LAST ONE STANDING... that will be the name of the book I write at the end of this journey. I have a metabolism that will outlast all of humanity -- but I AM DETERMINED NOT TO GIVE UP until I reach a successful healthy weight!
Each day: 60 min cardio + 60 min strength (I vary body parts each day to give the others rest); 1000-1500 calories daily; low fat, low sodium, low carb, etc; 1 gallon water. I'm such a good girl! I weigh every gram and journal it all (although I took a break from Spark last week because I was stressing out so much over being so perfect and not losing it.)
Today: 90 min strength + 5400 stairs... since I'm training for next week's mountain hike. (Hiking that mountain is akin to 3-5 hrs on the stair-machine.)
TODAY WAS BACK & CHEST- HERE'S MY ROUTINE: (+ crunches for core)
10 sets of 12 each (except I did extra crunches today for our TNT)
-- Wall Pushups: (I pull my feet way away from the wall)
-- Dumbbell Shrugs: (I do this with 10 lb weights)
-- Bent Over Rows with Band (I do this with 10 lb weights)
-- Dumbbell Pullovers: (I do this with 10 lb weights)
-- Dumbbell Chest Press on Ball: (I do this with 10 lb weights)
-- Dumbbell Flys: (I do this with 5 lb weights)
-- Elbow to knee crunches
NEXT WEEK IS MY MOUNTAIN HIKE (Mt. LeConte in TN smoky mountains)- I'm beginning to regret committing to my hike... I expected to have more weight off by now, I've certainly worked hard enough for it. It's going to be VERY DIFFICULT for me. I'm so slow, nobody wants to hike this slow... which for me is 'fast.' But no one else is carrying 250+ pounds 5 miles up a mountain (+ heavy backpack). it is very empowering making it up that mountain, but I begin to worry about the others because I feel badly that I am slowing others down who want to go faster. I thought I'd have more 'stairs' in my workouts by now, more mountain-climbing-training... but my friend's surprise wedding screwed up my schedule last week. This week, it's all stairs for me for cardio!
I was so stressed... I was burning myself out. It's one thing when you work this hard and rejoice over good results... it's completely depressing when the results aren't there. I've been eating an average of 1100-1200 calories each day & my armband tells me I'm burning 2600-3000 calories per day... so what's up with the math? I should be 'melting away'. The typical calories burned vs calories consumed ratio doesn't seem to be working and I am weighing every gram of food that goes into my mouth... watching the carbs, sodium, fat, fiber, etc. The guy at the GNC store told me I was 'starving' & shut down my metabolism. My trainer had me working out 2 hrs each morning then waiting another 50 minutes before eating anything... said my body would eat my 'fat'... well, not 'this' body!
L-Carnitine- My Newest "Find!"
I saw on DR OZ that L-Carnitine is a wonderful supplement for those of us who want to 'melt' the fat off, lose the weight. I went to GNC, ours has a young man who graduated with a degree of some sort and is very knowledgable. He suggested Lysine + L-Carnitine when waking up, wait 30 min, then consume a "GNC Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60" protein shake; drink half 30 min before morning workout, the other half within 30 min. after workout. This protein shake has L-Carnitine in it. The websites below suggest that those with metabolic resistance, start to do well on 3000-5000 mg per day. Yesterday I began with 2000mg, today I'll increase to 3000.
Some links for L-Carnitine that I found:
I found this study interesting:
THIS is my Second day taking the L-Carnitine along with increasing my protein and I feel great! I think my recent foul mood was directly involved with my low blood sugar and lack of calories.
I'm hoping my next report will see the scale moving down again!
Have a GREAT week, Everybody...