Wednesday, February 16, 2011
What is a Girl to do when she has Butt Cramps or sore Butt muscles ??? OUCH !!! $%@$^@^% It hurts to sit down. Slowly, carefully I have to lower myself down when I have to use the loo. It's cold seat is unpadded and unforgiving of my tender pink backside.
It's so my fault, I totally deserve it and I really don't mind. It's the rewards of making progress. Yesterday, I worked out doing Physique 57 which totally focuses on the Butt, thigh's, calves, quads, and saddlebags. The quake started in as I was part way in to the dvd. Its a quivering of the muscles where they start shaking due to the intensity of holding the muscles in certain positions while working them really hard. Its a super tough workout. The quivering made me feel like jelly.
Then I followed it up with Tracy Anderson's new series of DVDs Metamorphosis Ominicentric. Ohhhhh, oooooooh !!!! You have got to get this set of dvds along with the P-57 dvds. It's another set of DVDs worth investing in !!! (Well really you are investing in yourself.) She has four different sets of DVDs to choose from depending on your body shape and where you carry your body weight. There are 10 workouts that come with the set along with menus and a workout plan and a online community. I use spark though because I love it here !!! Your my spark family.
It's a great new workout that works the whole body. First was a tough arm segment where you move in a weird strange, bizarre manner like a drunken bird flapping your wings in a random manner without weights until they feel like they are going to fall off. Then you grab weights and flap some more until you are exhausted. Just then you switch to a standing ab routine where you have to keep your hips still and move from your ribcage. At the moment when you feel like dropping, its ok to drop to the floor. LOL. For at that time you move on to ab work on the mat. She has so many different ways of doing crunches that my abs are sore. She does not do them like any other instructor, her moves are different. They are weird and bizarre, but effective. That is why I like her workouts. There isn't anything like them out on the market that I have seen.
Now that your abs are sore, its time to make your butt sore !!!
Down on my hands and knees I faced myself in the mirror, attempting to replicated the challenging donkey kick-like moves. Tracy has so many delicious variations that made my saddlebags scream with pleasure of being worked for the first time in there life. They didn't know what hit them. Heck, they still are sore today and they never have been sore from many workouts other than P-57. So this is a very special workout in my eyes. It has great potential to reshape my body in the way it needs to be shaped !!!
My BUM was equally delighted with squals of pleasure as I moaned as I tried as hard as I could to keep up with all the reps. I don't know the names of all the moves, but they are extremely effective. You will feel the burn in your bum !!!!
Between the Barre workouts, Physique 57, and Tracy Anderson I should be seeing more improvement in my strength and shape.
BUTT CRAMPS Hurt like the Dickens !!! If you have ever had them and you have to jump up to keep from screaming in attempt to try to stop it from getting worse. Oh, it hurts so bad. You pound on the butt muscle while you moan trying not to scream. Well, besides taking your vitamins and minerals there is a trick I found to help.
Target sells some Pretty, PINK tennis balls. Lay down in BED. The bed gives with your weight it is better than the floor. Then put 2 balls under your butt and gently lay on top of them to tolerance of weight. Gently roll the balls under your butt muscles to massage the area. As tolerated put more weight down on the balls as you are rolling on the bed. Do in private. Moaning not allowed, even though it feels oh, so good. It helped to relieve my muscle soreness after doing the barre workouts. They give me the biggest DOMS in the butt muscles. Hopefully this tip will help you out.
She who tightens and firms her glutes the most is the winner !!!
From the lady who is determined to firm and tone all her trouble spots.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I CAN SEE, I CAN SEE !!! My big green eyes have been opened in new ways and are seeing discoveries that they never have been before. Some of the things they see are quite pleasant and others well - - not so pleasant.
My eyes were opened by one very special LOOKING GLASS that I love. I never imagined that I would enjoy having a giant mirror to view myself when I exercise. It opens my eyes and shows me so many things.
The mirror is very SPECIAL. IT has character and age and stands tall, yet it is wide like a lady, so if it were a person it would be a she. It has a story to tell me. It's my magical, mystical, golden wooden framed, Wonderful Ancient yet wise LOOKING GLASS that I can seek wisdom from. It has a special place in the room watching over me, reflecting back all I do, so I can be the best that I can be while I exercise. It is amazing what a difference it has already made in my workouts.
