12.08.2015

Do you want to be lighter or fitter?


I've gained 2 pounds since I've gone back to the gym, good thing I know that the scale means very little. Water weight fluctuations are normal and a good reason to stop obsessing over the scale - hydration levels and muscle inflammation have a lot to do with that number. Heck - go do a Hot Yoga class and you'll lose 3 pounds - does that really mean you've lost 3 pounds of fat? NO. You lost water.



Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat - one pound of muscle and one pound of fat weigh ONE POUND. Muscle just takes up less room so you look thinner. Losing pounds on the scale does not mean you are fitter, it just means you are lighter. Yes you should use the scale as a tool, but don't obsess over every pound - as long as your weight is going in the right direction over time you are doing fine. 

I was originally supposed to run the Nola Marathon in February, but decided to drop down to the half for several reasons, but all my running friends are still running the full so that's made for some extra running already. I took off 5 weeks after my boob surgery, already have in 16 miles this week. I feel great - except my calves - they are tightttttt. I'm going to bust out the Foot Rocker for sure, it gives the best stretch!

If I had legs like her's I'd probable never wear pants either.

I just bought these Under Armour Women's Layered Up Liner Gloves and I love them - light weight and not bulky and so easy to manage my phone too! My pace picked up this run, but boy was I feeling it, the only reason I was able to do it was so I didn't get left in the dark - the best way to increase your pace is to run with someone faster than you.

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I've gotten a bit bored at the gym, I need something to spark me back up, but not sure what. I'm glad I've added in yoga, but I need a new weight lifting routine or something. I've tried following a routine before, but get SO bored after like 2 weeks of doing that same thing. I think I've just not put a lot of effort into what I'm going to do BEFORE I go lately, it might just be as simple as testing out my new stuff - I need to get on You Tube or some new IG accounts and get inspired.

Alright - gotta go it's hair washing day - I apparently like to continue to learn the hard way I can't run with my ponytail down or I have knots for days!

23 comments :

  1. I'm doing Muffin Topless's workout, it changes every two weeks, so I'm never doing the same thing for long. I like it!

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  2. I just finished Jim Stoppanis shortcut to shred program and loves it. Here is the link if you want to check it out.
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jim-stoppani-six-week-shortcut-to-shred.html

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  3. I bounce all over the programs on fitness blender! I love the short workouts and recommend them for anyone!

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    1. I came here to sing Fitness Blender's praises and a couple people beat me to it! You should definitely check it out, there's a ton of variety there.

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    2. I too LOVE Fitness Blender! There are so many great workouts. I usually do watch them while lifting but sometimes just write down the exercises/reps and do them on my own at the gym.

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  4. You should give Crossfit a try! When I got bored at the gym, I started at a local crossfit gym and am LOVING it! You can usually attend a gym for free for your first time! Keep up your awesome work!

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  5. Running at an altitude of about 500 ft..... I can only imagine how pleasant that would be! I could run for miles! My house is at an elevation of about 5000. and I live on a hill so no matter where I go I get to go down the hill about 200ft...but I have to come back up.

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  6. Any recommendations for running early with no street lights? I am guessing i would need a headlamp.

    Thanks

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  7. try Busy But Healthy's body assault program. I'm on week two. I was so sore last week from legs. I needed something different too. I like the added cardio movements in between the sets. http://www.busybuthealthy.com/workouts/

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  8. Thanks for the reminder about not freaking out about the number fluctuations so much! You encourage and inspire as always Meg!

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  9. You need the new weight program Hammer & Chisel!!

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  10. Check out @katyhearnfit

    She posts some workout inspiration, but mostly her bod is inspiration enough. :)

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  11. What brand food scale do you use?

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  12. What brand food scale do you use?

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  13. I'm going to try Orange Theory when the semester is over. You can usually get a few free classes. I hear it's a great, fun workout!

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  14. New Rules of Lifting for Women??

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  16. You look great - nice guns! Does your gym have a barbell with weight plates? You could try some CrossFit moves such as dead lifts, power cleans, overhead squats, sumo dead lift high pulls.

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  17. You look amazing!! I'm sure it is so nice to be back in the gym after time off for surgery... I would go stir crazy. I totally agree with you that weight is just a number and it can help keep us accountable, but it isn't the best way to measure progress. I usually tend to go with how my clothes fit :)

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  18. This is really true. We need to stop being enslaved with what the scale is telling us. There are other far better ways to determine if we're losing weight or not, like selfies, state of balance in our body, rewarding system, etc that reflects more about our body!

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