Me getting ready for a friend's birthday dinner. I see some biceps coming along :)
It is amazing how fitness can change you. I've been consistant with weight training for a little over a year and not only have I seen physical changes, but I've felt mental and emotional changes as well. I was fighting against health and fitness for too long and now that I've cleaned up my diet and become a regular at the gym, I couldn't imagine my life any other way. I have truly become a new woman.
I've never been truly over-weight, but with my diet and sedentary lifestyle, I was well on my way. It wasn't until my husband started body building that I started to make a change. I'm still working on getting the body I want, but I've come so far there is no way I could go back to the way I was.
If there is anything I want anyone to take away from my page it's the belief that you CAN do it. I never thought I could get into fitness. I figured I just wasn't one of "those" people, but I did it! As cliche as this is, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
Build muscle muscle MUSCLE! I'd love to compete in a figure competition some day!
I work out three days, then take two days off, then three days on again and two days off. It's been working like a charm.
Day 1- Chest, shoulders, triceps.
Day 2- Back and biceps.
Day 3- Lower body (from the lower back down).
Since I lift such heavy weights, my body needs two days to heal. However, on my in between days, I will do lighter sets of my slower developing muscles so they don't fall further behind.
My name is Amanda. I'm 21-years-old and married to an Active Duty Airman (since Oct. 2008). We are currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I work with young children at the base daycare.
Hey girl! Thanks for your comment on my blog today! CONGRATS on the 17 minutes of running! It's awesome to accomplish that for the first time-- and you'll feel so proud each time you DO add that one extra minute. What a great goal! I know it will really help you with showing off all that lean muscle you've built up. :)
When you said you focus on your legs when you're tired, it reminded me of how I used to think when I first started running! I wanted to share a tid-bit of advice that's helped me dramatically in my running ease just this year since I started reading ChiRunning: comfortable running (where you tire less easily) is all about proper form. One of the main mistakes beginning runners (like myself) make is we focus too much on the LEGS to propel us forward. It's a technique known as "power running." It's all about THE LEGS being the driving force that pushes you forward, step after step. Power running is actually pretty hard on your body and joints, and can lead to a lot of discomfort in the joints and overuse of the legs (according to this book, and my experience). What the book recommends is focusing on the CORE as you run, and doing your best to relax your legs and arms and shoulders and hips (all your body) as you focus on the "chi"-- your center, core. So, by running at sort of a diagonal (not quite, but leaning forward) in a straight line, with the HEART and core being forward, you use the force of gravity to help your body naturally "fall" in the right direction, and release some of the effort and POWER needed by your legs.
I hope that makes sense. :) Just these simple ideas have helped me relax my body and increase my speed and ease while running in the last couple months.
Have fun with your running, and let me know if I can help with anything!! You look gorgeous-- FAB ARMS!!
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Welcome to the CT :) So glad you have joined us. Be sure to stop by the team and introduce yourself!
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Thank you for the wonderful and inspiring comment on my blog! Lifting weights has changed my body for the better far more than cardio. Just keep it up! :-)
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