Sunday, January 20, 2013
This week, not so great in terms of meeting goals.
I had planned to go out on my birthday and not worry about calories, but unfortunately one day turned into 4. It was a very celebratory week, some of my dear friends had birthdays too and then there were happy hours. Still, I could have done much better. Can't celebrate for 4 days in a row without seeing the consequences. Which I did, one and a half pounds up. Grrr!
Exercise suffered for similar reasons. Busy in the evenings and tired in the mornings. But I still got in two out of three ST sessions, and 3 out of 4 cardio. So I'm going to prepare to do better next week, but I'm not going to beat myself up.
Work was stressful but it was a good kind of stress, interesting assignments, big responsibilities.
I'm also reading a really interesting book called The New Rules of Lifting for Women, recommended by fellow Sparker YOOVIE who wrote a great blog about it. (I'll find and post the link later, rushing a bit here to leave for a walk with friends). KERRIELYNN is also reading it. It makes the argument that it is of great benefit to women to lift heavy weights, that building muscle makes you healthier and stronger and live longer, etc. But more importantly, that the low-calorie diets that many of us eat are actually slowing our metabolisms and doing lots of cardio has diminishing returns as our bodies learn to do them more efficiently. With this kind of strength training, you actually have to eat more to do it right. Now, with my experience with injury which, according to my physical therapist, resulted at least in part from not having sufficient strength in particular muscles, I am a convert on ST. I plan to check with the PT and the doc about whether this type of ST will be good for me or if, due to my knee injury, I have limitations. But I think it is worth a try. I like the idea of being stronger, and I especially like the idea of eating more!
Have a happy Sunday!