Since March 27, 2008 I have been reading a lot of articles and blogs. I have visited many Forums and read more postings than I could count. Here is what I have observed.
There are 2 types of person here at Sparks
1 - Those that do strength training
2 - Those that do not do strength training
Cardio seems to be done with either type of person
This leads to my next observation
1 - People that lose inches
2 - Pepole that lose pounds and inches
It seems to me that those people doing the strength training are getting abs, buns, thighs of steel but not losing weight - they are losing tons of inches.
Those of us not doing strength training are losing tons of pounds along with inches but getting jiggly as we go.
While I have read many articles and many forum postings I must confess that I would rather be losing the pounds and inches than only the inches. From what I have read here by Coach Dean, when the weight goes so does a certain amount of muscle. You can minimize the muscle lost but you cannot stop the musle loss. There is absolutely no way to only burn off the fat regardless of the amount of exercising you are doing.
At 57 years of age I feel that for me it is more important to get this weight off safely and as quickly as is possible without going over the 2 lbs per week rule.
Seeing the scale drop is, for me, motivation to keep on keeping on.
Watching the scale go up and down is like setting myself up for failure and failure is not an option.
I am doing some strength training exercises but I am not getting into extreme weights and have just had enough with all the challenges at all the different teams I belong to. I love my teams! Really, I love every one of them for different reasons. But I am only human and there is just no way I can join in every single exercise challenge and stay sane. There has to also be time for living, some "ME" time. And I don't work! If I feel pressed for time, what do the people with jobs feel?
So I am going back to my cardio and losing weight now. I will tend to the toning up later. Am I right or wrong? I don't know and quite frankly at this point in time I am not concerned. At 57 and married for 22 years, thankfully "hot" is also no longer a goal for me. I only need to be "hot" for one man and he thought I was "hot" at 210 pounds! I asked him if my flabby jiggling bothers him and the way his face glows tells me that when he says, "nope," I can believe him! For everyone else I can wear sleeves and bermuda shorts or slacks.
I do my WATP videos faithfully and my thighs have gone from 26" to 20.75"; my arms from 15.75" to 13"; my waist from 35" to 29.75" and hips from 41.5" to 37.5"
Unfortunately I didn't measure anywhere on March 27, so the earliest figures are from April 20. But I would say I am still losing inches without all that weight-lifting and compulsive strength training.
I will admit to compulsive cardio though, lol. Wearing a pedometer will do that to a body.
I look forward to warmer weather so I can get back to my longer walks outside.
But I have to admit that I enjoy the higher calories burned on the treadmill.