Bod Pod vs Tanita Scale to Measure Body Fat %

“Starting a group with like-minded people can help you feel grounded and connected to what matters in your life”.

by Madisyn Taylor

 Love this quote one of my new dear State of Slim girls sent it over in an e-mail.Scale IMG_2309

 

Carol my SOS buddy and I thought it would be fun to check out the Bod Pod at Colorado Mesa University.

I am sure you are wondering what is a Bod Pod?

BOD POD: A method for determining the lean body mass. The BOD POD is a computerized, egg-shaped chamber. Using the same whole-body measurement principle as underwater weighing, the BOD POD measures a subject’s mass and volume, from which their whole-body density is determined. Using these data, body fat and lean muscle mass can then be calculated.

After we walked the halls we found the Monfort Human Performance Lab in the Hamilton Recreation Center at CMU, that’s almost a workout in its self…Lol not really. The lab has many different unknown devices and offer many different kinds of testing to their athletes.

 

I did like a picture on the wall.

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Anyho, once the intern arrived, we got dressed in our shorts and sports bar and he provided a cute little cap similar to a swim cap. He then entered the basic information into the computer. Name, height and birthdate then it was time to get on the pod scale for weight. I am guessing the pod needed some kind of calibration he put a huge cylinder in the pod, closed the lid and pushed a few buttons on the computer. Once the calibration was completed it was time to enter the pod. Instructions were to sit very still, breath normal and here is the panic button if you need it. The pod made some strange noises and it feels like you are in an airplane. If things go well only two tests are needed if there is an inconsistency a third is taken. The actual test takes about 3-5 minutes then a printed report immediately following.

 

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My scale is the Tanita BF-682W Body Fat Scale

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The Tanita

Measures both weight and body fat in just seconds Easy-to-use, one-piece digital unit Precision scale Results correlate with the most accurate professional methods of body fat measurement Tanita’s patented “foot pad” electrode design uses Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to determine body fat Supported by medical research Scuff-resistant metal foot pads

“Within seconds, the Tanita Body Fat Monitor and Scales gives an accurate reading of weight and body fat percentage. Tanita scales work by sending a safe, low electrical current through the body to measure its composition. Program your personal data, step on bare footed and within 30 seconds the results appear.”

 

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The Tanita vs. Bod Pod = Bod Pod test showed a 4% lower BF% than the Tanita. Yep I will take that. The Tanita is a good tool for me to determine if I am losing muscle or fat. I think I will do the Bod Pod again in the future. It’s definitely worth finding three friends and sharing the expense of the test for $25each. I am not so sure the test is worth $45 for the one time.

I would highly recommend anyone getting ready to start a 16 week State of Slim challenge to have the Bod Pod test done and then again after the 16 weeks to see how the body changed.

The Bod Pod Body Composition analysis includes the following:

% Fat

% Fat Free Mass

Fat Mass in Pounds

Fat Free Mass (Lean Body Mass) in Pounds

Body Mass in Pounds

Body Volume, Body Density and Thoracic Gas Volume in Liters.(Not really sure what all that means)

The results sheet also shares your Body Fat Rating. I resulted in the moderately lean category at 24. 7% the range is 22-30%. This tells me that my fat level is generally acceptable for good health. My goal is to get down to the Lean category of 18-22% this range is generally excellent for health and longevity.

The next result given is the Energy Expenditure results the resting metabolic rate. If I understand this correctly I need 1,171 calories a day just to live. To maintain my weight at an active level I would need to eat 2,038 calories a day. It’s my understanding if wanting to lose weight decrease the number of calories and increase the activeness.

More Muscle = Faster Metabolism

The Bod Pod is a great tool to help achieve any kind of fitness level. I now know that my scale is a bit off and have an idea of where I want to see the % on my scale.

 

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Will this be your journey?

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GJ State of Slim group started their journey on December 2, 2013 and have lost over 175 pounds from numerous members of the support group. Members are in different stages of their journey and many with different goals to achieve.

