Monday, May 9, 2011

Shorter workouts this week

I need to do something different this week because last week didn't go so well and I'm thinking that I may be hitting a plateau.

So first, I will be working out less. I have been doing 90 minutes on the elliptical or 60 if I run or do a DVD. But now I will be doing some strength training and then 30 minutes on the elliptical or the C25k. I will be trying to make the cardio more high intensity and in the "fat burning" zone. I need to finally get a heart rate monitor so I can better keep track of that as well as my calories burned. (If anyone has tips or reviews on certain ones, feel free to let me know! I think I know what I want, just haven't pulled the trigger yet.)

I have been reading the 5-Factor Fitness book, written by the guy who trained Halle Berry and Jessica Simpson and started following his fitness plan today (which is the strength training stuff). I might also follow his eating plan too, but I'm not sure yet. If you guys are interested, I'll do a little book/diet review on here.

The other thing I am doing is writing down everything I eat and counting the points of it. I am actually in a habit of eating less than my daily points and am actually finding it hard to eat all my 30 points for the day, which I know sounds absurd and maybe annoying. WW says that you really should eat all the 30 pts tho, so I don't know. Calories in - calories out?

Attitude of Gratitude: My sister is home and we're having a good time together.

9 comments:

safire said...

Good luck with your new week!

Diet Chic ~ Jury said...

ARGH, it's frustrating I know!! Let's do it - we'll have a great next WI :) good luck.

Laura said...

Good luck!! Just remember you can do everything you set your mind to!

Kelty said...

I'm curious to hear more about that book- I might have to check it out. Mixing it up is usually a great thing! So it's a good idea to give it a try!

Baby Weight and Beyond said...

That is awesome that you are having a good time with your sister!

If you are having trouble with meeting your points try adding some cheese or full fat yogurt. It will help give you the points you need and is a "better" fat.

Diandra said...

The book sounds interesting, I'd love a review!

And as for the points... my point system states that you shouldn't save more than half of your points - yesterday I had 24.5 points left (out of 22points plus 18 activity points = 40points), so I should have eaten at least 4.5 more points (which equals 40g of chocolate), but I simply wasn't hungry, so I left it at that. I figure as long as I make starving myself a daily habit... (also, I doubt I will earn this much activity points regularly, so...)

Dawn said...

You have to keep on going ..these plateaus seem to happen and they always make us think we are doing something wrong or make us lose focus to keep on going due to feeling discouraged. Just keep on going, doing all the right things and the numbers will come good
Dawn

Diet Starts Tomorrow said...

I'd love to hear about the book! If you're eating to few points than you are probably slowing down your metabolism which would explain a plateau. Try eating more (healthy foods of course) and see if you notice a difference.

HS @ Our Debt Blog said...

Found this on BFL...

Congratulations on your impressive progress! What we would recommend is you stick with what has worked for you so far. It is so disappointing to see people who have made remarkable improvements change their approach for no logical reason. We do not believe that more aerobic exercise is the answer! How do we know that more rest and recovery is not what is called for? You wouldn’t believe the number of people we’ve gotten into disagreements with because we knew what they needed was more rest and recovery, yet they were convinced that more work is what they required. Please, do not rely on trial and error—do not take what Iwe're saying here lightly. If you’ve reached the point where you feel like you need to do more exercise, remember that we stimulate the muscle-building and fat-burning process with brief, intense exercise. The "magic" occurs during rest.