She now sits in lazily, propped at an angle, against a wall in the exercise room. She looks on grandly in a lady like manner seeking to show me how I can improve as I exercise. She has opened my eyes in so many ways. Now as I move my body during exercise I can see that I need to work more on improving my form. I though I was going deeper than I am when I do single leg squats. Instead I only go down 1/4 of the way instead of 1/2 the way the ladies demonstrate on the DVD. My dvds will have a longer life since I have so much more work to do improving my form. Thank goodness to the looking glass !!! She never frown or disapproves when I get into weird positions to exercise like when you do the fire hydrant on all fours.
The mirror also shows me how WIDE my Waist and BUTT is. (Now why did she have to go and show me that? Or that little patch of cellulite?) Even though the measuring tape has shown a 6" decrease in my backside and I am very excited and pleased with the decline in the numbers, there is so much more work to be done. The mirror is very honest and does not hide anything from me. No longer is my lower half of my body hidden from my site. She was not very kind to me in showing me how I looked.
Today's workout was P-57 Thigh and Seat Booster. YEA !!! It was quite the challenge for me.
Followed by Tracy Anderson's Ominicentric muscle structure week 1. Her workout was mostly mat work that I found to be very different. It challenged different parts of my legs, butt, and saddlebag areas. It had a nice ab section that I felt, and my arms were burning with the arm work. My arms were so tired doing the arm work I pulled out my teeny, tiny purple one pound weights as I didn't feel up to using anything heavier.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Of Whooshes and Squishy Fat
A few weeks back I answered a question about Not Losing Fat at a 20% Deficit, What Should I Do? and among other things, one comment I made had to do with a water retention that often occurs during fat loss which can mask fat loss and make it appear as if the diet is not working. I also mentioned specifically that I had written (with a straight-face no less) about whooshes in The Stubborn Fat Solution, along with a related phenomenon which I call squishy fat.
In any case, to expand on that issue, Iím going to excerpt the chapter section from The Stubborn Fat Solution dealing with both phenomena. With that introduction, I give you (again, with a straight face)Ö
Of Whooshes and Squishy Fat
Before you freak out and think youíve entered some weird Internet forum where people talk about stalls and whooshes, please bear with me; thereís actually some physiological rationale to what Iím going to discuss.
Many people have noted that fat loss is often discontinuous, that is it often happens in stops and starts. So youíll be dieting and dieting and doing everything correctly with nothing to show for it. Then, boom, almost overnight, you drop 4 pounds and look leaner.
Whatís going on? Back during my college days, one of my professors threw out the idea that after fat cells had been emptied of stored triglyceride, they would temporarily refill with water (glycerol attracts water, which might be part of the mechanism). So there would be no immediate change in size, body weight or appearance. Then, after some time frame, the water would get dropped, the fat cells would shrink. A weird way of looking at it might be that the fat loss suddenly becomes Ďapparentí. That is, the fat was emptied and burned off days or weeks ago but until the water is dropped, nothing appears to have happened.
For nearly 20 years I looked for research to support this, I was never sure if it was based on something from the 50ís or he just pulled it out of thin air as an explanation. Recently, one paper did suggest that visceral fat can fill up with water after massive weight loss but thatís about it.
Somewhat circumstantially, people using Bioimpedance body fat scales (which use hydration to estimate body fat levels) have noted that body fat appears to go up right before a big drop. This implicates water balance as the issue here.
As well, women, who have more problems with water retention, seem to have bigger issues with stalls and whooshes than men. Further, some individuals who have done dry carb-loads (high carbohydrate refeeds without drinking a lot of water) have seen them occur; presumably the body pulls water into the muscles and out of other tissues (fat cells). In lean individuals, appearance is often drastically improved with this approach, it doesnít do much for those carrying a lot of fat.
Iíd note that dry carb-loads suck because youíre so damn thirsty. Interestingly, even normal refeeds often work in this regards, perhaps the hormonal effect Ďtellsí the body to chill out and release some water. So not only do refeeds seem to improve stubborn fat mobilization the next day (as discussed above), they may help the body drop some water so that you can see what is happening.
