Thursday, October 27, 2011

It Hurts Sooooooo Good

I have been back in the gym for a full week now. It feels so good. Training on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. Depending on life, plans, social activities, etc…I am okay if my Friday workout happens on Saturday. Friday is my favorite workout so it is one that I will be sure not to miss or go lightly on, just to get done.

It may not seem like much & to be honest, I always felt like I needed to workout more. That three days a week would not be enough. Research is my middle name these days & I came to decide on this workout based what other women are doing that once had similar goals. Now with amazing bodies. 

I also am not doing one hundred different exercises, a million reps, & taking two hours in the gym. Like I used to. Yesterday I did only five different exercises. However, I challenged myself more than I ever had before. I am trying to build muscle, burn fat, & gain strength. I will be lifting heavier & doing less reps. 

For example, I would typically do my chest press on a flat bench with two dumbbells of 10-12lbs in weight. I would do no less than 8 reps & up to 15 depending on who gave me what info to go on. Everyone seems to have their own "opinion" & "expertise" on what you should do. You have to learn who YOU can trust. Yesterday I wanted to see what I was made of. I want to move on from dumbbells & start bench pressing but honestly, I have been afraid that I wouldn't even be able to lift the bar....which is 45lbs. I did a set of 12.5lbs, then 15lbs, then 20lbs! That's right....I doubled what I have been doing for nearly 15 years. Apparently I never pushed myself enough. I only did 6 reps on the 20lbs weights, but 6 reps is my goal. I may try to push myself to 8 if I can, but not over. I'll choose a higher weight if I am capable of continuing. 

I felt AMAZING! Since I only do chest once a week, I am going to try out 20lbs for two sets & then 25lbs for one set. If I can handle that next week....moving on to bench press. Someone is going to start hanging with the big boys. 

I am not going to continue with the chronic cardio that I have been wasting time on in the past either. It will be an addition to my workout or I will do it on a "rest" day. Last night I had some extra time & was on a high from surpassing my expectations so I got on the bike. I rode hard, worked up quite a nice sweat, & still didn't want to stop. Today I have that awesome, slightly sore feeling that lets you know that you did enough & had a great workout. 

What does your workout look like?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scale Obsessed?

Are you  scale obsessed? Do you have a love/hate relationship with your scale? You love it one day & hate it the next…right? I get it. I’ve been there. Time & time again.

Yesterday was 3 weeks from when I decided to start eating Paleo. I have eaten better in the last three weeks than I ever have in my life. No grains, no sugar, no processed yucky foods, & no alcohol. I have had a clearer mind, slept better, felt amazing & been more positive in my typical daily life. However, the scale hasn’t moved. Well, that is a lie. It moves every day. I drop a half pound one day & then gain it back the next.  So it actually “moves” a lot. Just enough to irritate me & potentially tempting me with getting derailed, giving up or cheating. Sound familiar?

There is a group on Facebook that I have become a member of. They are Paleo eaters & the most amazing support group that I have ever been a part of. There are currently 1390 members & about three weeks ago that number was just a little over 1200. Imagine having a FB page of 1390 friends that ALL live the same lifestyle that you do. Being a part of this group has been an absolute blessing. I rarely spend time on the “regular” FB anymore. You can post a question, statement, picture, need for support, etc. & have 100 (not exaggerating) responses in a few hours. We all keep each other on track as much as we can.

That being said, it was suggested that I just say no to my scale. I was being told over & over again that I was focusing too much on the scale & my worry about it was what was keeping me from losing weight. My rational mind knew that this was somewhat true. I mean, I am watching my calories, all of my macros, & eating the most amazing/clean food. I have a calorie deficit daily so the weight was going to start coming off eventally. Right? But my addiction to the scale had me coming up with excuses. Things like, “well I am not working out yet so it isn’t like my measurements are changing from building muscle”. Everyone & I mean just about EVERYONE told me to put that darn thing away & just keep doing what I was doing. The numbers WILL start to change & then….lookout. Hot body shortly to follow.  Their support, as appreciated as it was, also irritated me. Why? Because it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Don’t you love when that happens? I don’t baby anyone or sugar coat anything….but when it happens to me…..ugh. I hate it for a day or two & then come to realize that they are right. Honesty means more to me in the end.

