Serious Stomach Ache and Fun with Phases

Monday, February 11, 2013

I've had an awful stomach ache for three days now. I think it's because my "works" are a little stopped up, but I'm not sure how to get it to go away. I've tried stretches, tea, yoga, pilates, slow exercise, fast exercise, pepto-bismol and alka seltzer... but nothing seems to help. It's kind of awful.

Moving on.

I'm plotting out a fun little calendar to use for "phasing" my exercise. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time because of the success Grace has had with it, and she out-right told me to try it on my wah-wah-boo-hoo blog on Friday. I was a little down on the whole game that day.

I briefly considered fasting one day a week. I thought about juicing, cleansing. I wondered about trying slim fast. I realized... I was getting desperate for absolutely NO REASON.

6/14/13 was a date I set myself. I picked it because it was a big day that stood out for me, but more than anything, I set it arbitrarily. When I chose my "goal weight" and "goal day" I had really no clue about what it might take to lose that kind of weight in 18 months. And now I'm acting like that's the day of some final test, a pass/fail situation.

Which is, of course, completely freakin' stupid. Some people can lose 100 lbs in a year. Some people can lose 5 lbs. I lost 80 - that's awesome! I have 35 pounds left to lose, but there's no deadline.

I'm 25. With luck, I'll live another 65 years. There is no deadline.

And I try not to stay down for very long, so now I'm pretty well over it. And of course, ready to start testing new things on my ever-present crash test dummy: me.

I'm going to start doing "phases" of exercise, wherein I focus primarily on strength training and cardio, alternately. The program I've been doing for the last month is a strength phase, being that I'm primarily doing ST with light cardio, and only 1-2 intense cardio days per week. I'm going to continue on with this for a total of 6 weeks of strengthening.

I'm also going to try something kinda different this week. I've read that the best "afterburn" comes from doing strength training, then cardio. So I'm doing my 40 minutes of ST, then adding 20 minutes of moderate cardio on my bike. I started that last night, and it seemed to go well.

On the 25th, I'll switch over to a cardio phase, where I'll do toning 1-2 days a week and intense cardio 4-5 days a week. During the cardio phase, I think I'll pretty definitely have to have a rest day on Sundays.

Last, but definitely not least, I'm going to take a good look at my eating. I've been in range ... most of the time... and that's got to get dialed in. I'm constantly telling people that you can't out exercise a bad diet, and that's apparently true with me as well. I've been maintaining because I'm building muscle... but also because I'm much, much more relaxed about going 200-300 calories over range a few times a week.

That's pretty dumb, especially when I know for a FACT that my "losing" range for intake is 1600-1700. I lose the most weight when I eat in that range. I know this, I just need to enforce this.

I'm also buying my HRM this week. I'm assuming I will learn LOADS from that, as well.

Anywho, this will be my new experiment for the next little while. Will it work? Maybe! Maybe not. But I'm not going to give up, and I'm going to try not to get frustrated. I can do SO many things now that were just a dream last year. I shop at Victoria's Secret, Old Navy and Gap now. Plus size clothes fit funny now. I get to go to the mall and try stuff on for fun now. I can kinda run! I can kinda dance! I can do planks and push-ups and wall sit for hours. I'm not the tiniest lady - I never will be - but I'm stronger and fitter than I have ever been.

The title of my page is not "Emma goes sluggy to skinny." This has never been about getting thin. I really think I forgot that. The title is "Emma goes fat to FIT," and that's what I'm doing. And fitness doesn't hinge on what the scale says. New reports say the BMI scale is wrong for tall people, my body fat percentage is declining, I can do longer, harder cardio, I have progressed from using a light resistance band to now lifting 8 lb weights. I am getting FITTER - that's what this is about.
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    *drool* workout calendars and phases!! Woooooo!!!!! You will without a doubt see success!!

    I saw your "thought about fasting" - and I almost through-the-laptop slapped you. You have time, don't go that route!!!

    About getting your works moving, try adding about a whole lemon of juice and pulp to your water for a day. It kind of helps get rid of bloat, so it might help clear you out a bit. And it is tasty!

    Keep up the great work - 80lbs in a year is PHENOMENAL! I'm so excited about you getting your HRM too! Makes a world of difference seeing a much more accurate burn in a workout.

    As your size changes too, you may find that your optimal caloric intake for losing weight changes at times. Up and down. Usually up during a build phase and down a bit during a burn, but you'll figure that out!

    1928 days ago
    All sounds great! Sometimes I think that even though we've all learned what works and what we need to do, that because it takes a long time to reach our goals we can sometimes go a little lax. I know I do! You've got yourself primed for success, and no matter how long it takes to reach your goal, the bottom line is that you're HEALTHY!
    1928 days ago
    That is a great idea! I hope that your stomach starts to cooperate!
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    1928 days ago
    Oh yeah, and drink water like a mad woman! My "works" (love that) are a bit clogged and I began my morning with green tea and lemon and have had 6 srvings of water in 3 hours and I already feel progress coming.
    1929 days ago
    I had to hit the "Like" button on this one. Great revelations, great plans. Why do we pick dates and numbers out of the sky? I did the same thing. I had every intention of losing 90 pounds by April 14th. I began my journey on May 21st. 90 pounds in 11 months is ridiculous and while some may be able to do that, I am just not willing to live the life required to do it that fast. I want my weight loss to be forever, not to fail as quickly as it began. I like your phasing idea, I have never heard of it. I have heard that the afterburn is great when you end your workout with cardio but for some reason, I always begin with cardio.
    1929 days ago
    It sounds like a great plan. I'm not sure what you are eating in the way of fiber, but you might consider upping it a bit. With fiber comes calories. I don't know that an increase in your fiber is the answer to your immediate issue, but in the long run it can help. I try to eat shredded wheat, apples, dried beans pretty regularly. And then I'll go through a phase where I forget--and things get out of balance. Hope you feel better soon.
    1929 days ago
    Great attitude! I like the idea of phasing workouts... i think I've been doing that unintentionally.

    1929 days ago
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