Hey everyone!! This post is a little shorter than normal because I am in the middle of getting things prepared for my Mom’s b-day. So let’s hit the highlights…on the plus side I lost a pound. That sort of surprises me considering the foods I ate this weekend. Whereas they were not the worst, they definitely were not the best. I guess my body has woke up and is using the calories I intake a little more efficiently. Which is a good thing…it means I am on the right track…YAY!! Something else that may have help it as well is I did start using weights again. I used to lift weights (not as a bodybuilder but more than casual) when I was younger. So now I have decided to start doing it again if for nothing else just to keep my arms and legs toned and even to alleviate pain I stated developing in my arms. Hopefully this will help me burn fat more…will keep you all updated as always!!
Back again for my weekly update…sorry about the delay but was really busy yesterday. Well I did not make much progress on my weight but I have started doing weight bearing exercises. I am making progress because again my pants are getting looser. I can’t tell you how good that feels 🙂 I also know that my internals are changing. This time last year when I started using a push mower to cut grass I could hardly breathe. It took me at over almost 2 hours to cut grass. Yesterday it took a little over an hour!! I am so happy that this is improving!! I am still waiting on that number to fall…but any way on to the numbers:
Well here I sit….I am at a plateau. I am calling it that because in a way I am. I have not lost anymore weight. But I don’t know if I can really call it that due to I have lost an inch off of my backside. I know the reason I have not lost weight. I have been doing more “muscle exercises” then just basic exercises. I went back to lifting light weights and I believe that has affected my weight. I know it will balance out in the end. I just have to keep doing. I see the difference in my pants. The waist on my pants has more room in them…so I know something is changing. It is just a matter of time. I will get there I know I will!!
As I said last week, hubby has joined me in my exercise endeavors. He has started toning his muscles with free weights. He has even told me that his elbow, which he has been having issues with, is feeling better and has more movement without pain. That is an amazing thing for him. He was afraid that eventually he would have to go have surgery on it. At least this will put that off a little longer 🙂
Here’s to week 8!!! As I said last week, I started some light weight lifting. All I can say is ouch!! I did not realize how far I had let myself go. After the first day I started doing it I was so sore I could not even think straight. At first I thought I had hurt myself, but after the 3rd day most of the soreness went away. I made sure I drank plenty of water while doing this and made sure I did not push my muscles to far over what I could do. I know I will build my muscles up to what they need to be and maybe a little more. It just takes time 🙂
As far as my weight, it’s as I expected. I knew I would not lose weight this week because of changing things a bit. Am I disappointed? Not at the moment because I know it will come off as I am doing my new exercises and I will start to look better as well.
Here is to week 7!! I have stayed pretty much at the same weight as last week but the difference is I have started light strength training to couple with my Gazelle. When I was younger (geez that sounds like I am ancient), I used to do light weight lifting. Not only that but I used to help my dad in his tire shop to move tires, clean out the bays, and help load his truck…anything that my brother was not able to do I helped with. When I look back at my younger self I realize the one big thing that changed in my life was I no longer did as much strength training as I did when I was younger. I used lift dumbbells when I was not lifting tires :). It was a huge thing and I never realized how much. So in changing my lifestyle choices that include my eating and exercising, I am going to add some light strength training to my routine. I know adding this kind of exercise probably will not allow me to lose weight as quickly (muscle weighs more then fat) but I believe this is a better route to go especially as I am getting older. I need that extra protection in muscle mass to prevent major issues.
So here I am now. I am not excited about my weight but you know what I am not going to focus strictly on my number although it is important and I am going to lose the weight I want. I am going to focus instead on building my strength, endurance, and well being. Because my health is more important and the changes I make now will show the end results I want.