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A Good Kind of Pain.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Last year I lost 60 lbs before my wedding (90 from my highest weight) - I was sooo happpyyyy!!!! But then.... after my wedding in October, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and... the month of January... lol.... I pout on about 15 lbs. UGHHHH... So, I have been trying to work it off. During the month of February, I was focusing on just working on finding the motivation to hit up the gym. I keep track of days I work out on the calendar with a Blue "x". Days I don't are marked with a black "x". I like this system b/c it allows me to look back and see how many days I worked out and times that I struggled. When I compared Feb to Jan, I was quite impressed. I worked out about 15 days in February, which is appx. every other day - not too bad... it's great compared to January, where I worked out maybe 6 days. And this past week I have been feeling very good about getting to the gym or finding time to work out at home. I feel like I am finally getting back that feeling of routinely hitting the gym, and I feel great about it. I haven't been doing much strength training, which is probably why I haven't lost much - I tend to stick to the elliptical .... which is fine, but b/c I do it so often, I think I am becoming immune. LOL. I am one of those people who has a hard time with "variety" I know what I like and I tend to stick with that thing.... but I'm working on it. I used to be a strength training machine - that mixed with cardio did me wonders last year. I know that it works, so I have been trying to get more ST in. So, yesterday, I went to the gym and only did strength training. I did 2 sets of 12 on 9 machines with enough weight that by the last rep that muscle was at exhaustion, which is what my goal was.... but DAMN. My muscles were feeling sore very soon after I left yesterday and today - mannnn.... are my arms and legs soooooooore!!! I feel like every move I make I feel sore in an area I didn't think was possible! .... feels good to be sore - I know I'm building muscle = burning more fat. :)
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LADYJ6942 2/29/2012 12:51PM

    Hang in there and great job. You can cut soreness down a bit by getting some protein with in the first hour after your workout. Also rubbing them in the shower or bath after helps as well.

I do a lot of strength training myself and find that high strength with cardio is great I just need to do intervals for my cardio regardless of the machine. So for example on the elliptical I will have my ramp at 12 and my resistance at 7 or 8 and that challenges me, other times I will set my ramp at 5 or 6 with resistance of 10 or 12 to change it up.

You will lose more slowly or hold stead as you are building muscle not just burning fat and I personally am okay with that because muscle works non-stop.

Good luck.

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BONDMANUS2002 2/29/2012 11:50AM

  hang in there

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