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Here I go again

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.

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MUNCHIEMA 7/8/2008 1:27PM

    Hi, I just joined the twins Mom group and it lead me to you (one way or another). I just read your blog entry and I was inspired! Thanks! Anyhow, have you tried the Reebok step workout? If so, what is your opinion of it? Thanks! emoticon

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SWEETALEE 7/8/2008 4:30AM

  Hey Sue, this is so true. I was told the same thing. Too much cardio can wipe out a lot of hard weight training time. Most of my strength training sessions before I got pregnant would be almost an hour. I've heard it time and time again, more muscle means less fat. But its one of the reason I like the Firm workouts, the interval training crossing over from weights to cardio etc., It is effective...
Overall for me. I am fatefully committed to Cathe, The Firm and Amy Bento's strength training workouts. I can pretty much say I will be sticking with them for a long time to come. The Firm works for me because after an intense workout with Cathe and Amy, its good to have something less challenging but still up there on the list of a good workout. Hope things work for u.

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COOLTWINMOM3 7/7/2008 10:36AM

    You crack me up Sue!!!
I think what is great that even though you change your routines, you are still learning as you go, which is important.
By the way, I just thought you should know that I just picked up from my library two weeks ago "Champions Body for Life" by Body for Life champions and challengers by Art Carey.
It is very interesting and I like the principles of the book so far.

If you would like...... I would be happy to help you change your routine for this week...
Give me a hollla!!
Take care

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SMILES4383 7/6/2008 3:02PM

    Cortisol is evil....that's for sure! Definitely find the workouts that give you results. Why waste your time....there are no re-do's.

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Take Two

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Okay, let's try this again. Jari Love Get Ripped 1000. Will definitely be an addition to my "shredding" collection. I am spent in a way that I haven't been in a long time. Could only get through half of it before I collapsed. That almost NEVER happens with me.

All the principles of using weights to burn off the initial carbs then cardio to burn the fat are all mixed into one DVD. Weights for a few minutes then intensive cardio for about 1 minute on and off all the way through a 60 min workout. For me it was an intensive interval/circuit training workout. LOVE IT. emoticon

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SWEETALEE 7/1/2008 4:15PM

  Hey Sue, I stopped by on Angela's page to say hi and after seeing your post, I read your last 3 blogs.

I don't find Cathe as tough as she's made out to be. I consider her to be an advanced instuctor yes, but you can actually do her workouts. She gives you a break in her weight training workouts. Amy Bento is good but she pushes u too hard with hardly any rest period.

But I have to agree, circuit/interval training is really the best. Its why I also enjoy The Firm workouts so much. Most of them are interval/circuit training.

I was amazed at how well I could squat with ease after working out for a while with the Firm.

I plan on previewing Jari's again, I did but cant remember why I didnt get any. Maybe after the baby.

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SMILES4383 6/29/2008 11:17PM

    Circuit training is the absolute BEST. Nothing is too difficult at a few minutes at a time...and 60 min over in no time.

(")_(") Terri

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I'm not worthy!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Just did half of Jari Love's Get Ripped 1000. What an extremely humbling workout for me. It took me 57 mins to get through31 mins of her workout. I had nothing left. I can barely type emoticon I'll write later when my hands stop trembling.

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KRHEMMER 6/28/2008 11:12AM

    I LOVE that video and do it at least twice a week. It is a great workout. I remember being where you are when I first started. It was so hard that I absolutely dreaded it and was wiped out for some time afterwards. Keep doing it and you will see awesome results guaranteed! That video has reshaped my body so much.


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I'm in Love

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I got 2 DVDs in the mail a couple days ago (thank you Netflix) and decided to try one this morning. Jari Love: Get Ripped. Very good workout, cute chick, I could get into this.

At the end I decided to pop in and review the 2nd one. Get Ripped 1000 which in corporates a step. TOTALLY DIFFERENT VIBE. PARTY IN THE HOUSE!! TONS OF OPTIONS, MODIFICATIONS, INFORMATION ! WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS WOMAN?? !!!! I'm in love!! I got onto Collage and previewed the rest of the series and I HAVE TO HAVE THEM!!!

Okay, I'll calm down now. Here's my take. Since I'm switching my focus to building muscle, I think she's a great place to start. She's tough but not as scary as Cathe is to me. I especially love the interval training in Get Ripped 1000.

My buddy Cooltwinmom3 made me a 4 week FIRM/Cathe Rotation but I think for the first 2 weeks I may squeeze Jari into some of the Cathe slots. I'm such a Cathe coward. emoticon

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BEACHY_KEEN 6/26/2008 9:10PM

    Wow, thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check that out when I get into the videos! emoticon

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JBONAR 6/26/2008 1:40PM

    She's the only dvd I can stand! I love her too!
Slim n Lean and Ripped n Chiseled are good ones too!

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What's wrong with me???

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Okay, I did Lower Body I this morning from BSS2 I think. It was a standing workout with the little steps and Lisa Kay. TORTURE!! emoticon Not just because it was hard but because I was BORED BORED BORED!!!! I don't know what it is with me and the FIRM. Most of the instructors put me to sleep emoticon. I got through half of it then switched to Turbo Jam Lower Body Sculpt

I guess it's because I'm such a spaz that I like instructors that are the same way. In Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Abs and sometimes even in Taebo, the instructors are talking and cracking themselves up through the whole workout. It makes me forget about how hard the exercise is. emoticon

The FIRM instructors sound (and sometimes look) like robots to me. I must be in the minority because EVERYBODY seems to LOVE them. I'll keep trying though. I have enough of a variety that I can just use the ones that I like. So far the Transfirmer DVDs rock. emoticon

Eating's been going well these last few days. Lost those pesky weekend pounds as of this morning. Craving and eating salads and sushi. I have to try making my own again. That's an expensive habit and they don't use my brown rice. I only eat the cooked and veggie rolls so it's not that hard.

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JOURNEII 6/26/2008 10:13AM

    Hi I'm new to SP and found you on the WW's team. You look great! I'm going to add you as my friend ( hope you don't mind emoticon)

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LISADWALKER 6/26/2008 7:32AM

    Shaun T! OMG, I thought this was going to be easy, but first day was yesterday and I don't rememeber the last time I sweat so much! Here's to hoping that I too get that rocking body!

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SMILES4383 6/25/2008 11:00PM

    emoticon I gave up the Firm a while back for Cathe. I still do my Jiggle Free Abs how that feels. Robots...too funny.

emoticon Terri

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KSTYLEFITNESS 6/25/2008 2:39PM

    Yum! Sushi! I only eat the veggie kind, and my kids could eat it everyday. Weirdos! I LOVE the Firm, but yeah, some of them are kinda boring. I have like 20 of them, and maybe only do 8 of them. The older ones just suck. I like the ones with the thrsnfirmer and firm box. Need to get the sculpting stick though.

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GOGETCONNIE 6/25/2008 10:47AM

    Yum sushi. I haven't made my own in forever, but reading your blog just reminded me that I have a sushi kit at home and our new grocery store has sushi grade tuna.

Thanks for the reminder. I'm salivating now.

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BEACHY_KEEN 6/25/2008 10:05AM

    Wow, you're doing GREAT! Keep up the awesome work.
Exercise is always better when you enjoy what you're doing.

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