Monday, April 08, 2013
Before I describe my first workout, I want to discuss why I am doing this, and what I am hoping to achieve from it.
A few months ago, I was in a workout/diet rut. I achieved 'goal weight,' reversed all my warning signs of metabolic syndrome and have maintained it for almost two years. That was the primary objective, but if I'm honest, I'm not really happy with my shape. I was kind of stuck on what to do next, though.
I spent so much time focusing on trying to get to goal weight, I didn't think about what I was going to do next if I got there. Like many people, I struggled with losing, regaining, and plateaus so often, I secretly believed I would never reach my goal.
When I read that Beechnut and others were doing "New Rules of Lifting for Women," it appealed to me as something new to work on as a 'next stage' in my fitness. I thought it would be great to join with others on something outside of the Spark trackers so I could follow with their progress, and have someone to ask questions! So I bought weights and the book "New Rules of Lifting for Life." A little different to NRoL for Women, but similar.
Today I did the first workout. Am I feeling pumped?
The problem isn't with the book or the program; it's me. I don't like weight training. I never really have.
I took classes in high school and college because I tried to make myself do it. Later, I hired personal trainers to make me do it. I know it's good for me. I just don't *like* doing it.
It's not because I'm afraid of 'bulking' up. Please. One thing I have never been is a pretty-pretty princess afraid that I might sweat or get dirty.
We're all here because we either had or have a weight problem. Remember that first day when you were going to commit to exercise, and you just hated it? I don't know about you, but I hated how I was out of breath I was and it was just so hard. I wanted to quit, sit on the couch, and treat myself to an ice cream sandwich for working so hard.
I got past that and eventually came to love walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. I don't care how many calories were burned or exercise minutes I got. I do it for fun.
I am not there with weight training. I did the exercises that I selected from the program, but I can't say that I feel like I gave it my all. I didn't work to fatigue on some. I had a post workout banana-yogurt smoothie, but it felt like a dessert to me, and I'm not sure that I worked hard enough for it to qualify as fuel.
I am going to commit to this for the four weeks, but it is going to be a matter of discipline to do it. On the second workout Wednesday, I am going to try harder to force myself to pick up heavier weight, then let it fatigue. I know what it should feel like, because I've done it before. I have to resist the temptation to say, "Ok, good enough" before it gets there.
Please help keep me accountable. ;)