Up, up, up...I need one down

Monday, April 23, 2012

The last few weeks I have been very diligent about getting to the Y for strength training and have noticed that I am definitely getting stronger!
I have increased my weights and reps in most of exercise that I am doing.

I got up to 40 knee raises in the captains chair. I am up to 220lbs in leg press and calf press. I can crunch 65lbs of weight. I can push 85lbs on the hip abductor and adductors. I have learned to do squats with weight and am about 50lbs so far with that. So I am doing great on my ST! Up with all these weights and reps!! WAHOOO!!
Where I am thrilled to be up in weights at the Y I am also up in my weight, not where I want to be . emoticon
I first noticed it Thursday when my clothes felt tight. I thought it was water weight but I have been drinking a ton of water trying to get back down. I was down to 157, last Thursday I was 165 and as of this morning 162. I know weight can fluctuate but that was close to 10lbs in a matter of days.

I started a new program yesterday thanks to my good friend Becki. She also suggested that I may not be eating enough protein and looking at my macros I think she is on to something.

I feel like I'm not doing this right. I am going to give this my all but after 12 weeks this Jamie Eason plan doesn't work I think I will go see a personal trainer and a nutritionist to help me figure out what I need to be doing to tone up and drop these added pounds.

People always say it's as simple as calories in vs calories burned. I used to think that too but then you get into increasing calories to accommodate the level of running/ST you are doing and then making sure you have enough protein for muscle growth, back off on the carbs but how much is too much or not enough for fuel? Plus drinking enough water for adequate recovery and by then my head is spinning because I don't know how much is enough or too much. Or am I just making more out of this than it should be?
I am just tired of being fat, flabby, jiggly and slow.

On another note I am really excited that my hubby is going to build me a horse trailer so I can start barrel racing my sunny boy! I have been missing the rush of running the clover leaf pattern in 16 seconds. It's an awesome feeling!! I have been working with him for a few months now and he is not only getting fast but he can sit and cut that barrel quick!! It's kind of funny because after riding him fast like that I go out for a run and seem sooooo sloooooowwww.

Anyway. that is enough of my rant for now. Happy Monday!
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    Craziness, right? How nice of your hubby to build you a trailer!
    3072 days ago
    We're gonna get this thing figured out!
    3072 days ago
    It is pretty crazy trying to figure it all out, isn't it?
    3072 days ago
    Wow! that sounds a lot like me.. but my 10lbs came on over the course of a month or so.. but my lowest being 157.. I was bouncing around 158-159 after the holidays and now for a couple of months of 162-165! With decent nutrition/calories and good fitness..
    From your blog, it does sound to me that you might up your protien if you are lifting that much.. so it sounds like you have a good plan of attack.
    I have hypothyroid like you, and I'm considering a dr's visit (annual check time anyway) to have my levels retested!

    Good luck with your journey! sounds like you've got the determination and drive to make it happen
    3072 days ago
    Have you considered going with a paleo approach to your diet? I was where you are - making gains in strength but gaining weight and getting fatter or remaining completely stagnant. I made the switch to a more paleo lifestyle (actually, it's more primal, but paleo is a more recognized word) and I've lost 7 lbs in 45 days and all my clothes are falling off of me now. Might be worth a shot for a couple of weeks and see what happens.
    3073 days ago
    emoticon I may just cut and paste your blog to mine! emoticon
    Minus the barrel racing!

    Keep it up and I'm glad Becki is helping you take a look at nutrition. Let me know when you're done and I'll forward my food to her next!! emoticon
    3073 days ago
    It is enough to make your head spin!!! I don't believe in calories in versus calories out AT ALL! I mean, in theory, it makes sense, but you and I could follow the exact same eating and exercise plan and get VASTLY different results. No 2 people are the same - like nancy always says, we are an experiment of one, so keep your spirits up and find out what works for YOU!
    3073 days ago
    Glad to hear things are going well for you. You actually burn a lot of calories while ST and it will continue to burn for hours afterwards. It also depends on your body type. I'm an apple which means I have skinny legs and butt and store my fat in the belly and upper body. I need high protein and less carbs to get rid of it. But I also need to get off my lazy butt and exercise. Stress and depression plays a large roll and lord knows I have enough of both. Running was my release and when I couldn't run when I herniated my disk, I went back to no exercise and food. Now I'm almost back where I started which got me further depressed. Now my back is doing better and I just paid for the Disney Marathon (I want that 20 year special medal) so I hope that motivates me more. I would love to watch you run the barrels. Ok the horse runs them actually, but it would be fun to watch. Miss you guys and hope to start running again so I might get to see some of you again at the races. Tyler and Lilly might be doing the kids races in January.

    3073 days ago
    Remember you do burn calories while doing ST. Even though people tell you shouldn't count that as calories burned...I find it is substantial in some cases. Here is hoping Jamie helps.

    Also Yippee that Mike is building you a trailer...
    3073 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2012 2:53:10 PM
    I share that confusion! Keep up the great work!
    3073 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2012 2:54:05 PM
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