Week One Down
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I've been at 'normal' weight and bodyfat range for a few months, but I'd like to improve more. I'm still a bit more spongy than I would like. I'd like to be closer to 21-24% bodyfat. It's clear that I need to step up my routine. I kinda took inspiration from the P90X line of thought that people who are already fit need to engage more in 'muscle confusion', varying their activities daily so the body never gets comfortable with any one activity.
Week one of my carb/intensity cycling experiment is done. As with any change in routine, it's hard to say whether the first week is 'working' because there's too much noise as my body is adjusting to the change. So far so good, though. I am seeing some general positive indications.
Scale weight hasn't changed much, but that's usually to be expected. I am, however, seeing a sleeker looking line on my abs, and my clothes are fitting better!
The quality of my sleep has improved. I'm getting to bed earlier, and waking up feeling energized.
I'm varying my workouts, and adjusting the amount of carbs/calories I eat in proportion. I'm doing a different activity, intensity, and duration every day. Here's how my workouts have gone this week:
Mon: Elliptical HIIT x 30 mins
Tue: 30 Day Shred DVD x 20 mins + walk w/DH x 30 mins
Wed: Treadmill walk x 60 mins
Thu: Treadmill walk x 90 mins
Fri: Elliptical HIIT x 30 mins
Sat: 30 Day Shred DVD x 20 mins + walk w/DH x 60 mins
My high/low intensity hasn't quite staggered the way I intended, but it still seems to be working. I ended up with a couple of easy treadmill walk days while I worked out sore muscles after Tuesday because Jillian Michaels kicked my butt! I have a couple more of her DVDs on the way to mix things up.
I think my recent stall has been due to not pushing hard enough, so I pushed myself pretty hard. I haven't felt fatigue, so I'm keeping moving. I am certainly looking forward to an easy day on Sunday, though!
Tomorrow will be a very light activity day as DH and I will take an easy stroll down the beach. Hurricane Sandy is passing us by, but she is stirring up some spectacular waves for us to watch.
On lighter activity days, I stayed on the low carb/calorie end. On higher intensity days, I added fruit and mashed potatoes. It hasn't been too difficult for me to juggle, and I don't have to think about it too much.
The end of next week should be more conclusive. So far, it is looking promising.