Beginning April 1st, 2013 (yes, I know it’s April Fools Day. No, this is not a joke), I am going Gluten-Free Vegan for the entire month. I’ve spent the last several weeks researching what not to eat, how to eat well and throughly enjoying reading about food.
About a month ago, I got sick. Nothing terrible, just a lingering cold that left me feeling continually tired and congested. Last weekend, I managed to contract a particularly vicious strain of Strep Throat and it did quite a good job of kicking my cold into high gear again. Basically what I’m saying is: I haven’t been able to breathe out of my nose comfortably for almost a month and sleeping has become my new hobby. I’m cranky, coughing, discombobulated and a general hot mess.
¡Perfect time for a full body cleanse!
So, I stopped in to SNAP Fitness near my house yesterday. They were kind enough to give me a “Fitness Assessment” so I would have a physical baseline from which to work. If you are a member of this club, it’s totally free and from what I understand, you can get them whenever you want as often as you’d like. I was thinking it would be interesting to see, at the end of the month, if there are any noticeable physical changes that happen as a possible result of my April Lifestyle change.
Here are my results:
- Height 5′-2″
- Weight – 144lbs
- Body Fat – 32.9%
- BMI – 25.9
- Bi/Tricep Circumference – 11.5″
- Chest Circumference – 37″
- Waist Circumference – 29″
- Hip Circumference – 39.5″
- Thigh Circumference – 24.5″
- Cardio Fitness Test: 80% Tile = Good (3.8 @ 5 incline, for 5-min on a treadmill: 144 bpm heart rate)
- Flexibility Fitness Test: 5% Tile = Poor (I believe she recorded this wrong, as I am able to bend at the waist and place my hands flat on the floor. If you asked my boyfriend, he’d say I’m pretty flexible….going to talk to someone next time I’m at the gym)
- Muscle Endurance Test: 70% Tile = Good (28 sit ups in 60-seconds)
- Muscle Strength Test: 5% Tile = Poor (10 Chest Presses @ 30lbs. Again, I don’t think she explained the test correctly. From what I can tell, this is based on pressing your max weight, but she did not ask me to do that…going to check with another staffer when I ask about the Flexibility Test).
So now I’ve got a physical baseline, a stack of cookbooks and a binder of recipes, friends who are excited to eat my culinary experiments and a blog in which to keep track of it all.
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