Welcome to the Grand Junction State of Slim support group – GJ State of Slim. If you’re reviewing this you’ve been added by someone who cares about you and your health. On December 2, 2013 5 women (and one supportive husband) started our 16 week State of Slim journey to build our Mile High metabolism. It’s working!

If you want to join our group we ask that you read the book State of Slim by Holly Wyatt, M.D. and Jim Hill, PhD. It is the foundation of our journey. (We are not affiliated with state of slim and gain nothing by recommending their book or program – we just really believe it works and are passionate about it.)

This is a support group only! We do not offer medical advice. We encourage anyone to read this book and begin your journey but anyone with more than 50 pounds to lose should consult with a physician.
(Anyone joining us does so at their own risk).

Join us on our journey.

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Here are a few comments about our journeys together as the GJ State of Slim!

• I think the energy and strength are my motivator to be as healthy as possible. I had an 83 year old patient tell me the other day that if he had known he was going to live so long he would have taken better care of his body. I want to be healthy as possible as long as possible and eating fresh and exercising are the ticket….Nurse Practitioner

• Been an up and down week for me. Exercise has been hard, working between 11-13hrs per day. I need to remember my whys: 1. This is about me and not work. My work will certainly wait, no one will do it for me. As of this morning, I’m down 10.5 pounds and feel good. Next week I am certain will be better!

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• Only two days back on Phase 1 and I hit a new low.

• I really like this, remember if you overindulged one meal, don’t give up, get back on program!

• Starting week 4 of Phase 2 today, I’m down 20 and my wife is down 17…keep it up…it’s worth it.

• Day 12 for me, down 9 pounds and feel great. Monday marks my journey into phase 2, however I wondering if it’s ok to stay in phase 1 one more week?

o Yes you can. The main reason Phase II was designed at week 3 was: with no processed food, decreased sodium, no fruit, no alcohol, etc., it would jump-start metabolism with balance of carb and proteins, the meals are close to decrease hunger, stabilize blood sugar and, of course, water weight falls off so results start to happen quickly. Watch the following: 1) energy level-remember if you are sticking to portions you are consuming only about 1300 calories, men about 1500, 2) watch for cloudy thinking and being pissed off-lol; slow digesting carbs are restricted, right? and 3) if you start craving what you have cut out: chips, sugar, bread…this is typically behavioral driven thus the Indulgence Meal was designed so you fill the craving a bit by having something on day 7 to look forward to. I support you, girl!

• My man is wicked modest and private, but I’m sharing. He started SOS for a second time. After 6 weeks, he is down 19.4″, 2″ in chest and 5.5″ in waist AND he had hip surgery two weeks ago is on crutches with no physical activity!

• “The Food You Eat Can Be Either the Safest & Most Powerful Form of Medicine, OR The Slowest Form of Poison” Ann Wingren

• Finished my second go round of phase I. Since November, I have lost 13 lbs. Weight loss is usually quite challenging for me, so this is good progress. Now, into phase II, hoping to continue some more losses. Feeling good, a bit less morning fatigue.

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• I am in phase 2 and down about 15 lbs. I have learned that change takes time, enjoy the process, and sticking to the eating plan of the SOS, gives me freedom in other areas of my life.

• Phase 1 day 12, down almost 10 pounds, 4 1/2+ inches……hubby is down into numbers he hasn’t seen in years AND his blood sugar has ranged between low 90’s-115ish……it was over 200 2 days before we started!! We’ve learned that we are in control of our health & success and we are strong in many ways! Thank you for inviting us along this amazing journey!

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• Wow- I guess I have changed! Thank you Deanna for reminding me how pictures can be motivating and thank you Carol for taking the recent picture of me!

• Are your whys written down where you can see them multiple times each day? The ‘why’ is so powerful and My whys are what help me get past temptations. They help me know without a doubt I will finish what I started and then keep me going through maintenance.

How are you reminded of your whys each day?

