ok. I see now. I thought by "pushing it" that meant that I had to do it until I almost couldn't do it anymore. I will lower the weights moving forward, but how will I know if /when to move them up?
I dont think I ever moved my up. You dont have to, unless you want to get muscular. If your primary goal is to lose weight, I would not move the weight up until you have lost most of your weight. I dont know if you are a man or woman, if you are a man, and want to be muscular, move your weight up when it is very easy to lift what you have at your level 9. If you are a woman and just want to lose weight and be toned, then do not move your weight up. Slow down on your movement and concentrate on the muscle you are working. That helps out a lot.
Anewday - Cottage cheese doesn't taste bad to me, but the texture makes me gag. I found that if I throw it in a blender, it has the same texture as yogurt and is pretty good =D
I've talked to my doctor about the "not losing weight" thing, everyone has been telling me I LOOK like I'm losing weight, and I've been losing inches, but I haven't seen a ton whole lot of weight loss. My doctor said not to freak out, that I was gaining muscle mass and that, while muscle weighs more, it also burns more calories to maintain so at some point I'll kick over into burning a lot of calories just to maintain muscle mass and that I should start seeing some more significant weight loss then.
Jessicarabid - I must have missed your concern about the scale weight. What your doctor told you is exactly what we vets tell everyone. GET OFF THE SCALE, weigh every 3-4 weeks and BELIEVE what you feel. :-)
Glad you got the official info from your doctor.
Also for anyone else, check out http://hussmanfitness.org/ and women can read when others experienced big changes here mikeharris.org/.../lady-success-document-as-of-3-14-10
Love you some you...PERSEVERE!
You guys are all awesome! i did my LBWO on Tuesday and OMG I am feeling it today. Everytime I have to get up from my desk and sit back down it hurts! LOL but it makes me smile; I keep thinking about how great my butt will look in a few months.
Jessica - your docotor is correct. I have heard the same thing. Muscle does weigh more than fat. And for woman who lift heavy weights (you wont gain muscles like a man) remember the more muscle mass you have the more calories you burn even at rest.
I have a sweet tooth today. I get a sweet tooth for chocolate every now and then. Does anyone have any healthy receipes for a sweet tooth craving?
It's never too late to be what you might have been ~ George Elliot
Have you ever read "Oxygen" magazine? It is a FANTASTIC workout mag focused on women (sorry guys). Anyway this latest issue has a 3-4 page section on fat-burning (healthy) sweet treats....(!) Some look good. Check out oxygen.com perhaps.
Good luck! pam
OK, so how is everyone doing?? Two weeks down!! Great.... I feel much better, although this week's weight loss was not as substantial as last. .... Striving to lose 2-3 per week, if possible. And feel much leaner already, so trying to keep up the pace.
Back to work, but hope all of you 8-9-10-ers are doing great!
Still here with ya and doing great Pam. 2 weeks down and I can honestly say I'm feeling better both physically and mentally then I have in a long time. I've vowed not to weigh myself (on the suggestion of a fellow BFLer) from this point out because I want my clothes and b4 and after pics to tell my story in the end. I know what I weighed after week 1 and will weigh myself at the end of my 1st challenge.
I had a great week with both my food intake and my workouts. I also went hiking with my family on both Friday and Sat in the NH White Mtns all the while staying true to my BFL challenge by working out in the hotel fitness room and staying on my food plan when I could have easily said screw it and taken a couple days off.
I have to say BFL has given me the tools and structure to get my life back on track and it's funny seeing how I'm already starting to feel and the things I'm starting to do outside of the program. My only regret is that it took me this long to find BFL.
I had a great FREE DAY, I'm finding I really only use the free day to have a good off the plan meal the rest of the day I eat as I would on the BFL plan.
I hope all the other 8/9ers are doing well and sticking to the promise they made to themselves.
WELCOME TO WEEK 3!
Way to go everyone! I too like Philly, feel so much better. My body is really getting accustomed to eating the smaller 6 meals a day that when I am starting to feel hungry I look up and it's time to eat again. I feel like I have more energy and I am more focused.
On my free day I had a two slices of pizza and I didn't eat six meals a day and I really feel the difference. I don't go all out on a binge on my free day but I allow myself a a few items in moderation that I wont eat the rest of the time.
