Sunday, March 31, 2013

What I did this week, and a weigh-in spoiler

So hopefully the posts on makeup on Friday and Saturday didn't annoy you. I was in the mood for a little break from my regularly-scheduled weight-related content.  I went back and commented on the Just Bitten Balm stain in the comments of Friday's post in case you want to know what I thought of it.

Here are my workouts for this week:

Monday: Xtend Barre
Tuesday: Ran 25 minutes, walked 10
Wednesday: Butts and Guts class (intense strength training with kettlebells and lots of ab work)
Thursday: Spin class, 50 minutes
Friday: Ran 30 minutes, walked 20
Saturday: Pilates Circuit class

Today swim practice is cancelled. I think I'm going to do a run in the evening. I should have enough light left after the family activities wrap up.  I will at least do a longer walk.

This was my first week back to a normal exercise schedule. My eye is still bothering me a little, but I'm not sick anymore.  I also had a package of classes to use up at one of my gyms. I started taking Xtend Barre on Mondays and Butts and Guts on Wednesdays, in addition to my Pilates Circuit on Saturdays. This means that for the first time in a long while, I'm taking strength-oriented classes. They work my body in different ways too. Xtend Barre uses only body weight, but all the tiny little movements exhaust the muscle completely. Butts and Guts is intense and high-rep, and really beats me up. Pilates Circuit is more moderate -- we do one-minute segments of exercises on different stations and then follow it up with lots of ab work.

That means I'm sore. Very, very sore. And the soreness means my muscles are retaining water. I can see from the graphs that I generate with FatWatch that my weight took a quick bump up after my hard strength workout on Wednesday, but my body fat weight did not increase. The little diamonds on the graph are the actual data points, and the graph is a rolling average of those points.

Graph of body weight for the last month

Graph of body fat weight for the last month

I am a little worried that this phenomenon might mess up my DietBet, but I am hoping that by the third week, I won't be as intensely sore.  I also have plenty of room to reduce calories -- I am going to need to do something.

Once my package of classes is used up, I want to continue doing strength at least two days a week -- I will stick with Pilates Circuit but I'm not sure I want to spend the money on the other classes. I still have the book on SuperSlow weight training that I bought back in February, so I am going to give that a try. 


  1. Hi Jen, Happy Easter! I have a weird question. How do you get the phone images into your blog?

    1. To take a screenshot on an iPhone, press and hold the on/off button on the top, and then press the button on the front. You'll hear a camera shutter sound.

      The easiest way to put pictures from my iPhone camera roll into my blog is using the Blogger iPhone app. I start a post from it, adding the pictures, and then save it as a draft and edit it in the browser version of Blogger if I want to do anything fancy the iPhone app can't do.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Yes! Thank you so much!!

  3. I always wondered how people took pics of their phone's screen. thanks!


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