Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Time to switch things up...

Hello!  Hope you are having a great HuMp day!
I had a personal fitness related Aha! moment the other day and I wanted to share it with you...

Since starting weight training I have been seeing changes to my body, more definition here and there, slow changes but they are happening folks.  My hubby made a comment the other day about how "fit" I have been looking, and that he can really tell a change.
Such a sweetie!

I have to admit, it is very refreshing to hear complements from those who hands on see how hard you work everyday and support your goals.   Especially when I have been feeling bloated, cranky, not digesting things well, super hungry (the list goes on and on.)  It could be the stress my body had to endure with all the doctors appointments in the last few weeks. Poor diet (too much froyo,) perhaps I am ovulating...  or the fact that I've changed my workout routine...  I have no idea, WHY!!!  But, then again we are our biggest critics so I am grateful to have such a supportive hubby.

I have been doing a ton of cardio to clear my head and to help with the bloating, which is probably why I feel so hungry all the time. Whenever I get into these "ruts" I over analyze everything I am doing, find what I think I am doing wrong, and work on solutions or a different approach to what I am doing.  This is why I extremely believe that weigh-loss and fitness are such a personal thing.  I really don't think anyone has a concrete answer on how, it is all about trial and error and eventually finding what works for you.

And so... if the shiz ain't working then change it, right??
Whenever this happens to me, I tend to change my macros and fitness routine a bit.  But, I have never taken cardio out of the equation.  I love cardio, I love challenging my body and sweating!! LOL  I love the feeling I get when I am done with a cardio routine and the energy I have to tackle the rest of the day.  Also, I love the HRM monitor showing a high calorie burn.  Calories in, calories out!  Right?

Well, I came to the resolution that perhaps "too much cardio" is what I am doing wrong (are you shocked.)     In only a month of incorporating weight training in to my routine, I'm starting to see changes.  It took me a while to realize that although cardio represents more calories out while you are doing it, resistance/weight training will help you burn calories through out the day while reshaping your body.  So perhaps it's time to give this formula a try.

  • Solution #1 to my rut... You guessed it, less cardio and more weights.  I don't know about you but every time I start a new workout routine I tend to feel a little heavy and out of zinc it takes my body a few weeks to get back on track and feeling back to normal.  So, I am trying this for a month. 
  • Solution #2...  I was going over my meals and macros from last month, I noticed that I was consuming tons of carbs and sugars (mainly from fruit,) more than I am comfortable with.  So I also decided to change things up a bit by incorporating more protein and decreasing my carbs and sugar intakes. 
My macros will look a little bit like this....

Again, I am trying this for a month, we'll see how it goes.  It is funny that up until a year ago, I never really paid attention to macros.  I only cared about "caloric deficit".  I started my journey almost 2 years ago, focusing mainly on cardio and the scale.  Now, that I have been in the "normal weight" area for my body type, it is time to start concentrating on those muscles more. 

Clearly the number of calories consumed will depend on the level of activity for the day, but I never go below this number.  So as you can probably guess from this... I am going for fat loss and reshaping, not the number on the scale at this point.  

Currently I am doing 3 days of Venus (weights) with some cardio & 3 days of Intense cardio (total 6 days a week.)    Excessive cardio and caloric deficit no longer works for me.  I realize that in order to shape my body to the body I know I could have, I need more weight training (5 times a week,) no more steady cardio and long runs, and limit HIIT to only 3 times a week no more than 45 mins.  Again, I am trying this out for a month.

I am not sure if this is going to work, but I am willing to give it the world.  Of course I will keep you posted on this.

What are some of your ways to get out of fitness "ruts"? 
Wishing you a happy, healthy day!

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