Howdy! I’m 14 days out and I am really starting to feel the pressure of it’s impending arrival. I feel I was a bit leaner at this point last time, but I’ve been trying to appreciate the fullness for what it is and hold on to it a little longer. Just trying to have faith in the process and anxious to see where I end up this time. I’m cruising along at this point and I’m really starting to feel my energy wane. Like a wave of exhaustion, it washed over me a few days ago. I’m pushing through and trying to stay awake long enough to put my kids to bed each night. Lately, I’m out like a light before them…sad, really. I have intense focus right now and I can’t see anything except the finish line. I’m doing what I need to do to get there and maintaining as much of my sanity in the interim. Soaking up lots of positivity in the way of books and audio reinforcement certainly helps, especially in light of recent tragic events.
On a side note, I’ve been observing some interesting, yet common behavior at the gym lately. It’s the phenomenon I like to refer to as the Cardio Queen. Spending as much time at the gym as I do, I tend to see the same people doing the same things and getting the same results. Namely, I see women on the cardio machines for upwards of 45 minutes to an hour performing slow, steady state cardio, barely breaking a sweat, watching television or chatting on their cell phones. I wonder what these women eat during the day and if this is how they think they will transform their bodies. They are consistent in their attendance, consistent with doing the same, monotonous exercise (cardio) and consistent in their appearance. I don’t know about you, but I want to improve and make changes, not stay the same. They are stuck in the same place they were this time last year. They wonder why nothing is changing and I hear their conversations about how they need/want to loose weight or “tone-up” and I feel like they are just on a hamster wheel of insanity.
Many of these women have never lifted weights for fear of getting big and looking manly. This especially humors me. Ladies, if you build some lean muscle, you will raise your metabolism and burn more fat simply by existing. Muscle burns more fat at rest, weighs less than fat and takes up less space than fat. This is why I look smaller than I am. Currently, I weigh 129 pounds and I am 5’5″ tall. I don’t think you’d ever guess I weighed that much. My weight on stage at my last show was 121.5 pounds. I’ve worked so hard this season to gain weight and I mean hard. I’ve eaten like a machine to get the scale to budge and it was intentional. This process of adding muscle to your frame is not easy, so please tell me how you are going to “get big and bulky” by accident. Seriously? It’s a process and not an easy one.
So, if you are truly motivated to change your body and your health, pick up some weights or a sandbag and get to work. It will likely be what you need to get out of your rut and start seeing the changes you so desire. You may even be able to skip or cut back on the cardio all together and spend less time working out.