Here we are 9 weeks into my return to combined strength training (ST) and cardiovascular workouts. The time is flying by! I'll briefly cover some of the things I touched on in the video for those that don't have sound or the video won't load.
This week found me starting to weigh myself daily. I feel comfortable doing this as the numbers, whatever they are, do not concern me. There has been one wild shift of numbers already this week and just as fast as a five and a half pound gain shows up, the next day its gone and then some, only to be followed by another small gain. I attribute this to water as it is very warm in the northeast Ohio area and I have been drinking more water as to not dehydrate during my intense workout schedule that I have set for myself.
I have once again this week been within the ranges for carbohydrate, protein and dietary fats as set by my nutrition tracker on Spark People and it is accurate up to today.
Physically, I am getting stronger on the workout end but I haven't increased any of the weights on my strength training exercises as of yet. The best part of my exercise that I've noticed this week is that my cardiovascular exercise is giving me results that I see number wise. I'll explain...
This week I switched up my order of what I do on cardiovascular days to do the cross trainer first and then do the elliptical. I have noticed that my peak heart rate has decreased from 152 to 143 this week, with the number usually being between 133-138. This tells me that my body is responding not only to the cardiovascular exercise, but the strength training as well. If and when the numbers drop closer to 130, I will up the resistance on the cross trainer and elliptical.
Weight wise, I am right at about the same weight I was last Saturday...no biggie. I figure I'm carrying extra water weight as again, I do not want to dehydrate during my intense workouts.
With the daily weights, there really hasn't been any huge surprises and if I can impart anything to anyone that is struggling with the numbers on the scale determining how they eat or exercise...try to not let those numbers from the scale rule your emotions. If you are within your numbers on the nutrition and keeping your exercise challenging, you will get the results you want...you might not see them immediately on the scale...but they'll be evident...just a little patience. It's like planting a seed and watering it...you won't see that plant in the first couple of days...it has to grow. Just as your nutrition and exercise regimen has to grow you.
Today is a busy day! After my workout (leaving after I submit this blog) I will come home, unpack the gym bag, have some lunch and then throw on some nice clothes and head to Jamestown Pennsylvania to attend my niece's wedding.
Hope everyone enjoys this beautiful weekend!
I weighed at the gym today and my old friend the scale
was at a 2 pound loss from yesterday at 247.0
So goes the yo-yo...