4.29.2014

Losing It Tuesdays

I just can't decide on a good 'tag line' for my Tuesdays posts. haha. Maybe this one will stick :)

Anyways.

Yesterday I did something I haven't done in over a year. I slept in. I totally turned off my 4:14am alarm and went back to sleep until 7:20. When I got up I decided I still wanted to hit the gym so by the time I got myself and Aiden ready it was 9 and we got to the gym around 9:30. It was PACKED! 


Now I remember why I love the gym at 5am, I have a lot of room to work in without a bunch of people around. I had set up 3 sets of free weights and went around the corner to do some bench work, came back and they were gone. Ugh. It can really mess with your mojo. A lot of times I'll do a circuit then go to the treadmill to do some sprints and come back to my weights, can't be doing that when there are people everywhere. I'll stick to my early morning club! 


I get asked a lot about my calorie burn so here are a few facts about me:
1. I try not to eat them back unless I'm starving. Somedays I'm just HUNGRY and I listen to my body and feed it. Not ice cream :)
2. I workout typically 60-90 minutes depending on what type of activity I'm doing. 
3. My cardio heart rate is 165-172. Weights is 145-160. The higher your heart rate the more you burn, BUT keeping it high for long periods of time is not as effective as bouncing it around. I do high periods and low periods. Hence the sprints in between the sets of weights. 

I'm missing my pre-baby arms something fierce, so I've been killing some upper body 4x a week. I started using a Nighttime Recovery which significantly improves my ability to workout the next day. 


I've also been doing some reading on taking an amino acid supplement {Catalyst} and how it can help increase muscle metabolism and trigger body fat loss, I decided to up my intake to 2x a day {my nighttime recovery has AA in it also so that's my 3rd serving.} I'm going to do this for 90 days and see if I think it's helping. 


These are my three regular everyday supplements. CorePlex, OmegaPlex, and Probiotic. I just read a study about probiotics helping with weight loss, pretty interesting stuff. I firmly believe that taking these CONSISTENTLY is what helps me maintain my energy, it took time for me to get used to, I would always forget! I keep some at home and at work so that helps :)  Now you don't have to use Advocare, I'm just sharing what I use and love, but do yourself a solid and get on a regular routine with your supplements! Remember, there is no magic pill, these work best combined with good diet and exercise. Duh. 


It's been almost 8 weeks since I gave birth and while my weight is stalling I feel pretty freaking good. I decided to not weigh myself for a month, I wanted to take some measurements today, but little Twilight Sparkle was using my tape measure as a leash and I can't find the dang thing.  My workouts are getting better, I feel stronger, and I'm lifting heavier. I'm not back to where I was, but we are making progress. I like leaving the gym knowing I left my all. 

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28 comments:

  1. I think you look great! Really!!

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  2. you do look amazing! good for you for still going to the gym!!!

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  3. You are so dedicated! You make me want to go workout!

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  4. You look amazing for only having a baby a few short weeks ago. I am not a gym person but if I was I would be totally going in the early A.M. to beat the crowd, because I hate crowds too. I prefer to work at home. Thanks for being an inspiration.

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  5. I loathe the crowds of people at the gym which is why I usually resort to home workouts. Although, I do miss the resistance machines a lot!

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  7. You look great.

    How many times a day do you take your probiotic? Did you take it while you were pregnant?
    Sorry for all the questions. I'm preparing myself to get pregnant with baby #2 and you are my go-to person for all things working out while pregnant :)

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  8. Loving the side braid. I just got back from vacation and need to get back into the 5am club ASAP!

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  9. I wish I could get myself to the gym by 5. I go on my lunch hour and now that I am using 10 or 12 lb weights for my circuits someone has already claimed them or hidden them somewhere in that gym before I get there. I've gotten better at improvising but it sucks when I have a plan and want to stick with it. Keep up the good work though. You are looking great. And I sing praises for my Nightime Recovery too. I believe it is part of the reason I am walking today after running this weekend, lol

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  10. Weight stalling or not you still are kicking butt!!! Great job and thanks for all the great tips:)

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  11. I freaking love your blog! You're are so real. LOVE. IT!!! That is all. :)

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  12. OK so I want to preface this with the fact that I know you don't know me from Adam but I promise I have been reading for over a year now :) Also, I think you look amazing and you definitely know your body better than anyone else. andplusalso, you are incredibly knowledgable on the subject of weight loss/calories/etc.

    All that being said, I will offer up my opinion for you to hear and then do with what you like :) I still think you need to eat back some of your exercise calories. Even though you already added 500 for nursing bringing your total to 2300 (I think?), a 978 calorie burn still brings your net down to nearly 1300 which is really low. Not dangerously low obviously but it could be what's hampering the number from moving for you.

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  13. you look smaller - which is great! you are such an inspiration!!!! its amazing! keep killing it and you will be back to where you were before you know it!!!

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  14. Is it creepy that I think I know what gym you use because it's right by my house? Hahahaha!

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  15. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and I can't tell you what an inspiration you are to me! I had my first baby last year and I'm struggling to lose the weight (from pregnancy and an injury that sidelined me pre-pregnancy) but I'm working on it. It's hard and it's a struggle but I'm not giving up! Thank you so much for being REAL!

    www.lifeondogwoodlane.com

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  16. You look beautiful. I ran my first half 8 months post baby 3 and was still nursing. No matter how hard or far I ran I didn't lose weight. I weighed 185 when I ran that race. And I'd do it all over again! I stopped nursing a mo th or two later and now weigh 160. It goes fast once you're done!

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  17. WEll I think you look pretty freaking amazing in that first pic! your waist is dwindling big time! Amazing. Thanks for always sharing what you do too - like your supplementation. I just went back to the gym for the first time today and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I'm on cloud 9. Can you see me doing the happy dance?!?!? Hahahaha. Anyway thanks for being an inspiration! oh and I am not weighing for a month either. Weighed in yesterday to document it (first time going to gym and the whole shabam) but then not weighing for a month. But thanks for reminding me i need to take my measurements!!

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  18. Thanks for all the pointers you are great and you are looking great!

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  19. Let us know what you think about the aminos. My husband has been telling me to take them but I just haven't done it. I'd love to hear your opinion after you've taken them awhile.

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  20. You look wonderful! Great job on the weight loss
    ( Your little guy is adorable! )

    CURRENTLY LOVING LINK UP

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  21. I was nervous to start talking catalyst with nursing. How does your pumpkin do with your supplements? My advocare stuff is coming tomorrow!

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  22. Meg! I've read your blog for a few years now and as a medical professional and a fellow mom and fitness fanatic, I want to offer you some advice. Have you considered that you may be eating too few calories? I don't know what your current caloric intake is per day, but I know you mentioned that you don't eat them back after exercise. Women who are breastfeeding require more calories! Your body may not be budging on weightloss because it is holding on to every bit it can to help nourish your son, especially if you are restricting your calories too much. Plus if you are weight training (not sure how heavy you are lifting) you need more calories for recovery which may be putting your body into even more of a hostage mode. I would try increasing your calories for a few weeks (by about 300-500 per day) and see if the weightloss starts again, you might be surprised! Just some advice for you!

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  23. Good for you for keeping up with your workouts and a new baby. I just started following you are an inspiration!

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  24. How many of the core plex & fish oil do you take? you look amazing!

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  25. I read a study about probiotics, some of the probiotic supplements that were tested didn't have the same amount they claimed to have in the bottle, they had way less. The only one that had the same amount that was claimed on the bottle was advocare! Now I wish I could afford it lol!

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  26. How about "Take it Off Tusday!" ? ;)

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