It seems I'm getting a bit rubbish at keeping these posts up to date, as it has been pointed out to me by Paul that it has been 4 weeks since my last post so to be quite honest, I don't know where to start, there's far too much to say about what’s been going on recently!
During the last post, I talked about how my training had been centred around
spin/RPM classes and I had just started running again after a long break due to
shin splints, well, things have changed, again! I'm now running again, I'll
post about that separately I think, but I'm no longer concentrating on spin/RPM
classes, after a little (MASSIVE) bit of a telling off from Oli!
So I took myself off to my PT session (financial constraints mean that I am
having one session a month now) where I was due to be weighed in and to be
honest I was feeling pretty confident as I knew that I had dropped quite a bit
of weight since my last weigh in. I had done all sorts to keep myself motivated
and to stay focused, including this on my lounge wall: (I'm not
mental......honest!! OK maybe a bit!!)
Unfortunately my confidence was shattered with the results of the weigh in,
I had dropped weight, 15lbs, which you would think would make me happy, but the
remaining results were not such happy reading! I had gained 4% body fat and
lost a massive 4kg of muscle! My resting metabolic rate had dropped from 1750
Oli knew immediately without me having to tell him what I had been doing, he
rightfully suggested that I had been sticking the diet well (with maybe a
couple of slip ups), neglecting my strength training and upping my aerobic
activity. I knew that I was risking losing muscle but not as much as I actually
did! It was gutting, all that hard work building muscle and I had blown it, all
of a sudden the drop in weight meant nothing to me, all I could see was that 4%
gain in body fat, not something I can afford to do at my weight!!
Oli was really good at explaining to me what had happened, I would try to
explain it to the rest of you but I would most likely get it wrong, but in
short the spin/RPM was eating away at my muscle, not my body fat, so it was
agreed (reluctantly by me) that I would drop the classes and go back to
strength training, apparently what I do best as I am constantly reminded by Oli
that for "a lass" I am actually quite strong. It was agreed that I
should keep to running with Regency Runners once a week to do 3 strength
training sessions a week. My immediate response was that surely this wasn't
enough but Oli basically said, if you can do more than 3 strength sessions a
week, you're not working hard enough!
So, Oli put me through my paces, starting with those f@%£ing walking lunges
that I love so much! (I don't love them, that was sarcasm, just to be clear)
Oli noticed that my form had improved (I was faking) so handed me a couple of
3kg weights and was told to go and do it again.
It was to get better when I had done that, straight into press ups, 4 sets.
The next set of exercises were squats (ass to ankles) holding a 12.5kg kettle
bell - nice, then straight into lat-pull down, I don't know the weight I did, as
Oli keeps it hidden from me (probably to stop the whining), again 4 sets, and
then 3 sets of kettle bell swings, with the 12.5kg. This doesn't sound very much
I know, but at the end of it I was done! Oli had really kept the intensity up
had been quite strict on my form so I was a bit battered when I stumbled out of
I spent the next few days trying to a) walk and b) get my head around the no
cardio thing. The worst thing about this was I know damn well why I need to
concentrate on strength training and not cardio, but I still convinced myself
that there was no possible way that I was ever going to lose any weight by
doing this....crazy I know! I don't think it helped that Oli told me my weight
loss might slow down as I gain the muscle again. After spending the entire
weekend whining to Paul about it I decided to go down and see Oli for a chat, I
just needed everything confirmed and explained again to me which Oli did, this
really got me focused again and ready for losing the next chunk of weight.
Since then, I have chucked out the size 18 pair of jeans that were
constantly falling down (what a great feeling) and I'm now back in a pair of
16's, a teeny bit snug but it won't be for long, the goal is to get to a size
14 for Christmas, and then a size 12 for April.
The strength training sessions are going ok. They're bloody hard and are
made that little bit harder by my stupid gym not having any kettle bells and
having stupid shaped dumbbells that dig into my wrists! I'm remembering my
"unless you faint, puke or die, keep going" from Jillian Michaels,
which helps keep my focus in the gym and stops me slacking and taking too long
a rest in between sets! I've managed to adapt from the equipment at Peak
Fitness to the stuff that’s in my gym, and am much more confident in there now
I know exactly what I need to do, and of course now I have dropped some weight
and I don't feel as self-conscious!
I have managed to keep my weight pretty stable since my last weigh in, which I can only see as a good thing and I hope that means that I am building muscle and losing fat. My next weigh in is 5th November where Oli will also switch up my program, although I'm guessing that as he has successful in "switching my glutes on" that I can expect more of the same, just in a even more evil way!!