Thursday, February 21, 2013
I'm learning new things about my body and what it wants and needs each day as I watch documentaries, search the web, and of course, look up things here on SparkPeople.
I was following a weight training regimen on bodybuilding.com, looking forward to gaining muscle and losing fat. One of the things they highly recommend is drinking a protein shake within 30 minutes after training. I've been doing this for a week now, and have gained back half of what I'd worked so hard to lose! My husband warned me this might happen, but in the midst of feeling so discouraged, I'd forgotten that the protein powder might be the cause. This site's training program also tells one not do cardio for the first four weeks of weight training, to allow the muscles to soak everything in. The problem with this for me is that I know my body responds very well to cardio, and I have a lot of fat to lose, too. It's not just muscle I'm wanting to say hello, it's fat I'm wanting to say goodbye to!
So I've decided to go off of the protein powder and to add on reasonable amounts of cardio (20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a week), and watch what happens. I'm hoping the weight starts to come off again.
On a side note, my husband is on this eating clean, being fit and healthy journey with me, and I've asked him to take our bathroom scale to work with him, because I'm obsessive-compulsive about weighing myself (anybody else out there like this?). I've decided to weigh myself once a month. I've just gotten so discouraged and have been so hard on myself this past week about not meeting my goals when I've been doing everything right. I don't want my OCD-ness to sabotage all of my hard work! Can I get an amen?
I'm trying to remind myself that this is a journey and a marathon, not a sprint or a quick-fix. I WILL have the body and health I'm longing and aiming for. We can do this!