Wednesday, August 21, 2013
One of the things Iím trying to work on is fitness. Itís funny that I write that because I in no way struggle with working out. One might say that workout a little too much. So what am I talking about??? Well, when I start to see the scale go up or not move at all, I tend to fall into doing cardio only and a lot of it and totally neglecting strength training. Iím trying to keep in mind that muscles help you burn more calories at rest.
My new strategy is on the days that I actually hit the gym is to do more weights
. Iíll do 30 minutes of cardio followed by 45-60 minutes of weights. But as I write that what I really should be doing is a 10 minutes warmup followed by 45-60 minutes of weights and 20-30 minutes of cardio. Since I want to focus on weights, I might tire my muscles out doing cardio and I might not be able to give my all when Iím toning. On my off gym days, I run outside from anywhere to 40-60 minutes.
Another important aspect of fitness is change. I get so used to doing the same exercises/machines and in the same order and lifting the same weights that itís not challenging. I leave the gym not feeling like I worked out at all. My goal when I lift is to CHANGE something, the order of the exercise, the amount of weight I life (heavy weights=less reps, lighter weights=more reps), whether I use machines or dumbbells and a stability ball, how many sets 2 or 3 sets. You get the point. I need to keep my body guessing and not let it adjust which it does way too quickly.
It is just all to easy to fall back into what is comfortable especially when it gets hard but the results and rewards are definitely worth it. At this point in my journey, I really wouldnít care if I didnít lose any more weight as long as Iím still losing inches
. So the
may never read 130 or 140lbs but I could darn sure look like I weight that much.
NSV Ė I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror when I was walking to pick up some dumbbells and I said to myself, I look too skinny. Then I had to pause and smile inside
. Yes, I still have areas that I want to work on (thanks to 2 beautiful babies) but overall I look great. Iím at my ďgoalĒ weight and it is a work in progress to figure out how much to eat versus how much to workout to maintain.
UPDATE: just found this article Should You Strength Train to Lose Weight?