Tuesday, April 02, 2013
So with April starts my Paradigm Shift. My total shift in thinking about the way I am doing things.
Insanity, right? Why keep doing what isn't working.
I am done. So effing done. March ended with the scale reflecting the same number I started with. My measurements show a different story with a loss of 2.75 overall, which I am very happy with. I am going to track my body fat this month with my new toy.
I am making that total shift right now. This second. This very second.
I am no longer going to think in terms of weight loss, but rather ones of muscle building.
I am finding the farther I go into my own program the more I love it. I love the feeling of being s-o-r-e the next day to tell me that yeah, I worked those muscles. I love a program that doesn't promote endless hours of steady state cardio (oh how I loathe you!) but rather high bursts of intense workouts that don't hurt and I won't spend days wondering what I did to myself. I love a program that isn't toting the "eat less, move more" mentality. God, how many times have I heard that? Too many to count.
I am making a slight shift in my workouts. I am finding that the New Rules of Lifting for Women isn't overly conducive to the equipment I have at home. I checked out the NROL for Life at the library and am going to shift to that program. It is laid out quite a bit different but it is a whole lot more flexible and there are a lot more options for the workouts.
The jest of the program is a RAMP warm up that gets the body ready for the movements then each phase lasts 4 weeks for a total of 12 weeks. The first phase is laid out in workouts A and B which are to be done on alternating days (not back to back) and basically a matrix of workouts are laid out to be picked from based on ability and fitness level. I like it because I don't immediately feel this impending sense of doom that I have already maxed out what I have at home with the workouts, which is where I was with not even ending the first phase of NROL for Women. Each workout wants a core workout -- stability core and dynamic stability (woot! NO CRUNCHES!!! What a mindless and boring activity that is!!), Power (lower body on A day and upper body on B day), Strength (choices of a variety of squat, pushing, pulling, hinging, lunges and single leg stances) to be rotated on each workout and then a metabolic training, or a HIIT type workout for 5-10 minutes. It seems a bit more fast paced than the NROL for Women of lift for 15 reps, wait a minute, repeat. It basically is more of a do the workout, catch your breath and then move on. The thing I like about it is that it is laid out more for older lifers (it says midlife and well, I am 37 so not quite there, but it is getting closer by the day) and also for those who have been injured or are dealing with injuries which I fit in both of those categories with my shoulder and knees.
It sounds like a better fit for me.
Nutrition is going to be vastly different for me. Eating more sometimes, as strange as it sounds, is hard. I do find myself very hungry but get kind of lost on what to eat so I am finding creative ways to blend up my Syntha-6 into smoothies. Protein is my emphasis now. I am not demonizing carbs by any means and have no intention of eradicating them, I am finding that I am eating less of them, however. If I want popcorn with movie night, I am going to have popcorn. But I am working to get the bulk of my carbs from fruit. I guess I am making a subtle shift toward more of a paleo way of eating. I can't go full blown paleo but do like some of the concepts.
So with that, my inner rebel shouts out ENOUGH! Time for a change, a total shift in thinking. Dropping the scale and moving my thinking around completely.