As many of you know, I'm on a weight loss journey to lose the last 30 pounds I gained during my pregnancies. You can read more about my journey here:
This week, I focused more on weight lifting and crunches than on cardio. I'm still tracking what I eat on sparkpeople.com and tracking my exercise there as well. I've read a lot of information lately saying that women need to be lifting more weights to build muscle mass, which will help speed the metabolism and burn fat more quickly. So, that's what I've been doing. If you would have seen me at the gym this week, you'd think that I was a bodybuilder in training. I really tried to push myself to do more and more reps and add more and more weight to every machine I used. I tried a lot of different machines this week as well, and worked out different muscle groups than I have worked out in the past.
The best part is watching the really big muscular guys stare at you while you're working out. You can tell they are thinking "How is this chickÂ lifting that much weight?" I must admit that I love those looks. I try to think of the weight I'm lifting in terms of my son. So, for instance, when I'm doing the incline bench press, and I'm lifting 70 pounds, I just think of it as lifting 2 of my son, and it really seems to help.Â Or, when I'm doing the seated leg press machine at 150 pounds, I just think, "It's just like pushing away a small guy."
So, here are my results for this week:
~I lost 3 1/2" off of my waist!
~I lost 1 1/2" off of my boobs (I didn't want to lose here, but oh well. LOL)
~I lost 2" off of my thighs!
~I lost 1" offÂ of my hips!
But, sadly, I did NOT lose any weight this week. I'm ok with that, though because I know I'm building muscle, and I lost A LOT of inches this week.