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13 April 2007 @ 08:44 am
diet, weight and the quest for a healthy body  
And lo, the Six Week Challenge has begun!

Don is doing this with me, even though he can almost never get to weekday classes. He can add in regular workouts at home, and - if he's a better man than I (and I suspect he is) - could attend both Saturday and Sunday morning kickboxing.

So. Last night. We got there early for all the tests, the results of which were written down on index cards. Six months from now, we'll repeat each test and marvel over our improvement. I hope.

First was the body fat test. I went first. The testing device was a handheld electronic instrument. Age, height, and weight (bastard people made us say it out loud) were entered. Then, you held it with both hands out at arm's length, and after a few seconds it told you your body fat and (I think, 'cause I didn't look too closely) your BMI.

The moment of truth: 25.7.

I'm told that's in the healthy-ish range. I want to see it drop several points. We shall see.

Then we did push-ups until we flagged (knee push-ups for me, and only 27), sit ups (within a minute - 36. meh) and finally, held a wall squat until we could hold it no longer. Now, I always thought a proper wall squat meant tabletop legs. Most of the people were nowhere near that, and held their squats a lot longer than I was able. Oh, well. The person who held the longest: 12 minutes. I crapped out at 2:45. I suspect I'll improve on that, but again - we shall see.

After all of that, we had a killer class. Angela pushed the hell out of us. I admit I flagged a bit. Made it through, but WOW, was it a slog. And I'm thinking of taking Renata's class tonight. The time may have come to bump it up to four classes a week. *whimper*

It may be a good thing that this six week challenge is overlapping my ten week nutritional course. I've done pretty well this week. All the prep work is a right pain, but I'm not going to let that be an excuse to cheat. Also? I've found that if I have to write down what I eat, I will be scrupulously honest. Therefore, I am severely disinclined to cheat. That handful of M&Ms isn't worth the humiliation I'll feel when Angela looks over my weekly food log.

For some reason, I'm craving pizza in a HUGE way. Won't give in. Won't!

Oh, and for you who may know more about this than I, I've been using 1% milk. I have a full half gallon, and I don't want to let it go to waste. I use it but sparingly. I had cereal for breakfast twice this week, and I've used maybe a cup of milk total. Anyway, the eating plan calls for skim milk. Is it really going to break me, to ruin the diet, to have 1% instead of skim? Which, by the way, I really do not like.
I feel: determineddetermined
I hear: 'Sedna,' Heather Dale
Vampcurse: fragglewashvampcurse on April 13th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
I have complete faith in you to do this.
You are AWESOME at everything you set out to do.

Kiss some ass!
Jessica Arielliret on April 13th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I just had an awesome healthy pizza for lunch - high fiber crust & crumbled low-fat feta cheese. It was amazing. Could you try making a healthy version?
Kel: Botherladyjoust on April 13th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
I can certainly try to make a healthy pizza, though I don't know if even that will fit the requirements.

What I really want, though, is the bad-for-you variety: lots of cheese, lots of artery clogging toppings, and far, far too many slices of it.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on April 14th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Six months from now, we'll repeat each test and marvel over our improvement.

I suspect that was supposed to read "six weeks". :-p

Oh, you thought you signed up for a six week challenge? *cackle* No, no, see right here, on the contract you signed in blood? Six months! Now back on the mat and make with the squat thrusts!
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on April 14th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
BTW on the skim milk thing, I can't stand the stuff, it's like drinking water.

But there's a product called Skim Plus that is basically concentrated skim milk. It's far more drinkable, fat free and has more protein per cup than regular skim. It's also more expensive.

IMO, there isn't all that much fat in milk to begin with, so I don't usually worry about it unless I'm on a very very strict dieting thing.
Kel: Babs unmaskedladyjoust on April 15th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Bleargh. I know!

I was looking for that product in my grocery store (to no avail) but y'know... I think you're right. I'm not on a strict diet, so I'm not going to sweat the 1% thing.