Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Lifting Journey Continues

Years ago, I used a website called Bodybuilding.com. I stopped using it right around the time I started trying to get knocked up. With my renewed interest in weight lifting, I found the Bodybuilding.com app and I love it. I love that you can select a program (or enter your own, although I haven't had the motivation to do that yet) and apply it to your calendar, and not only will it tell you what you're doing that day, it also lets you track weight, reps, sets and rest time in between. Seriously! I'm in love. Especially because I'm so enamored with technology.

Another fun thing it gives you is a goal setting application. Now, I ended up setting my own goal based on what I'll be happy with, because the options it gives you are all pretty unrealistic (remember, they are catering to bodybuilders and fitness model types). I don't know that I want to be at 16% body fat because that just seems like so much work and no fun at all. However, it was a good learning experience as to what they think different fat percentages look like on women.

There's another reason I love this app/website. Back in 2008 when I was using it, I happened to enter in some data. Some workouts, some measurements. AND THEY ARE STILL THERE! So, some things I learned because Bodybuilding.com is awesome:

1. I am just as strong/stronger than I was 7 years ago. I know this because my weight/reps/sets are still there, and the app gives you all kinds of awesome stats, including a calculated one-rep maximum. I am lifting more weight now than I was in 2008. YEAH.

2. This is corroborated with an estimated lean body mass that is the same or higher than it was in 2008. Which tells me that I need to lose fat more than I need to gain muscle. Which is easier, I'm told.

So anyway, that's my awesome update! I'm still tracking on My Fitness Pal too. Weight seems stagnant, but keeping my fingers crossed. Over the weekend, I prepped a whole bunch of chicken breasts, sweet potatoes and boiled eggs. Following the Whole30 diet guidelines except for the Whole30 part, if that makes any sense. Basically not limiting my diet to paleo, but trying to stick to veggies, protein and fat for meals, protein and fat pre-workout, and protein and starchy veggies post-workout.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Mindset

The biggest tragedy of the last 6 years is that I got caught up on what the scale says. The first time I did Weight Watchers in 2006, I did it on my own so the only one who saw my weigh in was me. At that time, I was working out in a circuit training gym, lifting heavy weights regularly. I know I was in great "shape" but was still heavier than I wanted to be. I eventually plateaued and went off Weight Watchers for a time.

When I went back to Weight Watchers, I opted to do meetings, which meant the additional pressure of weighing in with someone. Plus, I did it with a group at work, so we all compared notes. I felt a lot of pressure to get good weight loss numbers, and I noticed when I lifted weights the day before my weigh in, I wouldn't have lost anything due to water retention in my muscles.

So stupid. I feel so dumb to have dropped weight lifting from my exercise routine.

I haven't had a gym membership in so long, so running was my only exercise really. My muscles, especially my upper body muscles, are weak. So I have decided to ditch the scale. I'm going to eat healthier, and lift lots of weight, hoping muscle mass will help me come to a better place with my body image.