Not Really Sure What I’m Doing

Yesterday was a fun day for me. Cal came over late afternoon, and he accompanied me to the gym before heading back to my place to help me make dinner.  He grilled steak for fajitas and I chopped and sauteed vegetables.  And we even made salsa with my KitchenAid blender.  Have I ever mentioned that I love fresh cilantro?  It’s true.  Our dinner was amazing, and I was so ready to eat it that I forgot to take a picture…Can you believe that? ;)

After dinner we watched the Presidential debate on Bloomberg (which is so much fun when I can watch with someone who understands what’s going on in my head!) But I have to admit that I was pretty self-conscious before that  (when we arrived at the gym.)   He’s never really seen me sweat (apart from a slight glisten when we took a walk near the Mississippi River) until yesterday, but it’s a big part of who I am so I didn’t hold back.  I tore up the elliptical for a few minutes before working my upper body, and I felt great at the end.

My workouts have been pretty solid since I joined Anytime Fitness.  And while I know I’ll experience a gain on the scale this week (after how I ate last week when Uncle W was in the hospital,)  I’m still pleased with the direction I’m moving in now.  And I know that the scale will start reflecting my efforts soon.  I’ve been killing it at the gym this week, but I worry that I may not be making the most of my time at the gym. I did managed to climb the height of the Empire State Building 2.89 times before hitting the weights.  (Thanks for calculating it Ron and for pointing it out, Anne!)

On the elliptical....

I’m trying to get comfortable with the weight machines at my new gym, and while I have pretty good form, I am trying to utilize machines that I haven’t used up this point.  And now that I’m comfortable with how, I really need to know how much.  I’d like to hire a trainer soon, but I’m not sure where to start with that so I’ve been taking notes and using google to figure out what I should be doing.  I’ve also been keeping a journal of my workouts.  (Yes, I carry a little notebook to the gym so I can remember what I did.)  I write in it after every set.  But there’s no rhyme or reason to my weight training, and I need to change that.  I’ve been feeling sore over the last few days, but not overly sore so I wonder if I’m doing too much or not enough.  I really don’t know.  If you click on the picture below, you’ll see that I’m putting in effort.  But you’ll also see that I’m making it up as I go along.

There's a bicycle on the front of my book, and it says "Life's a Journey." Just saying...

 

Richard Simmons, while famous for his cardio workouts, teaches the importance of weight training in his classes.  Did you know that he makes toning videos too?   He ends every class with weight training and floor exercises,  And though I’m not at Slimmons every week anymore, I strive to do the kind of workouts that would make Richard proud.  And it’s important to me to make the most out of the time I spend at the gym so it’s my goal to make a better plan.

Uh, for the record, I'm not usually looking up and smiling while I do leg curls.

I’m doing my best right now, but if anyone has advice to offer, I’m willing to listen.  Until then, I’ll just keep doing what I think is right and hoping that I can start seeing the reflection of my efforts on the scale and in the mirror.  Is weight training part of your routine?  Are you nervous to try it because you’re not sure where to start?  Do you have any advice to offer yours truly? :)

28 thoughts on “Not Really Sure What I’m Doing

  1. Your moving, that’s what matters! Does your new gym membership come with any freebee training sessions, I know when I joined mine I got 3 free. Hiring a personal trainer is expensive so I suggest maybe just getting a few sessions if you dont get any free ones. Also any gym I have ever been to will have someone gladly show you all the machines and the proper way to use them. While this is not exactly a training session it will at least let you know if you are doing things right. While not my favorite tracking site http://www.sparkpeople.com when you set it up will give you some guidance for what you need to do (free) with their tools. Keep up the hard work and I’m sure it will pay off!

    Peace, Love and Happy Blogging
    M

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  2. Wait…Cal? We have a name now? Did I miss this tidbit? ;) This is the new boy, right? Good for you for integrating him into your routine. Proud of you!! I keep an excel log of my exercise, but you are much more detailed than I am. I’m always so impressed and inspired by things I see from other bloggers. PlumPetals has some really great things she does as well. Must get my butt in gear and be more organized!!!

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    • Ha..yep..it’s a nickname, but it counts, right? Ha…It was so cool that he was willing to cook with me and go to the gym…fun day.

      I’m going to check out what plum petals has going on..she’s awesome! :)

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  3. This gym didn’t come with any freebies, but there’s a trainer who trains for $25/hr which is cheaper than I’ve ever experienced so we’ll see. I’m just picky about trainers because I need to know how to shrink my body in addition to building muscle.

    I’ll have to check out sparkpeople because I do have an account there, and I would guess that I could benefit from their info. I didn’t think of that. Thanks! :)

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  4. Since I just started getting back into this – I have a trainer. He has me do cardio for 30 minutes every day of the week. Monday/Wednesday/Friday I do 30 minutes of weights. Chest Presses then Single Arm Rows (10 sets of 10) – Then 15 deadlifts, and 30 chest rotations (with a medicine ball). Finally, something like an deadlift-into a curl-then over your head & back down. 10 of those….

    By the time I’m done, it feels like I’ve done 30 minutes of cardio. So M/W/F afternoons, I’m beat! But, it’s a good feeling, ya know?

    And…fajitas? JEALOUS!!

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  5. Kenlie,

    So happy for you!
    Sounds like you had a great work out and even better night!
    Somebody is floating on top of the clouds!!!!!

    I do a lot of Cardio in the gym … to burn fat. That is just where I am now.
    I have not ventured over to too many machines…. yet.

