I hadn't realized how long it had been since I gave you guys an update!
Things have been going amazingly well. After my last post my weight ended up going up quite a bit (even though I was still working out and eating very well) out of frustration I decided to talk to my boss and see if she had any advice. I showed her my food and work out logs and she said my food log was PERFECT. She suggested I started lifting, and so it began.
I started working with her in the weight room doing what I like to call 'meathead lifting'. We get pretty intense and it is absolutely amazing. I spend 3 days in the weight room working either the chest, back, or legs for about an hour.
A few weeks in she suggested I start working with another one of our instructors, dan. Dan ended up being one of the best fitness partners I've ever worked with. We do some crazy work outs but also know how/when to get eachother to take it easy, take a cheat day, ect. Between Dan and my boss, Sanna, I have two of the best work out partners I could ask for.
It took awhile for changes to start and of course there was a bit of weight gain at first. However, this last month (especially after i quite the xc team) things have really taken off. I dropped about 5 pounds and can tell an insane difference in the muscle tonage. Abs are starting to show and over all i am so much more toned.
The hardest part for me right now is to figure out my eating. Since i'm not at home alot I try to make my meal plans ahead of time so I know what to bring with me but with lifting I've had to eat quite a bit more than I did a few months ago. I haven't quite figured out the adjustments (or how to pay for all this food lol) but I'm working on it.
My cardio habits have changed a bit. I hate to admit it but I am a bit less focused on running. Partially because my knee still gives me trouble if I push the mileage or run everyday, but also because I know that the cross training will also help me get some crazy results. I am also kicking it into high gear to get ready to instruct different classes this summer.
Eating wise- not a whole lot has changed. I've been eating more due to the changes in metabolism. The main thing that has changed is my views of cheat days. I won't go too in depth because this is getting pretty long. For years I've always seen cheat days as a bad thing, but now I'm learning that they are actually good for you. Think of it like working out. You stress your body to make it stronger right? same goes for food. Stressing your system with some unhealthy, or food you don't eat very often, will help keep that metabolism high. It will also keep you from going crazy. I noticed that between the lifting and actually having cheat days I've been getting some crazy awesome results.
In summery, my weight is still up from where it was last year, but honestly, that's ok with me. I know that I am fitter and healthier than I've ever been. I would still like to see a few more changes but those will come with time, and for the time being, I am in love with my fitness life.
the lady guns. (about one month in)
Abs are starting to show. =]