I guess I’m an athlete for Halloween!

I’m looking back to September of ’09 right now where I bought my first scale. It measures weight as well as fat and water percentages in the body. The first time I recorded my weight, fat and water with my scale, I was 161 lbs with 32% body fat and 46% water. It was right after my summer in England and Ireland where I gained back about 10 pounds I had lost because of the nummy drinks and amazingly fresh food. But I digress… *daydreams about London*

ANYWAY! This morning, thinking it would be cool to check in on my fat percentage, I stepped on my scale for the first time in nearly two weeks (I know, I know… I’ll explain later). Completely different numbers blinked up at me.

Weight: 156.8 lbs
Water: 58%
Fat: 15%

Say what? That big of a drop in body fat in a little over a year? I’m wondering if the scale is completely accurate. I’m going to step on again tomorrow to see if its the same. Looking at a chart with fat percentages, 15 percent falls under the category of athlete (check out that page… it’s pretty fascinating. This is another good one.). I’m an athlete now?! Well… this year has been my most active in my entire life so maybe it’s right!

As for the weight… well, the weight of muscle is where WW fails, unfortunately. Seriously, a pound of fat is about the size of a fist, but a pound of muscle is about the size of your thumb. So the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn and the trimmer you will get… but the muscle weighs more than fat per square inch so it can be tricky when trying to “lose weight”. Yep, WW really fails there. No offense, but it’s true. Haha!

And I have gained quite a bit of muscle over the past couple months because of pole fitness. So right now, I’m not so concerned about the number on the scale so much as how my body feels and how I feel/look in my clothes. The inches I have lost are a lot of a better gauge than the scale lately. In fact, I’ve lost an additional half inch on both of my thighs as of this morning! (Woohoo!). That’s why I haven’t been getting on the scale because it’s not a good gauge of how my body feels and looks. Besides, I’m still Lifetime and relatively close to my WW goal weight so I have no qualms about it. I feel fantastic, so I’ll leave it at that.

It’s strange to think that I have the blood pressure and fat percentage of an athlete especially since I’ve never seen myself like that before this year… Now I love being active! It’s so fun and I love the rush that comes with it. Plus I do activities that engage muscles and leave me sore, sweaty, and with better definition in my body than ever before. And it keeps me sane through school and work. Who couldn’t love something that is so good for you in so many ways? :)

Trust me, I didn’t always feel this way… I remember when I wasn’t at school or work (sitting), I’d be on my bed, recording songs, reading, watching TV without much thought to being active. In fact, the idea of getting on the elliptical (now one of my favorites!) was a hindrance to my lazy enjoyment because work or school was so draining. Now it’s something I enjoy and actually gives me a boost to help get through my work! it took me little by little over the past two years to achieve this interest in fitness. Health is more than just eating right, you know.

Just a reminder… don’t always look at the number of pounds you weigh. Look at inches, fat percentages, waist to hip ratios, how you feel, and things like that. They can really bring the fact that you’re doing your body good down to earth for you. It makes it more real. Just keep working at it! Every little bit helps!

Have a great Halloween! Good luck with the treats! ;)

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Sweets in the Athletic Department

Unless you just started following me, you probably know that I’m interning in my University’s sports department. It’s amazing. I write all the time and get to meet with athletes and coaches on a weekly basis. Constantly having fun! And… eating? :S

The one thing that I don’t understand though is this: Why is it that the athletic department, of all the departments, brings so many treats for the workers?

You’d think that because of the athletic nature that the treats would be reined in because you’d think they’d care about health. NOPE! Some kind of baked good is in the office 4 out of the 5 days of the week. In addition to that, at each football game, at least two people bring baked goods (often cookies and brownies–weaknesses of mine) for the press box.  They seriously sit not five feet away from where I happen to be stationed making it difficult to refuse said sweets.

One of the girls here is seriously going to kill me though. She’s one of the best home bakers I’ve met; each time she brings something I have to try it because they are so scrum-diddly-umptious! And then I end up wanting more. Often, I’ll tell myself to not even touch them. But then someone sits next to me applauding her baking skills yet again… and I just have to try one! It’s quite the battle. She always makes something different so I’m just waiting for her to bomb on a recipe… is that awful? Haha.

But it absolutely blows my mind that the athletic department is endorsing the eating of such things!

Let me just say that I’m very glad my activity is high enough that I usually don’t have too worry too much. But it’s getting to be a bit much, I think.

Case in point: right now, there are cupcakes and brownies sitting in the lobby. I’ve had two brownies. (In my defense, they were mint and extremely worth the 8 points in my book when they are that good.) They are tracked and I’m officially out of daily points. Small dinner for me tonight!

