Saturday, October 3, 2015

Let's Talk Gym and Low Carb

Yesterday's gym session went great! My trainer showed me to how to workout using the bands, what to do to strengthen my core and back and how to stretch. Everything I'm doing right now is to get my back stronger. She even brought the floor to me using a tall box so I didn't have to try and get down on the actual floor.

I have to keep reminding myself to suck in and tighten everything front and back whenever I move, especially with turns, bends and, well, pretty much everything. It may take me a while to make it a habit but it's something I have to constantly keep in mind and do for the rest of my life.

My biggest exercise goal for this coming month is the plank. The freaking plank lol. Basically, she told me to make the plank "my bitch" lol. Right now I can hold it for 5 seconds. By November 1st she wants to see me hold it for a full minute. It's the best thing I can do right now for my back and core and will strengthen everything!

The thing with the plank though is she showed me how to do it right and all of these years of workout DVDs I've been doing it wrong. I'm now seriously thinking of selling off most of my DVDs because they move too quickly for me to get a decent workout and they don't teach me how to do the exercise correctly or have me hold the exercises long enough to get the wanted effect.

I also did ropes for my warm-up and cardio and bands for everything else. The plan is for four days a week; 2 days of "push" and 2 days of "pull." Legs are on hold for at least a week until we see how my body holds up. The interesting thing is that the stretch was the hardest exercise for me but by the end I think I had it down.

Now, let's talk low carb and let's be honest about it... I've been making a lot of excuses to avoid actually doing it. Despite my sister's amazing results with it, despite everything my doctor said to me, despite what my friends had shared with me online and what's been recommended to me, I've been avoiding it and just making excuses. I can admit that. It was just easier to keep doing things my way... talking about doing "low-ish" carb and generally just avoiding the whole thing. Did this get me any closer to weight loss and feeling healthier? No. No it didn't.

So why am I avoiding the whole thing? I know why...because it sounds hard. Because I love carbs. Because I have to prepare and preplan. Because I have to leave my comfort zone. Because I don't eat eggs and hate Greek yogurt and cottage cheese and those things seem to be used a lot in low carb which will make it even harder for me. And did I mention loving my carbs?

Anyway, yesterday my trainer highly recommended doing very low carb for at least a month, month and a half to get some weight off my back and joints quickly, and then up it a little until I find a good spot where I'm losing weight regularly, which was exactly what my doctor told me to do. And what my sister told me to do. And what some of my friends told me to do. And what Charles agrees with and is completely willing to help me do. And what the research I've done have told me to do.

Everything in the last several weeks has tried to lead me to low carb and I believe in things like that. I believe in God and in signs and suggestions from "the universe" and in someone outside of "me" who is guiding me. And even when I try to resist, that someone or something shows me yet another reason to do what they are suggesting.

So I'm done fighting it and I'm going to embrace it and give it everything I've got. I've been wanting a huge change in my diet plan and this is pretty huge for me. I know it'll be a lot of work and I know it won't be easy but nothing worth having comes easy.

I'm ready and I'm finally done with the excuses.

Let's do this thing!

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