A Pound is a Pound..Right?!?

I have been on my Cardio/Workout challenge for 9 days now. I weighed myself last Thursday and I weighed 194.6, I weighed myself this past thursday and I weighed 196. I was a little disappointed because just looking at my body, it looked different which prompted me to get on the scale. I have been working on this weight loss journey since January although just recently after a one month lack of motivation I got back on my exercise grind with this self imposed challenge. When I mentioned my 1.4lb weight loss/regain (started at 196) to people the first thing that was said to me was “muscle weighs more than fat”. Hmm, I thought that a pound was a pound? Muscle is just leaner and more efficient at burning calories than fat which is what I remember learning in Nutrition. I decided to do some research and here is a link to an article that I came across on one of my fave websites, Everyday Health:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/busting-the-muscle-weighs-more-than-fat-myth.aspx

So, what are your thoughts?

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P.I.N.K. Method Update and a Personal Challenge

On Good Friday, my boyfriend and I went riding. I rode my Quad and he rode his dirt bike. I am just learning and it was my second time riding my quad. He was showing me the things I needed to do while riding on bumpy and hilly terrain. I did a lot of standing up and sitting down on my quad and after I we were done riding, I could barely walk my legs felt like noodles! I mention this because as result of riding, from Saturday to Thursday of this past week I was very sore. I could barely walk and I thought that I had torn my muscles. When I woke up Thursday morning able to walk to the bathroom without cringing I was in an awesome mood. I decided while driving to work to start a 30 day cardio challenge. Before I get into that, let me give you a quick update on the PINK method.

In all honesty, I have not been 100% consistent on the PINK Method and I plan to start over on Wednesday after I buy groceries. Why Wednesday you ask? Well that is my BF’s payday and we usually go 50/50 on groceries. I have not shared this here but on 4/5/12 I tried one of the pink method workouts. It involved a lot of squats and lunges which was very hard on my knees. I am so tired of my knee pain and I almost wanted to give up on this journey altogether.

Getting back to the 30 day Cardio Challenge, I started on Thursday evening. I did the Zumba Fitness 20 minute express and initially I felt good. However about an hour later the knee pain kicked in and I was frustrated until I received a message on YouTube that evening. The individual wanted to know if I have ever thought of using knee braces while working out. Nope, never thought of it and felt a little dumb for not doing so. I went and purchased knee braces yesterday which made me very excited. After being out and about running errands I came home, put on those knee braces and decided to do Day 2 of my cardio challenge. I completed the Zumba Fitness 20 minute express workout and the pressure on my knees were minimal. Today I decided to try the knee braces and work out doing one of the PINK Method workouts. Again, a better experience. I plan to do daily updates on my 30 day Cardio Challenge on my YouTube Channel and to update my blog with short posts about my workout for that day. I hope that I finally make working out and eating right a part of my lifestyle.

Decision Made!

A few weeks ago I was trying to make a decision about my gym membership with LA Fitness. The one thing holding me back were my personal training sessions that were pre-paid. I had this plan of scheduling those sessions in hopes that it will motivate me to attend the gym more. Well, that plan failed and those sessions that I scheduled at that time were cancelled.

After careful thought and prayer (yes…prayer) I decided to cancel my membership with LA Fitness. I know that I am going to get “flack” from my decision but I really feel that is best for me right now. I prefer to work out at home currently and maybe I will revisit a gym membership in the future. I am also proud of another decision that I made.

Last night I decided to indulge in eating out for dinner so my family and I went to Applebee’s. Ok, some people feel that Applebee’s is gross but I happen to like their spinach and shrimp salad and I tried their grilled chicken/shrimp dish last night which was yummy. I figured that starting April 1st I will be starting the P.I.N.K. Method so I could enjoy one meal out before then right?

Anywho….while my daughter was driving us home (she is a licensed driver now, YAY!!) I told my family that I was starting the P.I.N.K. Method. I told them that I will be preparing foods that I have to eat on this program and that they are on their own for dinner from now on if they are not down for eating what I want to eat. I also told them I would not eat out during this time so if they are too lazy to find food for themselves then they can eat out. I felt so proud of myself for telling them and I feel that I have taken the first step in getting them to understand that I am trying to be healthy and fit and either they are on board or on their own.

Wish me luck!

Reflecting On My Journey

While I was driving to work this morning, I was listening to Oprah Radio and just doing some self – reflection about my health, wellness and fitness journey. My thoughts were triggered last night while reading the book about the P.I.N.K Method. The book also serves as a journal in which you write your starting measurements, goals etc. While writing my goals, I realized a number of things that I am doing to hinder my health and fitness journey. Some of the things I am going to mention in this post may be a repeat of a earlier post so I apologize in advance.

1. I am an emotional eater.

2. I  snack out of boredom

3. I sometimes skip breakfast

4. I eat certain things out of weakness (giving in to what my daughter and man want to eat for dinner)

5. I lay in bed most of the weekend in the dark either sleeping or watching TV

6. I spend a lot of time feeling sorry for myself

7. I am allowing my depression to run my life instead of continuously seeking treatment (this is my biggest obstacle).

8. I have not made any short or long-term weight loss goals

My biggest obstacle is depression and I have decided that its time to contact my insurance and seek treatment. I was under treatment before at the Veteran’s Affairs but I stopped going since the main focus was medicating me and not allowing me to face my issues and learn new ways to overcome those issues.

I have also realized that I do not need to have everyone in my house on the same page with me. I find that I want EVERYONE in my house to change their lifestyle because I am trying to change mine. I am unsuccessful with my change because I am not focused on just me. It is okay to be selfish so that I can reduce my risk of heard disease, diabetes, high cholesterol etc. I have to make a change for ME and not anyone else.

I initially planned to start the  P.I.N.K. Method on March 19th but since I have not finished reading through the book I have decided to start on April 1st. The first 90 days of 2012 did not go they way I intended on this journey (only a 3 lb weight loss so far), so let’s see how the 2nd 90 days of this year will go. I have some upcoming events to get jazzy for as well as being healthy overall such as my daughters graduation and my birthday. I will discuss my short-term and long-term weight loss goals in a future post. 🙂