The bad news that isn’t really related but would affect my week and brownie consumption:
Somehow I dorked my knee badly in Zumba last night. Like really bad. It was like one second, I was fine. The next moment, I was yelping and stumbling. No idea what happened. And I hate it when that happens. (XD) I can’t even walk around campus today because it hurts so much! (“Hello, bus driver! Yes, this is the third time you’ve seen me in one day.”) Because of this, I don’t know if I’ll be able to workout tonight. I’ll try the elliptical for a bit but if even that causes problems, I may be out of commission for the time being. First my hip and now my knee? Talk about depressing. I NEED MY WORKOUT! GAH!

But back to the athletic department… can a get a collective, “HUH?”

FFT: Einstein on Goals

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ~Albert Einstein

I discovered this quote this week, and I must say Einstein nailed it on the nose. When you base your happiness on other people or things, you’re setting yourself up for failure because things can break and people can let you down. But a goal? That’s different, don’t you think?

What I think of when I see this quotation is this: goals equal improvement. Who doesn’t love that? There is always room for improvement to be our best selves! Even if it takes a while and some steps are backwards… it’s still the efforts and experience that make it all worthwhile. It’s learning, discovering, and striving for something more that makes one happy. Staying stagnant while obtaining objects or friends is fulfilling in the moment, of course… but does it last like a goal does? (Ok, marriage is different but still…) Plus, goals are renewable and can be changed as you go! Sometimes we don’t reach our goals when we expect to, and that’s why it’s okay to change your expectations to get up and try again!

Just some food for thought today… I’m in the middle of midterms. ;)

I wish you all the best of luck in your current goals and objectives with your WeightWatchers journeys, no matter where you are in them!

How to… Beat Soreness!

First off, How to Train Your Dragon is the best animated movie of the year (and it helped inspire the name of this post)! Hands down! Watched it last night with my good buddy for the first time… It better win the Oscar for Best Animated Film, seriously. ;)

But, this is more of a how to prevent pain post-strength training. I have found a near foolproof way to beat the muscle soreness that comes within the couple days following a strength training workout.

After any intense strength training session, the last thing you want to do is keep moving, am I right?
However, adding some cardio in after will help the lactic acid that has built up in your muscles to disperse itself throughout your body better, thus causing you less muscle soreness in the long run! How awesome is that?

I know, I’m brilliant. Haha, just kidding. I’ve read something about this before on fitness websites from experts and stuff… I just never put it into practice before.

Take, for example, two weekends ago. I went to pole fitness, per usual, and I just knew that I would be sore. (She has me do a lot of power lifting classes from some reason… I’m not complaining but let’s just say the first couple of times I did them, I could barely move for five days. It’s gotten better as I do more of them though. Anyhoo…) I knew I would be sore, but since I had recently found my new love in running, I decided to go for a run afterward to make my goal of at least 4 APs in a day plus some. Guess what? Absolute minimal soreness from pole! I was amazed! I thought I just was getting better with pole fitness…

But then I remembered something: you can’t get used to pole fitness. Every class is different and my teacher’s goal is to hear you scream and grunt during class–thus the pain after. After I went to my next class (minus a run after), a couple days later I was sore again. I asked myself what was different… That run made the difference.

And now on Saturdays, my gym added a Zumba class and it starts 30 minutes after my pole fitness sessions… can someone say, “HECK YES!” There’s my solution. Zumba. Not only the funnest workout ever, but it is cardio and will most definitely keep the pain from the strength training I get from doing pole fitness. These are my two absolute favorite ways to get activity and now I can have them both in one day! WIN!

This morning? Pole and Zumba! And I’m feeling fantastic! =)

What other words of wisdom do you have about working out?

TV Debut!

This is a bit off-topic but I’m uber excited for it! Pasted from MikShorty.

The producers of Don’t Forget the Lyrics emailed me a couple of months ago, requesting permission to use one of my MySpace Karaoke videos in one of their episodes.  They said it may be used, so I wasn’t entirely expecting anything to come of it…

But on Monday, they informed me that my “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video will be featured on the show tomorrow, October 21st!  Can I get a holla?!

The episode will have Tai Phillips competing… it’s new. Tvlisting.com or television.aol.com can help you find it for your location and network provider.  In the
Salt Lake area for those with Comcast (probably regular cable too), the episode will be at 5:30 p.m. MST on KJZZ-channel 3.  From what I can tell from past episodes, my video should appear around one of the commercial breaks… I’m the singer of the day/week or something like that!

So tomorrow marks my television debut!  Pretty exciting… maybe someone important will see it… maybe not… but my glass is half-full so there ya go. *fingers crossed*

Hope you can tune in tomorrow!  I’m so recording it on DVR… =D

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PS: Happy Spirit Day… I’m wearing purple in support of the people who cut their own lives short because of anti-LGBT bullying. Are you wearing purple too?

