Wednesday, January 29, 2014
On January 24th I was blessed to turn 60. I had a fabulous birthday party which everyone dressed up.
Even though I know I am 60, to me it is just a number. People are shocked when I tell them my age. The only signals time is catching up with me is that I now get stiff when I sit too long and in some places I qualify for the senior citizen discount.
To me 60 is just a number and the "new" 60 is in no way resembles my mother or grandmother's 60.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Four weeks ago, I decide I was going to get back into the gym and start eating more healthy. I had taken six months off since my last figure competition in December 2009 from exercising and somewhat eating healthy. In those six months I had put on 16 pounds, which I was not comfortable with; five - ten pounds would have been more realistic after eating such a restrictive diet for figure competing.
I decided I want to get rid of 10 pounds, with no set time limit. I knew I need to get back into the gym - cardio and strength training and back to "monitoring" everything I eat.
I have heard of carb cycling but never really dedicated to the principle.
Well here is my brief testimony with carb cycling:
Week of June 27 - took measurements and weight - went to gym twice that week - one day strength training - played with carb cycling
Week of July 4 - took measurement and weight - went to gym once that week - started tracking carb cycling
Week of July 11 - took measurements and weight - went to gym three times - strength trained twice - more focused with maintaining carb cycling
Week of July 18th - total bust - preparing for vacation - no gym - family reunion - four days - Wichita Kansas - major damage -eating out - four days - barbecue/fried chicken/Doritos/potato salad/drinking alcohol and junk food galore
Junk food galore had to do alot with boyfriend attending. My boyfriend lives in a different state then I do and when ever he comes to visit, I totally deviate from the way I normally eat. He is over weight and if we ever decide to get married and live in the same state, he is going to have to develop a healthy life style.
Week of July 25th - first time in four weeks that I went to the gym five days. Completed three day split of body training/three days of cardio/one day of concentrated ab work. Tracked carb cycling - three days low/one day high/one day medium/one day low/one day medium
One month result from 6/27/10 - 7/25/10
Weight loss - one pound - it was probably more - but I refused to weigh myself after coming back from family reunion. I know I probably put on at least three pounds over those four days.
Inches loss - Total of seven inches - with the most coming from navel area - 3 inches. Almost every area measured had a lost of one inch - breast, rib cage, small waist, navel, and hips
BF% - down 2.43%
LBM - up 2.80
Body fat - down 3.8
I will not see my boyfriend again until Labor Day Weekend - so for the next six weeks I am going to kick butt with carb cycling, strength training and cardio so I can see what the "real" results are if you are truly committed to what ever program you choose.
I know this blog is "LONG" but what I was trying to say, is that even though I only lost a total on "ONE" pound in one month - I lost a cummulative of seven inches with hardly any cardio or strength training during that time. The old saying, you are what you eat is SOOOOO true.
Monday, July 05, 2010
2009, at the age of 55, I went on a quest to transform my body. I also decided to compete in a figure competition. I think I was successful in completing both tasks. I transformed my body composition and I competed in not one but two competitions. To be successful with my goal I had to "live" at the gym and eat a regimented diet. By the time 2010 rolled around I was totally burned out. I just wanted to have a normal life and it did not include the gym or watching every little thing I eat.
Well I stayed away from the gym for six months and I had my moments of eating clean. In the six months I gained 15 pounds, which isn't too bad, since a lot of figure competitors gain 10 pounds the first week. You are on such a rigid diet and doing excessive cardio just to get your body fat down, that the weight you compete at is not your "natural" weight. I say six months away from the gym and not "stressing" over what I was eating was well worth a year of hard work.
Well now I am ready to get back into the gym. I have one whole week of going to the gym, five days, weight lifting - split - three days, and carb cycling and I am LOVING IT. I have my joy back. I am back to tracking "everything". I have a love for numbers and I have all these different charts. I am also back to my "Sunday" batch cooking for the week.
I joined "another" gym. Yes, I have two gym memberships. I am stuck with the other one for 9 months but I LOVE the new one I joined. It makes a big difference if you like where you work-out at. This new gym has all kind of classes, and state-of-the art machines, the people and employees are really friendly. All of the cardio machines have their own t.v. screen, which I love, keeps me from being bored while I am doing my dreaded cardio. All you have to do is bring head phones. And finally it is so clean, man I mean really clean. The free weight room does not stink and I am so loving this gym.
My stats after one week of getting back on track:
The website I use for tracking my stats is LOCKONFITNESS.COM. You put in your measurements and it provides you with a wealth of information. The BF% is on the high side of the calibers but I use it as a source for tracking. Stats after measurements and scale weight.
Weight - down 1.6 pounds
Inches - lost cumulative of 3.25 inches
BF% - down 1.89
LBM - up 1.6 pounds
Body Fat - down 3.2 pounds
Today was Leg/Shoulder day:
With being off for six months - my weight lifting ability will need to start over again.
4x15 leg extension - 40#
4x15 jump lunges
10x10 WS leg press - 6x100#, 4X110#
4x10 Seated leg curls - 1x60#, 3x65#
4x10 Adductor - 1x85#, 1x75#, 2x70#
4x20 - Rear delts - db - 1x8#, 3x6#
4x10 Lateral raise - 8#
4x10 One arm press - 20#
4x15 Inverted laterals - 1x8#, 3x6#
I really felt good about my workout and start. Just taking everything one day at a time so I can enjoy being healthy and get back to loving my workouts.
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