Monday, June 20, 2011

Weight Loss

 With all the running around I've been doing this spring and summer it's been hard to run and work out as much as I'd like to. Ever since the spring time arrived and I stopped training for my half-marathon that never happened, I've gained some weight. Seeing as how I am in a wedding in less than two months and my bridesmaid dress is hanging in my closet, I can't gain any weight or it won't fit. Thus starts my 8 week weight loss plan.

 This morning I started my day with a green smoothie and green pills:

Frozen strawberries, one banana, and a bag of spinach greens.

If you're new to the blog, you can check out my post on green tablets here. I am still taking between 3 and 6 tablets a day. When i'm not working, I usually just take three when I wake up. When I'm working, I'll take 3 when I wake up and 3 in the middle of the night when I am struggling to stay awake.

 Then The Boyfriend and I headed to the gym, where we had a great lifting session. I've been looking up some routines on other girls blogs and pulled some different exercises from blogs and came up with the following for today:
  •  Bicep curls with straight bar (30 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Shoulder lifts with straight bar (30 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
  • Lat pull-downs (3 sets of 12)
  • Tricep extensions (3 sets of 12)
  • Dips on bench (3 sets of 12)
  • Shoulders (did three exercises, 3 sets of 10 each) For these, we use the machine that has pulleys, and we pulled across and up our body, then pulled up and across. Hard to describe...
  • Chest press (20 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
My intention was to focus on triceps and biceps, but The Boyfriend wanted to focus on shoulders and chest, so what we got was a mix of all four muscle groups. It was a good workout, and now my arms feel like jell-o!

When we got home we made a big salad and shared it
It had bean sprouts, carrots, tomatoes, greens, mushrooms, radishes, etc. Very refreshing!

 When the sun goes down and the temp drops a few degrees we are going to run 6 miles outside. It's so hot here in the South it's almost unthinkable to run in the middle of the day. 

 What do you do when you are trying to lose weight? I mostly focus on weight lifting and cardio routines. For some, changing their diet alone helps them lose weight, but when you are already existing on mainly fruits and vegetables, you need to amp up your metabolism in order to lose weight. 

 Have a great Monday! 


Tulika said...

Good luck Michele! Combining weights and cardio is really effective, so hopefully that will help!!

Alessandra said...

You looked pretty slim in the photos. Well good luck with the diet plan :-)

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Yeah! Depending on what the dresses look like you might want an excuse not to wear them :)
I was never a girl who was a bridesmaid. Have only had a few close friends get married and then they had sort of non-traditional weddings in the mountains. But I know plenty of people who have lots of "wedding" responsibilities. Sounds like you love it all and it's great fun for ya-that's great!

melissa said...

You need to do crossfit with gabe and i! Best workout you can do!

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