Wednesday, December 12, 2012
My adventure in taking on a commitment to a twelve week training program 2 weeks before Thanksgiving is going well. I find I am doing a good job at following through with each workout, watching my intake, and still allowing room for some Holiday goodies. I can see the results in my shape, my endurance, my speed, and the intensity of my workouts.
However, I am finding my self becoming frustrated with the lack of significant weight change. I would very much like to get down to 140-150 and maintain. I just keep sitting on the cusp of breaking into the 150s. My weight has been hovering at 160-162 for 3 weeks. I keep trying to trust the visible results (muscle tone and mass) and that my "when I'm thinner" pants are now too lose.
I have read the "breaking plateaus" articles, increased/decrease intake, change up my workout routines, added cardio/strength, taken it back a notch...Why are these silly little numbers so important to me? Why do you think it is, despite many positive results, we fixate on being able to tell people we weigh and not about improved fitness, better nutrition, overall lifestyle changes...Frustrating
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I think an open mind has been my biggest asset in my health/fitness journey. Being willing to look at things differently and rework preconceived notions of things has made this a success.
The majority of my life diet meant starving myself, exercising, and being miserable. It meant embarassing public weigh ins and a constantly growling stomach. When I did it, the meals were bland, boring, and flavorless.
Over the last nine years, my definition of diet has been changed to the way you nourish and feed your body to maintain a healthy state. This open mind and ability to learn and take new approaches has brought me to a whole new happy place.
Food is exciting and fun, there's so many varieties and options that are healthy and good. Exercise and fitness is an exciting challenge. I love seeing what my body is capable of and pushing it to new levels. This diet thing is fun, educational, and something I want to do every day.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006. This past year, I have really committed to it and have started using the site like many people use Facebook. I made the decision that if I am going to be online doing social networking, that this site would be just as appropriate as others.
I'm loving the articles I read, the workouts I learn, and the people on here. I'm also becoming addicted to tracking my foods, my workouts, getting my points and what not. I actually research, yes RESEARCH, my workouts and eating habits. I plan my workouts in journals the night before and compare the anticipated calorie burn to my meal plan for the day. Then I actually do the math, do I need to work out more, tweak my calories, and so forth.
I'm also using these tools with my family and they are getting on board. My 17 year old niece is going to the gym with me and sticking it out. She's trying new things and asking questions about how to eat better (not just dieting, but what foods are better to eat than others).
I look forward to the gym each day, have better confidence when the day starts because I know what I can eat (therefore I don't give in to temptation), and I feel good throughout the whole day. I even look forward to my pre-bedtime ritual of sitting down with a glass of water and planning the next day.
Perhaps, the next move for this site is a sparkpeople 12 step?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
My return to regular workouts has been great. I have found the I look forward to, if not love, going to the gym. However, I am wondering, how much is too much?
I enjoy planning my workouts using sparkpeople and other linked sites. It's amazing how much I am learning about interval, varieties or workouts, supersets, and the list goes on. Problem is I want to try them all.
Currently, I do minimum 12 sets/3 reps of 15 strength training 5 days a week (the more accurate number is 20 sets on those days). Also, I like to do them as supersets so there is a cardio component to it. I also do 60 minutes of cardio interval 3 days a week. Then my weekend/rest days roll around and I plan to relax and hang around, yet I always end up at the gym.
What are your workout routines like? What do you think is too much?
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