Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I'm in "Transition" right now.
What does this mean? Transition, for me, is the early phase of a new exercise routine. When you first start out you with your routine you are typically soft with fatty tissue and you don't have much muscle mass. As you start working out you begin to grow the muscles under the fat and the fat begins to break down and is used for energy. Unfortunately, fat seems to go away slower than muscle grows so during this "Transition" phase you might not see weight loss or you may think you are gaining weight because you look bigger. This is a fatty illusion! There will be a point where you've used enough fat as energy and you can start to see the muscle definition. Keep working out and you'll see the fruits of your labour.
I think the transition phase is difficult for a some people because they work their butts off and they see the scale actually going up instead of down. But I encourage you to not give up hope. If you can just hold on for another week or 2 you'll be so glad you did. Not only will you start to see your new muscle growth and the scale going in the right direction but you will have established yourself a good routine and that's the most important thing! I don't know about you but once I get into a routine, I don't like to break it. I also don't like stopping something that I've committed lots of time to. Sparkpeople for example, I've put so much time into this website and I've collected so many sparkpoints that I don't want to stop. I guess that's what Sparkguy wants! haha. Well your routine should be the same way. You should put so much time and effort into it that you don't want to ruin it by taking unneccessary breaks.
What also helps to have before you start your new routine are good, clear, specific goals. You should have short term, medium term and long term goals. I'd encourage you to write them down and keep them in plain sight so that you are reminded of them every time you walk by or sit down. Hiding them after writing them down won't help you at all. You may also want to create little "mini-goals" with little rewards along the way that help you reach your major goals. It's a lot easier to take baby steps than big jumps when you are trying to accomplish something.
So yeah, I'm transitioning. I've got some good, clear, and specific goals which I'm working towards and I'm establishing a new routine which I fully intend to stick with.
Have you got goals? Are you transitioning? Are you maintaining? Think about it. Go!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I'm not going to lie. I was in the worst mood ever this afternoon. I completely gave up on myself and I drank some beer, ate some chips...thought I was done. I don't know what came over me. I tried to go downstairs and do my Insanity Pure Cardio but just couldn't life my knees or get into it. The thought of sweating and losing my breath made me angry.
So what happened next? After I put the boys down to bed I decided to kick my ass for what I just did to myself. I went downstairs and I pushed through my exercise. Not only did I finish what I started, I pushed myself outside and run my ass into the ground. Yeah, 25min is not my best time but when you consider that I just completed 40 mins of HIIT and my legs felt like jello...yeah, it wasn't a bad run. About 1/2 way through the run I got a NASTY cramp across my whole chest. Usually I get the "Stitch" cramp on the right side but this time because I was breathing so badly it went right across my chest. Did I stop running? HECK NO! I slowed down a tiny bit, gritted my teeth and kept pushing.
So this is a message to those of you out there who just don't feel like doing your exercise...DO IT! Get off your a$$ and DO IT.
My mentality was absolutely rock bottom. I didn't think I had anything in my but it became a game of mind over matter and I came out the victor.
Tomorrow is Insanity Plyo Cardio Circuit...ouch. I will persevere.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Oh, I remember these days. The first week of Insanity. The sore glutes and quads. The tight chest and back. The relentless push from Sean T through my tv. Oh, I remember these days well. I've you've ever done Insanity then you know what I'm talking about. I love it!
So I've been making 3 mini goals for myself lately.
1. Go for a brisk 45-60min walk at lunch
2. Do 30+ mins of exercise everyday and SWEAT!
3. No Beer or nasty snacks in the evening - No potato chips or cheese and crackers and the likes (airpop popcorn and some light pretzels are ok).
I found a pic of myelf from last summer and I am amazed at how lean I was. Compared that to today's Scott and you can see how far I've fallen. Here is the pic of me last summer. I wish I looked like this again.
Now this may not look like much to most of you but if you saw what I looked like 3 months before this picture then you'd know how much I'd changed. And not only did I change physically, but my self esteem and confidence were through the roof. I wasn't cocky, I was proud of my accomplishments. I was proud at what I'd done and how much I'd learned. So when I look at how I've been living for the past 6 months, I hang my head in shame. I gave in to the lazy Scott and I let my exercising and healthy eating slide and now I'm paying the price. Now I have to work so hard to get back to where I was. Maybe I'm a sucker for punishment. Maybe I sabotaged myself just so I could kick my ass again! haha. Let this be a lesson for you. Keep up your hard work even after you've reached your goal or you'll end up back to where you started in no time at all. That's why you have to make it a part of your lifestyle.
Now I'm not going to pretend like it wasn't a little nice having a few beers with friends and eating whatever I wanted to. Sure, it was great. But with every drink and every oz of Crap I put in my mouth there was a little voice in the back of my head YELLING as loud as he could telling me to stop. I knew exactly what I was doing and I knew that ultimately I'd be paying the price for my gluttony and now that time has come. I wish that I had stuck to my healthy lifestyle so that I could go outside with confidence and enjoy the sun like I did last year but I can't. I'm embarrassed and ashamed of my body right now but that's why I'm working hard again. Sure, by the time I get back down to my goal weight and I'm healthy again it'll be in the dead of winter and I'll be bundled up like an eskimo but I don't care. What's important is I am proud of myself again and that I can walk with confidence again.
So it's only day 3 today but like I said in one of my other blogs, everyday is a chance to take a small step forward and make a small difference in my life. All I have to do now is make it through the evening without snacking and I'll be a little bit closer to my goal.
Wish me luck! Tomorrow is a rest day, sort of. I think I'll be doing P90X Chest and Back.
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