Friday, June 22, 2012

Fitness Update

"Sweat  is Fat Crying"

Today is a good day. Don't you love it when you can say that? I sure do. Due to some plans that I have for the weekend I had to go to my Weight Watchers meeting a day early and I actually lost weight! Down 1.4 - woo hoo, yippee, yay! I also have really begun to notice a difference in the way my jeans fit. When I was only working out with weights, and progressively lifting heavier and heavier weights, my thighs were getting strong and toned but also big :( Definitely not the result I was looking for, so I changed my routine. I joined the gym, added some cardio a couple times a week and I am finally starting to see progress, instead of my jeans getting tighter they are loose- finally! I still work with weights, I like the way my body is changing, I've just adjusted the type of workout I do.

Now, before you get all - women can't bulk up without adding blah, blah, blah to their diet,  I get that, I've heard it and for the most part I wasn't bulking up, however my legs were getting bigger, toned and muscular but bigger, so I changed it up! It works for me :)

The lifestyle change I started in January has been a constantly evolving thing. I've learned that I really like going to the gym, at 4:00 am - really, I've learned that if I am not getting the results that I want, I need to change things up a bit, just because something works for my friend, it may not work for me, I've also learned that missing a workout isn't the end of the world, there are 6 other days in the week that I can workout, I won't be any worse off if I miss one and mostly I have learned that I really need to listen to my body. This week I was depressed and icky and just didn't feel good, so on Tuesday I slept in instead of getting up to work out. Normally I would feel guilty because had I planned on getting up, this time, I figured that I just needed the rest and so I did, I felt better that day and when I worked out the next day I felt great!

Today I also discovered that the gym is a whole different animal at 8:00am than it is at 4:00am. At 4:00am there are a couple of college boys and their football coach working the free weights like their life depends on it, several dedicated people getting their exercise knocked out before work (that is the group I fall into) and a couple of early birds who just prefer the dawn. At 8:00 however, the gym is full of a much older crowd who are there for a light workout and to socialize. It was such a contrast to my morning crowd and it made me think what a great healthy thing for people, going to a gym to socialize, regardless of how hard they are working out they are moving. Kudos to them!

Here is one of my other favorite workout quotes:

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch" - yeah baby!


1 comment:

  1. Women cannot bulk up? Yeah, heard that one as well. I am not working out with big weights, still I have started having trouble finding women's shirts that will fit my arms. Well, I like my arms the way they are now, and I like being strong, so I will just keep doing what I am doing and worry about clother the next time I have to go shopping.

    (Concerning that matter - the BF can work with weights like a mad person without gaining much bulk, and another male friend of him actually stopped lifting because he would bulk up, in no time, to the poitn where it looked plain ridiculous. I guess it is not always as simple as we are supposed to believe.)