We started doing yoga recently at the YMCA. We did it three times and had three different teachers and monotonically increasing difficulty. The last workout was actually difficult enough to be discouraging – the instructor said the routine was a combination of yoga and martial arts. Whatever it was, it kicked my butt.

30,000 FitPoints

This will mean nothing to anyone, except to me and Nicole, but it seemed like something I should keep a record of somewhere.

Saturday’s trip to the gym was my 101st and I reached the milestone of 30,000 FitPoints and received a yellow T-shirt. Nicole got her T-shirt too, though she had reached 30,000 a couple of weeks ago (they had been out of T-shirts at the time and they happened to receive several boxes of T-shirts on Saturday).

30,000 FitPoints

30,000 FitPoints

FitLinxx #1

The next chapter in my fitness saga.

FitLinxx #1

OK, well it’s only the third day of the month, but it’s kind of cool to be on top, even if for such a short time. It’ll be interesting to see if i can maintain it.

Also, I’m not an expert in statistics, but I’m puzzled how one can be ranked #1 and only be in the 94th percentile – shouldn’t #1 be 100th percentile by definition?

Another bike ride, another flat tire

We did an hour ride on the Coyote Creek Trail. Unfortunately, on the way back, I got a flat tire. I somehow messed up my portable pump, but luckily a nice guy stopped at let us use his. I saw some slime bubbling out of the valve and even got a bit on my fingers, but luckily the slime still seemed to do its thing and seal the puncture, as hours after the ride, my tire was still full of air. Cool.

It’s fun to work out at the Y.M.C.A. (Part Deux)

A little while ago, Ryan posted about some positive lifestyle changes, including a lot in the realm of health and fitness. His post is part of the inspiration for this one. There’s even a bit of a tip of the hat in the title. He named his for a Michael Jackson song — I went a little further back to The Village People.

Well, Nicole and I have been working on our fitness. We joined the local YMCA in March and we go there several times a week to do cardio and weight training. We also walk around our neighborhood a lot and typically each weekend we do a 1 to 2 hour bike ride on the Coyote Creek Trail.

Also, we’ve been eating a lot healthier, mostly inspired by Dr. Mehmet Oz and the book he co-authored: YOU on a Diet.

Last week I reached a couple of milestones. First, I reached 15,000 “FitPoints” on the FitLinxx system that the gym uses. For reaching this milestone, I got a towel. A towel is not terribly exciting, but it’s a symbol of progress. And then there is this most surprising (in a good way) chart from the FitLinxx web site:

FitLinxx #2

Also last week, I did a mile in 11:13. OK, this isn’t the most impressive time ever, but for somebody who struggled to eke out a 15 minute mile in high school, I was pretty happy. And if I’m happy with my progress, I’m more likely to continue, so it’s all good.

I’ve lost about 12 pounds — not bad. I lost a few percentage points of body fat as well, according to our Tanita TBF-622 scale.

Good luck Ryan! And to anyone who is considering getting themselves into better shape, go for it.