31 Oct

October 31, 2005 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Weight: 321.5
Difference from last entry: -1.5

Happy Halloween, everyone! I don’t have a lot of time this morning, so I’m going to make this brief. This week’s weight loss is because of the exercise I’ve been doing, plain and simple. I haven’t been good at avoiding sweets, but I have been keeping myself active. And it shows on the scale. Yay! I’m also going to start putting up measurements soon, so I can see if I’m losing inches anywhere.

The reason I need to keep this short is I am working on a major upgrade to my Weight Journal! Blogger has pissed me off for the last time, so I’m going to start up a WordPress blog, hosted by myself. That’s going to take me much of today to get everything rolled over. Check back here soon for new links (‘specially those of you accessing this site via RSS).

27 Oct

Water aerobics! (Well, sorta.)

As I’ve mentioned here a few times, I really, really want to get into water aerobics. But I’ve been having a hard time battling both a crazy schedule and my own insecurities about my body in a swimming suit. So I hadn’t quite gotten to a class yet. I have been eyeing a new Water Walking class which started up at the new rec center here in Highlands Ranch. The rec center has an indoor “river,” a current-driven pool. The walking classes take place in that river. From the description of the class, I figured this was a beginners class, basically an “easy” version of water aerobics that I could use to get started before I moved to a water aerobics class.

So I dropped in on a class yesterday morning. And after 5 minutes, I realized that I was very wrong about the “easy” assumption. Turns out that, while there is a lot of walking into and against the currents in the “river,” the class also integrates many of the standard water aerobics activities into the workout. So one has to try to – for example – do a wrestler run into the current in the “river.” While this was easy for some of the 60+ year old women in the class, it was not so easy for me.

By about the 25 minute mark of the class, I was seriously thinking of calling it a day. But the instructor had warned us newbies (fortunately, I wasn’t alone in that regards) that we might get winded very quickly, and if that happened, to just slow down and walk instead of trying the exercises. And I actually remembered to do that. Had I not, I never would’ve made it through the whole hour.

It wasn’t so much that I was winded. Though there were a couple points where I was breathing pretty heavily. My main problem were the muscles in my calf. My calf kept trying to cramp up on me. It was murder! I’ve never used that set of muscles for that long in my life. It hurt like a mother. And it made me look like a weak fool.

But at the end of the hour I was still on my feet and moving. Which is a good thing. And I’m going back Monday morning, which is an even better thing. Hopefully eventually my calves get used to this.

26 Oct

McDonald’s to post nutrition info on food

Holy crap! What the hell got into McDonalds? The Golden Arches are actually going to post nutrition information on wrappers for their food!

Patrons of the world’s largest restaurant company will be able to learn the amount of calories and fat, among other information, in a McDonald’s product by looking at the wrapper instead of having to go to its Web site or ask for it at the counter.

The fast-food industry has been under pressure from consumer groups and the government to provide more nutritional information about its food. McDonald’s and others had previously made calorie count brochures available, resisting calls to do more.

Anyone care to wager how drastically sales of the Double Quarter Pounder drop once people can easily see how many calories/fat grams that monster has?

Technorati tags: diet, nutrition information