What I was hoping to read was "Create a calorie deficit and lift weights and you'll drop so many pounds you'll be at goal weight in 1 month!"
But what it said instead (paraphrase) was "You must not cut calories. That's bad advice. Lift weights only 3 times a week. Rest in between. Eat more on lifting days. Weight loss will be slow or you may even gain weight but you are reconstructing your body. In the long run you will boost your metabolism and be able to burn more calories throughout the day. But ditch the scale. It'll only disappoint you and won't show how much lean muscle you are gaining."
Since I've started cutting my calories to 1200-1500 per day and doing a ton of cardio and the daily Shred, I've been losing about 3 pounds per week. I thought I had this whole weight loss thing finally figured out! I was going to be at goal weight this summer at this rate!! Come on, what's not to love?!
But if I get to goal weight and am a flabby mess can I really wear a swim suit and be happy about it? Which brings me to my fork in the road: is the scale or physique most important to me? The answer will direct me to the path I take.
If the scale is more important then I continue just like I am: cutting calories and doing cardio like crazy with some strength training thrown in for good measure.
If physique is what matters then I start taking in more calories (from healthy sources, not Ben & Jerry's), work out less (gasp!), and lose weight slower....MUCH slower.
Here's something I don't understand: if this whole cutting calories thing is so bad why do the contestants on Biggest Lower cut calories yet strength train, lose incredible amounts of weight and gain muscle? I mean, isn't that basically what I was doing except not to the extreme that they do?
These are just some things rattling around in my brain. I want it all! The quick weight loss. The physique. Everything. :) I'll probably be thinking about this for a few days and may even have to experiment a little.
Shelley mentioned yesterday about reading the same thing on another blog. Yep, seems that others are being told the same thing about calories by their personal trainers. Check out Fat to Fab.
Maybe I need to go schedule an appt. with a personal trainer to discuss all of this?
On to the foods for the day:
Breakfast: low sugar brown sugar & cinnamon oatmeal with WW yogurt and 1/2 c blueberries and a SF Rock Star
Time for grocery shopping. This is my least favorite chore. I read a poll where a lot of people actually liked grocery shopping!!
Tine for lunch: tuna salad on sugar free sourdough bread, 1/2 serving Pirate's Booty aged cheddar, 1 c grapes
I was not feeling The Shred today but I did it. Somehow today was tougher for me. The jumping jacks were tough. The jump rope....just about all of the cardio sections. The weights and abs, however, seemed easier (is that you, o great universe, trying to send me a message?)
After workout snack: Chobani Pomegranate (14 g protein!) I've watched Marisa's pictures for so long about these. She always seemed to love them. Now I know why! I think they put something in there that makes you crave them daily. They're really good!
I picked up these low cal sausages at the store. I haven't had sausage links in a VERY long time. I always hate all of the fat bits in them. Never been a big fan of the sausage because of the gristle but always loved the taste. These are 80 calories per 2 oz!