Thursday, December 06, 2012
Ok guys... I need a kick in the rear.
So far this week, I've skipped 2 workouts. I've also gone over my very generous calorie range twice too. Annnnnnnd I've skipped 2 accountability blogs. I'm batting .500 right now... I've got to turn this week around.
I'm doing some soul searching today to try to find the source of this laziness. I can't help but correlate these feelings with my new Strength Training program. The last time I did ST on a regular basis, I did not have good results. Cue storytime!
In August 2011, I decided it was time to join a gym here in Georgia. I needed to lose weight. When I signed up, I got a free body-evaluation session with a Personal Trainer. She took my weight, measured my body fat, and asked what types of workouts I was currently doing. I told her that I when I got to the gym, I immediately hopped on the elliptical and after 30 minutes, I would maybe do couple bicep curls.
She said I had it all wrong! I was wasting time on the elliptical because ST is what really burns the calories. I need to do ST first then light cardio for 20-45mins, she said. I followed her advice and began a ST program.
Well... I gained even more weight. It would've been nice if this was muscle mass, but the body fat measurements revealed that it was in fact blubber.
See, what was happening was I gave 100% in my workouts. My muscles would be fatigued and sore after every gym session. Then I would go home, eat my post-workout snack, and wake up the next day with killer DOMS. The workouts did boost my metabolism because I would be starving all the time. This was all good!
Until..... my hunger caused me to eat above my range. Also the soreness prevented me from doing another workout for sometimes 2 or 3 days. After the workouts, I was literally lying around eating! Also the required pre- & post-workout snacks were making serious dents in my calorie budget on days that I actually made it to the gym.
I'm scared that this vicious cycle is making a comeback. I'm doing great for a couple days, then I give in and blow my calories. I'm so hungry all the time! My "Calorie Differential Over Time" report has some scary numbers since I've started this new program.
When I was losing weight, the only ST I did was an occasional yoga class. Really, the only cardio I was doing was walking. I just focused on eating within my range, and the fat melted off. But I don't want to look like a mushy celery stalk. I want to look STRONG. Correction-- I want to BE STRONG. And run like the wind. Too much to ask??
I've got to get over this. If anyone out there reading is losing/maintaining while doing a ST and Cardio program, how are you doing it?? How are you finding a balance between adequately nourishing your muscles, and not going over your range? How do you have energy to keep it up, especially while sore?