Weight is fluctuating
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I have been stuck in about a 3- to 4-pound rut, up and down, no matter what I eat. So I decided I needed to change some things. I took an instructional class on how to use the upper body machines at Planet Fitness. I have used them twice so far, four machines each time, 3 sets of 15 on each. I still do the abdominal machine and the back machine. I'm up to 80-85 pounds on the abdominal, and 70-75 on the back machine.
I also started using the arc trainer, I can do 20 minutes now and it says I'm burning about 250 calories. Then I do the elliptical for about 30 minutes. I do about 3 minutes on each level up to level 5, and then back down again until I reach level 3 where I do most of my minutes. We'll see how this helps.
I got down to 282, and now it just keeps going back & forth, does not want to go below 280! (My goal is eventually 249.) But I'm not giving up. They tell me I need to build muscles because muscle burns more calories than fat, or something like that. So I'm working on that now, and mixing up my cardio routine.
On a side note, my poor dog is now also overweight due to lack of exercise due to winter. So I have been instructed by vet to substitute 1/2 cup of her food at each meal with green beans instead of dog food! That cracks me up, because green beans is what I eat when I really need to fill up but not eat a lot of calories, you can eat like a whole bag of frozen green beans for about 130 calories (or something like that).