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I promise my next post will be spectacular and back to WW topics… this just had to be said first. =)

Birthday+Camping=Disaster!

Tantalizing treats around every corner. I tried to stay away, I really did. I resorted to going for walks in order to keep myself away from the trailers contents of mini chocolate bars.

Even tracking failed. Abysmally. That’s not entirely my fault as I didn’t have much service camping.

The only thing that was any good was my activity. I hiked to the top of Angels Landing at Zions National Park… a 3.5 hour hike (12 APs)! My hips and legs still hurt! 1500 feet in the air with steep switchbacks and a point where you have to use chains to help hoist yourself up the side of the mountain. It was epic awesomeness and the view was spectacular.

And then yesterday, because my step-dad’s snoring woke me up at 4 a.m. and I couldn’t get back to sleep because he wouldn’t stop, I decided to go for a run in order to get out of that room. Nearly 30 minutes straight of jogging/running with about 20 minutes of walking and stretching at 6 in the morning. I saw the night turn into dawn and it was pure wonderfulness.

If only I could say the same for my eating. There was seriously cookies, candy, cheesecake, and way too much food around for 20 people. I ate a lot of it. I have this thing about things tasting too yummy…

I’m trying to get back on track today, but I’m struggling. Someone left me alone in an office with delicious cookies sitting two feet away from me. Once you’re out of the wagon, you’re out… but I’m trying to climb back in! HELP!

That’s it… Tonight, I’m re-reading all of my WW booklets. I need a big boost back into my healthy lifestyle. And a run too =)

How did your weekend go?

21+1 Good Things!

I’m the birthday girl so I can do whatever I please today! ;)
If you remember, I’m pretty superstitious when it comes to the number 22 so the face that I’m turning 22 is really weird for me (which is why I’m calling it 21+1)… in an effort to make it more bearable, I’m going to make a list of 22 good things that are in store for me this year! Ready, my good fellows? … Let’s begin!

1~ This year, I graduate from college.
2~ And… I’m stumped. HA! JK (not really… let me brainstorm). This year, I get to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with a fabulous friend for Christmas.
3~ This year, I will get my New Years Eve kiss, no matter what it takes.
4~ This year, I’m a bridesmaid in my BFF’s wedding (if we can find flights that Delta Skymiles will cover!)
5~ This year, I will move out of my parents house and get my own place.
6~ This year, I will move someplace out of state. *fingers crossed*
7~ This year, I have an amazing internship with a boss whose recommendation can likely get me a job anywhere I want.
8~ This year, I’m understanding sports better and better!
9~ This year, I’m going back to my music roots for my last semester of college.
10~ This year, I am still older than the drinking age limit.
11~ This year, I look forward to earning a steady income again (post-graduation, that is).
12~ This year, I’ll be that much wiser from my mistakes that I made up to this year.
13~ This year, the iPhone should be coming to Verizon Wireless at some point, and it is my full intent to get it.
14~ This year, I have a rocking purse to carry around with me (birthday gift)!
15~ This year, I won’t fall for anyone’s bull.
16~ (I’m scraping the barrel here…) This year, I may or may not fall in love. Either way, I will be happy with my life.
17~ This year, I’m a bridesmaid in my stepbrother’s wedding too!
18~ This year, I will be performing with two choirs (hopefully, if the U’s school of music allows me… still waiting on word, but it looks promising.)
19~ This year, I’m the most active and healthy that I have ever been!
20~ This year, Harry Potter 7 is being released in theatres! That’s most definitely reason to celebrate!
21~ This year, I will be happy just as I almost always am.
22~ I’ll only have to be 22 for one stupid year of my life. ;)

So… it was hard to make this list.
Happy birthday to me! Talk to you all later!

A Late Night Run

I thought it was fall break, so why do I have a mountain of homework?

A vast majority of last night was spent doing homework. I had been hoping to workout on getting home from work but that homework pile needed to go down. So I spent 4 hours on it. First object of 3… finito!

But then as soon as I finished, at 10:45 last night, I went downstairs and hopped on the treadmill. I ran for 30 minutes of the 42, that in itself is a victory. Not all consecutively, but 20 minutes of it was. (When can I run again? Next goal- 2 consecutive miles!)

The best part was when my brother got home from work at 11:30, came down and said, “What kind of crazy person would go for a run at 11:30 at night?” and I proudly said, “Me!” And it felt wonderful and totally gave me the best night’s sleep I have had in a few days. Cure maybe?

