Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fitness Check-In (Week 5)

It's like I'm immune. No real measurable differences this week. I can't dip any lower than the two pounds I keep fluctuating with. And I'm not losing crazy amounts of inches either. This week, I lost .25" in ONE arm? What the double hockey sticks is that about? This slothly progress is making for one frustrated girl. But really... my body doesn't understand the concept of a week. That's a brain thing. That's a thing man created to mark the passing of time. I can't logically expect my body to do what I want each week if it doesn't work in those terms. I hope it catches on soon though, because my accountability friend is running out of ways to say, "You're getting SO close to that point where it gets easier." Oh yeah? Do you want a slap? ;)

And once again I will sing the praises of the smart phone app MyFitnessPal. It makes counting calories SO easy, I can't even tell you. Now I know beyond a doubt that I'm not overeating, which SHOULD make meeting my goals that much easier (this is purely theoretical... because, well, the goals are still very far from reach).

Here are a few changes I made this week: I'm drinking a LOT of water. Well, it feels like a lot, but it's eight cups a day, which is what we're supposed to be drinking. I haven't noticed it do anything for me yet except add several extra trips to the restroom throughout the day. I've also increased the weight in my strength training by 5-10 pounds on a couple machines because they were getting too easy.

A trick I learned this week: If you listen to music while trying to count strength training reps, and lose count easily (like I do) because you're singing along, just picture a clock. In your mind, move the clock hand to each number. I go to 13 so my hand goes all the way around the clock and stops again at the 1. Now I can mouth the words to my songs (because there really is no stopping me from doing that) and keep track of my reps!

How are your workouts coming? Any progress to share so I can slap you(r back)?

On another note, these are the books I have left for swapping if you're interested.

Instructions for a Broken Heart Liesl & Po 

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culberson (ARC)
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (ARC)
Clarity by Kim Harrington (SIGNED ARC)

Red Riding Hood Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (shorts stories by popular YA authors - ARC)
Red Riding Hood by Blakley-Cartwright/Johnson (Paperback, not the cover shown above)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy #3 (Paperback)


  1. Have you gotten your blood pressure done? With your resting heart rate (RHR) you can figure out your Training heart rate. Which is the heart rate you should be pushing for whenever you do cardio. 60-80% percent. DONT go by what the tredmil says since maybe you have high/low heart rate that you dont know about. A gym should have a blood pressure machine. Go and check it out! lol. And goodluck!

  2. Picturing a clock is a good idea! You're doing well, keep it up!

    My workouts are going good. I don't count calories or pay attention to how much I burn or anything. I just a different workout every day (except Sunday so my body can rest) and eat when I'm hungry! It's less stressful for me that way. :)

  3. You could be losing fat but gaining muscle. That would make you not be losing WEIGHT, but you should be losing inches like in your waist and stuff. Do your clothes feel different maybe?

    Also, the fastest way to speed up your metabolism is to do interval training instead of long bouts of cardio. Interval training will keep your heartrate/metabolism up ALL DAY. You may not like it, but try it once or twice. 20 minutes on the treadmill/elliptical/bike/whatever - start with 5 minutes as a warm-up, then go for 30 seconds as fast as you can, 1 minute recovery where you slow down considerably. Repeat until you're 20 minutes are done. Trust me, you'll feel like you're dying after 20 minutes if you're doing it right, but it produces results the fastest.

    Good luck! :)