Started Strength Training on the Lower Body Yesterday

Friday, April 18, 2014

I went to the gym yesterday so that the trainer could show me how to use the lower body strength machines. That is where I need to work on my body the most, the lower half, LOL. It's all jiggly and wiggly and not in a good way. emoticon emoticon

I'm not jumping in with exercise and going full force as I don't want to harm myself or do anything that would set me back after my surgery, but I am shocked at the things I am able to do. I'm not hard core yet (that's a very long ways off for sure) but instead I'm taking it just like I did with my weight loss journey 4 years ago, I'm challenging myself but making baby steps so I'm not overwhelmed.

I have always preferred cardio vs. strength exercises so avoided those, but now that menopause has hit (according to one doctor but not the other one) I know I need to make sure I have good muscle mass or at least I don't lose what little I have, LOL.

emoticon I can definitely feel the soreness in my leg muscles from working on the lower body machines yesterday, but I know it's because they are under used and therefore I need to get them to working more.

I was at the gym for quite awhile so had to get groceries last night, which I normally don't do, but saved quite a bit of money with coupons and sales matched up.

I also went to JCP because I had some short dated coupons for $10 off $25 and wanted to get my son some nice sweaters they had marked down and also use my coupons to save even more. I got myself a pair of jeans since I needed some since I'm only wearing two pairs that I have due to the weight gain (not from food but rather my metabolism went nuts back in January and even with lower calorie intake and exercise; can't lose back down to my maintenance weight) for $10 after coupons.

I'm not sure what to do to get back down to my maintenance weight that I had maintained for 3 years. It changed suddenly in January and won't go back down even with the added exercise and deduction in calories. :-(

I'm not happy about that only because I'm short and just 5 pounds make a big difference in the way I look as well as I always go up a pants size since I'm pear shaped and my bottom is bigger than the upper half of my body.

A friend of mine tells me that I need to "shock" my body and eat bad, high calorie stuff one day but I honestly don't want that type of food. Fried foods are not something I want/crave and neither are white bread/sugary type desserts.

I'm shocked that with given the option to eat those, I really don't want them.

I'll figure out something as I am willing to try anything to see if things will change with my body, but I'm wondering if my body will reject whatever I do (exercise, calorie reduction, etc.) and decide it wants to be the weight I am now.

I have tons of clothes in a size smaller that I bought over the years since I was maintaining so well, but now nothing is working. emoticon emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD301320
    2505 days ago
    Thanks, I didn't get to go yesterday or today so I'm missing it. Hard to believe that I feel that way, LOL.
    2505 days ago
    Good for you! I tried the gym, but unfortunately it did not work out for me. I hope it works for you!!!
    2505 days ago
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