• Well, I got on my scale today and am amazed to say I am the lowest weight I have been in 19 years. Woohoo!

• So my SOS moment today- had to show my driver’s license at the bank and I realized that I actually weigh less than what it says! Whaaaatttt???!!! Oh yeah- happy dance!!

• Good morning GJ Slimmers! Today I want to remind everyone to hydrate! We’ve been very focused on food and exercise and I’m sure you’re also drinking your water. Just a reminder – the book suggests to drink 50% of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 170 lbs, you need 95 oz today. If you weigh 150, you need 75 oz.

Typically in the winter I have really dry hands and chapped lips and cannot put on enough chap stick or lotion. I noticed yesterday I’m using less lotion throughout the day. My hands are still dry (comes with the dry climate we live in) but they’re not bothering me. And I have put a lot less Chap Stick on… hydrate from within! On a separate but kind of related note – my finger nails are stronger and growing.

I plan to raise a tall glass of h2O to all of you at lunch time today – cheers!

• Ladies… Today I weighed myself on the scale at the gym but it appeared broken. After a few minutes I realized – I had to set the scale down to a lower weight to make it work. First time in 8 years I’ve been here and it feels awesome. I’m here on the treadmill slugging away but movement is movement and I’m going to keep my eye on the journey ahead. Thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey.

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• I love the change I’m seeing on the inside as well as the physical change. My entire approach to health and wellness is being redefined. I think a lot more about my choices and WHY and have finally come to realize that I own my journey. Of course it helps to be a size smaller after 4 weeks .

• My husband ordered an outfit on-line for me for Christmas. I was very worried it wouldn’t fit since he went down a size. Um – it’s almost too big. SOS works. Please for those just joining us – read the book and understand what a mile high metabolism means so you can build one. It’s so much more than exercise and eating less. Exercise and WHAT we eat and when are key. Love this journey.

• You’ll see a little less of the Gj State of Slimmers this week. Everyone who started phase 1 on 12/2 lost weight, inches and most lost body fat too. First time in my history I’ve lost weight in December. Yahoo!! Next week we’re stirring it up a bit. Meet at Golds Gym at 5:45 for weigh in and a group picture, then join us for body combat at 6:00 am. Let’s start the Christmas week with sweat and encouragement! The subsequent meetings will be as scheduled at four winds. Anyone else who will be starting phase 1 after the holidays is always welcome to join our support group now.

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• Just realized that eating my chocolate muffins with oatmeal has cured cravings. I wasn’t getting the oatmeal for a few days. Can’t slack on any component of plan.

• Oh and on phase 2 we finally get to eat ostrich. Been craving that almost every day… .

• Pumpkin chili rocks! I had to speed up recipe and sauté the peppers and onion in a little olive oil- didn’t read that it was a slow cooker recipe! Plus side…I have lunch already for tomorrow!

• Never lost 6.4 pounds in one week in my life! Thanks for all the support! Ready for week two!

• We can order 12 pack of 1 pound bags and can mix cpb2 and pb2 for $80 plus shipping and tax.

Chocolate cheesecake muffins
These are modifications I made to original recipe
Vanilla protein powder and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder( didn’t have choc)
Ran out of egg whites once and used half water/3 egg whites
Increased Greek yogurt to 3/4 cup as they were dry
2 tsp cinnamon ( I love cinnamon )
1/4 tsp chipotle powder(brings out chocolate flavor, like Mexican brownies)
Baked 325 for 13 minutes
Great to mix CPB2 and frost as you go

• Doing great, you Grand Junctioners. It’s so worth following exactly, especially Phase I. You will reap the benefits. The brain power is a great effect.

• Day one complete… Not too bad food wise but I did not get in all my exercise. Tomorrow will be better. Spent the last 2.5 hours cooking and prepping food for the next few days. Made the smoothie for snack tonight with chocolate pb2… It was great!

• Good Morning Slimmers!

