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26 week plan (week 9 results)

Saturday, June 19, 2010


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!

Tim

***addendum***

I weighed at the gym today and my old friend the scale emoticon was at a 2 pound loss from yesterday at 247.0

So goes the yo-yo...

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JANC319 6/20/2010 7:48AM

  and there you have it...the scale lies

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DAWN.BELIEVES 6/20/2010 12:02AM

    I have almost totally quit weighing myself. I only weigh like once a month. I get soooo upset when the numbers don't show the loss that I feel. I look better and feel better so I just said screw it....who needs to weigh anyway....LOL. Though I did weigh today and three pounds were gone!!! YAY!!!!!!!!

Hope you have a great time at the wedding!

Be Blessed,
Dawn

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TYEASLEY 6/19/2010 2:03PM

   
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You are so right on about "avoiding" emotional eating, weighing yourself, hydrating, allowing the plan to be derailed, consistency in your behavior, eating well and exercising and never giving up. I love this blog and the fact that you have your MOJO back. Kudos to you and thanks for such a comprehensively inspiring and thought provoking blog. You've come a long way and I wish you the best on your journey. Enjoy your mini family reunion at your niece's wedding.

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RIMAJO 6/19/2010 1:05PM

    Your video blog is spot on Tim.. there were several things you said in this post that made me stop & think. One, was about the water & with all the heat and humidity - we need to watch that. The 2nd was about the scale.. I too step on it almost daily & if I don't remain objective (unemotional) - it can have a negative impact on my progress. What I need to keep in mind as we burn fat, is that we're building muscle & muscle weights more than fat. So, if we don't see a decline in the scale - or worse, an increase - this could also be a reason why. So long as we stay within our calorie range, and keep moving - the results WILL come.
As for you, you're doing great.. you are & have been an inspiration & I'm glad to have stumbled upon your blog when I first joined SP.. Now that I'm back.. I need to readd you since when I came back (I have to confess, I didn't feel worthy of the friends & the support I had gotten in the past) & dropped most all my friends.
Have a great time at your nieces wedding.. wishing you continued success!
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