I have been clean from the scale for nine days now. I have no idea what is going on in that department. I also incorporated working out MWF of each week. If I choose to do cardio or flexibility exercises on T/TH….great. If not, I am doing something. More than I have been. What I am doing for my workouts will be another post for another day. The point is that I am working out, eating near perfect (better than the suggested 80/20), positive on a daily basis, & I am not letting that negative addiction get into my head every day. Today I feel slimmer & that has made me happy all day. If I got on the scale this morning & I wouldn’t have lost anything…I’d be upset  wouldn’t be strutting my stuff up & down the halls. J Maybe I would justify eating “bad” because I’d convince myself that it won’t matter anyway…like I have in the past. Eating Paleo keeps me satisfied & I really don’t have a desire to cheat. The scale aka my devil is what gets into my head.  For now, I have taken my measurements & will keep track of progess that way.

I will be taking baby steps this time. I am looking to lose 15-20 pounds of fat & gain some much needed muscle. Which would also keep the scale from “appearing” to be my friend at times. Could I lose this weight in 1-2 months…yes. Should I….no. I did a reasonable & much slower plan online & I should hit my goals closer to Valentine’s Day. For the first time in my life, I am totally comfortable with this. Must have something to do with thinking clearer.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paleo what?

I miss blogging. I have said it before & I will say it again. There was a time when blogging was extremely important to me. Why? Well, because I felt like I was helping people. That was really the reason that I was doing it to begin with. For a short time I tried to write about what the kids & I were up to...but that wasn't helping anyone & to be honest, I just lost interest. I couldn't justify taking time away from the kids to write about what we did. We knew what we did, we lived it.

It is no secret that the last several years have been difficult on all of us. When life is happening, it seems like minutes are days & days are years. You pray & pray & pray just hoping for a break. Sometimes not even remembering what you are praying for anymore. Time helps wounds to heal (or at least start to) & I feel like we are in a very healthy place right now....finally.

For the past few months I have been praying for the Lord to help me to find the motivation to eat better, not as a diet but as a new lifestyle. That I would become motivated to work out on a regular basis & finally start hitting some goals. I go through spells of diet & fitness but never enough to make a lasting change. I've read somewhere before that it takes doing something everyday for three weeks before it becomes a natural habit. Well, I am nearing the three week mark & I have never been more excited.

I am a not so former carb LOVER. Seriously, white bread (YUM), rice, pasta, name it. I have been waiting for the "all carb diet" for years but it never seemed to happen. When people mention high protein/low carb "diets", I laugh it off. NEVER could I do that. Never. Why would I want to? Carbs are so yummy. Bad carbs, good carbs....I will not discriminate.

I had heard of Paleo eating before & I pretty much ignored it. I may have done a Google search, saw it was basically no carbs & sugar & said, "Impossible". That is it. End of story. So back to my praying. On Sunday, October 2nd I was preparing meals for the next few days. I knew that I wanted to go through another healthy eating period, but even I didn't know what was about to happen. I've tried to tell the story a few times about how I decided to take on this new lifestyle, but I can't. I don't believe that I decided. I think that a prayer was answered for me. This is NOT something that I would have chosen for myself without guidance. That is the only way that I can explain it. I didn't chose Atkins, or any other "diet" that is similar or even more popular than Paleo. I just picked it. Decided. Done.

I won't bore you with details of every single day for the last two & a half weeks. I know I am wordy & this intro has gone on longer than I expected. As usual. But hey, it's my blog & I can be wordy if I want to. :) Whenever I have "dieted" before I have always looked forward to my cheat day or at least cheat meal. I am proud to say that I haven't cheated once. No sugar, no grains, & no alcohol for 17 days so far! The best part is that I don't want to & I have zero cravings. I have slept better than I have in years. My mind is so unbelievably clear. I feel more fired up than ever. I just have this way of thinking that is different than I ever experienced. It is a laid back feeling, knowing that everything is awesome & great & a true sense that I am doing exactly what I am suppose to be right now.

I have felt extremely blessed that my kids are accepting of this style as well. They are not as strict as I am yet, but new recipes & ideas are being well received. That is all that I can ask for. Kids expect sugar & junk food. I'll break them away slowly.

I have so much more that I want to say but I'll save it for tomorrow. This is going to be a long journey full of good food, memories, fun, experimenting, knowledge, support, & motivation. I am looking forward to the ride.

In the meantime, you can check out some basics for Paleo eating here. I have also posted some of my favorite websites on the side bar. If you want to receive these posts directly to your email, be sure to go to the upper left side of the home page & enter your email address.

Have a wonderful evening!