Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wow I don't believe I haven't blogged since Monday! It's been a little busy around here, having to help out with my grandsons, who have been sick..and so has their mommy...that caused me to miss my spin class and morning workout yesterday. In the past I would have definitely just canned the whole day, especially since I had an afternoon softball game to umpire. But...instead I went over with the boys while my daughter-in-law napped and got a little rest after being sick with a stomach virus the night before, and then around 10:30 went to the gym to workout. Of course I missed spin, and was concerned because my cardio motivation was lagging a bit...so I made the decision to workout on the elliptical for 15 minutes before my lifting, which also helped me warm-up my muscles properly and get ready to lift...and then post lifting I did 20 minutes of running/walking intervals on the treadmill. In between it was back/bi's day and I got an awesome lift in. I'm enjoying this workout because it focuses on each body part in a more in-depth manner and it will workout my legs on 2 days each week. Plus, it's shorter-though very intense-in duration so I don't have to get to the gym so early to work-in an hour of lifting.
So, I've had some thoughts over the past few days...today while packing up after spin class, and seeing my reflection in the mirror, I came to the revelation that it takes 3 months to regain the muscle and fitness level (maybe a little less) that I had previously attained prior to my slipping...I'm not certain how long it took to lose that muscle tone, but I do know that I'm not thrilled with having to backtrack. It made me realize what a huge waste of time I spent over the past year, undoing all the hard work I had put in to get fit. So, 3 months may not seem like a long time to some, but for me it was an eternity of not being able to stomach my mirrored reflection! So, it feels good to be happy with the results I'm now seeing...
I also was struck, not for the first time, with the lengths people are willing to go to, in order to find an easy fix to their weight problem. Watch TV for any length of time and the bombardment of commercials selling worthless products to get that "easy" fix, is mind boggling! Shoes and clothes that are supposed to shape up your body without working out?? Really? Who would buy such a thing you ask...well it's one of the hottest items on the market today!!!! Why? I'll never understand people's gullibility or is it desperation? Either way, we all know what's needed to achieve weight loss but apparently most are unwilling to do what it takes!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Lost another 1+ pound today! I'm thrilled with the progress. I'm really excited because now that softball has started, my functional exercise will increase, and in keeping with my gym workouts I will be able to keep the weight loss going, and maybe even increase the amount of weekly losses. While I'm good with the 1 lb per week, losses, it would be awesome if I could push it up to 2 a week.
Another exciting thing for this morning is the change in my workout, as I finished the fourth and final week of the previous workout plan. This workout is a 5 day a week lift, doing different body parts, and working legs 2 x's per week. Since my legs are a weakness for me, and I don't really like working them, this will hopefully make positive changes for me. Today was leg day with the emphasis on squats. I was pleased with my ability to lift a little heavier than previously, and very little swelling and discomfort on my knee.
All in all, a positive start to the week. Looking forward to making additional progress.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Today I had a double-header softball game and with that, some challenges. The biggest being water consumption, and also, how to eat healthy with only a 30 minute break between games. I call this a mini-challenge because once tournaments begin, I'll be there all day long from 7-4 and I also have a couple games off--eating right, and drinking enough is a really difficult task, under those circumstances.
I prepared my drinks, and a snack of 1 cup of Kashi GoLean cereal and an apple the night before and I also brought a peanut butter sandwich on a deli thin. As it turned out, I didn't have time--also wasn't hungry for the cereal and I limited my intake of water, before the game, then drank during the games--4 cups--had a small amount during my 30 minute break--and finished the rest (8 cups) on my drive home...so I got 12 in and had another 4 tonight.
I'm a bit perplexed because there isn't an accurate measurement for the activity of umpiring so it appears I burned a ridiculous amount of calories on the day...wish SP could figure that one out...
It was a really fun day, actually, the weather was great, the girls were young--and sweet--and the coaches were laid-back since it was a scrimmage--everyone was pleased in the end..
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I started my softball scrimmage season today, and was delighted to realize how much easier I move around 15.8 pounds lighter than before, and also, how well my uniform fits now...I even had to tighten up some of my equipment because it was too loose! Whoo Hoo! Made my day.
Even losing weight though, didn't keep my knee from bothering me post-game...not too bad, however, and improved over last year, at this time...
The best news of the day is that I didn't skip spin class with the excuse of "I have a game today"...that is one of the behaviors that saw me gain back some of the previously lost weight!
Another situation that arises with softball season, involves water, and how much I drink on days I have games...I realized today that it is a problem, because drinking the amount I normally do means more frequent bathroom breaks, and there is no way to take breaks during a game! I'm going to have to figure out a way to stay hydrated on game days--water is a major component of my weight loss success, and I can't slip up with that...
It's good to be able to recognize the things that played a role in my de-railing, and hopefully I won't repeat past mistakes--make that WON'T repeat!
Friday, March 11, 2011
In reading various articles and blogs over the past few days, I came upon something that I've been doing for four years that could actually be impeding my progress - the article stated that when focusing on building muscle your cardio on lifting days should be no more than 45 minutes and ideally 30 minutes of interval training works best. I have been doing 60 minutes of cardio every day except Sunday, including the 3 lifting days. This of course refers to optimum conditions for increasing muscle mass and strength. I am, however, hesitant to adjust as I'm losing weight each week, and ultimately, that's my main goal. Regardless of what I decide to do, it still amazes me how much there is to learn, and how much information is provided here on SP, even after be here for almost 5 years.
It makes me realize why people are so easily drawn in by false claims, and fake promises to achieve weight loss. I mean if after 5 years, I'm still finding out new ways to achieve my goal, how can someone just starting out possibly grasp that elusive golden ring, if they are trying to do it alone.
When my weight loss story was published in USA Today, many questions and comments were raised pertaining to SP, and many people joined SP after hearing about it's existence. It's really too bad that everyone can't find their way here, because there really is no reason for other expensive plans and programs if you know about SP. I learned a long time ago that diets don't work, as I tried so many different ones, and I always thought I was so knowledgeable on the subject, until I found this site.
So, here's to my continued Spark membership and the knowledge that is still out there for me to learn!
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