May 17, 2013

Fitness Friday

This week was my first week back at CUT Fitness. When I first started working out there back in March, they offered quite a few Zumba classes, so most of the classes I took there were either Zumba or Body Combat with a little bit of Body Pump and cycle. Unfortunately for me, Zumba wasn't doing too well, so it's now only available on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, so I don't see too much Zumba in my future.

Anyway, my first week back has gone pretty well. I kicked my own ace on my first day back at Body Combat. I managed to get my heart rate up into the 180s which just seems insane for me. I usually feel like I have to push really hard just to hit 170. I must have just been amped to be back in my favorite class because my normal average heart rate is usually in the 140s, but for the first half of class, I averaged 156! The second half of class, however, was a struggle. I really gassed myself in the first half, but it was worth it to really see how far I could push myself.

Top: first half of class. Bottom: second half of class. Right: Driving awkwardly home with some pretty nasty toe cramps.

I figured I'd put up my measurements this week since I haven't recorded them here since the end of March.

May 17th, 2013 (-since 3/29/13, -since 1/4/13)
  • Weight - 148.2 (-0, -5.8)
  • Calf - 13.5" (-0.25, -0.25)
  • Knee - 15" (-0, -0.25)
  • Thigh - 23.75" (+0.25, -0.25)
  • Hips/Butt - 41" (+0.25, -0.75)
  • Belly - 38.75" (+0.25, -0.75)
  • Waist - 30.25" (+0.25, -1.25)
  • Bust - 36.5" (+0.5, -1.5)
  • Arms - 11.5" (-0, -0.75)
As you can see by all of the plus signs and red highlighting, I'm still working on getting back to where I was before my family visit and New York trip back in April. I've gotten the few pounds I put on during our trip back off, but I'm still working on getting that muscle back that must've been sucking me in...

I'm going to throw a goal out here that may or may not be attainable. Actually, I know it's attainable, but it's not going to be easy and maybe I'm not feeling too confident about it but... June 7th will be my one-year anniversary of deciding to get fit. On that day, I weighed 163 pounds which officially marked a 20 pound gain from the last time I had decided to get in shape back in 2010 when I lost 20 pounds in only a few months. At this time in 2010, I weighed 143 pounds.

So here's my goal: I want to hit 143 by June 7th. I have three weeks to do so, which means I'll need to lose between 1 and 2 pounds per week. I think that if I can manage to cut my beer intake way down I'll be able to reach my goal, but that will probably be the most difficult. That will be really, really difficult. I love beer too much. So we'll see how that goes.

So there's my goal. I put it out there, so it's real now and I have to do the work to reach it. Wish me luck!


  1. YAY! I am going to try a slow run/walk tomorrow. I'm bummed to have to skip soccer again, but my leg isn't fully healed and it would suck to make it worse. I shall also try for 5 lbs by June 7th!

  2. You totally motivate me. :-) I'm starting to 'get fit' but I'm not 100% released to do real workouts yet and I don't have the money to join a gym currently either, but reading your posts makes me want to get moving! :-)