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My 8 Week Fitness Challenge – Week 8

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My 8 week fitness challenge is over. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed. Not in my performance, per say, but with the, well, you guys know, life happens. The last 2 weeks I haven’t been able to workout as much as I wanted, my friend (the trainer) moved, I joined a new gym and I’m just trying to find a new groove.

Anyway, here’s the results and some thoughts.

  Week 1 Week 8 My Thoughts
Height 5′ 9” 5′ 9” well, I expected no change here. ;~P
Weight 151 150 honestly… whatever, the scale at the gym is crap
BMI 22.3 22.1 pretty much the same.
Body Fat % 23.6 21.4 Interesting but the body fat % tool has a margin of error. I don’t doubt I built some muscle though
Arm 12in 10.5in Hmmmm I would like to believe this but a different person measured. I just don’t think I can lose an inch and half in my arms. They are mostly skin and muscle
Belly 30.25in 30in The same
Hips 38.25in 38in The same
Thigh 19.5in 20 Ummm ok??? again I’m thinking margin of error because of different trainer
Flexibility Test 32cm 31cm I have NO idea. I’m just not good at the stretch test. I mean, I can touch my toes!
Pushups (1 min) 23 30 I really thought I’d be able to do more, but I’m happy with 30. I really need to start the 100 push up program again.
Crunches (2 min) 41 33 Ok, I’m a little upset about this. The trainer screwed up and had us only going for 1 instead of 2 minutes. I mean, I can just do the test again myself. It’s not that big of a deal. I may try again tomorrow, I’m thinking I can do about 50.
.7 mile run (hilly) 6:30 5:41 ok, this is what I’m most proud of. I ran my butt off! I really wanted to do it in under 6 minutes, that’s all I wanted to do. I almost died at the end but I totally demolished my goal!

So, overall I’m pretty happy. I’m real excited I have some baseline stats. Maybe I’ll test myself in a few weeks after I start a new workout schedule.

Ahhh new workout schedule. Did I tell you I joined a new gym? I think I did. Anyway, I have to come up with a new schedule for myself. I think it’s especially important because I work mostly from home. I feel like I have no structure to my day.

So I’m going to ponder that and get going. I had a weird food day. I just wasn’t that hungry, of course NOW I am! :~)

Food Units
3 french toast with a bit of syrup 6
leftover Quick Garlic Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli 6
a few sour patch kids 2
Chuck E. Cheese trip! Individual pizza and salad bar split with the toddler (estimate) 9
something?? I’m thinking some laughing cow cheese and crackers. 3
Total: 26

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    October 22, 2008

    Hey Roni- If your new gym offers ANY Les Mills programs, JUMP ON THEM. They are a highly effective group of PWERFUL exercise classes that REALLY burn calories and create incredible strength and endurance. Sometimes joining a new gym can shake things up, but many times for the better.


    October 23, 2008

    Hi Roni- I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now, You have come such a long way, congratulations! Your blog is such a great resource to me and so many other people, you have great recipes, recommendations and countless other things here!
    Starting something new is not always easy (as you know), it’s hard to get into a new routine. You have accomplished so much already so this will come too. Keep up the amazing job!


    October 23, 2008

    woops I put in the wrong blog address, here is the right one! Sorry about that!

    Check out Jennys last blog post..Emotional Eating…


    October 23, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    Thank you for sharing your progress. I remember when you started this challenge and it is fun to see your results now that you completed it. You are an awesome inspiration!

    Check out Zoeys last blog post..Pumpkin Heart Muffins


    October 23, 2008

    yup u told us about the new gym =P! despite the fact that your friend (the trainer) moved, are you liking your new gym better than the old one??

    Check out madisons last blog post..learning from past mistakes


    October 23, 2008

    hey roni! is the table above supposed to be week 1 and 2?… or week 1 and 8?

    Check out Alessandras last blog post..Another Loss!!


    October 23, 2008

    Your progress is still great! We are all proud of you. I hope that eventaully I can give myself a challenge like this. Right now my challenge is to eat healthier and get in shape.

    Natalia Burleson

    October 23, 2008

    It’s great to have a goal and then achieve it! I think that you should change the word same on those two measurements where you lost .25inch! They are NOT the same they are a 1/4 inch smaller….HELLO!

    Being able to do 30 push ups, on the floor? Awesome!

    Inspiration, you are!

    Check out Natalia Burlesons last blog post..Wow my butt has been kicked!


    October 23, 2008

    don’t be surprised if your thigh and arm measurements go UP – sometimes they are leaner and more muscle-y, but the number actually goes UP.

    Check out vickies last blog post..The elephant jacket


    October 23, 2008

    I measure at home so I know it’s accurate. Hopefully you can have the same person each time now. I think keeping tabs on progress is great motivation. I would love to have your hips someday!!! Mine are 45 in but they started at 58 6 months ago!

    Check out Annettes last blog post..A Cup of Love


    October 23, 2008

    Alessandra – Thanks for catching that! it’s week 8!


    October 23, 2008

    Natalia Burleson – I only said the same because it was a different person measuring me. Honestly, I don’t “trust” the measurements because they were so close. But you’re right. I should own that! :~)


    October 23, 2008

    Wow, Ronnie = love the run stat!

    You are doing great – at this point you are maintaining, and I think that’s just as hard as losing the initial weight!

    Give yourself a big pat on the back – you deserve it!

    Check out Biz319s last blog post..Delish lunch, messy dinner


    October 23, 2008

    I think your stats are great!!! And thinking even from last year to this year….it’s amazing!!! I know it is hard working from home. The hardest thing for me (since I do three separate jobs from home) plus just all the home stuff was finding a schedule that would work. It helped after four years now I have a great one lol!! But now the thing that annoys me is that people say “oh, I bet it’s so easy working from home” I think it is good if you can, but honestly I think it is more difficult.


    October 23, 2008

    Hey, you kicked butt on your running! Good for you!

    Hey, here’s a reader question for you — how many points in a scorpion? ;-) I was served one at dinner tonight! I have a pic on my blog I’m posting Friday morning US/Canada time zones. Eek! hahaha


    October 23, 2008

    lol… i thought that was a lot of change for a week!!

    Check out Alessandras last blog post..Another Loss!!


    October 23, 2008

    Great job on the running. That’s an awesome improvement! Funny thing about the measurements. I actually measured myself recently and had actually GAINED half an inch around tummy (after losing almost 10 lbs). It must be that I was a little inaccurate in measuring (although it’s hard for me to imagine that I was actually that far off – I must have been subconsciously sucking in when I measured the first time.) It’s hard to be perfectly accurate. However, I’d take the quarter inch loss! And great job on the push-ups!

    Check out Janes last blog post..Survived Thursday


    October 24, 2008

    Good for you Roni!
    I have also started a workout program. I’m not doing so well in the “eating” department so am testing out some classes at the local gym(s) to see what I like. So far my favorites are the Turbo Kick! and Body Pump. I loved the Turbo Kick instructor I had last night – she was very encouraging for someone like me who is/was the oldest and largest in the class. But, I’m not going to let that discourage me. It was a real kick ass workout!