12/12/12

How many people are going to talk about 12/12/12 today?  My guess is a bunch.  And why not?  It is cool to think that this is the last time we will see a date like this in our lifetime.  My 12/12/12 started pretty early, but it was for a good reason.

I had an appointment at the gym to get my RMR and body fat tested this morning.  RMR is Resting Metabolic Rate.  This number represents the calories your body burns to maintain vital body functions (heart rate, brain function, breathing).  Basically, it is the number of calories a person burns in a day at rest.  I used the Body Gem and the way they test is you just breath into a machine for about 5-10 minutes and then it gives you your RMR.  Mine was higher than I expected, which was surprising.  I also had my body fat tested two ways.  The first was with an Omron Body Fat Analyzer.  This gave me a body fat percentage and my BMI.  The second was with the Saehan Skinfold Caliper.  The difference in body fat percentage between the two was about 6%, which was interesting.  I decided somewhere between the two numbers was my body fat and while it isn’t great, it isn’t horrible either.

What this was able to do was give me a great jumping off point for restarting my fitness.  To say I have fallen off the fitness train would be an understatement.  I’ve been pretty busy with work and my motivation levels have not been there at all.  To make matters worse, my weight it a tad higher that I’d like it to be.  My clothes all still fit (a bonus of being 6 feet tall…a few extra pounds doesn’t show) but I’m not happy with what has happened.  I finally decided that I need to put myself first and make working out a priority in my life if I believe it is one.  And since I like being able to see results (it’s hard for me to see results on my own body), I decided to get these tests this morning.  I’ll go back in 8-12 weeks and check back in to see where I’m at.  I’m curious how it will go.

I finished up my morning with a quick 30 minute circuit-type workout.  It was awesome and left me exhausted and I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow.  Basically, I did a session of rowing followed by three exercises and did this three times.  You can do as much or as little weight as you want.  This is one of those workouts that is super easy to modify.

 

12/12/12 Workout

12/12/12 Workout

 

By 6:20 this morning I was done with my workout and ready to conquer the day.  I might fall asleep by 3 pm, but it is a good start.  And I can already feel it in my upper back from the rowing.  It feels good to have my workout done early.  Maybe the morning is my “time” to workout.  Time will tell, but I’m ready for this change.  Hope everyone has a great day!

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What the what?

I think I might be able to predict the future now...

I think I might be able to predict the future now…

On Thanksgiving eve, my sister and I went to see “The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”     We were both pretty excited about seeing the movie, but about an hour into it, I turned to my sister and told her I thought the film (and yes, I use that term rather loosely) was moving really slow.  About 20 minutes later, slow was the last thing on my mind and my sister and I, along with the rest of the audience, were gasping and making shocked proclamations.  At one point, I was particularly surprised by something and looked at my sister and said “What the what?”  She proceeded to laugh and that has now become my go-to phrase for shock.  I needed a more PG phrase in my life anyway…

That back story is relevant because “What the what?” came out of my mouth this morning.  Unfortunately, it was about me.  Yesterday, I posted the above on Twitter.  If I am honest with myself, I haven’t been taking very good care of myself the past 2-3 months.  I have SERIOUSLY fallen off the working out bandwagon.  I have been socially enjoying many more cocktails and beer than I have ever before.  I haven’t been drinking enough water.  I have found myself going 2-3 days and realizing I haven’t had a real vegetable in that entire time.  It’s been bad.  I’ve known it was bad and have made half-hearted attempts to get back on track, but nothing has clicked.  Sort of like blogging, I haven’t been overly motivated.  As a result, I have been lacking in energy.  I struggle to get out of bed in the morning and peeling myself off the couch when I get home from work is practically impossible.

For some reason, this morning I decided to weigh myself.  I haven’t weighed myself in a while and decided it was finally time.  I’ve actually thought about it a few times in the past month but have talked myself out of it.  I stepped on the scale this morning and immediately said “What the what?”  I stared at a number I have NEVER seen before (and really don’t want to see again…unless I am growing new life within me).  It was a sobering moment where I realized that (1) my metabolism is finally slowing down and (2) I need to stop ignoring myself.  The number was anything crazy (it isn’t like I’m obese, I’m still well within the normal range…all my clothes still fit, if that puts it in perspective), but it was about 9 pounds heavier than my comfortable weight and 14 pounds over my happy weight. 

Seeing that number on the scale this morning was all the motivation I needed.  I knew I needed to get back on track.  On my drive into work (thanks DC traffic for providing me a few extra minutes to think) I decided that now is as good of time as any to start.  So it begins today.  I tossed around the idea of something like a “December Detox” or something else, but decided against it because I needed more than a month.  I need to retrain my body to get back to where I have been and know I can be again.  So I will start scheduling my workouts and sticking to them (shoot for at least 5 a week).  I will stop indulging every day.  Instead, I will allow myself a day a week as my “indulge” day.  The other days I will focus my intake on lean proteins, fruits, veggies, and whole grains.  And finally, I am going to cut  back on the alcohol.  I have never been a big drinker, but have been enjoying a cocktail (or two or three) more and more lately.  A drink on my “indulge” day isn’t bad.  Three drinks at brunch…maybe a bit much.

Knowing myself and my body, I know that these small changes will quickly do what I want them to do.  My body will respond and hopefully I will enter 2013 a bit healthier and closer to my comfortable and/or happy weight.  While I’m not a huge proponent of weight defining you, I do think it is an excellent gauge of where you are at any given time. 

What are your “tricks” when you find the scale a little heavier than you would like?  Have you gone through a phase like this before as well?  I’d love to hear any of your thoughts.  I’m driven and motivated to make this change now.  Guess I just needed a swift kick in the butt to get me started.