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Thursday, June 17, 2010

After spending a few days of re-reading my BFFM book, cover to cover, it has given me a much needed kick in the pants, concerning my (limited) calorie consumption....

It's time to bag the calorie recommendations that Spark has for me, and go by the ones MY BODY is telling me it should have!

Sure, while 'losing weight', Spark is right on the money! No question!! But, once a heavy dose of weight training & muscle building comes into play..this is when the BB site wins, hands down!

While I'm still not quite ready, just yet, to settle into full maintenance mode, I DO want to begin to eat more according to my Lean & Body Fat numbers, versus simply the scale number. This week, especially, my body is just screaming for more calories than I am 'programmed' to be giving it. Sometimes I feel like I never stop eating, but I know that is not the case! lol

I have changed up my strength training by a LOT, since last week. After reading up on "always give your body a tiny bit more, than you did the last time", I have done just that! I bought myself a weight bench and can now do the majority of my lifting with a barbell, rather than just free weights, exclusively. This has done a tremendous job with allowing me to really test my body and find what I'm capable of, and it's more than I ever would have imagined!!

Dead Lift: 103lbs!! 3x8 (this means I could lift 127lbs, one time! That's more than my body weight!!)
Bench Press: 62lbs!! 3x8
BB Squat: 73lbs!! 3x8
Up Right Row: 52lbs!! 3x8
Shoulder Press: 47lbs!! 3x8
Preacher Curl: 42lbs!! 2X8

That's just some of what I do in my routine and many of those final lifting numbers are after adding about 10lbs to them, just this week, so I'm pretty darn astonished over my strength gains!! Figure this is why my body is screaming for all this extra food, as those muscles need to eat! lol

Since I'm guesstimating that my 'current' maintenance number is in the 2000 range, I have been given these calorie cycling numbers....

Monday: 1655
Tuesday: 1324
Wednesday: 1986
Thursday: 1655
Friday: 1490
Saturday: 1821
Sunday: 1655

This means that my 'average' calorie amount will be 1655, which will still produce body fat loss, without threatening any muscle loss in the process. Plus, being a newbie to all this weight lifting, I am still able to build muscle, right along with losing fat! Once out of that "newbie" category, then it's a matter of EITHER body fat loss OR muscle gain...it will no longer be possible to do both at the same time. Guess this is one time it's great being a Newbie!! lol

Oh yea, and I found a rowing machine at the Thrift Store, yesterday, for only $13! Bought it more for the effect it has on the back & leg muscles, rather than for cardio, as rowing is hard stuff!! I was able to pull out 15 minutes on my first try, though, so that was pretty darn good!
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    Wow this sure is a great commitment to keep this kind of training going for the rest of your life. Go for it!
    1648 days ago
    Journaling makes all the difference! Drink your water too :)
    1974 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Well, it's been about 4 years since this blog, and it sounds like things have gone well. Congrats!
    2337 days ago
    LOL....oops...didn't really know this was OLD! You looked pretty muscular for someone who just started lifting, LOL, but you never know...
    2875 days ago
    You are so lean, you are really going to POP when you add about ten pounds of muscle to your frame! Your decision to modify your cals is a smart one...

    Love the rowing machine for weights warm-up...really kicks butt. What site is "BFFM" by the way?
    2875 days ago
    Wow! I now I'm reading something you wrote two years ago but that really is impressive. I think I might join a gym in september when my job starts. That would keep me focussed. x
    3023 days ago
    Glad you are enjoying the weight training. It's addictive!! Hope things are still going great!
    3769 days ago
    Wow! Looks like you are totally into your strength training now. Way to go on this. I am so proud of you for kicking butt and going for it. Look at what you can achieve when you put your mind into something. x

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    3780 days ago
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