Fitness Friday // Week 3

Week Three

Start weight: 170.5 -- Current weight: 169 -- Goal weight: 150 (for now)
This Week's Work Out Time:  4 hours, 45 minutes 
Total Time (since 4/23): 13 hours, 45 minutes

I'm already done with three whole weeks of having a regular fitness routine? Really? At the beginning of this, I would have thought three weeks would be an eternity of working out, but now it's become routine and something I'm working on accepting that I'll be doing for the rest of my life.

This article was a recommendation from someone in the Weight Watchers fitness forum and it has changed the way I'm working out. It's a great article that has let me see the light in that resistance training needs to be just as important or even more important that cardio. Building muscle will be less of an afterthought from now on!

Sunday: I totally forgot to keep track of what I did. I did my usual mix of cardio and weight machines. I was there for about an hour and 15 minutes.

Monday: 20 minutes total on elliptical/arctrainer (high intensity), 10 minutes on Treadmill jogging/walking, 20 minutes on weights

I did less cardio today, but at intervals at a higher intensity. I pretty much felt like I was going to die -- it was great! Ok, it was great after I was done. I also upped the weight on all the machines I use and am doing less reps of higher weight. I have a feeling I'll be pretty sore tomorrow. At least I hope so. Also I found myself doing part of this work out on the kitchen floor while making pancakes this morning. Go ahead, judge me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes total on elliptical/arctrainer (high intensity), 5 minutes walking on Treadmill and 30 minutes total on weights

My left knee was bugging me a little today so I went light on the cardio. I did some machines and worked out my abs, back and shoulders. I can already feel weakness in my shoulders so hopefully I didn't overdo it! It's funny, if I'm not out of breath and sweating like crazy I feel like I'm not getting a good workout and I kind of walk out feeling guilty like I didn't work hard enough. It's going to take some getting used to. I sweat a bit while doing weights, but not as much as when I'm doing cardio.

Wednesday: 15 minutes on elliptical/arctrainer (high intensity), 40 minutes total on weights

Thursday: 30 minutes on elliptical (moderate intensity), 20 minutes on weights

My knee has started to feel better so I got on the Elliptical for a little longer than I have been, but I took it easy and didn't push too hard. Plus? They hooked the ellipticals up so now the TV's work! I know, that sounds pathetic.  They had the treadmills hooked up from the beginning, but I'm excited that if I don't feel like listening to the same songs over and over I can watch TV. I got to watch Ellen while I worked out, awesome! I think I'll time it so that I get to watch it again tomorrow. I'm such a nerd.

Friday: 35 minutes on elliptical, 30 minutes on weights

This week, for most of the week, I've had sore shoulder and chest muscles. I worked them out hard at the beginning of the week, apparently. If I know I worked out a certain body part and it's not sore the next day, I get kind of sad that I could've pushed it harder. I'm still trying to accept not leaving the gym 100% exhausted from 45+ minutes of cardio like I was doing for the past 2 weeks. I know that working on strength is just as important, but it's just hard to feel successful at the end of my workout if I'm not dripping in sweat (ew, I know). I try to remind myself that I go to the gym almost everyday and that is a huge accomplishment all by itself.

Honestly, I was hoping to have noticed more significant results by the end of three weeks like maybe losing more than a pound, but I know this is a long road. I definitely can feel more muscle mass all over my body, my arms and legs are starting to firm up which is nice. Now if I could only get the extra pounds off.

You can't out exercise a crappy diet. I know this. And this week, though I did have a couple of cupcakes, I did muuuch better than the previous weeks. Weight watchers works like this: You get a daily point allowance, healthy foods are less points than unhealthy foods. Then you get a weekly allowance of optional points to use. Then when you work out, you earn activity points that are also optional to use. In previous weeks I would use all my daily points then by the end of the week I had used up all my weekly and earned activity points too. This meant I was eating a lot or just not healthy enough. But now I think my body has straightened out a little bit and is used to daily activity. I'm not starving and don't feel the need to eat all day like I did, especially in my first week. I can't wait to see what the future brings. I'm excited that my hunger has sort of leveled out to normal and that I can work out for an hour and not immediately run to the kitchen because my stomach is growling.

Have a great weekend!

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