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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

There is so much to say, and not enough time to put it down on the computer screen! Here's a quick recap of what's been going on with me recently:

-My cardio bunny ways have slowed down. Seriously. Last week, I barely ran 10 miles (I think). Part of it's due to a new work schedule. Plus, I decided to start lifting weights again 3x's/week, and I'm trying to pack on a bit of muscle mass. So the running had to go. Ah well. I'll be back to my crazy running ways soon enough. It's sometimes nice to take a break, though.

-Back to the lifting. I've been doing Robert dos Remedios'/Men's Health Power Training. Yes, it's ok for women to do the program, too. emoticon I'm now in week 9 of 12, and it's great. Though I don't like some of the unilateral exercises. Sorry, but I'll NEVER like single-leg Romanian deadlifts. BUT, they're very useful, especially for those who like to run. The program is working some magic on me, too. I think I'm getting better on chinups as a result, woohoo!!!!

-I've been getting reacquainted with carbs. They're soooo good.

-As much as I like hopping on the scale and looking at numbers, I've been using another barometer for the Jingle the Jiggle Off Challenge that For the Love of Horror has been sponsoring the last few weeks: the mirror, and the fit of my clothes. Yup, I'm basing my progress over my appearance.

Some of you will think it's strange, but I actually *do* like the scale, because #'s are interesting (nerd alert). So no matter how high or low my scale weight is, it's terribly fascinating for me. I don't get upset over it.

However, the mirror and clothing fit can be just as effective in gauging fat loss, if not even MORE effective, than scale-watching. I have one piece of advice for anyone who has stepped off a scale, close to tears & feeling waves of disappointment because it didn't meet your expectations - DUMP IT! Then read this Rachel Cosgrove blog entry from 2010:

Yes, the scale can be overrated. :D

-Speaking of appearances, my DH made me flex my biceps to guests at a dinner party a few weeks ago, LOL. He said to everyone, "check out this gun show!" while I pumped my biceps. Made me feel great! I know I'm on the right path with my plan, however haphazard it may be.

Peace out.

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  • no profile photo CD4876431
    Totally agree! I started eating more carbs, the scale is up but I needed to tighten my belt! Go figure. Hope you had a great holiday!
    3488 days ago
    I've just started adding ST to my bag of tricks, but my muscles tell me it is working the next day! I find you to be really inspiring. You are where I want to be some day! Thanks for the motivation, and I am trying not to let the scale get me down either!
    3492 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I know what you mean about the fascination of numbers. I usually don't get too upset by what the scale tells me - I pretty much know if I'm up or down before I step on. I like using other indicators too.
    3492 days ago
    HAHA, your hubby sounds like mine with the gun show stuff! Glad to hear you are loading yours up with ammo!

    Love the new profile pic!
    3492 days ago
    emoticon Running can wait... lifting is fun (for me too, again - P90X style).

    Check out those guns!! emoticon
    3492 days ago
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