Taking a short study break to blog...
Monday, November 14, 2011
First of all, I am feeling a lot better today about my gain. 99% sure it was muscle, so I just need to be more careful about how much str training I do each week.
It was really funny when I explained my high-intensity str training routine to my bf... I was crying on my bed about gaining weight, so he asked me how I trained... and then afterwards he was like "well, that sounds a lot like how Arnold Scwartzenegger built up his body, only he did it 5 hours a day." And he would know... he is a serious bodybuilder and pretty much worships Arnold. I just find this slightly hilarious, because I am so physically NOT anything like Arnold... I laughed a long, good laugh.
"....Oh," was my only response. I should have said "oops," because I totally did not mean to build so much muscle so quickly...Like, yeah, my workouts were crazy-intense, and yeah, I could barely walk for 3-4 days after, an yeah, I had to take pain relievers just to get to class......... I guess I just get carried away with my routines and doing things to 100% of my ability.... apparently, my ability to gain muscle quickly is just a lot higher than most women's... That is OK! At least I know that now.. and there is nothing wrong with being a little buff (As long as I do not turn into Arnold, lol). As i said in my last blog, though, I am just cutting the high-intensity str training altogether and doing light-moderate stuff from now on.
After the talk with him I did a bit of math and figured out that with all those inches lost and with the diuretic it just could not be anything but muscle. That's right.... over 3 lb of muscle in a week. Geez.
Right now I am aiming on pulling off as big of a loss as I can this week through less str training and more cardio... and DIFFERENT cardio.
I'm going to try one of the arm machines at the gym this week, and also going to be walking to and from school both days... as well as getting my running in.
Also, I just made a new circuit training routine using moves I've never done before.... so that should be a lot of fun and LIGHT strengthening.
I WISH I COULD BE AT THE GYM RIGHT NOW... but I procrastinated again and am studying all day :(. At least I started bright and early, so I will have time for plenty of sleep (that is progress, I think, since I usually just pulled an all-nighter in the past).
It is doubly-frustrating because today's high is 71 degrees, and the rest of the week will be in the 40's.... I would so love to go hiking today. Oh well. I will at least be able to enjoy it through my window, lol.
Back to studying~
The Climb reflection --
I was challenged to listen to Miley Cyrus' "The Climb " and reflect about it in my blog.
Ummmm........ this is difficult for me because I detest her and her song, and most pop in general. I guess I can try to be positive about it, if I must....
I looked up the lyrics so I wouldn't need to listen to her sing anymore, and these stood out to me:
"Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb "
--this is pertinent to me, because I feel like I should be focusing on getting healthier--which in this context would be "the climb"--and not the end goal, whatever I have arbitrarily chosen for myself. In other words, I should focus on the present, and celebrate every single little victory, placing value on the journey and not the goal or how quickly I reach it.