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A Conundrum

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) emoticon

I'd also say yes if my body fat percent wasn't down from 30% in January to 29%. emoticon

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. emoticon

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!
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    I like your positive toned reflection, I totally believe it's true we can be the same weight but a different form. Keep working hard to tone and maximize your aerobic health!
    1381 days ago
    Hey, I don't presume to understand the questions you are asking, but I'm kind of in the same boat, and I'm not going to complain about it LOL. I weigh the same, my measurements are pretty much the same, and my clothes fit the same...I don't necessarily notice a bit difference in the mirror but every week people at work are commenting that I look like I'm losing weight, so something must be happening! It's a great feeling, isn't it????? So keep up whatever you are doing, it is obviously working!
    1382 days ago
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    Good for you! It's your life and your body! You know what you want and are going after it! I see you working so hard and I am truly inspired!
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    1382 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing great, well done!
    1383 days ago
    You are really toning up your muscles. I'm proud of you.
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    1383 days ago
    I agree with keeping up your running as well as the weights. I did Bootcamp for about 10 months last year which had about a fair bit of running along with weights, but when they changed the business to Crossfit suddenly the focus was on lifting massive weights and no where near enough running. My running fitness dropped massively. So to get to my point is i think its a great idea to do both! You are going awesomely.
    1383 days ago
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