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18 April 2010 @ 10:38 pm
We just kicked off the Six Week Challenge at my gym: six weeks 'til Memorial Day, six weeks to buckle down and try to get summer/tank-top-and-shorts fit. Each participant received a body fat reading and went through a series of timed drills. Come the end of May, we'll record the new results and see who's made the most improvement in a variety of areas.

The participants were, for the first time, divided into teams. My sweetie's team in particular thoroughly embraced this idea: they exchanged email addresses, promised to send each other encouraging notes and make arrangements to take classes together. They also set specific weight loss goals (specifically, and rather reasonably for this group: a third of the amount needed to reach their target weight).

I'm working solo, so I've set my own goals. Here goes: My beginning numbers are as follows: weight - 136 lbs, body fat percentage - 25%, BMI - 21.3.

That's all okay, but only just. Ultimately, I'd like to get my weight down to 125(ish), and drop the body fat to 20%. Frankly, I'd like both of those lower. I'm not a 23 year old with an off-the-charts metabolism anymore, though, so I think the goals I've set are reasonable.

So. In the next six weeks, I'm going to try to drop to 131(ish). Not sure how quickly I can whittle down the body fat, so let's say two percentage points. Maybe.

I'd swear my resolve to take class more often, but every time I do I end up having to teach a lot more and end up thoroughly knackered. And did I mention my shoulder injury has once again made its presence known? Eh. I'll muddle along best I can.

I can, and will, be more mindful of what I'm cooking and what I'm eating. I will certainly revisit portion sizes.

Aaaaand.... we're off!
kitmfkitmf on April 19th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
And whatever happens, good or not, no beating yourself up.
Kelladyjoust on April 19th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
That's another thing I'm working on. Thanks, Kit!

Zoë Tzoethor on April 19th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
You and I have nearly identical bodies at the moment. I may join you in the push to get rid of those extra five pounds.
Kelladyjoust on April 20th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Woo! Do it!
formerlyfbformerlyfb on April 19th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't done something like this in too long! (like, how many years since I worked in a gym?) So, count me in, too.

I won't have my body comp and BMI numbers until tonight at the earliest-I need a new battery for my calipers. (elderly clients care more for other biometrics than bodyfat). I could give you my current and desired weight now, but I think I will wait until I have all the numbers. :)
Kelladyjoust on April 20th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Having seen you recently, I wouldn't have thought you needed to participate in such an endeavor. Still, you know your body best. You are counted IN!

Also, since you're a better cook than I, feel free to share any tips/recipe suggestions. Vegetarian options are especially welcome.
formerlyfbformerlyfb on April 20th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
You do know, of course, that that is exactly what is being said of you. :)

I don't know if you have ever seen me without heels, I am 4' 10" barefoot. I am also closing in on my 49th birthday, so I want to keep my goals reasonable for a 6 week period.

Current weight: 119lb
Current bodyfat: 21.7%
Current BMI 24.9

6 Week Goal
Weight: 114
bodyfat: 20%
BMI-honestly, I really don't care-as it is a measurement that doesn't take into account what the bodymass is made up of!

I take it you are interested in "real food" ideas, not the stuff I ate during the bodybuilding years?
Kelladyjoust on April 20th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
I take it you are interested in "real food" ideas, not the stuff I ate during the bodybuilding years?

Yes, please. To be honest, I'm not making any extreme changes to my diet. Mostly, I'm cutting out the junk that crept back in.
formerlyfbformerlyfb on April 20th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Then I protest the idea that I am a better cook-I suspect that comes of our beloved husbands trying to goad us into some sort of competition, so that they might reap the rewards of the food!

Do you cook much chinese food? Indian food? Let me think on this awhile...
Janetgoodnite_gracee on April 20th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm in, but you knew that. I have a long term goal of losing another forty pounds or so.
Kelladyjoust on April 20th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Indeed I did. I thought I should try to make some sort of dedicated post on one site or the other to link everyone in, but I'm not sure there's enough crossover between here and FB. We'll just muddle along best we can.

Do you have specific goals for the six weeks? Or are you just keeping your eye on the greater finish line? Whatever works for you is fine; I'm just curious. :)