I have to share something with you. Last night at our meeting we talked about the guidelines of Phase 1. So I am mentally preparing to start phase 1 on 12/2. My normal routine doesn’t consist of eating breakfast an hour after I wake up. Typically I don’t eat until 8:30 or 9:00 am. This morning after getting home from the gym I immediately made a protein shake. I think this could become a regular routine for me.

What are you doing to mentally prepare for phase 1?

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o When I got home last night I started watching my taped episodes of biggest loser and the voice. At 1130 I finally went to bed. This morning when the alarm went off I started rationalizing more sleep and no walk. But then I went to my WHYs… I realized that my reasons for doing this are important enough to get up even after only 5 hours if sleep. So glad I did it.

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Are you still wondering if you should start?

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Join us!

*Photos are from Instagram – All these statements are from GJ Slimmers!

Inspiration = Motivation

Yesterday I just happened to Pin this quote on pinterest.

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How did this pin become motivation for me? Friends of mine wrote me the following messages last night. Wow! Just brings tears to my eyes and greater motivation to share my love for fitness, health and happiness.

Friend #1– Do you know if there are any 5k/10k events Easter weekend in the GJ area? Need to get my feet wet. More walking due to the bad knees thing. I am so inspired by you!

Friend #2–I saw your pin and wanted to let you know that you truly are the reason I am where I am today. You inspired me to work out and to be healthy so many years ago, so thank you for kick starting my passion. You have been an inspiration to many.

  • My response–Awww thank you so much! I can’t believe you are doing a full Marathon way to go! Good luck!What’s really crazy is I ran into you during my crazy adrenaline high in the RnR at mile #9! I hope to continue to inspire many more!

Success

Are you a Thelma or Louise?

Do you remember at the beginning of February, I asked if you were a Thelma or a Louise?

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I am a Louise!

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You are up front and take no prisoners! 

You will do whatever it takes to help a friend in need. There are some skeletons in your closet and you keep a tight lip on your past. You are a natural-born leader and take charge of the situation. 

Your life moto should be ‘men are pigs, and we are having a pig roast girls’
Never be taken alive!

Lucky for me my friend is Thelma!

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Newly inhibition free and on the loose!

You are shy at first but open up when you get a little tipsy. It’s easy for you to get into trouble and when you do, you just end up making it worse for yourself. 

Your life moto should be ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. 

Never be taken alive!

The two of us will be running the Thelma and Louise Half Marathon. 

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It’s not too late for you to grab your Thelma or your Louise and join us on June 1 in Moab, Utah for a day of adventure.

Thelma and Louise Moab

http://www.moabhalfmarathon.com/tlhm/index.cfm

My Story

Recently I’ve had several friends tell me that a recent Facebook picture has been an inspiration and motivation for them. Wow what an awesome compliment. So I thought I would share my journey with all of you.

My journey to a life of health and wellness began in 2002!

I will never forget the day when I jumped out of the shower and took a look at myself in the full length mirror. I did not like the image looking back at me. I was a happy mom of a 3-year-old, I had an amazing husband and a great job but I just wasn’t happy with myself.

I had watched a Montel Williams episode when my daughter was a baby about the Body for Life program. I had purchased the book then put it on the shelf. It was this day in 2002 that book was taken off the shelf and I decided to make a change.

The episode that Michelle is referring to is the one I watched when I bought the Body for Life book.

In 2003 I was fortunate enough to attend an Energy Camp for Women in Denver at the EAS headquarters. What an experience I had! Here is a before and after picture of me back in 2001 pre BFL and 2003 after a 12 week challenge.

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As we all know if you don’t stick to your health and wellness plan you gain back weight, lose muscle mass and your cardio capacity is limited. So in 2008 I decided that this was the year that I wanted to really learn for myself the “LIFE” part of the Body for Life. I had completed numerous 12 week challenges and never really did figure out what to do past the 12 week finish. Thinking in the back of my mind I knew I could do another 12 weeks. 2008 was the year designated for me to really move to the next level for “LIFE”.

