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Friday, November 4, 2011

Here come the weekend....Scale question.......Exercise goals

Friday is here.  Good news/bad news situation. Love that the weekend has arrived, but there is so much to do. Sigh.  This weekend my son has a band contest. Plus I'm headed to Norman for the OU vs A&M game. Should be a good one and that's always a good crowd. Add to that the fact that it's likely the last time we'll play them as they head for the SEC. (If you don't follow college football, Texas A&M won't be in our conference anymore)

I am planning to head up to Oklahoma tomorrow. My husband is staying here with my son and I'm going to the game with my BFF. Really looking forward to it as I haven't spent much time with her since our trip in August. She's been busy with school as she teaches high school Biology and Forensics.   Her daughter turned 16 last week and I am still in shock. I must deliver the gift, ie cash. What else would you give a teen?

Looking ahead at my schedule for the next month, I have meetings and classes nearly every day. All leading up to our big computer conversion at work. We're not changing software, but we are upgrading our versions and we have to learn how to use the new stuff. Looking forward to it as I'm hoping to start using my ipad and that means lighter tablet to haul through the office. 

On top of the work chaos with the computers it is of course flu season and people are really getting sick. Good for business, but bad. Lots of stress with the current politcal climate and uncertainty regarding proposed Medicare cuts and such. (don't get me started)

PLUS, as I mentioned in my last post I'm on my way to my purple belt in taekwondo. For those of you who don't know purple is just 3 belts from black. I have right at a month until that test.  Luckily I've been working hard and I know most of the material, now it's just a matter of getting good at it. I have to work on my jump 360 round house kick. That's a turning kick in the air. Holy crap it's hard for my old body. It's so annoying how the little kids can just spring off the mat like jumping beans and I have to work to do it. BUT, I am learning how and that amazes me.

Yesterday I once again attended 2 classes one a noon and one after work. The evening class is the same as my daughters' class so it's fun to be in class with them. After our class, my son has class so the girls and I spent some extra time working on forms while we waited on him. That means I worked out yesterday for 2.5 hours. I have class again tonight and I can't wait. So far I've kept up with my exercise every day this month goal and in the last 4 days I'll accomplish nearly 7 hours of exercise. Cool.

Today I'm wearing size 16 jeans from last year that were snug. They are form Kohl's in the "normal" section and I remember being so excited to be able to fit into them. Today they are loose which made me smile. I haven't measured in a while as I've been irritated with my up and down weight, but I plan to measure at the end of this month. I've also updated the weights on my blog and I'll be posting them again. Accountability is one of the purposes of this blog after all. I haven't done it in a while because I just didn't want to show my lack of progress, but it is what it is. I'm headed back in the right direction. That is what matters.

I have been using my fitbit ultra the last few days and I remember why I loved it. I also love the new App for my iphone, so much better than before. I think it will help me track my exercise. I have decided to use it as I think the LoseIt app may overestimate my calories burned.   Of course I still will not eat back those calories. I'm keeping my calories at around 1300 on my most active days, 1200 and under. Fitbit says I got a calorie adjustment of around 1200 for yesterday.  It adjusts for calories you burn in excess of your basal metabolic rate or the amount you burn just on a regular day, no exercise. No way I could eat an extra 1200 and lose weight!

I've got to get some new running shoes and a few more socks. I want to get back to running again on my off TKD days. I'm going to try to do that today at lunch. Also lately I've been thinking of getting a Withings scale. Does anyone have one?  It is a wireless scale that will automatically track your weight and it has a interface with LoseIt.  It looks pretty cool. Plus I saw there is a new scale that is for your iphone/ipad connected wirelessly to record weights. I find this interesting.  It certainly would prevent my habit of not recording weights I don't like.   Anyway, if you have one of these nifty newfangled fancy scales, let me know what you think of them.

And now I've GOT to get back to work. I'm trying to keep up with blogging and reading and commenting. I love hearing what all of you are up to. If I'm not following your blog, please leave a comment with a link!  What are your plans for the weekend? How much exercise have you done so far this week? Have any new exercise goals?


  1. It's exciting when a piece of clothing that was once tight is now loose on our bodies. It's a NSV that is a testament to what you have done. Enjoy the weekend, busy lady!!

  2. Woo hoo on the pants! You sound so motivated. Love that. My exercise has been pretty consistent, but I still think I should be bumping up the intensity.

  3. Wow- busy lady, but keeping it all positive, upbeat and look at you - in old "new" pants!! Have a great weekend with your BFF !!1

    Staying MOtivated MO

  4. Screw the scale. Buy more clothes! ;-)

    Enjoy the game and time with your BFF. I expect OU to beat the heck out of the Aggies. TCU & West Virginia will be great replacements for the conference.

  5. Good job with the taekwondo training! That's challenging stuff! My older boys spent 6 years in Karate, one got his black belt, the other got his brown belt. It's fun working hard toward achieving a goal in something you love doing. And, you can tell it's all paying off now that your pants are loose. Yay you!

  6. Yeah, it helps to get back on that scale and record what it says (notice how I am NOT mentioning the two blank weeks in my weigh in section of my sidebar... *whistles innocently*)

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. For the game, expect A&M to be winning in the first half and completely fall apart in the second half...apparently they substitute different players in the locker room during the break (but still wear the first half's jerseys) - that's my theory, anyway. ;)

    Love that your old "skinny" pants are too big - way to go!!!

  8. I think you're doing an awesome job! I'm definitely feeling a lot of frustration at being limited in movement because of my recent surgery. However, I'm trying to come up with some sort of plan to keep me on track with at least maintaining my weight if not losing ...

    I can't imagine doing a 360 round house kick. I think that's totally awesome!! :)

  9. Congrats on the reduced inches and those jeans. Can't wait to celebrate your purple, then someday black belt success.

    I've fallen into lethargy and it is Comfortable for the short term, but no good for the long term. Holidays won't help me either.

  10. Fantastic on the exercise. Love it that you do the TKD with your kiddos at times. I hope your computer transitions continues to go smoothly. What a difference that might be for you in many areas of your prof life. Have a great week!

  11. I have the Withings scale. Love it. But I'm a total gadget girl, so there you go... It integrates with the fitness software I've been using since 2005 (vidaone) and there is a cool application for Android (not sure whether or not it exists for iPhones/iPads) called Libra that calculates your running average, which is a little more revealing than just looking at that day's weight.

    Anyway, I highly recommend it.


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