Friday, July 26, 2013

Fitness Update: Week 9 & 10

It’s that time of the week again to do my accountability post! I'm combining weeks 9 & 10 into one as I procrastinated (as usual). As usual, there has been a lot going on, but not too much that I can’t make time for my workouts or eating healthy. Ain’t nobody got time for fat! Especially this girl! So here we go!

Fitness Plan
Without a plan, you plan for failure. I’ve experienced this all too many times, throwing in the towel and giving up on myself. When you plan, you plan for success. I recently started a new weight lifting program called the New Rules of Lifting for Women(NRoL4W) that is AWESOME and is already kicking my butt into high gear. I also finished Round 1 of FitnessBlender’s Fat Loss program and started onto Round 2. I will tell you this – I’m so ridiculously excited to be lifting weights again it’s not even funny. I’m being totally serious too. I had forgotten how much I loved lifting and it makes my heart happy to have a plan to get stronger and leaner.
 
Contrary to popular belief, lifting heavy weights as a woman, DOES NOT make you bulky. It’s quite the opposite actually. You see, muscle has an appetite and loves to chomp down on fat. The more muscle you build, the more fat starts to melt away as it takes twice as much energy to maintain and rebuild muscles. Also, women do not produce enough testosterone to build enough muscle to look like Shera. If you want to get all big and bulky like a body builder, you have to do A LOT more than just heavy weights to get that build. So as a woman, weight lifting is your best bet to losing weight in addition to a healthy diet and moderate amounts of cardio as it does a great job of burning fat too. The beauty of weight lifting comes after you’ve stopped lifting. Your muscles are rebuilding and chomping on fat which burns lots of calories long after you’ve stopped working out. Cardio on the other hand, only burns fat while you’re doing it and there is no after burn. I’m not an expert on this stuff, but I’ve done plenty of my own research to know the basics. So be smart and don’t believe what you read here, go out and do your own research and come up with your own conclusion. This is my conclusion and I’m sticking with it.

Now that I’ve upped my game in the weights department, I’ve really been slacking on the planks as recovery has been about 2 days. The last plank I did was on 7/18 and I broke another personal record (PR) at 3:00!!!! I never thought this could ever have been possible, but I did it and I came out stronger. Did I have to start out small and build up to it? HECK YES! Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was my planking strength. Thank God I decided to do the plank challenge as it got me ready for the NRoL4W workouts.

Stats

07/19/13                                                                            07/26/13
Weight: 159.2 (-0.2 lbs.)                                                  Weight: 157.4 (-1.8 lbs.)
Calf: 15"                                                                               Calf: 14 3/4" (-1/4)
Thigh: 22"                                                                           Thigh: 22"
Hips: 41” (-1/2 inch)                                                         Hips: 41 1/4" (+1/4)
Waist: 32.25" (-1/4 inch)                                                 Waist: 31 3/4" (-1/2)
Under bust: 34" (-1/2 inch)                                             Under Bust: 34
Bust: 39"                                                                              Bust: 38" (-1) RIP boobies...
Wrist: 6"                                                                              Wrist: 6"
Forearm: 9" (+1/2”)                                                          Forearm: 9"
Bicep: 12"                                                                            Bicep: 12 1/4" (+1/4)

Food

This week I outdid myself by making a Clean Taco Salad that was ginormous. So huge, I was full up until dinner which never happens since I usually eat lunch around noon and eat dinner after 8 PM. Eventually I'll get the recipe up on the blog, but if you follow me on Instagram, it was on there in all it's glory. Oh by the way, I joined Instagram! My handle is @thehungrylatina so follow me! :)

I also re-discovered why I don't eat a lot of dairy anymore (partially lactose intolerant). I was a total blotation device this week and felt sick to my stomach after every meal that included Greek yogurt. This should've been a "no duh!" moment as I hadn't eaten hardly any dairy in months. Alas, I like learning things the hard way. Goodbye breakfast Greek yogurt with almonds and maple syrup. *SIGH* Oh well.

Even though I re-discovered that dairy makes me sick to my stomach (literally!), I did discover another delicious item - almond butter! Puts it's cousin peanut butter to shame. I probably won't eat PB any more since discovering the deliciousness that is almond butter. Nom nom!

Well, that's all for me this week. This weekend is going to be rough eating wise. There's the annual Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA that Panda and I will be going to. A lot of yummy food and probably bad food will be there. I'm going to prepare by hitting the gym in beast mode to prep for it. I figure I've been good for the past few weeks that one day won't be that bad. I can do this! Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend! Until next time!