Friday, March 23, 2007

It went down...

I met with the personal trainer last night. Allergies have been acting up, so I was dragging fanny a bit. Last night she re-did the initial measurements (they measure you at the start of your training). Since they were done the week before I started meeting with her, in about 4 weeks, my Body fat has gone down about 1 1/2 %. Woo hoo! Everything else remained the same. That's okay. I've just started back and it looks like I'm making progress. A little motivation to keep one going.

A side note...we did a balance exercise I'm not so fond of, basically because I have no balance! Just goes to show me that I need to continue to incorporate some type of balance exercise when our meetings are done with (I've got one more session). That what's I like about this gym's approach to training. It's not just about the weights, but also about balance and nutrition and a good combination of cardio and strength.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I did it...

Probably not what you think. This past Tuesday, in addition to the Camp 24 class (the one with the core board), I did the 30 Minute step class before it. I was surprised and pleased to learn that doing a step class is like riding a bike, you don't really forget how to do it. For the most part, I kept up. I did get turned around a couple of times, but I followed the routines pretty darn well for someone who hasn't done a step class in probably 6 or 7 years. And, I enjoyed it! Probably more so than the core board class, though that one has some nice toning and balance exercises in it. I'm even considering trying the 30 minute Step Jam class on Thursdays. Not tonight though as I meet with my personnel trainer. The room for the class was exceptionally warm and humid (and it takes a lot for me to say that), so I was very hot by the time I was done with two classes. But, I felt great.

It's been going well with the trainer. After tonight I have one more session. We went over a suggested nutrition plan last week. Gads... 4 meals. I've learned I don't do well with that. They also suggested egg white omelets. Uh no... I want the protein. I did decide I would no longer make my snacks sweet per se, but keep them on the level of fruit or yogurt or peanut butter crackers or something like that. I did get bananas and grapes at the store this week and was extra pleased to find Yoplait's Lite Thick and Creamy in Orange flavor. It's my favorite. I baked muffins this weekend (poppyseed), but over half the batter was turned into mini-muffins. I'm finding two mini-muffins is just enough for a quick snack. And, the grapes are the larger, sweet ones. I very much like grapes, but not the sour ones (no one does, I guess). So, I'm enjoying them. I've found this week that I actually packed too much food, so today I cut back a bit. I'll alternate the yogurt and afternoon fruit. And, I'm drinking water with lunch, so that's a step toward more water.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The insanity of it all....

When I moved to Arkansas, I had to select another bank for checking as my Texas bank was not in Arkansas. Well, I was never overly fond of that bank. Their online banking was set up for balancing, etc, like I would do that online. And, they use your SSN for your login to the online banking. Keep this in mind. I tried to change my address online since I am no longer living in Arkansas. Nope, no can do. You either have to go into a branch in person or send the request in writing. I'm sure this is for my protection, but you also have to include you SSN, a copy of your driver's license (front and back), old and new address, phone number. You can also fax it. Easy.... everyone has a fax machine in their home. Their e-mail politely apologized for the inconvenience. Just makes me all the more glad that I'm dumping them.

What just completely befuddles me is the use of my social for logging in, but I can't change my address online. All that I would get would be the darn statement, not rights to the account. And, hello, if someone get's my social, they can get into the account. I know someone it happened to (different bank) and their account was cleaned out. I also have a problem with the driver's license piece. Remember, I've got a temporary one (no picture) which I'm sure won't count in their book.

So, there's one up the road. I checked their hours. Lobby 9:00 - 4:00 M-Th, 9:00 - 5:30 F. Gads, I guess they don't want working people to visit the lobby. So that leaves Saturday, when they're open from 8-12. My Texas bank (thank heavens I didn't close those accounts) has lobby hours of 9:00 - 6:00 M-F and get this, 9:00 - 3:00 on Saturday. Much better. So, I get to wait until Saturday to go change my address. I see a Corner Bakery breakfast for a reward. :)

Then, just to complicate matters, I thought I'd call customer service to confirm that when I moved my money to good, ole, Texas bank, that it did close that account. It must have. You have to enter you SSN to ensure your protection (are we still laughing about that) for anything related to existing accounts and mine was invalid. I'm guessing that means the account is closed, but I'll call tomorrow during their business hours (yep, they aren't open by phone past 7:00 pm either) and confirm that I no longer have an account there. As you can probably tell, it doesn't break my heart.