    Our trainer (Michael Clarke Duncan – LOOK ALIKE) has us do a cardio routine for an entire week. Every Monday, he changes it up.

    This is our work out this week:

    – 30 minutes on the treadmill (with a 2 minute cool down)
    (breakdown goes like this)
    – 10 minutes (incline 5), (speed 3.5)
    – 10 minutes (incline 10), (speed 3.0)
    – 10 minutes (incline 15), (speed 2.5)
    – 2 minute cool down (zero incline), (speed 2.0)

    – Eliptical
    – incline 5, resistance 35

    – 100 squats

    – ab machine
    – 4 sets of 25 reps

    – then BACK to the treadmill
    FINISH STRONG
    CONSTANTLY REMIND YOURSELF TO “LEAN FORWARD”
    GET IT DONE
    this time, start high, then go down low
    – 10 minutes (incline 15), (speed 2.5)
    – 10 minutes (incline 10), (speed 3.0)
    – 10 minutes (incline 5), (speed 3.5)
    – 10 minute cool down (zero incline), (speed 2.0)

    Then you are DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHEW !!!!!!!!!!!!

    This routine on the treadmill is a KILLER
    It’s such a STRONG workout
    TRY IT !!!!!!!

    Also, if the speed is too fast (note: 3.5 KILLS me)
    You can take it a little slower, but try to do the inclines)

    Now, this will be our routine NEXT WEEK
    (I don’t ask what he will have us do more than a week in advance !!!!!!!!!!!)

    – 30 minutes on the treadmill (with a 2 minute cool down)
    (breakdown goes like this)
    – 30 minutes (incline 15), (speed 2.5)
    – 2 minute cool down (zero incline), (speed 2.0)

    – Elliptical
    – incline 1, resistance 20 (fast as you can go)

    – 100 squats

    – ab machine
    – 4 sets of 25 reps

    – then BACK to the treadmill
    – 30 minutes (incline 15), (speed 2.5)
    – 10 minute cool down (zero incline), (speed 2.0)

    And that, my friend, is how we do it !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Take care!
    Anne

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    • I’ll do some squats today in your honor Anne. My cardio is going really well..just not sure how I can maximize my effort with weights on these machines, but I’m going to keep trying. lol

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  6. Note about workout above:

    9 months ago … before I started ANY exercise ….
    I started walking in the Park
    It took me 24 minutes to walk 1 mile
    and I was wiped out after
    After 6 months of walking in the park, we joined a gym
    When we first started walking on the treadmill in the gym
    We could do a 15 incline for about 3 – 5 minutes
    That was it !!!!!!!!!!
    Now, we can rock that treadmill at a 15 incline
    TO THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We are getting stronger by the day !!!!!!!!!!!
    -Anne

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  7. Great post. I think you are on the right track for sure. Cardio and weights is the way to do it, along with diet. You know what your doing just keep doing it. Thank for the inspiration.

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  8. Kenlie,
    I SO agree with Misty & Becki
    … you are MOVING … that’s what matters
    …. you are SO on the right track!!!

    Not only do you KNOW what you are doing …
    but you are:
    (a) – doing it !!!!!!!!!!
    (b) – inspiring us along the way !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • I know that moving is better than not moving, but I’ve been at this for a long time. I’m just trying to step it up. I know I’ll hire a trainer soon, but I so want to meet Dwayne! =)

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  9. I totally can’t afford a trainer, but I know strength training is actually more important than cardio. I bought the book “The New Rules of Lifting for Women”, I lost 9.5 inches the first phase (and I weigh in the 250’s so you don’t have to be thin to do this program) and you don’t have to do a TON of lifting. It helps you to maximize your weight lifting and in order to do that you have to do free weights! There are 7 phases and the program lasts about 6 months I started in July and I have seen some major differences in my muscles! I HIGHLY recommend it!

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  10. I took a weight training class for women at the local community college where the classes are taught by people with masters degrees in exercise physiology (we had 4 different teachers rotating in for the class). And I remember them saying when you do strength training for one thing that you must immediately follow it with the training for the opposite movement/muscle. And the other thing was to wait at least two days before doing weight resistance with the same muscle/movement. Oh and they wanted us to use slow and controlled movement (nothing done quickly or sloppily). Anyhoo, that’s what I remember!

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    • Thanks for the tips! I’ve cut down my weight training, and it seems to be better than the over training I was doing last week..

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  11. Kenlie…spark people is good…i just started back with them and added the app to my new iphone. Also another great site is (Sears) Fit Studio or go on youtube and look at some of mizfit’s video’s.

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  12. I know I need to add weight training to my routine. I’ve been talking about it for months – mostly using lack of money as an excuse but to be honest I’m scared. I’m nervous about failing and people judging me. I have read about so many bloggers who felt the same way but now love the gym. I really should just bite the bullet and do it!

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  13. I started out strictly with Cardio two hours a day (one hour at a time) every day 6 days a week. After I lost about 100 lbs I did hire a trainer and they added light weights 3 days a week. I personally feel like a lot of people do weights and cardio together and think they are doing MORE then they hour calorie burn wise. I know becuase thats what I used to do. I would spend a long time in the gym but i wasn’t making good use of that time. This is just my opinion though.

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    • You certainly know what you’re talking about so share your opinions here anytime my friend….I’m trying to make the most of my time there too…it’s a process like everything else, but I’m making good strides. :)

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