On another note, tomorrow is the day. To clarify, I’m just superstitious about the number 22… it’s the double twos that get me and it’s the only thing I’m superstitious about. With some people it’s the 666, 13, or something else, but for me it’s the double deuce. They have ever since I started playing the pokemon video games when I was 9. Why the correlation, I have no clue. I know I’m hyping it up to be some horrible thing, but I realize that won’t be the case. Already a good thing will happen… my mom has told me she is not going to get me a birthday cake, which is exactly what I wanted! I’ll gladly take the million dollar cookies that I caught her making this morning instead ;) Getting older is something I look forward to experiencing!

So activity… when do you find it works best for you? Everyone is different so I’m curious.

2 days til 22…

And I’m freaking out! I don’t want to be 22! Does anyone remember my unlucky fixation with the number? 21+1 is just too wordy to say and I’m sure people will give me a weird look for saying that too.

Plan for the big day? Go to WW at 9:30 in the morning! Then Zumba at 6:30 as usual. What I’ll do for the rest of the day is up for grabs. No work though. That’s a birthday gift to myself. Preferably I’ll be doing something magnificently fun or entertaining! That and packing for a camping trip…

Saturday was technically the first day of celebrations… We went to a hookah bar/grill/lounge. It was actually quite fun! I had heard good things about the place and one of my friends works there so she hooked us up. So remember how I said I would only have a couple of drinks? I had every intention too… until my gay buddies bought me about three shots in a row even though I told them they didn’t need to. I also bought cheese fries to help bite off the buzz they gave me. People shared it with me so I didn’t end up eating too much. And guess what? All of it was tracked! I’m doing a mini happy dance in my chair right now!

The only problem with that night was that my sleep horribly suffered so I didn’t feel like doing much on Sunday. Isn’t it weird how when your sleep schedule is compromised, the rest of your body functions for the next 24 hours are too? We need sleep people!

So… right now, I’m ready for a run. Tonight. You guys were right: it is very addicting.

What healthy habits/foods have you become an addict to since starting your WW journey?

NSV’s Save the Week! (L4G W4 Results)

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this week:
Height- 5’9″
Weight- 155 lbs –> 155.6 lbs
Arms- 11 in –> 11 in
Hips- 41.25 in –> 41.5 in
Bust- 36 in –> 36 in
Waist- 26.5 in –> 27 in
Thighs- 22 in –> 22 in

So I’m up in a couple of areas this week, but I’m okay with that while silently hoping the increase in my hips and waist is from muscle… haha! But I know what I did wrong (and I did it for about three days). I’m glad I decided to change my goal weight to 154 to account for at least one pound of muscle that I know that I’ve gained from doing Pole Fitness. I think that is a good leeway to give myself for now. Anyway, if I hadn’t been as active I know it could have been a lot worse. But there are so many good things that happened this week that I don’t really care about these stupid numbers right now!

Despite blowing through my weeklies in Wyoming then coming home to one of those party bags of Pretzel M&M’s (Have I mentioned my addiction to those before?) which I helped my brother polish off… I think some really great things happened this week.

Numero Uno- I ran a full mile. Nix that, I ran over a mile! I still have a high from that! I wanted to run last night but deadlines mixed with a tension headache didn’t make it for a good time to do that. Someone mentioned running can be addictive and I’m already feeling that. =)

Numero Due– We went out for sushi last night, and I found out that it is completely plan friendly. One cup of miso soup, one salad with very little ginger dressing, some edamame, and 7 pieces of Playboy (4- my fave!), Mars (2), and Soft-shell crab rolls (1) and I was looking at an 8.5 point filling and scrumptious dinner. And to think I used to completely hate every kind of seafood… it’s nice to develop my palate!

Numero Tre- I had 29 AP’s despite 2 days being completely inactive, and one day without a legitimate workout (walking around campus a bit though). I may have eaten most of them, but that’s ok!

Numero Quattro- EVERYTHING was tracked!

Numero Cinque-
I GOT MY NEW WW Booklet! Haha… about time.

The numbers don’t matter right now because of this list. I feel like I had a good week despite some weak points. And now I have a whole new set of points to work with for this week! That’s another great thing to be happy about! =)

It’s my birthday week starting today. Tonight, I’m taking a group of friends to a lounge/bar. I’ll maybe have a drink or two but no more than that. I have a date and I don’t want to be out of control because I really like this guy and I don’t want to do anything stupid. Hehe…

Is it weird that I actually want to do well this week despite it being my birthday? Like I want to track everything even on my birthday and I’m telling people that I don’t want a cake. Or that I’m planning on attending a meeting on my birthday on Wednesday morning?

Well, I hope you all have a lovely times ten weekend! Isn’t it so crazy that we are into the second week of October already?!