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Keep Your Fitness Stats and Pix Up To Date

By: Robert J Banach Robert J Banach | Baby Boomer Fitness Challenge | 10/01/13

Category: Fitness | Personal

Keep Your Fitness Stats and Pix Up To Date

Profile Picture | October 1, 2013 | Robert J BanachYou have a fitness goal, but are you making the progress that you want?

Let me ask you this, today is October 1st, did you update your body measurement statistics and take your body pictures for the month?

Whether you were actively focused on your fitness goals over the last month, it is still important to keep track of your fitness stats. Over the last month I was not as active as I would have liked, and I knew this was going to be the case, as I had a special project I was working on, and my time was limited. But, there is no excuse not to keep your fitness statistics up to date. If you haven’t done it for today, stop right here, get up and go do it!

The body stats you want are:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Upper Arms / Biceps
  • Lower Arms / Forearms
  • Weight
  • Body Fat

The body pictures you want are:

  • Front Relaxed and Front Tensed
  • Side Relaxed and Side Tensed
  • Back Relaxed and Back Relaxed

These are the bare (excuse the pun) minimum body pictures you want to track each month.

If there are particular body parts that you are focusing on and want to track, make sure that you are taking pictures of those body parts as well.

I knew that my monthly body stats and pix were not going to be much different from last month, and comparing picture to picture, there is no noticeable change. The only real change I see from my body statistics is the gain of 3 pounds from last month. I don’t like it, as it’s not muscle that has been added, but fat. How do I know it’s fat, simply, as I did very little resistance training over the month, and the cardio was at 30 minutes per day. My diet throughout the month was fair; very little dairy, gluten or sugars, but obviously too much as my weight increased.

So, now that I know where I am, and where I have been, where do I want to be on November 1, 2013? What do I have to do to get there?

As we are each different, unique, it will be different for each of us, what we will have to do to accomplish our goals. As I have counted 55 years to date, am in good health, enjoy physical activity, and like to cook, all these combine to help me to accomplish my goals.

I know that I can lose one pound per week, that’s a 3500 calorie reduction in calories per week, and keep it off by continuing a regimen of 30 to 45 minutes per day of exercise, both cardio and resistance, and by following a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, tree nuts and whole grains, all as natural as I can find them. So, I will be spending most of my shopping time in the produce section, and looking for free range chicken and wild caught fish.

Note: GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and farm-raised animals may be healthy for us, but, personally, I try to avoid them, as I prefer as close to their natural state as possible.

So, what’s my goal for November 2013? 45 minutes of cardio and resistance training per day, 6 days per week, a reduction of 3500 to 4000 calories per week, and a loss of 5 pounds by the end of the month.

Share your goals, and if you really want to put yourself out on a limb, post your pix and stats for all to see…

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