My Progress

Monday, April 6, 2009

Scales only spit out a number

Today was a good day. I got a lot of nothing done in the lab, but I put together a rather lovely presentation encompassing some background on my bug, relevant specimen sources for my assay and all the references I've used to develop it. It's surprising how easily some old school paperwork can eat up a whole day. I actually had it done with 90 minutes to go, and did a couple of things in the lab, but my results were inconclusive and called for a repeat tomorrow morning. It's all good though. I feel really strong about my project, and I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into phase 3 of the develpment process.

I had a really delicious salad for lunch. I've had dozens of salads in the past year, but this is the first one I've prepared the night before. It turned out perfect. I'll definitely make these more often. This revelation couldn't have come at a better time too because I just bought 3 bags of mixed salad because they were on sale for 77 cents and a bag of fresh spinach because it's friggin awesome in a salad.

The workout was interesting too. I found myself having a difficult time getting my heartrate up to my minimum of 155. Normally I'd rock it at ~8.5mph for about 4 or so minutes and reach my target before dropping to 7-8mph for the remainder of the workout. This time, it took almost 10 minutes and closer to 9mph before I finally got there. I think it's time to change the workout program on the elliptical from fat burn to something more exciting. It's good to know that my fitness continues to improve, but I really need to branch out to weight training, interval training and core training soon. I'm looking forward to that for sure. It's probably the kick start I need.

This morning, I was putting on my jeans, fresh out of the dryer and after I belted myself up, and I started adjusting the bunches of material caused by having a pair of pants a couple of sizes to big when I realized I was in a notch. The last notch actually. I've now finished off my third belt since this whole crazy carnival ride started almost exactly 11 months ago.

These non-scale victories are so much more tangible than anything a scale could ever give me. I love it.


Fat Lazy Guy said...

"These non-scale victories are so much more tangible than anything a scale could ever give me."
That is SO true. Awesome stuff with the belt man. I'm wearing a belt I used to wear when I was in high school, and when I was in high school I had to make new holes to make the belt smaller (it was too big), and I'm just getting in to those smaller holes :D.

And about the workout, it sounds like you're getting fitter! And you really don't have to wait to start the weight training and stuff (unless you don't have access to weight training equipment, which might require the wait :D).

Carlos said...

wow that's awesome about the belt. so much better than running out of holes on the other end...

Brandi said...

That is SO FREAKING AWESOME! I am so happy for you and all your accomplishments. How amazing that must feel :)

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

Congrats on the awesome NSV! I need to use you as inspiration and get my ass back in gear. I just can't find that motivation to get my tukus moving again!

Joy said...

3 belts down - those are the tangible victories I look forward to!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, you've done a fab job so far, looking forward to cheering you on the rest of the way. =)