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Just an observation, not necessarily a correct one...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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.
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    And just think doing all that walking, you are working the biggest muscles in your body.. :-)

    And I think Leslie tapes are great for toning! Right now I am being naughty and doing nothing but promise to get back to it after the 1st, I know..hiding..lol

    Pedometers Rock!!!!!

    I am so proud of you!!
    3367 days ago
    I don't know about your observations being right or wrong, but for me, as long as I focus on cardio, the weight keeps coming off. I was doing basic ST twice a week for a while now, along with my walking, but once Thanksgiving came and the cold weather, it was hard to stay on track! And yes, I am still "jiggly" as you put it. LOL. Just getting off most of the fat was a big hurdle for me so far anyway. You know what? I just decided this year to accept my body as is, and then get healthy! And it has worked so far...
    3370 days ago
    nol matter what our goal is, to meet it is a chalange we all do. and you are right each has thier way of doing so . guess thats why we dont do the same things. only you know you need and i think you are doing it. emoticon
    3370 days ago
    I've cut back on my strength training as of this week....truthfully, I got logger jammed with my weight loss for the past couple of months, and I didn't measure so don't know if I've lost inches, but I must have 'cause I'm now in my partner's clothes, which I wasn't just a month ago. BUT I have to confess, I began the strength training not so much to firm up but more to work on improving my osteoporosis......with no health insurance, being self employed, my biggest fear (especially with snow and ice this year) is that I'll fall and break something, so was vitally important to me to work on building more bone mass,hence the strength/resistance training. But I found that I enjoyed it a whole lot more than the cardio, so got a little obsessive with it there for a bit. That's when my weight loss trickled down to just bits and pieces. So I've radically cut back on the strength training for now, in an attempt to get the weight loss going again, and cut back on my calories again. Still doing it three days a week, just went back to doing free weights instead of the Bowflex and weights. And I'll go back to it more heavily when I get down closer to where I wanna be, so I'm pretty much doing the same thing you are right now.
    3370 days ago
    I think I'm not doing enough simple cardio. Strength training is supposed to build up muscle, and that will speed up your metabolism. By default I've not been exercising much this week, so we'll see if the scales respond. (Terrible weather has made my trainer cancel one workout--snow--and I've cancelled the other one--icy roads.)

    One of these days I'll find my winning formula! Thanks for helping with your observations and encouragement!

    3370 days ago
  • MARTY19
    When I started I was doing both and I did lose pounds and inches. I have become slightly lazier about strength training and the inches are not going as fat.
    2009 means I am back to kicking butt - even my own it need be.
    There are all kinds of people each doing what is best for them. That is what makes SP the best site ever. So many options and paths to choose to reach your goal.

    3370 days ago
  • MOB8/2009
    I just adore you, Linda 2! I love the way you sit down, think things through, and then share. I agree 100%. You have to do what is best for YOU and we all know this isn't a "one size fits all" journey to good health. You are a real inspiration to me. I DO do weight training, but for me, weight loss isn't the issue. Toning and strength is my issue so my goals are different as are my methods for getting there. The important thing is that we HAVE GOALS!!!

    You keep on rockin', girlfriend. I think you look "hot" in those red shorts, but then I'm 58!!!! emoticon
    3370 days ago
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