Thursday, August 12, 2010

Strength Training Goal

The title of my blog is "Get to Goal." Now that I'm at goal, what should I do? Well, maintain, of course! But that's a given and every day I work toward that goal. I want something else, something more!

What I've always been seriously lacking in is strength training. I can work out with cardio like a maniac! Come on, give me a cardio challenge! I dare you! But strength training is another story. I like cardio. I like the sweat, the calorie burn, the shear activity of it all (I know, I'm weird). And with weights/abs, you don't burn as many calories as with cardio.

But I think I need to let that fact go. Because with strength training, even though you aren't immediately burn as many calories as cardio, you actually continue burning more calories after you are done, more so then cardio. And as you sculpt your body, you notice a huge change in your shape, even without losing weight. I WANT THAT!

I've been doing some form of cardio on a regular basis since I was 11 or 12 years old! When I was 11 or 12, my Aunt started teaching aerobics classes in the basement of a church and I used to go with my grandma and my best friend 2 times a week! I did that until I was 16 and my dad signed us all up for the gym, to which I have been a faithful member since! Weird to think I was able to get overweight at all but I digress :/

So I'm making a new goal. My goal is to do 20 minutes of strength training 3 times a week. I don't want to make things too difficult at first. I need to make sure it's doable or I won't stick to it. My strength training can be weights, core moves, abs, lunges, whatever. I just need to do something that will tone and firm up the mess the weight loss left for me to clean up! :)

In other news, my eating yesterday was close to perfect. (Close but not quite perfect. I'm ok with that). Let's run down the list, shall we?

Breakfast (5 pts)
3/4 cup Chobani yogurt w/ 1/2 cup raspberries

Lunch (5 pts)
Salad (lettuce/my garden tomatoes/parent's garden cucumbers)
2 TBSP Trader Joe's Pear Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing
1 cup homemade Chili

Pre-workout Snack (I wasn't prepared!) (2 pts)
Mini Twix
3 strawberries

Workout (Approx. AP's Earned: 7)
36 mins treadmill (Intervals 2 mins running 5.8 mph, 1 min running 7.0, cool down walk)
19 mins Elliptical Strider
2 miles walk (to and from Train)

Dinner (5 pts)
Cornmeal Mush made with 1 cup Skim Milk
1/2 sauteed zucchini mixed with 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce (poured over cornmeal)
Yum! And filling!

Night Snacks
(2 pts)
2 plums
1 white cheddar rice cake

**For my total daily points, I decreased it to my "losing" mode since I had been doing so crappy, in which case I had 22 pts to use for the day.

Total Pts Used: 19 (What!?! It's fine, I ate when I was hungry and didn't eat when I wasn't)
Total Pts Earned: 7

In other good news, I'm skipping the pizza the work is having. I had pizza last Tuesday and I'm having a delicious pizza bowl thing from Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders on Sunday, so there is NO NEED for pizza today!

**Do you do strength training? What kind do you do?

1 comment:

  1. I am the exact opposite. I love using weights, not so much enjoyment with the cardio. I have 8,10 lb weights- need heavier.I love doing triceps and biceps.