A few weeks before BFL I had put two pair of pants in the back of the closet because they were fittign a bit too tight and it was uncomfortable to wear them. They were a tight size 14. Well I pulled them out this weekend and they are tight no more! :)
Have a great week 3!
hey everyone. Glad you are all doing so well. I had a really good second week. feel so much more awke and energetic and i swear i can see changes in my body already. Its making me feel good.
I took my free day to the extreme again. I had a bbq, alcohol, ice cream and some roses chocolates. Im gonna start just having one free meal but cant until a week on sunday because this sunday i am flying home to see my parents who are having a massive family/friends BBQ. is this ok that i have binged 3 weeks in a row?????
Like philly i am not gonna weigh myself anymore. Its not about the weight is it. i stayed the same this week but can see my body changing so im not gonna weigh anymore. glad its still going well for y'all. lets have a good week 3 eh.
Hey everyone ... I have been absent (as I predicted) because I was on vacation. I know --- week 2 is NOT the ideal time to go eat & drink non-BFL style, but life does happen. And it's behind me now ... I am back home and back in total control of my menu. I did get in some cardio workouts while I was away, and for me exercising on vacation is a MAJOR victory. I would NEVER do that before. So that was something ... I know there's a "12 week" mentality to the BFL challenge, and I try to use that to my advantage, but I think there's also a "lifestyle" aspect to it as well. Gotta keep in mind positive changes that will pay dividends over the years to come, not just for 12 weeks.
Just trying to keep things in perspective. I have an "end date" for this challenge and I refuse to change that !!
Anyway, glad to see everyone (or most people) still here, and a core group building. I am off to an awesome start for Week 3 and I hope everyone else is too ! At the end of this week we'll be 25% done with this challenge ! Doesn't it go by fast ?!?!
Great to hear you're still on track, Philly39!
And Lynn, what great news that you're losing pant sizes already!! Isn't that so movtivating!! Kristin & Lynn still on track..... Wonderful!
For me, I have my ups and downs but 90% of the time doing well and staying on course. But my clothes, too, are fitting better, and that pleases me so much as I am too much of a fashion-ista, and love to look good!
Anyway, I know I have shared some hard luck stories before (my sister-in-law with cancer), but last night something else tragic in my area happened, which just reaffirms for me how important it is for all of us to live the best life we possibly can, to appreciate every moment, and to reach out and grab it all with gusto!
My daughter is almost 18, and tragically one of her very good friends died last night in a car crash. One of those senseless, painful deaths, a young man entering the 12th grade, on the high school lacrosse team, popular, sweet and talented, etc., etc. He was speeeding around a corner near his house, apparently, while all his friends (and my daughter) waited for him at another girl's home. It is unclear if alcohol was involved. But he never arrived. How sad is that.
In the name of this boy, Adam, and my sister-in-law Joanne, and all others who have the chance to improve themselves ripped away by illness and death, let's do this to the end! For me, anyway, (dramatic as it sounds) I use this as further motivation to make my life all that it can be.....
(Thanks for listening!)
A new day. After a bit of a traumatic day yesterday, I did "break" a bit last night and had 2 glasses of wine..... But back on top of this again today! Great cardio on the treadmill, food journaling religiously, re-motivated. Thanks, George for the nice note.
Good luck everyone! Here in the NE it is rainy and somewhat cold outside, but looking forward to a warm, sunny week ahead, lots of inspiration to get outside and be active.
Almost the end of Week 3, yeah!
Standing in the kitchen this morning making vegetable soup (for later), and my teenaged daughter observed, "Mom, my god, you look anorexic!" TRANSLATION: you look like you lost a few pounds. Yeah, I'll take the compliment!
That's when this all gets easier, when the weight loss begins to show.... I find making big batches of healthy soup, with lo-fat, lo-sodium chicken broth, really helps. Great lunches. Great meals in a hurry, filling and lo-cal.
Had a wonderful run outside with my Golden Retriever, sunny, cooler day, not too hot for either of us... He is 10 years old, so I am appreciating his energy, the old 70-year-old... He loves it.
Have a great weekend, all!
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