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A little update. Scattered thinking included.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It is so hard to work so hard and feel strong and awesome and then... see that you don't look much different.

I'm not complaining! Okay maybe yes I am. But its so hard to be patient sometimes. I know this will pay off, and I can immediately tell that I feel better, I just wish I would look better a little faster emoticon

I've been running 3-4 days a week, about 30 minutes each time but closer to an hour for my weekend run. I say run, but it's kinda a shuffly-jog. It's getting better though, promise. And there are walk breaks. They're getting shorter and fewer though, promise. And once a week I try to do some kind of cross training, like swimming, Zumba, hiking, or elliptical.

Today it was the elliptical. 30 minutes of gym time. It worked out well because the gym is close to work and I was pressed for time, and I needed to weigh myself. So done and done.
Here is the important part though, this is what I was thinking.

1. When I first started doing this, if I used the elliptical (I usually walked on a treadmill), it would be at level 3 for 20 minutes. Today I was at level 8 for 30 minutes and it was kind of easy. The highest/hardest setting (I usually do the interval program) was difficult, but I still ended up exaggerating the arm movements and revving up the RPMs. I remember the old days when I could barely make it through the 20 minute workout!

2. I am sweating SO much less. I used to be absolutely soaked, especially if I did the elliptical. Even for just 20 minutes. I was still sweaty today, but I wasn't soaked by any means. I even weighed myself after to see how much water I had lost. In the old days I would lose as much as 2 pounds of water. Today, the scale didn't budge emoticon

3. Wow, I just feel so strong.

I feel like a million bucks. Imagine my surprise when I don't look like two bucks. SIGH.

Anyway, my whining aside, I have been doing so much ST emoticon and have been working out so much that I finally had to reset my fitness plan. Sparkpeople kept telling me I wasn't eating enough calories for how much I was burning. Hey, I'll take that any day, although I was a little leery eating even more emoticon I haven't lost a lot in the past month even though I've been working my butt off, but I can definitely see a difference in my body. It is kind of reshaping, and firming up.

Just wanted to post a quick entry. I want to start blogging more often. New Years resolution? Maybe.

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    Muscle burns more calories. Keep it going! I went a entire year on a plateau weight-wise but dropped a whole size and my body really morphed. FAT to MUSCLE make a huge difference and the scale isn't always the best indicator of success. emoticon
    1938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2013 11:04:22 AM
  • _BABE_
    You are getting fit and getting stronger. emoticon
    1943 days ago
  • KAREN91
    You are doing great! Keep the positive momentum going! You inspire me to keep on trying to move more and eat less! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1979 days ago
    Woo hoo! Congrats on your awesome fitness improvements! That was so motivating for me when I started running.

    I'm with you on the patience thing... it is harrrrrrrd, hahahaha! I'm going, okay I feel better, my habits are much better, I'm in the groove... come on, scale and pants size!!! Just focus on the other victories and distract yourself for a while, and next thing you know somebody you haven't seen in a while will be gushing about how great you look. I had that this weekend, and it was so weird for me because I don't think I look any different!

    1980 days ago
    Those are big milestones. Non-scale victories are some the most important!

    1980 days ago
    You are having non-scale victories and that is AWESOME! Keep up the good work!
    1980 days ago
  • LEB0401
    Look at all you've accomplished! That's great, I'm so happy for you.

    Whenever I tried to lose weight with intense exercise, it didn't work. Ever. Ever. Ever. Yes I got stronger, but the scale didn't move. What made it different this time was I focused on nutrition first. Get fit in the gym, lose weight in the kitchen!

    1980 days ago
    Trust your body and the scale to tell you how many calories are appropriate more than you trust the canned SP calculations. The canned calculations are based on some broad averages and assumptions. The SP nutrition ranges are good for people who are close to the averages and fit the assumptions, not so good for outliers.

    I basically ignore the calories burned reported by SP, and change my nutrition ranges when I see a trend of gaining or losing weight. (=I'm in maintenance, trying to make the weight go sideways; but I think the same thing could be done in weight loss mode, targeting a loss of a half pound to a pound a week. If you see a string of weeks losing 2 or 3 pounds each, you might need to eat more. if you see a string of not losing at all and you still have weight to lose, you might need to cut the ranges a little.

    The key words are, "a little." I was shocked at how little I needed to cut out of my diet when I went from running 4 days a week to not running at all so my foot could heal up.
    1980 days ago
    I know how you feel--when I look at the scale and then look at the mirror, they just don't seem to show the same things. Then again, my scale may be on the fritz. It can tell me one weight and then two minutes later show me that I've gained 8 pounds... I need to find out what's going on with that.

    It sounds to me like you're doing a great job--you're really instilling those habits that I need to work on.

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    1981 days ago
    Good news! The difference between a walk and a jog/run is that your feet are off of the ground for a second simultaneously when you run/jog. When you walk one foot is in contact with the ground. So great running!!! emoticon
    1981 days ago
    Sounds like the changes are happening from the inside out...but I bet if you did an extensive blood lab you would be singing happy songs. Good for you!
    1981 days ago
    you are doing great feel better day to day to where you need to keep your mind at emoticon
    1981 days ago
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