Tuesday, May 13, 2014
What's up with that?? If I was at goal in December, why am I active now and looking to drop another 10-15 pounds? What did I do wrong to take me from "at goal" to active again? NOTHING! I was 151 when I saw my Dr in December. I was wearing sz 4 jeans and sz 10/12 dresses. Yes I was up to 157 a few weeks ago after carb loading for my HM. Totally normal and acceptable. That is not the reason I went back to active status. Right now I am roughly 152. I'm still in sz 4 jeans and sz 10/12 dresses. So why then did I switch my status? It's simple. I set a new goal. My dr told me to shoot for 145-155. My PT/N fully believes I can get to 138-142. The difference will be in totally leaning out my body fat. My Dr believes that a woman of my age should carry a little body fat. My PT/N believes a weight lifter/body builder of my age can afford to go leaner. I CHOOSE to give it a shot. Now we all know that muscle weighs more than fat and I think I can safely say that in my current physical condition, I don't have a whole lot of body fat left to lose and by gaining muscle mass, I may never get the scale to drop to the 138-142 range, However, I'm willing to give it an honest effort. Will this be easy? HeII no! I'm talking some serious rearranging and remodeling! Since I am sugar sensitive, I carry my remaining body fat around my upper torso. My back and chest specifically, with a bit still at my waist. I'm already eating clean 85+% of the time. I'm already lifting some serious weights. I'm already running some impressive distances, with impressive times. Is there room for improvement in my food and fitness? Sure there is! And that is where my tweaking will come in to play. So, do I consider myself a failure because I'm continuing on this WL journey? Will I feel like a failure if in losing the fat and gaining the muscle, my scale does not cooperate? NO WAY! As I said, this is more about remodeling than anything else but I'm hoping that by returning my focus somewhat to the scale, I'll be that much more focused in my journey. I want to see a difference in my strength, my structure and my appearance this round. If I see a drop in the scale along with that, YIPPEE! If not, as long as I see a difference in ME, I'll be more than satisfied. In the meantime, I AM A SUCCESS STORY and will continue to write the next chapter using the tools that I KNOW work for me!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
I had another one of those moments of awakening....of great reflection.....a moment yesterday.
LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!
As I've mentioned in my recent blogs, I've been struggling with the nutrition aspect of my journey since upping my cardio in preparation for the beginning of Half Marathon season. Yes. I upped it a lot,.... but I've done this before and had no issues. Of course I had a lot of fat stores to pull from back then and I was eating the typical all American diet as well, so I was constantly refilling my glycogen levels
My moment of awakening came when I realized that I had skipped my monthly in March and it arrived full force this week. You see, I did the same thing the last time I felt this crash, about six weeks in to my current lifestyle. It took a talk with my PT/N to remind me that this was not a new issue for me. What I am discovering is that now that I am eating clean and I'm healthy and at goal with my weight, my hormones are effecting me much more. Normal monthly cycles are ok. I can deal with them just fine. But when my training - or my age - cause me to skip a month, the hormone fluctuations I experience the following month, with the return of my cycle, seems to wipe me out totally. They cause me to experience this CRASH!
I may not notice it, if not for my training intensity. In other words, if I was just sitting on the couch, I wouldn't be taxing my system at the same time that my hormones are, and I'd probably be fine. But the fact that I'm ST 3 days a week and upping my weights constantly as my body adapts to the current challenges, running 3 days a week while adding speed and distance to my runs, and throwing in a couple ZUU and TRX sessions for good measure, all adds up. Combine that with the whacky hormone levels and I just can't function at peak for 6 out of 7 days a week.
Realizing that this is a totally normal reaction to the challenges my body is facing and ACCEPTING that it's ok to perform under par every once in awhile, is SO FREEING!
And did I mention that while I was dealing with all this, I finally mastered Burpees ? Our bodies are wonderfully awesome masterpieces! When we feed them properly and train them properly, they can truly surprise us! Don't let yours down! Find out what you're capable of!
Friday, March 28, 2014
OMG it happened! Today, my PT called me "the A word"!!
She called me an ATHLETE!!
At first it made me smile. Then for a moment I thought, "Wait! She wasn't really talking about me, was she?" But as I continued to listen to what she was saying to me, it hit me. She WAS talking about me!!
But wait! There's MORE! It gets even better!
Along with that title, comes a whole new way of eating!! SHOCKING! I KNOW!! But it's true! Several of the things that have been off limits to me in my journey down the scale are now REQUIRED to help me perform!
Now before I go any further, I'm no Olympic athlete. I don't play anything professionally. I'm not breaking records or winning medals or getting any big name endorsements. I'm just challenging myself to run faster, lift heavier and get leaner.
I have a vision of what I want my body to look like and as I see improvements, my vision continues to change.
At first I just wanted to be slim. When I weighed 198, I wanted to weigh 138. Plain and simple. Once I hit 148, I was amazed at how slim I was and couldn't imagine dropping another 10 pounds. So my vision altered. I saw spots that were soft where I wanted definition. I began what I like to refer to as my "remodeling project"
The past few weeks I've really been concentrating on fine tuning. My focus has been on improving my arms, shoulders, back and abs. I've picked up a few new classes. I've added speed and distance to my running. I've upped my weights. I've even incorporated some doubles (run in the AM, lift in the PM, etc)
With the extra demands to my system, I've noticed some great improvements in my performance.....but I've also noticed some low spots in my performance levels from one day to the next. I couldn't figure out why after running 5 miles on Tuesday, I could nail a ZUU session and two days later, with no run, I could barely finish one.
It soon became pretty obvious that my glycogen levels were tapped but with my clean diet, I obviously didn't want to resort to the typical pasta carb load routine.
So I took my conundrum to my PT/N.
And she called me an ATHLETE!
She explained to me that it's time for me to switch the way I think, see and feed myself! Her advice to me is to begin cycling my diet and building in a cheat meal at regular intervals to replenish my supplies. Basically what she wants me to try is three days clean, then for lunch on day four, she wants me to incorporate things like gluten free pasta, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. Low glycemic index carbs. Yes CARBS! (I know! I'm in shock too!)
Now you'll notice she didn't mention breads, cakes and cookies. I'm not trying to add fat! I'm simply trying to replenish my glycogen levels so my body can continue to function at peak capacity, in the healthiest way possible. She doesn't want me counting calories, just watching quality.
So after 20 years of eating to lose, my whole mind set is changing. Now I'll be eating to perform at peak. Eating like an ATHLETE!! A 52 year old, mother of 5....... An athlete........ Just a few months ago I was struggling with changing my mental image from that of a fat person, to that of a slim person. Now I'm an athlete????? Yes! As a matter of fact, I AM!
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