Monday, January 24, 2011
Weight-loss focus is ineffective and harmful, study suggests
January 24, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
My neck was stiff and sore Sunday; I debated going, but the class was BodyPump, much of it involving squats/lunges/etc. with a barbell on your shoulders. I opted out. Maybe next week.
I did go to BLT class last night, and I expect my B (aka gluteus maximus, and boy is it maximus) to tell me how it feels about that any minute now. I also ran C25K on the treadmill, faster than I have before, although still at a snail-like pace. That's okay, progress - I'll take it.
For some reason, my calf muscles were really sore yesterday (from 30 Day Shred, I guess, but I have no idea why). Then last night, during the cool-down stretching portion of the class, CRAMP!!! I managed not to scream, but I did limp out of there. Still, I survived.
Today, BodyBalance and running the F1 circuit. Haven't done that in a few weeks. We shall see how the calves hold out.
What I need to do, and am going to do in February, is get a lifting program in place. The thing is, I don't like to lift alone, and my DH and I seldom get to the gym together. I don't know anybody else to lift with. So, I'm thinking about hiring someone. There is one really good personal trainer at the gym. If he has time (he's really busy), I may schedule a weekly session with him for a month, just to get myself started.
That sounds like a plan.
Have a great day, everybody!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Yes, I fasted yesterday and the 2 kg that appeared Friday night went back to whatever festering hole they came from Saturday night.
Now to keep the downward momentum going this week! I started 30 Day Shred last night, but I'm going to take an actual circuit class at the gym today in lieu of doing it again. I'll do it tomorrow. That is, if I can get up the courage to take a new class.
I don't know why I'm so hesitant about classes. Well, I know partly - I hate hate hate being the biggest thing in the room. :( There are freaking MIRRORS all over the place, and I do NOT want to see myself. Also, I feel like I'm being judged. Whether I am or not doesn't matter; that's how I feel. For me to function in a class, I have to pretend like it's just me and the instructor. I don't talk to anyone. Well, a couple of times people from work have been in a class, and I did talk to them, but I felt uncomfortable as hell having someone I knew in there with me.
The ONLY reason I'm going to try this class (maybe) is because I know/like the instructor. I mean I know her in the sense that I've had several classes with her. I'm sure she knows me as the biggest person to come to any classes in a long time. Sigh.
Well, one day, I will NOT be the biggest one in the room. I also acknowledge the possibility that I am not the biggest one now, because I have a super-distorted body image. Plus, I try not to look at people (hoping if I don't see them, they don't see me, maybe?).
Okay, positive thoughts, people. Positive thoughts.
Have a great Sunday!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Darn it. (Spark spanks me if I use stronger language, but believe me, I want to.)
100 minutes of exercise yesterday.
80 minutes the day before.
All kind of water.
And then...Indian food. (cue ominous music)
And then...this morning...TWO KILOGRAMS UP!
(4.5 pounds for you non-metricals)
UP UP UP UP UP
As in, GAINED!
So, I cried. Yes, I did. All day. And moped. Also all day. And didn't eat. Not one bite. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I'm fasting on Saturdays, from now on. (I did have one cappuccino with whole milk before I figured this out. After that - black double espressos all day.)
Look, I know it's water. I know I ate spicy, salty stuff last night. And basmati rice. And garlic naan, god help me. My hands and feet are swollen; I can't get my ring off. I KNOW it's water. I know it's not "real" weight. It's still depressing as hell. And whether it's fat, muscle, or water, UP is NOT the direction I want the scale going.
So I'm going to go low on calories this week, and high on water, and high high high on exercise. DH is free in the afternoons, so I'm going to the gym EVERY DAY. Plus re-starting 30 Day Shred (just did Level 1, Day 1). Back pushing for speed on C25K. And eating NO sugar, NO bread, NO pasta, a little brown rice, a little fruit. And NO INDIAN FOOD. Ever again, maybe. I'll be living on espresso, vegetables, tuna, chicken breast, nuts, plain non-fat yogurt, protein powder, vitamins, and SlimFast. (I like SlimFast. SlimFast and walnuts will be my treats. And oranges. Yum.)
I'm going to do this for a week and see what happens. I need a system shake-up, re-boot, something.
I need never to see a 2k gain again - overnight, over a week, over a month, over anything. Never. Again.
Tomorrow is my "official" weigh in. It had better not be higher than last week's. And that's all I have to say about that.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I mean what I say: this is long and boring. Proceed at your own risk. I'm just journaling and getting thoughts out here.
RAIN!! Wow! It's been raining off and on all day. This is the first really rainy day we've had since March or April last year, although we did have a bit of drizzle last week. So far, none of it has come in around my windows, but I have had some come under the door. There is apparently no weatherstripping or sealant or anything here; my windows are just set (crookedly) into concrete openings. I can see a good inch or so of sky above the window over my door. I have in the past had rain POURING in my house from the roof door, but hopefully we got that sealed up last year. We shall see.
With the rain has come a headache-free day, for which I am quite grateful. This has helped me get back on the exercise wagon. I missed BodyBalance yesterday, due to an inordinately boring work meeting, but went to B.L.T. (Bums, Legs and Tums) and then hopped on the treadmill for C25K*. BLT is the class that kicked my B last week so badly. I don't think it'll be quite as bad this time, but it is starting to set in right now, about 24 hours later.
Then today I slept in until almost 8 (!), and got myself to the gym for BodyBalance, finally. I'd been trying to go all week, but just couldn't get there due to work, kid, etc. I got there too late to do C25K beforehand, but too early to just hang around, so I hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes, did the class, then went right back over to the treadmill and did another C25K run.
As I was flipping through the tv channels on the treadmill (yeah, I pay dearly to use this gym), guess what I found? The Biggest Loser! It's back on. Yeah! I'm not sure which season this is, but it's not the one that just started in the US; it may be the previous season. This was the first episode. I was excited, and ended up staying on the treadmill an extra 15 minutes to see the whole episode. LOL Now I just hope I will be able to find it on again. (It was on MBC4, for any fellow UAE-ers who may be interested.)
So now we're going out to dinner. Indian food. I will try not to eat too much rice. Or garlic naan. I may be in trouble here. LOL
Have a great Friday, everybody!
*I finished C25K back in November, but re-started shortly after that to work on speed. Well, I haven't been, so I'm re-re-starting to work on speed. :) It's all good. I like the regimen; it gives me focus. Plus, Chubby Jones is fun!
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