Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Today was the final day of the first week of the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge. As with the show, today being the day before weigh-in, a "Last Chance Workout" was in order. My team, the Tirquoise Titans, had an intra-team challenge including strength training and cardio. I finished the recommended exercise and then some, completing my first "Female Body Breakthrough" workout. Youch! I'm hoping this was enough to push me into the 25-lbs-lost zone and push the Turquoise Titans into the lead for the inter-team competition!
I enjoy the intra-team competition between my awesome sub-team, the Diva Treasures, and the fierce and formidable Diva Beauties. I only wish that it didn't include exercise (is that funny?), because I've got a pretty set schedule that's been working pretty well for me so far. I want to complete all of the challenges, because that's the point of joining a challenge(!) and because I don't want to let my teammates down; however, I fear that I may end up overdoing it with my schedule plus all the additional team exercises. We'll see how it goes. If I have to cut back something so I don't overdo, I guess I'll figure out what to do when I get there. In the meantime, Charge On!!!
Go Diva Treasures! Go Turquoise Titan Divas!!! Let's be the biggest losers!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
May flew by and now it is all past. So I reflect on this past month and find that I was mistaken about the slowing of my weight loss. It turns out that both my fitness minutes and my weight loss have been surprisingly consistent, even though I did not plan it that way. I guess listening to my body has me doing what I need to do without pushing myself beyond what I am ready for. For example:
March: 8 lbs
April: 8 lbs
May: 8 lbs
March: 1206 (Started SP in March, so partial month)
In addition, measurable achievements include:
- Completing Weeks 3-5 and Week 6 Day 1of the Couch to 5K training program;
- Eating within my calorie range 28 days out of 31;
- Breathing completely and regularly on a daily basis starting on Saturday, May 22; and
- Being told by a lady at my gym that I have great legs and then being asked what I did to get them that way : ).
Reviewing my goals for May, I did pretty well, successfully completing four of six goals. Those I completed were all health related goals, which is good. Now, I need to continue achieving my health goals and work a little harder on my non-health related goals.
Schedule for June:
Monday: Pilates and C25K
Wednesday: Strength Training
Thursday: Pilates and C25K
Friday: Strength Training
Onward into June!!!
Monday, May 31, 2010
I finished reading "The Female Body Breakthrough" by Rachel Cosgrove last night. I was mistakenly a little disappointed when I finished. Cosgrove insists that if a woman does exactly as she instructs, then that woman is assured a fit and fabulous body. Sounds great, but I looked through the workout and really didn't see how it is nearly strenuous enough to achieve the results Cosgrove practically guarantees. Or so I thought...
Today, I decided to give Cosgrove's beginner strength training routine a try. Well, that's not exactly true, because before you start the beginner's routine, you are supposed to do a 10-15 minute warm-up. Fifteen minutes into the "warm-up" I was about 2/3 of the way through the warm-up routine and feeling sick and light headed. I kept going for a couple more exercises until I felt like I was going to pass out. It might have been because I'd had a large breakfast, or because I was a little dehydrated, or because I walked outside in humid, 87-degree weather for about half an hour before starting Cosgrove's routine. Regardless, I stopped short of completing the WARM-UP! So much for the routine being too easy to produce results. Now, I'm really motivated to complete the whole thing.
By the way, I took a little break, then completed (and then some) my Biggest Loser Daily Challenge. I've got some fire in me. I just think I need to ease into a new program so I better know my limits.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Hubby and I are adopting two Persian kitties on June 12. We miss our little babies and will be so happy to hear the patter of little paws in the house again. Here are pictures of the kittens that the breeder sent me today:
This is the female, tentatively named "Emmy," which is short for Emerald. I like Emmy and my Hubby said, "Okay, as long as it is short for Emerald, because she'll be our little gem." And she's from an Irish cattery...Ireland is the Emerald Isle, right?
This is the male, tentatively named "Max," which is short for Thadius Maximillianus. We roughly translate the name to mean "the greatest heart." Hubby is still not sold on "Max" so we're not committing to names until we're both happy. It might take spending more time with the kittens to get to know their personalities before we're sure.
So that's the update on the kittens.
Today, Hubby and I were supposed to go to the mall to go clothes shopping and to pick up what we need to prepare for the arrival of the kittens. Unfortunately, Hubby picked up a bug on his last business trip. I feel bad for him, but I also really do not want to get it, too, so we're taking it easy so he can recover. As a result, no shopping today. Even so, we had a very pleasant day sipping tea and reading in our lounge chairs.
I made us a really delicious dinner. I wish I'd taken a picture, but didn't realize how yummy it would be until after we'd eaten it. We had chicken breast with salsa verde (tomatillo salsa) and lime juice, steamed zucchini, fresh corn on the cob, and beet greens sauteed with garlic, onion, and white wine vinegar. Yum! And my entire dinner was 446 calories. Can't beat that!
Time for more tea. Have a great night, everyone!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Crazy concept, right?
I was talking with one of the fitness staffers at my gym, wondering how it is that I've increased the exercise I am doing while staying within my calorie range, but weight loss is still in fits and starts. She mentioned a book, which she uses herself, that states that as cardio increases, the body adapts and becomes a more efficient machine, which then requires more cardio to burn the same amount of calories as was required when doing less cardio. The answer for fat loss, apparently, is to do strength training or to do interval cardio (all out for a short spurt followed by time to catch your breath followed by another max-intensity spurt, and so on) as opposed to steady-state cardio.
The book is called: "The Female Body Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Strength-Training Plan for Losing Fat and Getting the Body You Want" by Rachel Cosgrove.
Cosgrove says that running is fine if you like running or have a goal other than losing weight, such as improved cardiovascular fitness, but if the goal is to lose fat, then strength training or intervals is far superior to running, walking, elliptical, or any other steady-state cardio exercise. It is a novel concept for me, for sure, but I do remember how lean I was in my 20s when I was doing a fair amount of weight training. So here's my thinking...I'm going to add 2-3 days of strength training to my exercise schedule and see what happens. I'm hoping it will lead to greater fat loss. However, I'm going to continue with the Couch to 5K training program, because my goal for this program is improved cardiovascular health and to achieve something I never thought I could do, which is to complete a 5K.
Wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes.
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