Good news: my shape is changing! The muffin top is going away. I shocked myself when I felt the back of my arm and there was a muscle there. Where did that come from? I grabbed a glass and there was a muscle in my forearm. Wow! Really? I must say that the new shapes are surprising me. This is so much nicer than just a number on the scale. These are visual results. Thank you, strength training!
Tuesday I went for a 30 minute run at a park while the kids played at the playground. The very small track loops around the playground so I could see them at all times which is nice for a worry wart like me. Bad run. Darn it. I hate days like that. Heavy legs. Right hip hurting. Wind blowing gale force in my face. Calves were sore. But I got it done.
That evening I switched to Oxygen magazine's February routine for "Your Best Body." Instead of bands we use weights and a stability ball. I learned that using a weight that is too heavy while doing a tricep extension might just snap your arm at the elbow. Needless to say I have some very sore triceps. That's good right? Means I'm working those babies.
Flabby skin on the arms has always been something that I dread, worry about, and think about too much. I finally decided that if I'm going to have bat wings I'll just fill up that empty space with muscle. :) Trying to think positive here.
Made a fantastic recipe for dinner: Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca. It's from Cooking Light's February issue and I can not recommend it enough. Chuck said it tasted like something you'd get at a nice restaurant. Try it! It's so easy and looks pretty and tastes divine.
|Lemony sauce, prosciutto, sage leaves, chicken. 202 calories|
Trying to get in my fruits. What should it be? If I am what I eat do I want to be apple shaped?
...or pear shaped?
Honeycrisp apple it is! It was so huge that I counted it as eating 1.6 large apples on sparkpeople.
Want to know how to kick your butt in 6 minutes or less? Jumprope! I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest. 6 minutes. Burned 90 calories in 6 minutes. You think it's going to be easy. Jump roping is for kids, yes? No. That's some intense exercise. Cheap, too! I got my jump rope at Academy for $5.
6 minutes of exercise just didn't seem like enough for the day but I wanted to keep it low key so I went for a nice 5K walk in the neighborhood. Felt good.
So things are just trucking right along here. No earth shattering news. Just trying to eat right and exercise my tail off. Looking forward to that scale catching up with my efforts but at least I'm seeing a difference in my shape.