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Running on Empty….

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

For whatever reason, I seem to be running on empty this week. Seems my get up and go, got up and went. Haven’t really changed anything, but I am dangerously close to PMS time. I also have not been sleeping well (unlike last week when I was sleeping like a log). I’m going to attribute it to that for now. As I am entering the PMS window, I will not weigh this week.

I’m trying a new approach to my work out this evening. I usually do some weight lifting on Wednesday nights. Nothing fancy, just a couple of self designed circuits. After reading a couple of books this past week on lifting, I am going to try lifting heavy. That means using enough weight that I can only do 6 to 8 reps per set. This should be interesting as I have always strived for 15 reps per set. At a minimum, it’s something a little different and a challenge. Changing it up is good.

I used to only do cardio. I did LOTS of cardio. What I found was that for me, it did not give me enough variety and did not provide enough body muscle to make a meaningful body change. Yes, I got thinner, but it was still hard to keep it off. I fought so hard for the last pounds to get to goal. With adding strength training into the mix, I am finding it easier to make the last few pounds back to goal. I like the variety and my arms are certainly toned. Oh, I still have some bat wings under there, but overall my arms look pretty good. (Now that winter is here, I have to bury them in sweaters…..story of my life – LOL.)

So even though I am running on fumes, I still like my work outs. It’s great to have workouts that I like doing, even though I am tired.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PINKANGEL73 11/8/2012 10:07AM

    In my late thirties I used to do quite a lot of weight training on gym machines plus a bit of treadmill and rowing machine and walking everywhere. The weight training made a huge difference my body shape and posture. It was when I felt at my strongest, healthiest and fittest and most confident.

And of course, the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn in everything you do. That's the main reason men get a higher calorie allowance - they naturally have more muscle.

Lost 28 pounds so far (very long way to go) and you have me thinking maybe I could, should go down that road again now. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/8/2012 9:27AM

    Great plan, but don't forget that rest is also important!! Sometimes when my body tells me I need rest and I ignore it, I get sick. So I try to listen to my body!! emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 11/8/2012 9:19AM

    That's the way to do things by mixing it up. Cardio is great, but strength and weight training really do make a difference. It is weird because when I was in my teens and 20's I ran long distance bur never once did any strength training. I finally figured it out in my 50's. Keep on training.

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ICANINSIGHT 11/8/2012 9:11AM

    Sounds good! emoticon

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TRESSWANN 11/8/2012 7:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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JOYINKY 11/7/2012 10:12PM

    Sounds like you have a good handle on things. Mixing it up is a good idea. I'm glad you enjoy your workouts!

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JUMPINJULIE 11/7/2012 6:50PM

    Always good to have routines in place. emoticon

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MARISPHERE 11/7/2012 6:34PM

    Heavy lifting sounds interesting and I so remember hearing about it somewhere a long time ago. I'll be waiting to get your thoughts on it.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/7/2012 6:19PM

    Sounds like a great plan!! Let us know how the heavy lifting goes. Best wishes!!

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BLITZEN40 11/7/2012 5:45PM

    Love the quote you prefaced this blog with! Sounds like you have a great plan to keep on going. emoticon

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REXTINE1 11/7/2012 4:21PM

    I finally got serious about strength training a few months ago, and was surprised at how well it works for me. It is definitely easier to do some things.

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FARRAH511 11/7/2012 3:20PM


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