Finally, many have reported whooshes following an evening which included alcohol. A mild diuretic, this would also tend to implicate water balance issues in the whoosh phenomenon.
Iíd also note that this isnít universal, lean dieters often see visual improvements on a day to day basis; a lot seems to depend on whether or not they tend to retain water in general. Folks who do have problems with water retention tend to have stalls and whooshes, those who donít show nice consistent visual changes.
On a related topic, I wanted to discuss something else that often happens when people are getting very lean and dealing with stubborn body fat: the fat gets squishy, feeling almost like there are small marbles under the skin. Yes, very scientific, I know. Thatís the best I can do.
As folks get very lean, down to the last pounds of fat, the skin and fat cells that are left will often change appearance and texture. It will look dimply (as the fat cells which are supporting the skin shrink and the skin isnít supported) and feel squishy to the touch. This is bad in that it looks really weird, but itís good because it means that the fat is going away. I have nothing truly profound to say about this topic, just realizes that it happens and usually indicates good things are happening.
I got this from bodyrecomposition.com I though it was a neat article on how people loose weight and maybe if it's correct, explains how I loose weight.
Now for some INSPIRATION !!! Please watch this adorable little girl do her daily affirmations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR3rK0kZFkg
&feature=player_embedded I guess you can copy and paste this. I am not sure how to do this right.
Well I am off to exercise.
Hugs everyone. Have a Great day.
Friday, February 11, 2011
My butt has been kicked Royally. Its been rough lately. My system has been through a wringer. However, I am still Kicking and a Screaming Loudly and not rolling over without a fight. My labs came back normal so I am having a multiple sclerosis flare. Talking to the company that makes my meds, they said I should be doing better than I am on the medication. It has not stopped the progress so next month maybe it's time for the neuro to order some MRI's and see what is going on. From there I have to decide what medication to take if any to try to slow down the progress of the disease.
The other day I took a shower and didn't realize I had the temp. on too high until I washed my hair. It was scalding hot. Fortunatly no lasting damage. My skin has been very numb, its been very difficult to walk, and get up out of the chair. My legs have been buckling, there has been extra dizziness, and nausea, vision issues, headaches, and other issues, including wonderful slurred speech which I really love because I sound like a drunk woman. I have never, ever been drunk in my life. Maybe one of these days I will have to try it just to see what its like. LOL. Na. I just don't like the flavor of alcohol and even more I hate nausea and headaches.
Even with all the challenges I have been walking most days with the help of my husband. The walks have been reduced to 3/4 of a mile this month with a few longer walks but not many. They have been labored, very slow, and I need his assistance to do them. I can't balance alone walking. My foot drop has been bad so I have been stumbling. My quads have been pretty weak so Its been hard just to move my legs. My arms feel like lead as do my legs. I have gotten in a few dvd workouts but not as many.
Today Tracy Anderson's new dvds came !!! I grabbed them away from the UPS man and screached. My husband never saw me so excited to receive a package or the UPS man !!! LOL. My husband said it looked like a Jenny Craig package because it was all pink. Next I have to see if the dvds will play as they were loose in the package and scratched. I told my husband I am excited because other than the cardio section they are workouts that I can do with MS on most days. I think he was rather amused by my sheer excitement. Did I tell you I was excited !!! I just wished I had gotten the abcentric one. Some lady says she lost 5 inches off of her waist in a couple of weeks.
My plans are to still do P-57 dvds and barre type workouts as they are working for me. I also will add in some Tracy Anderson Workouts and see how they add to the results. Again I hesitate to switch just to T.A. because P-57 works. I had results that surpassed much of what was posted by T.A. fans. I do want to add the big range of movements that T.A. does and the different exercises. I think they complement each other.
Over the last few days, I continue to add a few plants each day to the Zen Garden. My husband has been working outside putting in a french drain and some drip irrigation for the flowers. We are going to go shopping for some containers for our roses soon before they leaf out.
Donít compare your goals.
Donít compare your training.
Donít compare your accomplishments.
Do what you can each and every day to the best of your abilities.
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