A 26 week BFL marathon was an opportunity for me to continue my journey of learning about self-discipline, self motivation, determination and learning about my body not only physical but emotional as well. Planning each and every day and setting small achievable goals for the day, week, month and the year! Along with keeping positive thoughts about me each and every day helped for motivation!

Persistence is the key! I see so many people start out their challenge so strong and motivated and then they hit a life bump in their challenge and they give up. I think it is important to remember we all have life bumps but moving forward and keep persisting is a key attribute for “LIFE”. 2008 was a successful year for me on my health and wellness journey.

2009 brought more of BFL and finding balance in life of work, health and wellness. The first part of November in 2009 a good friend of mine asked me if I wanted to run the Winter Sun 10K with her. My response was “I am not a runner, but if you train me I will try.” She asked me how far and how long can you run for? Maybe a minute I replied. She said well we have some work to do. She gave me a training plan starting out running for 4 minutes then walking for 2 and I only had 6 weeks to train for this 10K (6.2 miles). What the heck was I thinking?

By week 2 I was running 11 minute intervals for an hour, completing about 5 miles or so. I thought ok I can do this. We ran the local 5K Turkey Trot to get me prepared for the 10K. Many lessons learned on this 5K. I did manage to complete the 10K in 17 degree weather and have been running since.

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I was still on the runners’ high when my running friend found the Warrior Dash race and suggested we do this race. Due to the fact that I still was on major runners high I jumped all over this. Signed up and started the training phase.

I continued to run in January 2010 and joined a contest that the gym was holding for the New Year. In February I started my new-found love KICKBOXING. During my 3rd class I pulled my right hamstring. UUgghh! I was very disappointed in this set back. My running slowed down for about 6 weeks. During this time I did the step mill. I thought that I would not lose much doing this kind of activity. Boy was I wrong! When I could run again it was like starting all over again.

Towards the end of July I started getting bored with the workouts and not feeling gains in running or in my strength training. Started missing workouts and getting just plain lazy. I tried to set up a training schedule for the last 28 days to get myself motivated and prepared for race day. I did find that I love to run outside on a summer morning. Hearing the birds chirp, the sun to rise above the Mesa is just a relaxing and energizing way to start the day. I also loved trying to beat my time each week when on my outdoor run.

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The week before the race I was on my outdoor run and my mind was just racing wondering if I could even do this race. Running hard and fast my heart just beating and my breath unable to be caught. I simply had a mental breakdown. Negative talk to myself thinking will I be able to do this. I am not ready for this race. As I peaked the top of the hill that morning I thought back to the Warrior Dash website and its training recommendations. It’s about your mental ability more than anything. I still didn’t convince myself that day that I was anywhere near being ready. I did however take 3 minutes off my run time that day. Ohhh something was working!

As race day approached I got more and more excited. I didn’t feel 100% prepared for the race. I could only do my best. So off we went to Copper Mountain. I just kept looking at that hill and thinking that it’s 9,700 feet above sea level and the oxygen is low up here. What am I going to do?

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As I look back now I have no idea how I made it over the fire or completed the Warrior Dash not only once but THREE times. It’s all a blur when the runner’s high kicks in. Each Warrior Dash presenting different challenges! Now on to new challenges in 2013.

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I now know why people continue to sign up for races. The feeling after your done is AMAZING! The runners high and the sense of self achievement and accomplishment is one of its own.

Will run for beer! Will run for beer!

In 2012 I ran my first ½ Marathon. Read my race re-cap here.

http://dee-liciousmusings.com/2012/09/24/denver-rock-n-roll-12-marathon-race-review/

So if you are ready to cross the abyss and get moving now’s the time! Let’s do it! 2013 is your year!

Let’s Rock and Roll!

I have about 5 weeks until my ½ marathon…..EEEEkkkk!

Day One: Rest and recovery from the Warrior Dash

Day Two: 7 mile long run! Wow I have never actually ran that far EVER! Kept my heart rate between 90-100%

7.08 Miles 1:21:02

Day Three: Rest day!

