I started thinking about how quickly 2012 has flown by. I mean Thanksgiving just passed so it’s officially Christmas, which means it basically New’s Year. Anyway, I usually do some reflecting on the year as the year winds down. Doesn’t everybody?
While I was thinking of doing an end of the year recap blog post when I realized I hadn’t blogged in forever. I actually had to log in to see the date of my last post, which was WAY back in July. I didn’t even finish my Getting Stronger series (I’m definitely stronger BTW and still working). Anyway I’m here today to say that I am going to seriously commit attempt to adding a post weekly (starting in the new year of course) but until then I will at least get you guys caught up on my love life, school plans, and fitness accomplishments. I was surprised because some of you have actually asked for updates in replies and tweets. Awww…I feel special.
A couple of weeks ago I started to get some “Girl! you don’t need to lose anymore weight” and “Girl! you’re about to disappear” comments*. I tried to take these comments as compliments, but I couldn’t becausel I didn’t see a change and the scale didn’t show much loss. After hearing more “Girl! you’ve lost weight” comments from some people I hadn’t seen in a while this past weekend, I thought “hmmm…maybe I do look different.”
This is me at my friends birthday party last weekend 🙂
If you read last weeks post you know that my program called a deload week this week. A deload week is designed to give your body a “working” rest as a way to allow your body to heal and rebuild during your strength journey. The Beautiful Badass program I’m following instructed me to drop back to 70% of my Week 3 weights.
However, I wasn’t a total newbie to lifting when I started this program and I actually dropped back my weights at the start, so I felt it was OK to skip my deload week and press on. A part of this was being greedy and wanting to continue the satisfaction of lifting heavier each week. I was aware that I could be pushing too hard and decided to drop back if I felt I was doing too much.
I’m so proud of myself because I’ve been able to stay on track and increase my weight each week. I feel like I’ve made some really good progress. Which is great because Week 4 is my deload week. Basically after three weeks of gradually increasing weight I get to drop back this week to 70% of the weight I used last week as sort of a break or recovery week. This is to ensure I don’t overwork or fatigue my body. I’m trusting that this is best because I’m actually pretty excited about beating some of my previous attempts.
Hi guys! I just completed Week 2 and I’m still going strong. Monday I asked Old School to come with me to the gym. I wanted him to watch me do a few reps of all the exercises in the program just to make sure my form was good. He said I had to tweak a few things but I had definitely improved. That’s great all by itself.
My official Beautiful Badass Beginner’s (BBB) program start date was June 11, 2012. My goal is to post an update each Monday about the week before. So I’m only a few days behind with this first post. Go back to my first post if you want to know more about my plan.
I’m following Nia Shanks’s 3 days a week strength training program as close as possible with a few (approved) variances. I’ll also be throwing in Zumba twice a week and Boot Camp once a week because I love those classes. Wait!Did I just say I loved boot camp? Wow. Also Sunday will be my only free day, so any day that doesn’t include a workout or a class I’ll be doing hill sprints (highly recommended by Nia – hill sprints that is, not one day of rest) or taking a brisk walk. Whelp, that’s the plan.
As I’ve said in previous posts (hereand here), I started out the year with goal to lose 15 lbs. and I lost 12. My next goal was to get down to 145 lbs., I got down to 148. I was shedding pounds and seeing results. However, I had a change in mindset thanks in part to my boyfriend and a really fit female acquaintance. I adopted a new outlook of gaining strength not losing pounds. Let me be clear! I still want to get down to 145 lbs. or less, but it is no longer my focus for working out. There is a difference!
You might remember I blogged a while back about how great 2012 was treating me. I discussed four of my 2012 goals and the progress I had made with each of them. One goal was to lose 15 pounds by April, I lost 12! I didn’t reach my goal but I was determined not to be discouraged. I set another goal to get down to 145 lbs. by my birthday, but that didn’t quite happen either. Again, I was only a few pounds off around 148. I just can’t seem to stay active and eat right around my birthday. The lure of cake and laziness is too strong for me to fight. Anyway, right after my birthday I said I was going to jump right back on track and hit my goal (145 lbs.) by July 13th (as I have a trip planned for that weekend). If you couldn’t tell I love goals, as a self-aware procrastinator they are necessary.
Even though I had been making progress, I realized I needed a new approach – a new outlook, if you will. You see I, like most women, have always been focused on cardio, cardio, cardio! I mean I did some “lifting” in my Body Works/Body Sculpting group gym classes and when I have hired a trainer in the past I’ve used the weight machines. So I know that having strong muscles is important. However, I had previously fell victim to the idea of low weight, high reps being the key to “toning”. Isn’t that what they who they hell are they anyway always tell women?