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Personal Fitness Assessment – I Survived! + Chocolate

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Hi all!

First off, I accidentally published this post before I was finished with it, ha! Oops, so, just ignore that. Ok moving on!

So as you read yesterday, last night I participated in a free personal fitness assessment! It wasn’t quite as difficult as I was thinking it was going to be, however it still kicked my butt. Or, rather it kicked my ARMS! Holy. Moly.

Before I tell you all about it, I wanted to share with you a few recent cravings! Because what goes better with a health talk than dessert? And because February should also be National Chocolate Month thanks to the insane amounts of chocolate on the shelves.

Check out So Many Sweets So Little Time: All Things Chocolate

by Sarah Ingle at Foodie.com

I feel like I am ALL about chocolate pretty much anytime of the year, but especially this month, right around Valentine’s Day. And really, any holiday for that matter. Chocolate is the way to my heart, and unfortunately, I really need to watch my sweet intake! My sweet tooth is out of this world. Anyone else’s?

So now that we’re thinking about all things chocolate, and craving something delicious and tempting, let’s recap my workout with the trainer last night!

Personal Fitness Assessment – My Thoughts

First, we sat down and discussed basic info, such as weight, body fat, exercise intensity, goals, diet, etc. I was a little bit embarrassed when she asked me point-blank how many servings of fruit and veggies do I get in one day and my answer was like only 2-3. AH! So bad. So so bad. We talked a lot about my diet, and how often I eat sweets and drink sodas, and I myself cringed a little bit when I readily admitted to previously drinking one or two diet cokes a day! What it boils down to is moderation though, and determining just how serious I am about my fitness. (I guess I’m not serious enough to cut out sodas completely, or sweets. Still working on that!)

My weight was exactly what I expected it to be, and my body fat was also pretty much what I assumed, I mean, I guess. I haven’t “tested” my body fat since probably PE in high school! She had me use one of those magical hand-held machines, and apparently that’s supposed to be accurate. My body fat percentage was perfectly healthy, though when Adam and I compared ours, we did notice that I was in fact the “fatter” one between the two of us. He had a field day with that one, let me just tell you! Ha! If you are curious, my BF was 22.4%, and the “ideal” range is 20-24%, with the average being 25-29%. “Lean” on the other hand is 12-19%. I don’t know how much faith I have in these charts, since I’ve read a handful of sites that say my physique should only be up to 21%. I’m pretty confident that I am NOT overweight though, so these statistics should sometimes be taken with a grain of salt. Also, I read the ideal body weight for my height should be 120, and I’m 124. So once again, don’t let numbers like these stress you out! They are VERY generalized and are NOT a reflection of your true health or fitness! Mini rant over.

I told her my main goals were to improve strength, learn a few new exercises, and to tone more overall. I actually LOVED the trainer I worked with, as she is a marathoner as well! She’s currently training to be a charity runner in the Boston Marathon! Very cool!

Next we headed out into the gym for the workout portion. First, we started at the (what I like to call) Cross Fit Ropes. You know, the two heavy ropes that are attached in the corner and you swing them around like a crazy person? Yep, those. I’d never done this before, and was SO surprised at how FAST it got my heart rate up! We did several different sets of these, in different directions. Between sets, we low squat jumps. Those too my friends will get your heart rate through the roof.

Next, we did burpees. Let’s all collectively laugh at the fact that trainer lady basically laughed at how uncoordinated I am. I really did struggle with the logistics of the burpee at first, since I couldn’t even tell you the last time I did one. Needless to say, we only did 10.

After the burpees, we did two sets of push ups over a bosu ball, then two sets up tricep dips off a box.

Next, she had me be grab the 12 lb slam ball (which looks MUCH bigger than 12lbs and is super awkward to hold) and we did oblique work off one of the walls. Basically, I stood perpendicular to the wall, then twisting at the waist had to throw it as hard as I could at the wall, catch it, and repeat. Both sides, twice. Then, we turned to face the wall, and she had me squat with the ball, then jump up and throw the ball as high up on the wall as I could then catch it and squat down again. Repeat, twice.

I think that’s all we did. Which doesn’t sound all that scary right? It only lasted about 15 minutes, but my heart was pounding for sure. Whenever you start doing exercises that your body simply isn’t used to, regardless of how in shape you think you are, it feels like you are definitely mistaken. But in a good way!

We then went and sat back down, she told me I did great, was healthy, and then the sales pitch guy came and tried to sell me a 6 month $180/month, once a week, personal training package. That was the cheap package too!

I told him I’d think about it, but that honestly I couldn’t see myself spending that much money on a trainer. But, I do think if I were able to pay for something like that right now, it would be fantastic just to have that accountability! Thankfully, he was very nice, and we moved on to discuss more important matters such as what I should be eating if I’m wanting to improve muscle tone, how often should I strength train, etc.

Basically he said I should really do a little bit of strength training every time I’m at the gym. But to never do the same group of muscles back-to-back. We also talked about eating more eggs, more fish, and being more cognizant of getting in a source of protein within an hour after working out.

I’d say it was worth my time, but I really wanted more time to just ask questions about some of the machines, or little questions like “what’s the best way to work out with a kettle bell?” I imagine I’d have to reserve those questions for a paid session.

I went home after my session, and had a lazy evening at home with Adam. He made DELICIOUS BLT’s, and I watched two episodes of 48 Hours Hard Evidence, because I’m convinced I’m going to start my own podcast and be the next Serial.


Truckee joined in on our TV watching, and proved once again that she is capable of squeezing her big booty into just about any small space.


This weekend is looking pretty laid back as well, minus a small photo shoot in the morning and a double date night tomorrow night!

What are you doing this weekend? How do you feel about your “fitness numbers?” Do you like BLT’s?

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  • Reply
    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    February 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    that blt looks so good!! I haven’t had one of those in forever. I’ve never had any of my body info measured like that, but I totally agree with you– those numbers can be super misleading!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      They really can be, I mean, I think everyone should have some sort of assessment done just for their general health, but I also think the general stats can sometimes be skewed 🙂

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    Molly Rose
    February 6, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I am really against the number on the scale. The number on the scale doesn’t explain how the weight’s distributed! I could rant on this too hehe.

    That workout sounds awesome! Accountability helps so much when doing any type of workout, but those dollars, man! I’d have a hard time swallowing that each month too.

    Thanks for sharing about your experience!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      🙂 preach on pretty lady!

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    Liv @ Healthy Liv
    February 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    So interesting to hear about the fitness assessment! I agree, I’d have a hard time shelling out $$$ for personal training, even if I knew it’d be helpful, just since I know how to work out by myself….but it’d be awesome.
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      Sweet Miles
      February 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      I think if I had that kind of extra money laying around, and if I had something very specific I was training for, I’d totally do it. But just for day-to-day, I don’t know how worth it it would be, unless I realllllly wanted to change gears and totally totally change up my workout.

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    February 9, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Those numbers always bother me too. I feel like it doesn’t account for your natural frame. So annoying.
    Anyways! So cool to learn new exercises. I have a love hate thing with burpees!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Agreed! And, a lot of the BMI thing is more insurance companies, so meh 🙁

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    Kylie Rose
    February 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I cringe to even think about what my fitness assessment would look like! I’m in awe of you and your running capabilities! I don’t know how you do it!

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      Sweet Miles
      February 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Haha I’m sure you’d be pleasantly surprised 🙂

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