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.
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: www.rachelcosgrove.com/2
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.