For the past three weeks I have been giving weight training a try. I like to train with weights. I have just never done it on a consistent basis. Well, I found a full body plan that I like and I have been doing it three times a week. Right now I am experimenting with the sets and reps. I started off doing two or three sets of each exercise for 10 reps. A couple of days I lower the weights and added another set. A few days ago I read an article about varying the reps. It’s a good approach for muscle growth. Yesterday I did three sets varying the reps: 15 for the first set, 12 for the second set, and 8 for the third set. I’m going to stick with this approach for the week.
I am also concerned that I am not burning as many calories with these workouts. I usually do 10 minutes cardio as a warm up and a cool down. Most times I do not have the energy to do any additional cardio after lifting. However, that is the plan, eventually.
As a result, my running has taken a back burner. I’m okay with it for now. I’ll get back to it as soon as my body gets used to lifting on a regular basis. One thing I am continuing to learn on this journey is not to be afraid to try new things. “You live and you learn” is my motto.
With this said, I am so happy to say that the scale is moving again. I lost two pounds! In addition to the weight training, I have gone back to keeping my food journal. I hate and resent the fact that I have to track my food BUT it is what is needed, for now, if I expect to achieve my goals. I will keep working, trying, and doing whatever it takes to get fit.
On another note, I joined Healthy Loser Gal's Awesome August Challenge. I always enjoy her challenges. I need all the motivation and support I can get. My goals this month are to:
1. Weight training three times a week
2. Meditate for at least 15 minutes a day
3. Drink at least 64 oz of water
4. Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep
5. Try one new recipe a week
6. Tweet something motivational each day using #hlgAWESOMEAug