Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Rules of Lifting For Women (NROL4W)

I know I've been blogging a lot about doing Insanity, but the decision to hold off and do New Rules of Lifting For Women just feels right. As ready as I felt I was for Insanity, I wasn't ready to give up weight lifting. Even with one day a week of upper body work with Insanity, that wouldn't have felt like enough. There's just something about barbell squats that make me feel strong, like I'm really working hard. So I'm going to continue to focus on weight training, and do NROL4W as written, complete with the cardio included in the book. That doesn't start for a few weeks, though.

That does not mean I won't be doing cardio. Of course, I will Turbo, probably on Tuesdays. Saturdays, I will run tabata sprints and do yoga. I'm not sure what to do on Thursdays. Sundays will be rest days, as usual. Maybe I will just take Thursdays off and walk or play on the Wii.

Then there is the dreaded diet. I have had a rough year so far. I make the worst food decisions. I know I need to eat less and make better choices. I'm not going to commit to anything specific here, other than sticking with Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique. For my sanity, I cannot go back to counting points or calories. I still measure my food, to keep my portions down. But shoot, I don't know how it will all turn out. I know I'm not losing weight because of my diet. I wish eating right were as easy as working out. Hell, I had an easier time quitting smoking cold turkey. I don't know what I have to do to get into the right place with my nutrition. I work too damn hard to keep sabotaging myself, and yet that is exactly what I do. I deserve better. I'm half wondering if I should take pictures of everything I eat. Not to post online, but just to give me a visual. And, like tracking calories (weighing food, entering it all in), when something is a pain in the butt, I tend to not eat things just so I don't have to do all the work related to it. But I probably won't do that. Probably the best thing to do is plan my meals head of time, so I already know how many calories and all that jazz I'm getting. I still have all the meal plan stuff that goes with Insanity. There's no reason not to follow it - it can all fit very easily into SFT.

As far as weight goes, I have decided not to use the scale any longer. I am going to use a tape measure and my Accu-Measure body fat calipers ONLY on my abdomen. That is the only area I care about. I will take measurements there every Monday morning, and enter my numbers on my NROL4W spreadsheet, on the schedule page. I'm tired of being a slave to the scale, even once a week. I don't care how much I weigh, as long as I get smaller.


Fit Mama said...

Diet kills my weight-loss too! Good luck with NROLFW :)

Melty said...

I could never not weigh myself. Kudos to you!

Do you ingest much artifical sweetners? I think we've all come to the conclusion that that what set me off on my last binge. It's not always what does it but it was this time.

Becky said...

I am a Splenda addict. That is why I've given up coffee. But I have always been like that with Splenda, even when I don't binge. I think it does stall me though so that is why I've cut it out, for the most part.

Melty said...

I wonder if you did a little experiment and say cut out AS for like a whole month (work up to it if you have to) and see how it effects your moods, hunger-level and feeling of control. And then maybe add it back in and see what happens.

Personally, I know better (hehe) I know that diet soda and stuff like that will set me off. It actually causes me to be MORE hungry, crave sugar and have less self-control.

I know that even if I never have AS again, I'll still have binges. But I guess I didn't realize how much it really had a hold on me until this last week. That was my worst binge in a lot time. Even when I've had a mini-binge or eating something I had tried not to, I've been able to myself under control somewhat quickly. Last week was a train wreck.

Becky said...

I'd have to cut out artificial and real sugar. I would love to be able to do that. I am cutting back. I rarely drink pop any more and I haven't had more than 3 cups of coffee in the last 2 weeks. I pretty much only drink water. But I still want shit like crazy. I made some diet soda cupcakes for DH's birthday (f'ing delicious!!) and I swear I could eat them all. I counted the points for the ones I did eat but I can tell already that these are not something I will be able to make often. I don't want to never have these things. If I wanted to live like that, I'd go back to Atkins. But I don't want to live without certain foods. I do have to learn to recognize how they trigger me and learn to be satisfied with just one.