One down, two to go

November 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm 3 comments

Actually, it’s 8 down, 16 to go, as I am now one third of the way through the 24 workouts that make up the eight-week 1000 Calorie Challenge. Each workout gets tougher and tougher as they build you up to burning 1000 calories per workout in phase two. Starting each session is hard enough, but the worst part is resetting the beeping timer at the end of the rest period and starting a new set. Thirty seconds is just never enough!

The food is also going ok, although my timings have been a little off, with longer gaps than I should have between meals, and fewer eating opportunities each day as a result. Consequently, I’m eating more at, say, four points during the day than if I was using all five or six. It also means on carb days that I’m eating carbs into the afternoon, when really I should be low-carb after lunch. I’m wondering if this is affecting my rate of fat loss.

I’ve also been a bit slack about taking my omegas at night, my BCAAs during low-cal days, and my metabolism boosters whenever the heck it is I’m supposed to take them. I rattle when I jump! I should probably try and be more compliant with this since it’s now eighteen days in, I’ve dropped six and a half pounds, but only 0.7% body fat. I’d hoped to lose about one percent every two weeks or so and get under 40% by the end of the year.

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Making progress Not feeding my misery

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  • 1. Cynthia  |  November 20, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I don’t think I’d survive a 1000 calorie workout! You are TOUGH!

    I got to see what calories I was burning today at my Group Active class, about 300 and that had me whipped. Raking the yard a few hours later had me double-whipped, could barely raise my arms. And still only at 600 calories for both activities!

    Hang in there! Remember fat loss happens a little differently for all of us, and .7% is nothing to sneeze at! Nor is six and a half pounds!

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  • 2. blubberbegone  |  November 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks hon. First of all, my guess is that you are burning more than 300 calories in your group workout – is it an hour long? Regardless of what your accelerometer says.

    Secondly, I am not at 1000 calories yet. First four weeks are phase one and they build you up to be ready for phase 2, which is hopefully where you burn 1000 calories.

    Last night I did the last workout of week 3, which was one hour long, and I was really struggling. Despite adding on a fourth set of everything, I actually did fewer reps overall in several exercises than I had done when it was three sets, my performance all the way through having dropped so much. I’m thinking if that pattern continues, I may need to leave an extra rest day between workouts. We will see. And thanks, as always, for the support hon x

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  • 3. Cynthia  |  November 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I’m still saying I don’t think *I* want to see that 1000 calorie workout yet, LOL!

    The Group Active class is an hour long, BUT, it is not a whole hour of aerobics. I’d say somewhere in the range of 25-30 minutes of that. Then a little recovery, weights, stretching, balance, abs, final stretch. So it really might be only around 300 calories.

    I know I was thinking it had to be more before, but then again, my weight loss has dropped and I’m barely squeaking out my pound each week. So I have to give the new gadget the benefit of the doubt.

    OTOH, the scale is not going the right direction this week. I *think* it has to be water, because I’ve been in a deficit every day but Monday as usual where I more or less hit a maintenance level. Though Wednesday was really carb heavy because of the free pie. I came close to turning that down, but just couldn’t quite.

    I am really sore in my upper body… and my left foot is feeling a bit puffy from the “star” move where it felt like it was coming apart at the seams. So I’m going to drink and drink this weekend and take it easier, do some shopping before snow flies and some house cleaning and hope for the best.

    If it isn’t water, it might be a bit of muscle increase. There is no way it is fat, I know this!

    Oh, and you are right, it is time to switch to kneeling push-ups, even if I don’t like them much. I managed to crank out 2 sets of 25 reps each on counter push-ups for a total of 50 Wednesday.

    Sadly, I’m feeling sort of glad that there is no class Friday after Thanksgiving… I’m feeling like I want a rest too! I need a lot of recovery time.

    We will both hang in there and re-lose what we gained and then go forward!

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  • 4. Get my body fat below 40%
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