed effort to become fit.  I have been more aware of what I’ve been eating and making better choices.  I’m at the beginning of a very long road.  Wish me success! 🙂

So far… so good. Yay me!  See ya on the dance floor!

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Some Cool Calculators from the US Military


Soldier Workout (CC)I stumbled across a website that had a bunch of calculators and just had to share it with you guys, dear readers, all 12 of you who are actually reading this blog.

It is www.healthstatus.com and I found it on a Google Search.  I didn’t try all the Health Calculators they have but I did try out three of them:

Army Body Fat Calculator (www.healthstatus.com)

I filled in the little blanks and this calculator gave me a figure of 41.85 %.  Today, my daily average was 41.38 using electrical impedance method.  Not too far off and well within the 1-3% disclaimer on the webpage with the calculator.

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