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Progress, goals, etc.

Hoo boy. Life has been fairly nutty lately, and I haven't really been able to keep my log going. As a brief summary, things have been going pretty well -- I've lost some weight and moved down into the "overweight" bracket from "obese." *cheers*

I'm going to have to restart the 6WC or postpone my end date. I've started a new term and classes have been rather time-consuming. I've been fairly good at keeping up my treadmill time steady, despite a knee issue last week.

I've found that the Veggie Lover's bagged salads stocked at pretty much any grocery store has been a good meal base. It has radish slices, sugar snap peas, carrots, and several different kinds of lettuce. For meat, I add a baked fish fillet (usually salmon. I love me some salmon) and maybe some unsalted, toasted almonds. Other seasonal variations have been strawberries, orange slices, fresh apricots, and even some plum slivers. Living in the deep south has the benefit of there being heaps of fresh citrus and strawberries all throughout the summer, and I've been taking full advantage of the cheaper availability. Given a fairly limited budget, I've been trying to dine on seasonal fruits & veggies -- this is going to be fairly interesting come fall, but I'm up for the challenge.

I've lost a little over ten pounds thus far (overall, and not counting the daily variations that make it look like I've lost more). It's a start, but toward what? Well, I surveyed 14 websites for the ideal weight for my height and frame; the results varied significantly, so I took the average of all 14 and came up with a weight loss goal that my local weight loss buddies have found shocking. According to the internet, I need to lose 45.6 lbs. I'm setting my first goal at 25lbs, and we'll see how it goes from there.

I'm anticipating some problems about half way in. Due to my work and recreation, I have more lower-body muscle mass than I think the BMI calculators take into consideration. While my goal is to lose fat, by no means do I plan on reducing my overall muscle mass, so my weight loss goal is contingent on the actual fat percentage in my BMI.

Medically speaking, my neurologist has finally narrowed down the general region affected by my neck injury. This keeps me from doing a lot of abdominal & trapezius work (and associated deltoid stuff, but I really don't have too much of a focus on those), but I can wait on that until things have all been sorted out. I rest a lot easier knowing the source of the pain and can adjust a workout to avoid aggravating certain muscle groups.

I hope my fellow heroes, rogues, and adventurers have been working hard! I miss you guys!


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Jun. 19th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
BMI sucks. It's like they're basing a healthy body weight on people with a sedentary lifestyle and little to no muscle to speak of. Have you tried look for methods that measure fat percentage instead? I don't have the book with me, but the p90x program has one that you could ask Steven about.
Glad there's been some neurological progress.
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