Saturday, July 05, 2008
I'm changing things up a bit. I know, I do this every week but, progress, you know? In an effort to try come back from my starvation mode episode, I've have been doing lots of reading. On the food front, the suggestion is to do a gradual refeed (increasing your calorie intake) to convince your body that there is plenty of available food. That, to my absolute SHOCK has been working. I've increased my food intake and the scale has started moving down again.
As far as my workouts (which are what got me into this mess to begin with) this seems to be the problem. When you drastically increase your workouts, especially your cardio (as I did), your body can sometimes perceive this as extreme stress and respond accordingly. What is your body's stress response? Well among other things, the over production of cortisol. What does cortisol do? Among other things, INCREASE FAT STORAGE! Talk about shooting myself in the foot. I've even read that too much cardio can even cause muscle loss and that the secret to fat burning is to do short amounts of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and longer amounts of weights.
SO here's the challenge. I'm a little confused about what workouts to do. I thought The FIRM would fit the bill for the HIIT but I did a rotation this week (thanks CoolTwinmom3) that included The Firm and it does not seem to have a sufficient amount of either (cardio or weights) to give me the results I need. After doing Jari and Cathe, I almost feel like I am wasting my time with the FIRM.
Nothing against the ladies, ( except of course the robot factor I complained about before) because they are excellent workouts but I suppose because I've changed my fitness from weight loss to muscle gain, they no longer do it for me. I suppose they are good for days when I am in a hurry or extra sore from my harder workouts. They would also be good for maintenance. I have read that you can maintain your fitness level by doing approximately half of what it took to get you there.
Anyway, back to the challenge. I got The Abs Diet for Women, Body For Life and Body For Life for Women from the library yesterday. Between them and my over 100 workout videos,I should be able to figure out how to tweak my workouts for maximum efficiency.