2006 C1D19: Changes are a comin’

Well, I got some new cardio and nutrition changes from Kim this Saturday. He seemed pretty happy with my progress and actually estimated my body fat% based on my photos at 16-17% rather than the 19% reported by my Omron. I think that 17% is optimistic, personally, but it was nice of him to say so. He also thought I had broadened around the shoulders and back and put on some additional muscle in my upper body, which is always great to hear.

Anyhow, I now have an additional day of cardio tacked onto my original program, and sessions have been increased by a few minutes each. Calories have been cut a bit (mostly by reducing certain carb and fat portions) and protein intake is going up slightly. My program is shifting noticeably to fat loss now.

My sister and I are going to start up a separate challenge thread at Pink Dumbbells to keep tabs on each other’s progress through March. We both have wedding events to attend in April, so we are going to really bring on the discipline, sweat, and clean eating for the entire month of March with no cheats.

Yes, it is Progress and Perfection time again!

I went to the Orlando Megacon Sunday afternoon and was so sad to see how out of shape the majority of attendees were–in and out of costume. Bear in mind that this was a comic book/anime/gaming convention, so the bulk of the of the attendees were probably between 13-20, ages at which parental control of food, health care, and exercise still exist. These teens should be enjoying the benefits of supersonic metabolisms and rapid growth spurts that burn away the last vestiges of baby fat. Instead, the girls in particular were schlepping around with cellulite and rolls hanging out all over the place.

Perhaps my memory is altered by the rose-tinted glasses of time, but I really don’t remember that many overweight girls in the hallways when I was in high school from 1989-1993. Seriously, at 5’6″ and pattern size 12, I was probably one of the bulkier girls in my class. If you discount the skeletal Gothic Lolita girls at Megacon yesterday, my amateur seamstress’s eye would put most of the girls walking around the convention hall at pattern size 16 and above, easy.

Even more disturbing, there was a junior cheerleading conference in the next convention hall, and let me tell you, I have never seen that many 9-15 year old girls with flabby bellies hanging out of their cropped tops and pleated skirts before.

If even the cheerleaders are getting fluffy, something is just not right with our country’s eating patterns and lifestyles.

On the positive side, I did find two great t-shirts for myself, one for my sister, and two blocks of geeky 6-sided Chessex die for Chris to use for Shadowrun. I met up with my friend, artist Joe Pekar, at his table, and tried to track down Mr. Tracer, but didn’t see anyone at the Across The Pond Comics table.

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2/26 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)
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Nutrition:

Meals – On plan
Water – 15 cups
Supplements – On plan

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

18 days down, 66 more to go!

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Workout:

Weights – Rest
Cardio – Treadmill HIIT Run @ 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 mph – Done

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The Awful Truth:
1. Swapped order of meals 3 and 4 around since I was walking around at Megacon.

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Brownie Points:
1. Did the dishes and washed sheets.
2. Stayed on plan at the convention.
3. Didn’t have a single breadstick at Olive Garden.
4. Revised Palm desktop calendar and Excel nutrition spreadsheet with Kim’s new nutrition and cardio instructions.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
7. Transplant two tomato vines and plant Swiss Chard.
8. Post guidelines for challenge with my sister on Pink Dumbbells.

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