Thursday, March 07, 2013
Today I finally got to the gym to do my second New Rules of Lifting for Women workout and it felt pretty good. (the program is set up to alternate between two workouts for 6 weeks and then two new sets for the next period of time, etc). I didn't push it with the amount of weight (except on the lat pulldown argghh) but now that I have a baseline, I can step it up next time on both workouts.
One thing I forgot was that the program calls for a hefty serving of protein just after the workout to feed the muscles, and allows approximately 260 additional calories/day on lifting days. The problem is that their calculation for my BMI has me at 1260 calories on a non-lifting day and 1561 on a lifting day for weight loss (or about 300 more/day if you're not trying to lose weight). Now I have found that if I stick to my 1550/cal/day or less, I lose about a pound a week, as long as I am working out. And 1261 is a starvation diet for me. So, except for today when I didn't figure in the post-workout protein, I think I'll stick with my 1550 calories/day and just make sure I time my meals and snacks properly on lifting days. On most of the other days I'll be running and/or doing yoga anyway, so I think it will work out.
I'm not used to paying quite this much attention to the what and when. Oh well. If the strength training can help prevent injury, I need to do it. And if I'm going to do it, I may as well do it right.
On the job front, no word on when my bosses might start interviewing for the job I applied for. It am trying to be very Zen about the whole thing but it is a struggle sometimes. I'm glad the weekend's almost here!