I’m getting fitter

June 19, 2009 at 1:51 am Leave a comment

I have just been searching for something I remember writing a while back. I eventually found it. Posted July 2007! Had to go back a long way. I found it by checking the comments, rather than my posts, because I remember someone had commented on it. As a result, I’ve just reread a bunch of comments going back two years. There were so many people who I haven’t seen in ages. If you’re still out there, thank you for still visiting, and how are y’all doing? I’m going to have to start tracking you all down and see how you’re doing. Anyway, this is what I was looking for:

Today, on our way back to the UK, we came through two airports. Everytime I rounded a corner and saw a flight of steps my heart sank. When there was an escalator too, I took that. At one point, waiting for my mum to come out of the ladies’, I watched various people, of all shapes and sizes, young and old, come round the corner and walk straight up the stairs, ignoring the automated version completely. That’s my goal. I want to be one of those people.

Anyway, the day before yesterday hubby and I delivered my old weight bench to a kid (university student) who lives near us and bought it off me on ebay. He lived up two flights of stairs and the three of us carried it up there (it needed all three of us because we had had to take it apart to fit in the car). At the top, despite the fact that he had been living there for a year, this nineteen year old kid was puffing and panting, and hubby and I who live in a ground floor flat with no stairs, were absolutely fine. Hubby actually takes stairs at work daily but for me this is a MAJOR improvement. We both felt quite chuffed with ourselves.

Well, it’s apparently taken nearly two years, but I am noticing these improvements more or less on a daily basis: from walking up the stairs, to dancing at a festival without getting winded, to doing tougher and tougher workouts but feeling better after them than before.

The last couple of days I have had a bit of sore throat and chesty (asthmatic) cough. I’m already off to a bad start for the week with my nutrition goals (more protein, more fibrous veg), having had soup and nothing else for breakfast and lunch today. But following the neck up/neck down rule I did my TT workout anyway. I didn’t much feel like it but just repeated my mantra: thinner, fitter, healthier until it got through. The workout went a little bit better than previously – I did all three sets of step ups without having to swing my arms to give me momentum, so my legs are getting stronger. But the real improvement was noticeable when I did my intervals:

I upped my top speed for my 30 second RPE 9 intervals from 10kph to 10.5kph. I’m not sure what my max HR was because I seem to have exceeded the capacity of the HRM built into my treadmill – it doesn’t seem to go above 169! But I felt better at the end of my 90 sec RPE 3 recovery intervals than I have been doing previously, and my HR one minute after stopping at the end of my workout, was 109 – lower than it was when I got on! Up until now my 1 minute recovery HR has ranged from 116 to 126 bpm after this workout (TT Advanced Intervals Workout A). So despite not being completely well, and running my fastest and furthest yet, my recovery was quicker than it has ever been before.

I’m starting to feel a whole lot better about those measurements yesterday.

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Blubberbegone Stats

  • Start: 16 stone, 45.7% body fat
  • Goal: 10 stone, 20% body fat
  • Today: 14 stone 13.6 lbs, 44.8% BF
  • Pounds lost: 14.4
  • Body fat lost: 0.9%
  • Exercise this week (Sat–Fri):
  • Total: 2 hr 5 mins
  • Jog/Walk: 20 mins
  • Walking: 20 mins
  • Burlesque: 1 hr
  • Pilates: 25 mins
  • African dance: mins
  • Tae Kwon Do: mins
  • Badminton: mins
  • Tai Chi: mins
  • Yoga: hr
  • Exercise last week: 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Joke of the Day

    I'm not fat - I'm a woman and a half.

    Motivation

    My Weight Loss Goals

  • 1. Crack 15 stone (210 lbs) for the fourth and final (I hope) time.
  • 2. Lose 10% of my body fat (14 stone 4).
  • 3. Fit into a size 18 (US 16).
  • 4. Get my body fat below 40%
  • 5. Lose another 10% of my body fat (12 stone 12/180 lbs).
  • 6. Get my BMI under 30 (12 stone 9/177 lbs) - no longer obese, just overweight now.
  • 7. Weigh less than my husband.
  • 8. Fit into a size 16 (US 14).
  • 9. Lose my third 10% (11 stone 8/162 lbs).
  • 10. Fit into a size 14 (US 12).
  • 11. Get my BMI under 25 (10 stone 8/148 lbs).
  • 12. Lose my fourth 10% (10 stone 6/ 146 lbs).
  • 13. Fit into a size 12 (US 10).
  • 14. Reach my goal weight (10 stone) and decide if I need to lose any more based on my muscularity and shape.
  • 15. Turn heads in a bikini!
  • My Fitness Goals for 2011

  • 1. Increase my cruising walking speed from around 5.0kph to 6.4kph.
  • 2. Increase continuous jogging time to 30 mins.
  • 3. Run a 5K for charity.
  • 4. Work on my crawl stroke and build up to 30 mins continuous swimming.
  • 5. Build up to 1 hour continuous and comfortable cycling.
  • 6. Squat 50kg.
  • 7. Do an unassisted chin up.
  • 8. Take a martial arts or self-defence class for at least 3 months.
  • 9. Beat my husband at badminton.
  • 10. Learn a new dance style.
  • My Blubber Reduction Journey

  • My highest measured weight ever:
  • Jan 1 2006 = 238 lbs (17 stone)
  • BBG blog starting weight:
  • Sep 16 2007 = 215.5 lbs (15 stone 5.5), 47.0% BF Lean body mass 114.2 lbs (8 stone 2.2)
  • Highest weight posted since then:
  • Xmas 2008 = 223.6 lbs (15 stone 13.6), 48.2% BF, lean body mass 116.0 lbs (8 stone 4)
  • Lowest weight posted since then:
  • Nov 16 2009 = 193.2 lbs (13 stone 11.2), 43.7% BF, lean body mass 108.8 lbs (7 stone 10.8)
  • Lowest body fat posted since then:
  • Sep 7 2009 = 194.2 lbs (13 stone 12.2), 42.6% BF, lean body mass 111.5 lbs (7 stone 13.5)
  • My blubber reduction journey 2011:
  • Xmas 2010 = 221.6 lbs, 46.7% BF, 118.1 lbs LBM
  • 5 Jan = 221.0 lbs, 47.1% BF
  • 12 Jan = 219.6 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 19 Jan = 220.4 lbs, 45.8% BF (TTOM)
  • 26 Jan = 218.8 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Feb = 218.8 lbs, 44.7% BF
  • 9 Feb = 219.4 lbs, 44.9% BF
  • 16 Feb = 215.8 lbs, 44.6% BF
  • 23 Feb = 213.2 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Mar = 211.6 lbs, 45.9% BF
  • 9 Mar = 209.8 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 16 Mar = 208.8 lbs, 45.3% BF
  • 23 Mar = 208.0 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 13 Apr = 208.4 lbs, 44.4% BF
  • 20 Apr = 207.6 lbs, 43.3% BF
  • 27 Apr = 205.0 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 4 May = 209.2 lbs, 45.2% BF (TTOM)
  • No. weeks: 18
  • Average weekly weight loss: 0.31%
  • 101 in 1001

    28 down, 5 goals revoked, 68 to go, and 94 days to do them. Check out the 101 page, above, for all the latest on my journey to be a better blubberbegone.

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