Workout Log

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I finally invested in a workout log!

I got this gem from BodyBuilding.com, and am so excited to use it! Bye bye scrap paper, hello organization! Every day, I would write out every single workout on a tearsheet – every set, every rep, minutes, etc. They are EVERYWHERE and are never put to good use. What’s the point of logging things when you’re just going to lose track of everything? I used to write everything down on paper and then type it all out onto a shared spreadsheet with my trainer. That got tedious REALLY fast. After months of madness, I can finally have everything in one place without having to rewrite it all.

This is also the perfect fitness diary for someone who does more than just cardio, allowing me to track my progress over time. I will use it to not only keep track of distance/time with my biking and running, but also how much weight I can lift with each type of strength training workout. It even has a section to log your supplements and food intake. Hooray!

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A ‘Quick & Mellow’ Ride

20130916-141903.jpgMy plan was to have a quick and mellow gym visit yesterday. Quick and mellow? No such thing!

I was too sore to lift weights yesterday, and I am pretty sure I pinched a nerve between my elbow and wrist. So, I opted to hop on the bike and get in some cardio. Ever since my 5k training passed, I have been lacking in that department.

I was GOING to ride the bike for a half hour or so, just to get my heart beating and my body sweating. Well, that half hour quickly turned into an hour as I found myself yearning to see how far I could get and how many calories I could burn.

I maintained a steady pace, slipped in a lot of HIIT, heavy hills, etc., and finished my ride at 16.26 miles and 524 calories. Not great, not terrible. The furthest I have gone in an hour is a little under 18.5 I believe. Given the fact that I haven’t done that in a long time… I will settle for 16+!

I was sweating like crazy, my feet were numb and I was walking like a zombie. So much for an easy day at the gym!

30lbs down!

20130913-125722.jpgLook at that slope! I am officially down 30lbs!

I hit this goal earlier this week, but didn’t want to commit to it until I maintained it for a little while.

I wasn’t sure that I would ever see this kind of progress, and I am so happy that I stuck with my goals and listened to the words of encouragement around me. I have had a lot of support, and I owe a big thank you to my boyfriend/trainer that told me I could achieve anything I wanted if I stuck with it and was patient. I was certain that my body was stuck in a rut and often became disappointed when I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. But, he constantly told me otherwise. He has pushed, supported, educated and encouraged me to no end, and I honestly am not sure that I would have been able to get this far without him. That’s a great partner. I am forever grateful and I am truly a lucky gal.

Now to tone up!

Squat Day is the Best Day

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Seriously though. I LOVE squats.

You might think I am a lunatic, but they are easily my favorite heavy lifting workout. I even love them when it’s drop-set day. I might feel like I am going to fall over after I finish all of my sets, but I get over that quickly and fall back in love with them the moment I catch my breath.

The more I squat, the more I love them. Most likely because I am seeing more of a lift and an unfamiliar toning in my butt, and also because it is my strongest lift. I feel much more confident squatting than I do doing ANY other workout.

I am getting really good at them too! I go much lower than I used to be able to. I find myself busting my butt to get it as low to the floor as possible, with a nice big squeeze when I reach the top.

I wish every day was squat day.

Skinny VS. Fit

I am a fraction of a pound away from having lost 30lbs. I have probably lost closer to 35lbs of body fat, but I have gained muscle so I stick to calling it based on the scale.

My body has changed in ways that I didn’t imagine it could. When I started this weight-loss journey 6 months ago, I obviously had high hopes… but there is always a slight trickle of doubt that burrows it’s ugly head into the back of your mind.

I’ve realized that how your clothes fit is a much better indication of your progress than the scale is. A lot of my clothes don’t fit me anymore – even things that I fit into before I put on some weight. The other day I wore shorts that I hadn’t worn comfortably in probably 4-5 years. I repeat my work outfits on a weekly basis – a good and a bad thing! Good, of course, because I would rather my clothes be big than too tight. Bad, because getting dressed in the morning is so difficult! A pair of pants that used to be tight are now huge, sagging on my butt and giving me a bit of a MC Hammer crotch!

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People have been noticing my progress much more lately than they ever have. They say “it takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice.” Well, that has been true for me in a sense. Not those exact numbers, but the concept.

My friends, family and coworkers have been commenting on my weight-loss more frequently over the past month than they have since I began this process – almost as if all of my hard work just started to show. I have been noticing, obviously. My immediate family has noticed. My boyfriend has noticed. But it has taken some time for others to really see the changes in my body.

Hearing that people are taking note of my progress has been such a confidence-booster, especially considering all of the time, energy and effort I have put in. However, many people keep saying how SKINNY I am getting. “Gosh Katie, you’re just melting away,” “Where is your body??”, “You’re so skinny! 30lbs? Maybe you should stop!” While I am sure they mean well, it’s not what I am going for and I don’t want people thinking that.

My goal is not to be skinny. My goal is to be FIT. 

I lift weights. I am gradually becoming toned. I am not skin and bone – which is what I consider skinny. I actually still have a ways to go before I am actually “skinny.” There is a huge difference between melting off the fat by dieting and/or increasing cardio for exercise, and eating clean and doing heavy strength training. I am leaning out, gaining muscle, and getting HEALTHY – not skinny.

Here’s to not quitting!