Saturday, 2 May 2015

Fitness/Training Programme Update

Last Monday marked the start of the 6th week of my Training Programme at Paul's Gym.

And I can honestly say, I have never felt better. My energy, my body, my mind, my attitude.
Every part of my life has changed. I have never had as much energy as what I have had the last few weeks. It's such a hard feeling to describe. I am starting to see changes in my body and I am so excited for the next few weeks. I have 3 weeks including this week, left in my programme so I can't wait to see how my body changes between now and then.

I know in my last post I had said I was down 4lbs but I don't think that was right, so I started afresh 3 weeks ago and have continued to use the 1 scales only. The first 4 weeks, I couldn't see my weight coming off on the scales, and I was getting a little disheartened. My pants weren't getting any looser on me, I was starting to give up hope once again. I gave Paul a text and we arranged to start a new programme. So I met with him and had a chat with him. He told me forget about the scales, forget about whether those skinny jeans fit or not, get a camera, and take a photo of yourself every week. And how right he was, I am seeing differences in every part of my body every week.

As I said in my very first Facebook status when I announced I was starting this, My goal here is not weight loss. I want to loose the fat and gain muscle. No matter how many hours on the treadmill I would do, I would not loose much weight. So I needed to start weight training. I know what a lot of you are thinking, weights are only for body builder men. And this is exactly what I thought too. Well, believe It or not, it's far from the truth. In order for our body to burn calories, we need muscle. So the more muscle we have, the more calories we burn. And in order to have that muscle, we need to train it. So hours of cardio, alone is not going to burn those extra calories. I am not going to weigh this post down with technical information, don't worry.
                                                 (But a cupcake every now and then is ok too)

Starving yourself is not going to make you skinny, it may even make you gain weight.
Why, I hear you ask.
When you reduce your calorie intake, your metabolism slows down, which in turn causes your body to conserve calories by taking nutrients from body tissue such as muscle. So the muscle you have is turned to fat. Your energy is also low, your mood is low. Who wants that?
Take a look at this!

So my advice isis, if you want to loose some weight but also gain muscle in the process, make an appointment at your local gym or fitness centre and tell them exactly what you want.

I am not an expert in this field by no means, so please consult a physician or doctor before beginning any exercise. This post is based on my experience over the past few weeks and what I have learned in the process. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. You can find me on Facebook or via email - orlah29@eircom.net

Happy Training.
Orla
xx
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