Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Workout Wednesday!

On Monday, I started my arm exercise routine as well as my skin care regimen (which I had let slack for quite some time) and I am feeling very good about it! I hope you are, too, if you are following along doing the exercises. I started out slow, using 5 pound weights, watching myself in the mirror to be sure I have good form, lifting slowly. It was pretty easy for me to do 2 sets of 15 reps for each exercise. The overhead press was the hardest. The wall push-ups were very easy. Today, I will bump up to 8-pound weights and do as many reps as I can (up to 15). If any are still easy with 8 pounds, I will use 10 pound weights for those exercises next time. You want to be able to do at least 8 reps but should reach a state of not being able to do one more rep before you get to 15. That's how you know how heavy your weights should be. I use lighter weights for the wrist curls and reverse curls, by the way. Like 3 pounds right now as my wrists are weak. I will also switch to counter push-ups today, where you use the edge of a kitchen counter instead of the wall. It's a little harder than wall ones, but much easier than doing them on the floor (which would be impossible for me right now). I was able to do 20 crunches (2 sets of 10). I will update on my progress with the strength training every Wednesday.

My eating was perfect yesterday. For dinner, I made a nice medium rare steak (5 ounces) and ate a cup and a half of leftover mashed cauliflower with it. It was so good. Tonight I think I will slice up 5 ounces of leftover steak and put it over a mixed green salad with light blue cheese dressing. That ought to be enough beef for awhile!

Feeling good, staying off the scale and trying to keep a good mindset for my weigh-in on the first of June.

14 comments:

Debbie said...

I have started my exercise routine back this week also and it feels great. As for skin care I just use a light scrub that I get at Walmart. You are looking good girl..

Vickie said...

suggestion for any newbies starting hand weights along with you - pause at 'top' and 'bottom' of each hand weight arm exercise.

It isn't a big pause, just a beat or a second. But when one watches themself in the mirror should be able to see that pause.

The pause makes one lift and lower (vs swinging it). Try to contract the muscle you are working at the top of the move too.

slow and heavier weights is very good as you are working to get back into it and check form. A variation is to go lighter and do more sets, faster another time. The two are totally different workouts, but equally effective. Good to change things up from time to time.

Lori said...

Congratulations!! I'm glad you're back with a routine that works for you.
Lori

losingitallandlovingit said...

I am really glad you posted what you did the other day about arm exercises. I'm doing the exact same thing you are, but starting off with 3 lb weights. My arms are so sore from all the stuff I've been doing on the 30 Day Shred DVD that I couldn't handle the 5 pounders yet! Keep up the awesome work :)

timothy said...

wonderful so happy you're back in form! xoxoxoxoxo

darnfitness said...

I truly smiled when you wrote about starting this exercise plan. I had been lurking for a while now :P And I always thought this was the link you were missing, the weight training. But it's a process, it has to come from yourself, I guess.

I wish you the best of lucks!

Forty Pound Sack said...

First of all: kudos to you for having the courage to post those pictures. Double kudos for doing something about your arms. Too easy to just wear sleeves and secretly hate your arms. You deserve to enjoy the view. I know you can reach your goals. You go, girl!

moonduster said...

It's great that you are staying off of the scale until your weigh-ins. Even being at target, I find it very difficult to give up weighing myself every morning. I feel like, if I don't weigh every morning, I will lose control of my eating and go on another binge. The fear makes no sense but it is there anyway.

Live, Love, Laugh, - Lisa said...

WOW! You look fantastic!

So glad I came across your blog. It is very inspiring. I wish you the best success in your new weight training program.

Best-
Lisa

LHA said...

Your comment on the previous post about not overthinking and dwelling on the weight loss process is something that I have also found to be important. I discovered a few years ago that I was absolutely obesessing about everything related to food and exercise some days! When I start that, I do just what you said you do. I just make myself think of other things and push the obsessing out of my mind. Also, I have to stay off the scale to avoid obsessing over that too. I try to weigh once a month or so. I try to remind myself that if I eat properly and get some exercise, the weight will come off eventually. Thanks for a great blog!

Anonymous said...

If you can throw some cardio In with the weight lifting. You can't necessarily spot train your body. Get into focusing on your whole body, and you will see a better (probably) faster change...you also won't get as bored.

Vee and the Kid said...

Sure does sound like you ate and exercised wonderfully. Keep up the good work! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

Kudos to you for getting your eating ontrack and for your new exercise routine. Have a great weekend!

definingmore said...

Glad you are feeling good and have a routine in place Lyn :)