Making great strides!!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
After spending a few days of re-reading my BFFM book, cover to cover, it has given me a much needed kick in the pants, concerning my (limited) calorie consumption....
It's time to bag the calorie recommendations that Spark has for me, and go by the ones MY BODY is telling me it should have!
Sure, while 'losing weight', Spark is right on the money! No question!! But, once a heavy dose of weight training & muscle building comes into play..this is when the BB site wins, hands down!
While I'm still not quite ready, just yet, to settle into full maintenance mode, I DO want to begin to eat more according to my Lean & Body Fat numbers, versus simply the scale number. This week, especially, my body is just screaming for more calories than I am 'programmed' to be giving it. Sometimes I feel like I never stop eating, but I know that is not the case! lol
I have changed up my strength training by a LOT, since last week. After reading up on "always give your body a tiny bit more, than you did the last time", I have done just that! I bought myself a weight bench and can now do the majority of my lifting with a barbell, rather than just free weights, exclusively. This has done a tremendous job with allowing me to really test my body and find what I'm capable of, and it's more than I ever would have imagined!!
Dead Lift: 103lbs!! 3x8 (this means I could lift 127lbs, one time! That's more than my body weight!!)
Bench Press: 62lbs!! 3x8
BB Squat: 73lbs!! 3x8
Up Right Row: 52lbs!! 3x8
Shoulder Press: 47lbs!! 3x8
Preacher Curl: 42lbs!! 2X8
That's just some of what I do in my routine and many of those final lifting numbers are after adding about 10lbs to them, just this week, so I'm pretty darn astonished over my strength gains!! Figure this is why my body is screaming for all this extra food, as those muscles need to eat! lol
Since I'm guesstimating that my 'current' maintenance number is in the 2000 range, I have been given these calorie cycling numbers....
This means that my 'average' calorie amount will be 1655, which will still produce body fat loss, without threatening any muscle loss in the process. Plus, being a newbie to all this weight lifting, I am still able to build muscle, right along with losing fat! Once out of that "newbie" category, then it's a matter of EITHER body fat loss OR muscle gain...it will no longer be possible to do both at the same time. Guess this is one time it's great being a Newbie!! lol
Oh yea, and I found a rowing machine at the Thrift Store, yesterday, for only $13! Bought it more for the effect it has on the back & leg muscles, rather than for cardio, as rowing is hard stuff!! I was able to pull out 15 minutes on my first try, though, so that was pretty darn good!