Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ok I have completed a full month of split training and I can feel the difference although the weight is not moving yet it is not going up. My inches are going down and I am getting this routine down pat. I really like my leg routine. I pretty much do leg press sled machine or seated, leg curls , adductor and abductor leg extension then I throw in something different on the 2nd day of legs, usually squats and lunges. I feel the burn and I feel my body getting strong. I am increasing the weight and it is working.
Next, I am still tweaking the other body part workouts. My core/abs are a challenge but I am determined not to let that get me. What I don't like about core work is getting on the floor, I have bad knees and rotator cuff issues so I shy away from doing it. But now I discovered some assisted crunches with the V-bar on a high pulley and I like that, just need to find other ones as well to hit the Abs and get that light burn that I am feeling in the legs.
As far as the food, I think I have the balance of nutrients sync for my pre-diabetic state where I am eating lower carbs but enough to have energy for working out the next day and the protein to repair my muscles I am just having a hard time eating in the range I have selected of 1523 to 1744 for me. I am eating above 1200 but not quite making it to my min. or in between, I am simply not hungry enough. I guess I will have to see if this is enough for me to drop the weight and still maintain. In time we will see, I just hope that I can start seeing the scale go down with the inches.
Well onto another month of split training to get to the new me.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Well we have read over and over again about not being a slave to the scale or letting those numbers dictate to us our mood and attitude for the day. But it is only human nature or sheer curiosity that makes us want to peek and see if there is any movement in the numbers. I have to confess that I fell victim to my curiosity and had to look to only be disappointed that the number had gone up by a tenth of a pound. I stared aimlessly at the digital number and swore the scale had to be broke because my clothes, especially my workout pants were getting too big, I am constantly pulling it up. I look at my stomach and it is going down...so I pondered the thought, WTF, something has to wrong with this stupid scale.
I got off and immediately wanted to say, what's the use, I should go ahead and eat the comfort food I want and crave right now, I am never going to get past these 190's that I have been in for a good 4 or so months. I felt so defeated, but being the curious and inquisitive person that I am, I had to figure out why I am feeling smaller, why the mirror is reflecting that I am getting thinner yet this darn scale screams at me No You Are Not!!
Then the light-bulb moment, I pulled out my Team Beachbody tape and decided to measure myself, I hadn't done it since last month. So here I go reluctantly measuring myself, starting with my neck, hmm it was the same as the month before, so scale right--wrong! Next my chest --what?? 2 inches down...now I knew that had to have some truth to it because I just swore last week that my washer stretched out of shape my bras because all of sudden my cups are too big for the 'lil girls' LOL So I measured again and again and yep down 2 inches.
So I continued to my waist and hips, my biggest nemesis of all times...well I was surprised again, an inch here and another inch there, this can't be true. I had to measure again at different point levels of my waist and hips trying to see if i hit the number I had the month before...no matter how much I twisted turned like a pretzel I could not hit that same number, so OMG moment, I am loosing inches. Woo Hoo--I quickly cursed the scale and said you are wrong and do not define me. I immediately reaffirmed what my purpose of this journey is for me and started working on my motivators and goals within sparkpeople. I said to myself, it is working, you just got to stay the course. Stick with it and give it a chance to transform you.
Today I woke up before the alarm and eagerly prepared myself to hit my 4 week split program. Today was Cardio and I felt good doing what I know is going to show in my clothes and through the inches as I discovered last night. I now know for myself that it is All about the Inches and the scale is not my defining moment in this journey to the New Me.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I am officially in week two of my split training, although I did try to stick with the plan last week, life got in the way BUT I at least got the cardio in no matter what!
I have found that I am loving my workout sessions and get a little annoyed when someone wants to stop me and hold a long conversation. I have never been good cutting people off from talking too long. I notice that I perform best in the mornings, I am in a zone that I absolutely love. The challenge comes when I go on Saturdays because the "weekend warriors" as I call them, crowd the gym and it is hard to get on the equipment.
I am finding if I adjust my time to go on Saturdays like I do during the week, early morning it is not crowded.
Back to split training. Well I said Mondays would primarily be legs --this is my biggest nemesis next to my stomach. Realizing that you cannot spot reduce I do believe you can spot train a muscle. I love the burn I feel when I am working the muscle I am trying to train. Right now I want the inner thighs to tighten up. My quads are starting to pop and show definition but truthfully that was happening already just with the cardio, but I do believe they are starting to show more. So with this new break-through for me, I decided to add a 2nd day of legs to complete out this 4 week split training.
As far my Abs, I believe I said on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Well the truth be told I have not done the AB DVD as I hoped. I am trying to psyche myself up to get into it once I come in from the gym, but really I am just making to sign in for work, I work from home. I know I can either go to the gym earlier and get back to do the DVD or stay home and do the DVD but I believe the issue is more deep rooted than adjusting my schedule. Albeit I want the fat off and the smiley face, the affectionate name I call the little apron I have, gone; I simply do not like floor work. So right now, Tuesdays and Thursdays have been no AB work at all. I have told myself that I will attack AB work next week, week 3. This week I have adjusted ST to include two days of legs as stated before.
I know I got to get the AB work in, I just have to figure this thing out on how to make it doable and fun for me.
But all in all, I am lifting on, meaning I am keeping up with the ST no matter what and learning that I am a work in progress. I will get my system down.
Woo hoo to me for sticking to it.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Yoohoo to me, down two more pants size feeling good. Been working out consistently since Jan at least with my Personal trainer 2 times a week. My workout partner has dropped out so now the time is dedicated to me for the full hour. I want to see this through a little longer at least for my stomach and thighs.
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