Thursday, February 21, 2013
How is it that my weight stays the same (actually floating around up a kilo then my long term plateau of 77ish kg) and my measurements are the same and my clothes fit the same but I look different in the mirror? Am I deluding myself or are my shoulders really more toned? Am I kidding myself when I feel much firmer muscle around my obliques?
I'd say yes if I didn't kick a$$ tonight at class tonight and do 5 rounds of 13xclean & jerks and 13xflip press with 15kg (33lbs) (plus all our other exercises)
I'd also say yes if my body fat percent wasn't down from 30% in January to 29%.
Yes I'd still like to be a smaller size and I still probably need to weigh less than this to get my body fat % down to the low 20s where I'd like it. But I'm still making progress, just a different kind than previously. I am not perfect with my diet and probably need to keep it closer to 1800calories/day to speed some weight loss along but I like this approach better.
I've read a bunch of blogs & articles lately about heavy lifting/HIIT/more anaerobic type workouts being better for weight loss than extended cardio sessions. However you can't run marathons if you are just lifting heavy, my trainer is an example of this (in his case you'll struggle with a 10k if you focus more on lifting and anaerobic work). I've also read some articles about how lifting heavy increases muscle mass making running long distances harder.
And I've decided too bad, I like both.
I want to have aerobic and anaerobic fitness. I want to lift really heavy weights and run a 50k trail race in a few months. I want to be strong enough to tackle obstacles in upcoming tough mudder races and to run at a quick pace between all those obstacles.
This means I need to stop letting my running slide and get out there and do both. Doing both might mean I won't be exceptionally fast or exceptionally good at lifting but I will be happy. And hopefully it will get me to the body I want.
Now here's hoping I'm able to lift my arms tomorrow at work!