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Strength Train Thoughts for the Day

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I am bad at kettle-bells. It is true. Tried. Couldn't figure it out. For some reason my back was more involved than in should have been. My hips weren't exploding right. Something. So we did like 5 and we decided to come back to it since I was having some sort of issue. I have been watching some videos and think that maybe I was too low (more in squat position) and therefore wasn't really bending at the hip. So I am looking forward to tackling this again maybe next week (although rumor has it, we may be in the pool).

Did some sweet wall throws today. Ouch. And some even sweet throw-down (really great for releasing pent up frustration, although I tend to throw not directly down and thus have to chase my 12 pound medicine ball through the gym a bit...whoops)

Worst part about today: I have a nasty little negative birdie in my ear.

The little birdie says, "strength training may make you look better, but you're still gonna weight 267 lbs. Yeah you may lose inches, but you will always weigh a lot. How do you think that is going to feel?" "Are you sure you're eating right? Jeeeez, you know you weigh more than your own dad right? Like by 7 whole pounds. Embarassing"

I started panicking. You are right little bird. I know that the number isn't important in the long run, but yeah, I don't want to weigh 267 forever. I don't want to weigh more than my dad. I get that I'll look good, but I will still have to tell people that the weight on my license is true. What if I never lose weight and only gain muscle? How am I supposed to know what is right? ahhhhh... *mind explode*

So I am currently sitting here, trying to NOT look up every fitness article in the world (since a) everyone will have a different opinion, and b) everyone's opinion conflicts with one another) and trying to make that nasty bird go away.

But seriously. Any of you in that boat? I mean I want to look good. And be healthy and that is what is important? But how feasible is it to lose weight while strength training (keep in mind I do like 1 hardcore strength day a week, mayyyybe two)? I know a lot of people move to strength training after they've lost weight or hit a plateau.

Conflicted today. Probably because it's basically Wednesday. Which is obviously the worse day of the week. And to add stress to my life: two tests next week, trying to set up externships for next year competing among elite equine folk when my medicine experience is much less than theirs, still don't have a place to live next fall, my laundry is piling up and my 5K co-chair refuses to email me back.


EDIT - I would like to edit this post to say, I am not planning on quitting my ST (I really do love it! And love how it will change my body. And love that my body will consume more calories by existing. And I will be a beastly machine), just you know, expressing some errant negative thoughts floating around in my head.

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ALICIALYNNE 4/3/2013 9:46AM

    From your edit, you already darn well know that you will lose weight while strength training. Heck, many people I know didn't lose weight until they started focusing on ST. There have been plenty of studies showing that cardio doesn't matter nearly as much for losing weight as people believed, and that it is almost all diet. Strength training builds up those lovely muscles, which burn calories at a faster rate than fat does. So with a well balanced program, you're getting rid of the fat, building muscle to help torch calories, and having a balanced diet to give you proper nutrients and reduce caloric intake.
Also, as a woman, you would have to be doing MAJOR strength work in order to build up enough muscle for your weight to go up.

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SUZEMARIE73 4/3/2013 9:46AM

    Strength training will actually ensure that more of the weight you lose is fat and not muscle because you'll be toning and holding on to the muscle that you have and putting it to work. Strength training is a very important part of losing both actually pounds AND inches. Keep it up!

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CJPROVAN 4/3/2013 9:32AM

    Strength training helps to create muscle that will burn calories around the clock! So it is importnat to keep it up! I think its more important to do a well rounded routine becuase it will be more beneficial in the long run.

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CARYNV07 4/3/2013 9:11AM

    Girl, I've been thinking the same things lately. My boot camp is WAAAAY more strength training heavy than my old fitness routine was (in that, it includes it) and I'm really struggling. Not with the lifting part of it. I've always really enjoyed lifting and doing strength stuff because it makes me feel like a sexy beast. But I'm struggling with the fact that I'm not really seeing a loss on the scale. I feel like I should be because I'm doing so much, but it's so hard to not get discouraged when you're putting in so much work and not seeing the changes you want to see. For me, I feel like the physical changes during strength training - looking better, losing inches etc. - take longer to see than a number on the scale going down.

I LOVE that my trainer has been doing body fat percentage because then she can calculate just how much fat I lost and muscle I gained. But it's still hard. I've always weighed more than I actually look because of my height, so it's hard for me to accept that if I continue strength training (which I will) I'm going to weigh even more than I look.

Alright, now I'm rambling. Sorry that's probably not helpful, but I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way!

Oh! Also, I was really bad at kettle bells the first few times I did them, too. But at one point it just kind of clicked for me. So hang in there - you'll get it!

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    I started with lifting. Then added boootcamps and HIIT classes. After first losing about 25 lbs by healthy eating. Muscles apparently burn calories. But really? They make us look thinner than if we didn't lift. So DO IT!!

P.S. It is very feasible to lose weight while strength training. I'm closing in on 100 lbs lost, and I've been strength training (as well as cardio). Of course, the eating is where it's at with weight-loss. However, like I said already, I'd prefer to look as toned as I can, and weights will do that.

Keep it up!

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