Monday, February 21, 2011
What the what?
New Rules Of Lifting For Women.
I've decided to get serious about my strength training after reading a dozen or so articles about how good it is for me and how I probably don't know how to do it the right way.
I went to the library and checked out the above mentioned book after reading some positive reviews about it. Today is day 1 of a Stage 1, a stage that should last 6 weeks. I'm writing a blog so that can have a record of where I was physically AND emotionally/mentally when I started. I am going to take before pictures, but in very little clothing so I probably won't be sharing them. I will keep taking pictures every time I lose 10 pounds, and maybe the next one will come faster than the last.
The Plan: To follow the outlined program rigorously by lifting weights 3 days a week and backing off just a little bit on my cardio. (I've been doing 4 hours/wk, I'm cutting back to 3-3.5)
What I expect to go well: I love having a plan. I respond well to ticking off days on the calendar so I expect to be able to stick to the plan pretty well for the next 6 weeks. Also, my body responds well to ST so I'm excited to do some different things that will get me some different results.
What I expect to be a challenge: Calories. Based on the info in the book I've been eating too few calories, which I kinda figured but didn't mess with since I was losing weight and that has been my main goal. If I follow the books recomendations I'll be taking in between 300 and 600 calories MORE a day than I've been used to. That freaks me out. I do want to treat my body well however, and I'm confident enough in the relationship between mind and body to 'see what happens' and make adjustments according to MY bodies needs. I will be more mindful of my protein intake, the science seems pretty clear about that. I'm also concerned about moving over to 'that side' of the gym. I've been so comfortable and confident on the cardio side. And some days I'll have to work out during the busy hours, which will mean asking those beefcakes if I can 'work in' on their machines. I'm getting hives just thinking about it. But this I know: Most people are nice, I deserve time on the machines and this will be a much needed practice in assertiveness and self-care.
One last thing.
Liz of April 4th,
You rock. You did it! You took on this challenge, you completed it and you look fantastic. Thank you for assuming that I was capable and for dreaming big. Thank you for those days that you didn't feel like working out but did anyway. Thank you for turning down the beer and chocolate chip cookies most of the time. I can't wait to see where you go next, because you're capable of so much! Oh, and nice a$$.
Love, Liz of Feb. 21st.