Megapost 2: Achieving a goal was never so easy!

As the title suggests, this post is going to be ENORMOUS.  Don’t be scared, there will be a lot of good news and fun information to learn along the way!  First, the correct answers to yesterday’s scuttlebutt question are: a drinking fountain; a rumor.  Sadly, nobody responded with both answers and consequently nobody will receive the full 100 points.  Lest you think I’m a trivia tyrant, I have decided to award Jessica 50 points for being the first to reply with the rumor portion of the answer (and a funny Little Mermaid reference).  Congrats, you’re now in first place by 50 points!  You shouldn’t get too comfortable there because the next trivia question is coming up and it’s still anybody’s game.

Navy Trivia of the Day

  • What does the phrase “turn to” mean?

Today’s workouts were pretty intense and I loved almost every second of them :)  I started out with the sit up workout before dinner and just completed the Body Rock workout.  Based on how I feel now–invigorated, thirsty, and tired–, I am very glad that I decided to stagger the Body Rock exercises to every other weekday.

Sit up workout details (Day 2, second column):

  • 15, 18, 14, 14, 23; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 84 total

Body Rock workout details (complete as many reps of each combination in 50 sec, 10 sec break between combinations):

  • 10 high knees, 10 mountain climbers: 4
  • 2 squat jumps, 2 push ups, 1 tuck jump: 3
  • 1 center to elbow jump L&R, 2 leg jumps: 5
  • 4 squat jumps, 1 push up: 3
  • 5 tuck jumps, 5 1/2 burpees to squat hold: 1.5
  • 1 spider knee push up L&R, 1 straight leg push up L&R: 2
  • 1 switch lunge and reach: 27
  • 2 side lunges, 1 L&R side punch, 2 tuck jumps: 5
  • 10 squats, 10 squat jumps: 1
  • 10 elbow to knee jumps L&R: 1.5
  • 2 wide leg jumps, 1 push up:5
  • speed run
  • OMG that was INTENSE!!!

Speaking of intense, wait until you see what’s next.  It’s been two weeks since my last weigh-in and measurement post, so I’ve posted today’s results below.

Current weight: 144 lb (-5.5 lb)

I’m hoping that this weight drop is not my cheap scale being cheap.  I guess I should have weighed myself at my DEP meeting earlier today to confirm it.  Now I guess I’ll have to update the weight loss major goal, since it seems that I’ve already accomplished it :) Yay!

Current measurements

  • Bust: 37 in (-1 in)
  • Chest: 34 in (+.5 in)
  • Waist: 31 in (no change)
  • Hips: 39.5 in (-.5 in)
  • Thighs: 22 in (-.5 in)
  • Calves: 13.5 in (+.25 in)
  • Upper arm: 11.5 in (+.25 in)
  • Forearm: 9 in (-.5 in)
  • Total change: -1.5 in

I’m pretty happy with these results, too.  I didn’t expect much change in either my weight or measurements given that I’ve only been doing the push ups and sit ups for the past week, but I am pleasantly surprised nonetheless.  Well, that’s about all I can do tonight folks.  I hope you’ll send in your guesses for the trivia question and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.

First mega post

A fresh start, it’s finally here!  As promised I’m posting my starting weight and measurements so that I’ll be able to track my progress and share my successes with my adoring public.

Starting weight: 149.5 lb

Starting measurements

  • Bust: 38 in
  • Chest: 33.5 in
  • Waist: 31 in
  • Hips: 40 in
  • Thighs: 22.5 in
  • Calves: 13.25 in
  • Upper arm: 11.25 in
  • Forearm: 9.5 in

Crazy side note: It was very strange actually seeing these numbers as my measurements.  Not because I think they’re insanely large, but similar to the feeling I get looking at a common English word and not trusting myself that it’s spelled correctly, even though I know it is–I blame that problem on all the Spanish classes I took during school/college.  Do you ever get a similar feeling when reading or writing?

Sorry if I scared you back there, I’ll try to steer back to a more sane train of thought.  Now that I’ve purchased a new digital scale and done all my measurements I have to decide on some workouts that will help me acheive my goals.  Before the holidays and my complete lack of willpower to workout hit, I was following the Two Hundred Sit-ups and One Hundred Push Ups programs, both of which take you from any fitness level and get you to the goal within six weeks.  The times that I’ve used their workouts I’ve seen definite improvement, so I’ll most likely continue to follow them since completing the program will more than take me past my goal numbers for push ups and sit ups.  That still leaves me with the need for a running/cardio/overall toning workout.

My sister (author of the Ragamuffin blog seen in the blogroll to the right) has been going on about the workouts at Body Rock and recently started their 30 Day Challenge.  Just looking at their page can be kind of intimidating because all of the girls look super toned, but reading through the posts about each of their exercise routines (all of which are done at home with little to no outside equipment) makes starting their program seem much more approachable.  All of the instructors provide videos and pictures of each section and explain how to modify the moves for different fitness levels.  All of their workouts are intense interval training usually lasting between 12-30 minutes, which would cover the cardio and overall toning needs.  As far as the running goes, the road near my house is pretty straight and has a sidewalk that stretches for ~1 mile so I’ll probably use that and time myself on each run.

Since writing about the exercises and my initial weigh-in and measurements took up a lot of space I’ll save my workout schedule rough draft for the next post (which will also be the last one before I begin my workout regimen on Monday!).  In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for workout programs I should look into before committing to the ones I’ve listed above?  Have you tried any of the programs mentioned and if so, what were your results?