Day Four: Interesting run today. I took the rabbit chaser with me and she disappeared. I tried to keep my heart rate between 80-90% of max for the 3 miles.

3.11 Miles 39:28

In the evening I did a couple sets of stairs, air squats, lunges, push-ups, dips and a whole lotta girl talk!

Day Five: Hard run keeping my heart rate between 95-100% of Max. Legs were heavy and tired today! Goal was 4.5 miles but I miss marked my out mileage.

4.32 Miles 48:40

Day Six: Rest day

Day Seven: The training scheduled called for 8 miles. I again miss calculated my mileage. I started later than I had planned and the outside temperature started getting hot in the first 20 min. It’s much harder for me to run when it’s hot. Good training I guess. Heart rate between 95-100%

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It’s all about the shoes…………or not!

I am sure Missy Franklin’s shoes are not important to her for training unless of course it’s fins or flip flops! I love the fact that a Colorado “GIRL” swimmer is in the Olympics and winning a few gold medals! Isn’t her smile addicting?

What I really want to know is what’s in Michael Phelps head phones? Wonder if his playlist would inspire me. 

Shoe shopping!

Today was the day for a new pair of running shoes. My friend who talked me into running the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon said to visit Browns Shoe Fit. They would help me find the right kind of shoes. The staff is very very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. So if you are in need of new running shoes I highly recommend Brown’s Shoe Fit! 

He had me stand on a computer-generated foot sensor that shows pressure points in your feet. After looking at 5-10 different images and angles. He shared with me that I have a muscle in my foot that needs to be strengthened. I can do this a couple of different ways. One by wearing the orthotic inserts they sell and the second doing some regular stretches. He showed me a few stretches to do and also recommended I get the orthotics.

 

Is the computer a ploy or is it for real?

 

After the computer images he had me run barefoot on the treadmill while video tapping me. We watched to determine what kind of running shoe I need based on my gate and pronation and I am sure other things but I was on information overload by this point. He shared there is 3 types of running shoes. Stability, Cushion and Motion control. Then we measured my feet. I need a cushion shoe based on my pressure points and running style. 

Motion control footwear emphasizes medial support by having dual density midsoles, roll bars or foot bridges. This medial (inside support) support slows the rate of over pronation. An example of a motion control shoe would be the Asics Evolution.

 Stability footwear combines cushioning features and support features into its design. An example would be the Asics GT 2170 running shoe. 

Cushioned footwear emphasizes enhanced shock dispersion in its midsole and/or outsole design. Many shoe companies add materials to the heel and forefoot areas to enhance the cushioning properties of the shoe i.e. air, gel, hydro flow etc. An example of a cushioned running shoe would be the Nike Pegasus.

Now it’s time measure my foot. He was interested in my foot size from the large part of my foot on the outside before the big toe to the heel. Let’s get to trying on shoes. We started with size 6.5 and the most ugly shoe. But I guess comfort beats cuteness.

 

After walking and feeling them we decided a size 7 would be better because athletic shoes run short. Once I moved to a size 7 he found the perfect cute and comfortable shoe!

 

Asics Gel-Cumulus Lightning/Hot Pink/Storm

 

SOLD!

 

Week 9 Warrior Dash Training! 

Day One: USAF State Swim meet cheering!

Day Two: Recovery from traveling all weekend.

Day Three & Day Four: Kickboxing – I totally love this class. I get to imagine that I am punching people in the face the gut, the back and best of all kicking them where it counts….LOL!

Day Five: Full Moon Run…work duty called early this morning so I strapped in a head lamp and headed out for a 30 min run/walk in the full moon. It was beautiful!

2.85 Miles 33:40 legs felt very heavy!

Day Six: ½ training Walk/Jog/Run/Walk

4.84 Miles 1:00:53

Day Seven: 1/2 training Walk/Jog/Walk

5.09 Miles 1:02:28

50 Min easy swim