Wednesday, May 09, 2012
My new plan is not to be skinny but to be strong. I have always been an athlete, but as a swimmer it is very common to have a little padding around the edges since you're always in cold water. Your body is protecting itself. Now I've built up a little extra padding and I want it gone. I'm going to do that by building my muscle back up, eating a gram of protein daily for every pound of my ideal weight. Using hydrolyzed whey protein religiously. Cutting down on carbs, and having days of almost total carb depletion to shock my body to use the fat I have now as energy. (More on carb depletion later.) Eating healthy fats to give myself energy. Currently my only form of exercise is riding my bike everywhere, and that's a lot of exercise since I don't own a car and I live in Los Angeles, but it's a lot of the same exercise. My body is used to it. My legs are toned, but there's a layer of fat there that won't go away if I just keep doing the same thing over and over. So my trainer is encouraging me to walk what I would normally bike if I have the time a few days a week (if the round trip is 4-6 miles). And I've added back in strength and resistance training (with the help of the lovely videos on Spark People). And I'm going to add in interval/sprint/recovery-orien
ted workouts as well. I'll track how it goes here, and I expect to see great results!