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August 27, 2011

Insanity Asylum: Fit Test today, workouts start tomorrow

Gulp. Asylum starts tomorrow -- well, it sort of starts today, since I'm about to do the Fit Test to gauge my current fitness (I'll repeat the test after 30 days to measure progress).

This past week I took a break from crazy workouts (completed the 60-day Insanity program last week). Instead I did a few miles each day on the treadmill, did some stretching each day ...basically just let the body rest a bit. Now it's time for another month of crazy.

This morning I weighed in at 135.6 pounds. Bodyfat varies a bit each day (I measure using a handheld Omron Body Fat Analyzer). This morning it was 17%; last weekend after finishing my final Insanity workout (and weighing slightly more), fat measured at 16.5%. Well, the key is just that the trend on fat percentage declines over time. My goal is 10-12% fat.

So. I've written the prescribed workout on a calendar for each of the next 30 days. Time now to down my standard pre-workout drink (Vega Sport Performance Optimizer) and do the Fit Test.

UPDATE: OK, Here's results from the Fit Test. Some of these exercise names make no sense unless one has seen the dvd; for example, one rep of moving pushups means doing moving pushups along the length of the "Agility Ladder" and back. So the real key will be to see if the numbers go up wtih each test. The test is done again on Day 15, and then on Day 30:

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Posted by Joe Litton | August 27, 2011 in Fitness, Health | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 25, 2011

A few quick bits from this liberal/progressive...

A few quick bits before I scarf lunch and get back to work...

Politico poll: http://politi.co/nchyuR ...
86% say economy is in poor shape (duh!)
51% blame GW Bush (I'm semi-surprised it's not more)
31% blame Obama (not surprising, but unfair)

Not surprisingly, Darth - I mean Dick Cheney - has no regrets about the use of waterboarding and thinks we should do more: http://on.msnbc.com/pQSgYq

I don't have a link, but I saw a blurb earlier today that the current GOP front-runner is Rick Perry. My interpretation is that the field of candidates is so poor, that the most recently-declared candidate is at the top. I suspect that if Pee Wee Herman were to declare just before the convention in Tampa, he'd get the nomination.

Meanwhile, I've received an email today from Mercy Corps that a child dies every 9 seconds from hunger, and the US Congress is considering cutting programs that feed millions - yet consume less that .01% of the federal budget (compared to 54% for military spending..reference http://bit.ly/32POkl) ...Here's where you can quickly send a message to Congress if you'd like to keep these programs: http://bit.ly/nMhvYQ

Movie recommendations:
* "The End of Poverty" http://www.theendofpoverty.com/ ... full movie is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pktOXJr1vOQ
* "Food Matters" http://www.foodmatters.tv/ ... or watch online for 5 bucks: http://bit.ly/5ePYZr
* "The Help" http://thehelpmovie.com/us/ ...a few of us saw this last night and Oh.My.Gosh ...Must see, or read the book http://amzn.to/18YDtO

Posted by Joe Litton | August 25, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 13, 2011

Down 15 pounds over past 12 wks...probably 10lbs to go...

Today is weigh-in day. Starting weight 12 weeks ago: 152.0 pounds (69kg) ..Today's weight: 136.6. So after 12 weeks of WeightWatchers online, I'm down 15.4 pounds. I've got one more week of Insanity workouts; the past 8 weeks of Insanity have helped me dump 10.4 pounds. The chart below is from my WeightWatchers page.

WwHistory Click image to show week-by-week results to date. The one week that shows a 3.8 pound weight gain was after 2 nights of consuming LOTS of points. But as we've seen in the past, as long as the "cheat" days aren't a regular occurrence, it's no worries, and can even be a good thing from time to time :)

When we started WW, I'd listed my goal weight at 135. Then when I was getting close and still seeing some fat around my gut, I lowered the goal to 130. Today I did the math and it looks like I should be 125 pounds if I want to be 10% bodyfat. That sounds tiny, but remember: I'm a runt (5' 4"" if I stand up real tall).

SO ...I'm not actually concerned about the actual weight; the goal is to be around 10% bodyfat. I complete the Insanity workouts in a week, then after a week of lighter workouts, I'll hit Asylum, followed by 90 days of P90X, and then 90 days of P90X2. I'll most likely start adding protein as the resistance training increases, to slowly add muscle. So while the weight goal at this point is 125, if I'm 135 and 10% fat, that'd be awesome. Bottom line, I'm enjoying the journey and the results, and heart numbers continue to get better :) ...God bless coffee!

Posted by Joe Litton | August 13, 2011 in Fitness, Health | Permalink | Comments (2)