Taking on the Edge Challenge, Fall Season Awesome News

At home, I was frustrated with the scale I have, as it was reading several different weights and one going up in pounds. This annoyed me
because I figured on having a weigh-in before the next day’s personal training session. If I actually went up in weight, it would be just
after reaching a milestone number on the scale.

Once at the gym on Friday afternoon, I tried the locker room scale with sliding markers and got an interesting surprise. My milestone weight was dropping on the balancing end as too heavy a measurement. I wasn’t sure if it was accurate because in the past that scale seemed
to be off a pound or two. Still expecting a disappointing weigh-in after two weeks of numbers not dropping, I did a 10-minute warm-up on an elliptical. Then it was time to be weighed on the digital InBody scale that also shows body muscle and body fat percentage, water intake, etc. As my trainer and I entered the room where the scale stood, he asked me encouragingly if today was the day. But I wasn’t
too positive how it would turn out. The numbers rotated while figuring the exact weight – and they were all coming up under that milestone; I had dropped below by three pounds! My trainer, very happy for me on
this achievement, cheered me on. This new low weight was another first since being a member of the Edge Fitness and I hadn’t been at this
point in years! After a one-hour personal training session, I asked for a copy of my results to mark the day’s great news. Up at the
front, my trainer printed one out and the site manager also congratulated me on reaching a new goal.

During the training session, I did an exercise that was new to me, which was jumping up onto a box and in the first set, my balance and
landing were off. I kept catching myself on a larger box that was piled on top of another behind the one I was using. As I went through
the next two sets, both improved quickly and I no longer had to catch myself on the other box. Originally, I had approached that first jump-up set with doubt in my mind. When talking to the site manager, I told him about how exercises have gotten easier and relayed how quickly that happened with the new one that day.

I also had success this past week with a long-time difficult exercise move – push-ups. Most of the time, I did these by resting on my knees.
But in two different group classes, I started trying push-ups from the plank position. So far, I can do two-to-three in a row.

There haven’t been any new healthy dishes in my diet while dining out since previous posts about the Edge Challenge. However, I thought I’d share a comparison of calories between some salad bar options at my local grocery store. It showed another good reason to switch from the tuna or chicken salad to the grilled chicken strips. I wasn’t always doing that because I tend to buy packages of that protein source for wraps.

Here’s to continued positive life changes!

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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