Do you guys know how encouraging you are?!? I signed onto SP this evening only to find several very encouraging comments on my blog entry from yesterday. Thank you for all of the kind words and support! You made my day! :)
I got up and went to the gym this morning. I signed up (I took the enrollment discount promotion as a sign that I was indeed meant to be a gym rat once again). I haven't had a gym membership since 2009 when I joined SP to begin with. I spent 6 months on cardio/ST just in time to look beautiful in my wedding dress. In the past, paying for the gym really motivated me to GO (I am a frugal penny pincher by nature).
Elliptical: 25 min
Treadmill: 5 min
Adductor/Abductor Machine: 3 sets of 20 reps
Yesterday I really worked out my arms and legs at home, so I didn't want to do too much ST today to give myself enough recovery time. My *plan* at this time is to ST six days/week on average, picking a different muscle group each day starting with arms/chest, then abs, then legs/back & repeating. This should give a 2 day recovery for each muscle group. For cardio, my aim is starting out with a minimum of 3 days/week until I work up to 6 days/week consistently.
Food today so far(*organic): banana*, 2 dried prunes*, small gala apple*, 1" cube raw cheddar jack cheese*, 1 cup cooked yukon gold potatoes*, 1/4 cooked carrot*, 1/4 cup granola*, 1 cup homemade hot cocoa* (cocoa powder, stevia, almond extract, homemade vanilla extract)
Dinner plan: homemade tomato basil soup*
^^^ evaluating what I ate today, it looks like I need to increase the amount of food I am eating. I haven't yet plugged this food into the tracker, but it doesn't look like an adequate amount for muscle building. I have a hard time with balancing too much/too little food. I also had hardly any fat today so far. NOT good. Tonight's soup is made with homemade chicken bone broth so lots of fat there, but I need to increase the intake especially in the AM. Also need more veggies! On a positive note, I am impressed that I have eaten 100% organic today & all sugar has been natural except the tiny amount in the granola.
---EDIT--- So, I plugged my food into the tracker and before I add in the soup for dinner I am between 500-550 calories for the day. oops! Can't build muscle like that! Planning to increase the protein dense foods (eggs, meat, nuts, beans, etc.).
Tomorrow I really need to remember to take measurements so that one day I can look back and see my accomplishment from this "starting" point.
1. Go to the gym & do SOMETHING
2. Eat well
3. Enjoy tomorrow. :)
If you made it this far into my post, I have one more topic. ACCOUNTABILITY! Anyone want to be accountability buddies? I think it would help me most if it were someone/s who were around my same size/fitness level, but I would be happy to have multiple SparkFriends of any size/fiteness level to buddy up with!
Anyone have an active SP group/s they recommend?