I am making some cutbacks. Not in my budget, although that would not be a bad idea, but in my cardio routine. I stepped on the scale today, and got a surprise. I lost ten pounds. I am now 122 lbs. I noticed my clothes, especially pants, becoming slacker and slacker, but never suspected that I lost 10 pounds. Last week, Andy told me not to lose anymore weight. I took this as a subtle hint. I rarely ever step on the scale, but it seemed to be calling my name as I walked pass it in the gym locker room. The way I monitor my weight is how my clothes fit. I get my exact weight when I have my yearly physical. Initially, I was excited about this and was delighted at the thought of my shrinking saddle bags. My thighs do look slimmer, and legs leaner, more defined and less stumpy, but here lies the problem. Not to complain and I am pleased my lower body is reducing, but I do not want to lose mass in my upper body. Although I am lifting heavy, I still have the little Trex arms. I asked a trainer at the gym about my dilemma, and she suggested that I cut back on my cardio/interval training and focus more on weight training.
My cardio routine was intense. I really honed in on “operation goodbye saddle bags”, and incorporated, Tabata, Spin, Zumba AND interval sprint/hills into my routine. These are all intense, calorie burning cardio activities. When I first started this journey, my goal was to transform my body into more balanced proportions, not to lose a lot of weight. Hence the reason I will omit at least two cardio activities per week. I love them all, so I will simply rotate my cardio activities. For example, week A, Tabata, jogging, week B, Zumba and spin. This way, I still can participate in all activities, but not all in one week. Not to mention, I also downloaded HIIT and Everyday Endurance on my tablet. I will omit these two Apps all together for now. Keeping all this in mind, I cut back considerably on sugar, starches, wine and sodium. Being a healthy weight is my goal, not being under weight. If I continue at this rate I will have to change this blog title to, “Trex to String bean.”
Any thoughts? Have you cut out or cut back on an aspect of your workout program?