I had my first follow-up evaluation last week and I want to share the good and bad from it.
The bad was already pretty clear. I did well from December to February, and even managed to drop almost 15 pounds during the holidays. However, in March I went through a very large transition at work and the prep beforehand combined with the adjustment afterwards wiped 3 months off the calendar for me. (You’ll notice there was a large gap of my not blogging, or logging, or working out, or pretty much anything besides work, scarf fast food for lunch, come home too exhausted to cook or clean, eat out for dinner WAY too much.) Weight loss and fitness goals were not the only thing to suffer. My marriage, my parenting, and my laundry pile all took a big hit as well.
Starting in June, though, I feel more control and relaxed at work, and have recommitted to my fitness goals big time. I’ve been pretty consistently hitting the gym 3-4 times a week for two months now, and although my weight is still not back down, there are some improvements. Here are the numbers:
Flexibility: From “needs work” to “fit”
Pushups: went from doing 6 in a row to 14 in a row!
Biceps Strength: From b/t “needs work” and “fair” all the way to EXCELLENT! (Or by their measure, from being able to lift 39 pounds to 55 pounds.)
Inches lost: 5.75 total. 2″ from each thigh, an inch from my waist, and a tiny tiny bit from my hips. (LOL, they will be last to go, I’m sure.)
Body fat %: lost 2 percentage points to be at 34.3%. I am definitely hoping to reach a goal of 22-25% in the next year. I know I can do it.
The bad: my weight stayed virtually the same, BMI is still a 38 which is obese, and my BP and resting heart rate were actually a little higher than in December. My aerobic fitness barely budged and is still in the “needs work” category although the trainer and I had a talk about that and she felt I did make some great improvements (my recovery was much quicker than last year). She feels that it’s closer to the fair category and said that it’s likely the fact that the type of cardio they measure is the bike, and since most of my cardio is through walking/swimming, I may have a bigger jump on the bike than in the mediums I normally use.
All in all, a great jumping off point, and I’m very excited to share that I made an appointment for a 1-hour training session. She’s awesome and knows I can’t afford to do a whole series, but I shared that I really feel the lifting is moving me in the right direction. I try to do as many free weights as I can with arms, but need help knowing where to begin with squats, lunges, deadlifts, abs, and benches because I don’t feel confident enough to do them in front of others at the gym. So I should have a much better lifting routine worked out soon, and I can stop using those girly weight lifting machines!
Hopefully I will build on this progress and truly make this lifestyle thing stick.