Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I donít know why Iím always so baffled when another month comes and goes. But March is over, itís the first day of April and Iím giving myself the ďbeginning-of-the-month-you-ca
n-keep-doing-thisĒ pep talk!
Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again: ďMaintenance is REALLY TOUGH!Ē Itís not a gripe, just a personal observation based on cold, hard facts! Even though Iíve been diligently staying within the 5-pound wiggle room range for a long time now, I do miss seeing numbers go down. But thereís no way I could lose more and be healthy, so Iím really focusing less on weight and working harder at exercise and building muscle.
My current mantra is, ďI LOVE to exercise! I LOVE to exercise! I LOVE to exercise!Ē I do feel it is SLOWLY but surely sinking in and becoming true (before, it was more like, ďsay this phrase often enough and maybe youíll believe it. HA! Right!Ē). This really makes the lifestyle change so much easier!
Anyway, this month, my workouts look something like this:
GYM (3X a week):
~30-60 min cardio on elliptical, recumbent bike or treadmill
~Lower Body ST: leg press (140 lbs, 3 sets of 12 reps), hip adduction and abduction machines (100 lbs., 3 sets of 12 reps)
~Upper Body: lat pulldown (50 lbs, 3 sets of 10 reps); bench press (20 lbs, 1 set of 12 reps)
~Ab Crunch machine Ė 50 lbs, 5 sets of 10 reps
(Gym workouts all depend on how crowded the place is; sometimes I have to break up the cardio because there is a 30 min. maximum. And, as I'd mentioned in an earlier blog, I eventually want to use more equipment)
HOME workouts (the rest of the week):
~Cardio: switching between outdoor walks and walking DVDs (30-60 min.); jump rope video (10 min., 3X); Taebo video
~Lower Body ST: Squats and lunges w/ 10 lbs; bridges, glute kickbacks, standing or lying adduction/abduction
~Upper Body: alternating bicep curls (10 lbs, 5 sets of 15 reps); one-arm dumbbell rows (10 lbs, 5 sets of 15 reps); dumbbell kickbacks (10 lbs, 1 set of 10 reps); lateral raises (8 lbs, 3 sets of 12 reps);
~Crunches (reg, rev, w/twist) and Planks (reg, rev, side)
Now that there are new Spark monthly challenges starting up, my motivation is HIGH and Iím feeling really great about the way things are going! So today on this first day of April, everything is positive and good! My fingers are crossed that my enthusiasm will continue!!! If it starts to wane, Iíll just have to peruse peopleís Spark pages and blogs for new motivation and inspiration! There is a never-ending supply of both on this web site!